Your inability to focus hurts your team

Too many bosses act like "hyper-roosters," preening and strutting around the office without focus and thus hurting their employees' ability to be productive, writes Art Petty. If you think this is you, "[s]pend more time up front clarifying goals and direction and then back off and let people show you what they can do," Petty writes.

Calif. students find it difficult to gain admission to state colleges
12/1/2015 Reuters

California high-school students are having a hard time gaining admission to the 10-campus University of California system, according to a report by the Campaign for College Opportunity. Despite a promise from system leaders to accept more in-state students, decreased state funding and tighter admission standards have stymied enrollment, the report's authors said.

Chicago manufacturing index drops below break-even point

The Chicago manufacturing index fell below the break-even point of 50 in November, dropping to 48.7 from October's result of 56.2. Still, other regions are doing better, including southeast Michigan, which boasted a November manufacturing index of 57.1.

Wegmans continues rapid Mass. expansion with 6th store

Wegmans will continue its expansion across Massachusetts with its sixth store in the state, which will open in Medford. The New York-based retailer will also open future stores in Natick and Boston's Fenway neighborhood as part of an expansion plan through the state that is well on its way after being delayed.

Hospitals ask patients to help improve care

About 38% of US hospitals recruit patients and their families to serve on advisory committees in an effort to improve care, a survey published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety found. Patients say they see the councils as a way to advocate for other patients, and hospitals that have patient and family advisory councils tend to have higher patient satisfaction scores than hospitals that lack the councils.

Moet & Chandon, American Girl, Johnnie Walker turn to A-listers for short films
12/1/2015 Adweek

Brands such as Johnnie Walker, Moet & Chandon, Canada Goose, American Girl and JetBlue are using long-form video content starring or directed by A-list celebrities. "There's lots and lots of talk at the moment of things being shorter and of attention spans dying that has led to the Vine-able, Instagram-able, GIF-able world. ... But people are willing to engage with long-form content if the content is compelling enough," said Simon Owen of Anomaly, Johnnie Walker's creative shop.

Sources: FTC may block Staples' Office Depot acquisition
12/1/2015 FortuneNew York Post

The Federal Trade Commission has until Dec. 8 to approve or move to block Staples' proposed $6.3 billion acquisition of rival Office Depot, and the commission is leaning toward blocking it, sources said. The FTC blocked a 1997 merger of the two companies on anti-competitive concerns, but in 2013 it approved the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax.

Kid-centric VTech reports 5M accounts were hacked
12/1/2015 Engadget

Hackers cracked into 5 million customer accounts through "Learning Lodge," toy company VTech's application store, VTech confirmed. While credit card information was not stolen, identifying information tied to children, such as date of birth and gender, was compromised, as were customer names, encrypted passwords and addresses.

EPA issues final RFS volume requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday set the volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard at 16.28 billion gallons in 2014 and 2015 and 18.11 billion gallons next year, which are higher than its blending volume proposed in May but are still below the mandate that Congress set in 2007. Following the finalized requirements, BIO Executive Vice President Brent Erickson said "the rule undermines the goals of the statute, and it will continue to undercut investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels and increase greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation fuel sector."

Samsung taps Koh to take over mobile unit

Samsung Electronics will try to revive its flagging smartphone business by handing the reins to D.J. Koh, who will replace J.K. Shin as overseer of day-to-day operations. Koh worked under Shin as chief of mobile research and development, leading the team that created the Tizen operating system and the Samsung Pay mobile payment platform.

Commentary: US must address infrastructure crisis

Henry Cisneros, the former US secretary of Housing and Urban Development, says the country's infrastructure needs help if the economy is to grow. He cites the American Society of Civil Engineer's Report Card that gave the infrastructure a D grade and contends investment isn't a Democratic or Republican issue. "Increasing infrastructure investment on a national level by 1 percent of GDP over three years will result in an additional $270 billion in economic output," he writes. "Think about what that could mean for the countless families who will benefit from new jobs and new opportunities."

New global wind, solar capacity to surpass 100 GW, say analysts
12/1/2015 Bloomberg

New installed capacity from wind and solar projects around the world is expected to surpass 100 gigawatts over the next five years, according to Goldman Sachs. During that time period, wind and solar projects are expected to bring more new energy online than shale did over the previous five years, said the report. "We identify LEDs, solar [photovoltaic], onshore wind and hybrid and electric vehicles as clear front-runners in the emerging low-carbon economy," it said.

Hawaiian to fly to another airport in Tokyo

Hawaiian Airlines plans to fly to a second airport in Tokyo starting in July. The carrier currently offers flights from Honolulu to Tokyo Haneda, and will add flights from Honolulu to Tokyo Narita. "With average load factors routinely exceeding 90%, it is clear Japanese travelers have chosen Hawaiian as their carrier of choice when visiting our beautiful islands," said Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian.

Six Senses Spa Courchevel to open in fall 2016
12/1/2015 TravelPulse

Six Senses Spa Courchevel will open next fall in the French Alps. The spa will feature five treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, saunas, a steam room, indoor swimming pool, relaxation lounge and juice bar. Treatments include signature massages, facials, restorative therapies and body treatments.