What Happens When Leaders Walk Their Talk
What leaders say is far less important than what they do. That's one of the clearest conclusions we drew from a study, in collaboration with HBR, of 19,000 employees around the world, focused on how they experience their lives at work. (You can still take the survey to see how your experience compares to other HBR readers'.) As we reported last week, companies seeking more sustainable high performance from their employees need to meet four of their core needs: renewal (physical); value (emotional), focus (mental) and meaning and purpose (spiritual)...
Make Me an Offer I Can't Refuse
All of your direct response marketing advertising campaigns are a mixture of art and science. The art is in writing the sales letter. The science is in tracking responses and using statistical computations to plan future campaigns.
The Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment
What does divestment accomplish? It avoids the ugly picture of trustees seeking to profit from emissions of carbon through the sale and burning of fossil fuel reserves and from the massive use of shareholder funds to search for more fossil fuels to sell and burn.
18 People Explain Why They Donated To That Weird Potato Salad Kickstarter
On Labor Day Weekend, 29-year-old Gina Haraszti and her co-workers at a Montreal research lab plan on taking a road trip down to Columbus, Ohio, to eat potato salad with a random guy they heard about on the Internet. "One of my colleagues said this was the Woodstock of our generation," Haraszti said on Wednesday. "There's something seriously wrong with that, but it's still kind of fascinating...
29 Things We'll Miss About Malls When They're Dead And Gone
America's shopping malls are dying a slow, painful death. And they're taking our teenage memories with them. 1. Like that fresh mall smell. 2. And having a convenient place to get away from the parents. 3. Or if you're a parent, having a place to plop your annoying 13-year-old for a couple blissful hours. 4. It was also a great way to "accidentally" run into your crush. 5. And then go on date with said crush once you'd gotten that far...
Crumbs Could Rise Again Thanks To Reality TV Star
The Crumbs cupcake chain isn't getting swept off the table just yet. Just days after announcing it was shuttering virtually all of its stores, CEO and General Counsel Edward Slezak has told the Associated Press that "various interested parties" could give the business an opportunity to restructure and rise again. One such interested party is Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC's business turnaround show "The Profit" and the chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises...
Success in Your Home Based business
From a young age I dreamt of better things and achieving success. I had a vision of creating something unique, creating relationships with people and becoming a better person. Define your own definition of success and make it unique to you.
When you find yourself in a heated argument, a fear filled spiral, or an anxiety-induced panic attack, and you're the only one in the room, take a series of deep breaths. Your body will start to relax, and your mind will begin to slow down. When your body relaxes, your mind tends to follows.
Colorado Shops Have Sold About $90 Million Of Recreational Weed
In the first five months of legal retail sales, Colorado dispensaries sold about $90 million worth of recreational marijuana, The Denver Post reported Thursday. Medical marijuana brought in about $165 million in revenue during the same January-through-May period. Six months after the historic first sales of legal weed, the retail side of the industry isn't fully online, but more marijuana dispensaries continue to open each month...
New Analysis Debunks Claim That A Higher Minimum Wage Kills Job Growth
A higher minimum wage doesn't have to kill jobs. The 13 U.S. states that increased their minimum wages on January 1 saw higher employment growth, on average, than the states where the minimum wage didn't change, according to an analysis by the Center for Economic Policy Research, a progressive think tank.
Tech earnings take center stage next week
Big tech names set to report next week include Intel Corp and Yahoo Inc on Tuesday; The tech sector has the highest projected earnings growth rate among the 10 S&P sectors for the second quarter at 12.3 percent, its best quarter since the first quarter of 2012. Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in a note that the information technology sector "appears to be the most undervalued sector," giving investors more reasons to be bullish on tech stocks...
Swiss chocolate maker Lindt near deal to buy Russell Stover: report
Swiss-based chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli is in advanced discussions to acquire family-owned U.S. candy business Russell Stover, and the two companies could announce an agreement as early as next week, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. Russell Stover, known for its boxed chocolates, is the third-largest U.S. candy company by sales. Lindt is the Swiss-based maker of Lindor chocolate balls and gold foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies...
Fed officials debate timing of interest rate increases: WSJ
(Reuters) - A debate is intensifying among the Federal Reserve's regional bank presidents about whether to push interest rates up from zero sooner than planned because of recent improvements in the U.S. job market, the Wall Street Journal reported. Most Fed officials at June's policy meeting didn't see rate increases until 2015, according to projections made before the Labor Department reported on July 3 that the jobless rate fell to 6...
Harbinger sues U.S. government over wireless company LightSquared: report
Phil Falcone's governmentPartners has filed suit against the U.S. government, accusing it of reneging on an agreement regarding bankrupt Harbinger-backed wireless company LightSquared LP, the Wall Street Journal reported. Harbinger, in a suit filed on Friday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, said global positioning systems companies unlawfully used spectrum owned by LightSquared, the Journal said...
Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina
By Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Lough BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on a trip to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia's influence in Latin America. Putin's energy minister, Alexander Novak, told reporters in the Argentine capital that the Russian state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, had made an offer to tender for the construction of two new nuclear power units in Argentina...
Shire seeks AbbVie bid of close to 53 pounds per share: sources
By Olivia Oran and Soyoung Kim NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shire Plc is seeking a higher takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc that would value the company at about 31 billion pounds ($53 billion), according to people familiar with the matter. Shire, which on Friday confirmed it has met with AbbVie to discuss a takeover, had asked AbbVie to sweeten its offer to close to 53 pounds per share in order to get blessing from the Dublin-based maker of drugs for rare diseases, the people said...
UK to demand job assurances in foreign takeovers: Sky News
Britain is to set out proposals to force foreign buyers of key UK companies to make binding commitments to secure jobs and research budgets, Sky News reported on Saturday. Business Secretary Vince Cable is expected to announce the plans shortly to prevent the erosion of Britain's knowledge base, it added. Sky said it understood Cable wants to strengthen the powers of the Takeover Panel, which oversees mergers and takeovers involving British companies...
Acquisition talks show Reynolds' taste for menthol
By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - The enduring popularity of menthol may be a big motivator behind Reynolds American Inc's interest in buying smaller rival Lorillard Inc , which has the best-selling U.S. cigarette brand with the additive. While potential cost savings from economies of scale in a declining industry may be the main driver for the multi-billion-dollar deal, Lorillard's leading U...