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New Media on Ulitzer A recent study run by online business networking service www.MeettheBoss.com shows that executives are spending an extra 11 hours a month online sharing their professional experiences and learning from their peers. The survey asked its executive users what direct value they gained from spending time running blogs, writing tweets and connecting with other executives on sites such as LinkedIn, Xing, MeettheBoss, Ryze, Facebook, Ulitzer and Twitter. The answers revealed that executives proficient with online activities are spending an average of 11 hours more per month online than this time last year – and over 90% of respondents said they felt their time online was ‘very valuable’ to their daily role. Professionals are rushing to the Web for immediate answers to their most pressing questions. “I find online business networking very useful,” says M... (more)

Big Risks and Rewards in Latin America

Bolivia's recent about face on LNG projects intended to supply the U.S. has prompted thoughtful investors to reexamine the pitfalls that might lie just below all those turmoil that best describes South American political economics at the most recent NG O&G Summit in Panama. So what does Bolivia's nationalization of its oil and gas industry mean for the future of South American LNG projects?  It emphasizes more than ever the political risk factors that companies will increasingly face. No matter how detailed a contract, a new political regime could change the rules and the condit... (more)

Are You Just a Bean Counter or Do You Try to Grow Beans?

For generations the Finance profession has been deemed to be the most boring of things - mere ‘bean-counters' valuing, counting and confirming quantities throughout the world of commerce. If this remains your perception of your role then you are in danger of being passed to the realms of extinction! No longer can we continue with this age old adage of our profession, we must all migrate to the 21stCentury and ensure we accept our new role within business. That of accountants embracing change and adding value through their role - ‘growing beans instead of counting them'. We all n... (more)

What Are the Business Benefits of Social Networking?

You may already know, MTB was originally just for finance executives and received fantastic exposure owing to the ‘credit crunch’ with substantial backing from all the major financial institutions including the FT, CNN Money, WSJ. MTB hit the broadsheets when usage went up 66% the morning before Lehman Brothers collapsed. – MTB became an indicator of Financial news. Now the site has expanded into other verticals and it has become the executives ‘secret’ online community/business tool. A place that is 100% business focused, with no salesman, Press or recruiters. ‘Social networking ... (more)

Will the US utilise innovative ideas effectively in order to create a self-sufficient domestic energy supply?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Commissioner's policies are well-known throughout the industry, and she impressively oversees the Texas's energy supply, which is key to America's economical stability.   Last week's meeting was focused around Jones's political hurdles with the Obama Administration and the issues she faces in developing America's energy security by advancing domestic energy resources as an alternative to Obama's wish to outsource supplies from other countries. Her focus appears to be on the need to support the industr... (more)