A Forbes investigation into Papa John's pizza company unveils a toxic culture of sexual harassment, spying and confidential settlements, allegedly fostered by founder John Schattner and some high-level executives. Current and former employees detail Schattner's control over the company, including nondisparagement contracts and mandatory arbitration, frequent executive turnover and numerous occasions of sexist behavior.
Recently fired St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was long known as a poor in-game strategist, but it was his strong management of players that kept him employed -- until this year, when he lost the clubhouse's support, writes Michael Baumann. "A clubhouse is a workplace, and like most employees, ballplayers usually perform better when they enjoy their work, or at least feel invested in it," he writes.
Sandra Oh, Elisabeth Moss, Angela Bassett, Thandie Newton, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Claire Foy sat down for The Hollywood Reporter's Drama Actress Roundtable to discuss producing, earning enough money to say no to certain jobs, de-stereotyping scripts, and fighting against the "sexy" label. "Do we have to be sexy in order to be powerful?" Newton said. "Let's start looking at the way things are described. ... I have daughters, and I don't want them thinking they have to be sexy in order to be powerful."
Marvel has hired Cate Shortland to direct its new "Black Widow" film, starring Scarlett Johansson. The studio considered over 49 directors before choosing Shortland, who is known for directing films such as "Lore" and "Berlin Syndrome." Jac Schaeffer will produce and write the screenplay.
A group of 21 transgender writers, actors and directors spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about their efforts to gain acceptance in Hollywood, and what Scarlett Johansson's public exit from the starring transgender role in "Rub & Tug" means for the industry. "The public outcry from both trans and nontrans people, along with the media attention given to this issue over the past few weeks should be a game-changing moment for transgender portrayals in media," GLAAD's Nick Adams said.
Being stuck in a rut as a CEO could mean you need a coach to help realign the company, writes Alex Vorobieff. "To get a sense of how much a coach relies on a set style or is open to the right tool for your specific needs, ask what tools and processes he or she uses and why," he writes.
The number of Americans filing for state unemployment benefits fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 207,000, the smallest number since December 1969, the Labor Department said. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected claims to rise to 220,000.
When communicating with colleagues, don't be long-winded, don't interrupt and don't be quick to debate everything, Art Petty writes. "Ask for feedback from trusted colleagues on your communication style, including whether you are known for sharing ideas and communicating in a crisp, transparent manner," he advises.
Avon is trying to become a digitally driven company that sells online rather than door-to-door, shifting its focus to international markets where e-commerce is less established. Avon sold its US business and is now based in London as it seeks a survival strategy.
Getting the most from your team requires knowing the type of feedback to give to each person, writes Dan Rockwell. Experienced workers often do best with constructive criticism, while newer employees need positive reinforcement.
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