A slowdown in new credit for businesses during the past year is "highly uncommon outside of economic downturns," UBS strategists said. Political uncertainty could be the largest reason that there has been weaker demand from businesses, said UBS credit strategist Stephen Caprio.
Asking the right questions in the right way at the right time is how you uncover the information you're looking for, especially with an unfriendly interviewee, says Frank Sesno, former CNN White House correspondent. "Bridging questions are questions that are meant to create a rapport, bridge a divide with someone who is suspicious or hostile or reluctant," he says.
Sometimes it pays to focus on the same product attributes that your competitors emphasize in their marketing rather than trying to differentiate your brand, write Yi Zhu and Anthony Dukes. That's because too many differing marketing messages in a crowded field can confuse and distract consumers, producing a "dilution effect."
Entrepreneurs share what bothers them about a new hire's behavior or outlook. For example, John Rampton of Due advises managers to look for a "lack of positivity," while Kelsey Meyer of Influence & Co. says "not asking questions" should be cause for concern.
It's normal to feel nervous before giving a speech or presentation, so acknowledge that and find your own little ways of coping, writes Stephanie Scotti. Also, be prepared should something go wrong during your presentation, such as slides not working.
Leaders can learn a lot from one another by asking questions, writes Joseph Lalonde. He offers 15 examples, including "Can you share what you've learned from past failures?" and "How do you create a vision for your business that everyone on your team can latch onto?"
L'Oreal's sustainability efforts run throughout its operations and supply chain, with the idea that environmental impact and continued economic success are not mutually exclusive, writes Eillie Anzilotti. The company has linked bonuses to environmental outcomes, as measured by key performance indicators.
You can improve cellular health in your muscles by doing certain exercises, particularly with intense interval training, according to research. This study of 72 people found particularly strong effects in the older test subjects.
Bea Gonzalez, a vice president at Syracuse University, says it is important to "invest in yourself" rather than wait to be developed. "Sometimes, we can't afford to go to the next leadership workshop, but you can read books on leadership," she says.
Aristotle's system of logic was a source of inspiration for mathematicians such as George Boole, whose work in turn inspired Claude Shannon and others to create systems for mathematics that are still felt in computer programming today.
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