September 5, 2010 |
Dear Karen: How can I get better data on my competitors? Answer: Join professional groups, attend trade shows and subscribe to industry publications. Such organizations often publish surveys and trend reports that will give you insights on what others in your field are doing. But don't spend too much time studying your competition when you should be focusing on your customers, said Seena Sharp, author of "Competitive Intelligence Advantage. " "Customers are looking for companies that solve their problems or give them what they want," she said.
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April 27, 1995 |
Think Harvard is tough? Try the U.S. Congress. Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills) has experienced both. His grades as an undergraduate at Harvard in the 1950s were high enough to send him on to the prestigious Harvard Law School. In Congress, for every A he receives, it seems there is an F not far behind. Using techniques that are far more arbitrary than those of any university professor, special interest groups ranging from the Children's Defense Fund to the National Assn.
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July 20, 1998 |
After years of serving as an outspoken leader for the Republican right at the local level, Simi Valley activist Steve Frank appears ready to hit the big time. The 51-year-old printing supplies salesman is fast at work building himself a broader platform as president of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies--a grass-roots movement aimed at molding the GOP in its own, rigidly conservative image.
September 14, 1991 |
Los Angeles attorney Melanie Lomax and her mother, Almena, are beyond the standard mother-daughter squabbling, but one subject is guaranteed to incite debate: the NAACP. Almena Lomax, a retired newspaper publisher in her 70s, has been a lifetime member of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People and continues to support it. But her daughter, general counsel of the Los Angeles chapter from 1984 to 1987, quit the national organization and is now a critic.
July 31, 1990 |
Julia Garmash wants to be a journalist, but she knows that it takes more than wishes and hopes. And to get an idea of how the press operates--and perhaps some experience herself--she's working part time in a foreign news bureau in Moscow. What could be more natural for a university-bound 17-year-old? In most places, nothing. But Garmash is a Soviet teenager, and Soviet youth typically have not worked their way through school in the past.
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November 26, 1991 |
Down through the century-long history of the Tournament of Roses, candidates for Rose Queen and her court do their best to win approval from the panel of nine men who determine who will preside over the Rose Parade. To a man, this year's judges are men. Ditto, last year. And the year before. Only once, in 1988, has a woman served on the prestigious Queen and Court Committee that members of the Tournament of Roses Assn. consider the sugar plum among plum assignments in the volunteer association.
April 17, 1993 |
Mounting their first detailed defense against allegations of illegal spying, officials of the Anti-Defamation League sought Friday to distance themselves from a controversial longtime investigator but acknowledged they were still paying him because he is "damn good." Barbara S.
July 19, 1990 |
Rosa M. C. Cumare faces a dilemma. She belongs to two groups that endorse the equivalent of murder. At least that's how she sees things, now that the Los Angeles County Bar Assn. and the American Bar Assn. are on record with a resolution supporting a woman's right to make her own decisions concerning abortion.
July 15, 1990 |
LAST YEAR, WHEN the Berlin Wall fell and the word reunification was murmured in the halls of power, the American Jewish community held its breath. Nobody had to be reminded of what happened to European Jewry the last time Germany was one. Reluctant to risk sparking world ire by opposing reunification while television transmitted dramatic pictures of the decimated Berlin Wall, most American Jews were content to let the British, French, Poles and Soviets express concern on their own behalf.
November 23, 1993 |
California judges have rejected a requirement that would have prohibited them from joining groups that discriminate against gays, according to a secret ballot poll made public Monday. Sixty-four percent of the 1,173 judges who responded to a ballot voted against adding sexual orientation to a code of conduct that prohibits membership in organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender and religion.