Here's an alternative to micromanagement

The opposite of micromanagement is a leadership approach in which trusted workers are given training, expectations and the authority to find solutions and make decisions on their own, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. That gives bosses the space to focus on big-picture thinking and also helps get the best out of their newly empowered employees. "Let the direct reports share what they've experienced and how they would do things differently, if at all, the next time," Baldoni says.

State funding for need-based college grants grows

States across the nation increased funding for undergraduate need-based grant aid during 2013-14, a new report finds. Such funding grew by about 4% nationwide, from around $7 billion to $7.4 billion during that time, the report shows.

Portugal's governing coalition defeats challenge by Socialists

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has lost his majority in parliament but retained control of the government, scoring a clear victory over the opposition, Socialist leader Antonio Costa. With 21 seats still to be decided, Coelho's coalition has won 94 seats, while the Socialists have 79.

Associated Food promotes "ugly" produce with Misfit program

Several Associated Food Stores have partnered with Robinson Fresh to launch a produce program that offers a discount variety of "ugly" seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Misfit program aims to raise awareness and encourage the reduction of food waste, and offers a treasure hunt experience for customers, the companies said.

Children with infections early in life at increased risk of celiac disease
HealthDay News

Norwegian researchers found children who had 10 or more respiratory and gastrointestinal infections during the first 18 months of life had a 30% higher risk of having celiac disease than those who had fewer than five infections. The findings in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, based on almost 73,000 children, also revealed a greater risk of celiac disease among those who had repeated respiratory infections, compared with those with repeated gastrointestinal infections.

Emirates releases Jennifer Aniston ad online

Emirates Airline has released an online video ad featuring new brand ambassador Jennifer Aniston. It shows Aniston exploring a non-Emirates aircraft while pointing out missing amenities.

Jet aims for digital success with old-school ad strategy

Online retail startup Jet has been spending $5 million a week on a national, multi-channel ad campaign that helped send it to fourth place on ChannelAdvisor's list of most popular marketplaces less than a month after its launch. The company will spend about $100 million on old-school advertising over the next year, CEO Marc Lore said, as it competes with Amazon and other established players by expanding the pool of online shoppers.

How Xbox One users can reprogram controller buttons
The Verge

An upcoming Microsoft software update will let Xbox One users reprogram the buttons on a controller for a more customized fit, Dante D'Orazio writes.

Mexico-based Rimsa to be acquired by Teva in $2.3B deal
PharmaTimes (U.K.)

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries agreed to pay $2.3 billion to purchase Rimsa, a Mexico-based drug developer. The acquisition will boost Teva's presence in Mexico, making it the leading pharmaceutical company in the country. The deal is expected to be completed early next year.

Motorola dumps "extraneous" add-ons to make room for "Marshmallow"

Motorola Mobility's move to adopt Android "Marshmallow" will result in the Lenovo unit eliminating some features it had introduced on its devices, such as Motorola Assist, Connect and Migrate. Those add-ons are now extraneous, given the features offered on the new Android platform, Motorola noted on its blog.

Distillation system taps sun to produce clean water

A solar distillation system uses vacuum tube solar collectors to mimic nature's process and produces clean water from nearly any source at low cost. The system by WaterStillar Water Works functions even on cloudy days, although at a slower rate, and can be scaled up to produce as much as 2,642 gallons of drinking water per day.

White House initiative works to boost US offshore wind industry

The White House last week outlined plans to get the US offshore wind industry off the ground. The White House has awarded Maine, Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts each a grant of $600,000 to support offshore wind development. It has also established an interagency group in support of offshore wind. As part of that effort, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to offer areas off the coasts of North Carolina and New Jersey.

Alaska debuts sixth new destination this year

Alaska Airlines started service from Seattle to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., as the sixth new destination served this year. The daily nonstop service operates with Boeing 737-900 aircraft.

5 pumpkin spa treatments near Indianapolis

Leslie Bailey shares information about five pumpkin treatments available at Indianapolis-area spas: the Pumpkin Patch Massage at Michelle's Hidden Spa inside Texture Salon, the Pumpkin Spice Pedicure at Glow Salon and Spa, the Pumpkin Mask at Robert's Salon & Day Spa, the Hydrating Pumpkin Facial at Evan Todd Spa & Salon, and Pumpkin Toner available at Spa 170 West.