Fresh Pick of the Day, July 30, 2014: “Is it profitable to invest in wine?”

From Knowledge@HEC Paris – “A collection of fine red wines may be an asset for gourmets, but it is also an interesting financial asset, which appreciates over time. Unique research based on the study of prices of Bordeaux premiers crus over the course of the 20th century shows that wine appreciates beyond its drinking value to deliver high returns, even outperforming some other traditional investments.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 28, 2014: “New research shows one big reason to be nice to others” – From Stanford University

From Stanford University – “A growing body of research has identified one reliable path to greater personal happiness: engaging in a rewarding activity — particularly one that involves doing something nice for someone else. Acts of kindness not only benefit the recipient….”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 24, 2014: “Start-up advice -How to balance making a difference with making a profit”

From Washington Post – “Many believe social entre­pre­neur­ship means neglecting the bottom line and profit margins. Michaels says that doesn’t have to be the case.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 23, 2014: “Understanding cloud computing”

From FT.com – “How can you regulate cloud computing? With data centres spread across the world, just how important are national laws and, crucially, how is it possible nowadays to determine just who controls your data?”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 22, 2014: “What marketers need to know about the emerging discipline of service design”

From Marketing Magazine – “Essentially, service design is about fusing a brand’s ‘top down’ commercial value-driven perspective; what it stands for, what customers can expect from it, with ‘bottom-up’ emotionally-driven insight into more fundamental human motivation and needs. The aim is to help brands come up with ways of engaging consumers so that their needs and expectations are met in new and sometimes unexpected ways.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 21, 2014: “How to Write a Killer Sales Email”

From Inc Magazine – “Customers are more likely to respond to emails that are short, sweet, and get right to the point.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 18, 2014: “Here’s one way to fix boring meetings” from Washington Post

From Washington Post – “A new study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that when people stand during meetings, they appeared more excited by their work, acted less territorial about their ideas, and interacted better as a team.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 17, 2014: “The Faulty ‘Mental Models’ That Lead to Poor Disaster Preparation”

From Knowledge@Wharton -“Meyer —  co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center — and his colleagues find that most people fail to adequately understand the threats they face as a result of natural and other disasters, and often those poor “mental models” lead to insufficient preparation.”

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