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How to Create a Portfolio Career

Have you made a list of New Year resolutions? Now resolve to make them happen by putting them into action. This is the only way to achieve the goals and ambitions you plan to achieve this year and into the future.On your list have you jotted down "change job/career"? Do you have a burning ambition to work for yourself, to initiate radical yet progressive changes to your lifestyle? Contrary to popular belief, make NOW the right time for you to embark on this new journey of discovery. What are your options? What skills can you take forward with you in your new enterprise? How can you create a successful portfolio career to suit you, your family, and/or your lifestyle?For some, a portfolio career is seen as an opportunity to live their dream, to fit their dream way of working into their lifes...
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Zero Gravity Business Growth: Chocomize

In preparation for the New Year, I'm profiling five Zero Gravity Businesses who have found their flight path to high-velocity growth. As we all begin to think about those New Year's Resolutions, these businesses offer some great insights into thinking differently and shifting - from Gravity to Growth!Chocomize was founded by three Columbia University grads who had to rethink their future thanks to the new economy. When they couldn't find jobs, they decided to start their own business. But what to do?Well, one of the founders accidentally left some granola, chocolate, M&Ms and Gummi Bears in his car. Well, it was hot and all of that "stuff" turned into a gooey chocolate mess. The guys threw it into the freezer. When they tried it - it was delicious. And Chocomize was born.When they dug into...
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DMLS – A Prototyping Innovation

Fifty years ago, lasers were seen as the height of technology. People imagined that they could do all sorts of things, from slicing through the toughest materials to zapping bad guys with their rays. In today's era of technology, we have discovered that lasers can actually be used to do even more than we had hoped possible. You can get corrective eye surgery with lasers so that you do not need glasses. You can use lasers to scan fingerprints at a crime scene. One of the most common but most underappreciated uses for lasers is in manufacturing. Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) can be used in rapid prototyping.Rapid prototyping is a process by which prototypes for machine parts are able to be created quickly. Since prototypes usually have a few rough edges that need smoothing out before t...
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The Bite Of the Black Swan

John Milton and many others have propagated, through their poetry, that God has a mysterious way of working that should not be questioned. God created an uncertain world and left its interpretation on His so called greatest creation, Mankind. Since then man has been kind enough to have destroyed the very essence of this uncertain world. Man is an animal who over the course of its existence has invented a lot of tools, all with the intention of making life smoother and easier to live. Man has managed to tame the free flowing river and produce energy out of it, to interpret the meaning of dreams, to write poems on dew drops resting on blades of grass and justified the title of being God's greatest creation by ultimately changing nature's balance. But man has repeatedly, as history teaches us...
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Creativity And Business – Part I

Some people regard creativity and business as being like oil and water - they just don't mix. They think it's a question of choosing between creativity or business. I disagree.At a conference I attended on the theme of creativity, some people understood creativity to mean 'art', done by artists of one kind or another - all of them wearing T­shirts. These artists realised that sometimes (unfortunately) they had to speak with beings from a parallel universe, ie the business world - people in uits who think differently and speak in strange tongues - and inevitably don't understand them. I reject the idea that business and creativity are incompatible opposites. At that conference I pointed out that I am both a published poet 5 and an MBA,6 which perhaps unsettled a few people for a moment. I w...
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Security Innovations for Our Peace of Mind

It is no secret that the rate of blue-collar crime such as burglaries, holdups and theft, are continuing to steadily increase over the past years. Criminals are getting more and more creative and ingenious with their modus operandi and becoming much more proficient in disabling security features. With such thoughts, it is enough for anyone to feel alarmed and concerned. With the rampancy of such crimes, you cannot just be complacent and think that the odds that you may become a victim is simply too low. But such belief can be dangerous, you are not only putting your properties at risk, but also your life as well. The threat is very real and we simply do not know when such unfortunate incident may befall us.Thankfully as a citizen, we have security measures that we can resort to. The need f...
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Innovation: Brainstorming Tips for Success

Innovation is often driven by thinking "outside the box." Brainstorming is a process to generate those breakthrough ideas. Here are 14 ideas to successful brainstorming.1. Put time limits on each part of the exercise.2. No one can dismiss an idea when the brainstorming starts and it will create an atmosphere of openness and trust.3. Start out with a break the ice activity to engage the group.4. Try using a neutral environment.5. Don't let anyone raise an objection during the creative part of the process because the premise is that "nothing is impossible."6. Make sure to combine similar ideas and to discard duplicates.7. The role of the facilitator is to get those involved who are quiet.8. Offer gag or joke prizes for different ideas like, longest, shortest, and craziest.9. The facilitator ...
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Hitch a Ride to Profits With an Electric Car

Today, exciting developments in electric cars could put battery-powered vehicles in driveways of Americans in the very near future; and the technology fueling the transition could send shares of a carmaker significantly higher in the near term.Here is everything you need to know to find gains in the electric car vehicle market right now.Electric cars are not a new phenomenon. More than a decade ago, the EV1 changed everything.A short, futuristic-looking car was General Motor's first attempt at creating a commercially viable, highway-capable electric car in the mid 1990s. This was a major step for the automotive world. So why haven't most people heard of it?The EV1 came as a result of a mandate from the California Air Resources Board that required major automakers to sell a certain quota of...