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How Naiveté Can Become a Critical Business Asset

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Winning in business is an expert’s game. The path to success, conventional wisdom would have it, is to study the market and your competition, hire consultants, apply best practices. One surprise of the unconventionals—a podcast series that features businesses that succeed through disruptive strategies—is just how often people make the opposite point: they wouldn’t have succeeded if it wasn’t for their naiveté.

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Don’t Ditch Your Business Cards

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It's amazing when you think of it. The march of technology over the past two decades has decimated the music and publishing industries and created an environment in which nearly all of our correspondence is digital. Yet miraculously, the simple 3.5" x 2" rectangular paper business card continues to flourish.

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Get Your Team to Stop Second-Guessing Decisions

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The CEO of a multinational manufacturing company spent long hours with her team developing a strategic growth plan. Everyone was on board, but just weeks away from the launch, some got cold feet and began to doubt their ability to execute so many initiatives at once. As a result, they started second-guessing their overall direction.

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Companies Are Doing Their Part as the Number of Uninsured Fall by 3.8 Million

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The percentage of Americans without health insurance dropped from 14.4% in 2013 to 13.1% over the first three months of 2014. However, thousands of people are likely to lose their coverage at the end of this month because they missed a deadline, The Wall Street Journal said.

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Great Boards Have Great Dynamics

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There are “good” boards—and then there are “great” boards. Increasingly, research points to the link between effective board dynamics and shareholder value. In fact, 73 percent of directors polled in a recent study indicated that “great” boards are a substantial component of corporate success.

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SMBs Aren’t Budgeting for Mobile Tech Despite Reported Benefits

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An SMB Survey on Mobile Devices produced by Sage, a business management solutions firm, found that although the US manufacturing and distribution, food and beverages, and construction industries say mobile has a positive effect, many companies aren’t allocating funds for it.

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Analytics Fortify Resilient Mid-Market Companies

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Many midsized firms are purposefully not on a trajectory to become large enterprises. These firms are finding continuous success because they know how to operate well as midsized companies, and have advantages not available to much larger organizations.

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SourceMedia’s Mid-Market Pulse Index Suggests Energy Sector Peak Has Passed

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According to the fifth report in SourceMedia’s Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), dealmakers expect M&A in the energy section to fall behind the overall market and other high-growth sectors such as healthcare and financial services over the next 12 months. The MMP, published by Mergers & Acquisitions in partnership with McGladrey LLP, is a forward-looking sentiment indicator that monitors near-and intermediate-term outlook for merger and acquisition activity within the middle market.

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Strong Credit Market Environment Expected for Mid-Market Companies in 2H14

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A recent KPMG survey found that approximately 300 mid-market executives feel the credit markets' environment is improving and an increase in capital raising activity is expected during the remainder of the year. However, respondents caution that geopolitical instability represents the greatest risk to increased credit market activity through the end of the year.

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