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Advice to Writers: Be Determined and Stay in the Game

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My tenth novel will be published in September. I began writing it more than four years ago. The delay in its publication is mostly due to the fact that I parted ways with my former literary agent as well as my former publisher. When I broke ranks with them I knew I was taking a risk: unless you are incredibly successful and have a stellar track record, it’s difficult to begin again in mid-career. Going out on my own actually turned out to be a lot more difficult than I realized. Part of this was coming to terms with the fact that the publishing business has more and more become like the movie business. I’ve said this before in other…

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Business Book Awards: 800-CEO-READ Announces Shortlist

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800-CEO-READ is a website dedicated to exploring and providing the very best business books for readers. They also hold an annual Business Book Awards where they acknowledge the top business books of the year. On the December 6, they announced this year’s shortlist, which includes the winning titles in eight different categories. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony and celebration on January 12 in New York City. According to Editorial Director, Dylan Schleicher, the awards are looking to represent a more inclusive and human-driven approach to the business world. “You will see a broadening in the definition of what constitutes, ‘business,’” he writes on their website. This includes, “who business is meant to serve, and who should be allowed – even…

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Video: Missed It? Watch Interview with Carolyn Carpeneti and Taking Flight: Mastering Executive Function

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What should we do when our children struggle academically? Should we let them fail so they’ll learn from their mistakes and do better next time? Perhaps. But what if they lack the organizational tools to succeed? Carolyn Carpeneti’s son had effectively coped with learning differences through high school and was accepted into the university of his dreams. Only weeks into his freshman year, Carpeneti was stunned to discover that her son was flunking. The problem, it turned out, was not lack of intelligence, interest, or motivation but weak executive function—the ability to plan, organize, manage time, initiate action, and achieve goals, a skill set that often does not develop in the human brain until the late teens and midtwenties. Executive…

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Spartan Up! How Investing in the Future Helped Clif Bar CEO Kevin Cleary Find Success

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Clif Bar CEO Kevin Cleary has a very specific business model in place and he’s stuck to it over the years, making sure to keep the future in mind when deciding on the next step for the company. Here, Cleary talks to Spartan Up’s Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, about Clif Bar’s mission and how it affects the community and why companies that focus on the long term will actually make smarter decisions. For more, watch the podcast above. ABOUT SPARTAN UP! THE PODCAST: Every day, Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race and a New York Times bestselling author, inspires millions of people all over the world to get off the couch and take on any…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Leslie Grossman and Link Out: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections

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Proven networking strategies to achieve lifetime professional success In today’s competitive market, the typical ways of communicating don’t serve the purpose of building strong, long-term connections. We need to build collaborative relationships that are memorable and influence others to aid in achieving our goals. What is the first step to connecting with the right person? It’s not simply passing along a business card or rattling on about yourself, it is listening to what to the other person has to say. Link Out is filled with strategies that can turn strangers into connections that can change your career or business. Explains how to ensure that potential entourage members perceive you positively Offers a tracking process, which enables accountability Teaches how to…

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Matilda Kahl’s uniform idea doesn’t have to be boring

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When I first read Matilda Kahl’s article, “Why I Wear the Exact Same Thing to Work Every Day,” for Harper’s Bazaar, I was a little appalled. I love fashion way too much to narrow my daily possibilities to black pants and a white shirt with a bow—Kahl’s “uniform” of choice. But the more I thought about it, the more sense it started to make. Every day, so many of us wake up early and rush to get ready for work, juggling our hair, makeup, breakfast, that gym bag we forgot to pack the night before…the list goes on and on. So why not cut out the time we spend staring at our closets, wondering what to wear for the day?…

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Live Interview with Alan Fox, Author of People Tools for Business

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ABOUT PEOPLE TOOLS Mastering the art of working well with others is the key to success. This is the essence of Alan C. Fox’s new book, People Tools for Business, the sequel to his New York Times bestseller, People Tools (January 2014).  MAKE A CAREER OUT OF BEING HAPPY Based on the countless lessons gleaned from a distinguished and highly profitable business career, Alan shares the tools you need to create that success in your own career and life—success that is both meaningful and long lasting. Whether you are just entering the workforce or have been running a business for years, this book will help you build the career—and life—of your dreams. WHAT ARE PEOPLE TOOLS? “People Tools” are practical and easy to understand. From developing…

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