Gregg Emmer

Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.

If you're convinced cold calling is still a worthwhile sales tactic, don't look to Google for affirmation. A search for "cold calling statistics" turns up a whole bunch of numbers, most of them overwhelmingly negative.

Sales is all about thinking big. Bigger clients lead to bigger profits which lead to bigger vacations, or so the logic goes, and a lot of the time that's true.

Leadership. Companies rise by its success, languish by its mediocrity and fall by its failures. Being a good leader requires many different and hard-to-foster traits: intelligence, empathy, creativity, consistency, foresight, patience and more.

The new year can represent a clean slate or a do-over of sorts. Ambitious resolutions are made—the kind that involve treadmills and self-reflection. The success rate is uncertain.

While the Internet and supply-chain transparency are for the most part pretty great (being able to download any movie ever, knowing which overseas factories are responsible for packing gunpowder and live, sting-crazed hornets into children's lunchpails), there have been some downsides.

Nobody is perfect and, undoubtedly, society misses the mark on a lot of things. But sometimes, American culture produces seemingly minor gems that turn out to be some of the greatest pairings in history—pairings that make us mutter, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

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