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Keni Thomas performs for the Institute of World Politics Silver Gala in Washington DC

By Keni Thomas
Left to Right: Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, USA (Ret.)18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency,KT McFarlandNational Security Analyst, FOX News, Sergeant Keni Thomas Since its founding, IWP has grown into the nation's premier graduate school dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of internationalrealities and the ethical conduct of statecraft. In short, they arebuilding world leaders who are mentally alert, and ...
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I Don't Get Any Respect

By Dr. Kathleen Hall
I was enjoying a delicious late lunch at Roy's Restaurant at the Pebble Beach Resort when an uninvited guest landed on my table. I looked up and there stood a beautiful black bird staring at me. I laughed and asked her if there was anything I could do for her. She just tilted her head back and forth and seemed to communicate in some obscure bird language. Our silent communication was interrupted when my waiter started yelling and running at the bird. The bird flew off and the waiter began apologizing for the ...
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Lessons on "Ueber" Branding

By JP Kuehlwein
Some brands just have it. You know, that special something that makes consumers crave their products. This topic was on deck Tuesday, October 13, during a presentation by JP Kuehlwein, Executive Vice President of Frédéric Fekkai, and co-author of "Rethinking Prestige Branding Secrets of the Ueber-Brands."; Held at FIT's John E. Reeves Great Hall, JP zeroed in on the specific reasons "why some brands just seem to be made differently where people don't look at price."; After his presentation, a panel made up ...
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Stacy Allison brings Mt. Everest to PMI Global Congress

By Stacy Allison
Best-selling author and entrepreneur Stacy Allison has the kind of challenges that many never get to experience. By the age of twenty two, she had successfully summited Mount McKinley and Ama Dablam just one year after starting alpine climbing. Shortly after, Stacy became the first American woman to summit the tallest peak in the Russian Pamir Range! She then went on to becoming the first American woman to top the deadliest peak of them all: Mount Everest. During her first ...
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Visiting the Apple Store, I Mean the United Nations

By Dr. Kathleen Hall
I just left the Apple Store after taking a class in iMovie. Every time I leave that store I have immense creative energy and I feel deliriously happy, hopeful about the world, and decades younger. If someone could just package this Apple Store experience and sell it, I'd just say, "Send me a lifetime supply."; No matter where my mind or life is wandering when I enter the store there is an invisible door that requires I leave my worries and busy life behind. I walk into a world of ...
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Go Big or Go Home'? A New Book Says the Link Between Going All-In and Success Is B.S.

By Bonita Thompson
A discussion with experts on executive leadership Mark and Bonita Thompson Mark Thompsonhas worked side by side with three of the world's most legendary disruptive innovators: Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. He brings insight from decades of experience with these great leaders and research on the culture of companies and brands that achieve the highest levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty and ...
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Former Apple CEO, John Sculley on 'Steve Jobs' movie portrayal

By John Sculley
Former Apple CEO and President/CEO of Pepsi John Sculley has long been a trailblazer in the business and corporate world. In addition to John's achievements as a marketing guru for Apple and Pepsi, he is also the brain behind the launch of the first Macintosh and various other multi-billion dollar companies. Actor Jeff Daniels portrays John in the feature film "Steve Jobs"; which reveals the story behind his friendship and professional relationship with Jobs. After a private ...
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From Self Doubt to Greatness - Fast

By Vince Poscente
No matter how much we invest in ourselves, we always have some measure of self-doubt. How does one say goodbye to the negative voice sitting on our right shoulder? Well, we couldn't think of anyone better to guide us, than Vince Poscente, the internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, founder of The Goal Acceleration Institute, and author of two of our favorite books:The Ant and the ElephantandThe Age of Speed. His specialty? Helping people achieve big goals in less time. We would like to share ...
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Customer Centric Design of Products and Services

By Dr. Michael Burcham
Is Your Business Addressing a Symptom… or Solving the Real Problem? So many times when companies create a product or service, they lock in on the customer's symptoms but not their real pain. Any sustainable solution you are going to offer has to be a "must have"; - not a nice to have. It has to get to the heart of the problem with laser focus. So how do you make sure you're solving the right problem? Here are 4 basic rules to remember as you set out to create your products and ...
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Free Lunch and Employee Engagement

By Terry Williams
Dov Seidman's recent post says that most management efforts at employee engagement have been 'out to lunch.'As in, taking employees out to lunch, as if that kind of reward or team-bonding activity had some effective influence on the engagement behaviours of employees. Lunching isn't inherently a bad thing (depending on how healthy you're eating I suppose, or if you let anyone drink alcohol) but there's no proven cause-and-effect relationship with employee engagement. I like this one of Dov's key ...

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