Getting Enough Sleep

(Editor's Note:  Like many of us, our friend Zach Shulman sometimes doesn't get enough sleep. From personal experience we know the results aren't pretty.)

Kathy Savitt, the CMO of Yahoo, gave a presentation at the Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit NYC on October 11, 2013.  All the presentations from Summit will soon be up via video on the website.

Kathy presented a bunch of her personal rules of the road for startups.  Yahoo clearly still considers itself a startup (the world's largest!).  Her last rule was to get enough sleep.  I can relate to that completely.

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Getting a conversation started

One of the most intimidating situations for most people is to enter a room where they know virtually no one. It feels uncomfortable. This is where the art of networking come in. Networking is all about making connections with people to see if there could be a reciprocal relationship built around helping one another. Sometimes it’s challenging to just get that conversation started. Here are three tips to help make it easier:

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Winning an Argument via eMail

An American proverb goes, “The more arguments you win, the fewer friends you have.” Well, possibly – but the fact remains that in business you are going to have arguments sometimes, and you are going to try to win them. However, as long as you stick to a few golden rules, you should be able to keep the process friendly.

Of course, resolving disagreements in writing is clearly not the ideal way to do it; it’s always better to talk face to face or pick up the phone. But in our increasingly interconnected world, much of our communication naturally happens in written form, via letters, emails and instant messaging. And when you’re trying to make a point in writing, without the clues of tone of voice, facial expressions and body language to help you, misunderstandings may occur. You therefore have to be extra careful about the words you choose and the way you phrase them.

Here are some tips to remember next time you find yourself indignantly sitting down to write an email:

1. Logic and reason win arguments. Most people are fairly reasonable, so if you can appeal to their sense of what’s right, you will probably win them over to your way of thinking. Stay professional at all times: remember, you’re trying to solve an issue, not taking this opportunity to express all the anger and frustration that has been building up inside you for ages. Even if you’re having a lot of problems with this person, concentrate on one issue. Don’t make personal accusations – you will simply anger and alienate your reader and you risk losing your focus, your temper and your argument. So stay logical, stick to the facts, explain your reasoning properly, and you will stand a better chance of getting what you want.

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Password Basics

By Marian Merritt

There have been some well-publicized news stories of hacked websites where millions of user accounts and passwords were posted publicly. Can you imagine if you were one of those users affected? They likely had to hurry to change their credentials and make sure they didn't use the same combination of email address and password on any other websites. Chances are these people, like many others, did use the same password for other accounts. Many people not only use the same password all over the Web, but they also choose weak and foolish passwords.

Here's a list of some of the top password choices for millions of computer users:
  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. qwerty
  4. 111111
  5. monkey

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Ethical Considerations in Business

Editors note - This is another in our series of articles from "non technology" sources which can affect your business or organization. - Enjoy! 

Are you an ethical business person?? I ask the question because most of us would answer affirmatively, yet I propose that too few of us really consciously consider the ethics of a business decision when we’re weighing our options. I believe it is important that this issue of ethics take on a more conscious, deliberate role in our business decision making.

In a nutshell, the issue of ethics boils down to asking yourself, “What price am I willing to pay for this decision, and can I live with that price?”  This process can be helped by defining each letter of the word, ETHICS.

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