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Harvard Business Review
 

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The Rise of Corporate Inequality

Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:30 pm

Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom discusses the research he’s conducted showing what’s really driving the growth of income inequality: a widening gap between the most successful companies and the rest, across industries. In other words, inequality has less to do with what you do for work, and more to do with which specific company you work for. The rising gap in pay between firms accounts for a large majority of the rise in income inequality overall. Bloom tells us why, and discusses some ways that companies and governments might address it. He’s the author of the Harvard Business Review article, “Corporations in the Age of Inequality.” For more, visit hbr.org/inequality.

When It’s Smart to Copy Your Competitor’s Brand Promise

Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:00 pm

In a crowded marketplace customers are easily confused.

Is Your Team Coordinating Too Much, or Not Enough?

Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:00 pm

Some teams should function like a gymnastics squad, and others like a hockey team.

Why the Lowly Dandelion Is a Better Metaphor for Leaders than the Mighty Banyan

Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:00 pm

Your time in charge is fleeting, but your impact doesn’t have to be.


 
Wall Street Journal
 

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Craving More Growth, Walgreens Dismissed Its Theranos Doubts

Posted: January 5, 2017, 4:25 pm
The drugstore chain made a blood-testing deal without fully validating the startup’s technology, worrying that Elizabeth Holmes might balk if Walgreens pushed too hard.

The Biggest Mistakes CEOs Make With Their Personal Facebook Accounts

Posted: June 28, 2016, 6:33 am
No. 1: Having a passive presence, or none at all.

The Price 'Assertive' Women Pay At Work---and How to Minimize It

Posted: June 28, 2016, 6:33 am
Research shows women on average are penalized for direct, explicit forms of assertiveness but not for assertiveness expressed through nonverbal means.

What Keeps Companies From Thinking Digitally?

Posted: June 28, 2016, 6:31 am
Clara Shih, CEO and author, says the problem is often simply a lack of leadership.

 
Economist
 
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Republicans delay health vote as rebels defy Trump

Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:27 pm
President fails to reach deal with party hardliners on landmark repeal bill
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Westminster attacker named as Briton Khalid Masood

Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:28 pm
52-year-old born in Kent had ‘a range of previous convictions for assaults’
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Democrats signal filibuster over Gorsuch nomination

Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:56 pm
Showdown on Capitol Hill could lead to massive overhaul in Senate rules
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London tourists shrug off terrorism fears

Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:08 pm
Visitors return to scene of lethal attack in Westminster

 
Wall Street Journal Europe
 

WSJ.com: What's News Europe

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London Attacker, Born in U.K., Had Criminal Convictions, Was Probed for Extremism

Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:06 am
Police identified the suspected Islamist terrorist who carried out the deadly rampage outside Parliament as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British-born man with a range of previous convictions unrelated to terror offenses.
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Victims of Westminster Terrorist Attack Remembered

Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:26 pm
Friends and colleagues of the people killed in the Westminster attack remembered them with grief and admiration.
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Document: Russia Uses Rigged Polls, Fake News to Sway Foreign Elections

Posted: March 23, 2017, 7:42 pm
Bulgarian officials say a former Russian spy advised pro-Moscow party on how to manipulate voters as part of Kremlin’s effort to regain influence in Eastern Europe; a 30-page dossier.
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The Cult of Erdogan Won't Guarantee Victory in Turkey Vote

Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:45 pm
Turkish opinion polls suggest a deadlock among likely voters in an April 16 referendum over proposed changes that would radically remake Turkey’s democracy and could allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to extend his rule.

 
Wall Street Journal Asia
 

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What's News Asia

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U.K. Parliament Attacker Leaves 4 Dead, Including Police Officer

Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:13 am
A suspected Islamist terrorist mowed down scores of pedestrians on a crowded bridge before crashing his car into railings near Parliament and stabbing a policeman, leaving four dead in an attack that struck at the heart of British democracy.
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GOP Lawmaker Sparks New Battle Over Trump Spy Claim

Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:33 am
Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, ignited a new battle over President Donald Trump’s claims that he was spied on by the Obama administration, saying that U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted information about people involved in the Trump transition team.
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U.S. Preparing Cases Linking North Korea in Theft at N.Y. Fed

Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:19 am
Federal prosecutors are building cases that would accuse North Korea of directing the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year, according to people familiar with the matter.
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South Korean Shipbuilder Offered $2.6 Billion Bailout

Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:06 am
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has been hurt by massive losses at its offshore projects.

 
China South Morning Post
 

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Hong Kong stocks poised to open higher on earnings optimism

Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:05 am
Hong Kong’s stock market is poised to open higher on Friday as investors remain upbeat during the company earnings season. The Hang Seng Index futures spot March contract was up 0.3 per cent, or 76 points, to 24,426 in the pre-trade session on Friday morning, while the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index futures rose 0.6 per cent, or 62 points, to 10,550. On Thursday, mixed corporate earnings kept the benchmark index virtually flat at 24,328. After the market close yesterday, oil major...
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China’s Kaisa Group almost back from the dead

Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:29 pm
Is that a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for Kaisa Group Holdings? Perhaps. Saddled with the ignominious label of being the first and only Chinese property developer to default on overseas debt, Kaisa is finally going to hold a board meeting -- after several delays -- to approve the publication of its annual results for the first time in three years. Releasing the long overdue results is the final condition the Shenzhen-based developer needs to meet before applying to lift its two-...
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Malaysia warns of currency crackdown to stabilise ringgit

Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:04 pm
Malaysia’s central bank will crack down on wrongdoing in the foreign-currency market, such as fixing of the exchange rate, to ensure stability in the ringgit, Governor Muhammad Ibrahim said. Authorities plan to name and shame banks from next year that have been found guilty of misconduct, Muhammad told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. In addition to naming the institution, the central bank will also disclose the amount of penalty imposed and the reason for the fine, he said. “...
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US new homes sales hit 7-month top in sign of robust economy

Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:10 pm
New US single-family home sales jumped to a seven-month high in February, suggesting the housing market recovery was gaining momentum despite higher prices and rising mortgage rates. Other data on Thursday showed an unexpected increase in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week. Still, the labour market continues to tighten, which together with the strength in housing, should underpin economic growth. “New home sales are the secret sauce that helps make the...

 
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Fortune
 
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CIO.com
 

CIO Doug Thorpe

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IDG Contributor Network: One quick question to get your audience's attention

Posted: September 14, 2015, 12:42 pm

Can I get your attention?

This was one of my father-in'law's favorite sayings. He really didn't say it often, but when he did, you knew it was time to listen. Rather than being annoying, it actually served a great purpose. It also proved to be a great teaching tool for leadership.

You see, as leaders, we need to have people's attention before w...

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IDG Contributor Network: Leaders facing change: How deep and wide is the challenge?

Posted: September 4, 2015, 2:30 pm

Change is all around us. Like the seasons, change is inevitable for leaders. Just looking into the various synonyms for "change" proves to us the wide variety of connotations this often over-used word can represent.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw

As a l...

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IDG Contributor Network: Have Zombies Attacked Your Organization?

Posted: February 4, 2015, 1:00 pm

Does it feel like zombies have attacked your organization? Is there a population of walking dead holding you back and causing poor performance?

For quite some time, I have advocated and observed that among most work teams with any size, there will be a distribution of talent that looks something like this:

1. The top 20 percent – the folks you can...