Walmart has introduced an initiative called the Military Spouse Career Connection to recruit military spouses, who face a 26% unemployment rate. The program goes along with the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, an initiative introduced in 2013 to hire 250,000 military veterans by 2020.
The number of Americans without health insurance has dropped to about 28.5 million in the first six months of 2018, 20.1 million lower than in 2010 when the Affordable Care Act was signed, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Uninsured Americans make up about 8.8% of the population in the latest data, which the CDC says is "not significantly different" from 2017's 9.1%, despite Democratic and analyst concerns that Trump administration actions may cause the uninsured rate to rise.
In Vladivostok, Russia, a group of four people tried to cross a bridge that does not permit access to pedestrians -- inside of a cardboard costume of a bus. They were quickly prevented from crossing Zolotoy Bridge by police and escorted off.
A new book about how to live in space anticipates more extraterrestrial travel with the dawn of space tourism, Hanneke Weitering writes. Author Colin Stuart details what to pack and what to expect, including the physiological toll and several days of wearing the same clothes.
Historically, Asians have been mostly overlooked at the Oscars, but if "Crazy Rich Asians" star Michelle Yeoh is nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award, she will become one of only six women of Asian descent to ever be nominated. Yeoh said, "I'm so glad I get to see it in my lifetime, and I'm very happy that I've been part of that movement as well, because we have been fighting to get to today."
"Here and Now" star Sarah Jessica Parker says her production company, Pretty Matches, was started with the idea of wanting to create more opportunities for women. "We've always wanted women in front of, and behind, the camera and continue to pursue that idea and I know that we're not alone in that and we're not singular," Parker said.
The idea of "failing fast" does sometimes prevent wasted effort and time, but thoughtfully explore the alternative of sticking it out, writes Naphtali Hoff. Questions to consider include how much progress you've already made toward your goals and whether you have the capacity to perform better than competitors.
Great leaders know they can't do it alone, so they recruit people who help them create order out of chaos, develop productive relationships and inspire employees to care about the organization's vision, write Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman. "[E]ffective leaders should know their strengths and weaknesses, so they can find people who complement them, not compliment them," they write.
More companies are adopting artificial intelligence capabilities, but a lack of strategy is preventing many of them from progressing faster, according to a McKinsey Global Survey. Incorporating AI in a scalable way requires leaders to commit to change management instead of focusing solely on new technology, write Michael Chui and Sankalp Malhotra.
CEOs have the luxury of being the earliest team members to come to terms with changes, so they need to remember to give employees time to adjust, says Tim Cook, CEO of Schick Esteve. Cook, who holds quarterly meetings with management and the entire company, says it is important to respond to issues, even if the only possible response is, "I'll tell you as soon as something changes."
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