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5/21/2018

A good plan for onboarding hires requires a schedule, writes Ryan Paugh of The Community Co. He explains how to time key tasks and interactions during the first few weeks, beginning with paperwork that is completed before the starting day.

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5/21/2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo identified 12 demands on Iran that the Trump administration would like to include in a new nuclear deal, including ceasing enrichment of uranium and allowing access to all nuclear sites. Pompeo threatened the country with "the strongest sanctions in history" if it doesn't comply.

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5/21/2018

Business leaders can learn from professional sports coaches, who know strategy is just one aspect of success, notes John Baldoni in this blog post and video. Bosses and coaches "must learn how to bring out the best in their employees, manage up in order to achieve their objectives and engage with the community around them," he writes.

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5/21/2018

The Trump administration will delay imposing new tariffs on goods from China as the countries work to negotiate new trade deals, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. While both sides are working together, neither indicated how close they were to reaching an agreement, and there's no guarantee that there won't be more trade conflicts in the future, added China.

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5/21/2018

The majority of Americans who think the economy is performing strongly say President Donald Trumps policies are at least somewhat responsible for its success. The percentage of Americans who think Trump is looking out for "big business and the wealthy" is higher than the percentage who think he is looking out for the middle class.

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5/21/2018

Taco Bell, McDonald's and other brands have recently emphasized value, a concept that includes not just price but also factors such as portion size. "From a value perspective, [consumers are] expecting to get the most they can for their money," said Melissa Friebe, Taco Bell's senior vice president of brand marketing and insights lab.

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5/21/2018

Leaders often feel isolated and unable to connect personally with employees, writes Art Petty. Finding avenues outside of work to discuss challenges and feelings can help, and so can practicing regular drop-ins to see how employees are doing, he writes.

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5/21/2018

Companies developing a new technology can make it more lucrative to larger businesses by building relationships with them early on, writes Kurt Estes. CEOs should also team with legal and financial experts during negotiations to assure they're positioned for the best offer and don't settle too soon, he writes.

5/21/2018

Perfecting a punchline is a tall order, so try capturing the audience's attention with an interesting story or fact instead, writes Anett Grant. Audiences are seeking useful knowledge, not entertainment, and self-deprecating humor may undermine their faith in your information, she writes.

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5/21/2018

Letting the mind wander periodically could boost innovation and problem-solving by freeing more creative functions of the brain, according to research by business professor Erik Dane. Positivity helps, as daydreaming about worries won't be helpful for solving problems.