Black MBA NetWire Newsletter RSS Feed. en-us Copyright 2014 7/26/2014 4:07:45 AM 20 TAKE YOUR DEVELOPMENT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: NBMBAA Leadership Institute, September 17 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />The Leadership Institute&reg; (LI) offers a full day of executive-level education designed to take your career to the next level and to give you the training you need to succeed in today's dynamic, changing environment. Centered on this year's Conference theme, The Art of Leadership: Inspiration. Innovation. Collaboration, the LI tackles the importance of being a courageous leader and tools for having meaningful conversations when stakes are high, to finding your strengths and the importance of play. Featuring renowned faculty and innovative format, the LI is a unique, creative experience that will challenge, enrich and leave you stronger than before. PLENARY: New this year, Good Morning America anchor <b>Robin Roberts</b> headlines our closing session. Space is limited, so register today! Make sure to select NBMBAA Leadership Institute&reg; when registering. </p> 7/24/2014 3:04:14 PM No One Should Have to Choose Between Caregiving and Work <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />Like many caregivers, I was in the workforce &ndash; while sandwiched between the needs of my kids and aging parents. Along with 65.7 million Americans, I was part of a large contingent of people who provide 80% of long-term care in this country. Most of us don&rsquo;t even identify ourselves as caregivers; just good daughters, sons, mothers, and fathers trying to do our best, yet constantly feeling like we are falling short of doing an adequate job of anything. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/24/2014 3:00:19 PM When Fighting with Your Boss, Protect Yourself First <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Have you ever felt like your boss is out to get you? Maybe you&rsquo;re paranoid. But then again, maybe not. There are a lot of bad bosses out there, leaders who aren&rsquo;t stupid but lack emotional intelligence. Their self-awareness is strikingly low, they&rsquo;re clueless when it comes to reading people, they can&rsquo;t control their emotions, and their values seem to be on a permanent leave of absence. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:58:11 PM 4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />I don&rsquo;t know anyone who doesn&rsquo;t struggle with how to make the most of their time at work. How do you stay on top of an overflowing inbox? How do you get work done when your day is taken up by meetings? How can you get through a continually expanding to-do list? How do you even find time to make a list in the first place? To make matters worse, there are lots of misconceptions about what time management really comes down to and how to achieve it. Let&rsquo;s look at some of the most common suggestions and assess whether they&rsquo;re actually true. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:56:46 PM 5 Ways to Stay Focused in a World Full of Distractions <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />In every success story, the longest chapter is the one about determination. While success demands many things from us, willpower and determination always come up at the top of the list. Many people believe that we are born with determination and those that succeed are simply the fortunate ones who are born with an abundant supply. But if you ask any successful person they will tell you they were not born with more determination; they always found a way to harness and use what they have more effectively. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:55:24 PM The Hidden Downsides To Salary Transparency <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Knowing how much your colleagues make is one of the most radical forms of transparency a company can adopt, and while it has its proponents, it also has its downsides. A recent story on NPR&rsquo;s business blog and podcast Planet Money explored what happens when employees know how much their colleagues are making. The results were mixed. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:54:22 PM Inside the Complicated Mess of Discrimination and Diversity in Hiring <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Recent studies show that we're backsliding when it comes to inclusiveness. But the reasons might be more complicated than discrimination. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:53:09 PM The Only Good Option in a Burnout Spiral <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />You're reaching the frayed ends of over-caffeinated overtime and if your inbox pings one more time, you might throw your laptop at a wall. If you had the time to read a whole self-help book on being overwhelmed, well, you wouldn't need it, would you? <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:52:15 PM Can Half the Business Schools Really Go Out of Business? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />A few months ago, Richard Lyons stunned many when he boldly predicted that half of the business schools in the U.S. could be out of business in as little as five years or as many as ten. The dean of the University of California at Berkeley&rsquo;s Haas School of Business made the rather Draconian forecast based on the likely disruption of the higher education business by technology. <i>(Poets & Quants)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:50:37 PM The One Time Raiding Your Kid&rsquo;s College Savings Makes Sense <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />It's never a great idea, but in an emergency tapping funds earmarked for education beats sabotaging your retirement plans. <i>(Money Magazine)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:48:29 PM Record Student-Loan Debt Prompts Treasury Push to Stem Defaults <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />The U.S. Treasury, which finances more than 90 percent of new student loans, is exploring ways to make repayment more affordable as defaults by almost 7 million Americans and other strapped borrowers restrain economic growth. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:44:44 PM Why You Lead Determines How Well You Lead <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />One of the most telling questions you can ask someone in any kind of leadership role is what motivates them to be a better leader. Some will say it&rsquo;s to enhance their personal effectiveness, or that leading is an expected part of their professional development. Others may say that they lead because of a sense of leader identity, purpose, or personal obligation to serve their organization and the people with whom they work. Many will proffer a mix of instrumental, external motivations (like pay or career progression) and more intrinsic, internal rationales (like the obligation to serve). The group with a combination of motives has the most reasons to lead, and so it seems intuitively reasonable to assume that they would be the most committed, high performing leaders. Right? <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:40:30 PM Despite Access to Credit, Many Business Owners Are Reluctant to Take on Debt <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />As the economy continues to shakily recover, it's getting easier for small businesses to obtain loans. "It&rsquo;s actually a really great time to access small-business capital," Keri Gohman, executive vice president and head of small-business banking for Capital One recently told The New York Times. "Rates are low and banks are also feeling the economic recovery. We really want to lend. Small-business owners can shop around and work with banks to find the best rates." <i>(Entrepreneur)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:37:52 PM Doing Business With "Why" <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Most companies are really good at answering who, what, and where conversations, but fail to effectively help buyers understand why they exist. Infusing the "why" into every element of your company isn't just good for your brand, it's good for your business. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:30:33 PM Wealth-Building Secrets of the Millionaire Next Door <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />We all know somebody like Mitch, your mass-commuting, brown-bagging coworker who has toiled in accounting for as long as you can remember. Did you know he owns a vacation house at the beach? Or the McGillicuddy family, who live down the street in a house just like yours. Would you believe they didn&rsquo;t have to borrow a dime to send their kids to college? <i>(Kiplinger Personal Finance)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:25:21 PM Millennials Love Cash <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Forget stocks. Millennials want their money in cold, hard cash. Americans between 18 and 29 years old are three times more likely to keep their long-term investments in the form of cash rather than in the stock market, according to a survey from <i>(CNN/Money)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:23:10 PM 5 Amazing things That Wouldn&rsquo;t Exist Without Crowdfunding <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />The rapid success of crowdfunding has shortened the production cycle of amazing devices that would otherwise languish in the development phase. Risk associated with launching a new and untested product now can be transferred to project backers (pledgers), encouraging innovators to push the envelope. With so much to choose from, here&rsquo;s my pick of top five outstanding up-and-coming gadgets. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:21:30 PM Showdown at the B.Y.O.D. corral <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />When mobile devices entered the world &ndash; first laptops, then early smartphones like the BlackBerry &ndash; the IT departments of large companies were the first to adopt them. Today, consumers drive adoption, purchasing cutting-edge technology on their own dime for their own use, forcing their companies to react to the reality that their employees often have better technology at their disposal at home than they do at work. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:17:55 PM When Virtual Job Interviews Go Horribly Wrong <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Business school career centers have long prepared students for job interviews, but now they have a new platform to contend with. Enough companies now interview for jobs and internships over Skype (MSFT) that career offices have started to train business students in the art of conversing on video chat. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:15:50 PM The Logistical Nightmare of Sending 57,000 Immigrant Kids Home <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />In recent weeks, President Obama and congressional Republicans have begun to offer the same simple-sounding solution for dealing with the flood of children crossing the U.S. border alone: Send the kids home. But with tens of thousands of them churning through the system, some just toddlers, the logistics are overwhelming. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:15:04 PM Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson on Looking Strong in a Fast-Paced Industry <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Bernard J. Tyson runs Kaiser Permanente, a giant, integrated health care system that combines an insurance company, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and salaried doctors. That unusual structure looks a lot like an accountable-care organization as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act, and it has made KP a focus of intense interest as change roils the industry. Tyson, 55, talked recently with Fortune about the upside of industry consolidation, why he wears a fitness wristband, and much else. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:11:55 PM Is There a Legal Case for Work-Life Balance? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />A slew of gender discrimination lawsuits coming out of big banks point to something we all already know: women in finance don&rsquo;t have it easy. A male-dominated industry notorious for its long hours and inflexible work schedules, finance rarely leaves room for "work-life balance." Almost every major U.S. bank has been sued on grounds of gender discrimination. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 7/24/2014 2:10:26 PM International Students Struggle to Turn MBAs Into U.S. Jobs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Students from abroad who study at U.S. business schools often struggle when it&rsquo;s time to land a job. Increasingly, B-schools set aside resources to help this group overcome a pair of career obstacles: the difficulty of getting legal permission to work in the U.S. and cultural differences that can make navigating the American job market difficult. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/24/2014 1:59:36 PM Is UK Set to Claim Europe's Economic Powerhouse Title? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />The UK economy has shaken off the European crisis with growth figures that outshine its G7 peers. It is expected to grow 3.1% this year, according to a forecast by the prestigious EY ITEM Club, above earlier expectations of 2.9%. The growth is well above that expected of Germany, Europe's biggest economy and one which dragged the bloc out of crisis, at 1.8%. <i>(CNN International)</i></p> 7/24/2014 1:58:16 PM How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, U.S. economic growth remains subdued, despite significant ongoing help from the Federal Reserve. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back. In their book <i>House of Debt</i>, Atif Mian and Amir Sufi say consumers remain constrained by debt they took on when times were good. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 7/24/2014 1:55:49 PM A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions &mdash; precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won't get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die. Or maybe not. Last week, the Uniform Law Commission drafted the , a model law that would let relatives access the social media accounts of the deceased. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 7/24/2014 1:54:34 PM When the Female Customer Perplexes Techie Male CEOs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Tech startups are racing to build hobby, crafts and fashion businesses catering to women. Therein lies what might be called an "instinct gap": Nearly all of the people heading these companies are men. When Ashish Arora became chief executive of crafting product maker Cricut more than two years ago, he didn't anticipate just how big that gap could be. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/24/2014 1:50:30 PM Tuning In: Improving Your Listening Skills <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Plenty of programs teach people to speak &ndash; but few train them to listen. Even before the age of digital distractions, people could remember only about 10% of what was said in a face-to-face conversation after a brief distraction, according to a 1987 study that remains a key gauge of conversational recall. Researchers believe listening skills have since fallen amid more multitasking and interruptions. Most people can think more than twice as fast as the average person talks, allowing the mind to wander. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/24/2014 1:41:55 PM Six Subtle Signs You're About to Lose Your Job <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Steve Walker, a veteran executive for Safeway Co., figured his long tenure offered protection from a layoff. He figured wrong. He lost his job as vice president of corporate retail services last November amid cost cuts at the supermarket operator. Mr. Walker now realizes there were warnings. For instance, he says, his usually friendly boss turned terse during his final months. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/24/2014 1:24:55 PM Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Across sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent&rsquo;s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story in the coming years comparable to the rise of the East Asian Tigers in the second half of the 20th century. After seeing years of uninterrupted economic expansion across Africa, governments, analysts and investors are focusing on this fast-growing continent&rsquo;s shoppers and workers rather than just the usual upswing in commodity prices that have driven past cycles of boom and bust. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/22/2014 7:52:44 AM Businesses Need to Spend More. The Future of the Economy Depends on It. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 24, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Five years into the economic recovery, businesses still aren&rsquo;t plowing much money into big-ticket investments for the future. Nonresidential fixed investment &ndash; what businesses spend on equipment, software, buildings and intellectual property &ndash; still hasn&rsquo;t bounced back to its pre-crisis share of the economy, let alone made up for lost ground from the record lows of 2009. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/22/2014 7:51:02 AM How the 25 Richest Americans Failed Miserably <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Resilience may be more important than luck to your success. One thing these multimillionaires have in common is the ability to bounce back. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:49:20 PM 5 Ways Leaders Tackle Pivotal Career Decisions <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />While the debate continues about whether leaders are born or made, the truth is that great leaders evolve one pivotal decision at a time. We all confront pivot points in our work lives, but great leaders turn these pivotal decisions into catalysts for growth rather than career stoppers. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:48:27 PM Two Groups Announce Plan to Boost Spending Among Blacks <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) are formally partnering to make sure that a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remains in Black hands. <i>(Black Press USA)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:47:37 PM St. Louis Students Win NBMBAA National Business Case Competition in Ohio <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />Four area high school students represented the National Black MBA Association &reg; (NBMBAA) St. Louis Chapter in the NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow &reg; (LOT) 13th Annual National Business Case Competition on the campus of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business on June 21, 2014. The NBMBAA-St. Louis Chapter team won first place. <i>(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:46:17 PM How Instant Feedback During an Interview Can Change a Career <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />In the winter of 1998 at the University of Rochester, I had an 40-minute interview with consulting and marketing company Sapient, and encountered managing director Tim Smith, a seemingly amiable interviewer. I was less than seven months from graduating with an MBA. At the time, Sapient was working on harnessing the emerging power of the Internet to transform businesses. I was well prepared for the discussion &ndash; perhaps too much so &ndash; because I desperately wanted to get the job. After a flurry of opening questions I thought I had answered well, Smith pulled back from the conversation and said something that changed my life and my very way of thinking. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:42:45 PM How The Average American Work Week Compares To The Rest Of The World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Americans stay chained to their desks and smartphones for long hours, and many view a 40-hour workweek as "slacking." But are we really getting more quality work done? Not necessarily, according to research from PGi. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:41:43 PM 20 Reasons to Start Your Own Business <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />If you&rsquo;re an entrepreneur you have heard the million reasons not to go into business: It&rsquo;s too risky, you might go into debt, you&rsquo;ll probably lose sleep, your social life is kaput, and the list goes on. But even with all these uncertainties, people are still attracted to the startup world. There are just as many, if not more reasons to take the leap and go into business for yourself. <i>(Entrepreneur)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:40:31 PM China Sees a Recovery, on Paper <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Ou Chengbi, a butcher at a sweltering open-air market on the outskirts of Guangzhou in southeastern China, can scarcely see signs of recovery in her country&rsquo;s economy. Dripping with perspiration near unrefrigerated slabs of beef in her stall, she described how as recently as last winter she could still chop up an entire cow each day and sell it all. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:39:47 PM Living With Less <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />Americans tend to have a lot of stuff &ndash; closets full of shoes, garages cluttered with gear, basements stacked with boxes of who knows what. But for about as long as Americans have been stocking up on the latest gadgets and styles, there's also been a vocal band of dissenters, arguing for the merits of a simpler, less materialist life. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:34:33 PM The One Trait Successful Leaders Share <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />In "Looks Good On Paper," clinical psychologist Leslie Pratch explores dealing effectively with setbacks and being a successful leader. We all know that a person who has been handed leadership responsibilities in the past and a person who is a true leader are two completely different job candidates. That&rsquo;s where Leslie Pratch comes in. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:33:31 PM Starbucks Exec: Get Ready to Order Your Lattes on Your Smartphone, Pick up In-Store <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Starbucks customers who love their grande frappuccinos but can&rsquo;t stand waiting in line may soon be in luck: Starbucks will soon begin testing a new service that will allow customers to place an order from a mobile device and pick it up in the store. <I>(Fortune)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:32:18 PM The Coming Democratic Schism <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />There is a striking generational split in the Democratic electorate. This deepening division is apparent in a June Pew Research Center survey of more than 10,000 people, "Beyond Red vs. Blue." The Pew survey points up the emergence of a cohort of younger voters who are loyal to the Democratic Party, but much less focused on economic redistribution than on issues of personal and sexual autonomy. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/17/2014 5:29:53 PM We&rsquo;re in the Third Biggest Stock Bubble in U.S. History <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br /> Here&rsquo;s a quick question for you. What do the following years have in common: 1853, 1906, 1929, 1969, 1999. Pass the question around your office. Call your money manager and ask him or her, too. Post it on your office notice board. Give up? Those were the peaks of the five massive, generational stock-market bubbles in U.S. history. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 7/17/2014 7:44:53 AM Rupert Murdoch Tries to Swallow Time Warner <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />A new theory to explain why Rupert Murdoch has been so quiet on Twitter of late: He&rsquo;s been pursuing the deal of a lifetime &ndash; again. Murdoch&rsquo;s 21st Century Fox made an $80 billion offer in recent weeks to take over Time Warner, according to a report in the The New York Times. Time Warner rejected the offer. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/17/2014 7:37:37 AM When You're Poor, Money Is Expensive <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />By important measures, it's awfully expensive to be poor. As Barbara Ehrenreich wrote in her book <i>Nickel and Dimed</i>, many entry-level jobs pay next to nothing with unpredictable schedules. This makes savings, second jobs, affordable loans, and child care all but impossible to arrange. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 7/17/2014 7:34:30 AM 6 Powerful Ways to Connect With Really Important People <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />You can build stronger business relationships by making better connections with customers, employees, and others. Your bottom line will thank you. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 7/17/2014 7:32:43 AM Betting on Getting to 80: Draw $40,000 a Year Forever, If You Don't Die First <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Sharon Carson admits she just did something strange. At 49, she wrote a check to an insurance company for a product that won&rsquo;t give her any financial benefit until she's in her 80s. Carson, a top executive in JPMorgan Chase&rsquo;s retirement business, knows that buying a longevity annuity can pay off. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 7/17/2014 7:28:15 AM Act Like an Entrepreneur Inside Your Organization <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />We often find ourselves engaged with members of large organizations on questions of how to be more innovative and entrepreneurial. In virtually every case we hear something like this: "I have an idea for a new product (or process, system, program, etc.). I&rsquo;m not dead certain it can be pulled off, but if it could, it can have a significant impact on the business. It&rsquo;s not within the day-to-day scope of my job and I certainly don&rsquo;t want to put myself or the company at significant risk, but it would be a shame if I didn&rsquo;t try to move the idea forward somehow. How do I do this within a pretty traditional organization?" <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:32:03 AM The Right Way to Unplug When You&rsquo;re on Vacation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />Vacations are for unplugging: we all need to escape the daily grind from time to time, after all. But that doesn&rsquo;t have to mean unplugging from the entire internet. In fact, you may have a more enjoyable and meaningful vacation by staying connected &ndash; as long as you&rsquo;re staying connected to fun, friends, and family, rather than to work. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:31:08 AM How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />What&rsquo;s the first thing you do when you arrive at your desk? For many of us, checking email or listening to voice mail is practically automatic. In many ways, these are among the worst ways to start a day. Both activities hijack our focus and put us in a reactive mode, where other people&rsquo;s priorities take center stage. They are the equivalent of entering a kitchen and looking for a spill to clean or a pot to scrub. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:30:21 AM When One Pay Raise a Year Isn't Enough <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />What's better than a raise in July? Another in October. And one more in January. As companies try to retain top employees and hit growth targets, some are ditching the annual salary review and doling out raises and bonuses several times a year. The practice can be risky, compensation experts and executives say, since workers who respond well at first could grow unhappy if the rewards slow down. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:27:00 AM The Truth About Tech Company Perks <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />If you can&rsquo;t write code, should you get free lunch? The war for tech talent is reshaping employer policies from coast to coast, with free snacks, booze and dry-cleaning becoming standard at many offices. Companies usually offer these perks to sales associates, marketing managers and developers alike; bosses reason that they have to, or risk causing tension among the employee ranks. But do they really <i>want</i> to? <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:26:01 AM Visa Makes Big Move To Boost Consumer Spending Online <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Here's an experience many of us have had: You're shopping on your smartphone. You click on the shoes or books you want. But then, when you get to the shopping cart, you abandon ship. Visa says that's a big problem for retailers. On Wednesday, the credit card company announced it's rolling out a designed to get us to spend more money online. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:24:48 AM Vision Statement: The Whys and Wherefores of Executive Pay <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />The CEOs of U.S. companies are compensated exceedingly well. A recent analysis by the AFL-CIO found that the heads of S&P 500 companies are paid 331 times as much, on average, as production and nonsupervisory employees. Regardless of whether this is fair &ndash; some believe that CEOs aren&rsquo;t paid nearly enough &ndash; it&rsquo;s worth understanding how we got here. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:23:41 AM Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />America's modern era of state-run lotteries started 50 years ago in New Hampshire. Today, across 43 states, the District of Columbia and several territories, people wager more than $56 billion a year on lotteries. The take for state governments is about a third of that, and in many states lottery revenues exceed corporate income taxes. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:22:40 AM B-Schools Finally Acknowledge: Companies Want MBAs Who Can Code <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Companies want to hire technically skilled MBAs, and business schools are finally starting to get it. MBA programs equip students with management techniques, accounting skills, and increasingly, entrepreneurship chops. Some top programs, however, believe MBA should learn to code. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:20:53 AM For Debtors, No Shortcut to the Debt-Free Road <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Many people who are deeply in debt are desperate for a quick fix. They ask the question: What can I do to get out of debt? But they aren&rsquo;t willing to accept the answer I give them, which is that it takes time. And discipline. And sacrifice. It takes cutting your expenses or working more, or both. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:19:35 AM Raising Stakes on Russia, U.S. Adds Sanctions <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />President Obama imposed a new round of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, targeting some of the crown jewels of the country&rsquo;s financial, energy and defense industries in what officials described as the most punishing measures taken to date by the United States in retaliation for Moscow&rsquo;s intervention in Ukraine. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:16:57 AM;_r=0 Small Businesses Are Finding Bank Loans Easier to Come By <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 18, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Jake Fitzsimmons opened his first Stuft Burger Bar in Fort Collins, Colo., in 2010, after the worst recession in decades. It turned out to be an excellent time to open a burger joint &ndash; Coloradans were downsizing their dinners out &mdash; but a terrible time to apply for a loan. "Why even bother?" Mr. Fitzsimmons remembers thinking. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/17/2014 6:15:59 AM Fed Likely to End Bond-Buying Program in October <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />The Federal Reserve&rsquo;s trillion-dollar effort to shore up the U.S. economy is likely to come to an end in October, closing the books on a bold but controversial experiment that has tested the limits of the central bank&rsquo;s power. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 7/10/2014 11:57:19 AM Skills Shortage Means Many Jobs Go Unfilled <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Growing numbers of small-business owners say unfilled job openings are thwarting their growth at a time of high confidence in the economy. About 33% of 848 small-business owners and chief executives said they had unfilled job openings in June because they couldn't identify qualified applicants, up from 31% of 811 owners nearly two years ago, according to surveys by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International, a San Diego peer advisory group for executives. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/10/2014 11:54:33 AM How Major U.S. Industries Break Down by Race and Sex <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Diversity has taken center stage in the technology industry recently, as companies like Facebook, Google and Yahoo release reports showing that only small percentages of of their work forces are women and people of color. But what about employment diversity outside of Silicon Valley? <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/10/2014 11:52:27 AM Why There's More To Taking A Break Than Just Sitting There <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Meditation rooms, unplugging, digital Sabbaths, reflection retreats, mindfulness classes &ndash; it seems like everyone is clamoring to find a pause button in the face of our always-on, socially connected, fear-of-missing-out lives. There&rsquo;s definitely something happening here with pauses, but it isn&rsquo;t exactly clear that we&rsquo;re putting our pauses to good use. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/9/2014 3:18:23 PM 4 Questions To Ask When Hunting For A Startup Job &ndash; Or Any Job At That <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Working for a startup can provide a fast-paced, fulfilling experience and opportunity that you are unlikely to find at larger companies. The stories you might have heard about the perceived startup atmosphere and culture &ndash; think beer kegs in the office, company paintball outings, and office pets &ndash; paint a picture that is hard to resist, but these surface draws are not true indicators of a startup&rsquo;s culture. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/9/2014 3:17:04 PM You're Probably Making These Five Mistakes At Work <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />You show up to the office on time, you&rsquo;ve never missed a project deadline, and you always refill the coffee pot when you&rsquo;re done. What could you possibly be doing wrong? Maybe nothing. After all, we don&rsquo;t want to make you paranoid. But, just for peace of mind, check out this list to see if you&rsquo;re unwittingly doing anything that could be derailing your full career potential. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/9/2014 3:16:14 PM Yes, the Economy is Getting Better <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />All things must die. In the case of the Federal Reserve's unprecedented stimulus program that has been a big driver of the five-year stock rally, the end is finally near. In minutes released from its June meeting, the central bank said that if the economy improves as it expects, its massive bond buying program will fully wind down following its meeting in October. <i>(CNN/Money)</i></p> 7/9/2014 3:15:09 PM How I Tuned Up My Finances in 9 Simple Steps!slide=2759972 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Midyear money check-ups are important. Six months of the year are gone, January resolutions to get our money organized are long behind us, and we're faced with some of the same money questions and situations that we started the year with. As a certified financial planner who launched her own business last year, and whose husband recently transitioned out of active duty service in the military, a midyear money checkup was a must in our household this year. <i>(Daily Finance)</i></p> 7/9/2014 3:12:35 PM!slide=2759972 Is the Dow's 17,000 on the Wrong Side of History? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Today&rsquo;s bull market is the fourth biggest since the 1929 crash after stocks have nearly tripled since the financial-crisis low set in early 2009. But more than any modern bull market, this one stands alone in that it&rsquo;s squarely out of step with economic growth. It&rsquo;s being driven higher by just a few wealthy participants and traders who have tacitly, perhaps even unknowingly, agreed to drive prices higher. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 7/9/2014 3:10:22 PM Mom and Dad&rsquo;s Money Secret (and How to Get In On It) <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Parents and their adult children often aren&rsquo;t on the same page &ndash; and that&rsquo;s especially true when it comes to money issues. But a new study uncovers a surprisingly big disconnect when it comes to understanding how prepared your Mom and Dad are for retirement. In many cases, the parents may be in better financial shape than their kids realize. <i>(Money)</i></p> 7/9/2014 3:06:47 PM The Astounding Boom in Undergrad Business Education <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Landing a spot at an undergraduate business program has become a high-stakes game for this generation of business school hopefuls. This year&rsquo;s application season stands out as one of the most competitive in recent years. Applications at the top-ranked business schools were up at nearly every institution this year, in some cases in the double digits, according to deans and directors of the schools. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 7/9/2014 3:05:07 PM Survival Secrets of the Longest-Lasting Business Owners <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Much has been written about the difficulties of starting a business. When you're talking about entrepreneurial challenges, the startup phase gets all the attention. But there's something a lot harder than starting a business: staying in business. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:57:58 PM Want to Succeed? Admit You Don't Want to Save the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Let's get real here: Every entrepreneur is not starting a company "to make the world a better place." And admitting your real motivation, selfish or selfless, is crucial to your company's success. Many founders have in fact changed the world for better, and many have strengthened communities, created jobs, and built incredible products. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:56:48 PM Silicon Valley's Talent Grab Spawns High-School Interns <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Facebook Inc. (FB) rolled out the red carpet for Michael Sayman when the social network hired him for a job that started last month, including flying him out to meet Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg. Sayman, 17, brought his mom along on the trip. The position Facebook recruited him for: summer intern. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:55:59 PM Brave Men Take Paternity Leave <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />"A whole lot of fathers would love to be home for their new baby&rsquo;s first weeks in the world," President Obama said recently during a White House Summit on Working Families. But, in general, they aren&rsquo;t. Aside from the fact that many companies don&rsquo;t even offer it &ndash; and that paid paternity leave is only available in 70 countries, while paid maternity leave is available in all but three &ndash; there&rsquo;s a considerable stigma attached to taking it. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:52:25 PM 4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />When leaders want to create an open culture where people are willing to speak up and challenge one another, they often start by listening. This is a good instinct. But listening with your ears will only take you so far. You also need to demonstrate with words that you truly want people to raise risky issues. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:51:12 PM You Want a Raise? That&rsquo;s Nice. Next! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Now should be the perfect time for U.S. workers to ask for a raise. The statistics are there: The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in June, job openings are up nearly 20 percent over the past year and companies are flush with cash. For most employees, though, that's not translating into bargaining power. <i>(Bloomberg)</i> </p> 7/9/2014 2:49:03 PM What I Learned From Firing My Employee of 20 Years <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />A business owner of no particular distinction, in an unfashionable industry, without a record of success or a vast fortune to substantiate his opinions, is given a chance to write about his company in The New York Times. He tries to tell a long, complicated story with a large cast of characters, a story that started two decades ago but concentrates on events covering the last two years. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:32:57 PM How to Start a Conversation You&rsquo;re Dreading <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />I anticipated that the conversation would be difficult. Shari* and I had worked together for many years, and I knew she was expecting me to hire her to run a leadership program for one of my clients, Ganta, a high-tech company. But I didn&rsquo;t think Shari was the right fit for Ganta or, frankly, for the role of running the leadership training. In fact, I had become increasingly critical of her recent performance, though I hadn&rsquo;t mentioned anything to her about it yet. That was my first mistake. I should have said something before it got to this point. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:32:19 PM Essential Financial Steps for Young Workers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />For 20-somethings who have recently landed a first job, the logistics of financial independence can seem daunting. But "it is never too early to start laying a solid [financial] foundation for your future," says Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial. Here are some things young workers should be sure to take care of within the first five years of starting out: <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:29:37 PM Mind the Gap: How One Employer Tackled Pay Equity <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Should female secretaries be paid at the same rate as male landscapers? That was one of the many questions facing McGill University in Montreal as it launched a sweeping program, required by Quebec law, to ensure gender pay equity among its roughly 12,000 full-time equivalent employees. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:28:32 PM What Corporate Climbers Can Teach Us <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Every office full of ambitious people has them. And we have all worked with at least one &ndash; the co-worker with an inexplicable ability to rise in the ranks. "How do they do it?" we may ask ourselves or whisper to friends at work. They don't have more experience. They don't seem that brilliant. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:27:32 PM How Do Cryptocurrencies Work? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Not so long ago the thought of reaching into your pocket for a digital currency might have seemed too far-fetched. But cryptocurrencies are digital money -- and they're on the rise. This method of payment, which cuts out the banks, is peer to peer and it's all done digitally. <i>(CNN International)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:25:21 PM UGA's Business School Launches Online Degree to Compete With For-Profit Schools <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />The University of Georgia&rsquo;s Terry College of Business announced last week that it will offer an online bachelor of business administration starting in January. While business schools have begun offering online MBAs in earnest, offering quality undergraduate business degrees online "seems like a niche that isn&rsquo;t being filled," says Myra Moore, Terry&rsquo;s director of assessment, rankings, and undergraduate programs. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:20:06 PM The Hot New Job Skill Is 'Altrocentrism.' Do You Have It? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />I have evaluated countless job candidates, many with MBAs. By the time their r&eacute;sum&eacute;s reach my desk, I assume they have the basic job skills, earned a solid GPA, and racked up an impressive list of extracurricular activities. What differentiates a standout candidate from the pack is whether he or she has the altrocentric leadership skills needed in business. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:17:06 PM The Collapse Of Corinthian Colleges <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Under with the U.S. Department of Education, Corinthian Colleges will put 85 of its U.S. campuses up for sale and close the remaining dozen. The for-profit college chain operates campuses under the names Heald, Everest and WyoTech. It has more than 70,000 students across North America. It's the largest-ever college, by enrollment, to be shut down in this way. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:09:57 PM Cheer Up, Brazil. Your Epic World Cup Loss Could Bode Well for Your Economy. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />The Brazilian national team's 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-final could contain some good news for what will likely be a devastated, demoralized and angry nation, according to a group of analysts at UBS. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:03:52 PM How an Oft-Used Economic Development Tactic May Actually be Hurting the Economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />If you can&rsquo;t build your own, steal someone else&rsquo;s. That, one economist notes, has become the default strategy for state and city governments in their pursuit of rapidly growing businesses, with many offering increasingly lucrative incentive packages to encourage employers to move to and create jobs in their districts. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:02:31 PM Amazon makes an offer to Hachette authors <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br /> has an offer for authors at the book publisher Hachette, which is embroiled in a fight with the Internet retailer over e-book prices: Amazon will restore the authors' books to its Web site and give writers all of the revenue from digital sales of their books. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 7/9/2014 2:01:18 PM Before the Sunscreen, Check the Phone <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />We&rsquo;re in the middle of summer now and that means one thing: It&rsquo;s time to head to the beach and have some fun. But before you go, make sure you&rsquo;ve downloaded the apps you need to make your day at the beach the best it can be. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/9/2014 1:58:01 PM How the Everything Boom Might End: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Nearly every major asset market on earth is currently expensive by historical standards. You can read more about this phenomenon &ndash; the Everything Boom, or possibly the Everything Bubble &ndash; here. But what happens now? What does this simple fact, that globally prices are high and expected returns are low, mean for the future? The answers fit into three broad categories: the good, the bad and the ugly. Here is what each possible outcome looks like. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/9/2014 1:56:16 PM Profits Vanish in Venezuela After Currency Devaluation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Brink&rsquo;s, the armored car company, could see about $400 million in revenue disappear this year from its operations in this country. Procter & Gamble announced a write-down of $275 million on its Venezuela business. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are slashing their Venezuela flights. Venezuela, once an apparent profit center for multinational companies, increasingly looks like a financial black hole. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/9/2014 1:52:50 PM As Wire Transfer Options Dwindle, Somali-Americans Fear A Lost Lifeline <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 10, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Somali-Americans may soon find it harder to provide economic support to their homeland: One of the last banks to facilitate cash transfers to Somalia is getting out of the business. As the East African country faces a potential drought and famine this summer, those cash transfers might grow even more important. That's why the Somali-American community in Minnesota &ndash; the largest in the U.S. &ndash; is lobbying Washington to find a way to keep the cash lifeline intact. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 7/7/2014 11:39:37 AM Why the Civil Rights Act Couldn&rsquo;t Pass Today <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />The climate in today&rsquo;s Washington is so different from the one that produced what many scholars view as the most important law of the 20th century that celebrating the law&rsquo;s legacy is awkward for Republicans and Democrats alike. Neither party bears much resemblance to its past counterpart, and the bipartisanship that carried the day then is now all but dead. <i>(Politico)</i></p> 7/2/2014 3:15:46 PM How Hong Kong Went Cashless <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Everyone knows Hong Kong as the buzzy island city home to over seven million people perpetually on the move. But it may be a surprise to learn that many of the residents in this bustling city don't spend much time foraging in their pockets for change, especially on public transport. <i>(CNN International)</i></p> 7/2/2014 3:06:47 PM How Procter & Gamble Uses External Ideas For Internal Innovation <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Using its own version of open innovation called Connect + Develop, Procter & Gamble is now accessing externally developed intellectual property to accelerate internal innovation. <i>(MIT/Sloan Management Review)</i></p> 7/2/2014 3:05:39 PM What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Means for Small Business <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Small businesses from Bible bookstores to Halal food producers are likely to challenge government regulations on religious grounds in coming years, thanks to this week&rsquo;s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. But the ruling probably won&rsquo;t spark a plethora of Affordable Care Act lawsuits from privately held businesses, experts say. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/2/2014 3:01:50 PM What Would You Do With $100,000? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Deciding how to spend a large inheritance isn't as easy as you might think. Heirs who have received big bequests, along with financial planners, share lessons learned. What would you do if you suddenly got $100,000, no strings attached? <i>(Money Magazine)</i></p> 7/2/2014 2:08:39 PM BE 100s: Nation&rsquo;s Most Successful Black-Owned Businesses <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Each year, Black Enterprise, the pre-eminent publication for black entrepreneurship and wealth building, lists its ranking of the top black-owned businesses in the U.S. via the BE 100s, and this year&rsquo;s no different. <i>(Black Enterprise)</i></p> 7/2/2014 2:05:02 PM How Far Corporations Still Need To Go To Actually Reflect America's Diversity <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />As the chief diversity officer for PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) , I spend a lot of time thinking about the kind of 21st-century workforce every great company needs. What keeps me up at night is whether the firm has done everything possible to create a welcoming culture, one in which people of all backgrounds feel at home &ndash; at least during the workday. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/2/2014 2:01:54 PM How Understanding Personalities Can Change Your Career <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />You know how important emotional intelligence is to success. Here's how "Personal Intelligence" impacts the dynamics of the modern workplace. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:59:06 PM How To Assert Your Independence During A Digital Detox <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />The July Fourth weekend signals summer is in full swing. Will you unplug during the break, or will you stay tethered to your smartphone? <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:58:09 PM Book Review: Forget Harvard. Road Trip to an MBA Instead <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Three economics professors road trip across America. The result? Lots of yuks and small business case studies. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:53:56 PM 20 Awesome Productivity Tricks Anyone Can Use <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Even though we all want to be more productive, it&rsquo;s hard to make major changes. Small changes are easy &ndash; and can be incredibly powerful. That&rsquo;s why the following 20 tips are simple enough you can immediately incorporate them into your daily routine. Some tips will help you better use your time. Others will help you harness your energy. Others will help you stay more focused. No matter what, they all work. So try a few &ndash; or try them all! <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:45:58 PM No Time to Take Care of Yourself? 7 Reasons to Change Your Mind <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Tell me if this sounds familiar: You've got many simultaneous projects with competing deadlines. Your contributions are needed and in each case it will cause a big problem if you fail to fulfill your obligations. So you work long hours. You don't hand off tasks to others, ask for deadline extensions, or drop the ball. You don't have much free time. You definitely don't have time to get sick. Luckily, you're healthy, and sickness isn't something you worry about. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:45:02 PM 8 Ways to Undermine Yourself as a Leader <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />As entrepreneurs, we spend a lot of time honing our leadership style and working tirelessly to ensure our teams are motivated to work with us. There are countless resources to improve on various attributes you utilize both in and out of the office, but there's less information readily available on pitfalls to avoid. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:43:08 PM How to Calculate Your Personal Balance Sheet <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />What do you own and what do you owe? To figure out where you stand financially, you need to know your net worth &ndash; and yet that number is surprisingly difficult to calculate. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:32:35 PM 8 Ways Watching Too Much TV Is Costing You Thousands!fullscreen&slide=2744916 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />TV subscription charges: Cable and satellite TV can run you a pretty penny -- especially if you fall prey to companies' cleverly crafted package deals. You really adore the programming on Channel XYZ, but you can only get it if you upgrade to the higher-tier package, which is an extra $20 a month and has dozens of channels you never look at. <i>(Daily Finance)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:30:32 PM!fullscreen&amp;slide=2744916 10 Things Rich People Know That You Don&rsquo;t <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />As a financial adviser, I have occasionally found myself feeling envious of certain clients. Not because of their wealth &ndash; but because they were disciplined and determined enough to do all the right things that enabled them to accumulate their wealth and, in many cases, retire early. Despite my expertise, I, like a lot of people, sometimes struggle not to do the wrong things that make being rich, let alone retiring at all, a pipe dream. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:25:44 PM Homebuyers Avoiding Chores Fuel U.S. Condo-Hotel Revival <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Developers across the U.S. are reviving a concept that collapsed with the real estate crash in 2008: combining condominiums and hotels. In cities including Miami, New York and Los Angeles, a rebounding hospitality market is joining with rising demand for luxury homes, spurring developers to construct new full-service hotels and ask premium prices for residential units associated with a high-end brand. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:22:05 PM 'Economicism': The Intrusion of Economics Into Everything Else <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />Are we losing a more humanistic understanding of the world when we think about relationships, work, and life in terms of costs and benefits, comparative advantage, and ROI? <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:11:33 PM Encourage Your Employees to Talk About Other Job Offers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Why can&rsquo;t employees speak honestly about their career goals with their managers? It&rsquo;s because of the reasonable belief that doing so is risky and career-limiting if the employee&rsquo;s aspirations do not perfectly match up with the manager&rsquo;s existing views and time horizons. It seems safer to wait until another job offer is in hand, so that if one&rsquo;s manager reacts badly to one&rsquo;s ideas, there&rsquo;s no danger of being passed over for on-going professional development, or worse, left unemployed. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/2/2014 1:00:46 PM How to Delegate Your Email to an Assistant <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />In the early days of the internet, email natives loved to trade tales of executives who asked their assistants to print out emails so they could read and respond to them on paper. Now we all use email, and assistants are a seemingly rare commodity. But they can still play a useful role in managing your messages. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:58:21 PM Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />There&rsquo;s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone&rsquo;s work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:54:25 PM How to Curb Office Oversharing <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />It is a source of tension in many workplaces &ndash; nonstop conversation from the office oversharer. Oversharers spew gritty details about their romantic exploits, marital woes, financial problems, recent surgeries or the latest moves by their mothers-in-law &ndash; whether colleagues show interest or not. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:52:14 PM Behind The Civil Rights Act <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Since then, the country&rsquo;s demographics have shifted, and the conversations about race and culture have continued. In this project, journalists, lawyers and civil rights activists explore the historic legislation &ndash; pulling the language out of history and telling us how it&rsquo;s relevant today. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:48:51 PM A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />It makes some sense that young people might work less than their older counterparts. They are figuring out their lives, going in and out of school and making more short-term plans. But a whopping 5.8 million young people are neither in school nor working. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:47:57 PM How an MBA Could Have Saved Snapchat's Founder From Himself <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Headlines might give you the impression that entrepreneurs don&rsquo;t need the degree to be successful. News of startups bought for billions, or at least hundreds of millions, seems to come in as fast as you can tweet it. Sometimes, even faced with sky-high figures, founders wait for a better offer. Given the appetite for startups, it&rsquo;s fair to ask: Why should any young innovator take two years &ndash; and a load of debt &ndash; to get an MBA? <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:45:50 PM Putin's Economic Model Showing Strain as Russia Is Cut Off From Global Finance <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Russia warned Ukraine today that it faces "grave" economic consequences, including potential new restrictions on trade, after President Petro Poroshenko signed a free-trade agreement with the European Union. Such retaliation would certainly harm Ukraine, which sends about one-fourth of its exports to Russia. But the construction of new trade barriers only underscores the bunker mentality that underlies President Vladimir Putin&rsquo;s management of Russia&rsquo;s economy &ndash; and the increasing risk it poses to the country&rsquo;s economic health.<i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:44:33 PM It's Hard to Shut Down a Poorly Performing For-Profit College <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Cutting off access to the student aid spigot is probably the most important way the Department of Education can clamp down on poorly performing for-profit colleges, but doing so isn&rsquo;t easy&mdash;as the ongoing saga of Corinthian Colleges (COCO) shows. Today, Corinthian announced that it missed a deadline to reach an agreement with the government to wind down and sell its programs, although both it and the department expressed optimism that a plan is coming soon. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:19:20 PM Africa's Mobile Boom Powers Innovation Economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Innovation is happening all over Africa in all different sectors, from education to energy, banking to agriculture. "It's the best kind of innovation - the problem-solving innovation born out of necessity," says Toby Shapshak, editor and publisher of the South African version of Stuff magazine says. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:17:15 PM Puerto Rico&rsquo;s Indebted Power Utility Adds to Island&rsquo;s Problems <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Puerto Rico&rsquo;s electrical utility is running out of money and time to negotiate a deal with its lenders, part of a broad reckoning for an island that relies on Wall Street to finance some of its most basic functions. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority must repay $146 million to Citigroup over the next two months for a credit line used to buy oil to generate electricity. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/2/2014 12:06:40 PM In BNP Paribas Case, an Example of How Mighty the Dollar Is <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 3, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Even if you are a bank as gigantic as BNP Paribas, $9 billion is a lot of money. Shareholders of the French bank know that all too well, as that is what they are paying in penalties to the United States for a conspiracy to allow money transfers to Sudan and other blacklisted nations. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/2/2014 9:46:36 AM Why You Should Do More Than Just Talk About Workplace Diversity <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Google recently disclosed its unsurprising lack of employee diversity, reporting that its staff is 70% male and 61% white. In a blog post about their diversity efforts, Google&rsquo;s SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock provided some details on how they plan to build a more diverse workforce &ndash; like working with historically black colleges to build more robust computer science programs, for example. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/26/2014 2:37:56 PM GMAT Takers Given Early Peek At Scores <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Prospective business students taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) will now be able to preview their unofficial scores before deciding whether to report or cancel them. The change, announced today (June 25) by the Graduate Management Admission Council, will take effect on Friday, June 27. <i>(Poets & Quants)</i></p> 6/26/2014 2:33:18 PM 10 Ways to Permanently Streamline Your Workday <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />More success tends to create more of everything else &ndash; more meetings, more projects, more decisions, more items on your to-do list. But often doing more can mean achieving less. That's why subtraction can be the best addition, especially when you streamline your workday and, in the process, your professional life. Instead of doing a total professional makeover, the easiest way is to start small. So try a few of these. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 6/26/2014 2:32:10 PM How to Truly Shut Down After Work: 5 Tips <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />You've got a problem at work and you can't stop thinking about it once you get home. It fouls your mood, distracts you from paying good attention to the important people in your life, and possibly even keeps you up at night. If this is a habit of yours, be encouraged &ndash; you can stop, no matter how thorny your work situation is. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 6/26/2014 2:30:47 PM World Cup Leadership Lessons: How to Manage Pressure <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br /> Interestingly, successful business managers are not that much different than world class athletes (physical prowess aside). They share one characteristic that separates them from others in their field: managing pressure. For this reason, we can learn a great deal from our World Cup and other sports heroes and how they deal with pressure. Here are five tips for maintaining your athletic mojo when faced with high pressure situations. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 6/26/2014 2:29:36 PM Trading the Yuan <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />If headlines translated into trading volumes, the yuan would be well on its way to dominating the world&rsquo;s currency markets. It once again graced front pages this week after moves to lift its status in London, the world&rsquo;s biggest foreign-exchange market. This was the latest installment of a five-year-long public-relations campaign. Since 2009, when China first declared its intention to promote the yuan internationally, a string of announcements and milestones has cast the Chinese currency as a putative rival to the dollar. <i>(The Economist)</i></p> 6/26/2014 2:19:18 PM Will China Brands Short Circuit Taiwan&rsquo;s Tech Industry <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br /> A swift rise in competition from China threatens an important pillar of Taiwan's economy, according to Barclays: the tech hardware industry. Taiwan is home to global brands including smartphone manufacturer HTC, PC maker Acer and dozens of Apple component makers and has long been a world leader in tech hardware manufacturing. <i>(CNBC)</i></p> 6/26/2014 2:05:21 PM 5 Bad Financial Habits You Need to Break <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />If you want to make extra money, you might consider getting a second job or paring back your budget. Both are smart strategies, but first consider whether you have any bad money habits you need to curb. After all, if you're always paying bills late and getting hammered with late fees, that may be what's draining your bank account. <i>(Daily Finance)</i></p> 6/26/2014 1:33:01 PM The Secret Behind How I'm Saving 40% of My Pay <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />I've never been very good at saving. I'm a spender &ndash; shoes, trips, nights out, you name it. It's a fact that became especially apparent to me when I found myself saddled with $10,000 of credit card debt after graduating from college. <i>(Daily Finance)</i></p> 6/26/2014 12:57:48 PM The White House Calls Europe, but Who Picks Up? EU Leaders Can't Decide <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />Who will lead the fractured European Union for the next five years? That question has caused weeks of bickering, but finally a decision must be made. In Brussels, Europe's leaders are gathering to vote on the next president of the European Commission, a month after the European election revealed huge cracks in the bloc. <i>(CNN International)</i></p> 6/26/2014 12:55:32 PM China Pulling the Plug on IBM, Oracle, Others <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />E-commerce companies and banks in China are scrapping hardware and uninstalling software for mainframe servers made by American suppliers in favor of homegrown brands said to be safe, advanced and a lot less expensive. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 6/26/2014 12:51:21 PM 3 Market Trends that Will Change Your Money Habits <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br /> It&rsquo;s difficult to accurately predict the future, but not impossible to see where it&rsquo;s headed. Seventy-five years ago at the New York World&rsquo;s Fair, for example, the public glimpsed a relatively new and unknown technology called television. Most people didn&rsquo;t know what to make of it. The New York Times yawned, saying "The problem with television is that people must sit and keep their eyes glued on a screen; the average American family hasn&rsquo;t time for it." Today, we are no better at predicting the future, but we are much better at spotting trends and recognizing where they can lead. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 6/26/2014 12:50:34 PM Parents to Grads: Those Student Loans Are Your Problem <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br /> According to a survey released Wednesday by Discover Student Loans , as student loan debt nears record highs, more parents are just saying no when it comes to helping their kids pay off student loans. While 58% of parents in 2013 said they were very likely or somewhat likely to help out with student loan payments, just 52% said that this year &ndash; the lowest percentage since the survey began three years ago (it was 55% in 2012). <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 6/26/2014 12:48:13 PM 4 Speech Habits That Are Undermining Your Job Chances <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />You can have your interview materials rehearsed and ready to blow them away, but it's the sound of your voice that could be holding you back. Try recording yourself speaking, and check for these common habits of speech that are proven to undermine your words. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/26/2014 12:45:01 PM Why Venting About Work Frustrations Actually Makes You Angrier <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Angry? You could call a friend and vent. You could punch a pillow or break a plate. Or you could even record a rant on a website like Unfortunately, you may be doing more harm than good; research has found that venting actually makes your anger worse. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/26/2014 12:43:31 PM Millennials Seen Surging as Homeowners in U.S. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Dustin Taylor, who&rsquo;s burdened with $50,000 of student debt after getting his master&rsquo;s degree in government at Johns Hopkins University, is waiting tables at a comedy club to pay the rent. Taylor said his desire to get a mortgage to buy a home within five years is no joke. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 6/26/2014 12:24:34 PM Say No Without Burning Bridges <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Many of us don&rsquo;t like to say no to a coworker or a boss &ndash; for instance, when the boss asks for a tighter deadline, or a team member needs a longer one &ndash; because we&rsquo;re worried about damaging the relationship. That&rsquo;s because it often feels synonymous with confrontation. And whether you are conflict-averse or conflict-ready, your counterpart may not always handle hearing no the way you&rsquo;d hoped. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:39:14 AM Good Managers Look Beyond Their "Usual Suspects" <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />In the movie Casablanca, there&rsquo;s a famous scene where Captain Renault, the head of the French police, avoids investigating the murder of a Nazi officer by telling his people to "round up the usual suspects." The implication, of course, is that everyone should look busy and professional, even if the routine doesn&rsquo;t really accomplish anything. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:37:29 AM Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Samsung introduced new software for its tablets, called the Magazine UX. This was a revamped interface that resembled the table of contents in a magazine, allowing users to click directly into videos and articles. Manufacturers often apply their own design flourishes to Android, and this one looked good &ndash; not groundbreaking, maybe &ndash; but slick, intuitive, and completely unobjectionable. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:35:13 AM How to Take a Vacation From Your Small Business <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Here&rsquo;s a sign the economy&rsquo;s on a good track: More small business owners plan to take a full week off this summer than in any year since the recession began. That&rsquo;s according to a survey by American Express (AXP) OPEN that suggests entrepreneurs are feeling more confident about the economy. AmEx&rsquo;s Small Business Monitor survey shows that 60 percent of respondents are planning a one-week vacation this summer, the highest since 2006. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:30:04 AM There Are More 23-Year-Olds Than Any Other Age (and They're Going to Save the World) <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />By now we&rsquo;re all familiar with the plight of the millennial generation, those born after 1980. They owe the bulk of America&rsquo;s $1 trillion in student debt. They have little or no savings. A third still live at home with their parents. Those with jobs are often underemployed and underpaid. Not only have they delayed the typical trappings of adulthood &ndash; marriage, home, kids &ndash; they may be stuck in perpetual adolescence. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:29:10 AM Rookie CEOs Face a Steep Learning Curve <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br /> RJ Dourney learned his first lesson about being the top boss of a public company exactly five minutes after Cosi Inc. announced March 18 that he would run the struggling sandwich chain. A worried investor sent him an email to say that his Cosi stake was an important one for his family. "Protect this investment," the small shareholder implored. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:14:02 AM Surprising Findings on Two-Year vs. Four-Year Degrees <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Who earns more, a recent graduate from a flagship state university with a bachelor's degree or one who finishes a two-year program at a little-known community college? The answer isn't so clear. As states for the first time mine graduates' salary data from public colleges, they are finding that paychecks for holders of associate degrees in a technical field are outstripping many grads with four-year degrees, at least early in a career. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:12:33 AM Facebook Mirrors Tech Industry&rsquo;s Lack of Diversity <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />When it comes to the gender and ethnic diversity of its work force, Facebook&lsquo;s record is on par with the rest of Silicon Valley. It&rsquo;s overwhelmingly male, white and Asian. And white men dominate the management ranks. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:07:25 AM Taking the Time to Listen <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />I&rsquo;m just amazed at how often people don&rsquo;t take the time to listen. All the technology we have has facilitated our ability to know about things and to be productive, but it does sometimes decrease the ability to listen and to be effective. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:06:23 AM A Job Seeker&rsquo;s Desperate Choice <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />On the morning of March 20, Shanesha Taylor had a job interview. It was for a good job, one that could support her three children, unlike the many positions she&rsquo;d applied for that paid only $10 an hour. The interview, at an insurance agency in Scottsdale, Ariz., went well. "Walking out of the office, you know that little skip thing people do?" she said, clicking her heels together in a corny expression of glee. "I wanted to do that." <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:04:50 AM To Make Yourself More Productive, Simplify <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Kelly Sortino had a tough time recalling what she'd accomplished at the end of each hectic workday. Her job as head of the upper school for the Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, Calif., often required working 12-hour days, including weekends and evenings. She enjoyed the work but worried that she wasn't accomplishing everything she needed to. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 6/26/2014 11:00:50 AM Bringing Jobs Back to U.S. Is Bruising Task <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 26, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Some small and midsize companies that brought manufacturing back to the U.S. in recent years have found it a bumpy road. Shortages of skilled workers are a common problem, as are difficulties navigating complex regulatory systems that govern modern American manufacturing. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 6/26/2014 10:55:16 AM Don't Lose Your Share of $48 Billion in Credit Card Rewards <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Consumers with good or excellent credit often play the game of switching their loyalty from one card to another to accumulate airline miles, hotel room vouchers, gift cards or cash back, so that they can enjoy maximum rewards. At least that's how it's supposed to work. <i>(Daily Finance)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:34:18 PM Big Banks Are Cutting off Customers and Retreating From Markets for Fear of Offending Regulators <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />"It&rsquo;s a pre-emptive cringe in the face of American regulation," says a senior executive at a big bank. His firm, along with most of its peers, is rapidly culling banking relationships and retreating wholesale from markets, countries and lines of business that might attract the ire of regulators or prosecutors. So widespread is the practice that there is now an accepted term for it: "derisking". It is fraying the network of relationships that tie the global financial system together, driving up the costs of finance for poor countries and people. <i>(The Economist)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:23:17 PM Mastering The Skill You Lack To Get The Promotion You Deserve <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />You&rsquo;re making your numbers. Your reviews are good. So what stands between you and your next promotion? The answer might be gravitas, according to economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett&rsquo;s new book, Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success. "It&rsquo;s the ability to signal to the world, and to telegraph to your colleagues and bosses that you have intellectual horsepower--that you have what it takes." <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:19:12 PM 5 Crucial Emotional Intelligence Traits Of Highly Effective Leaders <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Over the last decade there has been a huge increase in evidence that emotional intelligence is an important factor in leadership. Numerous studies have shown a positive relationship between emotionally intelligent leadership and employee satisfaction, retention, and performance. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:18:03 PM 4 Reasons Why You Hate Your Job And How To Fix It <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Despite the emphasis on employee engagement on everything from innovation to customer service, people just don&rsquo;t like their jobs. A 2013 Gallup report found that around 70% of workers are not engaged in their jobs. A November 2013 survey from and research firm GfK found that 15% of U.S. workers dislike or hate their jobs. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:16:18 PM Study: Seeing Successful Black People Makes Non-Blacks Deny Racism <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />According to a recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, incidental exposure to a Black person who is successful in a nonstereotypical setting (for example, former Brown University President Ruth Simmons or Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison) is enough to make people more likely to believe that systemic racism does not exist. <i>(DiversityInc.)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:13:04 PM Can You Inherit Your Dead Parent's debts? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />For adult children, the death of a parent is a fraught experience. Adding to the stress: the unwelcome surprise that Mom or Dad died with big debts. Who is on the hook to pay them? <i>(CNN/Money)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:10:57 PM Watch the Job Offers Pour In: 10 Easy Ways to Make Yourself More Hireable <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />In today&rsquo;s competitive job market, it is not enough to promise you&rsquo;ll get the job done. You need to already have a track record of accomplishment. With smaller headcount, employers are gun-shy; they&rsquo;re wary of making a hiring mistake when they do have the rare opportunity to fill a slot. So they try to hold out for the perfect candidate. <i>(Money)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:09:33 PM Stop Throwing Money Away with Unneeded Meetings <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />The math isn&rsquo;t complicated, but the results are startling. Start with a company that has 20,000 salaried employees, many of them highly skilled. Then figure that their average total compensation per person is $100,000 annually. Let&rsquo;s say each one spends a very conservative 15% of his or her time every year in unproductive meetings. Total annual cost to the company of the time lost: $300 million. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:01:42 PM Career-Wise, is it Better to be Smart or Hardworking? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Having spent the past two decades watching people rise and fall in the innovation economy, I&rsquo;ve never been convinced that IQ has much clout. In fact, I think it&rsquo;s a burden if you think it does. It&rsquo;s not smarts, it&rsquo;s not talent, it&rsquo;s not even luck or chance that separates the risers from the fallers &ndash; it&rsquo;s grit. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 6/19/2014 1:00:25 PM A Business Travel Workout Crafted by a Professional Mountain Climber <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />How a world-famous alpinist and North Face representative stays fit &ndash; even when on business travel like the rest of us. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:57:56 PM Tech Industry Job Ads: Older Workers Need Not Apply <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Young tech workers fill office parks and corporate cafeterias across Silicon Valley with few if any grey-haired colleagues in sight. It&rsquo;s a widely accepted reality within the technology industry that youth rules. But at least part of the extreme age imbalance can be traced back to advertisements for open positions that government regulators say may illegally discriminate against older applicants. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:56:02 PM Sluggish Housing Market A Product Of Millions Of 'Missing Households' <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />A year ago, the housing market looked like it was finally recovering. Sales and prices were picking up. But then home sales fizzled. Currently, they are down about 7 percent from last spring. A big part of why housing remains so stunted is that there are more than 2 million "missing households" in the U.S. That's how economists describe the fact that fewer people are striking out on their own to find places to live. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:39:44 PM Free College For All: Dream, Promise Or Fantasy? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />"Free" is a word with a powerful appeal. And right now it's being tossed around a lot, followed by another word: "college." A new nonprofit, , announced this week that it will seek federal support to make public colleges tuition-free. That effort is inspired by "Hope" and "Promise" programs like the one in Kalamazoo, Mich., which pays up to 100 percent of college tuition at state colleges and universities for graduates of the city's public high schools. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:30:36 PM 10 Daily Habits of Exceptionally Happy People <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />If you get decent value from making to-do lists, you'll get huge returns &ndash; in productivity, in improved relationships, and in your personal well-being &ndash; from adding these items to your not to-do list: Every day, make these commitments to yourself. I promise your day &ndash; and your life &ndash; will go a little better. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:13:18 PM From Zero to $100 Million IPO in 6 Years <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Chip Paucek, co-founder of the online education company 2U, on what it takes to set up your company for fast, sustainable growth. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:12:28 PM The Most Entrepreneurial Generation Yet <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />It's 2014. The Millennials are nearly all grown-ups. And in terms of sheer numbers, they've been overtaken in America by kids born after 1995. Members of this new generation are almost all under 18, but they make up 25.9 percent of the population. They're called Generation Z, and mini-Millennials they are not. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:10:20 PM Why Is the Black Unemployment Rate So High? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Last month, the unemployment rate for white Americans was 5.4 percent. For black Americans, it was more than twice that, at 11.5. Why? Writing in The Guardian, Jana Kasperkevic points to a compelling theory advanced by Valerie Wilson at the Economic Policy Institute. Black unemployment is high, Wilson suggests, not only because black joblessness is high (for reasons well documented in Ta-Nehisi Coates's recent Atlantic cover story), but because black people are more resilient when it comes to sticking to their job search. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:07:43 PM The Most Popular Social Network for Young People? Texting <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Yes, it's a social network. Also: Just a third of high school seniors place a call each day, and more teens report using Pandora than Instagram or Snapchat. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:04:17 PM What Happens When People Stop Buying Books They Don&rsquo;t Read? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Imagine media content, in all its forms, as a carnival shooting range, and the Internet as an air rifle filled with unlimited ammunition. Boom, pow! First the music business duckie falls over. Yaarsh! The movie duck is grazed, keeps moving. Wait! There&rsquo;s the newspaper duck, down in one clean shot. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 6/19/2014 12:00:46 PM The Daddy Juggle: Work, Life, Family and Chaos <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />A new generation of fathers with corporate jobs is joining the debate about balancing work and family, a conversation long driven by working women. As the number of dual-earner couples grows and more men make sacrifices to support their wives' careers, some fathers are asking employers for guidance and action or tapping flexible-workplace policies originally designed for working mothers. Others are curbing their career goals to spend more time at home. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 6/19/2014 11:44:17 AM A Company Without Email? Not So Fast <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />A wave of new startups is taking aim at corporate email, promising to disrupt the mode of communication that office dwellers love to hate. But the old inbox is putting up a fight. Slack, which lets employees keep track of projects or topics via open, searchable feeds, was released to the public in February and recently raised $42.75 million in fresh funding. It counts more than 96,000 active daily users, including some at companies like Airbnb Inc. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 6/19/2014 11:43:13 AM How to Take Criticism Well <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />No one likes getting criticism. But it can be a chance to show off a rare skill: taking negative feedback well. It is a skill that requires practice, humility and a sizable dose of self-awareness. But the ability to learn from criticism fuels creativity at work, studies show, and helps the free flow of valuable communication. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 6/19/2014 11:42:12 AM B-School Reading List: The Power of Questions <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />One of the most powerful business tools is not a spreadsheet. It&rsquo;s neither Big Data nor innovation, despite all the business books and management gurus touting the disruptive potential of each. It&rsquo;s the simple question, right there on the tip of your tongue. Two recent books demonstrate just how far an inquisitive mind can take you. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 6/18/2014 6:30:42 PM Fire Phone Immerses Users in Amazon&rsquo;s World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Amazon on Wednesday announced a device that tries to fulfill the retailer&rsquo;s dream of being integrated into consumers&rsquo; lives at every possible waking moment &ndash; whether they are deciding where to go eat, realizing they need more toilet paper or are intrigued by a snatch of overheard music. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 6/18/2014 6:25:06 PM;_r=0 In the Euro Zone, Recession Is Not Quite Over, Economists Say <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Many people probably thought the euro zone recession ended about a year ago when output began growing again. Not so, a group of leading economists argued this week. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 6/18/2014 6:23:45 PM Why Smart People Struggle with Strategy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />The problem with smart people is that they are used to seeking and finding the right answer; unfortunately, in strategy there is no single right answer to find. Strategy requires making choices about an uncertain future. It is not possible, no matter how much of the ocean you boil, to discover the one right answer. There isn&rsquo;t one. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 6/18/2014 6:22:03 PM The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 19, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones? A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend &ndash; the sting from any of these can make you forget a month&rsquo;s worth of praise or accord. If you&rsquo;ve been called lazy, careless, or a disappointment, you&rsquo;re likely to remember and internalize it. It&rsquo;s somehow easier to forget, or discount, all the times people have said you&rsquo;re talented or conscientious or that you make them proud. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 6/18/2014 6:20:27 PM Marketing Experts Teach Black MBA Crowd How to Brand Themselves <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 12, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />Without really trying to, a pair of distinguished marketing connoisseurs electrified the Atlanta chapter of the National Black MBA Association by dispensing invaluable strategies to self market and brand themselves and take their businesses to higher plains of success. <i>(Atlanta Daily World)</i></p> 6/12/2014 2:16:55 PM Ask The Experts: How Do I Stop Feeling Stuck And Uninspired In My Job? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />What happens when you're young, accomplished, and making a decent salary but feel like you aren't making a difference? You turn to our experts, that's what. Leadership Coach Lolly Daskal and Psychologist Art Markman offer their advice on how to get out of a rut and answer one of life's biggest questions. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/11/2014 2:05:23 PM Are We Speaking A Different Language? Men And Women's Communication Blind Spots <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />Are men really from Mars? The author of the famous relationship guide interviewed 100,000 male and female executives to study how gender plays a role workplace communication. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/11/2014 2:03:32 PM Silicon Valley Top Tech Recruiter On How To Make Hard Choices And Gain Confidence <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Juliet de Baubigny, a leader in Silicon Valley's tech recruiting scene, has faced several tough decisions on her way to shattering the glass ceiling. Here's how she plotted her career trajectory. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/11/2014 2:02:01 PM How To Be A Leader Of Employees You Never See <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Just because you aren't in the same office doesn't mean you can't be a good manager. Here's how an effective long-distance manager can debunk the myth "out of sight, out of mind." <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 6/11/2014 2:00:27 PM European Cities Gridlocked as Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />&lsquo;Creative disruption&rsquo; of technology brings a very real disruption to Europe&rsquo;s ancient capitals. Some of Europe&rsquo;s biggest cities ground to a halt Wednesday as thousands of taxi drivers organized protests against Uber Technologies Inc.&rsquo;s invasion of their ancient fiefdoms. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 6/11/2014 1:54:23 PM Need a Great Business Idea? It's 3 Clicks Away <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />This started out as a completely different post. I was going to write about how I was able to purchase two tickets to Australia with just three clicks of a mouse and then say that if you are not providing this kind of service for your customers you are in trouble. Then, I actually tried to purchase the tickets &ndash; and did a couple of other transactions as well &ndash; and realized that it is probably the minority of cases that things are three clicks away. That represents an opportunity, of course. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 6/11/2014 1:51:20 PM Alibaba Leads a Startup Boom in China <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 12, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is about to go public with a $150 billion valuation. What does that say about startup opportunities in China? <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 6/11/2014 1:49:22 PM My Day Without Banks <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 12, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Our first problem was that we couldn't cash a check. Our small group had come to a supermarket in west Los Angeles to cash a $15 personal check that we needed to help pay for several financial transactions we had set out to accomplish. But we couldn't take the first step because the store, it turned out, wouldn't cash an out-of-state check. So we were stalled at the starting line. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 6/11/2014 1:18:55 PM