World's most popular fabrics and textiles Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tech Featured 
The list of fabric available on the market is endless. What are the most popular fabrics and why? Versatility, durability, and ease of care are some of the reasons. Read on for a list of the worlds most popular textiles, their uses and care, and what makes them so sought after.  READ MORE 

Competing with yoga pants: Cotton explores athleisurewear market Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 
Synthetic fibers are inexpensive. Yoga pants are a top fashion trend. That combination means trouble for West Texas' top cash crop. "We have a demand problem," said Bob Stanley, a Lubbock-based communications manager for the Cotton Board. The Cotton Board is affiliated with Cotton Inc., the research and marketing company perhaps best known for its "fabric of our lives" jingle.  READ MORE 

USMC and USN gets new flame-resistant uniforms Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shephard Media 
The US Marine Corps (USMC) will soon get updated flame-resistant uniforms that make wearers less susceptible to severe burns, it announced. The Enhanced Fire Resistant Combat Ensemble (EFRCE) adds new flame-resistant material to a long-sleeve shirt and trousers. The material enables the uniform to self-extinguish fires, potentially reducing the severity and incidence of burn injuries.  READ MORE 

5 lessons we can learn about leadership from famous generals in history Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Business Insider 
Looking back in history, it's easy to think of famous leaders as static figures, like statues in a museum. However, they had strategies and goals we can still learn from. helpfully ranks all of the greatest generals in history, including several notables from the ancient world. Business Insider took a look at some of these military strategists to get a sense of what leadership traits they displayed.  READ MORE 


Thoughts on leadership Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Leaders are described with a mouthful of adjectives, such as passionate, visionary, charismatic, motivational and encouraging. However, I propose leadership is something simpler. It is ambition. Ambition creates hard work, determination and an unconditional desire to achieve. It generates an absolutely contagious energy that people follow and join naturally. If you are a leader in your organization, there is only one thing need to understand about your role: never let your ambition fade. Corey Baggett, co-founder of ad technology firm, AdBoom Group 

Negotiate like Trump Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Don't give anything away without getting something in return. Unilateral concessions are self-defeating. Whenever you give something away, get something in return. Always tie a string: "I'll do this if you do that." Otherwise you are inviting the other negotiator to ask you for additional concessions. When you give something away without requiring them to reciprocate, they will feel entitled to your concession, and won't be satisfied until you give up even more. But if they have to earn your concession, they will derive a greater sense of satisfaction than if they got it for nothing.
Sales wisdom Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"The reality is that sales people will have less time with customers, and in turn, will need to maximize quality sales engagements. According to Forrester Research, one million sales jobs will be obsolete by 2020. Forrester indicates that the only expanding sales role is the "Sales Consultant" — those that are most capable of relationship and solution selling — integrating themselves most effectively into the buyer's business and helping with problem solving. But it's not just the old tried and true solution seller we are talking about — this is a new breed of digitally savvy sellers who can tap into the pulse of how and where their customers want to engage. Organizations need to begin evaluating their sales teams now to identify who has the skills today and ultimately who is capable of this change." 

Evaluate your sales team and identify your digitally savvy sales representatives. These reps should be your frontline players, as they can keep up with today’s digitally savvy consumers. 

Source: Re-tuning the B2B Sales Role for 2016 and Beyond, Lenati, by Dailah Lester

This week's quotes Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"To lead people, walk beside them... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate. When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves'." — Lao Tzu 

" Everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later." — Harold S. Greene 

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." — Theodore Roosevelt

NAUMD University: Course spotlight Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Do you need to improve your PowerPoint skills to make more impressive presentation? The new NAUMD University has a whole series on short instruction videos that teach you one new skill at a time. Most of the videos are less than 10 minutes. They can be accessed from a desk top, tablet or phone. 

You gain access to NAUMD University through the association website at

Fabric fact Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cotton fibers are hollow. Because of this, dye cannot penetrate to the core like other fibers. This is one of the reasons the cotton fades more than other fibers. Additionally, cotton is very absorbent. But, the follow fiber can fill with water and be very slow to dry. 

7 secrets to keeping your employees happy (without a raise) Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At a time when employers are struggling to prevent attrition, these 7 secrets can boost employees' morale and motivate them. Employee retention is the name of the game today, with a recent Gallup poll revealing that a whopping 70 per cent of employees are unhappy and disengaged at work. The same research reveals that a major part of employees' motivation is influenced by their managers.  READ MORE 

Rhode Island company creates clothing to protect against zika virus Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rhode Island Public Radio 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found evidence that more than 1,000 pregnant women in the United States may have been infected with Zika virus this year. A Rhode Island company has now developed clothing aimed at protecting pregnant women against Zika. The apparel is being distributed at a clinic in El Salvador by Americares, a Connecticut-based non-profit.  READ MORE 

4 steps to developing conscious leadership skills Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a world where motivating others is just one inspirational Instagram meme away, it can be easy to skirt the surface of what it really takes to embody true leadership, or conscious leadership. Conscious leadership is about more than being seen by others; it's about seeing yourself. When an entrepreneur sets out to make a difference in the world through leadership, the motivation often stems from a desire to be of service to others, which is an undeniably powerful intention to have.  READ MORE 

'Back to the Future' inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Marty McFly's self-lacing Nikes in Back to the Future Part II inspired a UCF scientist who has developed filaments that harvest and store the sun's energy — and can be woven into textiles. The breakthrough would essentially turn jackets and other clothing into wearable, solar-powered batteries that never need to be plugged in. It could one day revolutionize wearable technology, helping everyone from soldiers who now carry heavy loads of batteries to a texting-addicted teen who could charge his smartphone by simply slipping it in a pocket. READ MORE 

Miami Heat honor fallen hereos with 'Home Strong' uniforms Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In observance of Veterans Day 2016, the Miami Heat paid homage to the armed forces by expanding Home Strong, its long-standing military initiative. For the second straight season, The Heat will wear their Home Strong uniforms in five games in November but while the uniforms look the same as last season, they added a little something special this year. Each player's individual jersey will have a patch with the name of a different fallen hero on their uniform.  READ MORE