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Leadership From U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Leadership From U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

In the wake of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s world dominance, here are five takeaways leaders can use to find success within their own organizations.

They set a record for consecutive wins and coach Jill Ellis became the only coach to win two World Cups. Not to mention, they broke goal-scoring and jersey-sales records, and won over countless hearts in the process.

Simply put, they are the very definition of champions. So, what can we learn from their winning ways? Here are a few key lessons I found:

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Seven time-tested tactics to generate more Google reviews

Seven time-tested tactics to generate more Google reviews

A vast majority of customers find Google reviews posted by strangers just as trustworthy as personal recommendations. So how can businesses encourage customers to leave a review for them on Google?

A staggering 97 percent of customers depend on online reviews to make a purchase decision. Google reviews build and insulate brand reputation, thereby helping customers to make a decision in your favor. In fact, a new research study reveals that Google review stars form social proof for your brand, boosting your site’s CTR by over 35 percent.

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Facebook And Whole Foods Offer Welcome Cannabis Trends

Facebook And Whole Foods Offer Welcome Cannabis Trends

Earlier this month, the world received more indicators that the “Green Rush,” once merely on the horizon, is advancing into view with increasing velocity. It really wasn’t long ago that most portrayals of legal cannabis consumers reflected long-held clichés, reinforcing a stereotype that only a certain subset of the populace used cannabis products.

With that stereotype now changing in addition to the outbreak of legal marketplaces in 33 states, we’re seeing a boom in cross-industry trends where major corporate and investment players are starting to enter the cannabis sector or at least signal willingness to do so. These trends are proving so strong that companies are starting to think it’s important to get in the game or risk being left behind later. That’s why major brands are either dipping a toe into the water or laying the groundwork for a cannonball-level splash when the Green Rush finally breaks.

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A History of Cannabis in the Media: Racism and Prohibition

A History of Cannabis in the Media: Racism and Prohibition

While cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries, it was only at the beginning of the 20th century that it became a target for regulation and thus a topic in the media. Not coincidentally, cannabis prohibition followed the emancipation of African Americans from traditional forms of slavery.

Cannabis prohibition, like all drug prohibition, began as one of a series of state laws designed to control former slaves (and other poor minorities) via “legitimate” legal punishment. The success of these new laws (in this capacity) and acceptance by the public depended largely on images of cannabis being used by Mexican immigrants, African Americans and poor white laborers, combined with claims that cannabis exaggerated their already murderous and psychotic behavior. Quotes such as “all Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff (marijuana) is what makes them crazy” were commonplace in newspapers and served as ample justification for harsh regulations. In the South, cannabis was connected to “boogiemen” (black musicians) and subversive “others” and blamed for the seduction of white women.  In 1934, a widely circulated editorial reported, “Marijuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”

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