Ford Motor will spend $7 billion originally earmarked for cars on developing SUVs, an indication of how automakers are losing interest in the less profitable sedan market. Today's SUVs and trucks also have better gas mileage and smaller, more lightweight designs than their predecessors, which potentially leaves the sedan without a place in the market.
Motivate yourself to get started on a daunting project by tackling a small task with a low threshold for completion, Lila MacLellan writes. Keep in mind that the impulse to wait until you're "in the mood" may be a coping mechanism for a fear of failure.
Employees will resent sweeping change that isn't accompanied by the necessary resources or communication about what the changes entail and how it relates to individuals, writes Paul LaRue. "Don't think the new systems will ferret out 'weak links' as you may lose good people who would otherwise be your champions with the right training and support," he writes.
People who laugh together bond, so a workplace with leaders who exhibit a good sense of humor is more likely to collaborate around shared goals and resolve conflict, write Jamie Anderson and Gabor George Burt. Context is key, as self-deprecation by an executive might make that person appear more approachable but can also have downsides.
The lowest wage earners in the US are getting their first significant raise since the Great Recession thanks to near full employment, writes Annie Lowrey. Hiring is also extending to the long-term unemployed and other groups that traditionally are most likely to be out of work.
Growth spurts can disrupt an organization's culture, making it crucial that leadership continue to be actively involved with staff on a daily basis, says Munjal Shah, CEO of Health IQ. He recommends holding office hours for mentoring and providing daily opportunities for people to share accomplishments.
Divers recently discovered a 216-mile cavern when exploring a maze of channels beneath the Yucatan peninsula, and the find could offer insights into ancient Mayan civilization. "It allows us to appreciate much more clearly how the rituals, the pilgrimage sites and ultimately the great pre-Hispanic settlements that we know emerged," says Guillermo de Anda, the director of the Gran Acuifero Maya project.
Create a plan for the platforms you will use and how much time you will spend on online networking, write Ivan Misner and Brian Hilliard in this book excerpt. "No matter how many sites you're active on, be very clear with yourself -- and with others -- about your motives and goals," they write.
Don't feel guilty about declining a job offer in order to pursue something better, even if you've already verbally committed to it, Liz Ryan writes. HR departments are generally understanding about candidates dropping out at late stages in the hiring process.
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