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Investing in People
There are hundreds of “angel groups” across the U.S. and around the world. What are they looking for when considering where to invest?

Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?
Wall Street Journal This Morning: AUDIO: Hosts of the radio program, Wall Street Journal This Morning, discuss the Yahoo! Tech column by James Roberts, The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, that walks readers through the six signs of smartphone addiction. At the end of the column, readers are asked to consider 12 statements to gauge whether they’ve reached (or surpassed) the “tipping point” of smartphone addiction. Roberts is widely recognized for his research on consumerism and cellphone addiction.

Clarity of Purpose
Entrepreneur Kevin Rustagi says the people who survive, even thrive, in the start-up world, all tend to be “hard-wired” the same. He says gritty people have deeply thought out, long-term goals and a “stick-to-it-ive-ness.”

True Grit
How do certain people achieve such great things? What really separates people who really seem to have an almost other-worldly level of commitment to their ideas? Entrepreneur Kevin Rustagi says some people have a kind of “energy about them” to create new things… and a lot of staying power has to do with grit.

Emily Hunter Interview on “Is the Customer Always Right?”
KGO-AM “Consumer Talk”: AUDIO: Emily Hunter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is interviewed by San Francisco radio talk show host Michael Finney regarding her research of food service workers who retaliate after encountering disagreeable customers. Hunter describes a number of the behaviors and, knowing that there will always be such customers, she suggests employers and managers take steps – including specialized training and instituting an open-door policy – to help servers reconsider acting out.

Women in IT
According to Cindy Riemenschneider, professor of information systems, there are a number of challenges for women in IT today. Barriers stem from the fact that so few women are in the higher levels of organizations to begin with. In addition, the way work-family balance is viewed is still gender biased.

Travel has its Advantages
Professor of information systems, Cindy Riemenschneider, says studying overseas gives students a leg up on their resume and opens the door for internships abroad. “It offers opportunities for students that there is no way to replicate that in a classroom. It opens their eyes to see that there are many different ways that people do things that are not like the United States. Their philosophy with regard to work is very different.”

Happy, Happy, Happy
Shawn Achor researches how people can re-wire their brain to be happier. He says there are two things that accelerate the brain toward growth – the perception of progress and seeing the finish line as being close.

Happy is as Happy Does
Happiness fuels success – not the other way around – says Shawn Achor in his book “The Happiness Advantage.” He says that research shows us when we raise somebody’s level of happiness first by deepening their optimism and deepening their social connection, every single business outcome we can test for improves. Productivity rises 31%, sales rise cross industry by 37%, and you’re 40% more likely to receive a promotion. Happiness is actually a precursor to greater levels of success, not merely the result of it.

The Formal Side of Sales Training
Business Talk 1110 KTEK-AM: Kevin Price, host of The Price of Business on KTEK 1110 in Houston, interviews Andrea Dixon, Ph.D., holder of The Frank M. And Floy Smith Holloway Professorship in Marketing and executive director of Baylor University’s Center for Professional Selling and the Keller Center for Research in the Hankamer School of Business. Dixon gives a thorough overview of Baylor’s award-winning professional selling program. She highlights alumni success, internships and the unique features of the program.

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