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3 Major Differences Between Consulting and Startup Life

Andrew Faircloth and Brent Macon were management consultants for three years (Andrew with Bain & Co., Brent with McKinsey & Co.). They started Primer Sports in August 2015 to help outgoing professionals use sports to connect with people in the workplace and beyond. Both are first-time entrepreneurs. Read More >

McKinsey Goes to Prison: Unusual Consulting Assignments

I'll admit that my eyebrows went up when I received an email from a colleague this week with the headline "McKinsey Back in Prison." First, a moment of self-doubt: was there a scandal I'd missed? An appeal hearing related to the Galleon Group affair? Nope: everything is on the level. Read More >

Which Companies Have the Healthiest Employees?

Although the answer to this question isn't something we know now, we might in the very near future. According to the Wall Street Journal: A group of employers, including International Business Machines Corp., PepsiCo Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, are weighing how to publicly report-and measure-the health of their workforce. Read More >

Is Hard Work Paying Off?

From an early age, we are told that if we work hard, we can achieve anything. We are cited quotes by famous people who have succeeded in their respective fields. The notion that success is measured by job title, money, stability, and respect is embedded in our minds. The only thing missing from this list is our own happiness, something that has only recently been added, arguably by millennials. Read More >

Raises at Wal-Mart: Why You Should Pay Attention

Wal-Mart is raising pay for the majority of its hourly-wage employees, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Great news for those people but hardly of much interest to the rest of us, right? But maybe it should be. According to the Journal article, the move will affect close to 1.2 million employees of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. Want some context on that number? Read More >

Is Gender Pay Discrimination a Myth?

The gender pay gap is a tricky, emotive subject to deal with at the best of times. As a recent Freakonomics podcast makes clear, even the best-known statistic about it-that women in the US make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes-can be problematic when teased apart. To be clear: that ratio is more or less correct for the population as a whole. Read More >

15 Ways to Network Even After You Have a Job

Networking experts will tell you to "never stop networking." And this includes when you're employed. The fact is, when you're employed can be among the best times to network, because people won't assume you're only reaching out to them to ask about a job. But how do you keep networking when you're busily engaged in your new position? Here are 15 different ways to do just that: 1. Read More >

How GM is Killing 250,000 Jobs

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the robots are coming for your job. The latest instalment of this real-life saga: GM's recent $500 million investment in ride-share startup Lyft, which the automaker swiftly followed up with an announcement that it is seeking launch a pilot program of a self-driving fleet of cabs in Austin, Texas. Read More >

What Managers Can Learn From Coaches

Watching a great sports team play together is something amazing. The perfectly coordinated teamwork. The impressive displays of athleticism. The obvious joy of the game that radiates from their success.  All of these qualities indicate a certain harmony that comes from time, experience, and hard work. Read More >

The One Thing Cruz, Rubio, Clinton, and Sanders Agree On: Wall Street Stinks

During his final State of the Union address, President Obama joked that he'd make his speech short so everyone can get back to Iowa, meaning to the campaign trail, meaning Republicans and Democrats can both return to preaching to their respective bases, meaning both Republicans and Democrats can return to bashing Wall Street. Yes, this time around, even the Republicans are bashing bankers, biting the hands that often feed them. Read More >

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