Your team deserves recognition, so make sure you can share what they do and why it matters to the bottom line, writes Joel Garfinkle. This is best accomplished with a concise, easy-to-remember message that doesn't detail every task, he writes.
If you struggle to actively listen, try committing to the moment and striving to understand the speaker's message and the emotions behind it. "Get into a place of understanding, where you're both speaking the same language, figuratively and literally," Stephanie Vozza writes.
Research has determined that high expectations can lead to specific performance improvements, and this means the subtle actions people take each day add up over time, writes Shane Parrish. "Although we rarely notice it (unless we are on the receiving end of overt racism, sexism, and other forms of bias), those expectations dictate the opportunities we are offered, how we are spoken to, and the praise and criticism we receive," he writes.
William Kocken on Sunday preliminarily broke the Guinness World Record for carrying a 100-pound bag while running a marathon. The Army National Guard member attempted the record to raise funds for veterans.
The number of female Fortune 500 CEOs has fallen to 24, down from a record high of 32 last year. High-profile departures have included Irene Rosenfeld's retirement from Mondelez and Meg Whitman's decision to leave Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Some 140 actors, philanthropists and business leaders -- including well-known individuals such as Oprah Winfrey and Madeleine Albright -- have written an open letter calling for action to eliminate the gender gap. The gap is a problem everywhere, but it is "wider for women living in poverty," the letter notes.
Amazon has changed course and embraced a policy that will require the company to interview a diverse group of candidates for each board opening. The company said, however, that the policy was already in place on an informal basis.
It's important for the dialogue around workplace harassment and the gender gap to be inclusive of both women and men, says Anne Fulenwider, editor in chief of Marie Claire magazine. People need to listen and ask questions without shying away from difficult conversations, she says.