5 Negotiation Tactics You Can Learn From Kids












Humans learn to negotiate early in life. Any parent can attest to this! As early as age two, children are offering to eat more vegetables at dinner if it means ice cream for dessert. By the tender of age of three, kids have developed a whole arsenal of negotiation tactics. Their approaches to secure prime toys, dessert or a later bedtime are not just child’s play — they offer valuable reminders about successful negotiation tactics in any setting.

1. Start by offering support. My wife and I have noticed that before our sons present a request for something outside of their usual routine, they are often especially helpful around the house. They will proactively help out with extra chores, and while we usually can sense an ulterior motive is at play, it still often works in their favor. In business too, it’s easier to say yes or want to work with someone who has just done something nice for you.

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7 classic startup mistakes and how to overcome them

Rick Spence | April 30, 2014 8:00 AM ET
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Lucky are those entrepreneurs who get through the startup stage and live to tell about it. Luckier still are those who can learn from the mistakes of other founders.

Kathryn Minshew, co-founder and chief executive of The Muse, a New York-based career-planning and job-site service, survived Y Combinator bootcamp and raised US$1.2-million in capital. She now delivers compelling presentations on “The 7 Classic Startup Founder Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them).” You can watch her 18-minute presentation here, on 99u.com. But first, here’s a quick summary of Minshew’s take on those seven classic slip-ups.

1. Idea vs. product-market fit: Minshew says many founders set out to commercialize a product just because their family members or former college roommates say the product will be a big hit. “Test and refine a product before you launch it,” she says. Talk to people who don’t know you and don’t care about your success. “Once you do that, go out and collect data like it’s your job. Because it is.”

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Financial Inclusion and Development: Recent Impact Evidence

Global and national-level policy makers have been embracing financial inclusion as an important development priority. The G20 made the topic one of its pillars at the 2009 Pittsburgh Summit (G20 2009). By fall 2013, more than 50 national-level policy-making and regulatory bodies had publicly committed to financial inclusion strategies for their countries (World Bank 2013a, AFI 2013). And the World Bank Group in October 2013 postulated the global goal of universal access to basic transaction services as an important milestone toward full financial inclusion—a world where everyone has access and can use the financial services he or she needs to capture opportunities and reduce vulnerability (World Bank 2013b).

Policy makers have articulated these objectives in the conviction that financial inclusion can help poor households improve their lives and spur economic activity. But what is the evidence for this type of positive impact? This Focus Note takes impact to mean those effects that can be traced to a specific intervention and that would not have occurred otherwise, thus analysis at the micro and local economic levels focuses primarily on the relatively new evidence from randomized control trials (RCTs) or quasi-randomized impact evaluations. At the macroeconomic level it highlights studies using country panel data comparisons.

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Square links in-store shopping to its online Market with new order-ahead tool


Square has launched a new pre-ordering feature that lets small businesses offer up their wares to customers for online ordering and subsequent in-store pick up. This kind of order-ahead feature is becoming common in all manner of mobile payments systems, and it ties together two facets of Square’s business: its established in-store point-of-sale operations and its new online shopping portal Square Market.

Square launched Market in June as a tool for merchants to set up e-commerce operations, but the number of Square’s Reader and Stand customers using Market for online shipping remains small. Either its small business customers aren’t equipped for or interested in shipping their goods, or they’re already using a competing e-commerce system. As of October, Square had 500,000 merchants with storefronts on Market, but the majority of them were using its tools to display their goods online rather than actually sell them through the browser.

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Sharing your time on Social Media – Infographic



The number of social channels a marketer has to worry about has skyrocketed in the last few years.

Where once a marketer could focus on just one or two primary channels, they are now faced with dozens. Many marketers feel overwhelmed by the sheer number.

So, how can the modern marketer run a top notch social program and still keep their sanity?

Let’s take a look..

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Sustainable CEU Produces Workshops for Visegrad Fund Project

March 27, 2014

Sustainable CEU is participating in the Creative Recycling Eco-Educational Program, or “CREEP,” a project that brings together four environmental organizations in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. With support from the Visegrad Fund, each country’s representative is producing nine educational workshops to engage elementary and middle school students in environmental issues.


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New funding needed to help White Horse project go from strength to strength

WHP MayorIt was fantastic to visit the White Horse project at the Boilerhouse in Waterfoot. The former industrial site is a safe haven for nearly 80 children and young people, aged 11 to 18 who can use the facility three nights a week.

While homework clubs and special workshops are arranged on Mondays and Wednesdays, Friday nights are social with a range of activities including computer games, pool and a weekly quiz. Despite the range of ages and interests, the atmosphere is one of both fun and respect. It was particularly heartening to meet some of the young volunteers who had been coming for years and were now taking on their first leadership positions.


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