About a year ago, I signed up for a newsletter on sustainability in business. What started out as a weekly newsletter has evolved (or perhaps devolved) into a daily email. As noble and cost-saving and PR-worthy as environmental action may be, there's not enough new content out there to justify cramming my inbox five days a week.

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IBM is rethinking how its employees interact with each other and their customers. E-mail, company reps say, is "anti-social," and that, of course, goes against the very grain of social media. So, the conglomerate is promoting a social business model that uses digital work tools so employees can "do great work together."

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Good advice from the cold-call specialists at SalesStaff. Funny how long it can take us to describe common sense. Know what you'll say; practice; get to the point; etc.

And here's another SS insight that shows what marketing channels had the greatest impact on IT purchases.

Jackie has been working with a local foster home as part of a community service project named "Choose to Matter". Jackie raised money to fix playground equipment and sports facilities at Jacksonville's Foster Home while working with local high school sports teams to visit the facility and invite the children to local sporting events.She now needs your vote to win an opportunity to join Julie Foudy at the 2012 Summer Olympics as a Youth Ambassador for McDonald's Champions of Play Program. Check out Jackie's project page, watch the video and vote for your favorite.

Kudos to Jeff Burnstein, Dana Whalls-et-al at the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the new name and brand for the Automation Technologies Council, the parent organization to HBC clients the Automated Imaging Association, Robotic Industry Association, and Motion Control Association.

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