Business & Industry

5 Bold Ideas for Businesses

In the aftermath of the recession, we have the opportunity to truly change the way business is done. While ideas like reversing offshoring and rethinking the 9-to-5 schedule aren't new, it's surprising that they haven't been widely embraced by industrial pros, considering their benefits. In fact, the following five ideas could set new standards. Reshoring An initiative was launched in 2010 to...

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You May Not Be as Busy as You Think

It often feels like there aren't enough hours in the day. But research indicates that we aren't quite as busy as we think and that Americans' workload worries are really a matter of time management. Given people's packed schedules and the stresses of the modern workplace overburdening employees with too many assignments, it's common to feel as if we don't have a minute to spare. But our...

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Global Shipping: The Least Green Industry In The World

We see green innovation in many places: cars, homes, telecommunications, home appliances, food packaging, public transport and, of course, power generation. That's just for starters. While we see green progress in most areas of our lives - there are even green car washes and green dry cleaners now - there's one industry that would appear to be stuck in the 1970s in terms of pollution and waste:...

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Brainsteering

In Brainsteering, authors and former McKinsey consultants Kevin P. Coyne and Shawn T. Coyne explain how to actively guide creativity through non-traditional brainstorming strategies to produce breakthrough business ideas. Change the way you think about new ideas by steering your creativity in new and more productive directions. Ideas. Whether the goal is to create a billion-dollar business, fix a...

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The Flourishing Green Construction Market

Green building has grown from just 2 percent of the U.S. single-family residential construction market in 2005 to 17 percent in 2011. Not only that, green residential is slated to increase to as much as 38 percent of the market by 2016. That's the conclusion of a study by McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC) set for release in April 2012. A two-page fact sheet from the information services provider...

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Get Your Boss to Back Your Idea

You might come up with a game-changing way to improve your employer's business, but what if your boss is reluctant to support it? Consider these tips to push your concept up the corporate ladder. Coming up with an idea that can benefit a business, whether by introducing a new product or improving existing operations, is difficult enough, but winning support to implement the idea may be an even...

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Why Creativity Shouldn't be an Overlooked Skill

Creative thinking is as vital a job skill as work experience or training. Here we look at how creativity can serve as a business asset and why companies should pay more attention to it. Although there is an increasing focus on improving the skills and knowledge of United States workers, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), creativity can be just as valuable in...

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Can (and Should) America Build a Base on the Moon?

In a speech late last month, Newt Gingrich promised that his presidential intentions include establishing a moon base by 2020. How realistic is this lofty goal, and is the endeavor worthwhile? By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently announced to a Florida crowd, who responded...

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Learning from the Alternative Workplace

More employers are adopting alternative workplace practices to address employee-related values and needs. Is the office cubicle on its way out of the modern workplace? Office cubicles, desktop computers and a 9-to-5 staff have long been the standard trademarks of the traditional workplace. Today, however, non-traditional settings and practices are becoming popular as employers shift to more...

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Climate Change, Nothing New? How Has Earth's Temperature Changed in the Past?

Time scale presents one of the big challenges when discussing the science around climate change. Climate change can take place in the short time frame, say decades; in the medium time frame, say hundreds or thousands of years, and in the very long time frame, say tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands or even millions of years. Some critics of human-caused global warming raise the objection...

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