Nothing stings like paying your dues to a company, only to have those efforts go unrewarded when promotion time rolls around. If you feel like you've been slighted, Jeff Schmitt suggests sitting down with a decision-maker and finding out where your weaknesses lie -- whether it's making your contributions more visible, toning down the office politics or getting more experience. If the situation really seems hopeless, Schmitt suggests re-evaluating your career and looking for opportunities at other companies or in other industries.
Energy legislation aimed at limiting carbon emissions is expected to have a dramatic impact on a range of industries if it passes in its current form. Marie Leone explores the bill's potential consequences, from higher reporting costs to growing supply costs. Yet the bill's biggest cost may come for financial firms, she says, since it stands to make mergers and acquisitions more costly.
Establishing a personal brand is an important part of leadership development, says Gallup global brand strategist Blaise James, but that effort needs to be based on authentic traits and accomplishments. James advocates thinking as an "embedded entrepreneur" -- maintaining company loyalty while seeking to promote a personal brand through innovation and excellent performance.
While it may seem like the recession is never going to end, Fortune Magazine Senior Editor-At-Large Geoff Colvin argues that now is the time to explore strategies for profiting during the eventual recovery. Colvin's plan focuses on conserving cash and protecting areas of strong growth potential, two resources that a company will need to be resurgent when the market shifts. A reviewer remarks that the advice being given in remarkably sound, but that if a firm doesn't have a recovery plan by this point, no amount of good counsel may be able to save them.
The Nokia-controlled Symbian Foundation took another step toward an open-source platform by releasing its first software package covered by the Eclipse Public License. By releasing its OS Security Package source code under the EPL, Symbian developer Craig Heath said in a blog post, the company will be able to bypass U.K. export rules.