Growing companies need teams to disrupt their products and build new ones, but they also must have experts who know how to scale those new products and services, write Bain & Co. partner James Allen and Roger Philby of The Chemistry Group. They offer five questions leaders should ask to identify and grow scalers who can effectively process information and contribute to business expansion.
Author Erin Byers Murray says grits may date to 8700 B.C. in Central America, where people mixed ground corn with water and heated it. Although the dish has evolved into haute cuisine in many circles, it still evokes memories "of someone -- maybe your mom or your grandma or your uncle -- standing at a stove and stirring," Murray says.
A dispute between an Indianapolis HOA and a homeowner over the placement of solar panels could end up changing state law. The Indiana General Assembly is reviewing a bill that would ban HOAs from restricting solar panel placement.
A Texas HOA has reached an agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority over a permit for the pumping of groundwater. The authority has agreed not to cause annoyances, while the HOA has acknowledged that it will not oppose the permit based on issues not associated with property rights.
State lawmakers in Texas have filed bills that would prohibit cities from limiting or banning short-term rentals. However, the bills would not affect HOAs' control over short-term rental regulations in their communities. Read more.
HOAs in Washington have been key advocates in the efforts to clean up and protect Loomis Lake, which had been plagued with invasive weeds. HOAs donated money to help, leading to the state offering a $75,000 grant to pay for effective spraying.
There's no such thing as communicating too much, but leaders must communicate effectively by telling inspiring stories and engaging all levels of the organization, writes Robert Ford, president of The Ford Consultancy Group. "When leadership communication is absent during change, as an individual it is the loudest, clearest most powerful message heard," he says.
LinkedIn profiles reflect poorly on users when they fail to feature quality photos, career summaries, searchable keywords or invitations to connect, writes brand strategist Rachel Weingarten. Users are more approachable when they tone down self-promotion and post only positive comments about others.
People who are in a rut at work might be reinvigorated by learning new skills in another department, writes Julianne Pepitone. Lateral moves often require patience as pay may decrease initially but new opportunities for advancement arise.
People experience improved brain function and less stress when they clear their schedule a couple times a day for two to five minutes of silence, writes nurse practitioner Ingrid Forsberg. They also need to clear their mind of noise, focusing only on breathing and a calming phrase.