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CEO Tweets of the Week: Gates, Branson, Levie, and Case

"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative." "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." These quotes of failure (from Woody Allen, Thomas Edison, and Samuel Beckett, respectively) have been popularized for a reason. And that reason is failure is the route to success. That said, failing stinks. Read More >

Celebrating Black History Month in the Workplace: The Power of One

In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson and the Reverend Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Nine years later, Woodson and Moorland led a successful petition calling for the second week in February to be devoted to celebrating the heritage and achievements of African Americans. In the 1960s, that weeklong celebration became a month-long one, and in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month. Read More >

Can Stock Photos Eliminate Sexism in the Workplace?

If you read articles on the Internet, you can't escape stock photos. In fact, you are looking at one right now! While some are certainly more creative than others, the carefully contrived images of 30 something office workers in painfully straight pinstripe suits are almost laughable. Although many of us might not give these images spicing up our blogs and news articles much thought, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg is.  Sandberg's nonprofit organization, LeanIn. Read More >

6 of the Best: Consulting Research Paper Roundup

With so much information competing for your attention, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest developments and ideas in your field-and none more than consulting, where leading firms compete to produce game-changing ideas and insights.  Of course, one of the unfortunate by-products of all that research is that much of it is just not that interesting or relevant. Read More >

Women: For Greater Productivity, Lean Away—From the Mirror

"Complete a pre-MBA course at Oxford Business School, become proficient at a musical instrument or learn another language." According to Tracey Spicer during her recent TED talk, that's what women could do with the 3,276 hours they currently spend grooming for work. Oh, and if they groom too much, they might need those extra hours for a second job: "If a woman doubles her grooming time, her earnings decrease on average 3.4 per cent," Spicer says. Read More >

Love Is In The Air: Vault's 2014 Office Romance Survey

While office romances are more accepted than ever in the workplace, men and women may be entering into these relationships for entirely different reasons. According to Vault.com's 2014 Office Romance Survey, 56% of business professionals surveyed say they have participated in some type of workplace relationship, but the types of behavior associated with these unique company connections differ significantly between the sexes. Read More >

Should We Be Working Less and Sleeping More?

The Congressional Budget Office predicted earlier this week that one of the side-effects of the Affordable Care Act would be to eliminate the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs, almost entirely as a result of "a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply. Read More >

Dinr L8R PLZ XOXO ;) – Is it Appropriate to Send Personal Texts at Work?

With Valentine's Day looming, many young lawyers and law students may feel panic motivating them to start upping their text game to lock down that compulsory romantic February 14th date (or going radio silent to avoid the impending awkward allusions to dinner plans). I can only assume this exchange will be conducted via text, because I don't think cell phones have the capability to actually make calls anymore. Read More >

CEO Tweets of the Week: Branson, Gross, Musk, and Allen

It's too bad that JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon isn't among the increasing number of CEOs who tweet, because I would've loved to have read his 140-character blast after he received an $8.5 million raise last week for his 2013 efforts (a/k/a cutting deals with the Feds, keeping his options in the money, etc.). In any case, below is a handful of other prominent CEOs who posted prominent tweets in the past week.  1. Read More >

Jobs and the SOTU: Does the President's Agenda Have a Chance?

President Obama's State of the Union speech last night focused to a large degree on jobs and, specifically, on two key planks related to labor: the need to create more jobs, and raising wages for those at the bottom of the compensation ladder. Here are the main takeaways from the speech on those issues:   Setting the scene  No State of the Union speech would be complete without a progress check. Read More >

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