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Apple Inc. - A Case Study In Innovation - Part 2


This is the second part of the continuing story of innovation at Apple...Then came Apple with the IPOD. Hence came the amazing ability to store and play back digital music, in a compact, portable device. So what's special about this compared to other portable music players -

Look Good on Voice Mail


Your use of voice mail tells others a lot about you. Here's how to make a good impression.

Don?t Forget Where You Came from - Why the Past is Important in Implementing Business Change


Much of the literature and advice on implementing business change focuses on knowing where you are going and making sure that you understand and communicate a consistent vision of the future. Indeed, I have looked at the importance of this in an earlier article in this series.

Give Yourself a Boss? Day Gift


Become a better boss and reap the benefits Another interesting study was done. One that should really catch our attention.

Guidelines For Conducting A Good Meeting


Okay, so you've figured out what kind of meeting is needed, you've planned well and you have all the right materials. How about the meeting itself? How can you be sure the meeting you've so carefully planned and prepared actually comes off as expected? The checklist below can help you through the process.

Tap Employee Passion For Business Success


Meriwether Lewis set the stage for the Corps of Discovery's success before one single "employee" had been hired. From the outset Lewis and Clark engendered a communications culture that brought in the right prospects, then kept morale high and increased the productivity of those eventually hired.

Nine Vital Lessons For Avoiding Training Fads That Waste Time, Money and Enthusiasm


Unfortunately, at least two thirds of much of the training and development effort undertaken by organisations to develop their people is wasted. This is such as shame isn't it? Waste of money is bad enough but even more serious is the waste of human energy and enthusiasm.

You Cant Afford the Luxury of Disengaged Employees


In today's business environment with increases in staff reductions and rapidly changing roles and responsibilities, it is crucial that all of your team members be fully engaged in the tasks at hand. According to a Gallup survey, 350 billion dollars are lost each year in American companies due to disengaged employees.

The Red Phone - Management Consulting in 30 Seconds or Less


Modern business faces complex problems; management often calls upon highly-specialized consultants to help them address these difficult problems. If you're ever called to help identify these most pressing issues, one of the easiest and quickest ways to start is to talk about the 'Red Phone'.

How to Get the Best from Outsourcing


There's a great little article on outsourcing.

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Valls tells Germans France isn't EU's 'sick child'

German Chancellor Merkel and French Prime Minister Valls pose for photographers after news conference in BerlinBy Stephen Brown and Alexandra Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - France's Manuel Valls used his first visit to Berlin as prime minister on Monday to try to convince Germany his government is serious about making its economy more competitive, declaring that France "is not the sick child of Europe". Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the reforms he outlined but said it was up to the European Commission to judge whether Paris should be granted yet more time to bring its public deficit down to EU treaty limits. ...



European stocks decline; London hit by Tesco warning

Tesco on Monday said it had launched an investigation after revealing that it had overstated its half-year profit forecast by 250 million ($409 million, 318 million euros)London (AFP) - Europe's main stock markets fell on Monday, with London dragged down by losses to heavyweight mining shares and a fresh profit warning from supermarket group Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer.



Bank of Canada sees neutral interest rate one and a half points lower

The Bank of Canada building is pictured in OttawaOTTAWA (Reuters) - Interest rates may have to be about 1-1/2 percentage points lower than they used to be historically to enable the Canadian economy to operate at full capacity, the Bank of Canada said on Monday in a major policy pronouncement. The central bank estimated that the neutral rate of interest, at which the economy can work at full capacity with stable inflation, is 3 to 4 percent, down from 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 percent in the mid-2000s. ...



AutoZone sales disappoint as customers prefer new cars to repairs

The entrance to AutoZone store is pictured in Temple CityBy Ankit Ajmera (Reuters) - AutoZone Inc reported weaker-than-expected quarterly revenue as a strengthening U.S. economy encouraged consumers to buy new vehicles instead of repairing existing ones, sending the auto parts retailer's shares down as much as 5 percent. U.S. auto sales showed strong growth in each of the past three months. August sales rose 5.4 percent to about 1.58 million vehicles ? the highest for the month since 1.63 million vehicles were sold in August 2003. (http://reut.rs/1r1pqaV) AutoZone reported a 2.1 percent rise in same-store sales for the fourth quarter ended Aug. ...



Zambia minister urges dialogue over mine power dispute

An aerial view of the Konkola mine project in Chililabombwe, Zambia.LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's energy minister on Monday called for dialogue between Copperbelt Energy Corp and Vedanta Resources to end a power supply dispute that has paralysed the British mining company's operations. Copperbelt Energy on Sunday cut power to Vedanta's Konkola mine for all but essential operations such as water pumping, ventilation and the operation of medical facilities. "Zambia's copper production will go down with this restriction and Copperbelt Energy should sit down with Konkola so that our economy does not suffer," Energy minister Christopher Yaluma told state radio. ...



South Africa's rand hit as commodity currencies suffer

Photo illustration of South African bank notes displayed next to the American dollar notes in JohannesburgJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's rand fell to seven-month lows against the dollar on Monday as commodity-linked currencies bore the brunt of expected weak growth in China, the world's largest consumer of raw materials. The rand has been on the back foot in recent weeks and was extending losses linked to South Africa's own poor economic fundamentals. This week sentiment is expected to be spearheaded from abroad. ...



US stocks fall as China weighs on markets

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011, file photo, American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stock markets fell Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, ahead of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stocks are falling as investors worry about new signs of weakness in China's economy.



Dubai housing costs soar to Manhattan peaks, forcing moves to outskirts

A general view shows Dubai's cityscapeBy Matt Smith and Praveen Menon DUBAI (Reuters) - An economic rebound has catapulted house prices and rents in Dubai to Manhattan-like peaks, the Gulf emirate's top property website says, forcing increasing numbers of residents to move to its cheaper outskirts or even to consider returning home abroad. Rents fell 1 percent in the third quarter after 10 straight quarters of price rises, property consultants CBRE reported this week. ...



Mauritius Sun Resorts to buy 50 pct stake in Anahita luxury hotels
PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius' Sun Resorts will pay 926.4 million rupees ($29.64 million) for a 50 percent stake in Anahita Hotel Ltd., a luxury resort along the east coast of the Indian Ocean island. Tourism is a key source of hard currency for the Indian Ocean island known for its luxury spas and beaches, though the vital tourism industry has struggled in recent years mainly due to a faltering global economy. ...
Global stocks slip on China slowdown worries, comments; oil falls

A man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and the stock price indexes of various countries outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - Concern about a potential economic slowdown in China pressured world stock indexes on Monday while Brent crude oil fell below $97 a barrel on sluggish demand and ample supplies. Signs of disagreement between major economic powers on the need for extra stimulus further clouded the outlook. China will not dramatically alter its policy because of any one economic indicator, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said on Sunday, days after many economists lowered growth forecasts after seeing the latest set of weak data. ...



Draghi: Euro recovery losing momentum

President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi smiles before he takes his seat to address the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, at the European Parliament building, in Brussels on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? European Central Bank head Mario Draghi defended the bank's new stimulus programs as he warned that the weak economic recovery in the eurozone "is losing momentum."



TSX hits six-week low on China growth concerns
By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Monday, hitting a six-week low, as worries about China's economic growth and weakness in commodity prices weighed on shares of natural resource producers. A Reuters poll showed growth in the Chinese factory sector probably stalled in September. Further, the country's finance minister said that China will not dramatically alter its economic policy because of any one economic indicator. The Toronto equities market extended its slide after recording its biggest single-day fall in seven months on Friday. ...
French PM in Berlin pledges to push economic reforms

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a joint press conference after their meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, on September 22, 2014Berlin (AFP) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged on a Berlin visit Monday to push on with an economic reform package, which Chancellor Angela Merkel praised as "impressive".



Eyeing 2015 vote, Britain's Labour says it can be trusted to revive the economy

Britain's shadow chancellor Ed Balls speaks at the Labour party's annual conference in ManchesterBy William Schomberg MANCHESTER England (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour party promised on Monday to keep a firm grip on spending if it wins next year's election, seeking to persuade voters with tough budget talk that the recovering economy will be safe in its hands. It was an early broadside in a campaign shaken up by disputes over powers for the United Kingdom's regions following Scotland's No" to independence vote. ...



Eyeing 2015 vote, Labour says it can be trusted to revive the economy

Britain's shadow chancellor Ed Balls acknowledges applause as Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband looks on after his speech during Labour's annual conference in ManchesterBy William Schomberg MANCHESTER England (Reuters) - The Labour party promised on Monday to keep a firm grip on spending if it wins next year's election, seeking to persuade voters with tough budget talk that the recovering economy will be safe in its hands. It was an early broadside in a campaign shaken up by disputes over powers for the United Kingdom's regions following Scotland's No" to independence vote. Labour is narrowly ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's right-leaning Conservatives in opinion polls but lags far behind in terms of who voters trust most to run the economy. ...



Clorox exits Venezuela citing govt restrictions
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.
US stocks open lower on weakness in China

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011, file photo, American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stock markets fell Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, ahead of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stocks are opening lower as investors worry about some soft economic data from China and a profit warning by the British retailer Tesco.



Nigeria's Transcorp Hotels plans IPO to help finance new properties
By Oludare Mayowa LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's Transcorp Hotels plans to start marketing its initial public offering (IPO) from Sept. 24, aiming to raise 8 billion naira ($48.8 million) to part-finance the construction of two new hotels in Africa's biggest economy, its prospectus showed. New hotels are springing up across Africa despite bureaucratic delays and poor infrastructure, seeking to cater to a growing middle class and increasing number of tourists and business travellers. ...
Israel approves Intel's $6 billion investment in chip plant

An employee walks past an Intel logo during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiTEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's finance and economy ministries on Monday approved a plan by Intel Corp to invest $6 billion in the upgrade of its chip manufacturing plant, in what would be the largest single investment by a foreign company in the country. Intel will receive a government grant of $300 million over five years and will be eligible to pay a corporate tax rate of only 5 percent for a 10-year period, the ministries said. The U.S. ...



OECD backs Japan tax hike, more easy money

Japan should raise sales taxes again next year despite wobbles in the economy caused by the first rise, the OECD saysJapan should raise sales taxes again next year despite wobbles in the economy caused by the first rise, and the central bank should cushion the blow with more easy money, the OECD said Monday.


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