Strategic vision comes about as the result of a core business model -- how a company will sustainably and profitably develop and deliver products or services to customers in a distinctive way, writes David Duryea. "You see many people have great ideas but cannot attain a sustainable product and business operation," he writes.
Studies show taking frequent short breaks helps restore mental clarity and focus, particularly during the afternoon lull many of us experience, writes Daniel Pink. Researchers tell us to get up, talk to people and get outside if possible to restore our energy, focus and mood, he writes.
Jeff Lawson, chairman and CEO of Twilio, says he leads by empowering others and projecting his passion into the company's culture. "If you feel like at the end of the day you're building something that's meaningful, something the world needs and something that you feel passionate about bringing into existence into the world, that's the fuel that helps you do everything that you do as an entrepreneur," says Lawson.
The French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, near Newfoundland, served as a warehouse for American liquor during Prohibition, writes Marc Wortman. Crackdowns on bootleggers running the US-Canadian border eventually made the islands an ideal spot for warehousing and trafficking alcohol.
Apple has announced a significant investment in the Malala Fund, a charity that helps to educate girls worldwide. The investment will help the fund double its efforts and expand into new countries, according to the announcement.
Create a list of six functional skills that you possess and another list of up to five achievements, suggests author Andrea Kay. Other career investment strategies include scheduling a networking activity and asking your manager what he or she reads to keep up on industry news.
Maintaining open lines of communication between departments is a core challenge for many growing companies, writes Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes. Leaders should provide regular video updates and participate in virtual town hall meetings, he suggests.
Former Netflix chief talent officer Patty McCord identifies three questions that can help determine if it's time to quit your job. Ask yourself: Is this what you love to do; are you really good at it; and is it something the company needs?
Researchers from Canada's McGill University have proposed a "life detection platform" that could help find life on Mars. The system is based on recognizing the presence of nucleic acid, according to the researchers.