Elon Musk's ambition and revolutionary projects have captured imaginations and excited people about the future like none other in recent years, so many people are hoping he overcomes his recent setbacks, argue writers surveyed by Popular Mechanics. "Humanity's access to space appears to have been changed forever, filling people with hope and revitalizing our sense of exploration that had been so dulled," writes Ashlee Vance.
Sharing salary information with co-workers or other contacts can give you a better idea as to whether you're underpaid. Use this, along with market data, to determine a fair salary target to negotiate your next pay raise.
The Wall Street Journal is working on an in-depth look at Netflix's workplace culture from employees' perspectives, sources say. Netflix has not publicly responded, but executives reportedly have told employees to prepare for the report.
Claire Busby has sued Berkshire Bed, saying she has permanent spinal damage after being "catapulted" from a bed during intercourse. The UK company denies improper assembly of the bed, but Busby maintains its malfunction is responsible for her paralysis.
Republicans will likely keep control of the Senate, while Democrats take over the House as a result of upcoming midterm elections. However, there remains a viable path for the GOP to keep control of Congress.
There are some specific challenges involved with franchising a creative business, but companies can find success by enlisting the right franchisees and keeping the lines of communication open, writes Fiona Simpson. Consistency is essential, but giving franchisees the opportunity to contribute their ideas "means that the brand is constantly moving forward, innovating and evolving," she writes.
Conversations are conduits of influence, so we should use them to build up others and spark positive solutions to project or interpersonal work problems, writes Cheri Torres. Instead of getting frustrated, try asking open-ended questions when you see a colleague is frustrated or when a problem is complex and seems intractable.
Employees who are eager to please often take on too much work, which is all the more reason for CEOs and other leaders to establish clear goals for their teams, writes Joel Trammell, CEO of Black Box Network Services. "Once an employee truly understands the mission and strategy, he or she has a powerful sorting tool for incoming requests," he writes.
Digital transformation isn't much different from overall strategy -- it should zero in on what sets a company apart and helps customers access that service or product, writes Nigel Fenwick of Forrester. "Ninety percent of your business is simply not that unique -- stop pretending that it is," he writes.
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