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8/18/2017

An environment of trust, appreciation and innovation helps people be happy and perform effectively and creatively, writes Larry Senn. Encourage others to be open to change, foster open communications and recognize successes.

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8/18/2017

Limit distractions from Slack by turning off desktop notifications and using the Do Not Disturb or Snooze features, say members of the Young Entrepreneur Council. You can also set up a channel specifically for nonwork chatter, says Solomon Thimothy of OneIMS.

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8/18/2017

With the world increasingly conducting business and commerce online, customers have a low level of trust because they don't trust how their data is used but feel they have no other choices, writes Susan Etlinger of Altimeter Group, one of many respondents to a report on internet trust. Nearly half of the responses collected by Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center expressed optimism that trust will improve over the next decade.

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Pew Research Center
8/18/2017

Etsy has experienced firsthand the difficulties of being a publicly traded company while also trying to live up to the ideals of certified B Corporations, writes Simon Montlake. Etsy saw its CEO ousted this year amid a round of layoffs but reported a profit in its most recent quarter.

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8/18/2017

Brainstorming, combined with thought starters and clear parameters and goals, can help you uncover valuable ideas, writes Lisa Kent. Keep participants informed of relevant background data, and consider bringing in outsiders to broaden perspectives and ask important questions.

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Forbes
8/18/2017

Quality exercise even just once or twice a week can give people similar health benefits as working out for the same collective amount of time throughout the week, according to a study led by Gary O'Donovan. Federal guidelines call for 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of rigorous activity each week.

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New York magazine
8/18/2017

Computer Generated Solutions CEO Phil Friedman has learned to never stop seeking new knowledge and to pull from the experience of those around him. His company is global, and he grew up under the former Soviet Union and says those experiences help him understand the importance of local cultures and hiring leaders locally rather than sending Americans all over the world.

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8/18/2017

A recent discovery by a team at the Australian National University has led some scientists to believe that 650 million years ago, algae boomed and contributed nutrients to a food chain that sparked larger, more complex creatures to evolve. Before the rise of algae, bacteria were the dominant life-forms on Earth, and ocean phosphate levels were low.

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BBC, The Atlantic online
8/18/2017

Ford will pay $10.1 million to resolve a racial and sexual harassment investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that black employees and female employees at two Ford plants in Chicago were subject to harassment and were retaliated against when they complained.

8/18/2017

The National Labor Relations Board told the Supreme Court in a brief that employees can bring class-action cases even if they've signed arbitration agreements that include class-action waivers. The NLRB says the waivers violate the right to protected concerted activity spelled out in the National Labor Relations Act -- a position at odds with the Justice Department's view.