Retirement has given David Letterman time to put his life's work -- and how much energy he put into it -- into perspective, including his rivalry with Jay Leno. "I'm a little embarrassed that, for 33 years, it was the laser focus of my life," Letterman says.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is close to proposing rules making it easier for shareholders to vote for corporate directors nominated by investors, rather than candidates backed by management, people familiar with the matter said. The rules would create a universal ballot to be used when elections are contested.
Starting Dec. 1, more employees will be eligible for overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 per week. Laura Vanderkam offers eight ways employers can minimize overtime pay, including re-evaluating work processes, offering flex time and tracking hours.
True leaders don't say they've completed their journey because leadership is not a destination but something you do, Steve Keating writes. "They are constantly learning, always growing and perpetually looking for new ways to help their people succeed," he writes.
Embracing anxiety and being courageous enough to face fears are prerequisites for being bold enough to make tough decisions, writes LaRae Quy, a former FBI agent. "History has shown us that those with the guts to step forward and lead change are the winners when things turn around," she writes.
The beloved tales of Curious George might not have become known if not for the courage of his creators, Hans Reyersbach and Margarete Waldstein, who assembled two handmade bicycles and fled hundreds of miles over 11 days to Portugal to escape the invading Nazi army.
Initiating communication is an important first step in having tough conversations, but leaving them half-finished causes discomfort for everyone, leadership coach Dan Rockwell says. "The only thing more important than bringing up tough issues is working them through to useful conclusions," he advises.
International trade deals can have far-reaching implications for how companies are regulated and compete, writes Georgetown professor Marc Busch. "The multiplicity of rules rewards those companies that can navigate the complex web of overlapping trade agreements," he says.
Blue Diamond Growers CEO Mark Jansen has learned to appreciate the contributions of all team members. "Leadership happens at all levels, and there is a lot more than just your place on the org chart that determines how much of a leader that you are," he says.
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