Talent of the Month #11: Indra Nooyi, Pepsi’s Shining Light

In the great melting pot of the USA, it seems only fitting that India-born Indra Nooyi, 52, should find herself as the most influential woman behind the red, white and blue logo of the Pepsi company. Indra was named the #1 Most Powerful Woman in Business in 2010 by Fortune Magazine. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, she is the highest ranking Woman in corporate America.So just how did Indra go from a student in Chennai, India to President and CEO of PepsiCo in America?  Continue reading

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Who’s Had the Worst Recession? Gen X, Gen Y or The Boomers?

http://tankenling.com/standingtall/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/clip-image004.jpgThis is a debate without a winner, and we’re not going to name one. Instead, we’re want to look across three categories — employment, income, and overall wealth outlook — and argue on behalf of each generation that their cohort got it worst.

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GenY: It’s a simple case: Unemployment is worst for the youngest. Overall joblessness is between two and three times higher for 20-somethings than older workers, and the greatest percentage increase in unemployment between December 2007 and September 2010 happens to be 20-24-year olds … with a college education! Continue reading

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Talent of the Month : William Wang, The LCD TV Titan

William Wang knows about keeping things in perspective. As one of 96 survivors aboard a Singapore Airlines 747 that took off on the wrong runway in Taiwan, struck a construction site, and broke in two, Wang instantly realized that the difficulties of his various technology businesses weren’t such a big deal. Not when 83 passengers and crew members were killed that day in 2000. Wang shut down all his businesses after the crash, and in 2003 got into the flat-screen TV business by launching Vizio

 http://www.inc.com/uploaded_files/image/how-i-did-it-107-wang1-pop_212.jpg Born : 30 Aug 1966Age : 45

Occupation: Founder and CEO,Vizio Inc and MAG Innovision

Education :Graduate,University of Southern California

Fortune : USD $ 1.8 billion

William was born and raised in Taiwan. He moved to California with his parents when he was 14. It was a difficult adjustment because of language problems, cultural problems he Continue reading

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How Introverts Can Be Better Networkers

A common assumption that isn’t necessarily true is that an extroverted “people person” is the best type of networker. While an extroverted person might be better at meeting new people, someone who’s more introverted can be better at the second part of business networking — communicating his or her ideas and forming meaningful relationships. Continue reading

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Steve Jobs : You’ve Got to Find What You Love!

http://zapp5.staticworld.net/images/article/2011/08/apple-ceo-steve-jobs111-800x600-5210536.jpgNo doubt, Steve Jobs is no stranger to you. The world renowned Apple CEO sold dreams not products. He was one of the greatest corporate storytellers in the world stage. People loved everything about him , from  his presentation style, quotes or facts about his personal and professional life. Continue reading

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How to Effectively Lead a Sales Team

How is leading a sales team different from managing other teams within a company?

The primary difference is that sales team are critically judged by their results, and often on a short timeline. Monthly quota reports or other metrics will regularly identify winners and losers. Other teams within a company usually aren’t monitored this closely. Continue reading

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Vision is perhaps our greatest strength – Li Ka Shing

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From his humble beginnings in China as a teacher’s son, a refugee, and later as a salesman, Li Ka- Shing provides a lesson in integrity and adaptability. Through hard work, and a reputation for remaining true to his internal moral compass, he was able to build a business empire.

He was 12 years old in 1940 when his family fled the Japanese invasion of China. Within three years of their arrival in Hong Kong, his father had died. Li was forced to leave school before the age of 15 to support the family and found a job in a plastics trading company where he labored 16 hours a day.

In 1949, after learning how to operate a plant, Li start his own company, Cheung Kong Industries, with funds borrowed from family, friends and contacts he cultivated as a top-tier salesman.

In 1958, unable to renew the lease for his company, Li was forced to purchase and develop a site by himself. This would be the first of many investments in real estate. Li was diligent in bidding for land and his strategy was to avoid debt by raising capital before building.

By the 1960s Cheung Kong had transformed into a property development and management company. The company, renamed Cheung Kong Holdings in 1971, had its initial public offering in 1972. By 1979 Li was Hong Kong’s largest private landlord.

Through hard work, and a reputation for remaining true to his internal moral compass, he was able to build a business empire. Most accounts described Li as personally unpretentious and frugal, leading a modest lifestyle that reflected his respect for traditional Chinese values.

When people ask him if he considered himself lucky, Li’s response was “No, I wasn’t lucky. I worked hard to achieve the goals I set for myself.”

Last, we would like to conclude his story with one of his inspirational quotes:
“Vision is perhaps our greatest strength… it has kept us alive to the power and continuity of thought through the centuries, it makes us peer into the future and lends shape to the unknown.”

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Avoiding Common On-the-Job Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes–but some of those mistakes are more avoidable than others. When it comes to your job, even just one mistake could result in major consequences for your career.

Impress your employer by avoiding the following mistakes: Continue reading

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The Wiffle Ball’s Sunday Evening Tale

The complete tour of Wiffle Ball Inc.’s one and only factory takes about 20 minutes. And that is with all the technical details left in.The top floor of the two-story cinderblock building off Connecticut’s Route 8 is devoted to packing and storage. The ground floor has an aging wood-paneled office with five desks. And in the next room lies the heart of the 15-employee operation, where two injection-molding machines hum along to produce thousands of Wiffle Balls every day. Continue reading

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Talent of the Month #2 From $10 to $800 Million

It’s hard to believe that a 12-year-old who began work as a cleaning boy in a small shop in Karachi, who later worked as door to door peddler of electrical supplies, can build one of India’s leading business conglomerates.

This is not a fairy tale story. This is a story of a real person with strong willpower who can always find a way to overcome the obstacles in his path to success. This month, we would like to introduce you to Prahlad P. Chhabria, a self made man. He is the founder of Finolex Group — India’s leading cable maker and the second largest PVC resin manufacturer, with a turnover that exceeds US$800 million. Continue reading

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