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What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?

Harvard Business Review

Finding, developing, and retaining this talent is hard — so much so that the business press refers to a “war” for talent. A veritable alphabet soup (ROA, RONA, ROIC, ROCE, IRR, MVA, APV, and the like) exists to measure our financial capital. Time, whether measured by hours in a day or days in a career, is finite.

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Three Headwinds for Facebook's IPO

Harvard Business Review

By dedicating a small amount of space on every page viewed and allowing companies to display ads, the social networking giant has developed a multi-billion dollar advertising business. They believe that the API improves user experience and makes product development both quicker and simpler. display advertisements online.

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Lafley’s P&G Brand Cull and the 80/20 Rule

Harvard Business Review

Declaring he’d cull up to 100 brands — many of which he’d acquired and developed — P&G CEO A.G. Lafley launches a “game changer” profoundly different than what he championed in his eponymous 2008 bestseller. P&G is cutting its global brand portfolio by more than half.

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