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4 Ways Games Can Help Your Company Innovate

Innovation produces employees who think fresh thoughts. The more innovative your team is, the quicker it can solve problems, as it's constantly anticipating potential roadblocks. Equally as important, an innovative mindset engages your employees in a way that makes them feel connected to their work. They not only feel more satisfied within their roles, but they also become more service-oriented toward customers.   However, in the hustle and bustle of a startup, innovation isn’t easy. Companies find themselves either stuck in a creative rut where they’re unable to push past initial visions or plagued by “shiny object syndrome.” Thankfully, practice makes perfect -- just take a look at Google. The company enacted a “20 percent rule” that encouraged employees to spend 20 percent of their time on personal projects. Some of Google’s best products -- Gmail, AdSense and Google Talk -- came from this initiative. Related: How Gamification Is Engaging Customers and Employees Alike A policy like …

Growing the India-U.S. Trade and Investment Relationship

In this India-U.S. Policy Memo, Joshua Meltzer outlines the state of India-U.S. trade and investment relations. He emphasizes that, despite the impressive growth in the economic relationship, there remains significant room for improvement. He offers recommendations on how to enhance these ties. There are significant opportunities for India and the U.S. to deepen the bilateral trade and investment relationship. While the economic relationship has seen impressive growth over the last 10 years, this has been off a low base and there remains significant room for improvement. For instance, U.S. goods trade with China, a country with a comparable population, was over $560 billion in 2013—almost nine times U.S. trade with India. Another instance: South Korea, a country whose GDP is 60 percent that of India’s, in 2013 had a similar level of goods trade with the U.S. as did India. Indian barriers to trade and investment, including lack of intellectual property protection and enforcement, conti…