Black MBA NetWire Newsletter RSS Feed. en-us Copyright 2014 8/20/2014 7:22:58 PM 20 This Is the Biggest Threat Facing Google Right Now <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />When Amazon&rsquo;s Kindle Fire phone debuted last month, the engineers at Google&rsquo;s Mountain View headquarters probably weren&rsquo;t clamoring to get their hands on one. Exactly zero of the search giant&rsquo;s mobile apps are available on the Fire. No Gmail, no Maps, no Play store, no Docs. Even the default search engine is set to Microsoft&rsquo;s Bing. Amazon might be the first company since Microsoft to announce a major phone completely devoid of anything Google. <i>(Money)</i></p> 8/14/2014 8:36:23 AM Eurozone Recovery Stalls, With Weakness in Germany and France <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Economic growth in the eurozone sputtered to a halt in the second quarter, official data showed on Thursday, as Germany contracted and France stagnated again. The gross domestic product of the 18 nations that share the euro did not expand at all from the first quarter of this year, when it grew 0.2 percent, according to Eurostat, the European Union&rsquo;s statistics agency in Luxembourg. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 8/14/2014 8:33:00 AM 5 Things You're Doing That Seem Productive, But Aren't <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />In our always on, always busy work culture, it always seems there&rsquo;s never enough time to get everything done. That's why at some point, most of us will find shortcuts to maximize our efficiency to get ahead. After all, if we all need to get to the same destination, you don&rsquo;t want to be the one taking the long road. Unfortunately, sometimes we&rsquo;ll adopt systems and strategies that don&rsquo;t actually propel us forward the way we think they do. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 8/14/2014 8:30:18 AM What Happened When I Woke Up Two Hours Earlier For A Week <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />Last week I challenged readers, and myself, to wake up what they considered to be "insanely early"--a time earlier than when they would normally wake up, whether it be 6:30 a.m. or 4:30 a.m. The idea is that having a time in the day where there is no pressure and no expectations from other people would result in better focus and more creative thinking. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 8/14/2014 12:20:58 AM How To Disconnect From Work Without Everyone Freaking Out <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />Picture this. You&rsquo;re on a beach in the middle of the Caribbean with no Internet access, no phone reception, and no text messages. You return from your vacation well rested, and want to continue some of these healthy habits "&ndash; like not sleeping with your smartphone on your pillow. But how does that work when you&rsquo;ve been tethered to your phone, and your coworkers and boss expect you to answer 24/7 because that&rsquo;s what you&rsquo;ve always done? <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 8/14/2014 12:16:07 AM The Biggest Success of the Past 25 Years <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />What is the most remarkable economic success story of the last quarter century? Most people would probably say China. A few might vote for India, or Brazil, or Turkey or Dubai. In fact, however, it is probably a country that few people would immediately think of &ndash; Poland. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 8/14/2014 12:13:25 AM New Techniques Show the Damage Done by Subsidies at the Heart of Global Trade <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />There is no better symbol of the benefits of globalization than the container ship. More than 9 billion tonnes of goods and materials were transported by sea in 2012, with trade helping to lift global growth rates. An ever-expanding web of links connects rich and poor; developing countries now account for around 60% of seaborne trade. <i>(The Economist)</i></p> 8/14/2014 12:00:28 AM The 'New Normal' in How You Get Paid <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />First, here&rsquo;s the good news: U.S. companies&rsquo; salary budgets are growing, up an average of about 3% for 2014, so everyone has a shot at a slightly better raise this year and next than they did in 2013. That&rsquo;s nice, of course, but not everyone will have cause to celebrate. Instead of being doled out more or less evenly across the board, as they used to be, salary hikes at most companies will be all over the map. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:53:54 PM 8 Money Mistakes to Avoid on Your Way to Being Wealthy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />There is a difference between being rich and having wealth. Wealth is the abundance of something in such surplus that no conditions can destroy it. Making a lot of money is one thing, getting rich another. Creating wealth, well, that&rsquo;s what very few people ever learn. You have heard the expression "get rich quick," but you will never hear "get wealthy quick." <i>(Entrepreneur)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:46:55 PM Since You Can't Manipulate Time, Try These 13 Time-Saving Tips <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />As an entrepreneur you have no limits or restrictions. There is nothing that you can&rsquo;t achieve. Well, except for freezing time. Time is the most valuable commodity to an entrepreneur. Most of us would do anything to have another hour in the day. But until someone creates an app to manipulate time, we are forced to manage our time extremely efficiently. Here are 13 tips to help make your days more productive. <i>(Entrepreneur)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:45:54 PM In a Bitter Fight for Customers, Uber and Lyft Begin to Self-Destruct <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Smear campaigns, sabotage, and dishonorable drivers aren&rsquo;t helping the transportation startups win over customers. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:41:17 PM 5 Ways Incredibly Productive People Master Their Inner Procrastinator <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Napoleon Bonaparte said, "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in." This is a great lesson to remember when we're at war with ourselves; when we know what we should be doing but can't seem to help putting it off. Maybe we put if off for an hour. Maybe for a day. It could even be weeks. But we're not getting it done. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:39:33 PM How Great Leaders Use the Power of Language <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />All successful organizations have their own language &ndash; whether it be a shared vocabulary or shared beliefs &ndash; that helps motivate people and create a sense of community. <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:37:39 PM Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field. Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of self-confidence and a lack of mentors. But psychologists who delved deeper into the issue with a new study found that the biggest pushbacks female engineers receive come from the environments they work in. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:34:12 PM PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING: Register for the CertifiNOW PMP/CAPM Prep Course <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />A recent study indicated that certified employees tend to earn 10-25% more in annual salary than their non-certified peers... and 1.2 million new project management jobs will be created, on a yearly basis, for the next 10 years... If you need to pass the PMP&reg; (Project Management Professional) or CAPM&reg;(Certified Associate in Project Management) certification exam and you want to get the best project management learning experience in just 3 days, then CertifiNOW&trade; is the right choice for you. This project management learning program provides the best learning experience in a condensed amount of time, while also satisfying most, if not all, of your professional certification, education, and training needs. The CertifiNOW certification course reduces exam preparation time from an average of nine to twelve months, down to 3 days of classroom instruction. CertifiNOW is being offered September 14-16 on-site at the NBMBAA 36th Annual Conference and Expo. NBMBAA members receive even deeper discounts on this amazing course, so register today!</p> 8/13/2014 11:32:01 PM Start Up or Build Up: Get the Knowledge You Need at the NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute, September 17 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />Entrepreneurial Institute (EI), is a "must attend" day long series of business development workshops and breakthrough training sessions. The EI attracts new entrepreneurs, current business owners and small business professionals seeking the knowledge and tools of success. EI provides professional development via workshops, panels, discussions, networking opportunities and insights from local and national entrepreneurs who have achieved success in their businesses. </p> 8/13/2014 11:32:01 PM Why Business Schools Are Still Missing the Mark on Entrepreneurship <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Steve Blank explains why business schools have missed the mark yet again and what students can do about it. He reveals the red flags you should watch out for in your B-school consideration set and the three classes every MBA should take. <i>(Poets & Quants)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:31:21 PM A Refreshingly Candid Conversation About The Current MBA Applicant Market <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />With just 40 days to go before the first round deadline for MBA applications at the Harvard Business School, the month of August is going to be a pressure-filled month for thousands of hopeful applicants. And after Harvard&rsquo;s Sept. 9th date for early bird applicants, the deadlines quickly fall onto the calendar for one school after another. So what are smart and ambitious applicants doing right now? <i>(Poets & Quants)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:29:39 PM Even the Upper Middle Class Struggles to Save Money <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Last week the Federal Reserve released a disturbing report (PDF) on the financial state of U.S. households. The report&rsquo;s main findings, that Americans don&rsquo;t save very much, weren&rsquo;t that surprising. For the last few decades middle- and lower-middle-class families have been pinched by stagnant incomes and higher spending. But even the many members of the upper middle class are hardly saving. Low or no savings leaves them, and everyone else, in a risky position. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:22:12 PM Ignore This Savings Plan at Your Peril <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Workers often think signing up for their 401(k) is all they need to do. But millions fail to enroll right away or raise their contributions, and they'll pay a heavy price. <i>(Time)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:20:04 PM Bypassing the Bankers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />One of the more hopeful consequences of the 2008 financial crisis has been the growth of a group of small companies dedicated to upending the status quo on Wall Street. Bearing cute, Silicon Valley-esque names such as Kabbage, Zopa, Kiva, and Prosper, these precocious upstarts are tiny by banking standards, and pose no near-term threat to behemoths like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, or Citigroup &ndash; banks that between them control much of the world&rsquo;s capital flow. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:18:07 PM Why All of the U.S. Treasurers Since 1949 Have Been Women <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />For the last six decades, presidents have treated the treasurer position as a low-risk, high-visibility job that promotes the appearance of diversity while rewarding a loyal supporter. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:15:53 PM Bought a New Vacation Home? I&rsquo;m So Sorry <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Summer is a time to relax, kick back and make dumb financial decisions. That's how financial advisers see it, when their clients get a hankering for a summer house after returning from an idyllic trip. Sales of vacation homes in the U.S. rose 30 percent last year to 717,000, the National Association of Realtors estimates, based on a survey. But owning a second home is often far more expensive and stressful than buyers, or dreamers, imagine. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:13:12 PM How to Get Ideological Opponents to Work with You <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />How do you encourage someone whose deeply held beliefs are at odds with yours to support and collaborate with you &ndash; or, at least, not obstruct you? Obviously, directly challenging their convictions will backfire. My research suggests some effective strategies. Negotiations 101 teaches us to find something that is valuable to our opponents yet not costly for us to concede in order to encourage concessions from our opponent. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:11:01 PM The Best Leaders "Talk the Walk" <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />One of the most ubiquitous aphorisms in business is that the best leaders understand the need to "walk the talk" &ndash; that is, their behavior and day-to-day actions have to match the aspirations they have for their colleagues and organization. But the more time I spend with game-changing innovators and high-performing companies, the more I appreciate the need for leaders to "talk the walk" &ndash; that is, to be able to explain, in language that is unique to their field and compelling to their colleagues and customers, why what they do matters and how they expect to win. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:09:23 PM The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />A few weeks ago, we were asked to analyze a competency model for leadership development that a client had created. Its was based on the idea that at different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills. For example, in their model they proposed that a lower level manager should focus on driving for results while top executives should focus on developing a strategic perspective. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:08:18 PM More Dads Want Paternity Leave. Getting It Is A Different Matter <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />While an to have this kind of time with a new child, Chandran is among a lucky few who actually do. In the U.S., paternity leave is a luxury. It's the only developed nation that doesn't guarantee paid time off, even for new mothers. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:05:49 PM I Spent $18,000 on Airfare and Flew 120,000 Miles for My MBA <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />My story is all about the numbers, though sometimes they don&rsquo;t make sense &mdash; even to me. I&rsquo;ve always considered myself financially savvy, but credited most of my success to hard work, with a little bit of luck mixed in. I&rsquo;m a serial entrepreneur with ten startups to my credit. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 8/13/2014 11:00:35 PM Looking Like a Woman Is Bad for Negotiations <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />The world of face-based negotiation research has not been good to women of late. First, a study showed that having a fat face can be great for men in negotiations, but not for women. Now researchers say that women may be suffering from another physical feature over which they have no control: looking like women. <i>(Businesseweek)</i></p> 8/13/2014 10:59:17 PM Scheduling Technology Leaves Low-Income Parents With Hours of Chaos <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Like increasing numbers of low-income mothers and fathers, Ms. Navarro is at the center of a new collision that pits sophisticated workplace technology against some fundamental requirements of parenting, with particularly harsh consequences for poor single mothers. Along with virtually every major retail and restaurant chain, Starbucks relies on software that choreographs workers in precise, intricate ballets, using sales patterns and other data to determine which of its 130,000 baristas are needed in its thousands of locations and exactly when. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 8/13/2014 10:51:55 PM;_r=0 A New Kind of E-Commerce Adds a Personal Touch <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 14, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Stitch Fix is a women&rsquo;s clothing retailer that sends its customers boxes of clothes that are picked by a combination of personal stylists and big data. It is one of a handful of start-ups making aggressive bets that highly personalized online shopping, in which sites choose items for you based on your preferences and their algorithms, can deliver a better e-commerce experience. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 8/13/2014 10:49:51 PM Time is Running Out: Secure Your Conference Housing Today! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />If you're registered for the NBMBAA 36th Annual Conference and Exposition but haven't yet secured housing, now is the time to ensure you have your hotel rooms. Rooms are filling quickly, so don't delay! You must have completed your registration to secure housing. Visit registration page and choose "Already Registered' to go back in and add housing. If you haven't completed your registration, rates increase August 15, so finalize your registration today!</p> 8/7/2014 4:39:22 PM PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING: Register for the CertifiNOW PMP/CAPM Prep Course <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</em></strong><br />A recent study indicated that certified employees tend to earn 10-25% more in annual salary than their non-certified peers... and 1.2 million new project management jobs will be created, on a yearly basis, for the next 10 years... If you need to pass the PMP&reg; (Project Management Professional) or CAPM&reg;(Certified Associate in Project Management) certification exam and you want to get the best project management learning experience in just 3 days, then CertifiNOW&trade; is the right choice for you. This project management learning program provides the best learning experience in a condensed amount of time, while also satisfying most, if not all, of your professional certification, education, and training needs. The CertifiNOW certification course reduces exam preparation time from an average of nine to twelve months, down to 3 days of classroom instruction. CertifiNOW is being offered September 14-16 on-site at the NBMBAA 36th Annual Conference and Expo. NBMBAA members receive even deeper discounts on this amazing course, so register today!</p> 8/7/2014 4:33:03 PM 8 Steal-Worthy Secrets of Power Networkers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />You&rsquo;ve no doubt heard it a million times: Career advancement is as much about who you know as what you know, and that&rsquo;s exactly why being a powerful networker is so important. But mastering this crucial skill requires more than just schmoozing over cheese platters and exchanging business cards. There&rsquo;s actually an art to it. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 8/7/2014 3:25:49 PM The 5 Annoying Emails Everyone Gets and How to Respond to Them <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />We've all been there: Staring at an email inbox stacked with one irritating message after the next. The damage control can seem too overwhelming to tackle, especially at the end of the day when the only ones remaining are the ones you've worked hardest to avoid. Where to begin responding? And what's with all these tone-deaf emailers? <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 8/7/2014 2:58:08 PM How To Lead With Tough Love <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />As a rapidly growing private social network for 38,000 U.S. neighborhoods and counting, Nextdoor is designed to help people feel more connected and at home in their communities. But as a leader and entrepreneur, Nextdoor cofounder and VP of marketing Sarah Leary believes that the best things happen when people leave their comfort zone. <i>Fast Company)</i></p> 8/7/2014 2:56:23 PM Startup Uses App to Offer Payday Advances Without the Pesky Loan-Sharking <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />Payday lenders aren't the most scrupulous of operations. Preying on the desperation of people who don't have enough money to make it to their next payday, these lenders dole out short-term loans with exorbitant interest rates, forcing already cash-strapped customers deeper into debt. And while many have tried to reform the payday lending industry, we're still awaiting the right answer. <i>(CNN)</i></p> 8/7/2014 1:24:47 PM Can Technology Really Change Your Habits? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />If you want to lose weight, improve your memory, even stop using technology so much, as the saying goes: there's an app for that. There are hundreds if not thousands of apps designed to help you change behaviors and drop bad habits. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 8/7/2014 1:21:09 PM TAKE YOUR DEVELOPMENT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: NBMBAA Leadership Institute, September 17 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</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> 8/7/2014 9:55:30 AM Start Up or Build Up: Get the Knowledge You Need at the NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute, September 17 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />Entrepreneurial Institute (EI), is a "must attend" day long series of business development workshops and breakthrough training sessions. The EI attracts new entrepreneurs, current business owners and small business professionals seeking the knowledge and tools of success. EI provides professional development via workshops, panels, discussions, networking opportunities and insights from local and national entrepreneurs who have achieved success in their businesses. </p> 8/7/2014 9:55:30 AM Most Employed Job Seekers Want to Change Careers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />As the economy keeps generating jobs (even if many aren&rsquo;t full-time or high-paying), people who stayed put during the recession are more confident that they can move on to greener pastures. That&rsquo;s not surprising, but here&rsquo;s what is: 86% of job seekers who are already employed are looking for work outside their current occupations. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:53:10 AM Can You Be a Good CEO and a Good Parent at the Same Time? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />A CEO resigns to spend more time with his kids. Is he just admitting a truth no one likes to talk about &ndash; being a successful executive and a good parent at once is impossible? <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:46:21 AM Why It's Worth Making Time for This Lengthy Morning Ritual <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />When business owners go looking for productivity boosters, they're generally thinking of small changesthat can help them squeeze more essential business tasks into their days. In other words, tricks and techniques that will speed up their work. But what if the truth was that in order to reach maximum velocity in completing tasks you first had to slow way, way down? <i>(Inc.)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:45:38 AM Don&rsquo;t Get Credit Cards from These 5 Stores <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />According to a survey of 61 major retail credit cards released Thursday by , a credit-card comparison website, retail credit cards are becoming increasingly bad deals for consumers. They have an average APR of 23.23% (compared with an average of just 15.03% for all credit cards), which is up from 21.22% in 2010. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:41:17 AM Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Before You Retire? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Paying off your mortgage before you stop working could help provide you with something every retiree seeks: peace of mind. But there may be better uses for your money, at least in the short term. If you have credit card or other high-interest debt, pay it off first. And don&rsquo;t neglect your retirement savings. <i>(Kiplinger's)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:24:03 AM A Good Way to Wreck a Local Economy: Build Casinos <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Baltimore is a troubled city, as you know from The Wire. Like many troubled cities, Baltimore has turned to casino gambling as its solution. On August 26, a new Caesar&rsquo;s casino will open on the site of an old chemical factory, a little more than 2 miles from the famous Inner Harbor and Camden Yards baseball stadium. Yet there&rsquo;s already reason to expect the casino to disappoint everyone involved: the city looking for tax revenues, the workers hoping for jobs, the investors expecting hefty returns. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:19:08 AM Schedule a 15-Minute Break Before You Burn Out <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />When you&rsquo;re racing 90 miles an hour, the last thing you want to do is slow down. That&rsquo;s how it feels on those exhilarating days when you&rsquo;re completely focused, tearing through your to-do list, racking up accomplishments. You just want to keep going. You might also worry that if you take a break, you&rsquo;ll lose momentum and find it impossible to regain your stride. But the research tells us otherwise. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:12:16 AM Assess Your Cultural Profile <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Diversity in the Workplace</em></strong><br />When people talk about cultures, they often paint with a broad brush: He is so American, so French, or so Japanese. But individuals within a culture vary enormously in their behaviors and attitudes, and many societies have distinct subcultures. Even a small country like Switzerland (which has four national languages) is far from homogenous. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:05:48 AM The CEO of Ozon on Building an e-Commerce Giant in a Cash-Only Economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />The Idea: Russia&rsquo;s economy is cash based, and its delivery networks are shaky. To drive growth in e-commerce, Ozon had to create a proprietary distribution system, a new logistics and customer service model, and a highly engaged team. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:04:48 AM The 1% May Be Richer Than You Think, Research Shows <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />The 1 percent is literally rich beyond measure, depriving nations of billions in tax revenue and obscuring shifts in global inequality. Research conducted separately by European Central Bank economist Philip Vermeulen and London School of Economics&rsquo; Gabriel Zucman show the wealth of the super-affluent &ndash; hidden by tax shelters and nonresponse to questionnaires &ndash; is undercounted. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 8/7/2014 9:01:52 AM Tackling Stereotypes Before Your Job Interview <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Hiring companies aren't supposed to delve into the personal lives of job candidates. But they could have preformed impressions, because personal details (age, race, sexual orientation and political affiliation) that would be inappropriate to raise in an interview are easy to find online. That's why workplace experts advise job hunters to be proactive about countering stereotypes companies may develop before an interview. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 8/7/2014 8:36:24 AM Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Entry-level work isn't what it used to be. Companies bruised by the recession have stayed lean by automating and outsourcing core functions while slashing training budgets and payrolls. But in an effort to cut costs, some companies also have cut entry-level jobs that serve as a crucial first step on the path to a professional career. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 8/7/2014 8:35:10 AM Why B-Schools Are Expanding in Africa <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />They've mastered the U.S., saturated Europe and made headway in Asia. Now, business schools are taking on Africa. Financial pressures and fierce competition in more established markets are pushing schools to view the continent as something more than a destination for student volunteer trips. But the recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria highlights the unique challenges schools face in expanding their footprints in the region. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 8/7/2014 8:33:37 AM Small Firms Hit by Big Changes in Health Coverage <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Businesses with fewer than 50 workers are exempt from the most stringent requirements for larger employers under the federal health-care law. But that doesn't mean they're off the hook entirely. Smaller employers aren't required under the Affordable Care Act to offer coverage for their full-time workers &ndash; as larger firms must by 2016 or face penalties, for instance. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 8/7/2014 8:32:21 AM How Anti-Bribery Laws in Europe Are Bringing U.S. Investors to Africa <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit has brought together scores of African leaders and American businessmen. Billions of dollars of investments have been announced this week. While Africa is becoming attractive to investors, some countries are drawing more attention than others. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 8/7/2014 8:29:45 AM How to Train Yourself to Stop Multitasking <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />At the last World Economic Forum, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer shared that she checks her smartphone more than 150 times a day. It was a proud admission that feeds the myth that multitasking is the new modus operandi for smart, connected leaders. In fact, research has shown we work better when we concentrate on one thing at a time. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 8/7/2014 8:26:14 AM This Is the Unauthorized Letter Passed to Elite MBAs For Decades <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />At some point in their first semester, some members of the next class of graduate business school students will get a surprise note with a long pedigree. The letter is the work of an MBA they&rsquo;ve probably never met, who wrote it when he was a student and George Michael had just put out the biggest hit of the year. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 8/7/2014 8:22:31 AM A Highly Specific Guide to Getting Every Type of Corporate Job <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Job interview preparation has changed. Mastering a confident smile and memorizing a few pat responses might once have been all a qualified candidate needed to score a competitive corporate position. Increasingly, however, companies recruit through intensive, job-specific tests that are nearly impossible to wing. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 8/7/2014 8:18:46 AM Russia Hits West with Food Import Ban <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Russia is imposing a "full embargo" on food imports from the EU, US and some other Western countries, in response to sanctions over Ukraine. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said it would include fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports. Australia, Canada and Norway are also affected. <i>(BBC News)</i></p> 8/7/2014 7:59:08 AM Small Business Lending Hasn&rsquo;t Recovered &ndash; and That&rsquo;s a Big Problem <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Securing a bank loan isn&rsquo;t as difficult for small businesses today as it was during the recession. However, it&rsquo;s still not as easy it was prior to the collapse &ndash; and that appears to be holding back the broader economic recovery. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 8/7/2014 7:55:10 AM Does Hosting the Olympics Actually Pay Off? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />Brazil may have never wanted for places to play soccer, but that didn&rsquo;t stop the country from spending billions of dollars on stadiums for last month&rsquo;s World Cup. The Arena Amazonia, a $300 million edifice designed to look like a woven basket, was built in a rain-forest city where the professional team regularly draws fewer than 2,000 fans per game. And Brazil is only getting started. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 8/7/2014 7:50:19 AM;_r=0 A New Report Argues Inequality Is Causing Slower Growth. Here&rsquo;s Why It Matters. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Is income inequality holding back the United States economy? A new report argues that it is, that an unequal distribution in incomes is making it harder for the nation to recover from the recession and achieve the kind of growth that was commonplace in decades past. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 8/6/2014 11:22:55 AM Nonprofits Provide Jobless Men With a Fitting for a Second Chance <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 7, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />Joseph Campbell noticed them whenever he hunted for work on the streets of Manhattan: the purposeful men wearing pinstripes or herringbone, seersucker or linen. He admired the sleek suits, the starched shirts, the gleaming cuff links. They all signaled success and prosperity. Or, as Mr. Campbell put it: "Somebody who wants to take care of some serious business." <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 8/5/2014 4:09:08 PM;module=Ribbon&amp;version=context&amp;region=Header&amp;action=click&amp;contentCollection=Fashion%20%26%20Style&amp;pgtype=article Would You Really Be More Productive With A Personal Assistant? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />At most companies, executive assistants are increasingly rare. And even if there are assistants at your company, someone charged with organizing travel for three executives just doesn&rsquo;t have time to remind you of birthdays, let alone make your dental appointments. Another option? Hiring your own personal assistant. People who&rsquo;ve done it say that even if you&rsquo;re footing the bill yourself, it can be money well spent. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:37:08 PM Take Your Business to the Next Level: Attend the NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>NBMBAA</em></strong><br />Entrepreneurial Institute (EI), is a "must attend" day long series of business development workshops and breakthrough training sessions. The EI attracts new entrepreneurs, current business owners and small business professionals seeking the knowledge and tools of success. EI provides professional development via workshops, panels, discussions, networking opportunities and insights from local and national entrepreneurs who have achieved success in their businesses. </p> 7/31/2014 3:33:44 PM Facebook: Get Messenger App or Else <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app for doing so, or lose the ability. Facebook says that, for the next few days, it will be notifying people that if they want to continue sending mobile message, they'll need to download the Messenger app. <i>(CNN)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:31:17 PM 5 Simple Ways to be a Good Boss <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />Thrown into a management job you don&rsquo;t feel ready for? Not to worry. Success in the role isn&rsquo;t as complicated as you may think. <i>(Fortune)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:29:16 PM How 4 Successful Entrepreneurs Came Back After Startup Failure <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />Choosing to leave behind the regular paycheck and benefits to build a venture from the ground up is a huge risk. It&rsquo;s risky because it&rsquo;s hard work, there are no guarantees, and 95% of startups fail, based on research by Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School. With the odds against you, entrepreneurs feel like they&rsquo;re literally pushing against the tides every day so when companies fail, the price, which can include financial ruin, utter embarrassment, and even mental collapse, is a hefty one for the founders. <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:19:52 PM Parents, You&rsquo;re Paying for College Wrong <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />According to Sallie Mae&rsquo;s " How American Pays for College " study released Thursday, many parents are paying for college in ways that experts say aren&rsquo;t smart. Fully one in 10 parents borrow money to pay for their kids&rsquo; college (we&rsquo;re talking just about parental borrowing, not child/student borrowing, which happens at much higher rates), the survey revealed &ndash; which, in the simplest terms, is a mistake because "it&rsquo;s far cheaper to save than to borrow," says Mark Kantrowitz, the senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:16:31 PM 5 Ways to be a More Effective Complainer <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />In general, I think of myself as a happy person. Except when a waiter takes a little too long with an order. Or a repair shop goes a few bucks beyond an estimate. Or a doctor fails to return a call. OK, so I&rsquo;ve got a few complaints. Maybe more than a few. And maybe all my complaining has started to wear on my friends and family through the years. So be it, I say. There&rsquo;s money in being a malcontent, I recently learned &ndash; $1,200 in cash and services, to be exact. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:13:49 PM NLRB Ruling on McDonald&rsquo;s Franchisees Ignites firestorm <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />The National Labor Relations Board&rsquo;s decision that McDonald&rsquo;s can be counted as a joint employer with its franchisees in labor complaints has ignited a firestorm. The ruling could cast a shadow across a wide variety of industries and companies that rely on franchise models. <i>(MarketWatch)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:12:29 PM How to Survive a 10% Correction <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Personal Finance</em></strong><br />Stock market corrections are an inevitable part of investing. Since 1932, declines of 10% to 20% (the traditional definition of a correction) have occurred an average of every two years, according to InvesTech Research. The last one was in 2011 (though we came close in 2012). The physics of the stock market haven&rsquo;t changed: What goes up can&rsquo;t go up forever. Are we due for a big drop? <i>(Kiplinger's)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:08:42 PM The Growing Market for Getting Paid to Wait in Line <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Entrepreneurship</em></strong><br />SOLD Inc., whose name is an acronym for "Same Ole Line Dudes," will, at a cost of $25 for the first hour and $10 for each subsequent 30-minute period, wait in line for you. The New York company&rsquo;s services are aimed at buzzed-about lines, like those for the Cronut, as well as more mundanely numbing queues, like the DMV's. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:04:36 PM Who Wins in the Name Game? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />Names work hard: They can affect who gets into elite schools, what jobs we apply for, and who gets hired. Our names can even influence what cities we live in, who we befriend, and what products we buy since, we&rsquo;re attracted to things and places that share similarities to our names. <i>(The Atlantic)</i></p> 7/31/2014 3:02:26 PM Summer's a Time to Relax. Except Hardly Anyone Does <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />For some people somewhere, summer surely lives up to its promise as a tranquil time. As they lie on a sandbar feeling their stress ebb with the tide, their weightiest thoughts are of sunburn, the need to get limes for the Coronas and how many pounds of lobster to buy for dinner. For everyone else, summer arrives with an undercurrent of frustration. Every year, it seems life in summer ought to be slower, and every year, it&rsquo;s not. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:56:27 PM Middle-Wage Employment Moves U.S. Past Fast-Food Jobs: Economy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Ryan Kenny has been testing chainsaws for the last seven months and getting paid for it. He&rsquo;s also among a growing cadre of U.S. middle-income earners. After two internships, the 23-year-old was hired at Stihl Inc. to check the durability of parts and power tools, a position that pays from $40,000 to $60,000. He&rsquo;s an example of how America&rsquo;s earnings scale is becoming more balanced as employment expands in occupations within manufacturing, sales and construction that require greater skills. <i>(Bloomberg)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:55:38 PM Win Over an Opponent by Asking for Advice <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Top News</em></strong><br />What do an inflated surgical bill, a fuming real-estate developer, and a dreaded performance appraisal have in common? All can be mitigated with one simple gesture: a request for advice. We seek advice on a daily basis, on everything from who grills the best burger in town to how to handle a sticky situation with a coworker. However, many people don&rsquo;t fully appreciate how powerful requesting guidance can be. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:52:36 PM The Former CEO of Ogilvy & Mather on Personal Branding <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Here&rsquo;s the thing: I hate it when people talk about personal brand. Those words imply that people need to adopt identities that are artificial and plastic and packaged, when what actually works is authenticity. One of the fabulous things I&rsquo;ve enjoyed about my career is collaborating with so many leaders across different industries and countries, and without exception the successful ones have been comfortable in their own skin. <i>(Harvard Business Reviews)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:50:13 PM The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Leadership</em></strong><br />A few weeks ago, we were asked to analyze a competency model for leadership development that a client had created. Its was based on the idea that at different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills. For example, in their model they proposed that a lower level manager should focus on driving for results while top executives should focus on developing a strategic perspective. <i>(Harvard Business Review)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:49:23 PM When the Whole Family is Out of Work <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Lifestyle</em></strong><br />"What do you think of this?" our 21-year-old daughter asked as she emailed her cover letter for a job application to me and my husband. "Too long," I said before hitting "send" to shoot my own letter over to them. "Okay," I said, "now read mine." As parents of a new college graduate, we expected to guide her into the workforce, dispensing sage advice on r&eacute;sum&eacute;s and networking. We never dreamed that when the time came, we&rsquo;d be right there beside her, scrambling for work ourselves. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:44:51 PM How to Land Your Dream Job Even When The Company Isn't Hiring <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Joe Weinlick, vice president of marketing for the online career network, says it&rsquo;s possible to get your dream job even if a company isn&rsquo;t hiring. In addition to playing the numbers game and talking to anyone who&rsquo;ll take your call like Blumberg did, Weinlick says there are three more things you can do to get your foot in the door: <i>(Fast Company)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:40:43 PM For Digital Temps, A Safety Net Emerges <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Career</em></strong><br />Companies such as TaskRabbit Inc., which matches freelance helpers with odd jobs, boast they are transforming the world of work, giving people the freedom to do what they like when they like. Yet that flexibility comes at a cost: such work typically lacks the safety net of benefits, wage protections or job security that are afforded to those with more permanent arrangements. <i>(The Wall Street Journal)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:39:32 PM Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>The Economy</em></strong><br />Five years after the Great Recession ended, where are we with this recovery? On Wednesday, the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve both answered by saying, in effect: We're in a sweet spot &ndash; growing at a decent rate with good reason for optimism. <i>(NPR)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:37:10 PM Big Political Money Now Floods Judges' Races, Too <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />Every eight years, Tennessee&rsquo;s state judges go before voters and ask to keep their jobs. Based on a system adopted in Missouri decades ago, Tennessee&rsquo;s approach was designed to limit partisanship in the judiciary by letting the people ratify appointments made by the state&rsquo;s governor. Usually, these elections are sleepy affairs. Not this year. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:33:21 PM Who Wants to Go to Business School in the Sticks? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />Virginia Tech&rsquo;s Pamplin College of Business announced last fall it would shut down its full-time MBA program. Based in Blacksburg, Va., an Appalachian Mountain town of about 43,000, it lacks something business schools increasingly need to survive: proximity to a big city. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:32:25 PM I Parlayed My Internship Into a Job. Here&rsquo;s How I Did It <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Education</em></strong><br />This time last year, I was sitting in the same cubicle and at the same company as I am today, but as a college intern. Turning that summer position into a full-time job wasn&rsquo;t easy, though. Here are some tips that may help get you from intern to in-demand employee. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:31:16 PM High Stakes in Africa: Can the U.S. Catch China? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />To be attentive to history is to be on the lookout for pivotal moments, and in the geopolitics surrounding Africa, the 1990s stand out as a hugely pivotal time. With the Cold War scarcely over, the West turned its attention away from the continent, largely defining its problems as humanitarian issues, which are traditionally the lowest station of foreign policy priorities. <i>(Businessweek)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:30:08 PM When Separate Doors for the Poor Are More Than They Seem <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Government</em></strong><br />In an age of widening inequality, in a city with ever-more expensive rent, the "poor door" has become an outsized symbol. Technically, it doesn't exist yet. But earlier this month, New York City approved plans for a high-rise apartment in Manhattan that will include it: a separate entrance for the property's subsidized tenants. The luxury condo will otherwise have more than 150 market-rate apartments. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 7/31/2014 2:03:52 PM Stocks Fall in Argentina as Country Enters Default <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>International</em></strong><br />Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country defaulted on its bills for the second time in 13 years, raising fears the move could diminish foreign reserves, stoke inflation and drive the economy deeper into recession. <i>(The Washington Post)</i></p> 7/31/2014 1:58:59 PM Checking In From Home Leaves Entry for Hackers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Technology</em></strong><br />The same tools that help millions of Americans work from home are being exploited by cybercriminals to break into the computer networks of retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus. The Homeland Security Department, in a new report, warns that hackers are scanning corporate systems for remote access software &ndash; made by companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft &ndash; that allows outside contractors and employees to tap into computer networks over an Internet connection. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/31/2014 1:56:16 PM TAKE YOUR DEVELOPMENT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: NBMBAA Leadership Institute, September 17 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Professional Development</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> 7/31/2014 1:54:03 PM Target, for First Time, Chooses an Outsider as C.E.O. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>July 31, 2014</a> -- <em>Corporate America</em></strong><br />Coming off a series of setbacks, Target named a new chief executive on Thursday, bringing in an outsider to lead the company for the first time. The move was a clear sign that the retailer was casting aside its longtime custom of promoting top executives from within as it looked to right itself. <i>(The New York Times)</i></p> 7/31/2014 1:53:41 PM 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