Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse sets the record as the world’s fastest roadster

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We have recently witnessed the tug of war over the title of the world’s fastest car between Bugatti Veyron and Hennessey with Hennessey Venom GT being crowned as the winner, as of date. In an attempt to avenge the move, Bugatti Veyron has dropped its top to zoom faster to set the world speed record for open-top production sports cars. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has already been boasted off as the fastest roadster in production. All set to be debut at the Shanghai Motor Show 2013, the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse hit the top speed of 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph) and is now officially the fastest roadster in the world. Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu attempted this record-breaking feat on a black and orange Vitesse, at Volkswagen Group’s proving grounds in Ehra-Lessien. Collectors and deep pocketed autophiles can rush to be the fastest to book this beast as only eight of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car (WRC) Edition will be available for a worthy price of 1.99 million euros ($2.6 million).

After setting the record, Liu quoted, “This was a very exciting moment. In our training sessions we exceeded 400 km/h but the fact that I could surpass this unbelievable speed once again and even higher has made me very proud. The car is even at such high speeds incredibly comfortable and stable. With an open top, you can really experience the sound of the engine and yet even at higher speeds I did not get compromised by the wind at all.”

Press release states, ‘The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has been on the market since the spring of 2012. Its power comes from an 8 litre W16 engine, which pours 1,200 PS and a torque of 1,500 Nm at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm to the road. Its high performance handling can be attributed to a racing chassis which together with extremely fast-acting shock absorbers and reinforced anti-roll bars guarantees exact control of both the four-wheel- drive system and the entire vehicle. Other factors that enable such performance at the upper limits include a standard carbon monocoque with high torsional rigidity and an outer shell made entirely of carbon fibre. Keeping wind noise and air turbulence to a minimum in the vehicle’s interior is a particular concern with open-top vehicles. In the Vitesse, a specially developed roof spoiler along with an intricately designed windbreak guarantees calm open-top driving; indeed these were preconditions for reaching the record-breaking speed of 408.84 km/h.’

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Lamborghini Aventadors are the new patrol cars in Dubai

dubai-police-lamborghini-600x433Dubai has been soaring the heights with its opulent luxury bouts. The king of the Middle East, Dubai is forever coming up with plans to build-on new exciting arenas to attract tourists and at the same time proudly flaunt its abundant wealth. Of late, in one of its similar sprees, the cosmopolitan metropolis getting high on luxury made way for the world’s most expensive patrol car – a Lamborghini Aventador worth $550,000 with special customizations. The high-end luxury vehicle that the Dubai police would now flaunt is capable of 217mph speeds and with 700-hp capacity, the powerpacked vehicle is also capable of covering 60mph in merely three seconds! On the contrary, whats sad about the exciting deal, is that the vehicle would not be used to overtake law breakers and put them behind bars, instead would be dispatched to tourists areas to literally “flaunt” the classiness and up-town-ness of Dubai! The powerful vehicle has been painted in the green ad white palette representing the Dubai police force.

The Lamborghini versions of the Dubai police wheels are known to be the highest grade of vehicular class that the country has added to its assets. Rumor has it, that the force is soon to add an American flavor to its wheels, as opposed to the Italian taste that it has recently upgraded to.

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Jay-Z gifts Beyonce a $3 million private island to celebrate their anniversary

beyonce-jayz-600x363 islandFollowing in the step of celebrities who have traded buying holiday homes for their own private islands like Julia Roberts, Sir Richard Branson and Johnny Depp. Since singer Beyonce has returned to her rightful place in the spotlight it has been difficult for them to spend some normal family time. Jay-Z really must want some undisturbed peace as he puts down £2 million to buy his wife Beyonce their own private island in North Abaco, Bahamas.

As a mark of the their fifth wedding anniversary, this private haven is like a gift by the 43 year old star for Beyonce and their 15 month old daughter Blue Ivy so they can have a peaceful getaway far from the hovering paparazzi and public’s eye. “A private island means they’ll be able to have quality time with minimum staff and security”, a source said.

Though a downside to the island is its patchy phone reception and no TV satellite, but it is to see if the couple sees that a boon or curse.

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Beckingham Palace to go on sale as David and Victoria Beckham move to London

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Well, it seems like celebrity couple, soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, have grown tired of the open air. The Beckhams have recently decided to do away with their beautiful £10 million mansion in Hertfordshire nicknamed Beckingham Palace and move to the cosmopolitan realm of London. The couple will be moving out after living at the mansion for nearly 14 years. In the course of their stay, the Beckhams added a recording studio, helipad and indoor and outdoor swimming pools to the mansion.

Also, David and Victoria are choosey about who will take up residence in the home up ahead. The property, called Rowneybury House, will be sold only to private buyers and not a developer looking to split it all up into luxury apartments. The house and its 22-acre grounds was bought from a property developer, Richard Maher, in 1999 for £2.5 million and was later topped with a snooker room, a gym and floodlit tennis courts too!

David, 37, and Victoria, 38, now plan to buy a home in Kensington or Mayfair and will soon move into the city with their sons Brooklyn and Romeo.

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‘Africa’s tallest building’ set for $10 billion tech city – Hope City.

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Right now, it’s nothing more than an empty plot of land, covered by just a few shrubs and the odd Neem tree. But within a few years, these grass plains just outside Accra, Ghana, could be transformed into a fertile breeding ground for world-class innovation.

The ambitious project is the brainchild of Ghanaian businessman Roland Agambire, head of local technology group RLG Communications. Smart and futuristic, the hub’s sustainable facilities will include an assembly plant for various tech products, business offices, an IT university and a hospital, as well as housing and recreation spaces, including restaurants, theaters and sports centers.

Construction is expected to begin by June 2013 and when completed — within three years, if everything goes as planned — the technology park could house 25,000 residents and create jobs for 50,000 people.

Agambire, one of Ghana’s top businessmen, says his company is financing 30% of the project, while the remainder will be funded by a wide array of investors and through a stock-buying scheme.

‘Africa’s highest tower’

Hope Cityywill be developed in an area of about 1.5 million square meters, located some 30 minutes west of Accra’s city center.

Designed by Italian firm Architect OBR, the technopolis will be made up of six towers of different dimensions, including a 75-story, 270 meter-high building that is expected to be the highest in Africa. A system of bridges at different heights will link the towers together, creating a circular connection between the buildings’ functions and public amenities.

OBR co-founder Paolo Brescia says the project’s goal is to create a living place of discovery and exploration that reflects the tradition and culture of local people in a contemporary urban setting.

‘ICT revolution’

The launch of Hope City comes just a few months after Kenya broke ground on its own flagship tech mega project; located some 60 kilometers southeast of the capital Nairobi, Konza Techno City is being touted as “Africa’s Silicon Savannah,” a major IT hub that aims to create some 100,000 jobs by 2030. “This city hopefully will bring the tech companies together and spark a new ICT revolution in Ghana,” she says, adding that the project could equip local techies with the necessary skills to develop apps that would solve community problems, as well as provide a platform for tech companies to find new talent and opportunities to invest in.

For Agambire, this is a project that will position Ghana at the forefront of African technology.

“Africa is hungry for development,” he says. “Want to make sure that in three years down the line, Hope City will be a reality and will be one of the biggest dreams that Africa has ever seen.”

BlackBerry Launchs Z10, at the US Today!!!

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As we await the formal launch of the blackberry Z10 in the united states of America today, what are your opinions and how do you think it would compete with other notable market forces of smartphones like Apple & Samsung.


17 Counterintuitive Things the Most Successful People Do

intutiveYou’re always going to get the same results, doing what everyone else does. Sometimes you have to know when to zig where others zag. These are some of the counterintuitive lessons I’ve learned and applied from the most successful folks I’ve met.

Pick Fights – to test others’ resolve in their own beliefs. In business you can’t turn over the reins to someone who doesn’t know how to defend their own ideas and plans.

Isolate Yourself – to reenergize. Many seemingly extroverts are introverts. If you recharge when by yourself, you need to seek out isolation from time to time.

Purposefully Offend – sometimes the only way to get someone’s attention is to call him or her out. But, you can always positively turn the relationship around with persistence and some mea culpa. Tech entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is a master of this.

Hyper Self-Critical – of your own standards and choices. I once watched George Carlin berate himself on stage, in a rehearsal standup performance, for missing the timing of one of his jokes by a few seconds. He nailed the follow-up HBO special.

Peacock – don’t give others the option not to see you or hear your message. The pick-up lesson from “The Game” applies to business as well. Nobody buys a product they’ve never seen.

Repeat Mistakes – enough times until you really learn the lesson. Sometimes, mistakes do need to be repeated if the payoff is big enough. We hardly ever learn anything truly worthwhile after one try.

Seek Out Rejection – to get desensitized to the fear of it. Once we lose the fear of rejection we more easily go after what we want, and thus get more of it. (TIP: more details in the 5 Steps Sales Process)

Ignore Consensus – when your own data and foresight is convincingly contrary to the wisdom of the crowd (like Jobs, MLK, Gandhi). Consensus bonds us together and creates harmony, but it rarely moves us forward. Progress sometimes has to come at the hands of an individual’s decisive disruption.

Expect Nothing – in return for helping your peers. Karma points are dispersed unexpectedly over decades, not in a scorecard of dollars.

Quit – those endeavors you’ll never win at, and take a new swing at the plate. Don’t double down on a losing effort by not knowing when to walk away.

Play Possum – with your competitors. Don’t be so eager to show off your strengths until it’s the perfect time to strike. If rope-a-dope worked for The Champ, it will for you too.

Get C’s instead of A’s – if you excel in non-traditional environments (like entrepreneurs) & can justify the opportunity cost of your time. Oddly enough, more of the C students I went to school with, employ our A student classmates, than vice versa.

Become Indifferent to Slights – because time and energy are too valuable to waste on petty matters. Attention being paid to wounds of our ego is precious energy diverted from achieving our goals. You can win the argument, or win the game. I know what I’d choose.

Self-Sabotage – yourself when you find yourself mired in complacency. Don’t ever get too comfortable with the status quo, always be willing to blow it up and start all over again to truly create something better.

Abstain from Work – which others can do for you. Delegate every task that others can do 80% as well as you, and focus on those items that only you can achieve that have big payoffs.

Plot & Scheme – your next couple moves ahead. If you don’t see the whole landscape of the playing field, you’re bound to get sideswiped. Know where you’re going far in advance of making your first move.

Underestimate Demand – for your products and services. Don’t ever assume people want what you got, and you’ll always have the appropriate amount of urgency and hustle to validate what you’re trying to achieve.

10 Things Successful Business People Aren’t Daunted By

The most successful business people I’ve known have had an attitude about them. They’re not easily discouraged by obstacles and issues that might deter others. In fact, they don’t see them as “obstacles and issues,” but problems to solve and situations to work through. In a word, they’re not easily daunted…

They’re not daunted by failure – Fear failure too much and you’ll have a hard time getting past breakfast.

They’re not daunted by rising before the sun does – Show me a successful lazy entrepreneur and I’ll show you a purple horse.

They’re not daunted by risk – Too much risk is seldom good – but nothing really innovatively great was ever accomplished without some degree of risk, often quite a bit.

They’re not daunted by responsibility – No choice but to take it, if you want the rewards that go with it.

They’re not daunted by conflict – Conflict is the currency of leadership – you have to be able to handle it effectively or others won’t want to follow.

They’re not daunted by what you can’t see with the naked eye – Vision in business means looking past the horizon to opportunity invisible to most.

They’re not daunted by bare forearms – As in the kind that go with rolled-up sleeves.

They’re not daunted by admitting fault– Too much hubris and you’ll have trouble working with others, which of course you need to in order to accomplish what you want to.

They’re not daunted by the unknown – That pretty much goes without saying.

The quality of being daunted, or not, has been on my mind, as I just read a wonderful book titled Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West, by Dorothy Wickenden. It’s the story of two Smith College grads who left the East to teach school in a remote settlement called Elkhead, in northwestern Colorado, in 1916. The book especially interested me, as my wife and I moved last year from the East to a spot near Elkhead.

In a phrase, those two young women had pioneer spirit. It was a good thing then and it is now. In new enterprises of all kinds.


Top 10 things you did not know about Louis Vuitton

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It’s at the tender age of 16 that Louis Vuitton after having realized the potential for trunk-making, decided on pursuing the profession. Little did the lad know that the business was predestined to flourish and grow into one of the biggest, widely known and leading fashion houses in the world. A company founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton first kicked off in Paris with its trunk-making, and since then, the French fashion connoisseur has diversified into varied ranges of luxury goods – trunks, leather goods, ready-to-wears like shoes, watches and watch cases, jewelry, accessories, sunglasses, books, a writing collection and even garbage bags – for the crazy Louis Vuitton buffs!

Yes, you’d surely come across fashion fads swear by the brand, and aspire to own at least one Louis Vuitton. But on the flip side, you’d only find a handful who’d have extended knowledge about the brand – its beginnings, whereabouts and interesting facts. Now, there’s no reason for you to feel low coz’ you don’t fall under the category of the ‘know-it-all’s’. Here’s brightening up your mood with a few must-know LV facts!

10) Do you know that Louis Vuitton was hired as a personal box-maker and packer for Napoleon’s (Emperor of the French in 1852) wife?! This is how Louis found himself the elite clientele. His ticket to create history in the world of fashion and lifestyle!
9) Crafted with much precision and passion, the brand is very touchy about its designs, so much so it trademarked the striped pattern, even making the color combinations its signature. Nonetheless, the brand’s increasing popularity only heightened counterfeits. That’s when Louis Vuitton’s son came up with the idea of the famous Louise Vuitton Monogram – three floral motifs and the founder’s initials interlaced, the LV signature we are quite acquainted with.
8) We have been all praise for Louis Vuitton. But did you know that the “World’s Most Valuable Brand” has to its credit not only uphill treads, but also a few slip off’s. One of them being the ‘Chewy Vuitton‘ case for which Louis Vuitton sued the dog toy owner Hate Diggity-Dog for trademark infringement. Naturally, the case ruled ‘not-in-favor’ of Louis Vuitton as the brand’s patented signature could no way be “infringed” by a satirical marketing gimmick, and more so, one that involves a pet chew toy and bed!
7) As compared to its most luxurious, Louis Vuitton’s largest luxurious boutique stands tall at 101 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris. Spread over 1,, the brand initially had a store at the same venue, but shut it down for renovation for around 2 years, revamping and reopening doors to Louis Vuitton’s impartial collection for both men and women.
6) Believe it or not, but it seems like there are no borders to the Louis Vuitton attractiveness. The highly acclaimed brand has a total of five boutiques in Nevada, all in the same city and on the same street! Cheers to that!
5) Did you know that Louis Vuitton gives away bags to the press before its collection hits the runway? Well, the SS’05 Lizard Cerises Pochette, FW ’07 Squitchy Bag, and the SS ’07 TDF cabas with a Speedy incrust, among others, were the giveaways that found ownership with the press. If not the runways, its Christmas that the press look forward to. Here, not out of reverence for the occasion, rather towards LV’s Christmas goodies! Sources reveal: 2005 saw LV’s Petit Noe Epi Mocha with gunmetal hardware convey seasonal greetings, while in 2006 it was the Miroir Silver Speedy, which only a few got lucky with. Now, how does the prospect of being a journalist make you feel? Appealing?
4) One of the most prized possessions of LV – Speedy launched in 1930, was originally introduced as a travel case christened – Express. But it’s a humble phone call request from US’s iconic film and fashion figure – Audrey Hepburn (in 1960′s) that got the collection its glory. Audrey requested Louis to custom-make a mini-Speedy for her, thus revolutionizing the collection and making it an age-no-bar popularity. The collection is available in different versions varying in sizes. You can own a classic Speedy for just $2,650USD.
3) Another of the most popular bags Louis Vuitton has produced – the Alma has been one of the most sought after. Dazzling its clientele with its chic, stylish and sophisticated look and feel, the Alma found its way to the wardrobes of many celebs. So much so, that it was the only bag Chanel ever carried other than one of her own creations!
2) If you own an LV, know that what you carry is not only an exquisitely stylish fashion statement, but a rough and tough merchandise that has endured enough and more testing to ensure its durability and user-friendliness. All Louis Vuitton bags and jewelry undergo vigorous tests: the bags are tested by mechanisms that drops them from about half a meter height consecutively for a duration of four days, and while doing so, the bags have been packed with three and a half kilograms weight! This is not all, the test of endurance doesn’t end here. The material undergoes bombardment of ultraviolent rays to ensure resistance to fading. Also, the zippers are tugged open and shut around 5,000 times to ensure they work well while in the hands of a customer. Here we spoke about bags, want to know the story behind those delicate Louis Vuitton charm bracelets you wear around your wrists? The charms are dangled on mechanized mannequin hands that are shaken vigorously to make sure none of it dismantle or fall off. For all the times you’ve been careful not to lose even one of those danglers by the slightest of a handshake, little would you have dreamt of the ordeal these delicate darlings go thorugh. I’m just gona leave to imagination what these babies would have endured.
1) Now don’t panic when you read this. Be forewarned. What if I tell you that after every season – the sale, items being offered to SAs and employees of the company, all Louis Vuitton shoes and bags are sent back to its factory in France and are shredded or burnt(!), would you believe me? Yes, it’s true! What a waste of – ‘handcrafted’, ‘exquisitely stylish’, and the ‘world’s most valuable’!!!

The New Rules of Leadership

leadershipSpring is in the air, the days are getting longer and the crocuses are poking up their hopeful heads. Yet, these remain bleak times for too many job seekers, even leaders and managers with impressive resumes. The reason? The demands of a collaboration-based, talent-hungry, global, wired economy are evolving so quickly that success depends on nothing less than continuous learning. Fall behind and you may find yourself disqualified from the race.

One senior innovation advisor at a major energy company put it this way, “In today’s economy there is no way anybody can be an expert in a substantial part of their total field. The modern ‘renaissance man (or woman)’ is one who understands how to learn.” This is huge and so important.

Companies of all sizes in all industries are trying to meet the new imperative. Learning and Development (L&D) spending was up 12 percent in 2013, the largest jump in almost a decade. The goal is to integrate learning into a company’s culture and processes. There are also training sessions, workshops, conferences, and retreats, but the most successful strategies are those that make learning a continuous process, hardwired into a company’s metabolism

For leaders this is both a daunting challenge and an exciting opportunity to engage and retain top talent. You have to keep your eye on the horizon, your ear to the ground and your nose in the wind. Your company’s needs are ever-changing, and you must stay one step ahead.

How? Start by understanding that change is happening at unprecedented rates, that new technologies can disrupt the best-laid plans, that competition is fierce. These days, laurels aren’t for resting on, they’re for leaping from. Complacency = Extinction.

Leadership by walking around may sound Paleolithic, but there’s no substitute for getting out into your organization and seeing how things actually work, talking to people, making sure you understand what everyone is doing. You’d be surprised how many leaders, even in this day and age, hide out in the executive suite. Not smart. Get out there and learn what’s happening.

Understand and master the borderless future world of work. Technology has rendered borders largely meaningless, not only between counties, but between companies and their stakeholders, including employees, partners, customers and at times even competitors. It’s a diverse, cross-cultural new paradigm with a flatter structure. Engage with all the new technologies and social media.

Talent is priceless. There’s a tremendous competition to hire the very best, especially people with superb and specialized technology and creative skills. Traditional career paths and job descriptions can turn these people off. Be flexible and work with talent to design jobs that allows them maximum freedom and productivity. If you don’t, they will likely move to a company that does.

Embrace emerging markets. There’s tremendous energy and excitement in India, China, Brazil and Eastern Europe. Make sure you understand these economies and are engaging them in every way possible. These days, we need them at least as much as they need us. Humility can be a great business tool.

The rules of leadership are ever-changing. Staying engaged, open-minded, technologically savvy, and embracing continuous learning, not only individually but as a core organizational imperative, are the hallmarks of 21st century leaders.

Make a list of everything that you’re doing to learn and develop. Be specific. Then examine the list for areas where you should be doing more. Take actions to up your proficiency in those areas.

The LP Questionnaire – Fat Tony(A Nigerian Hiphop Artist)

fattonyHave you ever gotten scabies from a hotel room? Fat Tony has.

Fat Tony (government name: Anthony Obi) hails from Houston, Texas. When he isn’t busy eating lemongrass tofu or being a regular customer at Whataburger, he can be found concocting some of the dopest underground raps today. His effortless delivery over his oft-collaboration partner Tom Cruz’s hypnotic tracks show why Fat Tony has racked up nods from A$AP Rocky and Bun B to the Houston Music Press Awards as a three-time winner of their “Best Underground Hip Hop” title.

You can (read: should) catch Fat Tony on Wednesday March 13 at 12:15am at The Stage on Sixth Patio and again Friday March 15 at 1:15am at Hotel Vegas.

The LP Questionnaire
Name: Fat Tony

1. Pretend you’re 15. Name three songs you’d put on a mix tape for your girlfriend/boyfriend. I’m a wee little 15 year old chap in ’92, and I’m putting these songs on a tape for my bae so she gets the message loud & clear. ‘Cause I heard if you don’t use it, you lose it.
Color Me Badd – “I Wanna Sex You Up”
Salt-N-Pepa – “Let’s Talk About Sex”
TLC – “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”

2. Which evil villain would make the best President? The Joker. He’s got the testicular fortitude to take on whatever comes his way. And he got hella charisma (i.e., “swag”).

3. What was your favorite cartoon as a child? The Simpsons, easily. Bad ass Bart Simpson was my role model.

4. What superpower do you wish you had? I wish I could fly like Superman so I’d never sit in Houston traffic ever again.

5. What would the title of your autobiography be? Smart Ass Black Boy For Dummies

a Nigerian truly making name for himself.

4 Steps to Successful Brainstorming

BrainstormAlmost everybody does brainstorming wrong, Ralph Keeney says, and turns it into an enormous waste of time. He wants to tell you how to do it right.

An emeritus professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a consultant to such diverse organizations as the Department of Energy and, just last month, a German power company with $40 billion in revenues, Keeney has devoted his career to a discipline called “decision science,” helping companies and government agencies bring focus and rigor to their decision-making process so that they can waste less time spinning their wheels and instead get clear on their objectives before they try to meet their goals. Thirteen years ago he penned a book, still in print, called Value-Focused Thinking: A Path to Creative Decision-Making, which says that most corporate executives put the cart before the horse. Instead of parsing the objectives they hope to achieve, they direct their energy at coming up with solutions to broadly-stated problems.

“When most people do brainstorming, they run all over the place and think outside the box,” he says. “I think they should think inside the box—the right-sided box.”

His latest paper, published in the December issue of a journal called Decision Analysis, spells out what he believes is the right approach. In Germany for instance, the company he counseled is trying to cope with a vastly changed energy landscape, where nuclear power will be banned as of 2022, coal emissions restricted, and by 2020 at least 20% of the company’s energy must come from non-carbon-emitting sources. “The company has to change phenomenally in order to exist 10 years out,” he says.

Instead of packing executives into a conference room and brainstorming solutions, Keeney met for one hour each with 19 top people, including the CEO. He pressed them on what they thought the company’s objectives were. Then he compiled a list of 450 things the executives wanted to achieve. He took the hundreds of objectives and boiled them down to 40 major goals, with 200 subsets. Why? Because, as his paper says, before you brainstorm, it’s essential to go through the process of analyzing and focusing on objectives. Here are Keeney’s four steps to effective brainstorming:

1. Lay out the problem you want to solve.
This may be easier said than done. Keeney describes a doctoral student who is at sea while trying to come up with a dissertation topic and advisor. The student grasps for ideas with only the vaguest idea of a goal, stated as negatives rather than positives. “I don’t think I could do it,” “it is not interesting to me,” “it seems too hard,” and “it would be too time consuming.” Then finally someone suggests an idea that doesn’t have any of those negatives. The doctoral student grabs the topic. But Feeney says this is a poor way to make a major decision. Instead the student should keep pushing until they come up with at least five more alternatives, and then, considering all those, “identify your objectives for your dissertation, evaluate the alternatives and select the best.” It will be well worth the effort.

2. Identify the objectives of a possible solution.
This is what Keeney did for the German energy company and what he’s done for several government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the energy department. It’s not easy and it takes time but if you can approach your goals critically and hone in on what you want to achieve, your brainstorming session will be much more effective.

Feeney offers a great example of this process. David Kelley, the founder of renowned design firm IDEO, wanted to design a product that would enable cyclists to transport and drink coffee while they were riding. A couple of ways to describe what he wanted to design: “spill-proof coffee cup lids,” or “bicycle cup holders.” But a much better description is the following objective: “helping bike commuters to drink coffee without spilling it or burning their tongues.” Keeney likes this statement because it clearly lays out IDEO’s objectives, to help bike commuters 1) drink coffee, 2) avoid spills, 3) not burn their tongues. He even contributes a few objectives of his own: avoid distractions while biking, don’t contribute to accidents, keep the coffee hot and minimize costs. Going into that much detail before brainstorming about ways to design the cup holder makes IDEO much more likely to succeed.

3. Try to generate solutions individually.
Before heading into a group brainstorming session, organizations should insist that staffers first try to come up with their own solutions. One problem with group brainstorming is that when we hear someone else’s solution to a problem, we tend to see it as what Feeney calls an “anchor.” In other words, we get stuck on that objective and potential solution to the exclusion of other goals. For instance, when Feeney was consulting with a cell phone maker years ago, the company had numerous objectives. It wanted to produce a lightweight phone that also had GPS capabilities (Feeney did this consulting gig some time ago, but he insists the example remains illustrative). When company executives got together to brainstorm ideas about how to build a better phone, one person brought up the issue of weight. Suddenly everyone became fixated on that idea and forgot about their other objectives. Coming into a meeting with potential solutions reduces the risk that participants will get bogged down on one objective.

4. Once you have gotten clear on your problems, your objectives and your personal solutions to the problems, work as a group.

Though he acknowledges that it’s a challenge not to “anchor” on one solution in a brainstorming session, Keeney believes that if participants have done their homework, clarifying the problem, identifying objectives, and individually trying to come up with solutions, a brainstorming session can be extremely productive.

At the end of the paper, he describes a 2008 workshop he held to try to come up with ways to improve evacuations in large buildings in case of a terrorist attack, based on a recommendation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Keeney brainstormed for two-and-a-half days with 30 people with expertise in everything from firefighting and building codes to handicapped people and human behavior. The result, after going through Keeney’s four-step process: a list of 300 new alternative ways to speed evacuation. Then the participants evaluated the many ideas, which included using cell phone alarms to guide people to exits and building linked sky bridges on every fifth floor. The hope, of course, is that these solutions will never be tested. But Keeney’s brainstorming method helped the group find effective suggestions.


8 Mistakes You Should Never Make On LinkedIn

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What do you do with your LinkedIn profile?

Do you check it only every once in a while when a connection request comes through? Have you linked it to your Twitter account? Did you never quite remember to sign up in the first place?

As much as it’s convenient to merge our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram accounts into one large social networking experience, LinkedIn has a special designation: professional networking.

And there is a difference between professional and personal networking, according to LinkedIn Career Expert Nicole Williams: “I see the same mistakes over and over!”

And, on LinkedIn, those faux pas can damage your career.

In fact, data shows that LinkedIn is especially helpful when it comes to landing higher-paying jobs—”informal recruitment” is a favorite of hiring managers aiming to fill positions up there on the payscale.

So whether you’re hunting for a new job, making the most of the one you have or just looking to learn about professional possibilities, avoid these eight big LinkedIn mistakes.

Not Using a Picture
“One of the biggest mistakes I see is no photo,” Williams says. “You’re seven times more likely to have your profile viewed if you have one. Like a house that’s on sale, the assumption is that if there’s no photo, something’s wrong.”

She also makes a great point: If you leave a networking event with a handful of business cards, intending to follow up on LinkedIn, it’s much harder for you to remember who’s who without pictures. A missing photo can easily lead to missed connections.

If you’re worried about unwittingly sabotaging your career through social media, check out the ten worst blunders you can commit.

Putting Up the Wrong Picture
“No dog, no husband, no baby!” Williams says, adding that your photo is meant to show you at your professional—not personal—best. “Especially for mothers getting back into the workforce, a picture of their child doesn’t convey that they’re ready for a full-time job.”

Another photo blunder: Misrepresenting your appearance. “I see older people who are worried about age discrimination use a photo of themselves in their 30s, but an interviewer wasn’t expecting them to look so different. And instead of listening to your answers, the interviewer will think you’re deceptive,” Williams confides. “Unless you’re getting hired for a modeling gig, people are just looking for energy, which you can communicate through great posture, open eyes and a smile.”

In fact, HSN Beauty found that, when paging through LinkedIn profiles, 19% of recruiters look only at your profile picture.

Skipping the Status

Between Twitter and Facebook, people have a pretty good idea of what you’re up to socially. But your LinkedIn status is the right place to update your network about your professional accomplishments and progress. “You could be updating about a colleague getting a promotion or sharing a great article you wrote,” Williams suggests. “Every few days, put something in your status to keep it fresh, and show you’re active and engaged—no one will know what you’ve done if you’re not showing it off.”

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Plus, those people you’re updating in your LinkedIn network are valuable. “If you’ve got a great following, it’s part of the assets you bring to the table,” she adds.

Using the Default Connection Request

“Don’t use the standard connection request! People think that LinkedIn is like Twitter, where it’s about quantity over quality, but you’re supposed to be building valuable professional relationships to leverage into career opportunities,” Williams explains.

Even if you’re reaching out to someone you’ve never met, the right move is to do a little research on that person, and tailor your connection request. “Customize your message to make the recipient take notice, like writing, ‘I read this article you wrote [and had these thoughts]. I’m also building a career in [this field], and I would love to be connected to you,’ ” Williams says.

“ People who are using LinkedIn correctly want to be connected to people who make them look good,” Williams adds. “Employers appreciate your connections. They might even hire you because you know people in the industry, and can make things happen.”

Neglecting the Privacy Settings

Many people don’t realize that LinkedIn does have privacy settings—for a reason. “When you’re out looking for a new job, and are actively engaged in your current job, you want to be discreet,” Williams explains. “A telltale sign to an employer that you’re leaving is that you overhaul your profile, connect with recruiters and have an influx of new people. You can tailor your settings so that your boss doesn’t see that you’re looking for opportunities.”

The privacy settings are easy to find: Just sign in, and then select “settings” from the drop-down menu, where your name appears in the upper right-hand corner.

Skipping the Summary

Once upon a time, people were encouraged to write about their careers in an “objective” summary on a resume. That has gone out of fashion … but not on LinkedIn. “Since you’re writing online, you actually have more space than you would on a traditional paper resume. Think of the summary as a way of selling yourself—it’s an opportunity to express your voice and personality,” Williams explains.

Since so many people are competing for the same jobs with similar educations and qualifications, filling out the summary can give you an edge with a prospective employer. Williams recommends that you write it in the first person to give it energy and personality.

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Eliminating Past Jobs or Volunteer Work
Even if you’ve changed fields, your latest job isn’t the only important one. “Unlike a resume, where you’re trying to target one page toward a specific position, you should list your entire work history on LinkedIn,” Williams says. “You don’t know what criteria people are looking for, so you want your profile to be as robust as possible. Maybe they’re looking for a teacher with nursing experience or they’re Princetonians looking for fellow alums.”

She even recommends listing odd jobs from your teen years, specifically addressing your responsibilities and accomplishments. “You never know—maybe you were trained as a salesperson at The Gap in high school, and the hiring manager looking at your profile went through the same program and wants you for the skills she knows you learned,” Williams explains.

The same goes for volunteer work: While LinkedIn isn’t a place to describe your every hope and dream, employers know that, in this economy, volunteers can be given real responsibilities. Williams recommends listing any volunteer work the way you would a summer job, elaborating on tasks conquered and skills acquired.


Many people think that just having a profile is enough, but employers probably won’t simply stumble across your profile, be struck by your brilliance and offer you a job on the spot. You have to work for it.

“I always recommend joining groups related to your field or even personal interests. It comes in handy! For instance, I’m a new mom and joined a group for them. When I needed an accountant, it turned out there was one in my group who I ended up hiring because of the connection we made over being new moms,” Williams says.

LinkedIn users can also follow companies and keep an eye on who’s coming and going—when you see someone leave a company you want to join, it’s the perfect opportunity to reach out to their HR department.


World’s tallest hotel opens in Dubai

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At Dubai’s newest hotel, an elevator ride is a journey in itself.

The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai officially opened Wednesday as the world’s tallest hotel.

Granted the official record from the Guinness Book of World Records, the 72-floor latest icon in Dubai’s skyline is made up of two towers standing 355 meters (1,164 feet) tall. Only one tower is currently open; the second is slated to open in 2014.

It’s the first of the Marquis brand of JW Marriotts — “reserved only for the most iconic properties within the Marriott International portfolio,” according to the company — to be built outside North America.

The hotel adds nine restaurants and five bars and lounges to the dining and nightlife options in the city. While dwarfed by the Burj Khalifa, currently Dubai’s and the world’s tallest manmade structure at 830 meters, it’s the tallest building entirely dedicated to a hotel.

Still, it’s not the world’s highest hotel.

That title goes to the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, which occupies the top floors of the 488-meter-tall (1,601 feet) International Commerce Center.The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai hopes to tap into the MICE market (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), a segment that in the United States is worth about US$106 billion, according to JW Marriott. “The hotel will fill a long identified gap in the market where groups, meetings and conventions of up to a thousand people can meet, sleep and dine under one roof,” said Rupprecht Queitsch, general manager of the new property. “Until now, Dubai has not had a single location of this size to accommodate this type of group.”

On the 71st and 72nd floors, the Vault Lounge offers panoramic views of the city.


Hublot celebrates 25 Years of the Miami HEAT

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Hublot toasted to the 25th Anniversary of the Miami HEAT which represents the brand’s first sports partnership in the U.S. In 2012, the brand had also introduced the King Power Miami HEAT Chronograph to solidify this relationship. To commemorate the occasion, Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot commissioned a limited edition 25th Anniversary Miami HEAT collection, a set of 25 his and her timepieces in traditional Miami HEAT team colors. This collection is a unique way for Miami HEAT fans to connect with the team through the watch brand. The ladies watch boasts of a self-winding chronograph movement, polished and satin-finished black ceramic case with a black PVD 18K white gold bezel set with 42 red spinels and 6 H-shaped titanium screws. The men’s watch on the other hand, is replete with features like self-winding chronograph movement, polished and satin-finished black ceramic case with a micro blasted black ceramic bezel and black rubber and Hornback crocodile with red stitching strap.

This exquisite range will only be available during the months of April and May at the Hublot boutique at Bal Harbour and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. The exciting celebrations lit up the Magic City and Hublot President of Latin America, Rick de la Croix, kicked off the celebration at the AmericanAirlines Arena with a presentation of the official Hublot 25th Anniversary wall-clock to Pat Riley, President of Basketball Operations for the Miami HEAT.

Samsung Galaxy 3 Beats Apple IPhone To Best Smartphone Award

SKOREA-US-SAMSUNG-APPLE-IT-INTERNET-PATENT-STOCKSSamsung continued a great year last night by picking up the smartphone of year award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona beating off the challenge of Apple and its iPhone, HTC Droid DNA, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung Galaxy Note II. It was one of four major awards for Samsung, compared with none for Apple.

The S2 beat the iPhone 4s at last year’s show.Samsung was device manufacturer of the year and Apple won the tablet category.

In the 2013 entry level/feature hone category Nokia’s Asha won out over three other Nokia phones and the Samsung C3312. Google’s Nexus 7 won the tablet race. You can see all the awards here.

For people interested in car sharing BMW Mini with partners Sixt and Vodafone, won the award for Best Mobile Product or Service for Automotive.

But it is the best smartphone award that carries most kudos. Samsung not only won that. They won best device manufacturer and best Best Mobile Enabled Consumer Electronics Device for the Galaxy camera, and Best Mobile Infrastructure for Smart LTE Networks (they also won the CTO Choice award for their LTE technology).

It rounds off a year in which Samsung has had to defend its reputation against copycat charges in the American courts. And it shows that outside of north America Samsung enjoys widespread admiration among its peers. It remains to be seen, however, whether the run will continue for Samsung with the S4, which seems to be hitting snags.



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Oscars Real Winners And Losers

Another Oscar ceremony has come and gone. Expectations were met (Daniel Day-Lewis winning Best Actor) and there were some surprises (Ang Lee beating Steven Speilberg for Best Director). Following along on Twitter, there were plenty of complaints about the host, the length of the ceremony and some of the presenters. We got a song about boobs, Jennifer Lawrence taking a tumble and lots of long-haired blond men winning in some of the more obscure categories.
Here’s a look at the real winners and losers from tonight’s award show.

Life of Pi

Pi didn’t really need any help from the Oscars. The film didn’t make too much of an impression at the U.S. box office but it earned $583 million at the global box office making it the highest-grossing Best Picture nominee. Tonight the Fox film walked away with four Oscars including one for Ang Lee for Best Director. Most people were expecting Steven Spielberg to win in that category. The awards will likely give the film a boost on home video (it’s down to just 550 theaters nationwide) as people rent it to see what the fuss was all about.

Daniel Day-Lewis

The actor was a shoo-in to win Best Actor for Lincoln but he is now the bona fide greatest actor of his generation. This is Day-Lewis’ third win for Best Actor. He won in 1989 for My Left Foot and in 2007 for There Will Be Blood. Day-Lewis is picky about what roles he takes, only doing a movie every two to three years. If he wanted to, Day-Lewis could start demanding a large salary for his work since he basically guarantees Oscar recognition. But the films he usually chooses to appear in have limited budgets. He’s clearly an actor who truly works for the love of his art. Tonight he joked that he was supposed to play Margaret Thatcher but he has actually become the Meryl Streep of actors.

Jennifer Lawrence

Life Day-Lewis, Lawrence was the favorite to win in her category and her win wan’t a huge surprise. But between winning an Oscar and starring in the hottest new teen franchise (The Hunger Games), Lawrence is now officially the hottest actress in Hollywood. She can carry an action film and win an Oscar. She’s already getting a reported $10 million for the next Hunger Games movie but don’t be surprised if that number escalates for future films. Everyone in Hollywood is going to want to cast her (if they don’t already) and she’ll have plenty of leverage to basically ask for whatever she wants.

Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein is usually the king of the Oscars. Last year he dominated with The Artist and the year before that The King’s Speech, also from The Weinstein Company, won four Oscars including for Best Picture and Best Actor. Weinstein looked like he was at risk of possibly getting shut out tonight since his two big movies in the running, Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained, weren’t expected to win very much. But he ended up with three big awards. Lawrence won Best Actress for Silver Linings. Christoph Waltz was a bit of a surprise winner in the Best Supporting Actor category for Django Unchained and Quentin Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay for Django. Sure, he neglected to that Weinstein in his speech but the movie mogul’s presence could be felt anyway.

Seth MacFarlane

I thought MacFarlane did a pretty good job but Twitter sentiment seemed to be mostly against him and he didn’t seem to win a lot of friends in the room. Ben Affleck even gave a jab when he came up on stage to announce a category, though it was unclear if he was being snide because of a Gigli joke or a joke about Lincoln getting shot. It’s a tough gig though. I can’t remember the last time a host killed at the Academy Awards. I’d be surprised to see MacFarlane invited back for a return performance.

Renee Zellweger

Zellweger’s career has hit a serious rough patch lately. With all of the attention (mysteriously) paid to the movie Chicago at this year’s Oscars, the ceremony would have been a great place for her to reintroduce herself to Hollywood. Instead, she appear emaciated and confused. She wasn’t able to read the winners of two envelopes that she looked at and was saved by Queen Latifah reading the winner over her shoulder. Zellweger won an Ocar in 2003 for Cold Mountain but in the five years after that her box office earnings fell $378 million from what she had earned the five years before she won.