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The Best Third-Grade Teacher Ever. One of the most important economic issues we face today is how much to spend on education, both individually and as a society.

The Best Third-Grade Teacher Ever

As tax revenues decline due to demographic changes and deteriorating business conditions, municipalities have to make tough choices about which programs to cut, and education is often an early victim. Because we don’t yet have good measures of all the future benefits produced by better education today, school programs are easy targets for cost-cutting measures, especially in lower-income regions where parents are focused on meeting more basic needs and less likely to put up a fight. But experiments like Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone hint at the enormous impact that early educational support can have on lifetime achievement. I have my own example: Mrs. Ficalora, the best third-grade teacher ever. The 10 Most Important Marketing Trends According To Sir Martin Sorrell.

Are you making the most of your company's 'software layer'? - McKinsey Quarterly - Marketing & Sales - Digital Marketing. The past 15 years have created a very different business environment, which has empowered consumers, commoditized many products and services, and dramatically compressed margins.

Are you making the most of your company's 'software layer'? - McKinsey Quarterly - Marketing & Sales - Digital Marketing

Not surprisingly, these changes have forced businesses to operate differently. But exactly what kinds of companies have successfully transitioned to the digital age? How have they regained and retained competitive advantage at a time when location is no longer a barrier to transactions, brands alone aren’t a proxy for quality, and pricing is increasingly transparent? Of course, the answers to these weighty questions vary by industry and company. Ready for the Fight: Rolling Stone Interview with Barack Obama. Google's $12 Billion Toy. Frugal innovation: Green ink. Bio as Bible: Managers Imitate Steve Jobs. How Google's Marissa Mayer Manages Burnout. Burnout isn't the result of too much work.

How Google's Marissa Mayer Manages Burnout

It's the result of not getting what you want. So says Google Vice President Marissa Mayer, 36, the company's first female software engineer and its 20th employee when she joined the company in 1999. Federal Reserve Economic Data - FRED - St. Louis Fed. More Services Events Information on conferences, seminars, and workshops sponsered by the Research Division. 8th District Economy Find economic data and reports on economic conditions in the Federal Reserve's Eighth District.

Federal Reserve Economic Data - FRED - St. Louis Fed

Careers Job Opportunities offered by the Research Division. Special Report: The Sony Schism. Inside the Chinese Boom in Corporate Espionage. Last June, three men squeezed inside a wind turbine in China’s Gobi Desert.

Inside the Chinese Boom in Corporate Espionage

They were employees of American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC), a Devens (Mass.) -based maker of computer systems that serve as the electronic brains of wind turbines. Five Leadership Mistakes Of The Galactic Empire. An Open Letter to Forbes Re: the Leadership Mistakes of the Galactic Empire. Dear Forbes, In your recent article of 13 February 2012, you detailed the Five Leadership Mistakes of the Galactic Empire.

An Open Letter to Forbes Re: the Leadership Mistakes of the Galactic Empire

Whilst we could strongly question the sanity of a business news website willing to suggest that the people with the ability to kill you with Force lightning or telekinetic choking powers have made several errors in judgement, especially when those people own a gigantic planet-exploding laser, we have decided to refute your claims to keep us occupied whilst we’re charging up said laser en route to your planet.

Management Lessons You Should Steal From Google. 5 Phrases That Can Boost Employee Morale. I left the company years ago for another but I still run into former colleagues.

5 Phrases That Can Boost Employee Morale

Usually the ensuing conversation involves something along the lines of, “Hey, did you hear about the (latest management decision I think is really stupid) at the plant?” This question was different. “You worked there for almost 20 years,” my ex-coworker said. Executives speak in a language of their own. AFrench diplomat recently shrugged at news that Tunisians were rejecting his language and enrolling in English classes.

Executives speak in a language of their own

“You can’t be in this globalised world without being able to speak English,” he said. How will these eager new English speakers fare? Mark Pincus, Zynga - Bing Gordon, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers - Product Management as CEO Training. Description If you can be a product manager, you can acquire the experience of acting as a CEO.

Mark Pincus, Zynga - Bing Gordon, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers - Product Management as CEO Training

The skills gained in product roadmapping, prioritizing tasks, interoffice communications, customer understanding, and product marketing are absolute necessities for being an effective enterprise lead. Retailers and the internet: Clicks and bricks. M&A Primer for Tech Company Directors. Given the vast proliferation of VC-backed emerging technology companies in southern California and the current state of the economy, serial entrepreneurs, investors and board members of these companies are revisiting their strategic objectives and considering an exit strategy involving a sale of the business rather than an initial public offering (IPO).

M&A Primer for Tech Company Directors

Executives must be mindful of the potential pitfalls that exist when pursuing a strategic sale and should be ready to address the key issues that will come up in the mergers and acquisitions transactions for these technology companies. Failure to adequately address key issues may lead to disruption in both businesses (buyer’s and seller’s) or the delay or even derailment of bringing good technologies and products to an eager marketplace. Deciding to be Acquired For most technology companies, pursuing an IPO may not be the most effective manner to address their principal business concerns. Planes, Games and Automobiles. Modelling behaviour: Game theory in practice.