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GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock explains how remaining “carefully uninformed” helps her see the big picture, no matter how complex a challenge becomes.

Ignorance isn’t usually rewarded in most work settings. Many of us fear it: Standing up in an important meeting, unsure whether what you’re about to say will go over well. Or staring at a blank page, knowing you’ll have to get something great onto it by the end of the week–but no idea yet of what.

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Author: Beth Comstock
Posted: September 24, 2017, 5:00 am

It’s all about using social media to establish your credibility in a new field. And no, that doesn’t mean becoming an “influencer.”

Ten years ago, I was graduating law school and going to work in a mid-size law firm in Atlanta as a real estate finance attorney. If you had told me then that I’d go on to become a sports business analyst for ESPN and then found my own boutique publicity firm, I’d think you were crazy.

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Author: Kristi A. Dosh
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:00 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price may have violated a federal policy that requires officials to use the cheapest travel options available by repeatedly taking chartered flights, the Washington Post reports. HHS’s inspector general is investigating the matter. It’s just the latest criticism leveled against executive branch officials over costly travel, under an administration in …

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price may have violated a federal policy that requires officials to use the cheapest travel options available by repeatedly taking chartered flights, the Washington Post reports. HHS’s inspector general is investigating the matter.

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Author: Steven Melendez
Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:52 pm

Nest is increasingly leveraging the Google AI brain trust to make its connected home devices smarter.

When Nest introduced a new home security system called Nest Secure at a press event this week, there was one glaring omission from the announcement: An explanation of how natural-language AI created by Nest’s Alphabet sibling Google would eventually control all of it.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:42 pm

These are the songs we recommend for your Productivity Playlist, volume 13.

Before we begin this week’s new music roundup, some sad news: Joel Arbaje, original curator of The Week In Music, has departed Fast Company to go kill it as a photo editor at Men’s Health. That means I’m taking over the reigns, though hopefully with the finesse and critical eye Joel would be proud of. Ready For It?

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Author: P. Claire Dodson
Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:49 pm

Senate Republicans are pushing hard for the Graham-Cassidy bill–the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare. Those pushing it are gunning to get the 50 votes it needs to pass, although John McCain just announced he would not be supporting it, which will very likely hurt its chances of passing. All the same, since they’re trying …

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Senate Republicans are pushing hard for the Graham-Cassidy bill–the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare. Those pushing it are gunning to get the 50 votes it needs to pass, although John McCain just announced he would not be supporting it, which will very likely hurt its chances of passing.

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Author: Cale Guthrie Weissman
Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:51 pm

The iPhone X may have taken some of the steam out of iPhone 8 launch day, as well as new buying options that don’t involve waiting in line.

There is a line at San Francisco’s flagship Apple Store to buy the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but that may be the exception to the rule. Reports from around the world are saying the lines to buy the new iPhones aren’t nearly as long as on launch days past, if there are lines at all.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:32 pm

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has done what many campus safety advocates have been fearing for months: She has decided to roll back Obama-led guidance for universities to more aggressively investigate and adjudicate instances of sexual assault on campuses. Under the Obama rules, colleges were asked to lower the standard of evidence from “beyond a reasonable …

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has done what many campus safety advocates have been fearing for months: She has decided to roll back Obama-led guidance for universities to more aggressively investigate and adjudicate instances of sexual assault on campuses.

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Author: Cale Guthrie Weissman
Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:51 pm

Small farmers in Japan hope the tactic will help stabilize their incomes by letting them sell both energy and produce.

Small farms in Japan are struggling to survive. Rural populations are shrinking, and the average farmer is 67 years old. But two new farms will test a different business model to try to reinvigorate the sector: solar panels with mushrooms growing underneath them.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:30 pm

BBH London entertainment lead and strategy director Melanie Arrow writes that brands need to add more style to their substance.

I used to think Liam Gallagher was the epitome of cool. He was that old-fashioned kind of rock star who threw actual TVs out of windows, got arrested, took so much crystal meth before a gig that he forgot the words to “Wonderwall,” and turned his acceptance speeches into comedy roasts before they were even a thing: “Right, who’s first then…It’s got be you there with that weird haircut. How many haircuts you got there, four?” Being a bad guy, a nihilistic egotist with slick trainers and a directional haircut, that was cool in the 90s.

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Author: Melanie Arrow
Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:22 pm

You can’t do it alone, and often you have to make up your own rules.

When I first started mountaineering, I would get dropped off by a helicopter at the top of the mountain and ski down. The experience was exhilarating and technically challenging, but I felt like something was missing. I felt like I was cheating and taking the easy way out.

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Author: Pieter van der Does
Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:00 pm

Europe is pushing back against Uber. On Friday, London decided not to renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, accusing the company of a “lack of corporate responsibility.” The decision was made in part because of Uber’s use of software to evade regulators. The city also says Uber failed to meet safety standards. But …

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Europe is pushing back against Uber. On Friday, London decided not to renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, accusing the company of a “lack of corporate responsibility.” The decision was made in part because of Uber’s use of software to evade regulators. The city also says Uber failed to meet safety standards.

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Author: Ruth Reader
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:25 am

The Facebook CEO points to last year’s primaries as the moment he had a “political awakening.” But do his actions—and words—reflect that?

Since January, we’ve seen story after story offer speculation about whether Mark Zuckerberg will make a bid for the presidency. It won’t surprise you, then, that a Bloomberg profile of the Facebook CEO published Thursday spilled a lot of ink on Zuckerberg’s politicking. One thing we learned was that his “political awakening,” as the story calls it, only took root in early 2016.

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Author: Pavithra Mohan
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:00 am

This week’s top stories take a close look at Bodega’s recent apology and consider a few habits you can adopt to work smarter, not harder.

This week, one contributor teased out some lessons from the apology that Bodega cofounder Paul McDonald posted on Medium after the recent uproar. We also picked up some skills for how to be more efficient in your work life, as well as a reading list courtesy of Microsoft’s Satya Nadella.

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Author: Fast Company Staff
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:00 am

Another day, another scandal involving digital ad platforms. Today’s entry comes from Instagram, which made an advertisement of a Guardian reporter’s post that documented a threatening email she received. The message said, among other things, “I will rape you before I kill you, you filthy whore!” The reporter, Olivia Solon, discovered the ad when it …

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Another day, another scandal involving digital ad platforms. Today’s entry comes from Instagram, which made an advertisement of a Guardian reporter’s post that documented a threatening email she received. The message said, among other things, “I will rape you before I kill you, you filthy whore!”

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Author: Cale Guthrie Weissman
Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:54 am

Because you’re better than that.

“My resume reads like I’ve been a passive spectator in my own career, not a player. What am I doing wrong?”

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Author: Anish Majumdar—Glassdoor
Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:00 am

Happy World Car Free Day: This new website lets you look at any city in America and find the most transit-accessible locations.

America is a place where a disturbingly large proportion of people, faced with the prospect of traveling somewhere less than a mile away, get in their car to do so. Around 60% of trips under a mile are made by car, which adds up to around 10 billion miles a year–the equivalent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, of the entire population of Chicago up and driving to Las Vegas and back in single-occupancy vehicles (SOVs).

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Author: Eillie Anzilotti
Posted: September 22, 2017, 9:00 am

Vangst surfaces job openings in cannabis companies–many of which require no prior industry experience–that established job boards won’t post.

Karson Humiston started a student travel company while she was still an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. But before she graduated, she’d already decided to do something bigger.

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Author: Lydia Dishman
Posted: September 22, 2017, 9:00 am

We’ve decoded what it really means when people say those phrases we’ve heard a million times.

We’ve decoded what it really means when people say those phrases we’ve heard a million times.

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Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: September 22, 2017, 9:00 am

Mini races in 1964, Harley-Davidson rides into Discovery, and Audi goes back to the future.

If Marvel Entertainment has taught what a well-timed teaser and an expertly soundtracked trailer can do for movie marketing, then 3AM and Ridley Scott have done just as much with thoughtful, complementary creative content. Maybe it doesn’t get the adrenaline up quite like a Hulk x Led Zeppelin combo, but frankly it’s just as exciting.

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:01 am
Small Biz Survival

Small Biz Survival

The small town and rural business resource

  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for September 22-24, 2017. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:43 am
I have had the opportunity to work with the small-business community over the last twenty years. That community includes people looking to start a business, those in the start-up stage, others growing to the next stage, and a cadre of people dedicated to support these folks. I have seen businesses start but also shut down. […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: September 20, 2017, 2:12 pm
What good is it to teach people how to be good entrepreneurs if you don’t make more places for them to try out tiny business ideas? Right now, once they finish the class, they need to have all their ducks in a row in order to go into business in the traditional ways. In order […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 18, 2017, 11:45 am
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for September 15-17, 2017. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: September 15, 2017, 11:33 am
While you form the cornerstone of your business, employees make up the foundation. As the owner, your name and personality are key to identifying and branding your business. Yet, you are not always there to interact with each and every customer. Plus you can’t be an expert at all of the skills required to build […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: September 13, 2017, 2:20 pm
Deb Brown, co-founder of SaveYour.Town, joins us today to share a story about a group of guys she met in Akron, Iowa.  I’ve been talking about the old boys at the coffee clubs for a long time, and usually as members of the Committee of Negativity. You know them – they meet for coffee and […]
Author: Deb Brown
Posted: September 12, 2017, 8:01 pm
  Your town probably has one: an empty church building. I’ve seen several converted to private homes, but I hadn’t seen one used as camping or lodging until this: champing, or camping in churches. ‘Champing’™ is the ultimate ‘slow tourism’ escape, with England’s historic churches offering their own unique havens of tranquility, a peaceful night’s sleep interrupted only […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 11, 2017, 11:19 am
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for September 8-10, 2017. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: September 8, 2017, 11:30 am
At some point, you will need the support and expertise of an attorney as you operate your small business. Often, though, owners delay adding that member to your business team. The thought is that you, the owner, will know when you need such help. But that line of thought has two major issues. First, you […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: September 6, 2017, 2:44 pm
  Between writing blog posts, sharing on social media, and creating graphics for my business, I’m always using photos. As much as possible, I use my own photos or ones that rural friends have shared with me with permission to re-use them. But I still find places I need a photo that I don’t have […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 4, 2017, 10:26 am
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