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By ANNE KADET Businesses expect a lot more out of their employees these days, as a visit to Rioja, the top-rated Denver restaurant, can demonstrate. If you like Rioja's hazelnut tortamisu, thank pastry chef Eric Dale. And if you happen to pop your head into the bakery room and admire the tile job on the floor, you can thank him for that, too. Ever since his boss, chef Jen Jasinski, discovered that Mr.
Increasingly, the stories people tell me about their work and life choices break the conventional mold: A twentysomething entrepreneur starts a business while holding down another job and living on friend’s couch. He’s trading financial insecurity today for work he feels passionate about and a distant promise of a future payoff. A fortysomething father of two with a stay-at-home wife walks away from a lucrative legal career without knowing what his next step will be because he can’t tolerate the stress and relentless hours any longer. A single mother of three gets laid off and decides to start a not-for-profit instead of finding another job in advertising.
Videos/Audio: Society We're in a world full of good people, but who don't have a clear vocabulary for character.
The verdict is in: The Thatcher-Reagan-Blair-Clinton model of capitalism is a failure. By cutting taxes, slashing wages and destroying unions, the U.S. was supposed to lead the world in high-tech industry. But a recent study by the Asian Development Bank found that the majority of the added value of iPhones assembled in China come from high-tech companies in Japan, Germany and South Korea, whose inputs dwarf those from American companies. For a generation we’ve been told that the European and Asian capitalist countries were doomed by statism and high wages. Instead, they dominate global high-tech industrial production, while the U.S. continues to be deindustrialized. Oh, well, who needs manufacturing, anyway?
In business, storytelling is all the rage. Without a compelling story, we are told, our product, idea, or personal brand, is dead on arrival. In his book, Tell to Win , Peter Guber joins writers like Annette Simmons and Stephen Denning in evangelizing for the power of story in human affairs generally, and business in particular.
The National Labor Relations Board says you have the right to bellyache about your employer online -- but there are few important limits. (Kasia Cieplak-Mayr Von Baldegg) The right of workers to get together and moan about their bosses has been enshrined in U.S. law ever since 1935, when President Roosevelt signed the landmark National Labor Relations Act . The heart of the statute, known as Section 7, guarantees employees the right to organize, collectively bargain, and "engage in other concerted activities" for their "mutual aid and protection." That basically means you've got permission to whine about management at a bar without getting canned.
THERE is much to enjoy in Michael Mauboussin's latest book, The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports and Investing, but here are a few highlights. How do you distinguish skill from luck? He writes that There's a quick and easy way to test whether an activity involves skill; ask whether you can lose on purpose. In games of skill, it's clear that you can lose intentionally but when playing roulette or the lottery you can't lose on purpose
For a recent survey, IBM asked 6,000 top CEOs, CIOs, and CFOs about what companies are doing to make their business succeed. Their answers were not about doing "business as usual," but finding creative solutions for a fiercely competitive, rapidly moving marketplace. In a world where technology and global demands seem to change every day, here's a snapshot of what the view is like from the corner office.
Entrepreneur Jason Fried offers the most fundamental of all small-business advice: how to get good at making money. Justin Stephens Moneymaker in Chief Jason Fried relaxes at the Chicago headquarters of his software company, 37signals.
by Maria Popova Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends. “Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness , “and dedicate your life to it.”
January 2006 To do something well you have to like it. That idea is not exactly novel. We've got it down to four words: "Do what you love." But it's not enough just to tell people that.
Video of the Commencement address. I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation.
Fatminds is launching a Kayak meets Yelp for continuing education. The startup wants to help consumers find, research, ask questions and rate accredited adult courses, webinars, seminars, certificates and degrees. Co-founder Tejash Unadkat says he founded the startup after seeing the lack of online resources when he tried to help his sister find a graduate degree program that matched her interests, location, budget, and schedule. He soon learned that there wasn’t a centralized platform (like Yelp) where you could not only find a list of courses offered for a particular subject but can also see reviews of the programs. Fatminds is launching today with 10,000 educations institutions and courses (private, public, for profit and non-profit) in Massachusetts and California.
The coming world war is an all-out global war for good jobs. As of 2008, the war for good jobs has trumped all other leadership activities because it's been the cause and the effect of everything else that countries have experienced. This will become even more real in the future as global competition intensifies. If countries fail at creating jobs, their societies will fall apart.
Along with many thousands of others, I attended SXSW this month. And while there, I learned some important lessons (other than “exercise patience while waiting in line, AGAIN,” and “don’t eat barbecue every meal for 5 days.”). These lessons came from the panels I attended, but they were not from anything said within the panels.
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