Steve Tobak writes that he is surprised that so many tech executives are unable to speak in plain English. "I used to think that being able to explain complex concepts in simple terms was a prerequisite for running a technology company. Now I'm not so sure."
Upscale eateries that once adhered to strict dress codes for their guests now vary much more in their expectations, a change driven in large part by restaurateurs' personal preferences along with corporate America's relaxation of old rules. "I just think it all depends on the individual restaurant, and a lot of restaurants have evolved to be more casual," said French Laundry general manager Michael Minnillo.
About 56% of small businesses surveyed by the National Small Business Association said the biggest tax problem they have is the administrative work of filing. The burdens of filing outweighed even the financial burdens of taxes, the survey found. The poll also found most business owners want a simpler tax code. "The overwhelming majority of small-business owners support broad reform of the federal tax code -- not tinkering with certain taxes here and there," says Todd McCracken, NSBA president and CEO. The AICPA has a longstanding tradition of advocating for sound tax policy.
South Dakota, Alaska and Wyoming have tax laws that are the most hospitable to businesses, according to this year's State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation. The organization said the report is designed to educate lawmakers and help them measure their state's performance against that of other regions. New York, California and New Jersey are the least friendly on account of complexity, high rates and fewer business exemptions.
Most leaders' hearts are more or less in the right place, writes John Paul Rollert, but too many lack the conceptual tools to think critically about the potential ethical pitfalls they face. To hone your business ethics, Rollert recommends writing down an explicit ethical code to serve as a beacon while you navigate the moral fog of daily life. "It acts as a guide to career development, a warning against inevitable temptation, and the voice of conscience when one diverges from the path," Rollert writes.