Video calls can be less effective because you can see whether the other person is paying attention or even making eye contact, much less empathizing with you, writes Steve McKee. "Recognize that the technology is set up to make you look inconsiderate, and it will take significant effort to overcome that," he writes.
The Federal Reserve's latest report on economic conditions, known as the Beige Book, says most of its 12 regions achieved satisfactory growth in November but also says there is "increased uncertainty" among businesses over the influence of US tariff policy. The report highlights rising costs for manufacturers and problems for farmers due to countertariffs imposed by China and others.
A draft report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology describes 11 cybersecurity threats to mobile devices and seven areas of potential vulnerability related to public safety wearables. The report also raises concerns about malicious use of wireless device tracking and susceptibility among devices to wireless jamming.
New leaders are often reluctant to relinquish certain tasks, but they should realize how the power of a team can accomplish so much more, writes Allen Pike. "When your team smashes a problem into bits, it's not literally you that did it, but you can get the deep satisfaction of smashing problems that are bigger and scarier than you could ever smash yourself," he writes.
Research suggests there are dynamic corporate assets that drive long-term market advantage in a different way than operational resources explain current profitability, writes Phebo Wibbens, assistant professor of strategy at INSEAD. These qualities can include a company's ability to create strategy, a manufacturing method or the ability to expand consistently while adjusting for local markets.
Trying to "manage conflict" is often a euphemism for forcing agreement and avoiding important issues, writes Tom Foster. Agreement is the goal, but there is a way to encourage viewpoints, debate, scenario planning and other conversation, he writes.
Many predictions about the workforce assume coding is essential, automation is only negative and liberal arts degrees are foolish, but there is reason to doubt all of those assertions, writes Anisa Purbasari Horton. The bigger lesson from "future of work" predictions is about making deliberate shifts in how we think, learn and connect with others, she argues.
The late Anthony Bourdain's friends, family and colleagues share their memories of a life dedicated to bringing the world together through food. "He presented such a fascinating doorway to so many other things that aren't within your narrow doorway of what you do," says Josh Homme, composer of the theme song for Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" TV show.
A draft report by lawyers investigating sexual misconduct allegations against former CBS CEO Les Moonves has been released. The allegations include reports of "transactional" sexual encounters with multiple employees separate from any consensual relationships he had.
Why it matters: Yemen has been embroiled in civil war for nearly four years. Today's peacemaking efforts in Sweden are the first direct talks between the two sides since 2016. While no major action is expected to result from the conversation, it presents an opportunity to build momentum toward an eventual solution to a brutal conflict.