Climate change might not be all bad — at least for English winemakers. Once deemed “undrinkable” land, warmer climates have helped sparkling English wine compete favorably with its French cousin. However, England still has a ways to go before it can truly be on par with France. Last year, England developed four million bottles of wine, while France supplied eight billion.
Lego, which has come to fore even more prominently recently with the success of The Lego Movie (“the greatest movie ever assembled,” proclaims the film’s trailer) and Apple (“the greatest consumer electronics company,” say lots of people) have more in common than their respective shiny, candy-like appeal. As Fortune magazine points out, they share a key quality every company should attempt to build.
A study conducted in Sweden encouraged children diagnosed with ADHD to practice computerized games for about 10 hours over five weeks. The results indicated that memorizing the games both reduced hyperactivity and increased fluid intelligence. Cogmed turned that working-memory training into a business, one that caters to adults and children with cognitive disorders of all types, and has since sold it to Pearson, the largest education company in the world.
Running a good meeting takes focus. Are you clear on the intended goals and what you want to say? No? Then, for crying in the beer, reschedule it until you have your act together, because our time is valuable. And in the meantime, check out Inc. magazine’s “5 Ways to Get More From Your Meetings.” We are adjourned.
We all know the typical signs of being burned out: fuzzy thinking, drooping eyelids, a short temper. But there are less obvious signs don’t necessarily signal a vacation or some downtime. Inc. runs down a list of 5 less noticeable signs that it may be time to take a break.
Though for many the relentless snowfall and freezing temperatures have us longing for warmer days, there are some entrepreneurs who are cashing in on Mother Nature’s cold storms. David Wood, a resident of upstate N.Y, is president of Sears Ecological Applications, which makes de-icing liquid spread by snowplows. He began his company back in 1997, by using leftovers from rum distilleries as the main ingredient for his de-icing liquid. He expects his sales to be up 100 percent this year. Read more about “The Economics of a Bad Winter.”
Airlines are having a difficult time sticking to their schedules — and it has nothing to do with snow and ice. As Scott McCartney writes in his regular Wall Street Journal feature, “The Middle Seat,” it has more to do with the profitability of reservation change/cancellation fees — to the tune of $2.7 billion in the last 12 months.
Scarfing down lunch at your desk may seem like a productive, multitask-y thing to do, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. In addition to dropping crumbs and dollops of yogurt (yes, I see you) into your keyboard, you are harming your chances of having a good and productive work day. Take it from a San Francisco software engineer who found five reasons never to eat lunch at your desk again.
It may come as no surprise that California, New York and Texas have the largest gross domestic product (GDP) figures in the country, because they also contain the nation’s largest economies. How does your state stack up? Take a look at a map that puts it in perspective by comparing each state’s GDP to the country it most closely resembles.