Black MBA NetWire Newsletter RSS Feed. en-us Copyright 2014 4/19/2014 10:23:36 PM 20 Acceptance Rates At The Top 50 U.S. Business Schools <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />You&rsquo;ve probably read that applications to MBA programs have been trending down in recent years. So you might think it&rsquo;s slightly easier to get into a ranked business school. Forget it. A new analysis of application volume and acceptance rates at the top 50 U.S. business schools shows that at the vast majority of MBA programs, applications are up and acceptance rates are predictably down. This past year it was tougher to get into a highly ranked business school than it was the year before.</p> 4/17/2014 9:06:34 AM How Stanford Cultivates Its Startup Culture <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />T.J. Duane began the Startup Garage course at Stanford University&rsquo;s Graduate School of Business last September planning to build a closed online network for lawyers. About eight weeks into the 24-week class, he and his team ditched that idea.</p> 4/17/2014 9:06:01 AM Clumsy Feedback Is a Poorly Wrapped Gift <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />People on your team offer you gifts &ndash; not just at special occasions, but all year. These gifts aren&rsquo;t tangible, and they&rsquo;re not wrapped up in lovely boxes with beautiful bows. These gifts are nicely wrapped in a compliment, or, more often, not-so-nicely wrapped in a criticism or complaint. Effective leaders open these gifts, regardless of the wrapping, to learn what they are doing that&rsquo;s negatively affecting others on their team. For example, when your boss says, "You did a great job on that presentation," the compliment is the wrapping. You can go past the wrapping and open the gift to learn more by saying something like, "Thanks. I&rsquo;m curious, what did I do that was great? I want to make sure to keep doing it."</p> 4/17/2014 9:04:42 AM Arianna Huffington On The Struggle To Find Work-Life Balance <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Arianna Huffington believes we are living in a brave new world--today's work environment is somewhere between the dark ages and the renaissance. The dark ages, she says, include environments and a culture fueled by stress, but she maintains that in order for businesses and individuals to thrive we must transition to a "renaissance" time of mindful living and working.</p> 4/17/2014 9:03:02 AM In Defense Of An Unlimited Vacation Policy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Vive la r&eacute;volution! Unlimited vacation days for all! It's no secret that Americans are behind other countries when it comes to work-life balance, as evidenced by France&rsquo;s recent move to make it a major faux pas to work after 6 p.m. And while that may sound extreme, 134 countries put us to shame with laws that restrict the work week to a maximum number of hours. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by Harris Interactive for, Americans work 490 more hours per year than their French counterparts.</p> 4/17/2014 9:01:48 AM How To Make Peace With Your Enemies At Work And Beyond <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />How healthy are your relationships with the people most pivotal to your success? What would a healthier relationship look like, and how can you take your relationships there? Many of us don&rsquo;t ask these questions. We figure that our relationships are what they are. In the words of a senior manager I once coached, "Charles and I can&rsquo;t stand each other, and we&rsquo;ll never be best friends, so what&rsquo;s the point?"</p> 4/17/2014 8:59:37 AM Wal-Mart Starts Price War In Money Transfers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s never a good thing when Wal-Mart gets into your business. Thursday morning, shares of MoneyGram InternationalMGI -13.15% and Western UnionWU -5.39% plunged after the retail giant said it would begin offering lower cost money transfers in the U.S. under its own brand. The news landed hard on MoneyGram, which currently provides that service for Wal-Mart and which counts on U.S. to U.S. transfers for 30% of its total transfer transactions. Shares in MoneyGram dropped to $16.04 in early trading, down 11%.</p> 4/17/2014 8:55:27 AM;mod=WSJ_corp_intel The Underestimated Importance of Personal Networking <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Searching for jobs is an arduous task that can take a lot of time, however there are ways of shortening that effort. The majority of job hunters underestimate how useful their network of contacts can be and how they can use this network to extend their search to increase the chances of finding a job. With the development of online social networks, your personal collection of contacts is considerably larger than those of job hunters 10 years ago and should be fully utilized in your search for work.</p> 4/17/2014 8:47:49 AM Choosing Natural Hair Styles Still a Career Concern for Black Women <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />When I was an undergraduate at Stanford University and decided to "go natural" with my hair, it was more of a lifestyle and financial choice. But in returning to my corporate internship the following summer, I quickly realized it was also a career issue when my (white, male) supervisor told me my hair was "too short and militant" for the company culture. He meant well, knew that I hoped to work for the company after graduation and sincerely wanted to help me succeed in my career. He really was a great guy and he did help me, in truth. I kept my hair natural and decided that maybe that company wasn&rsquo;t the right place for me after all. I took a position with a competitor company after graduation.</p> 4/17/2014 8:47:21 AM Recognize and Deal With Job Burnout <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />By now, most of us know the signs of burnout: loss of motivation for the job, minor illness, listlessness and feeling down, a bad attitude toward work, needless squabbles with coworkers and bosses, and a feeling that every day we go to work is another miserable, boring day closer to retirement. What happens when burnout goes beyond these common symptoms and our solutions and the advice of others don&rsquo;t work? </p> 4/17/2014 8:45:17 AM A CEO explains the merits of a tiki lounge next to your cubicle <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Work isn&rsquo;t about being chained to your desk, staring at a screen. What we&rsquo;re focused on is employee engagement. Plenty of studies show that the more engaged employees are, the happier and more productive they are. And the best predictors of engagement are things like whether you have a best friend at work and how much freedom you have on the job. </p> 4/17/2014 8:41:35 AM 5 Great Call-to-Action Film Quotes For Entrepreneurs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Great films tell stories and inspire us to become better people. There&rsquo;s nothing more powerful than an inspiring movie that leaves you wanting to be your best and try a little harder tomorrow. While there are some truly motivating quotes from real people out there, there&rsquo;s still wisdom to be shared through the words of great characters.</p> 4/17/2014 8:40:30 AM Want Your Startup to Do a Better Job? Avoid These 3 Myths. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />On Shark Tank, Mark Cuban often says that you have to run a business like there is someone working 24 hours a day to catch you. For many entrepreneurs and small-business owners, this is easy to imagine. Being threatened is part of running a business and an entrepreneur&rsquo;s good judgment is what separates a firm's success from failure. This frequently leads businesses, large and small, to turn to metrics in their marketing campaigns to show that they are better, a firm offering a quality proposition.</p> 4/17/2014 8:39:55 AM How You Can Say 'No' Like a Pro <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />One of the most difficult words for some people to say has just two letters. Yet, this one word can cause people to wince and feel guilty for saying it. There is no need to feel guilty for saying it if you have a reason. And, there is always a reason for deciding not to do something. The reason can be something you don&rsquo;t need to share, but depending upon your personality you may feel compelled to share.</p> 4/17/2014 8:39:24 AM Want to Avoid a Hiring Crisis? Follow These 4 Steps. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Entrepreneurs often make poor decisions about hiring and staffing because they are stuck in crisis mode: They need help immediately. Stephen R. Covey popularized this notion with the "Urgent/Important Matrix" in his 1994 book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. With this matrix, Covey explains that people often focus too much on immediacy and ignore tasks that are deemed important and have a long-term impact on the company&rsquo;s health or personal goals.</p> 4/17/2014 8:39:02 AM Is the Job Market Finally Perking Up? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />As the first cherry blossoms bloom, early indications are that the U.S. economy is roaring out of its weather-induced winter doldrums. U.S. weekly applications for unemployment insurance&mdash;one of the best real-time gauges of the economy&mdash;fell to their lowest level since 2007 last week, hitting 300,000.</p> 4/17/2014 8:27:36 AM Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Each year, the average American spends nearly 2,000 hours working. For many, that time passes inside the three little walls of a modern cubicle. Writer Nikil Saval explores these odd spaces&mdash;how they came to be, how they make us feel&mdash;in his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. I spoke to Saval about the modern office, and a lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.</p> 4/17/2014 8:24:10 AM Twitter Says Co-Founders, CEO Have No Plans to Sell Stock <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />itter Inc. (TWTR)&rsquo;s co-founders, chief executive officer and largest investor have no immediate plans to sell shares, as the company seeks to temper concern that its stock will soon flood the market. Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams are hanging onto their stakes through the company&rsquo;s May 5 expiration of its share lockup, as is CEO Dick Costolo, the San Francisco-based company said today in a regulatory filing. Rizvi Traverse Management LLC, whose 14 percent stake makes it the biggest investor, also has no intention to sell, a person with knowledge of the firm said. </p> 4/17/2014 8:21:47 AM Google Revenue Falls Short of Estimates, Ad Prices Drop <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Google Inc. (GOOG)&rsquo;s costs are rising as the search provider finds it harder to keep up with a shift to advertising on mobile phones and sales fell short of estimates. Revenue, excluding sales passed on to partners, was $12.2 billion in the first quarter, missing a projection by analysts for $12.3 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. </p> 4/17/2014 8:20:50 AM Jobless Claims in U.S. Hover Near Lowest Level Since 2007 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />The number of Americans filling for unemployment insurance payments last week hovered near the lowest level in almost seven years, showing the job market is making progress.</p> 4/17/2014 8:19:46 AM Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Financial Education Champion Ryan C. Mack <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />his week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Samantha Pass sits down with the President and CEO of Optimum Capital Management and founder of the Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment Inc., Ryan C. Mack. As appropriate for the month of April, Financial Literacy Month, Mack discusses the benefit of reinvesting in your education. With a passion for teaching, he established his own financial awareness group in 2003. As a renown public speaker, Mack has provided keynote presentations to organizations across the country such as Harvard University, Princeton University, the NAACP and the NBA. He joins the Roundtable to share how reinvesting in your education can rejuvenate your business.</p> 4/17/2014 8:18:25 AM Financial Literacy Month: Five Tips for Financial Well-Being <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Are you financially well? If you&rsquo;re not, don&rsquo;t feel bad. There are plenty of people just like you who need a little push in the right direction. Read on for tips on how to get your finances happy and healthy.</p> 4/17/2014 8:17:25 AM Results of the 2014 NFCC Financial Literacy Survey <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Each year, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling conducts a financial literacy survey. This year&rsquo;s survey showed that consumers have knowledge gaps when it comes to basic personal finance skills. The survey, which polled more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and over, gave an outline of consumer&rsquo;s level of financial literacy, as well behaviors and attitudes associated with personal finance. Significant gaps include budgeting, saving, and understanding credit reports and credit scores.</p> 4/17/2014 8:16:46 AM Survey: Employers To Increase Hiring of Class of 2014 College Grads <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />According to a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), companies expect to hire more new college graduates this year for their U.S. operations than they did last year. NACE&rsquo;s Job Outlook 2014 Spring Update survey show they specifically plan to to hire 8.6% more Class of 2014 graduates than they hired from the Class of 2013.</p> 4/17/2014 8:16:14 AM Are You Really Ready for Outside Investment? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Raising capital is a process most small business owners must face at some point. Even a healthy, growing business often requires outside capital for the process of scaling up. But while these small business owners are focusing on calculating how much capital they need, they often overlook the steps involved to ensure that their business and leadership team is actually ready to seek that financing.</p> 4/17/2014 8:15:38 AM ONS: After six years, wage rises match inflation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />After nearly six years of falling real wages, rises in weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation. Weekly wages, including bonuses, rose by 1.7% in the year to February, up from 1.4% in January, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation stood at 1.7% in February and fell to 1.6% in March. It is the first time that earnings have matched inflation for six years, apart from two months in 2010.</p> 4/17/2014 8:08:59 AM US banking giants see mixed results <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />US banking giants Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have reported contrasting results for the first quarter of the year. Goldman Sachs' net earnings fell to $2.03bn from $2.26bn after a drop in revenues from its bonds, currency and trading business. However, Morgan Stanley's profit rose to $1.45bn, compared with $981m a year ago. Revenues rose in all of its three business segments. Goldman Sachs makes most of its money from trading and investing in capital markets. In the first quarter, its revenue from fixed income, currency and commodities trading fell 11% to $2.85bn compared with a year earlier.</p> 4/17/2014 8:07:04 AM China&rsquo;s GDP Slips to 7.4 Percent, With Property Looking Fragile <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 18, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />China announced that its first-quarter gross domestic product increased 7.4 percent, down from 7.7 percent in the last three months of 2013. Today&rsquo;s reading was the slowest pace in a year and a half, but it still came in slightly above analysts&rsquo; expectations.</p> 4/17/2014 8:03:41 AM Leadership Lessons from UConn Coach Kevin Ollie <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Well, March Madness is over. Now it's time for the UConn Huskies to bask in the glory of their championship and thank the man who led them to it. Kevin Ollie, the head coach of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team, has proved to his players that patience, faith, and hard work pay off. On Monday night, the Huskies beat the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 for the NCAA title. The win gives UConn its fourth championship since 1999.</p> 4/9/2014 9:02:20 AM 5 Things Your Employees Are Afraid to Ask You <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />When you are busy running a business, providing a culture of communication is often not as easy as you would think. Working long hours day to day with the same people can breed complacency, which takes away from an environment of great performance. In a fast-growing, fast-moving company, providing ongoing feedback to your employees can fall by the wayside, but it is a critical component to better performance.</p> 4/9/2014 9:01:15 AM You can have any recovery you like, so long as it's mediocre <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />FOR several months data-watchers have scratched their heads and attempted to peer through winter-storm distorted figures for a glimpse at the underlying labour-market trend in America. Some reckoned they saw signals of a tightening labour market, with further rapid declines in unemployment and wage growth taking off. Others feared a slowdown, pointing to plateaus in other indicators and the Fed's eagerness to scale back accommodative monetary policy.</p> 4/9/2014 8:57:18 AM What The Happiest People Know About Work <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Study, work hard, and you will be successful. This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation. But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.</p> 4/9/2014 8:49:05 AM Entrepreneurship Always Leads to Inequality <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />"Inequality is bad." "Inequality is dangerous." "Our system is at risk due to increasing inequality." Wealth inequality is on everyone&rsquo;s minds these days: citizens, political leaders, economists, policymakers and yes, business leaders. Unfortunately, simpleminded thinking and insensitivity are often clouding the conversation. Deservedly vaunted venture capitalist Tom Perkins&rsquo; callous, arrogant and elitist recent comments should not serve as an expedient excuse to overlook an important "dirty little secret" about entrepreneurship, the acknowledged engine of economic growth: successful entrepreneurship always exacerbates local inequality, at least in the short run.</p> 4/9/2014 8:47:39 AM Four Ways to Adapt to an Aging Workforce <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Calls to maximize the utility of older workers &mdash; by honoring experience, providing training opportunities, and offering flexible work and retirement options &mdash; began to sound at least a decade ago. HBR contributors have suggested we "retire retirement" and "adapt for an aging workforce."</p> 4/9/2014 8:44:55 AM Improve Decision-Making With Help From the Crowd <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Most decisions in organizations are made by escalating them up the management hierarchy &mdash; and it&rsquo;s usually the highest paid person in the room&rsquo;s opinion ("HIPPO") that prevails. The HIPPO model of decision-making will likely always be with us. But with the rise of digital technology, and with it the ability to get immediate feedback from customers and communities, crowdsourcing has become a powerful alternative for driving important decisions. The challenge is finding the right ways to introduce crowdsourcing into your management processes so that it opens up and democratizes decisions, harvesting the accumulated thoughts and perspectives from your customers and across your organization &mdash; but without bogging things down.</p> 4/9/2014 8:44:38 AM How African Firms Can Make the Most of Outside Investment <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Trade between Africa and China surpassed $200 billion this year, strengthening China&rsquo;s position as Africa&rsquo;s biggest trade partner, a position it has now held since 2009. Less than 15 years ago, the corresponding value was a modest $10 billion. This statistic demonstrates the growing pulling power that Africa holds for foreign investors. Beyond trade relationships, investors increasingly look at African consumers and see immense opportunity to invest locally. For African companies, this presents a special chance to climb the food chain of global competitiveness.</p> 4/9/2014 8:44:20 AM Regulators: Big banks must raise $68 billion to be considered safe <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />Banks will have to come up with more money to prove to regulators they're safe. Others may still not be convinced. U.S. bank regulators on Tuesday officially upped the amount of excess assets the nation's eight largest banks must hold to cover potentially bad loans or soured investments. In a memo, the Federal Reserve estimated that the new rule would force the banks to raise $68 billion by the end of 2017, when the rule would go into place. The rule was jointly approved by the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.</p> 4/9/2014 8:42:30 AM The Manager&rsquo;s One-Minute Guide To Brainstorming Apps <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />The most misunderstood axiom about technology among management is that building a successful digital product begins with the utility value. It doesn&rsquo;t require impressive branding, exquisite design, or a polished user experience, so those things should be left for last. Start with utility value and proceed from there.</p> 4/9/2014 8:37:53 AM The Five Personality Types You Have To Work With <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Personality doesn't have to break down into complicated algorithms to understand how they play together. Here's how to work with everyone, based on five main types.</p> 4/9/2014 8:36:54 AM 9 Resume Mistakes That Might Cost You A Job <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />While good old paper may seem pass&eacute; in the digital age, LinkedIn hasn't completely replaced the old-fashioned r&eacute;sum&eacute;. "R&eacute;sum&eacute;s are the heartbeat of a career search," says Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, a career and workplace adviser at Glassdoor. "If done well, your r&eacute;sum&eacute; will tell your story and sell you." And that hasn't changed with the rise of high-tech options. "Even as technology has advanced and changed the way job seekers find open positions, the r&eacute;sum&eacute; remains an integral part of the hiring process," adds Matt Tarpey, a career adviser with CareerBuilder.</p> 4/9/2014 8:33:55 AM Hired, A Marketplace For Job Searchers, Launches in New York <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />LinkedIn is a tremendous resource for recruiters. But for companies that want that just-right mix of experience and talent--and want it fast--the sprawling social network for professionals has some serious limitations. "My biggest frustration as a CEO was finding and attracting great talent," says Matt Mickiewicz, whose new startup, Hired, is out to reinvent the job-placement process. "I got frustrated with a very limited means of finding people."</p> 4/9/2014 8:32:07 AM Year After The Boston Marathon Bombing, One Victim's Inspiring Startup-Business Story <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Amanda North was thrown off her feet when the first bomb exploded 15 feet behind her. In an instant, the festive scene near the finish line of last year&rsquo;s Boston Marathon became a surreal tableau of pain and panic. "All of a sudden, it went from this scene of cheering and flag-waving to total chaos," North says. "It was horrible beyond imagination." North, who had traveled from her home in Woodside, California, to watch her daughter, Lili, complete the race, had been soaking in the upbeat energy on the sidelines as spectators cheered for the runners and hugged each other.</p> 4/9/2014 8:31:35 AM Markets risk 'disappointment' as rates rise, IMF says <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />Markets risk "disappointment" in an environment of rising interest rates unless equity valuations become better supported by rising earnings, capital investment, and aggregate demand, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday as part of its global financial stability report. The IMF said U.S. equity prices are in line with the long-term trend on price-to-equity ratio but looks stretched on the Shiller P/E ratio, which takes into account 10 years of earnings. The report more broadly said financial stability has improved in advanced economies, as the IMF continued to express concern on the impact the Federal Reserve's less-accommodative policies will have on emerging markets. </p> 4/9/2014 8:27:42 AM U.S. has lengthy to-do list for major economies <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Growth in many "pockets of the world" would be stronger if smarter economic policies were in place and the U.S. will push for action in those areas during this weekend's G-20 and International Monetary Fund-World Bank spring meetings, said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Wednesday. In an interview on CNBC, Lew said that Germany, and other countries in Europe in good fiscal shape, could do more to boost demand in the region. "We think the risk of low demand and the risk of deflation is something that they need to be very alert to," Lew said. China needs "to get back on the path of demonstrating that they are committed to a market-determined exchange rate," he said. "We need to see signs of progress," Lew said. Regarding Japan, Lew called for the government to complete work on long-term economic reforms.</p> 4/9/2014 8:27:22 AM EY Global CEO Mark Weinberger: &lsquo;High-Performance Teams Have to be Diverse and Inclusive&rsquo; <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />When you have teams that are diverse and are inclusive, you absolutely have a higher product, more quality, better financial results and, frankly, a better environment within to work.</p> 4/9/2014 8:23:14 AM The 3 Elements Needed to Build Creative Genius in the Workplace <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />We often think of creativity as something that&rsquo;s difficult to harness -- that elusive "aha!" moment that strikes in the shower or when driving home from work. Companies have tried with mixed success to increase the chances of light bulb moments but creativity is still considered something you just have to "let happen."</p> 4/9/2014 8:19:31 AM 10 Questions to Ask When Working With an Accountant <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Solely relying on free or inexpensive online small-business accounting tools instead of investing the services of a trained professional accountant can be a costly mistake that entrepreneurs make all too often. Don&rsquo;t be one of them.</p> 4/9/2014 8:19:06 AM Safe Use of Social Media in Regulated Fields? It's a Real Option. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s no marketing secret that social media has become big business. Companies have discovered that it can be more cost effective for marketing of their big brands than traditional advertising because of its ability to reach large audiences. But what about its use by companies in heavily regulated industries?</p> 4/9/2014 8:18:33 AM The One and Only Secret for Achieving Massive Success <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Turn on the TV or flip through your favorite magazine and chances are you will come across some ad or article that promises massive success in your life or business if you just buy this particular product or do this one particular thing. It&rsquo;s all a lie. There is no secret to achieving massive success. As human beings, it&rsquo;s not out of the ordinary at some point to look for a shortcut or seek ways to maximize results without maximizing the effort. This type of thinking is carried by the majority of the population.</p> 4/9/2014 8:17:47 AM This One Habit Can Help Make You Smarter <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />If there's one thing entrepreneurs and other professionals want to do, it's accomplish their goals while continuing to grow and improve. We spoke with behavior science expert and contributor James Clear about habit formation. In this video, he explains the one habit that can help us be just a little bit smart with all the things we want to do.</p> 4/9/2014 8:15:51 AM Why Men Outnumber Women Attending Business Schools <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />New research explores gender disparities in business school enrollment by the different ways men and women appear to process ethical compromise.</p> 4/9/2014 8:12:54 AM Stop Worrying About Inflation&mdash;the Recovery Is Still as Slow as Ever <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Stop me if you've heard this one before. The economy is growing, but it's not growing fast enough for the millions of people who still can't find work. That was the story in 2010 and 2011 and 2012 and 2013&mdash;and now in 2014, too. Indeed, the particulars of the March jobs report weren't all that different from any other month in our Groundhog Day recovery: We added 192,000 jobs, 37,000 more in revisions, and the unemployment rate stayed steady at 6.7 percent. It was enough to, finally, push private sector employment back above its pre-recession peak. But, at this pace, it won't be enough to get us back to full employment before ... 2019.</p> 4/9/2014 8:10:50 AM I Wasn't a Fan of Sheryl Sandberg's&mdash;Until I Couldn't Find a Job <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />A year ago, when Lean In hit book stores and caused the firestorm that happens every time a prominent woman makes some sort of dramatic cultural intervention, Sheryl Sandberg wasn't my girl. I was in my final year of college, embroiled in the exhausting process of thinking radical thoughts and then self-righteously posting them to Facebook. I had no time for career advice, and I was not interested in a tech dynamo telling women to get in the damn driver's seat, already.</p> 4/9/2014 8:09:29 AM Love and Money: Should You File a Joint Tax Return? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Tax season can pose a difficult choice: should you file jointly or separately? Here&rsquo;s some information to help you decide. When you choose married filing jointly, this means you and your spouse can file one tax return together. If your spouse died last year, you usually can still file a joint return for that year. Know that if you choose to file jointly, the IRS gives joint filers one of the largest standard deductions, which will allow you to deduct a significant amount of your income immediately.</p> 4/9/2014 7:51:21 AM NFL Invests in Teaching and Educating Athletes on Entrepreneurship <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />There are a plethora of stories about former professional athletes who have squandered most or all the millions of dollars they&rsquo;ve earned over their careers. Others have tried to do the right thing and put their money to work by investing in nightclubs, restaurants, or other high-risk businesses only to see these ventures fail. In an effort to encourage entrepreneurship and teach sound business decision making to current and former players, the National Football League recently held a Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the University of Notre Dame.</p> 4/9/2014 7:50:53 AM EU proposes new shareholder powers over executive pay <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Firms will have to put their remuneration policy to a binding shareholder vote if a European Commission proposal gets approval. The proposal is part of a mooted commission package to boost shareholder power and control executive pay. But there would be no EU-wide pay cap and the so-called "say on pay" policy would only apply to publicly traded firms in the 28-nation bloc. The move is the latest by European lawmakers to control executive awards. </p> 4/9/2014 7:49:33 AM Why Education Spending Doesn't Lead to Economic Growth <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />It is college acceptance season, and letters with financial aid offers attached are dropping on doormats nationwide. Many students and an even greater number of parents are facing the sticker shock associated with tertiary education. As college prices rise&mdash;the average annual cost hit $18,497 in 2010-11, according to the National Center for Education Statistics&mdash;the question inevitably arises: Is it worth it? For the average student in the U.S. and worldwide, the answer is affirmative: Education remains a fantastic investment for individuals. The tougher question is whether education at all levels is such a great investment for societies as a whole.</p> 4/9/2014 7:47:35 AM Mendoza Students Really, Really Love Their School: Notre Dame Is the Best Undergrad Business School for a Fifth Year <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />For the fifth straight year, the University of Notre Dame&rsquo;s Mendoza College of Business is No. 1 in Bloomberg Businessweek&rsquo;s undergraduate business school rankings released today. The University of Virginia&rsquo;s McIntire School of Commerce ranked second, also for the fifth consecutive year, and Cornell University&rsquo;s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ranked third. Boston College&rsquo;s Carroll School of Management and Olin Business School at Washington University, St. Louis rounded out the top five.</p> 4/9/2014 7:47:15 AM Are You a Boss or a Leader? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />The distinction between being a boss and being a leader may seem small, but it means the world to the people who work for you. Being the boss does not necessarily mean you are leading. Here is a list of 10 characteristics that will help you determine if you are having a positive impact on your employees.</p> 4/2/2014 8:54:09 AM Sallie Krawcheck on the Business Case for Diverse Leadership <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />After more than 20 years on Wall Street, most recently as former president of the global wealth and investment management division of Bank of America, Sallie Krawcheck was widely considered one of the most powerful women in banking. Recently, Krawcheck purchased the global women&rsquo;s network 85 Broads and has taken her experience in a new direction. In an interview with Wharton management professor Adam M. Grant, Krawcheck speaks about the "subtle, well-meaning biases" against women, how they can be overcome and why diverse leadership at the top is critical for "higher returns, lower volatility, lower risk, more client-focus and more innovation."</p> 4/2/2014 8:53:01 AM Hold on to your hard hats: A capital spending boom may be coming <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />In a new report Schwab's chief investment strategist makes the case for a bump in corporate investing. The most powerful tonic for the flagging U.S. economy would be a surge in capital investment. The willingness of manufacturers of semiconductors and chemicals to expand their fabs and factories, and airlines and utilities to order jets and build grids that will take many years, and a growing, prosperous base of customers, to render them profitable, would signal that a long, strong stretch of growth will follow.</p> 4/2/2014 8:47:38 AM Tell Your Whole Story in an Interview <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />I start job interviews with the same question every time: "Tell me about your path leading up to today. Why is this role the right fit for you now?" What happens next is predictable: "My first job out of college was at an international aid organization..." "I worked for a number of years in publishing before I..." "I started out in finance but then..." I typically wait for a pause and ask candidates to start earlier. I tell them that I want to hear the details from their story that illustrate what drives them &mdash; their purpose. They often raise eyebrows, giggle nervously, or cross their arms.</p> 4/2/2014 8:45:28 AM Seven Things Great Employers Do (That Others Don&rsquo;t) <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />For most people, paid work is unsettling and energy-sapping. Despite employee engagement racing up the priority list of CEOs (see, for example, The Conference Board&rsquo;s CEO Challenge 2014), our research into workplaces all over the world reveals a sorry state of affairs: workers who are actively disengaged outnumber their engaged colleagues by an overwhelming factor of 2:1. The good news is that there are companies out there bucking the trend, and we&rsquo;ve discovered how.</p> 4/2/2014 8:44:04 AM How Do I Get Noticed By Employers In A Crowded Field? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />When you are looking for your dream job there is only one question that really matters: How do you get your foot in the door? So it's no surprise that we've received several reader questions about honing your skills, dealing with long-term job searches, and making your resume stand out from the pack. This week's question comes in response to our recent column about learning new skills without going back to college, and is answered by Leadership coach Lolly Daskal.</p> 4/2/2014 8:39:37 AM How To Turn Your Corporate Party Into A Productivity Boon <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Meetup knows a thing or two about social gatherings. The company has facilitated countless get-togethers from organizers of all stripes. As most people know, work parties can be either fun or dreadful. But they are almost by definition unproductive. The folks at Meetup don't think it has to be that way. To Erin Dertouzos, Meetup&rsquo;s head of talent and culture, it&rsquo;s about lowering barriers and flattening hierarchies to create a fun environment in which great ideas can happen. As any company approaches the 100-employee mark--Meetup has about 115 and counting--not everyone knows each other as well as they once did, says Dertouzos.</p> 4/2/2014 8:38:37 AM How Do You Know If A Startup Will "Make It"? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Here's a thought experiment: Imagine a demo day startup competition. How often do women-led startups win prestigious startup competitions when facing male-led companies, per capita? If you guessed that they win less often, you&rsquo;d be 100% wrong.</p> 4/2/2014 8:37:21 AM The Seemingly Harmless Habit Killing Your Productivity <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Picture this scenario: You come back to your desk after a meeting. You sit down. You start doing something on your computer. But what, exactly, do you do? Chances are, you go through some sort of transition ritual. You probably check email first. If there&rsquo;s a link to something interesting in there, you follow the link, then go from there to a few other favorite sites: a news source, Twitter, or maybe to check sports scores. After that, you finally settle into real work. There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with these rituals per se. Human beings need a way to transition from one activity into the next. The problem is that we get interrupted frequently in the modern workplace. Rituals become habits, and that means we run through the transition cycle every time we stop doing what we&rsquo;re doing. </p> 4/2/2014 8:36:29 AM 10 Surprising Ways to Transform Your Creative Thinking <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />We&rsquo;ve written about creativity a few times on the Buffer blog, but it&rsquo;s hard to keep track of everything we learn about it. One day I&rsquo;m adjusting the temperature in my workspace, and the next I&rsquo;m trying to put off creative work until I&rsquo;m tired. If you&rsquo;re in the same boat, and you find it&rsquo;s difficult to remember what will improve your creativity and when you should do your most creative work, hopefully this list will help you get it all straight.</p> 4/2/2014 8:35:37 AM Can a Minimum-Wage Increase Help Close the Gender Pay Gap? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />More than half of workers who will benefit from a minimum-wage increase are women and the move could help close the gender pay gap, a White House report said on Wednesday. "The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage on Women" was produced in part by the Department of Labor and the president&rsquo;s Council of Economic Advisers to help study the effects of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.</p> 4/2/2014 8:31:06 AM 3 Lesser-Known Expenses You Can Deduct from Your Taxes <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />When it comes to tax deductions, most taxpayers focus on items that have the most impact, such as mortgage interest and state income or sales taxes. Yet lesser-known tax breaks can also help you boost your itemized deductions. Let's take a look at three miscellaneous deductions that many people don't even know exist, as well as the overarching limitation on how much you can deduct. </p> 4/2/2014 8:29:41 AM Think tank: Congress, you fix the economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />For years, central bank officials have complained that expectations that they can single-handedly revive the nation&rsquo;s anemic economy are misplaced. The Fed can only set the stage for stronger growth; Congress must also play its part. But between fiscal cliffs and debt ceiling standoffs, lawmakers instead seem to be intent on shutting down the entire production.</p> 4/2/2014 8:28:39 AM Congress looks to angels to revive economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Hoping to fuel more job-creating companies, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are crafting legislation intended to encourage individual start-up investors, commonly called "angel investors," to pour even more capital into new and growing businesses &mdash; but they don&rsquo;t all agree on the best way to help.</p> 4/2/2014 8:27:50 AM Think You're Too Old to Be An Entrepreneur? Think Again. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />If Hollywood wants to portray an entrepreneur in a movie, then he -- and it&rsquo;s usually a he &ndash; is in his early 20s, may or may not have a college degree, is probably wearing blue jeans and a hoodie, and is a bit unkempt, with messy hair and facial hair. That stereotype may appeal to our interest in a narrative where geeks take over the world, but the Mark Zuckerberg-inspired vision is absolutely only a part of the entrepreneurship story. Many entrepreneurs don&rsquo;t even think about launching their own business until they are in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, after years of work experience.</p> 4/2/2014 8:25:37 AM 3 Books to Help You Form Better Habits, Be More Creative and Think Like a Leader <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Each week, I try to write useful articles on topics like psychology and habit formation, medicine and health, and science and entrepreneurship. Where do I get many of these ideas? By reading books written by people who are smarter than me. Because of that, I love to share some of the better books I&rsquo;ve been reading &mdash; and get suggestions from you, of course!</p> 4/2/2014 8:24:14 AM Tech Spending Recovers, but It&rsquo;s Different <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />It isn&rsquo;t what you spend, it&rsquo;s how you spend it. Gartner Wednesday released its outlook for worldwide spending on information technology in 2014. The overview is for modest growth of 3.2 percent, to $3.771 trillion. That is a big pickup from the 0.4 percent growth, to $3.654 trillion, in 2013. The really interesting stuff is inside individual numbers, however. Smartphone is an almost meaningless term, since a huge number of devices now have those mobile computing capabilities. Mobile data is on its way to being the primary business of phone companies. And companies are consuming more technology in cloud computing systems.</p> 4/2/2014 8:22:26 AM Protesters Fault Taiwan For Trade Deal With China <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Taiwanese students have demonstrated against a trade agreement between Taiwan and China. The protesters see the pact as another step toward economic absorption into mainland China.</p> 4/2/2014 8:21:16 AM Job Growth Picked Up Some Speed In March, Survey Signals <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />The first slice of data about job growth in March offers some hope that the U.S. labor market gained some strength: There were 191,000 more jobs on private companies' payrolls last month than in February, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. That's pretty close to what Reuters says economists were expecting to hear: that there were 195,000 more jobs in March than in February.</p> 4/2/2014 8:20:13 AM Former NBA All-Star Continues Business Success, Launches Ad Agency <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Former pro basketball star Jamal Mashburn is ready for a new game. The New York native who played basketball as a forward with the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat is going to try his skills in the advertising world.</p> 4/2/2014 8:05:07 AM Why We Need Black Computer Programmers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Black programmers are few and far between, but an influx of coders of color could reshape the tech industry. There will be over 2.1 million jobs available by 2020 in the STEM field, and with only 5 percent of bachelors degrees in engineering going to African Americans, a lot of those in-demand, high-paying jobs will be inaccessible to the black community. Companies see this and are acting to make it easier for underprivileged youth to get involved in the sciences. Lockheed Martin donated $6 million for STEM initiatives in urban school districts, for example.</p> 4/2/2014 8:04:43 AM Work & Watch: 6 Career-Inspiring Shows Not To Miss <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />As I&rsquo;ve said in previous blogs, I&rsquo;m an avid fan and watcher of TV and Youtube shows. From international news to rockumentaries to indy comedies to ratchet reality, I like to peruse it all. Some I love, some I side-eye and others I refuse to continue watching, but television is a big part of my leisure time. Recently, I&rsquo;ve watched&mdash;and awaited the premiere of&mdash;a few new (or newly returning) shows that have sparked great career and boss moves inspiration, featuring workplace themes that are hilarious, eye-opening and thought-provoking.</p> 4/2/2014 8:02:31 AM Power Women of the Diaspora: Two Females Forge Global Bonds in the Heart of Harlem <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />When you see a partnership like Jelena Pasic, 39, and Dardra Coaxum, 26, you&rsquo;re reminded of the tremendously awesome things that can happen when one embraces diversity, not only in ethnicity, but in culture and professional experience. Partners at New York City&rsquo;s Harlem Shake, the brainchild of Pasic, these women have learned to take key elements of one another&rsquo;s talents and backgrounds to create a restaurant that embraces and promotes the proud heritage of Harlem, serving burgers, shakes, hotdogs and fries while incorporating the community via promotions and events that position them as friendly neighbors just next door to the infamous 125th St.</p> 4/2/2014 8:01:15 AM 4 Ways To Boost Your Money IQ For Financial Literacy Month <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />April is National Financial Literacy Month, so named since March 2004, when the Senate passed Resolution 316 to highlight the importance of financial education. Of course, as with Black History Month, it is Financial Literacy Month every day at Black Enterprise, as evidenced by our Wealth for Life mantra. If you&rsquo;ve yet to commit to your own financial education, now is the perfect time to make it a daily part of your media and information diet. </p> 4/2/2014 7:57:53 AM Cyprus banks seeing signs of stabilisation, says IMF <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Cyprus's economy is adjusting following the 2013 recession, which was "not as severe as anticipated", the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said. "Signs of stabilisation are emerging in the banking sector," said the IMF in a report. Cyprus agreed to a 10bn-euro ($13.8bn; &pound;8.3bn) bailout with the European Union and the IMF last year. Cyprus's second-largest lender - Laiki Bank - was closed down. Although the recession was not as severe as expected, there may be more pain to come, warned the IMF.</p> 4/2/2014 7:56:42 AM Why Business Schools Ignore Women <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Respected organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, McKinsey, and Goldman Sachs (GS) have repeatedly exhorted the business community to do more to include women in the global economy. They are backed by ample research proving that women are economically disadvantaged and that inequality significantly saps national competitiveness, dampens corporate performance, and contributes to social instability. Grasping the consequences of this gender imbalance, more companies around the globe are committing significant funds to support women&rsquo;s economic empowerment.</p> 4/2/2014 7:54:27 AM Former IBM Chairman's Next Move: Reinventing the Global Corporation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />You&rsquo;d think after running one of the most complex corporations in existence, Sam Palmisano might indulge in the usual CEO retirement package&mdash;golf, a few blue chip corporate boards, and some prestigious nonprofit work to round it all out. Life is good, right? Palmisano, 62, is doing all that. His nonprofit work, though, is no mere hobby. The former IBM chairman, who left the C-suite in 2011, has started a think tank to work with chief executive officers and business schools on building a body of new management principles and providing leadership training for the 21st century global organization.</p> 4/2/2014 7:52:54 AM Students Test Passion for Sports Against Industry Reality <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />For 10 years, Arizona State University&rsquo;s W.P. Carey School of Business boasted an MBA sports-business specialization that was called one of the best in the nation. In 2010 state budget cuts forced the school to shutter the program.</p> 4/2/2014 7:50:59 AM The Underestimated Importance of Personal Networking <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Searching for jobs is an arduous task that can take a lot of time, however there are ways of shortening that effort. The majority of job hunters underestimate how useful their network of contacts can be and how they can use this network to extend their search to increase the chances of finding a job. With the development of online social networks, your personal collection of contacts is considerably larger than those of job hunters 10 years ago and should be fully utilized in your search for work.</p> 3/25/2014 9:18:07 AM Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Company leaders always want to motivate, inspire, and support their people to the absolute fullest. But most go to bed at night suspecting that they're coming up a little short. Maybe more than a little. Take heart: You can become a truly great leader. </p> 3/25/2014 9:14:27 AM 5 Entrepreneurs Who Embrace, and Dominate, Risk <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Nothing ventured, nothing gained is often the philosophy of very successful entrepreneurs. Calculated risk takes courage and intelligence, but it also requires an ability to welcome the uncertainty that comes along with it.</p> 3/25/2014 9:11:52 AM Borrow now before rates go up <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />Instead of promising to keep interest rates low in order to encourage more borrowing, the Federal Reserve should say the exact opposite. Let&rsquo;s face it: The Fed, like most of us, wants consumers and business to spend more. This way, the economy will grow faster, thus creating more jobs, which will lead to more spending, and so on.</p> 3/25/2014 9:03:21 AM The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Everyone knows that the United States has long suffered from widespread shortages in its science and engineering workforce, and that if continued these shortages will cause it to fall behind its major economic competitors. Everyone knows that these workforce shortages are due mainly to the myriad weaknesses of American K-12 education in science and mathematics, which international comparisons of student performance rank as average at best.</p> 3/25/2014 8:59:47 AM America's Ocean-Powered Economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />The area of the sea within an invisible border 200 miles out from every U.S. shore isn't called the "exclusive economic zone" for nothing: Countries have property rights at sea just as they do on land. The fact that every nation with a coast also has an EEZ&mdash;which extends far beyond a country's "territorial" waters&mdash;reflects the importance of the ocean as a source of wealth. But when it comes to analyzing our economy, we hardly ever single out the activity in the EEZ as a special slice of national employment or productivity. </p> 3/25/2014 8:57:55 AM America's Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Why do so many people&mdash;particularly women&mdash;seem to have so much on their plates? Perhaps the most poignant detail from Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic cover story, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," was also one of the smallest: an overworked mother of three who "organized her time so ruthlessly that she always keyed in 1:11 or 2:22 or 3:33 on the microwave rather than 1:00, 2:00, or 3:00, because hitting the same number three times took less time."</p> 3/25/2014 8:55:33 AM Americans Can&rsquo;t Retire When Bill Gross Sees Repression <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Feeble returns on the safest investments such as bank deposits and fixed-income securities represent a "financial repression" transferring money from savers to borrowers, says Bill Gross, manager of the world&rsquo;s biggest bond fund. Workers 65 and older, struggling with years of depressed yields, are the only group of Americans who are increasingly employed or looking for jobs, according to Labor Department participation-rate data.</p> 3/25/2014 8:53:32 AM U.S. Stocks Rise Before Consumer Confidence, Housing Data <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />U.S. stocks rose, after the Standard & Poor&rsquo;s 500 Index fell for two days, as investors awaited data on consumer confidence and new-home sales for clues on the strength of the world&rsquo;s largest economy. The S&P 500 added 0.5 percent to 1,866.89 at 9:31 a.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 107.73 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,384.42.</p> 3/25/2014 8:51:24 AM The Seven Skills You Need to Thrive in the C-Suite <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />What executive skills are most prized by companies today? How has that array of skills changed in the last decade, and how is it likely to change in the next ten years? To find out, I surveyed senior consultants in 2010 at a top-five global executive-search firm. Experienced search consultants typically interview hundreds (in many cases thousands) of senior executives; they assess those executives&rsquo; skills, track them over time, and in some cases place the same executive in a series of jobs. They also observe how executives negotiate, what matters most to them in their contracts, and how they decide whether to change companies.</p> 3/25/2014 8:49:20 AM How to Have Friends at Work When You&rsquo;re the Boss <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Girish is a client of mine who runs a 500-million-dollar business. He gets stellar reviews and is seen as a high potential successor to the CEO. But he has a friend problem. Several of his direct reports are close friends and he doesn&rsquo;t hold them accountable in the same way he does his other direct reports. Often, they don&rsquo;t do what he asks. And they aren&rsquo;t delivering the results he expects. It&rsquo;s hurting his business and his reputation.</p> 3/25/2014 8:48:22 AM How Technology Creates Jobs for Less Educated Workers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Conventional wisdom holds that new technology requires highly educated workers. There is little doubt that new technologies have taken a heavy toll on less educated workers not only in manufacturing industries, but also in routine white-collar jobs. In many cases, these workers had accumulated valuable experience that has now become obsolete.</p> 3/25/2014 8:47:23 AM College Grads Are Taking High School Grads&rsquo; Jobs and Delivering Better Results <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />A new CareerBuilder survey found that a college degree is more valuable than ever &mdash; both for job applicants and the employers who hire them. According to the research, three in 10 American companies say they&rsquo;re hiring college-educated workers for jobs that used to be held by high school grads, a trend that cuts across industries. Companies are also more interested in hiring people with advanced degrees.</p> 3/25/2014 8:46:00 AM What Military Service Could Teach MBAs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />In 1980, almost 60% of large, public companies in America were headed up by a male military veteran. By 2006, a mere 6.2% of these businesses had a CEO with military experience. These numbers, from a January National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by Efraim Benmelech and Carola Frydman, aren&rsquo;t necessarily surprising.</p> 3/25/2014 8:45:14 AM The Heretic&rsquo;s Guide to Getting More Done <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Are you working endlessly but not accomplishing all you want? Mystified that continuous attention to work is not resulting in satisfactory progress toward your goals? So focused on work that you&rsquo;re not thinking about or doing much else? If so, you may not be giving your brain the benefit of adequate downtime. A recent article in Scientific American, Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime, summarizes the evidence that "mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories, and encourage creativity."</p> 3/25/2014 8:44:17 AM Dr. Ian Challenges You to Get Healthier <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />You may recognize Dr. Ian Smith as the straightforward, yet affable doctor on VH1&#8242;s fitness show Celebrity Fit Club and the Emmy-award winning talk show The Doctors. His latest venture is his NY Times best selling book, Supershred, which lays out a program to lose 20 lbs in 4 weeks. Ambitious as that sounds, it&rsquo;s an example of his passion and confidence in helping make the American population more healthy and fit.</p> 3/25/2014 8:43:11 AM Intense Boot Camp Helps Women Learn How to Open, Grow Their Businesses <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />According to the American Express OPEN 2013 State of Women-Owned Business Report, female entrepreneurs started businesses at a rate 150% higher than the national average, adding 175,000 jobs to the U.S. economy. Some 74% of these female business owners who went into entrepreneurship started their ventures from scratch. However, many face the challenges of developing strategies to grow and scale up their businesses.</p> 3/25/2014 8:42:25 AM These are America&rsquo;s best-rated CEOs, according to their employees <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer may have put the kibosh on working from home last year and received attention for a performance review system that ranked employees on a curve -- just as Microsoft was dumping that much-hated approach. But that hasn't stopped her from getting a 79 percent approval rating from Yahoo employees, making her one of two female chief executives to place among the 50 most popular CEOs of large U.S. companies, according to Glassdoor.</p> 3/25/2014 8:40:01 AM U.S. notified 3,000 companies in 2013 about cyberattacks <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Federal agents notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies last year that their computer systems had been hacked, White House officials have told industry executives, marking the first time the government has revealed how often it tipped off the private sector to cyberintrusions.</p> 3/25/2014 8:38:14 AM Mama Glow Author and Entrepreneur, Latham Thomas Shares Secrets to Her Success <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Wellness entrepreneur, Latham Thomas defines the title of her book Mama Glow as a "certain radiance that overcomes a woman who is happy, healthy, and feeling fulfilled in her life." Well that certainly would describe the wellness entrepreneur herself, who is crafting an empire around her Mama Glow brand. A self-described maternity lifestyle maven, Thomas not only advises her celebrity clients during all of their pregnancy stages, she hosts a web series "Om on the Go" and travels across the country for speaking engagements.</p> 3/25/2014 8:34:58 AM Young and Investing? Here&rsquo;s Some Tips for Success <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Once you land full-time employment, your employer may offer the option to contribute to a company-sponsored retirement plan. You might reason you can&rsquo;t afford to contribute, but you&rsquo;re wrong. You can&rsquo;t afford not to contribute to your retirement fund. If your company offers a matching contribution, that&rsquo;s even more incentive to contribute as soon as possible. This is your chance to get free money&mdash;take it.</p> 3/25/2014 8:34:06 AM Lost Control of Your Finances? Here&rsquo;s 5 Ways to Get Back on Track <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Have you been terrible with handling money? If you&rsquo;re recovering from a financial setback, here are five ways to get on the right foot.</p> 3/25/2014 8:33:01 AM Moving Past Gender Barriers to Negotiate a Raise <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />ASKING for a raise is the type of conversation that can make even the most confident among us uncomfortable. Women, however, may have good reason to feel that way. Discrimination persists in the workplace and it isn&rsquo;t necessarily intentional or overt, experts on gender and negotiation say.</p> 3/25/2014 8:30:32 AM;_r=0 Trouble Inside A Babysitting Economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />We all know how lousy a recession feels. And we know how much long-term damage a recession can cause. But there's still a lot we don't know about recessions &mdash; like, if you're in a recession, what's the best way to get out? Today, we tackle the question of how to escape a recession, by going small. Economist Tim Harford walks us through two tiny self-contained economies, a babysitting co-op and a prisoner of war camp, facing what he calls "toy recessions."</p> 3/25/2014 8:28:57 AM Russia Gets Ready for Life Without Visa and MasterCard <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Is Russia ready to cut up its plastic? After Visa and MasterCard stopped processing some Russian transactions in response to U.S. sanctions, Moscow says it could launch a homegrown payment system that could be ready in as little as six months, according to German Gref, chief of the country&rsquo;s largest bank, Sberbank (SBER:RM).</p> 3/25/2014 8:26:17 AM UK inflation rate falls to fresh four-year low of 1.7% <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 28, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />A fall in petrol prices pushed the UK inflation rate to a new four-year low of 1.7% last month, figures show. It is the second consecutive month that the Consumer Prices Index rate has been below the Bank of England's 2% target, having stood at 1.9% in January.</p> 3/25/2014 8:23:22 AM A Presentation Isn&rsquo;t Always the Right Way to Communicate <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />We rarely think about whether presentations are the best way to express our ideas; we just blindly create and deliver them. By some estimates, 350 presentations, on average, are delivered every second of every day. Unfortunately, presentations can&rsquo;t be the Swiss Army knife of communication. Though they&rsquo;re one of the most powerful tools we have for moving an audience, even the most carefully crafted talks won&rsquo;t be effective if they&rsquo;re not delivered in the right context. Sometimes, a conversation is much more appropriate and effective.</p> 3/18/2014 9:46:25 AM Two Ways to Reduce "Hurry Up and Wait" Syndrome <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Have you ever been asked to drop everything to complete a seemingly urgent task, and then found that the task wasn&rsquo;t so urgent after all? Not long ago, one of our clients gave us three days to put together a proposal to help with a very large and complex reorganization. Although we had been talking about the possibility of working on this project for months, the client suddenly felt that it was time to get started. We didn&rsquo;t want to miss the opportunity, so we put in some late nights and did what was needed to craft a reasonably good document. And then we waited.</p> 3/18/2014 9:35:21 AM More MBAs Loving The Entrepreneurial Life <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s no secret that interest among MBAs in entrepreneurship has been at record levels in recent years. More graduates are starting companies straight out of school, and a greater percentage of alumni have also caught the entrepreneurial bug.</p> 3/18/2014 9:25:47 AM If You're Not Hiring With Your Whole Brain, You're Doing It Wrong <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Over the course of 35 years and 5,000-plus interviews as a recruiter, I've developed an interviewing method that identifies superior candidates about 85 percent of the time. I call it the two-question performance-based interview (a.k.a. the Whole Brain Interview). </p> 3/18/2014 9:22:18 AM Millennials: How to Determine Your Personal Brand and Market It <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />When millennials hear the word "branding," the &#64257;rst thing that typically comes to mind is a mega-brand, like Target or Nike. The word may seem like a distant marketing strategy that has no place in your everyday life, but in today&rsquo;s career and job market, it has immense relevance.</p> 3/18/2014 9:12:37 AM How to Keep Your Job When Your Boss Is a Robot <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />As many as half of U.S. jobs will be replaceable by machines in the next decade or two, according to a recent Oxford study explored last week by Bloomberg&rsquo;s Aki Ito. Want to know the future? Talk to the robot lawyers at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, who reduced the human hours spent researching case documents by as much as 95 percent. Or ask Aethon Inc.&rsquo;s TUG robots transporting food, medicine and soiled linens in a hospital near you. </p> 3/18/2014 9:11:41 AM Elite Business Schools Hike Tuition for the Class of 2016 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Selective MBA programs plan to increase tuition for the class of 2016 nearly 4 percent or more, building on a 37 percent rise in the degree&rsquo;s sticker price over the past six years. Six schools out of Bloomberg Businessweek&rsquo;s 10 top-ranked MBA programs approved tuition hikes in recent weeks, with the rest set to make decisions closer to fall.</p> 3/18/2014 9:03:27 AM The evolution of the Fed's forward guidance <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />The Fed policy-making committee on Wednesday may again rewrite their "forward guidance," the policy tool that tries to drive down long-term rates by promising to keep short-term rates low for a long time. The Fed has rewritten its forward guidance six time since the crisis. Here is a look at the various changes that have been made and the reasons for the moves. </p> 3/17/2014 9:26:22 AM Small-Business Success Story: Twigedies Berries <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Twin brothers start a business to build a better chocolate-covered berry. Kiplinger's spoke with Daricus and Daryl Releford (pictured left), both 26, of Red Lion, Pa., about starting Twigedies Berries one year ago to sell chocolate-covered strawberries via the Internet. </p> 3/17/2014 9:23:27 AM The World&rsquo;s Most Vulnerable Emerging Markets <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />When a somewhat disappointing report was released on January 23 on China&rsquo;s private manufacturing sector, investors viewed it as a kind of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie story. Their thinking: "If China&rsquo;s growth prospects need reevaluation, then other Asian emerging economies will as well. And if other Asian emerging economies need reevaluation, then other emerging economies may also need it."</p> 3/17/2014 9:22:38 AM Housing: Subpar But Still Giving Economy a Lift <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />While the housing market has clearly come a long way since the depths of the recession, there&rsquo;s still a long way to go before the industry returns to normal. Indeed, it&rsquo;s unlikely that measures of housing activity will return to the peaks seen before the bubble burst in 2007, and in many cases it would be undesirable. But some key gauges of housing health, such as housing starts and new-home sales plus mortgage delinquencies, are still struggling to recover to levels that preceded the big run-up in the middle of the 2000s decade. </p> 3/17/2014 9:22:07 AM How to Mix Professional, Personal Posts on Social Media <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Navigating between personal and professional posts on social media can be like walking through an etiquette minefield. Whether you&rsquo;re tweeting in 140 characters or posting family vacation photos to Facebook, it&rsquo;s tough to know which topics are off-limits. "The problem with social media is that it&rsquo;s relatively new," says etiquette consultant Jay Remer. "Using it properly hasn&rsquo;t really caught on yet." </p> 3/17/2014 9:21:30 AM The Fed Absolutely Shouldn't Give Up on the Long-Term Unemployed <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />Are the long-term unemployed just doomed today or doomed forever? That's the question people are really asking when they ask if labor markets are starting to get "tight." Now, it's hard to believe that this is even a debate when unemployment is still at 6.7 percent and core inflation is just 1.1 percent. But it is. The new inflation hawks argue that these headline numbers overstate how much slack is left in the economy.</p> 3/17/2014 9:18:58 AM U.S. Stocks Rise From 3-Week Low as Factory Output Jumps <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />U.S. stocks rose, after the Standard & Poor&rsquo;s 500 Index fell to a three-week low, as better-than-forecast data on industrial production boosted optimism on the economy and investors watched developments in Ukraine. </p> 3/17/2014 9:15:34 AM Chance of Wage Rise So Remote Lobbyists Pay Little Heed <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />The odds that Congress will pass an increase in the U.S. minimum wage before the November elections are so low that even the nation&rsquo;s lobbyists are largely ignoring it. </p> 3/17/2014 9:14:56 AM Loan Rebound Misses Black Businesses: Fewer SBA-Backed Loans Go To Black Borrowers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Black entrepreneurs have largely missed out on a rebound in federal small-business lending since the financial crisis ended. More than four years into the nation's economic recovery, African-Americans looking for loans are struggling to overcome deeper financial distress, tighter lending standards and cutbacks by some lenders. U.S. financial institutions made $382.5 million in Small Business Administration loans to black-owned... </p> 3/17/2014 9:12:11 AM;mg=reno64-wsj&amp; How One Company Contained Health Care Costs and Improved Morale <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Instead of simply providing health insurance, savvy employers are tackling health care costs by supporting the whole employee&mdash;everything from their finances to their career development to physical health. This is not just good for individuals; it&rsquo;s good for business.</p> 3/17/2014 9:08:57 AM Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Are leaders born or made? When I pose this question to executives or HR professionals, the vast majority say that leaders are made; that is, leadership is something one can learn. Yet researchers have found traits, such as extraversion and intelligence, which differentiate leaders from others. This seems to imply that we can identify future leaders by looking at their traits &ndash; but we must be cautious when drawing such conclusions.</p> 3/17/2014 9:08:03 AM Want a better financial life? It starts with your schedule <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />If you want a better financial life, it often starts with taking a look at the way you are living. Just think about it. When would you even have time to do a budget or come up with a plan to pay down your debts when you&rsquo;re wired in all kinds of ways to your job? </p> 3/17/2014 9:06:30 AM On 401(k)s, plan fees really do matter, and the government wants to get you a better deal <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />You may not believe it, but there really are government forces trying to help you become better informed about your workplace retirement plan. The Department of Labor is moving ahead with a proposal for transparency, opening a 90-day comment period for a proposed guide to help employers find fee information in disclosures they get from the investment companies that manage their 401(k)-type retirement plans. </p> 3/17/2014 9:05:48 AM Unemployment rate up for men and college grads <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />The U.S. unemployment rate edged up to 6.7 percent in February as men struggled to find work, according to the Labor Department report issued Friday. More than 160,000 men joined the ranks of the unemployed. That increase raised their unemployment rate to 6.4 percent from 6.2 percent. Particularly hard hit were African-American men. Their rate climbed to 12.9 percent last month from 12 percent in January. It did so because more African-American men began searching unsuccessfully for work last month.</p> 3/17/2014 9:05:01 AM Boredom or Sloth: 5 Steps to Get Rid of a Case of the Lazies <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />There&rsquo;s always that sentiment noted over and over again: Millennials are lazy, entitled and unmotivated. (But, smart people who aren&rsquo;t wearing bias-tinted glasses know we are some of the most charitable, civic-minded, physically active, entrepreneurial and innovative groups on Earth.)</p> 3/17/2014 8:57:54 AM White House Seeks to Hold For-Profit Colleges, Career-Prep Programs Responsible <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />According to reports, the White House announced efforts to hold for-profit colleges and other career-training programs accountable for producing graduates who can earn enough money to pay back student loans. New regulations related to "gainful employment" would mean programs could get their eligibility for federal aid revoked if too many of its students defaulted on student loans or had debts too high relative to earnings.</p> 3/17/2014 8:57:08 AM SBA to Award Grants to Support R&D, Small Business Innovation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it will award grants to state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities to support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA&rsquo;s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program. Applications for the grants are open now through April 11.</p> 3/17/2014 8:55:51 AM Power Women of the Diaspora: A Leader&rsquo;s Journey from Chemist to Business Advocate <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Christine Martey-Ochola, Ph.D., has a diverse career that one just can&rsquo;t confine to limits. "I&rsquo;ve been trying to find a box to fit in, but I don&rsquo;t quite fit," she says as she reflects on her path to becoming the co-founder and president of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce. Not one to shy away from new experiences, Martey-Ochola started her career as a food science technologist in Kenya and immigrated to the United States to further her education. Her studies quickly led her to becoming a chemist and professor, yet she never suppressed her entrepreneurial spirit. </p> 3/17/2014 8:51:01 AM In China, Shaking Up Currency&rsquo;s Strength <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />One of the surest bets on China is starting to look a bit shaky. Every business day for the last nine years, at 9 a.m., government workers in the blandly named Building No. 30 in Shanghai&rsquo;s Pudong financial district have published what their country&rsquo;s currency will be worth that day, when compared with the United States dollar.</p> 3/17/2014 8:42:50 AM Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Last April, President Obama assembled some of the nation&rsquo;s most august scientific dignitaries in the East Room of the White House. Joking that his grades in physics made him a dubious candidate for "scientist in chief," he spoke of using technological innovation "to grow our economy" and unveiled "the next great American project": a $100 million initiative to probe the mysteries of the human brain. </p> 3/17/2014 8:41:56 AM Markets React Calmly to Crimea Vote <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Global financial markets on Monday mostly shrugged off the anticipated Russian annexation of Crimea, as stocks, currencies and energy prices all traded calmly.</p> 3/17/2014 8:40:14 AM;_r=0 Half of U.S. Business Schools Might Be Gone by 2020 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />The threat, says Lyons, is that more top MBA programs will start to offer degrees online. That will imperil the industry&rsquo;s business model. For most business schools, students pursuing part-time and executive MBAs generate crucial revenue. Those programs, geared toward working professionals, will soon have to compete with elite online alternatives for the same population.</p> 3/17/2014 8:30:38 AM Taking the lead: Those successful in business have 'obligation to give back' <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 20, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Glenn Wash represents a type of businessman often ignored in today&rsquo;s headlines &mdash; the longtime Detroit black entrepreneur. Now 83, Wash was born in Grand Rapids but came to Detroit as a child and started in business shining shoes. For the past 60 years, he has worked as one of Detroit&rsquo;s leading African-American building contractors, helping build churches, schools, houses and retail projects, including a retail center near Livernois and 7 Mile.</p> 3/17/2014 8:24:21 AM Is Amazon Prime worth $99 a year? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br /> Is Amazon&rsquo;s hugely popular Prime service, which offers customers two-day shipping, streaming movies and TV shows, and a slew of free e-books all for the price of $79 still as appealing at $99 a year? The company announced Thursday it would raise the price, which has been set at $79 since the service began in 2005. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 3/13/2014 8:30:49 AM Starbucks Plans to Test Mobile Ordering This Yea <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Starbucks Corp., the world&rsquo;s largest coffee-shop operator, will test a smartphone service this year that lets customers order items ahead of time at some U.S. cafes, part of a push to promote its mobile application. Starbucks is "actively working" on mobile ordering, Adam Brotman, chief digital officer at the Seattle-based company, said in an interview. The move would let customers select coffee or food while in line or before coming into a cafe, potentially speeding up service and saving time. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 3/13/2014 8:28:24 AM With Digital Fitness Trackers, CEOs Band Together <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Michael Dell, the chief executive of computer giant Dell Inc., wears one. So does Marc Benioff, the Inc. CEO. American Express Co. chief Kenneth Chenault has one, too, as do numerous founders of startups. Digital fitness trackers such as the Fitbit from FitBit Inc. and the UP from Jawbone, two San Francisco-based startups, have attracted an avid set of CEO early adopters. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 3/13/2014 8:23:34 AM M.B.A.s Sour on Strings-Attached Tuition <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />M.B.A.s are feeling bullish these days &ndash; about themselves. As their job prospects continue to brighten, business-school students are opting to unshackle themselves from employers who help cover school costs for those who return after graduation. In some cases, students have decided to leave employers while still at school, requiring them to repay $100,000 or more. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 3/13/2014 8:19:07 AM 4 Ways You Get Robbed Blind All the Time (and Don't Even Know It) <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />As I write this, the stock market has had a fantastic rebound from its last serious downturn, and most investors seem to have more bounce in their step than they did a few years ago. According to MarketWatch, major stock indexes are up about 23 percent over the last 12 months. It's great that people's investments and retirement accounts are doing better, and I hope they continue. But the emphasis put on the stock market can act like a giant magic show, leaving us oblivious to where most of our wealth is eaten up, systematically, month after month. <i>(Daily Finance)</i></p> 3/13/2014 8:13:18 AM 10 Good Reasons to Curb Your Perfectionism <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Over the two decades that I have coached individual women executives, researched women's leadership and facilitated development programs for high potential women, I have seen one thing that seems to derail women in the workplace significantly more than it does men: perfectionism. <i>(Huffington Post)</i></p> 3/13/2014 8:10:50 AM;ir=Business 8 Ways to Say No Without Ruining Your Reputation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />If you want something done, ask a busy person. The old saying rings true, but it also spells doom for that busy person. When you develop a reputation for being responsive and generous, an ever-expanding mountain of requests will come your way. This may be why Warren Buffett says: "The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say 'no' to almost everything." <i>(Huffington Post)</i></p> 3/13/2014 8:09:18 AM Rethink Your Emergency Savings Strategy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Are you brave enough to hold your emergency savings in an investment portfolio of stocks and bonds? While some studies suggest it can be a better deal for your finances, plenty of financial planners &ndash; and their clients &ndash; say it&rsquo;s a no-go. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 3/12/2014 11:10:41 PM The Once and Future Currency: Examining the Love-Hate Relationship with the Dollar <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />"LUMPY, unpredictable, potentially large": that was how Tim Geithner, then head of the New York Federal Reserve, described the need for dollars in emerging economies in the dark days of October 2008, according to transcripts of a Fed meeting released last month. To help smooth out those lumps, the Fed offered to "swap" currencies with four favoured central banks, as far off as South Korea and Singapore. <i>(The Economist)</i></p> 3/12/2014 11:06:30 PM 4 Of The Hottest Online Learning Tools For Entrepreneurs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Thinking about starting or improving your own business? With so much learning at your fingertips, it would be silly not to take advantage of these four trending online resources. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 3/12/2014 11:03:54 PM Yes, You Do Have Time To Mentor &ndash; Here's How To Make The Most Of It <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Mentoring is not a charitable act. Few of us have so fully arrived in our careers that we cannot be helped by other people. In medical research, the rock stars you mentor early in your career will be your co-authors on major studies later. In business, if you mentor enough high-performers, someone is going to start a billion-dollar company that needs someone &ndash; just like you! &ndash; to run a major division. Here&rsquo;s how to make mentoring part of your life. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 3/12/2014 11:02:06 PM 4 Billionaires on How to Profit From Failure <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Few people in the world like to fail. Success is so much more pleasant. But if you're an entrepreneur, you can often learn much more from failure than from success. You just need the right way to think about it &ndash; as an opportunity, not as a permanent roadblock. Some of the most successful (and wealthy) entrepreneurs in the world know this lesson well. Below are four takeaways from billionaires who failed several times over on their way to building big businesses. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:57:54 PM 7 Proven Steps to a Better Workday <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />While making a big sale or launching a new project can transform an ordinary workday into a great one, there's also the other side of the coin to consider: boredom, burnout, and anxiety can make the hours drag on endlessly. But you can minimize or even eliminate those problems by giving your daily routine a simple tune-up. Here are seven things you can do to make every day as satisfying as it can be. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:57:01 PM America's Labor Shortage Solution? Women. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Sheryl Sandberg has been urging women to lean in at work, but over the course of the next generation, women might not have much of a choice in the matter. That's one conclusion you have to draw from the stark demographic realities outlined in economist Milton Ezrati's forthcoming book Thirty Tomorrows, which analyzes the effects that demographic trends will have on the global economy over the next several decades. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:55:33 PM Will Millennials Kill Costco? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />The fact that in early March Costco reported lower-than-expected earnings and its stock price has slumped now has some wondering if the company can stay on its hot growth streak going forward. In particular, concern is being raised that Costco's membership model and its bulk-goods products don't appeal to the nation's young consumers &ndash; and that the Costco experience might not be a good match for the millennial generation even after they grow older and have families. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:54:29 PM How to Get Retailers to Match Prices <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Remember the days when you had to drive from store to store to compare prices, or just go to the retailer that typically had the lowest prices and hope that you were getting the best deal? Those days are over. Now it&rsquo;s as easy as using a smart phone with a price-comparison app, such as RedLaser or ShopSavvy, to scan the barcode of an item and see if another retailer is offering it at a lower price. Then you can simply ask a clerk if the store where you&rsquo;re shopping will match the other retailer&rsquo;s price. <i>(Kiplinger's)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:50:14 PM My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he found employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:48:28 PM Coffee Cravers Ignoring Bean-Price Surge for Caffeine Fix <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Doreen Cappelli is so hooked on her morning cappuccino that she says she&rsquo;d pay a lot more to get it. "I don&rsquo;t drink wine and alcohol," Cappelli, 52, said after buying the $3.25 drink at Blue Bottle Coffee at San Francisco&rsquo;s Ferry Building, in the shadow of the Bay Bridge. "Coffee is one of my pleasures in life. I would pay double." <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:46:22 PM Stop Using Your Inbox as a To-Do List <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Do you leave emails in your inbox so that you remember to read or tackle them? If so, you&rsquo;re using your email to manage your tasks&mdash;and those are actually two very different things. Using a separate task manager, one that ties in closely with your email, can help you spend less time sifting through your inbox, and more time getting your most important work done. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:42:28 PM Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br /><i>Time Magazine</i> recently put "The Mindfulness Revolution" on its cover, which could either be seen as hyping the latest business fad, or as signaling a major change in the thinking of executive leaders. I believe it&rsquo;s the latter. The use of mindful practices like meditation, introspection, and journaling are taking hold at such successful enterprises as Google, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Medtronic, and Aetna, and contributing to the success of these remarkable organizations. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:41:43 PM Health Care Law Helps Entrepreneurs Quit Their Day Jobs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />The Affordable Care Act &ndash; which many see creating challenges for businesses &ndash; could benefit a particular group of business people: entrepreneurs. Joshua Simonson was reluctant to give up his job at a Portland, Ore., area grocery store, New Seasons Market, which he says had provided excellent health care for him and his family. He had a pre-existing condition that has prevented him from getting insurance in the private market, but one key development helped convince him to quit and start a farm. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:39:15 PM What Massive Online Courses Do Well, and Where They Falter <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />For many consumers, shopping online has become a substitute for visiting a brick-and-mortar store. Will the same soon be true for college? Do Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) pose a similar threat? Over the past year at the University of Rochester, we have taught this type of online course in partnership with Coursera. What we discovered suggests &ndash; at least for now &ndash; that these virtual courses complement, not replace, the traditional campus experience. <i>(Bloomberg/Businessweek)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:37:06 PM Puerto Rico May Have $70 Billion in Debt. But it Didn&rsquo;t Have a Problem Getting a Loan. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />First there were Vallejo, Jefferson County, San Bernadino and Stockton. Then Detroit filed for bankruptcy last summer, leaving retail investors worried that the once-steady municipal bond market was in deep trouble. Individual investors marched out. Hedge funds, attracted by the bonds&rsquo; tax-free earnings and ­attractive rates in its most distressed corners, moved in. <i>(Washington Post)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:30:58 PM Non-Euro States Help EU's Slow Industrial Recovery <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br /> The slow recovery of Europe's industrial sector has been boosted by a better performance in countries outside the euro bloc. Industrial output in the 18-nation eurozone fell 0.2% in January compared with December. But in the full 28-country European Union (EU28), output was up 0.1%, reversing December's falls. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:24:16 PM As the Web Turns 25, Its Creator Talks About Its Future <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 13, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, a software engineer, sat in his small office at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva and started work on a new system called the World Wide Web. On Wednesday, that project, now simply called the web, will celebrate its 25th anniversary, and Mr. Berners-Lee is looking ahead at the next 25. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 3/12/2014 10:20:32 PM Post Snowden, Secure Smartphones on the Rise <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />While there was much talk of wearable technology and large-screen smartphones at last week's Mobile World Congress (MWC), another trend has begun to emerge: secure phones that ensure your privacy. Ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on global surveillance operations run by the U.S. and other governments, the privacy of citizens' messages, phone calls and emails has become a major concern. <i>(CNBC)</i></p> 3/6/2014 12:43:21 PM 5 Real Ways To Advance Your Career Without Wasting Money <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />There are countless ways you can spend money on your professional development. From conferences to coaches, you can "invest" until you&rsquo;re broke. So how can you choose smart investments that actually generate returns? I asked several people whose careers I admire about the smartest investments they&rsquo;ve made. Here are their guidelines for making the most of what you&rsquo;ve got. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 3/6/2014 12:42:02 PM Jawbone's Up Coffee: A Health And Fitness App That Tells You When You're Overcaffeinated <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />The next wave of fitness trackers will do a lot more than count your steps, mold raw data, and present it all for you in a pretty chart for you to glance at and forget about. If Jawbone Up is any indication, these wearables will use the subtle power of suggestion to help us live healthier lives, too. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 3/6/2014 12:40:52 PM The State With the Highest Minimum Wage Beats the Nation on Job Creation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />When Washington residents voted in 1998 to raise the state's minimum wage and link it to the cost of living, opponents warned the measure would be a job-killer. The prediction hasn't been borne out. In the 15 years that followed, the state's minimum wage climbed to $9.32 &ndash; the highest in the country. Meanwhile job growth continued at an average 0.8 percent annual pace, 0.3 percentage point above the national rate. Payrolls at Washington's restaurants and bars, portrayed as particularly vulnerable to higher wage costs, expanded by 21 percent. Poverty has trailed the U.S. level for at least seven years. <i>(Daily Finance)</i></p> 3/6/2014 12:26:59 PM 5 Ways Your Social Media Sharing Habit Can Put You at Risk <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />Everybody knows there are certain things you can't share on the Internet without the risk of serious consequences &ndash; photos of yourself in compromising positions, intimate details of your travel plans, or what you really think of your boss, for instance. But there are other morsels of information we share with regularity and without considering the consequences to our own detriment, as one of ZDNET writer Zach Whittaker's colleagues found out recently after granting Whittaker permission to try and hack him. <i>(Huffington Post)</i></p> 3/6/2014 12:24:20 PM;ir=Business Understanding CBO's Minimum-Wage Report <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />The Congressional Budget Office's, or CBO's, recent report that projects the impact of increases in the minimum wage has generated a good deal of controversy. Much of that controversy has been the result of the fact that by and large, coverage of the report has not provided a complete context in which to view the agency's projections &ndash; blurring the fact that the benefits of raising the minimum wage far outweigh the costs. <i>(Huffington Post)</i></p> 3/6/2014 12:22:53 PM;ir=Business Plug the Financial Leaks, Now! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Most of the initial stages on the road to wealth involve making sure that you're moving forward, not slipping backward. Unfortunately, many of us are too consumed by day-to-day life to focus on the countless instances of small-scale back-sliding: completely unnecessary waste, extra money we could have if we just reached for it, fees we could avoid if we just made a little effort. The stupid easy stuff, in other words. <i>(Money Magazine)</i></p> 3/6/2014 12:12:22 PM How to Tell Your Kid You Can't Afford Their Dream College <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />You meant it when you said, "Study hard in high school, and we'll send you to the best college you get into." But now you're looking at the cost of Dream U &ndash; and panicking. Sticker prices at the top private colleges exceed $60,000. Even with scholarships, typical middle-class families face bills totaling $24,500 a year at private colleges, and $16,500 at public ones, the Department of Education reports. <i>(CNN/Money)</i></p> 3/6/2014 10:58:44 AM Fast-Food Franchise Company's CEO Cooks up Growth <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Valerie Daniels-Carter is a business powerhouse. Serving as the co-founder, president and CEO of V&J Holdings Inc., a Milwaukee-based franchise company that operates fast-food restaurants, Daniels-Carter has spent her life fine-tuning her business talents to build her food empire. She opened her first Burger King store in 1984 with her brother John Daniels Jr., leaving behind her banking background in favor of new entrepreneurial opportunities. <i>(Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)</i></p> 3/6/2014 10:52:51 AM Kiev Residents Fear Higher Prices From Bailouts <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />As Western officials try to salvage Ukraine's near-bankrupt economy they might want to visit the country's Ministry of Agrarian and Food Policy to take stock of how difficult their task might be. Inside the Soviet-era building off Kiev's Independence Square on Wednesday night, the lobby was piled high with grimy mattresses, shoes and clothes stuffed into garbage bags. They belong to protesters who have set up camp inside Kiev's government buildings for months, sheltering through a freezing winter of violent battle on the square. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 3/6/2014 10:36:19 AM The Alarming Truth About Employee Engagement <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />If you're one of those bosses who thinks your company's employee engagement couldn't be better, this infographic by Socialcast may scare you. It shows that most American employees, many of them recent college graduates, are totally disengaged at work. Click through to see why that is and how you can fix the problem at your own company. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 3/6/2014 10:32:27 AM 9 Things Really Productive People Refuse to Do <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />If you want to be more productive, don't start by taking on new habits and routines. Instead, do less. The most productive people know how to stay focused and how to say no &ndash; but most importantly, they know how to delegate and outsource. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 3/6/2014 10:30:22 AM 14 IRS Audit Red Flags <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Short on personnel and funding, the IRS audits less than 1% of all individual tax returns annually. We expect the audit rate to fall even lower as resources continue to shrink and even more employees are reassigned to identity theft cases. So the odds are pretty low that your return will be picked for review. And, of course, the only reason filers should worry about an audit is if they are fudging on their taxes. <i>(Kiplinger's)</i></p> 3/6/2014 10:19:43 AM Stockbrokers Fail to Disclose Red Flags <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />In less than two years, stockbroker Marcos D. Leiva racked up a personal bankruptcy, a tax lien, a court judgment for unpaid debt and a criminal guilty plea relating to a false report to law enforcement. Each should have been promptly disclosed to investors. None was. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 3/6/2014 10:07:10 AM College Grads Taking Low-Wage Jobs Displace Less Educated <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Some college grads are at opposite ends of a dynamic that is pushing those with college degrees down into competition with high-school graduates for low-wage jobs that don&rsquo;t require college. As this competition has intensified during and after the recession, it&rsquo;s meant relatively higher unemployment, declining labor market participation and lower wages for those with less education. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 3/6/2014 10:05:37 AM Americans Shut Out of Home Market Threaten Recovery: Mortgages <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />First-time homebuyers hurt by rising prices and tougher credit standards are disappearing from the market, slowing the pace of the three-year recovery. The decline of these buyers, many of whom are young and non-white, also threatens to widen the wealth gap between owners, who benefit from appreciation, and renters, said Thomas Lawler, a former Fannie Mae economist. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:58:27 AM Why Work Is Lonely <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />There is an old cartoon I often show to the managers I work with. It portrays a smiling executive team around a long table. The chairman is asking, "All in favor?" Everyone&rsquo;s hand is up. Meanwhile, the cloud hovering above each head contains a dissonant view: "You&rsquo;ve got to be kidding;" "Heaven forbid;" "Perish the thought." It never fails to provoke awkward laughter of self-recognition. I have a name for this cocktail of deference, conformity and passive aggression that chokes people and teams. I call it violent politeness. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:49:57 AM To Reach Your Goals, Make a Mental Movie <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Warren Bennis, one of the most respected authorities on leadership in the world, said: "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." On the surface, this sounds perfunctory. But when we examine this more deeply, several important implications arise. If leadership is the ability to translate vision into reality, what is the method to do this? One way, according to the latest research, is to use our brains to optimize our chances of success. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:47:59 AM Meet the Fastest Rising Senior Executive in the Fortune 100 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Jill Hazelbaker has advanced faster than any other senior executive in the Fortune 100, according to research in the March issue of HBR &ndash; and she&rsquo;s the youngest leader in that exclusive data set. She cut her teeth in electoral politics, quickly developing the skills and confidence there to thrive at a high-octane company like Google, where she&rsquo;s now director of communications, internal communications, and government relations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this brief interview with HBR, Hazelbaker attributes much of her career success to mentoring from "some real greats," relentless preparation, and a willingness to pick up and move for the right growth opportunities. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:46:07 AM Why This Plane Seat Is the Most Profitable <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />For fliers, the ideal seat is usually in first or business class. For airlines, the sweet spot on long-haul flights is, increasingly, farther back in the plane. A new hybrid class, called premium economy, is appearing on more planes due into its attractive economics. The seats generally give passengers a bit more space than traditional coach and often come with extra amenities like better food. Tickets are pricier than for basic economy, but still much cheaper than flying up front. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:39:17 AM Can This Online Course Get Me a Job? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Now, efforts are under way to fill that void and offer some structure to an otherwise difficult-to-navigate and fast-growing market. Apollo Education Group Inc., best known for its University of Phoenix for-profit college, is expected to launch an "online marketplace" dubbed Balloon on Tuesday. It will start with a catalogue of nearly 15,000 technology classes from big-name course providers including Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Coursera and Udacity, and explicitly link them to job opportunities. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:36:53 AM When Chief Executives Become Job Seekers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />When Ravi Saligram ran OfficeMax Inc., he revamped the Fortune 500 retailer's digital strategy and engineered a merger with its chief rival before leaving last November after three years at the helm. Now on the hunt for a new job as a chief executive, the 57-year-old Mr. Saligram has traded the corner office for his home office in Naperville, Ill. Without an executive assistant for the first time in more than a decade, his hours are suddenly his own. Recently, he debated whether to join LinkedIn. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:34:14 AM;mg=reno64-wsj&amp; 2-Year Extension Offered For Canceled Health Plans <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration Wednesday announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don't meet requirements of the new health care law. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:29:13 AM European Business Schools Open Up Online <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />This week, HEC Paris became the first business school in France to offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), drawing more than 30,000 students to its debut class, "Understanding Europe," which is taught in English and available on Coursera. <i>(Bloomberg/Businessweek)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:23:58 AM Evernote's Phil Libin: The Modest $1 Billion Boss <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Phil Libin, a self-confessed nerd and geek, does not have the personality of a typical chief executive. For while most bosses of major companies have a hard-edged, go-getting confidence, the top man at US technology firm Evernote freely admits that he is "not particularly good" at many facets of his job. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:20:27 AM Fed Survey: Winter Storms Holding Back Economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />A Federal Reserve survey shows severe weather held back economic growth in much of the nation from January through early February. Even so, conditions strengthened in most U.S. regions, thanks to slight gains in areas such as employment and commercial real estate, <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:17:20 AM The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />In July 2012, a few months before he was to officially take over as president of the College Board, David Coleman invited Les Perelman, then a director of writing at M.I.T., to come meet with him in Lower Manhattan. Of the many things the College Board does &ndash; take part in research, develop education policy, create curriculums &ndash; it is perhaps most recognized as the organization that administers the SAT, and Perelman was one of the exam&rsquo;s harshest and most relentless critics. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:12:19 AM;_r=0 MBA Students Hit the Road to Help Small-Business Owners <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 6, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />At a party in the fall of 2012, Casey Gerald, Michael Baker, Amaris Singer and Hicham Mhammedi Alaoui &ndash; all first-year students at Harvard Business School &ndash; were talking about potential summer jobs. "We thought, &lsquo;What if we ditch the cubicle and spend the next summer on the road learning from and working with entrepreneurs?&rsquo; " Mr. Gerald said. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 3/6/2014 9:10:38 AM