Black MBA NetWire Newsletter RSS Feed. en-us Copyright 2014 10/20/2014 8:01:34 AM 20 National Black MBA Conference: How to Rule the Corner Office <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />"Corner Office Rules: 10 Realities of Executive Life, was sponsored by Accenture and led by Keith Wyche, president and CEO of Cub Foods and author of Corner Office Rules: The 10 Realities of Executive Life. Wyche has more than 30 years experience working for corporations including Ameritech, Convergys, AT&T, IBM, Pitney Bowes and SuperValu and has expanded his own professional brand as an author, speaker and thought leader. <i>(Black Enterprise)</i></p> 10/16/2014 12:00:31 PM As a Newly-Appointed Officer of KPMG&rsquo;s The PhD Project, Tyrha Lindsey Supports Scholars of Color <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Tyrha Lindsey said she sings "Let My Light Shine" at the beginning of class to encourage her students "to remember the essence of who they are." For Lindsey, professor of business at Rutgers University in New Jersey, maintaining her sense of self has helped guide her through trials and tribulations in her corporate career as a woman of color. Through an opportunity with the KPMG Foundation, she now stands in front of a classroom with a mission to guide other students like herself as they enter the workforce. <i>(Madame Noire)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:56:17 AM Black MBA Conference: How One Job Seeker Turned Challenges into Career Triumph <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />Imagine having "MBA" on your r&eacute;sum&eacute;. What about titles like "general manager" and "entrepreneur"? Think about all the opportunities that often come with this type of experience. Now, imagine having all these &ndash; yet you&rsquo;re homeless and jobless. If it sounds impossible, think again. <i>(Black Enterprise)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:50:32 AM How to Get Employees to Care About Their Professional Development <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />Jim sits in front of his workstation with a grin on his face as he prints off his training certificate. It&rsquo;s proof that he completed a compulsory four-hour online course on workplace safety; in reality, it only took Jim 18 minutes to click through the videos and pass the assessment with educated guesses. Does this sound familiar? It should. It&rsquo;s typical of many companies&rsquo; approach to professional development, which is scary when you consider that U.S. companies spent more than $70 billion on corporate training in 2013. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:42:15 AM The Most Lucrative Seven-Figure MBA Degrees in the U.S. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />What&rsquo;s an MBA degree really worth? And how much more money does an MBA from Harvard, Stanford or Wharton get you over a career than one from Texas A&M, Ohio State, or the University of Iowa? Those are questions that perplex and confound many who are deciding whether to get the degree and, if so, where to get it from. Not everyone can get into the most highly selective business schools. So many candidates have to face the question over whether it&rsquo;s worth getting the MBA from a second- or even third-tier school. <i>(Poets & Quants)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:41:00 AM Shorter, Better, Faster, Stronger <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />When Scott Maxwell, founder of the venture capital firm OpenView Venture Partners, was working as a consultant at McKinsey in the early 1990s, he received what he considered to be an odd pep talk. Jon Katzenbach, then a director at the company, told Maxwell that when he was starting out back in the &rsquo;70s, everyone worked seven days a week at McKinsey. That was the culture. If you didn&rsquo;t work that many hours, you weren&rsquo;t pulling your weight. <i>(Slate)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:35:41 AM JCPenney Names Black CEO <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />On Monday, retailer JCPenney announced that Marvin Ellison will become the company&rsquo;s CEO next summer, making him the first Black person to run a national retailer. Ellison, who is currently Executive Vice President &ndash; U.S. Stores at Home Depot, will become JCPenney President and CEO-Designee on Nov. 1 before ascending to CEO on Aug. 1, 2015. <i>(DiversityInc)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:34:20 AM Americans&rsquo; Outlook for U.S. Economy Soars on Hiring and Gasoline <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Americans&rsquo; expectations for the economy in October climbed to the highest level in almost two years as a pickup in hiring, falling gasoline prices, and low borrowing costs heartened households. A measure tracking the economic outlook climbed to 51 this month, the strongest since November 2012, from 41.5 in September, data from the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index showed today. The weekly sentiment index was little changed at 36.2 for the period ended Oct. 12 from 36.8. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:31:55 AM Five Reasons You Feel Poor <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />The stock market's bumping along near all-time highs, the housing market's rebounding in many places, and unemployment is down to its lowest levels in years. MarketWatch's Thomas Bemis discusses why despite all of this everybody feels so poor. (Video) <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:30:06 AM;obref=obnetwork Study: People Like the Idea of Workplace Diversity More Than Actual Diversity <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Diversity in the workplace is often something employees say they want, but it turns out workers may actually prefer a homogeneous environment. That&rsquo;s the finding of a new study on gender diversity in the workplace. So does diversity in the workplace matter? <i>(WNUR Boston)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:27:22 AM The 7 Social Media Mistakes Most Likely to Cost You a Job <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Jobvite's latest social recruiting poll shows exactly what hiring managers are looking for when they check your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts. <i>(Money Magazine)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:24:43 AM The Truth About Networking Events <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />There are a lot of common misconceptions and varying opinions about the value of networking events. Some people love them while most people hate then. Some people think going to events is the only way to network and meet new people while others prefer other channels. It all depends on your needs and personality. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:15:39 AM New Office Flashpoint: Who Gets the Conference Room? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />A mundane fixture of office life &ndash; the conference room &ndash; has become a flash point for tension and conflict. Meetings are multiplying while private office space shrinks. Booking systems break down under dueling meetings. Employees reserve conference rooms far in advance &ndash; just in case they need them. Colleagues fume when a previous meeting drags on, leaving them standing in the hallway. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:12:42 AM How to Stop Sabotaging Your Startup's Success <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s an understatement to say that starting a business is hard: It&rsquo;s excruciating. Some days, you&rsquo;re on top of the world, and others? Everything collapses under your feet, and there is nothing you can do but simply "deal" with the sinking feeling in your chest. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:09:10 AM 5 Credit Habits of the Wealthy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Do you ever wonder why the wealthy would have a need for credit when they can probably just use cash? Well, it turns out that they still need to build and maintain healthy credit habits just like everyone else in order to manage and expand their wealth. Because they use credit to benefit themselves, they've learned to develop healthy credit habits. <i>(NextAdvisor)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:07:21 AM;&amp;site=theatlantic First HBO, then CBS: The Cable Bundle Is Slowly Coming Apart <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Yesterday, HBO announced a new Internet streaming service for 2015 that will let you watch shows without a cable subscription. Today, CBS announced a new Internet streaming service that will let you watch shows (not including the NFL) without a cable subscription. In less than a day, the most critically acclaimed network and the most watched network bet on the future of Internet TV. And just like that, the cable bundle has unraveled more in the last 24 hours than in the previous 24 months. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:04:15 AM Health Tech: When Does an App Need Regulating? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Where does the line between glorified pedometer and healthcare technology lie? If you found yourself pressing your smartphone to your face in the belief that the light waves from the app would cure your acne you're probably already familiar with the problem. And the makers of those (absolutely useless) apps were subsequently fined. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 10/16/2014 11:01:58 AM The 4 Biggest Myths About Leadership <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />A lot of people who think they understand leadership have fallen for some common myths and misconceptions. It's best to learn what these myths are so we uncover the truth.<i>(Inc.)</i></p> 10/16/2014 10:59:02 AM 5 Insider Tips for Successful Crowd Funding <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />In researching and learning about crowd funding, I kept running over the same basic advice. I've read countless articles on how to make great videos, pricing for campaign incentives and other general topics. However, after interviewing numerous crowd funding veterans, I've also found that there are a few 'tricks of the trade' that the most savvy crowd funding entrepreneurs are using to increase their rate of success. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 10/16/2014 10:58:16 AM A Career Reality Check for Women: Being Good isn't Good Enough &ndash; You Need to Grab the Mic <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, authors of Darling, You Can't Do Both argue that women will go further at work by putting the effort into "visibility," and offer some useful tips for succeeding in the spotlight. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/16/2014 10:56:25 AM How to Lead in a Boundary-Less World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Today's global, hyper-connected economy is being led by knowledge that it no longer takes complex corporate structures or massive factories to dominate. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/16/2014 10:55:20 AM 5 Apps That Will Change The Way You Think About Photos <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />When it comes to taking a good photograph, the human eye is still the best sensor. What happens to the image after that is probably something a machine can do just as well or better, especially given the massive number of images piling up in our photo albums today. And that's why the breakthroughs in the next era of imagery are going to be done by computers. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/16/2014 10:54:27 AM In A Fast-Growing City In Ghana, The Streets Finally Have Names <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Life without an address is hard and even dangerous. A nonprofit recently used mapping technology to help an Atlanta-sized Ghanaian city bring order to the chaos and improve public services. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/16/2014 10:52:45 AM The Best-Performing CEOs in the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />The knock on most business leaders is that they don&rsquo;t take the long view &ndash; that they&rsquo;re fixated on achieving short-term goals to lift their pay. So which global CEOs actually delivered solid results over the long run? Our 2014 list of top performers provides an objective answer. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 10/16/2014 10:43:32 AM Does an MBA Matter to Shareholders? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Most of the top business leaders in the world do not have MBAs, according to a report released Tuesday, Oct. 14, by the Harvard Business Review. The magazine ranked chief executives on how much return their company&rsquo;s shareholders earned on their investment and how much the CEOs increased their companies&rsquo; market values during their tenure. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 10/16/2014 10:35:00 AM Are People Going to Stop Flying Because of Ebola? The Market Certainly Thinks So <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />The most recent healthcare worker to contract Ebola flew on a commercial airplane shortly before being diagnosed. Even though authorities say it's unlikely she infected any of the 132 other passengers on the flight, the specter of Ebola being spread in the skies has already helped send down the stocks of the country's major airlines. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 10/16/2014 8:00:00 AM The Reason Americans Are Spending Less <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Months before the start of the holiday season, Americans are keeping their wallets shut, a new survey finds. Two-thirds of Americans say they aren&rsquo;t spending as much as they could each month, according to the poll released Tuesday by And they may keep spending down even as they enter the holiday season, says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 10/16/2014 7:57:46 AM Wall Street Might Know Something the Rest of Us Don&rsquo;t <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />By a lot of measures, the United States economy is looking pretty good right now. The unemployment rate has fallen below 6 percent for the first time in half a dozen years, and jobs are being added at the fastest rate since before the Great Recession. Things are looking better, that is, unless you turn your eye to Wall Street. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 10/16/2014 7:55:16 AM;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;version=HpSum&amp;module=second-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;abt=0002&amp;abg=0 Calculating the Grim Economic Costs of Ebola Outbreak <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />While thousands of health care workers seek to control the deadly virus in West Africa, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical professionals seek to prevent its outbreak in the United States, financial analysts and others have been trying to estimate &ndash; or "model," in Wall Street parlance &ndash; the potential effect on the global economy. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 10/14/2014 9:10:35 AM;_type=blogs&amp;_r=0 LED Lights Are A 'Transformative Technology' In The Developing World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />When the news broke Tuesday that three scientists whose discoveries made practical household LED lighting possible had won the Nobel Prize in physics, most Americans probably thought of the LED screen in their TV, or perhaps about whether they might finally consider shifting to energy-efficient LED lighting in their homes. (LED, or light-emitting diodes, make use of treated or coated semiconductors to produce light. Blue LED lighting &ndash; the Nobelists' invention &ndash; was the missing ingredient that allowed the creation of LED lamps.) <i>(NPR)</i></p> 10/13/2014 12:17:50 PM French Economist Wins Nobel For Work on Regulating Big Business <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 16, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Saying that he "clarified how to understand and regulate industries with a few powerful firms," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences to Jean Tirole, who teaches at the Toulouse School of Economics. He studies oligopolies, markets that are controlled by a handful of powerful (and interdependent) companies. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 10/13/2014 12:16:36 PM Essential MOOC Courses in Business For October <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />Take a MOOC and win $100,000? Sounds like a win-win situation to most. And it&rsquo;s technically true...if you&rsquo;re in a charitable mood. In October, Stanford&rsquo;s Giving 2.0 MOOC breaks new ground in education. As part of Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen&rsquo;s course, students will assess various nonprofits, identifying those worthy of funding from a $100,000 grant by the Learning By Giving Foundation. From there, students actually vote on the nonprofits who&rsquo;ll receive grants. Talk about Democracy in action! <i>(Poets & Quants)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:00:39 PM Wisconsin&rsquo;s Business School Bets on a Novel MBA Approach <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />When you look back on your best teachers, what do they have in common? Did they inspire you to become something more? Did their questions shake you out of complacency? Did they challenge you to think for yourself? And did they prepare you to overcome the adversity you&rsquo;d ultimately face? Like most schools, the University of Wisconsin&rsquo;s School of Business has wrestled with what truly constitutes great teaching and real learning. <i>(Poets & Quants)</i></p> 10/9/2014 12:59:54 PM 6 Body Language Lessons From Famous Entrepreneurs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Considering the stature of these entrepreneurs, you can be sure that most, if not all, have had some kind of coaching on how best to present themselves. So take a few easy lessons from their book. Some of these body language practices &ndash; such as mirroring another's gestures during a conversation &ndash; might not feel all that natural at first. But not to worry &ndash; they'll appear ordinary to others. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 10/9/2014 12:57:34 PM Disease, War And Terrorism Are Dimming Economic Prospects, Especially In Africa <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />In a world already weighed down by too much debt, new troubles are bubbling up. The Ebola virus, terrorist attacks and war are undermining many countries, which means "downside risks have increased" for the global economy. That gloomy assessment was released Tuesday by the International Monetary Fund. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 10/9/2014 12:56:38 PM NBMBAA Atlanta Chapter Doing Good: &lsquo;Shopping&rsquo; Day for Families Part of Year-Round Service <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />National Black MBA Association works year-round to serve communities. "Our chapter believes that we have to give more than we take," said Elaina Livings, vice president of operations for the association&rsquo;s Atlanta chapter, about the importance of the chapter&rsquo;s mission to give back to the Atlanta community. <i>(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)</i></p> 10/9/2014 12:54:24 PM Trends in Diversity Recruiting: U.S. Employers Weigh In <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Upon reaching out to several companies for this post about campus recruiting, it&rsquo;s clear the nation&rsquo;s top companies are seeking diverse talent pools. Technically, we&rsquo;re all diverse. Is anyone completely defined by a box? Executives' approach to recruiting and ramping up their numbers &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s women in tech roles, veterans, disabled or multiracial employees and more &ndash; isn't much different than recruiting as a whole: Hire the most qualified candidate. Diversity recruiting strategies, in turn, boil down to finding the best, most qualified candidates. <i>(US News and World Report)</i></p> 10/9/2014 9:37:53 AM 3 Tips for Running a Business With Your Spouse Without Divorcing or Going Broke <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />I have spoken with several wives about their marriage and business lives. I learned from them and from my own experience that owning a business with your spouse is not all romance. It is an adventure though. I asked them about the secrets to growing a family business that doesn't destroy the marriage. <I>(Entrepreneur)</i></p> 10/9/2014 9:20:12 AM How the Digital Revolution Can Help Some of the Workers it Displaces <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Not far inland from where India&rsquo;s west coast meets the Arabian Sea, a modern high-rise building that looks a bit like a stack of hastily piled-up boxes grows from the streets of Mumbai. Called Antilia, it is the private residence of Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries and reportedly the richest man in India. On a clear day, from the higher floors of his home, Mr Ambani can see the neighbourhood of Dharavi, about six miles to the north-east. <i>(The Economist)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:57:54 AM The Age of Diminishing Expectations <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />The International Monetary Fund has just released the full update to its fall World Economic Outlook, which includes its latest forecast for global growth. The picture is not pretty. Back in January the IMF thought the world might manage growth of 3.7% this year. That dropped to 3.6% in April, to 3.4% in July, and to 3.3% in the new report. If growth is written down any more then this year's performance will come in below that in 2013, of 3.3%, making 2014 the fourth consecutive year in which global output has slowed relative to the prior year's showing. <i>(The Economist)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:55:58 AM How to be the Most Productive Person in Your Office &mdash; and Still Get Home by 5:30 p.m. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. I certainly want the answer. So I decided to call a friend who manages to do this &ndash; and more. Cal Newport impresses the heck out of me. Why? Well, I'm glad you asked. He's insanely productive. <i>(The Week)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:52:01 AM World Bank: Cost of Ebola Could Top $32 Billion <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />The price of cassava, a root vegetable that is a staple ingredient in Liberian diets, shot up in August. In the Redlight Markets of Monrovia, the Ebola-stricken country's capital, Liberians were forced to pay 150% more for cassava, a basic for flour and bread. It's a small example, noted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, which represents massive economic pain hitting the countries of West Africa. <i>(CNN International)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:46:53 AM This is Exactly How Much Sleep You Need <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />How much sleep do you get every night? Studies show that most people try to muddle by on less than seven hours, but new research claims to have found the exact amount of time we need. Men need 7.8 hours per night and women need 7.6 hours, according to a study that tracked 3,760 people over seven years and published in the September issue of the journal Sleep. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:44:06 AM How to Ace Any Interview and Land the Job of Your Dreams <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />To succeed in this sunnier market, though, you need a firm grasp on today&rsquo;s hiring process, one that may be far different from what you faced the last time you hit the circuit. For starters, businesses are going slow, spending an average of 23 days to fill a slot in 2013, vs. 12 days in 2010, according to employer review website Glassdoor. And many are replacing antiquated hiring methods with more offbeat ways to vet job seekers. <i>(Money Magazine)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:43:00 AM How You Can Build a $1 Million Retirement Fund <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report recently showing that more than 630,000 IRAs had balances greater than $1 million &ndash; and 314 had balances of more than $25 million. I&rsquo;ll leave the policy discussions to others. This column is for people who might be interested in joining the ranks of the IRA millionaires and are wondering: Can a regular Joe really save enough to end up with a $1 million IRA? <i>(Money Magazine)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:33:33 AM Corporate Training Gets an Online Refresh <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />Massive, open, online courses are coming to the office. Providers of so-called MOOCs are joining with academics and experts to attract millions of users to their free or low-cost Web courses on subjects ranging from Android app development to Buddhist meditation. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:29:54 AM Ebola Donations Lag Far Behind Need <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Even though the largest Ebola outbreak in history has been dominating headlines, few Americans are opening their wallets to help. Last month, the United Nations announced it would need nearly $1 billion to effectively fight the virus, which has killed more than 3,400 people across West Africa since March. If it is not contained, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there could be hundreds of thousands of Ebola cases in coming months. <i>(CNN/Money)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:27:45 AM Get Ready for 'Drone Nation' <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />The Pocket Drone &ndash; a collapsible, three-rotor aerial vehicle &ndash; folds up small enough to fit in a backpack easily, but its three independent propeller motors are powerful enough to carry a GoPro camera. Johnson and his partners think it could be the first in a huge, new category of personal electronics &ndash; the small, easily portable flying robot that goes everywhere with you to capture overhead imagery on demand. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:23:48 AM Online, Where Executives Turn for Advice <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Consultants, classes, software abound &ndash; when some executives need an answer big or small, sometimes the place to go is surprisingly simple: the web. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:18:15 AM Cheaper Cross-Border Phone Charges in East Africa <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Mobile phone users in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will soon enjoy cheaper cross border calls, after telecom operators agreed to cut roaming charges.Charges for making or receiving calls in other countries in East Africa will be cut by more than 60%. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:15:01 AM Why Leadership is Like a Three-Legged Stool <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Researchers at the University of Illinois sought to understand the science of leadership, and what they came up with is a metaphor involving a stool. Past research in this field generally breaks leadership down to 30% genetics (certain traits, such as height, inherently shape our perception of what a leader is) and 70% lessons learned through life experience. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:08:42 AM How to Find Solitude in an Era of Constant Connection <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Anyone born before 1985 is lucky. They have experienced life before and after the Internet. They remember what happened when their ride didn&rsquo;t show up, and when they had to kill three hours in an airport. Instead of idly reaching for a device, they waited. They read a good thriller, or watched airplanes take off, or did a crossword puzzle. Sometimes, they did nothing. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:05:24 AM Stop Believing That You Have to Be Perfect <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />The value of failure has become a mantra in Silicon Valley, with the rise of events like FailCon, a conference "for startup founders to study their own and others&rsquo; failures and prepare for success." Failure, the thinking goes, is an intense form of hands-on education that &ndash; when done right &ndash; enables you to learn quickly and grow. Despite the startup world&rsquo;s enthusiasm, however, there&rsquo;s often a lingering stigma: it&rsquo;s less that you&rsquo;ve tried and failed, and more that you are "a failure." <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:02:46 AM Stanford on Whether You Can Teach Startups to MBAs: Sort Of <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Based on the props, you could be forgiven for assuming that kindergardeners, rather than business students, had gathered in a vast room at Stanford University this Monday. Oversize markers were strewn across tables, colorful sticky notes adorned white boards, and little baggies of gummy candies and M&Ms dotted desks. MBAs at Stanford&rsquo;s Graduate School of Business were using the arts and crafts supplies to develop the plans for their future companies. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 10/9/2014 1:01:34 AM Can Apple's iPad Event Shake Off the Tablet Doldrums? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Apple has sent out invitations for a media event on Oct. 16, when it is expected to introduce new versions of the iPad. "It&rsquo;s been way too long," the invitation says. The big event of each fall for Apple is the release of the new iPhones, which account for a bit more that half of the company&rsquo;s revenue, but the company also regularly holds a second event for tablets and computers. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 10/8/2014 10:01:47 PM Are Workplace Personality Tests Fair? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Workers who apply online at RadioShack Corp. must say if they agree with the statement: "Over the course of the day, I can experience many mood changes." Lowe's Cos. asks job seekers if they "believe that others have good intentions." A test at McDonald's Corp. said: "If something very bad happens, it takes some time before I feel happy again." The use of online personality tests by employers has surged in the past decade as they try to streamline the hiring process, especially for customer-service jobs. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 10/8/2014 9:31:45 AM What to Do When You Are the Subject of Office Gossip <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />The conversation stops when you enter the room. Colleagues shoot sidelong glances as you pass. The office is abuzz but nobody is talking to you about it&mdash;because you&rsquo;re at the center of the rumors. Office gossip can be a welcome distraction. It just can be hard to know what to do when you become the focal point. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 10/8/2014 9:30:38 AM Banks in U.S. Moving to Chip-Based Debit and Credit Cards <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />In the coming year, banks in the United States are likely to replace debit or credit cards with versions that have tiny computer chips embedded in them, a move aimed at making shopping in stores more secure. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 10/8/2014 9:14:59 AM Germany&rsquo;s Insistence on Austerity Meets With Revolt in the Eurozone <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 9, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />As Europe confronts new signs of economic trouble, national leaders, policy makers and economists are starting to challenge as never before the guiding principle of the Continent&rsquo;s response to six years of crisis: Germany&rsquo;s insistence on budget austerity as a precondition to healthy growth. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 10/8/2014 9:13:26 AM Here are the Economic Effects of the Worsening Africa Ebola Outbreak <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Since March 2014, over 3,000 people have died from the relentless spread of the Ebola virus throughout the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. Despite the heroic efforts of the humanitarian and medical professionals in these countries, crumbling public health systems &ndash; which were notoriously weak even before the current outbreak began. <i>(Business Insider)</i></p> 10/2/2014 4:11:06 PM Leadership Lessons From A Humble Pope <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Since his election 18 months ago, Pope Francis has won widespread acclaim from inside the Catholic Church and beyond. Indeed, at a time when the world&rsquo;s leaders have generally been found wanting he has shown what an effective leader can do. <i>(Forbes)</i></p> 10/2/2014 4:05:46 PM Forget the Jobs Numbers, America Needs to Focus on its Income problem <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />The jobs crisis is over. Now it&rsquo;s on to the hard part: boosting American income.Tomorrow is the first Friday of October, which means the Labor Department will release its monthly jobs report, an updated look at how many jobs the economy added and where the unemployment rate stands. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 10/2/2014 3:52:38 PM ECB to Start Asset Buying Program <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />The European Central Bank has kept its benchmark interest rate at 0.05% and given details of its asset purchase program announced last month.The bank's head Mario Draghi said it would start buying covered bonds this month and other assets in the final three months of the year. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 10/2/2014 3:34:45 PM How to Grow Your Business Internationally in 3 Steps <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Whether you make exciting doodads or run a top-notch service company, chances are you are always in the market for more sales. Global exporting is the next frontier for many companies and a solid international expansion plan could potentially have tremendous impact on your bottom line. The fact is most people do not take advantage of this opportunity because of the mythological fears surrounding international export. The following are 3 tips to put you at ease and get you well on your way to becoming a world-wide mogul. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 10/2/2014 3:24:59 PM Meet 12 Brilliant African Entrepreneurs Under 22 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Africa, where 70% of the population is under the age of 30, is buzzing with business ideas and innovative spirit -- but who are the continent's brightest young entrepreneurs? The answer was given last week when 12 young entrepreneurs from all across Africa traveled to Johannesburg to compete for the annual Anzisha Prize &ndash; currently in its fourth year, Anzisha Prize is a pan-African award celebrating entrepreneurs aged 15-22 who've come up with innovative ways to solve problems in their communities, or have launched successful businesses in their areas. <i>(CNN International)</i></p> 10/2/2014 3:19:40 PM Entrepreneurs' Biggest Crowdfunding Mistake: Asking for Money <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Danae Ringelmann has seen many sides of the finance world--as a Wall Street analyst, as an MBA student, and as a producer trying to raise money for off-Broadway plays. It was that last experience that led her to co-found Indiegogo, a crowdfunding site whose goal is no less than the democratization of finance. Ringelmann came to our offices recently to talk about diversity within tech companies, Indiegogo's experiment with 'forever funding,' and entrepreneurs' biggest crowdfunding mistakes. Below is an edited version of our conversation. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 10/2/2014 3:00:43 PM 5 Ways to Jumpstart a Sluggish Morning <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Some mornings it's just tough to get going. Maybe you have been working too hard. Or maybe even partying a bit too much. It doesn't matter what happened last night. Whatever is dragging you down this morning, you need to find a way to get yourself going at full speed. Sure you could drink coffee or go for a run, but there are many other ways to get you going without drugs or breaking a sweat. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:53:42 PM Bosses Show More Flexibility About Relocation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />When a top boss lives far from headquarters, companies are willing to go the distance &ndash; literally &ndash; to simplify life for the executive. Mark King needed to move fast after Adidas AG promoted him to run North America with scant notice last spring. He left his newly built home in Vista, Calif., packed half his clothes and rented a furnished apartment in Portland, Ore. In return, the sporting-goods giant gave Mr. King a sweet relocation deal: $100,000 to cover his first year of rent. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:51:25 PM Business Education: In Chicago, a Flexible Curriculum <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has helped launch three billion-dollar companies in the past few years, including GrubHub Inc. Still, despite offering funding competitions and related academic courses, it isn't necessarily known as an entrepreneurship hub on the level of the Stanford Graduate School of Business or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:47:22 PM Will Executives Get on the MOOC Train, Too? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />Companies are expressing growing interest in using massive, open, online courses in their corporate training initiatives for rank-and-file workers, the Journal reports today. But winning over executives, who are accustomed to concierge services and in-person hobnobbing, might be a tougher feat for MOOC providers. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:45:31 PM Why Wearables Could Be A Breakthrough For Women In Tech <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />For people who care about the tech industry&rsquo;s gender gap, the wearable tech market is a source for hope and fear. Fear, because the female half of the population often gets overlooked as consumers &ndash; as when Apple&rsquo;s HealthKit was designed for tracking all sorts of things in your body, but not your menstrual cycle &ndash; or as potential victims. One in four women experience stalking, and a hacked wearable does a stalker&rsquo;s work for them. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:42:30 PM Study: Self-Confidence Plays A Crucial Role In Forging Your Career Path <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Once in a while, it is healthy to doubt yourself, to ooze a tiny bit of self-awareness. But a new psychology study from Ohio State University found evidence that an individual's career paths is influenced by their own levels of self-confidence and, to some degree, the amount of social validation they receive along the way. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:40:36 PM Robinson Team Wins National Black MBA Association Case Competition <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />A team of four students in the Flexible and Professional MBA programs at Georgia State University&rsquo;s J. Mack Robinson College of Business won the National Black MBA Association Case Competition sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC at the group&rsquo;s annual meeting, held this year in Atlanta. <i>(Atlanta Daily World)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:37:41 PM LinkedIn's Data Science Secret: Your Hidden Org Chart <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />LinkedIn enjoys one big advantage against competitors Facebook and Twitter: It's the social network people can use at work. By positioning it as a service for professional development, LinkedIn has embedded itself into offices worldwide. And in the process, found a holy grail of corporate data: The social hierarchy of people inside an organization... even if the people themselves don&rsquo;t know it. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:34:28 PM We Need Better Managers, Not More Technocrats <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Digital technology is the biggest agitator of the business world today. Mobile technology, social media, cloud computing, embedded devices, big data, and analytics have radically changed the nature of work and competition. And digital innovations will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Technology has tremendous potential to be the engine of increasing human, organizational, and economic prosperity. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:31:37 PM Don&rsquo;t Judge the Economy by the Number of Start-Ups <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />More new businesses are better for society, right? That&rsquo;s a common assumption. For instance, take this recent Washington Post piece, headlined, "More businesses are closing than starting. Can Congress help turn that around?" Sounds ominous at first. But wait a minute &ndash; is starting more new businesses always a good thing? Isn&rsquo;t it a basic economic tenet that well-functioning markets will have many entrances and exits, that weak businesses (including thousands of one-person enterprises) will get recycled quickly (fast failure) and that over time, vigorous, well-regulated markets will support strong and growing companies, which in turn provide dignified jobs and prosperity? <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:28:36 PM Fix Your R&eacute;sum&eacute; by Cutting the Part About How Passionate You Are <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />A young woman I know did everything right in high school, got into a good private college, and landed a position in corporate marketing for a major retail chain after she graduated. While it was a good, stable job &ndash; the kind that makes parents happy &ndash; she found it stultifying and unsatisfying. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:15:24 PM Poorsplaining: What It's Really Like to Be Poor in America <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Poor people are more likely than rich people to smoke. To get fat. To get into hassles with cops and creditors. To have children despite no visible means of support, to lurch from one crisis to another, and sometimes to have very bad attitudes. But before you judge them, just try being poor yourself. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:13:58 PM Business Majors Are Bored With Their Jobs and Lack Financial Security <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Some strategic young adults may choose to study business in college because they assume the promise of a highly-paid job will assure them lifetime happiness. Bad news for these calculating collegians: business majors are not only the least likely to report caring about their job, but also not the most financially secure among their peers, according to a report released on Thursday. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:11:03 PM Suddenly Wealthy, Just as Quickly Broke: Be Careful With That Windfall <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />People often think if they just made a little more money &ndash; or a lot more money &ndash; their financial troubles would go away. It doesn&rsquo;t happen that way for a lot of folks. "Instead of finding themselves in the lap of luxury, 70 percent of people who come into sudden money are broke within a few years," writes Ilana Polyak of CNBC about a National Endowment for Financial Education finding. "Many even end up cursing their windfalls." <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 10/2/2014 2:07:23 PM How the Jobless Rate Underestimates the Economy&rsquo;s Problems <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Here&rsquo;s a riddle for you: How many economists does it take to figure out the extent of slack in the economy? Sorry, I don&rsquo;t have a punch line. (Hey, I&rsquo;m an economist. Assume a funny punch line!) But that was the question put before a bunch of us at a conference held by the Peterson Institute for International Economics last week. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 10/2/2014 1:55:56 PM;abt=0002&amp;abg=0 Mobile Malware: Small Numbers, but Growing <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />The warning was dire: A small security company revealed a flaw in millions of smartphones that could allow dangerous software to masquerade as a legitimate app and seize control of a phone. The threat was a big conversation topic at this year&rsquo;s Black Hat security conference. But after that, we didn&rsquo;t hear much more about it. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 10/2/2014 1:51:15 PM What Business Can Learn From Intelligence <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />I just read the interesting story about Edward Snowden in Wired, and I can&rsquo;t quite figure out what I think of the man. He seems neither the patriot that James Bamford (not surprising, given his background) portrays him to be, nor the traitor that some argue. The story certainly nourishes the increasing concern that the U.S. spies on its own citizens and national allies. And there is little doubt after reading it that a disgruntled employee (or contractor) can walk out an intelligence agency&rsquo;s door with a "pocket full of thumb drives." <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 9/29/2014 10:17:04 AM Chrysler Group Demonstrates Historic Commitment to Diverse Future Business Leaders as Exclusive Sponsor of the NBMBAA Case Competition&reg; <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />Talented MBA candidates from more than 30 of the nation's leading business schools competed for $50,000 in scholarships in the 2014 National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Student Case Competition, sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC. The NBMBAA/Chrysler Group National Student Case Competition is an annual event designed to give high-powered student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a formal competition. <i>(PR Newswire)</i></p> 9/25/2014 12:53:26 PM Wins $10,000 in National Black MBA Innovation Whiteboard Challenge&reg; <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />African American focused online shopping mall is the 2014 Innovation Whiteboard Challenge champion. competed against 9 other national semi-finalists in a preliminary round, where three finalists presented before an audience of executives, directors, and America&rsquo;s preeminent African American business professionals. <i>(</i></p> 9/25/2014 12:51:32 PM Largest U.S. Public Pensions Face $2 Trillion Gap, Moody&rsquo;s Says <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />The 25 largest U.S. public pensions face about $2 trillion in unfunded liabilities, showing that investment returns can&rsquo;t keep up with ballooning obligations, according to Moody&rsquo;s Investors Service. The 25 biggest systems by assets averaged a 7.45 percent return from 2004 to 2013, close to the expected 7.65 percent rate. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 9/25/2014 12:41:25 PM Future of the Executive Education: Unbundled MBA <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />In a quarter of a century, most business students will never enter a classroom. The faculty lectures, the MBA student discussions and the homework assignments will occur instead over the Internet, where each part of the educational experience can be played as many times as it takes to fully absorb or satisfy, as if it were a Seinfeld rerun. <i>(USA Today)</i></p> 9/25/2014 12:24:20 PM This Is How Much Money the Average Entrepreneur Starts With <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />The majority of entrepreneurs set out to create a company with $10,000 or less. That's according to a recent Intuit survey of 500 small businesses across the country. The survey results also revealed that three quarters of those business owners relied on their own savings to get started. Meanwhile, most of them didn't initially feel like they had enough financial know how to use that money smartly. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 9/25/2014 12:22:41 PM Walmart Debuts Low-Cost Checking Accounts for 'Unbanked' <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Walmart is introducing a mobile checking account for its customers that will eliminate the overdraft and bounced-check fees traditionally charged by banks. It is Walmart's biggest push into the financial services sector and its target is customers that have limited access to traditional banking. <i>(Daily Finance)</i></p> 9/25/2014 12:14:48 PM Master of Management Degree Gains Traction <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />The master of management program, a familiar offering in Europe, is catching on in Canada. Unlike the MBA, which requires several years of work experience, the master of management caters to those from non-business academic backgrounds and no job history. <i>(The Globe and Mail)</i></p> 9/25/2014 12:13:42 PM How to Negotiate Your Way to Loving Your Job (Without Ever Mentioning Money) <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Not happy at work? You're not alone. One survey found that a whopping 74% of workers want to leave their jobs. But before you walk away, make a list of changes that would make you happier. It might come in handy. According to recent research, it&rsquo;s common for workers to ask their employers to make changes to accommodate their individual needs. With a little negotiation, you could design the job you want. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 9/25/2014 11:55:46 AM 11 Strong Signs You're About to Be Canned <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />As an employer, or manager, you already have your hands full trying to keep employees engaged and motivated. Inevitably you will also have the task of firing employees. No matter the reason &ndash; they're not right for the job, they're unethical, or you don't have the money to pay their salary &ndash; there will come a time when you have to deliver the bad news. It is always an unpleasant experience. <i>(Entrepreneur)</i></p> 9/25/2014 11:36:13 AM The 6 Waves to Watch in the World of Crowdfunding <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />One of the outcomes of the 2008 global financial crisis was the "funding gap". Banks were less willing to provide loans and investors moved capital into more stable platforms. In general, the market tolerated less risk. In this new environment, raising capital became the greatest challenge for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). They needed new platforms. Enter crowdfunding. <i>(Entrepreneur)</i></p> 9/25/2014 11:35:21 AM The Crazy Easy Trick to Getting a Credit Card Fee Waived or Your Rate Lowered <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Want to get your credit card issuer to waive a late fee or drop your interest rate? All you have to do is ask, a survey released Thursday by found. Nearly nine in 10 cardholders have successfully had a late payment fee waived after asking their credit card company to do so. <i>(Money)</i></p> 9/25/2014 11:32:58 AM More Women Business Leaders Does Not Mean More Power <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />A new report by Credit Suisse reveals that despite an increase in female business leaders, women executives remain in support roles &ndash; keeping the bulk of corporate power in male hands. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 9/25/2014 11:28:06 AM Uber Banks on World Domination <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Like any good tech startup, Uber is in a dogfight everywhere it turns. Like few tech startups, everywhere it turns it&rsquo;s ready for confrontation. Yet Uber has at least one initiative in which it&rsquo;s making love, not war. Ten months ago the startup introduced a modest program to help its drivers finance car purchases. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 9/25/2014 11:26:36 AM Google's Eric Schmidt Has These 9 Rules for Emailing <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />In a new book out this week chock full of Google-flavored business wisdom, How Google Works, Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt and former Senior Vice President of Products Jonathan Rosenberg share nine insightful rules for emailing (or gmailing!) like a professional. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 9/25/2014 11:24:20 AM Branding Nigeria: MasterCard-backed I.D. is Also a Debit Card and a Passport <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />What does it mean to be Nigerian? That's the question on the lips of many in Africa's most populous country as new national identity cards are being rolled out. But this is an I.D. with a difference. The card, which fits into a wallet and comes with a credit-card style chip, can also be used to make electronic payments. <i>(CNN International)</i></p> 9/25/2014 11:13:54 AM Interning Is the New Volunteering <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />Few non-profits are immune to the negative effects of unreliable volunteers. The problem is well documented: The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that one out of three volunteers don&rsquo;t return the next year. That costs both time and money. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 9/25/2014 11:07:50 AM A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Sometimes, productivity science seems like an organized conspiracy to justify laziness. Clicking through photos of cute small animals at work? That's not silly procrastination, Hiroshima University researchers said. Looking at adorable pictures of kittens rolling helplessly in balls of yarn heightens our focus, and the "tenderness elicited by cute images" improves our motor function on the computer. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:59:20 AM How BRICs Are Breaking the Glass Ceiling <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Studies show that companies with women in top roles earn higher returns, share prices, and organizational-health scores than those with all-male leadership. Yet despite mounting evidence that executive diversity is associated with better performance, the glass ceiling has stayed mostly intact: worldwide, women still hold less than a quarter of senior management positions, and solutions such as boardroom quotas have so far failed to change the overall number of female executives. While business leaders debate measures to address gender inequality, they might consider its relationship to that all-important marketplace metric: economic growth. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:54:31 AM Bitcoin Economy Widens as Parents Pay Digital Allowance <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Parents are dispensing allowances in bitcoins so their kids learn to be digital citizens. Marijuana smokers are buying buds from bitcoin-enabled vending machines. Consumers in emerging markets such as Brazil and Russia are starting to use bitcoin to hedge against currency volatility. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:51:41 AM The Dangers of Upgrading Your iPhone <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Unlike about 10 million other people, Paul Roberts isn't upgrading his iPhone. He's sticking to his two-and-a-half year old iPhone 4S as long as possible. It's not just that he's avoiding the fistfights and long lines. Roberts, 53, is the author of a new book, "The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification," that makes the case that buying a new phone is part of a broad and serious American affliction. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:50:30 AM 4 Ways to Retain Gen Xers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />The economy&rsquo;s slow but steady improvement should be good news. But employers may find a cloud lurking behind the sunny forecast: They are at risk of losing some of their most valuable talent &ndash; and they may not even realize it. These aren&rsquo;t the usual suspects. Instead of the 50-something Baby Boomers and the Millennials in their late 20s and early 30s, I&rsquo;m talking about Generation X, demography&rsquo;s long-neglected "middle child." <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:42:50 AM Why Pensions Went Away: A Theory <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Why do so few workers have a pension plan these days? Blame the shareholders, says a new paper. Adam Cobb, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Wharton School, suggests that shareholders have gained greater influence in firms while employees&rsquo; power has waned. And in their hunt for big returns, shareholders &ndash; particularly financial investors that purchase large stakes &ndash; play an important role in the shrinking pool of pensions. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:38:33 AM Making Excuses That Actually Work <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Saying "No excuses!" is a popular way to show you won't dodge responsibility. But when something beyond your control goes wrong, you may need to explain. So how do you make a legitimate excuse without sounding lame? Certain types of excuses, used sparingly, can avert career damage, research shows. But hitting the right note requires some nuanced skills. For instance, it helps to give specific, truthful reasons for a mishap and show empathy for anyone who was harmed. Surprisingly, making an excuse in advance &ndash; when you think you just might perform poorly &ndash; can also lead others to be more forgiving. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:31:50 AM Wharton MBA Applications Rise <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />The University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Wharton School posted a 1.2% increase in applications to its MBA program this year, a bright spot of admissions news after some years of declines. The profile for the class that started this fall and will graduate in 2016, published online, reported that 6,111 people applied for admission to the full-time M.B.A. program, compared with 6,036 for the fall 2013 entering class. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:28:37 AM Field Experience Helps Win Board Seats <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />More boards are heeding activist demands to bring on more members with industry experience &ndash; and get rid of some without it. Industry veterans can better monitor the chief executive and cope with competitors, governance specialists say. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:26:03 AM New Treasury Rules May Slow, But Not Stop, Corporate Inversions <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />The Treasury Department is trying to prevent U.S. corporations from relocating abroad to cut their tax bills by eliminating some of the incentives. But some tax experts say there is only so much the government can do. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:22:07 AM Richard Branson Thinks Employees Should Have Unlimited Vacation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />British billionaire Richard Branson has long been a business revolutionary, but his latest venture is raising a few eyebrows. The Virgin Group founder has introduced a "No Vacation Policy" policy. Staff can take time off whenever they want, for as long as they want. They don't need managers to sign-off on it, and there's no tracking involved. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:16:39 AM Ebola's Toll: Farmers Aren't Farming, Traders Aren't Trading <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />The Ebola outbreak is having a devastating effect on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, crippling major industries and forcing people out of work. The three nations hardest hit by the virus are among the poorest on the African continent. Combined, their GDP is less than 3 percent of Nigeria's, the regional economic powerhouse. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:13:08 AM The Mis-Education Of African-American Girls <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />We've known for a long time that inequality and systemic educational barriers are holding back many young African-Americans. President Obama has led an initiative to help close the opportunity gap for young black men. But what about the girls? For young women of color, progress has been painfully slow, says a new report from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Women's Law Center. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:12:25 AM Eric Holder to Step Down as Attorney General <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:10:22 AM 400 Million Chinese Can't Speak Mandarin and Beijing Is Worried <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Sure a lot of people speak Mandarin &ndash; also known as Putonghua, China&rsquo;s official language &ndash; but it&rsquo;s still not enough, say education officials. About 30 percent of China&rsquo;s 1.3 billion population, 400 million people, can&rsquo;t communicate in Mandarin, according to Li Weihong, director of the State Language Commission, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sept. 21. Include only those who speak the official dialect fluently, and the number shrinks further. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 9/25/2014 10:00:31 AM Federal Officials on Ebola: 'It Could Change the Economy of the World' <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Federal officials issued a string of warnings Wednesday about the human toll the rampaging Ebola crisis could take. "I&rsquo;ve never seen a public health situation with this much need for immediacy," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a congressional seminar on Capitol Hill. "One of our staff described, on the street, seeing babies left by parents who were afraid of infecting them." <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 9/25/2014 9:55:45 AM Blackberry Passport Introduces Dual-Control Keyboard <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Blackberry has launched a distinctive handset featuring a square screen and a keyboard that offers both physical keys and touch-enabled gesture controls. It said work-focused users in particular should benefit from the Blackberry Passport's innovations. Sales of the company's handsets &ndash; which are powered by its own operating system &ndash; have been in decline. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 9/25/2014 9:48:16 AM The Pay Gap Between CEOs and Workers is Much Worse Than You Realize <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Americans might think they know how bad inequality is, but it turns out they actually have no idea. A new study conducted at Harvard Business School found that Americans believe CEOs make roughly 30 times what the average worker makes in the U.S., when in actuality they are making more than 350 times the average worker. "Americans drastically underestimated the gap in actual incomes between CEOs and unskilled workers," the study says. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 9/25/2014 9:35:42 AM Entrepreneurs Who Cash Out Look for Meaningful Second Acts <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />After his contract expired in 2012, Mr. Carson found it difficult to continue an entrepreneurial approach within the confines of a large public company, and he decided to move on. What happened next surprised him: He began to realize how much of his identity was wrapped up in being a business owner. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/25/2014 9:32:52 AM Exposing Hidden Bias at Google <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Google&rsquo;s leaders say they are unhappy about the firm&rsquo;s poor gender diversity, and about the severe underrepresentation of blacks and Hispanics among its work force. And so they are undertaking a long-term effort to improve these numbers, the centerpiece of which is a series of workshops aimed at making Google&rsquo;s culture more accepting of diversity. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/25/2014 9:30:34 AM Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Before they can drive off the lot, many subprime borrowers like Ms. Bolender must have their car outfitted with a so-called starter interrupt device, which allows lenders to remotely disable the ignition. Using the GPS technology on the devices, the lenders can also track the cars&rsquo; location and movements. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/25/2014 9:29:16 AM Big iPhone 6 Bulges in All the Wrong Places <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 25, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s the ultimate first world problem. You go to the Apple store, drop $400 for an iPhone 6 and then discover it doesn&rsquo;t fit in your pocket. Gasp! In the past, such problems were limited to hipsters with curly mustaches, whose jeans were so skinny they might actually be cellophane wrap. But now mere mortals with normal pants and purses are in despair. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/25/2014 9:24:08 AM The Unbundled MBA: How You'll Earn the Degree in 25 Years <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />In a quarter of a century, most business students will never enter a classroom. The faculty lectures, the MBA student discussions and the homework assignments will occur instead over the Internet, where each part of the educational experience can be played as many times as it takes to fully absorb or satisfy, as if it were a Seinfeld rerun. <i>(CNBC)</i></p> 9/11/2014 11:25:01 PM Big Think and Kellogg Debut New Program to Help You Act Ethically and Perform Brilliantly <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />Big Think and the Kellogg School of Management have launched a new executive training program, Ethics in Action. This unique, expert-driven, program is designed to help corporations address the ethical dilemmas their executives face today in a systematic, dynamic and engaging manner, with video modules and follow-up lessons on topics from dealing with cultural differences in the workplace to balancing profit maximization with social responsibility. <i>(Big Think)</i></p> 9/11/2014 11:22:29 PM 5 Tough Life Truths You Don't Want to Admit <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Optimism is protective--we all know that confident people have a leg up in realizing their ambitions, and "fake it till you make it" can often be a successful strategy. Plus, looking on the bright side generally feels good. Scientists even tell us that realism is correlated with higher levels of depression. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 9/11/2014 11:14:24 PM The Incredibly High Cost of Americans' Financial Stupidity <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />All told, Americans waste billions annually due to avoidable financial mistakes. We&rsquo;ve all heard the saying, "there&rsquo;s a sucker born every minute." Well, what if I were to tell you that this is a gross underestimate? According to the Department of Human Health and Services, there are about 7.6 Americans born every minute, and there&rsquo;s good evidence that about five of them will grow up to be "suckers" when it comes to financial literacy. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 9/11/2014 11:12:10 PM Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II... and Created a Nation of Readers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, America's book publishers took an audacious gamble. They decided to sell the armed forces cheap paperbacks, shipped to units scattered around the globe. Instead of printing only the books soldiers and sailors actually wanted to read, though, publishers decided to send them the best they had to offer. Over the next four years, publishers gave away 122,951,031 copies of their most valuable titles. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 9/11/2014 11:08:30 PM Why 97% of People Don't Use 529 College Savings Plans <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Saving for a kid's college can feel like trying to scale a skyscraper. Unfortunately, the tool most recommended to parents for the challenge is often little better than a step stool &ndash; one known to wobble. The appeal of 529 college savings plans is that investment returns aren't taxed as long as the money's used for education. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 9/11/2014 10:27:04 PM Nigeria's Growing Number of Female Oil Bosses <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />The oil and gas industry is still overwhelmingly male, with surveys showing that the executive boardrooms of petroleum companies are mostly a boys' club. In Nigeria, a number of well-financed businesswomen are aiming to change the picture there. The Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke is a powerful figurehead for them. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 9/11/2014 10:19:06 PM Retirement Royalty: Where Workers Still Get a Pension <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Traditional pensions are an endangered species. They're not extinct. For decades now, companies have been killing off their defined-benefit pensions. Instead of the promise of a monthly check from an employer in their old age &ndash; however long that lasts &ndash; workers get access to a voluntary 401(k) contribution plan. Those plans sometimes come with matching contributions from employers, but all the risks of saving enough for a long retirement fall entirely on workers. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 9/11/2014 10:15:09 PM Tokyo&rsquo;s Last-Train-Home Culture Under Fire as Abe Backs Women <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />One morning in February, Japan&rsquo;s government personnel department began an experiment in a nondescript building in a Tokyo residential area that could end up rewriting the rules of the nation&rsquo;s powerful bureaucracy. For the first time, it invited 19 women from different ministries to an all-female training course designed to groom them for senior government positions. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 9/11/2014 6:40:49 PM The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />When Roberto Goizueta died of cancer in 1997, at the age of 65, he was a billionaire. Not bad for a Cuban &eacute;migr&eacute; who had come to the United States as a teenager. He was by no means the first immigrant to America to become a billionaire, but the others had made their fortunes by founding and building companies or taking them public. Goizueta made his as the CEO of Coca-Cola. <i>(</i></p> 9/11/2014 6:38:20 PM Research: We&rsquo;re Too Busy to Follow the Rules <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Long hours spent working in a demanding environment can exhaust you, sure. But according to new research, there&rsquo;s another hidden cost attached to an intense day: neglecting those secondary tasks that, while not as visible or lauded by your boss, might be essential to the safety or ethics of your organization. But there&rsquo;s a little bit of good news, too: Taking regular, significant breaks can make a big difference. <i>(</i></p> 9/11/2014 6:37:07 PM Getting Cross-Cultural Teamwork Right <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />People struggle with global teamwork, even though it&rsquo;s essential to success in multinational firms. Despite their efforts to nimbly manage differences in time zones, cultures, and languages, cross-border collaborators often fail to reach shared understanding or common ground. They face conflicting group norms, practices, and expectations &ndash; all of which can cause severe fracturing along cultural lines. <i>(</i></p> 9/11/2014 6:35:51 PM The Creative Benefits of Boredom <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />In a past life, I used to be required to participate in quarterly sales meetings. These meetings followed a typical format: fly everyone in the company to an amazing destination, then lock them inside a hotel ballroom for 10 hours a day and force them to listen to speeches from sales leadership, as well as marketing, research, and legal departments (usually with a motivational speaker to close it all out). Try as they might, these meetings were boring. The real shame was that they were intended to rally troops and get the sales organization excited about new initiatives, as well as inspire them to think up new and better ways to increase sales in the field. The only saving grace: the late-night dinners. <i>(</i></p> 9/11/2014 6:35:04 PM Is Amazon's Failed Phone A Cautionary Tale? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />It's been a big week in the world of gadgets. Apple announced its newest iPhones, the 6 and 6 Plus, and they're bigger than any other before. And on the smaller side, there's an Apple Watch &ndash; that does a lot of the same things. Meanwhile, Amazon took a nosedive with its foray into the smartphone marketplace. Here are some questions we had: Amazon slashed the price of the Fire phone from $199 To 99 cents. Why? <i>(NPR)</i></p> 9/11/2014 6:31:28 PM Freight Delays Causing Great Pain Across Plains <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Grain elevators, auto manufacturers and Amtrak passengers are still facing lengthy delays on rails, as freight train congestion continues to be a drag on the economy all across the country. Many blame the delays on the huge increase in Bakken crude oil shipped by rail from North Dakota to refineries in the south, Midwest and on both coasts. The railroads deny they're favoring oil shipments over other products. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 9/11/2014 6:27:29 PM Business Costs in 2015 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Every year The Kiplinger Letter takes a wide-ranging look at business costs for the year ahead and how they&rsquo;ll affect the bottom line. Next year, a hardier economy will bode well for businesses. We see economic growth rising 3% vs. 2.1% this year, led by consumer demand for cars, electronics and other goods plus a pickup in home sales. Corporate profits will be up a solid 7%, off a weak performance this year attributable to the bitter winter weather that ushered in 2014, hitting businesses hard enough to bring full-year profits down around 2%. <i>(Kiplinger)</i></p> 9/11/2014 6:23:45 PM Why Some Smart Business Moguls Still Use 'Dumb Phones' <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />When it comes to consumer technology, many people are used to coveting the newest and shiniest gadget. So it may come as a surprise that a number of top executives and dealmakers are still clinging to ancient mobile phones. <i>(Entrepreneur)</i></p> 9/11/2014 6:00:29 PM How to Increase Your Impact While Reducing Your Effort <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />I can&rsquo;t help but shake my head when people say, "You have to work hard if you want to be successful." Really? The most successful people I know are doing something that most others are not &ndash; and it&rsquo;s not putting in the longest hours at the office. These top performers know what their natural talents are and use them as much as possible in their daily work. They work smarter, not harder. <i>(Entrepreneur)</i></p> 9/11/2014 5:59:23 PM Rise of Female Angel Investors Fuels Women-Run Companies <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />In 2009, when Amy Norman and Stella Ma started pitching investors on their San Francisco-based startup, Little Passports, both had young children and Norman was pregnant. The overwhelming majority of the investors they met with were men who wanted to know "if we were running this as a &lsquo;lifestyle company,&rsquo;" Ma recalls. Investors passed and word got around Silicon Valley that "there&rsquo;s no way women like this could grow a company fast enough" to satisfy venture capitalists, Norman says. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 9/11/2014 5:48:22 PM Five Nagging Questions About the New iPhones and Apple Watch <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />This week's news from Apple was received enthusiastically by the crowd in Cupertino, Calif., and with a little more skepticism by Wall Street, which lightly dusted Apple&rsquo;s stock price. My ears are still ringing from the U2 performance that capped the event, and from the steady stream of superlatives that came from Apple&rsquo;s executives on stage. While the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch look cool, five questions keep coming to mind. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 9/11/2014 4:27:12 PM Can an Independent Scotland, Free of London's Dominance, Survive? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />A dark star, in theory, is a sun so dense that its gravitational field overpowers light itself, sucking in every ray that attempts to escape its surface. Much like Greater London, says Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland who&rsquo;s leading the drive for independence in a Sept. 18 referendum, the outcome of which has become too close to call. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 9/11/2014 4:26:05 PM What Neuroscience Tells us About Getting Organized <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />We've all heard the conventional wisdom for better managing our time and organizing our professional and personal lives. Don't try to multitask. Turn the email and Facebook alerts off to help stay focused. Make separate to-do lists for tasks that require a few minutes, a few hours and long-term planning. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 9/11/2014 4:24:01 PM Where to go to College if You Want the Highest Starting Salary <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />If starting salaries were the sole measure of elite universities, U.S. News's most recent college rankings would look very different. Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia, the country's top four universities by U.S. News's measure, for one, wouldn't crack the top 10, or 20, or even 30. And the University of Chicago, which tied for fourth place, wouldn't even make it into the top 200. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 9/11/2014 4:22:45 PM A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation&rsquo;s one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation&rsquo;s income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/11/2014 4:20:19 PM Alibaba Is Bringing Luxury, Fast, to China&rsquo;s Middle Class <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />On a cold day in April, a group of New Zealand fishermen set out to harvest 50,000 large oysters from the waters of the South Pacific. Once collected, the briny mollusks were transported to processing facilities, packaged four to a container, sealed in chilled polystyrene containers affixed with bright labeling and put on planes to China. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/11/2014 4:19:12 PM Airlines Create Rush Hours, Crowds and Full Flights <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />American Airlines is making its hub here more hectic &ndash; on purpose. Instead of spacing flights evenly throughout the day, American in August started bunching them together. The change restores an old format of "peak" scheduling, grouping flights into busy flying times followed by lulls when gates are nearly empty. After Miami International, American next year will "re-peak" schedules at its largest hubs in Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 9/11/2014 4:15:40 PM Ron Burgundy Would Like You to Report to the Career Center <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Getting college students to care about their future careers isn&rsquo;t easy. But in a tight job market for new graduates, the people who run college career centers are resorting to attention-grabbing gimmicks &ndash; from popcorn to puppies &ndash; to get students in the door. The hope, directors say, is that getting students in early and often will get them thinking about internships sooner and equip them for what could be a long hunt for full-time jobs. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 9/11/2014 4:11:39 PM Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class and Poor <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Vassar has taken steps to hold down spending on faculty and staff. Amherst and the University of Florida have raised new money specifically to spend on financial aid for low-income students. American University reallocated scholarships from well-off students to needy ones. Grinnell set a floor on the share of every freshman class &ndash; 15 percent &ndash; whose parents didn&rsquo;t go to college. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/9/2014 3:04:44 PM;abt=0002&amp;abg=1 Study: Diversity Still Jeopardized by Workplace Attitudes <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Americans have been under the impression for years that equal employment legislation and similar programs in companies have helped to conquer discrimination in the workplace. We&rsquo;ve been pretty much secure in the impression that women and minorities have almost as fair a chance at advancement as men, and that the glass ceiling can be overcome. <i>(Triple Pundit)</i></p> 9/4/2014 5:36:22 PM How Much You <i>Really</i> Need to Retire <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Read the headlines about retirement readiness and you'd think that at least half of us had forgotten to go to class, do our homework or study for one of the biggest tests of our lives. When exam day arrives, we're totally unprepared. But what if it's just a bad dream and we wake up to find that we are on track after all? <i>(Kiplinger's)</i></p> 9/4/2014 5:33:53 PM 12 Entrepreneurs Share The Best Advice They Received From A Teacher <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />From fostering character to keeping things simple, it&rsquo;s often words of wisdom that teachers offer during casual conversations or informational sidebars that have the biggest impact on students. With back-to-school season upon us, a dozen entrepreneurs shared the best advice they ever received from a teacher. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 9/4/2014 5:31:20 PM Overcoming Failure And Using It To Your Advantage <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Highly successful people are the ones who have failed the most. As the public, we usually only learn about these individuals and their companies once they have made it big. We admire their success yet rarely witness the immense struggle they went through to get there. By not being exposed to their failures, we are unfortunately only left to compare ourselves to their achievements. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 9/4/2014 5:29:53 PM Trick Yourself Into Feeling Less Busy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Balancing work and personal life is a known crapshoot. Even if you're ahead of schedule on one project, you've gotten behind on others, and the hamster wheel spins faster. All the while, we're wearing how busy we are like a badge of honor, while wondering where the time goes. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 9/4/2014 5:28:29 PM Career Lessons From Kevin Durant&rsquo;s Blockbuster Nike Deal <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />On his way to signing a blockbuster deal with Nike, Kevin Durant faced some of the same decisions as anyone weighing compensation offers. Here's what you can learn from his choice. <i>(Money Magazine)</i></p> 9/4/2014 5:24:33 PM How to Watch Every NFL Game This Season Without Going Broke <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />The 2014 NFL season starts Thursday, September 4. Here are 5 essential tips for tuning in to all the NFL action your eyeballs can handle throughout the regular season, and beyond. <i>(Money Magazine)</i></p> 9/4/2014 5:23:58 PM Baby Boomers Face Big Housing Crunch <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />America's Baby Boomers are facing a serious housing crunch, with many expected to struggle to afford their homes come retirement. By 2030, the number of adults age 65 and older will more than double to 73 million, according to a report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation. <i>(CNN Money)</i></p> 9/4/2014 5:21:13 PM How to Gain Control by Giving it Up <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />CEOs and managers ought to choose which details matter most to them and cede control to just about everything else to leaders they trust. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 9/4/2014 3:26:23 PM 7 Ways to Promote Yourself When You&rsquo;re Introverted <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />You have something to say. You've been saving it up for a while now, being patient, listening, taking notes, and researching. You want your voice to be heard, but you're scared to open your mouth. Reading about self-promotion and marketing is interesting, but it totally doesn't jive with what you think will work for you or how you think you should share your work. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 9/4/2014 3:19:36 PM Why Twitter&rsquo;s Users Are in Open Revolt <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Today is not Twitter's day. Hours after the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Twitter is planning to debut a Facebook-style, algorithmically curated newsfeed &ndash; provoking a backlash among Twitter users &ndash; the image-sharing site Twitpic announced that it was shutting down amid legal pressure from Twitter over Twitpic's trademark application. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 9/4/2014 3:15:26 PM Michael Dell's Must-Read Business Books Right Now <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />At the Dell household, Labor Day marks the undeniable end of summer. It's back to school for the kids and back to the crazy pace that fall brings. (Secretly, I like it that way. I always have.) But the lull of summer is special, too, and a great time to catch up on all those things we have trouble getting to the rest of the year, like that pile of books on the nightstand. I'm happy to say I got to spend part of my summer with some great books written by some very smart people. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 9/4/2014 3:13:32 PM No Free Lunch for Companies as IRS Weighs Meal Tax Rules <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />Be careful when you grab that office bagel. The Internal Revenue Service may be watching. The U.S. tax agency is taking a closer look at a popular tax-exempt perk offered by companies such as Google Inc. (GOOG): free meals. "There&rsquo;s really potentially a lot of tax revenue involved," said Lawrence Zelenak, a tax law professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. "It sounds like you&rsquo;re being inherently trivial, but I think this is not." <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 9/4/2014 3:11:17 PM Are Colleges Producing Career-Ready Graduates? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />It's time to stop debating the value of a college education, say a pair of professors from New York University and the University of Virginia. Instead, they say in a new book, parents and employers should ask whether schools are doing much to help students become productive adults. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 9/4/2014 2:58:08 PM More Parents Foot the Bill for Business School <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Prospective business students are trying to steer clear of student loans. Instead, they're sidling up to more familiar investors: their parents. Forty-four percent of people considering graduate business degrees last year expected to tap mom and dad for financial assistance, up from 38% in 2009, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 9/4/2014 2:56:05 PM I Feel Nothing: Hack And Data Breach Fatigue <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />How many megahacks have we consumers faced in recent memory? Well, there was that Target one that affected something like 110 million of us. Earlier this year, Open SSL, the protocol that protects much of the Internet, was hit by the Heartbleed bug and exposed most of us. Then there was news that hackers got 1 billion email and other sign-in credentials this summer. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 9/4/2014 1:58:12 PM ECB Cuts Rates and Launches Stimulus Program <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />The European Central Bank has cut its benchmark interest rate to 0.05%, and introduced new stimulus measures. The ECB had earlier cut its rate from 0.25% to 0.15% in June, and also became the first major central bank to introduce negative interest rates. It will also launch an asset purchase programme, which will buy debt products from banks. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 9/4/2014 1:52:52 PM Wall Street Has a Conscience. This Professor Is Determined to Find It <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Jon Haidt thinks corporate culture in America works relatively well. But that hasn&rsquo;t stopped him from launching a crusade to up-end the way Wall Street titans do business. Haidt, a professor of business ethics at New York University&rsquo;s Stern School of Business, founded a nonprofit called Ethical Systems this year. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 9/4/2014 1:50:36 PM The Food Gap Is Widening <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Nutritional disparities between America&rsquo;s rich and poor are growing, despite efforts to provide higher-quality food to people who most need it. So says a large study just released from the Harvard School of Public Health that examined eating habits of 29,124 Americans over the past decade. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 9/4/2014 1:16:20 PM What If Your Small Town Suddenly Got Huge? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />When thousands of oil field workers descended on Watford City, North Dakota, they completely redefined its character and economy <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 9/4/2014 1:14:17 PM 9 reasons why saving $1 a day builds fortunes <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />In this recent article, I described how parents or grandparents could make a child rich (eventually) by investing only $1 a day. I suggested investing in the asset class of small-cap value stocks. Is 12% reasonable? <i>(MarketWatch)</i> </p> 9/4/2014 1:11:08 PM 9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Several years ago we came up with a great idea for a new leadership-development offering we thought would be valuable to everyone. We had research demonstrating that when people embarked on a self-development program, their success increased dramatically when they received follow-up encouragement. We developed a software application to offer that sort of encouragement. People could enter their development goals, and the software would send them reminders every week or month asking how they were doing, to motivate them to keep on going. We invested a lot of time and money in this product. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 9/4/2014 12:57:05 PM Your Company&rsquo;s Purpose Is Not Its Vision, Mission, or Values <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />We hear more and more that organizations must have a compelling "purpose" &ndash; but what does that mean? Aren&rsquo;t there already a host of labels out there that describe organizational direction? Do we need yet another? I think we do, and I&rsquo;ve pulled together a typology of sorts to help distinguish all these terms from one another. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 9/4/2014 12:55:55 PM 5 Tips for Off-the-Cuff Speaking <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />If it&rsquo;s true that many people fear public speaking more than death, it&rsquo;s equally true that businesspeople are condemned to a thousand small deaths in client pitches, in boardrooms, and on stage. And that death can turn slow and torturous when you are asked to speak unexpectedly with little or no time to prepare. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 9/4/2014 12:54:52 PM LAST CHANCE TO Register for the CertifiNOW PMP&reg;/CAPM&reg; Prep Course <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />A recent study indicated that certified employees tend to earn 10-25% more in annual salary than their non-certified peers... and 1.2 million new project management jobs will be created, on a yearly basis, for the next 10 years... If you need to pass the PMP&reg; (Project Management Professional) or CAPM&reg;(Certified Associate in Project Management) certification exam and you want to get the best project management learning experience in just 3 days, then CertifiNOW&trade; is the right choice for you. This project management learning program provides the best learning experience in a condensed amount of time, while also satisfying most, if not all, of your professional certification, education, and training needs. The CertifiNOW certification course reduces exam preparation time from an average of nine to twelve months, down to 3 days of classroom instruction. CertifiNOW is being offered September 14-16 on-site at the NBMBAA 36th Annual Conference and Expo. NBMBAA members receive even deeper discounts on this amazing course, so register today!</p> 9/4/2014 12:46:13 PM Kellogg Report Reveals Company-Wide Engagement Drives Diversity <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Kellogg Co., the Battle Creek cereal maker, has released its fifth annual diversity report, putting the spotlight on company-wide efforts to bring everyone to the table. Kellogg recently released its latest edition of Features, its diversity and inclusion report highlighting the company&rsquo;s efforts to create a workforce as diverse as the consumers it serves to strengthen understanding of needs in the marketplace. <i>(Grand Rapids Business Journal)</i></p> 9/4/2014 12:45:16 PM It's Hardest for Black Students to Get the Financial Benefits of College <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Black students rely more on student loans to pay for college than do other racial groups and they&rsquo;re less likely to pay off the debt, according to a study released today. The research was presented at a conference on higher education and minorities in Washington, D.C., hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles, Civil Rights Project. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 9/4/2014 12:15:02 PM Why Many Small Businesses Cannot Be Sold <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Many business owners have a dream of selling their business some day. But many of those businesses will never be sold. You can see this simply by reviewing the number of businesses listed for sale each month on the website<i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/4/2014 12:10:41 PM European Bank&rsquo;s Biggest Push for Growth Is More About Trust Than Anything <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Earlier this summer, Mario Draghi pulled out his big guns, threatening to deploy vast financial firepower to try to jolt the European economy out of its cycle of stagnant growth and falling inflation. Thursday, he fired them. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/4/2014 12:09:51 PM;abt=0002&amp;abg=1 As Football Season Appears, So Do the Fall Campaigns <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>September 4, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Many retailers and clothing companies have already started their autumn advertising efforts. Now comes the rest of Madison Avenue, taking advantage of the start of a new football season to bring out major campaigns intended to put consumers in the mood for fall shopping &ndash; and to begin thinking about, yes, Christmas. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 9/4/2014 12:07:46 PM London Business School Dean Andrew Likierman on Key Challenges <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />What to conclude when an elite business school dean says getting a certificate in accounting &ndash; not an MBA &ndash; was about the best thing he did in his early twenties? In defense of the dean in question, Sir Andrew Likierman of London Business School, his school was yet to be founded when he was in college. Yet it&rsquo;s illustrative of his mentality, and the one he likes to see in his faculty and students: one that embraces an eclectic world view, where there is more than one truth. <i>(Poets & Quants)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:56:46 AM The 6 R.E.A.L Questions Every Leader Should Be Asking <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Whether your leadership role puts you in charge of your own company, a division, a workgroup, or just the occasional project, checking in daily on a few key points is a proven path to success. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:54:30 AM 5 Old-Fashioned Business Tools That Can Trump Technology <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />It's easy for entrepreneurs to get distracted by disruptive technologies. E-commerce, social networks, 3-D printing, cloud computing, robotics, the Internet of Things, and other breakthrough areas give young companies a chance to compete more evenly with large ones. Innovation clearly becomes key to running a business. But in the rush to the new, it's easy for people to forget what exists that is still of enormous value. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:52:34 AM 5 Steps to Building a Personal Brand (and Why You Need One) <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />People want to do business with other people, not with companies. Putting a strong personal brand on the frontline of your sales process can dramatically improve conversion rates. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:51:38 AM Debt Killed My Dad. Learn from His Mistakes &ndash; and Mine.!slide=2869928 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />We thought there wasn't much any of us could have done. In retrospect, there was one area where I might have been able to help, though at the time I didn't think about it in those terms. His financial health deteriorated more than his physical health, and that was one of the primary sources of stress. It Wasn't His Heart Alone That Killed Him &ndash; It Was His Debt. <i>(Daily Finance)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:49:41 AM!slide=2869928 The One Word Men Never See In Their Performance Reviews <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s a scenario that could be straight out of a textbook on gender bias: "Jessica is really talented, but I wish she&rsquo;d be less abrasive. She comes on too strong." Her male counterpart? "Steve is an easy case, smart and great to work with. He needs to learn to be a little more patient, but who doesn&rsquo;t?" <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:44:15 AM 7 Worthwhile Startup Lessons You Might Not Want To Hear <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />As the cofounder of a startup, I&rsquo;m grateful to have a mentor, a successful entrepreneur and startup employee himself, who has helped me through the highs and lows of startup life. From how to play office politics to how to kick butt at high level meetings to how to best manage my time, he has offered me nuanced advice, over and over again. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:43:25 AM Why Career Envy is Actually a Good Thing <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Every human being has something unique and important to offer while they are alive. It is up to each one of us to figure out what that is and to have the courage to pursue it. If we don&rsquo;t, it&rsquo;s lost forever. In our culture, we spend a lot of time getting education and training on skills to help us earn a living. However, we don&rsquo;t get much help when it comes to building a life. We lack training on important life skills and are often left wondering, "What in the heck is my special gift and how do I find that out?" <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:42:12 AM America's Most Indebted Generation? Gen X <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Gen Xers aren&rsquo;t making much more than their elders, and they have taken out way more debt and are reducing it at a slower pace than any other generation. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:39:01 AM The Most Underrated CEO in America <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s time for Wall Street to accord Brian Moynihan the Jamie Dimon-sized respect. He&rsquo;s just taken his biggest step yet towards the goal so seemingly implausible that most of the investment community dismissed it long ago: making BofA one of the world&rsquo;s most profitable companies. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:38:30 AM The Procrastination Doom Loop &ndash; and How to Break It <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Productive people sometimes confuse the difference between reasonable delay and true procrastination. The former can be useful ("I&rsquo;ll respond to this email when I have more time to write it"). The latter is, by definition, self-defeating ("I should respond to this email right now, and I have time, and my fingers are on the keys, and the Internet connection is perfectly strong, and nobody is asking me to do anything else, but I just ... don&rsquo;t ... <i>feel</i> like it."). <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:35:01 AM Why Burger King Is Really Buying Tim Hortons (It's Not About the Taxes) <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s been entertaining to listen as American politicians fulminate about Burger King&rsquo;s (BKW) pending $11 billion acquisition of Tim Hortons (THI), the Canadian coffee chain. To hear them tell it, Burger King is spending all that money so it can spirit its Miami headquarters across the country&rsquo;s northern border and escape its American tax burden. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:32:50 AM Argentina Set for Second National Strike as Economic Woes Deepen <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Argentina is bracing for a day of road blocks and disruption as labor unions stage a second national strike in less than five months while July&rsquo;s bond default threatens to fuel inflation and undermine growth. <i>Bloomberg)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:31:38 AM Put the Company&rsquo;s Interests Ahead of Your Unit&rsquo;s <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Imagine that you&rsquo;re running retail banking for a large, diversified financial services firm. You are focused on and rewarded for building the retail business. You&rsquo;re a tremendous success. The CEO makes you part of the senior executive team. You&rsquo;re still heading up retail, of course, and you have a few team members who are vital to making your numbers. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:28:22 AM Why Saving Work for Tomorrow Doesn&rsquo;t Work <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Do you frequently tell yourself that you&rsquo;ll do better "next time" and then don&rsquo;t change when the time comes? Do you often decide to do something "later" only to find that it never gets done? If you answered "yes" to either one of these questions, you&rsquo;re probably ignoring the fact that your behavior today is a strong indicator of your behavior tomorrow. You&rsquo;re not alone. In <i>The Willpower Instinct</i>, Kelly McGonigal shares how, in a research study, participants were much less likely to exert willpower in making healthy choices when they thought they would have another opportunity the following week. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:27:32 AM Why Women Don&rsquo;t Apply for Jobs Unless They&rsquo;re 100% Qualified <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />You&rsquo;ve probably heard the following statistic: Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. The finding comes from a Hewlett Packard internal report, and has been quoted in Lean In, The Confidence Code and dozens of articles. It&rsquo;s usually invoked as evidence that women need more confidence. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:26:10 AM Bonuses Are the New Raises <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Payrolls are rising, but there are strings attached. A new survey from human-resources services firm Aon Hewitt found that companies are spending a record share of their payroll on performance-based bonuses, signaling a shift away from longer-term salary increases. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:24:54 AM Everyone's an Amateur When It Comes to Negotiation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />When Noah Hanft was general counsel and chief franchise officer of MasterCard Inc., he observed management colleagues deftly arrange deals for the big credit-card company. Yet when it came to their own careers, some executives' negotiation skills seemed to vanish. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:22:55 AM Are Your Assets Ready for College? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />If you're the parent of a high-school sophomore or junior this fall, odds are that the great specter of college &ndash; and how you will pay for it &ndash; looms large. So start thinking like a college financial-aid officer. Understanding how a given college evaluates a family's finances could help guide your financial decision-making &ndash; about such things as how much to contribute to retirement accounts, whether to take out an auto loan or whether to pay off the mortgage &ndash; in the years leading up to Junior's departure. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:19:35 AM High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 29, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />You may have noticed when grilling steaks or hot dogs this summer that they cost more than they did last year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pork and beef prices more than 11 percent since last summer. Supply and demand determine price, and the pork supply comes from places like Riley Lewis' hog farm near Forest City, Iowa. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 8/28/2014 1:16:43 AM