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Workplace Bullying Runs Rampant

A spate of recent suicides highlights the tragic effects of prolonged bullying. While many consider it a schoolyard issue, bullying is an all-too-common problem in the workplace for millions of Americans. Bullying has gained prominence in recent months following a spate of suicides by bullied students. Kids being bullied at school isn't a new issue. In fact, half of all high school students say...

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Who's on Top: 2010 Global Competitiveness

Dramatic changes in worldwide business activity have created a new dynamic in global competitiveness. Recent research indicates that the United States is slipping in international rankings, ceding ground to traditionally strong economies in Western Europe and large emerging markets in Asia. Find out why the world's historical leader in competitiveness is falling behind in the wake of the global...

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Is Reshoring Still a Reality?

In 2009, many U.S. manufacturers began to bring offshored production closer to home. As the economy slowly improves, will the "reshoring" trend continue or will offshoring to low-cost countries pick up again? Since the recession first took hold across the globe, several factors forced U.S. OEMs to rethink the strategies that led them to offshoring in past decades. Reshoring, or bringing...

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Solar Parking Meters Accept Cash or Credit

The City of Los Angeles is boosting its revenue with the installation of IPS Group's high-tech, solar-powered parking meters. IPS Group, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, is a design, engineering and manufacturing company focused on low power wireless telecommunications and parking technologies.  The city has realized a boost in revenue that has exceeded city official's expectations. The...

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Q&A: Geoff Loftus on Leading Like Ike

In this Expert's Corner, IMT speaks with Geoff Loftus, whose recent book Lead Like Ike finds valuable management strategies in Dwight Eisenhower's leadership methods during the D-Day invasion. The D-Day invasion was a massive military operation and a pivotal moment in world history, but it was also an example of strong organizational leadership, according to Geoff Loftus, vice president at the...

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Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day

In Lead Like Ike, business writer Geoff Loftus looks at the experiences of Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower in his role as Allied commander during World War II, and applies the leadership lessons of D-Day to modern business operations. Also, be sure to check out IMT's interview with author Geoff Loftus. FROM THE BOOK JACKET Lead Like Ike takes readers on a riveting adventure through the eyes of the...

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Wearable Pet Fur, Dual-Purpose Lingerie and Other Odd Green Products

Despite the recession that is currently affecting a large portion of the world, it's nice to see that innovation continues unabated, particularly in the green sector. Green innovation is responsible for a lot of great green products we buy every day: CFL light bulbs, recycled paper products, solar-powered flashlights, unbleached diapers and those nauseatingly cute padded snakes made of calico...

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Need to Innovate? Try Employee Contests

Competition can be a powerful incentive for creativity, which is why many challenges today tap into the wisdom of the crowd to generate new ideas. But how about hosting innovation contests for employees? The notion of using prizes to spur innovation and achieve breakthroughs has become particularly popular in recent years, highlighted in a boom of competitions across a wide range of science,...

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What to Do When Competitors Undercut Your Prices

What is the right course of action to take when a competitor undercuts your company's pricing structure? Here are some ways to overcome lower-priced competitors without suffering major losses. When a competitor undercuts your company's pricing structure for products or services by offering them at a lower cost, it can present a serious challenge to sales, particularly because many firms are still...

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When it Comes to E-Cycling, Printers Are Not Making the Grade

The Electronics TakeBack Coalition has issued a report card that grades computer, television, printer, and game console companies on their efforts to take back and recycle their old products.  While most computer and television manufacturers received passing grades, all printer companies, except Hewlett Packard with their C-, flunked out. Not one company in any of the four categories received...

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