Don’t hold on to the good old days, embrace innovation

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Why change management?

Why is it necessary to change in business instead of holding on to the past? Because of the globalisation, constant change of supply and demand, changing business environments, market maturation, increasing costs and competition, the desire to improve and grow as a company, development of new services, keeping your business move forward, developments in technology, … (Halkos 2012, Raynor and Mumtaz 2013, De Smet, Lavoie and Hioe 2012, Riwo-Abudho, Njanja and Ochieng 2012, Quiros 2014). Fully convinced now? We can conclude that change is inevitable and necessary to succeed in the current business environment (Quiros 2014).

The master of change: Richard Branson

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The Virgin Group is an example of change management within an organisation. Entrepreneur and founder, Richard Branson, innovated, diversified and acquired many businesses (Australian Business Solutions 2012). He took many risks to bring out new and better products. Branson states that when circumstances and opportunities…

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Musicians Thriving in the Business World: The Evidence is Mounting

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When my book Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music was published in 2009, I believed that as the pace of change in the business world continued to accelerate, the concept of Music & Arts education as prerequisites for success would become more mainstream. Innovation and creativity are skills that must be practiced, developed, and refined. While we’re not there yet, it seems that the instances of testimony and observation regarding that connection are becoming more and more frequent.

Here are a few from news sources around the web:

(FORBES) “These Business Leaders Do Their Jobs Better by Applying Lessons from the Performing Arts”

(CTV NEWS OTTAWA) “Canadian Astronaut Touts Benefits of Learning Music”

(MAKING MUSIC MAGAZINE) “A Law Office with a Musical Side”

(CNN) “Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Music Class” (Hey, that sounds familiar!!!)

Our Music Education Advocacy army…

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Apple To Mitigate Texting While Walking Epidemic: Transparent Texting

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Texting and walking. It’s a problem that a large percentage of the population faces. Your walking down the street, not looking ahead, glued to your cellular device trying to send a test, look up data on your internet browser or explore your favorite app. You know texting while walking is wrong but your phone becomes a magnet to your eyes and you find yourself continue to commit the bad deed.

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Texting While Walking..

Apple has realized the seriousness of this problem and the documented injuries that have occurred from people not realizing the dangers a few inches in front of them on the street. Recently, Apple has filed for a patent for a technology that utilizes the back camera to create a transparent live video background on your iPhone while while in “Texting while walking mode.” People who text and walk have little to no awareness of what is infront of them and…

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Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Talks Lessons Learned from Same-Sex Marriage Firestorm and Taking the Company Global

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Dan Cathy (Akili-Casundria Ramsess, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Dan Cathy (Akili-Casundria Ramsess, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

As the same-sex marriage debate rages, one person says he won’t be weighing in on the subject anymore: Dan Cathy, CEO and president of Chick-fil-A.

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HOW THE DOLLAR IMPACTS YOU..

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U.S. Rappers Behind China’s ‘Black Coal’ Berlin Winner

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Smart! Investing in foreign opportunities!!!

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HONG KONG — Rap musicians 50 Cent (pictured), Timbaland and Eminem and New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony are among the unlikely U.S. investors behind “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” the cutting edge Chinese film which won the Golden Bear at Berlin this year.

They were corralled into backing the film by New York-based Daniel Victor of Boneyard Entertainment. Through its Boneyard Entertainment China offshoot, it was a financier and co-producer of “Black Coal.” The lead producer is China’s Jiangsu Omnijoi Movie Co.

The film, which is unusually dark by Chinese standards, and depicts a former policeman and a mystery woman on the trail of a serial killer, releases this week in China.

Victor says the high-profile investors share a long-term vision of building a film company focused on the world’s most exciting and quickly-evolving market.

“We were all passionate about the idea of building a film business in China,”…

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Rough Winter Hurts General Mills 3Q Sales

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rough winter weather took a bite out of General Mills’ fiscal third-quarter sales, and the cereal maker’s results missed Wall Street expectations.

The maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Betty Crocker products said Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter net income rose 3 percent, free of a charge that hurt its results a year earlier.

For the three months that ended Feb. 23, the company earned $410.6 million, or 64 cents per share. That’s up from $398.4 million, or 60 cents per share, a year earlier.

Last year’s third quarter included a $6.1 million charge.

Removing certain items, earnings were 62 cents per share. Analysts expected 64 cents per share, according to a FactSet survey.

Revenue dipped 1 percent to $4.38 billion from $4.43 billion, hindered by bad winter weather, lower volumes and unfavorable foreign currency translation.

Wall Street was calling for $4.41 billion in revenue.

U.S. retail sales…

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