Gallup: Make feedback effective, not deflating

Almost 80% of employees who come away from a performance review with negative feelings -- criticized, demotivated -- will seek a new job, according to research from Gallup. This article outlines four ways managers can provide effective feedback, such as by detailing specific areas where workers have been successful or where they need improvement.

Elementary school goes all in on art

An elementary school in California that was slated for closure went through an overhaul and changed its focus to center on art. The approach integrates art into instruction, including assessment, for all subjects and uses habits of successful artists to help guide learning.

Land O'Lakes CEO: Agtech is the future of farm survival
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With chronically depressed commodity prices, tariffs and bad weather hurting farmers, the solution is found in agtech, Land O'Lakes CEO Beth Ford says during a "60 Minutes" interview, citing examples such as artificial intelligence technology coordinating with satellite imagery to determine cost-efficient planting strategies. "We use all of the things that probably other businesses use but that people are unfamiliar with in terms of utilization in agriculture," says Ford.

Cracker Barrel pays $36M for 33-unit Maple Street Biscuit Co.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has acquired Florida-based Maple Street Biscuit Company, a 33-unit fast-casual breakfast and brunch concept, for $36 million. Cracker Barrel will turn its Holler & Dash Biscuit House units into Maple Street restaurants, Cracker Barrel CEO Sandra Cochran said.

Machine learning system analyzes tumors faster than human boards

A cloud-based machine learning tumor analysis system was significantly faster than conventional tumor boards in making treatment decisions based on biomarkers in a study involving 1,725 patients, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The virtual molecular tumor board, which ranks treatment options and notes applicable clinical trials within a two-hour drive, could make specialized care available to more patients.

Social platforms finding value in audience networks

Snapchat and TikTok are joining Google, Facebook and LinkedIn in building audience networks to entice brand ad spend, writes Shoshana Wodinsky. Advertisers are finding the networks offer scale and reach at a good value, but some voice concern about the ability to track ad placement and conduct post-campaign analysis.

Abercrombie to back mental health education effort

Abercrombie & Fitch will join with Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit co-founded by actor Glenn Close, to bring attention to mental health. The fashion retailer will help fund the launch of BC2M clubs at high schools in central Ohio to help educate students on mental health issues and encourage them to challenge stereotypes about mental illness.

Huawei says it gets 1M cyberattacks a day

Chinese tech giant Huawei says it's the target of about a million cyberattacks a day, some of them from the US. As the company fends off accusations that it does the bidding of China's government to collect data and create disruptions, security chief John Suffolk said CEO Ren Zhengfei, if ever asked to compromise the company, "would close the company down."

Landmark opioids trial to proceed

A landmark trial against opioid makers and distributors will proceed after the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals said US District Judge Dan Polster has not appeared to be biased against the industry in his rulings or public statements.

ESPN head sees tech giants vying for NFL rights

Silicon Valley companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are likely to jump into the bidding for National Football League TV rights that expire in 2021 and 2022, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said, though he expressed confidence his network would retain an NFL deal. Pitaro also pointed to the success of ESPN+, a premium streaming service with more than 2 million subscribers.

Contractors may request financing details, experts say

Contractors and subcontractors can take steps to verify that owners are on secure financial footing before agreeing to projects. Many construction contracts allow contractors to ask for "reasonable evidence" of financing, legal experts say.

Students protest for climate action

High school students have inspired throngs of activists and ordinary citizens worldwide to join the Global Climate Strike today to demand action on climate change from their national leaders. Over a million students were excused from school in New York City to participate in strike protests, while similar demonstrations are occurring in major cities all over the world.

TSA seizes two guns in three days at Boston Logan

Transportation Security Administration agents seized two firearms in separate incidents over three days at Boston Logan International Airport, bringing the number of guns seized this year to 14. One person was charged, and another with an expired concealed carry license partly cleared.

Hotel Trundle in Columbia, S.C., earns spot on Southern Living list

Hotel Trundle, a 41-room boutique property in downtown Columbia, S.C., has been named as one of 24 Southern Living Hotel Collection destinations that "embody the essence of exceptional Southern hospitality," the magazine says. Owners Rita Patel and Marcus Munse blended historical features of the three buildings they combined with modern amenities that have vintage appeal.