Alabama plans to alter its lethal injection procedure tonight in the execution of a man who has vein damage caused by drug use and illness. The state plans to insert the intravenous line into the legs or feet, instead of the arms, of Doyle Lee Hamm, who was convicted of killing a motel clerk in a 1987 robbery.
Beating a dire cancer diagnosis emboldened Vice Cream founder Dan Shorr to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit while hiring smart people to manage while he tackles strategy and fundraising. "If I find that I am managing the team, I think I have the wrong team as a small company," he says.
Automation eliminates the emotional connection customers enjoy with service from people, so have opportunities available for human interaction, writes Ryan Buell of Harvard Business School. Well-trained staff should be easily accessible if automated transactions go awry, and the ease of automated communications such as emails and auto-dialing shouldn't be used differently than how a human would communicate, he writes.
Leaders need to be wary of talking too much, thinking they know it all and looking down on passion, says leadership coach Ralph Simone. When you're doing all the talking, "[y]ou're not necessarily connecting or you're not tapping into the ideas that your people have, that your customers have, that your clients have," he says.
You might find yourself speaking before an audience that's culturally different from you, so you'll want to be prepared, especially for how their expectations might differ, writes Jim Anderson. Some speech techniques common to the US, such as self-effacing humor or a quick pace, do not impress other cultures, he writes.
The first land plants on Earth may have appeared 100 million years earlier than previously thought, argues a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. The study examined the genes of living plants instead of relying only on fossil evidence.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered a ban on "bump stocks," which enable more rapid firing of semiautomatic rifles. The suspect in last week's Florida school shooting, in which 17 people were killed, did not use a bump stock; the shooter in the Las Vegas mass killing in October did.
Unions representing workers at Walt Disney World Resorts have filed a complaint alleging unfair labor practices, saying the company is withholding $1,000 bonuses until new contracts are signed. "If the unionized employees do not accept Disney's offer by August 31, 'the bonus offer will expire,' " the Service Trades Council said in a news release.
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would not hear two California cases involving gun laws. The court's decision means the state's 10-day waiting period to buy firearms will stay in place, as will gun-transaction fees that are used to fund background checks.
Managing stress is all about developing resiliency, not using the latest productivity app, write Ama Marston and Stephanie Marston. It's important to adjust your perception of stress and to recognize that some things are under your control and others are not, they write.