Fewer holiday window displays among New York City retailers suggest they might be giving in to the supremacy of online shopping. "I've been here 25 years, and in my experience, our desire is not to sell merchandise so much as to be part of the New York experience," said Jack Hruska, executive vice president for creative services at Bloomingdale's.
Although leaders should be proud and empower their employees to feel the same, there are limits to pride's benefits, writes James Heskett. Arrogance among proud employees can ultimately harm relationships with customers, investors or suppliers.
Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture's North American business, says banning corporate memos in favor of live-stream video was one of the best leadership decisions she's ever made. To have an open company culture, "you need people to show up to events and feel like leaders are being authentic with them," she says.
Social media platforms place a premium on sound-bite ideas that are easily consumed, pithy and memorable, much like the oral traditions of a pre-literate age, writes Joe Weisenthal. Similarly, argues Hossein Derakhshan, "we should write and read more, link more often, and watch less television and fewer videos -- and spend less time on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube."
Employees who lack motivation may need discretionary time to tap their intrinsic motivation, writes Susan Fowler. To address this, leaders can encourage employees to take "mindfulness moments" or discuss their professional and personal interests.
Managers should make an effort to increase engagement with remote employees if they want to keep them, cautions Wayne Turmel. "Many (not all, but enough to be statistically significant) teleworkers and remote employees view their work as transactional," he writes.
Mummified legs found in Nefertari's tomb in 1904 are indeed the Egyptian queen's, according to findings published in PLOS ONE. Radiocarbon dating did not place the remains at the time of Nefertari's reign, but researchers say they've eliminated other possibilities.
Lauren Wesley Wilson, president and founder of ColorComm, says diversity and inclusion efforts should be a priority for companies. "There should be a mechanism in place to nurture, mentor and sponsor individuals who are excelling in their roles as well as be able to create a healthy mix in entry-, middle- and C-level executives across these companies," she says.
The US Tax Court has ruled that payments to a company president's four sons were not reasonable and therefore not deductible. The court looked at several factors, including the amount, the proportionality to the sons' stock interests and the purpose of the compensation.
Dallas-based Stevens Transport refused to hire a trucker because of his medication for bipolar disorder and did not individually review his case, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says. EEOC trial attorney Meaghan Shepard said the company's actions violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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