Best Practices Series

SmartBrief on ExecTech

Tech news and insights and why they matter to business

SmartBrief on ExecTech

IBM looks to bolster enterprise privacy with new data transfer engine

11/24/2014

  • eWeek

IBM has received a patent for a new system designed to simplify the transfer of secure data across country networks and the cloud and to keep sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. T… Read More

SmartBrief on Leadership

Innovative ideas about leadership and management

SmartBrief on Leadership

Why Philips went soft to shake up a failing division

11/21/2014

  • McKinsey

When Pieter Nota took over Philips' consumer lifestyle division, he found the business in disarray, with declining sales and an overcentralized management structure. Focusing on "soft" areas such as l… Read More

SmartBrief on Business & Politics

Public policy news from a business perspective

SmartBrief on Business & Politics

See you in court, Republicans tell Obama

11/21/2014

  • Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The
  • Hill, The

Boehner

Republicans have filed a lawsuit over the president's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, accusing him of overstepping his authority by waiving the employer mandate and transferring funds to in… Read More

SmartBrief on Sales

Insights and advice to help sales leaders

SmartBrief on Sales

A simple phrase that will demotivate your sales reps

11/21/2014

  • Radio Ink

If you ask your sales reps only about the deals they have closed, you can "suck the motivation right out" of them, writes Jeff Schmidt, a partner at Sparque. It's important to take a more expansive vi… Read More

SmartBrief on Sustainability

News about the future of sustainable business

SmartBrief on Sustainability

Solar power lessons from across the pond

11/21/2014

  • GreenBiz.com

The U.S. and the U.K. can learn a great deal from each other's approach to solar energy, writes Penny Atkinson. The British government may be cutting subsidies, but some British fossil-fuel companies,… Read More

SmartBrief on Workforce

Essential reading for HR professionals

SmartBrief on Workforce

Intricate jobs aid later cognitive ability, study says

11/21/2014

  • Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

People with intellectually demanding jobs perform better on intelligence tests in their old age than do people with less-demanding jobs, according to a study in the journal Neurology. Participants who… Read More

SmartBrief on Your Career

Career tips for young professionals

SmartBrief on Your Career

Attend networking events with the right mindset

11/24/2014

  • Motley Fool, The

Meeting people for the sole purpose of developing your career can feel a little "dirty," writes Anna Wroblewska. Combat this feeling by treating networking events as opportunities to make new friends,… Read More

PLI SmartBrief

The latest stories on corporate and business legal issues

PLI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Practising Law Institute

Appeal likely to move pension-reform case to Ill. high court

11/24/2014

  • Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers)
  • Crain's Chicago Business (tiered subscription model)

An Illinois judge has determined that the state's pension-reform law runs afoul of the state constitution, which says pensions "shall not be diminished or impaired." The law was designed to save as mu… Read More

Inclusion Solutions

News on diversity and inclusion for the accounting profession

Inclusion Solutions

Published in partnership with: American Institute of CPAs

Substitute teacher fired for racial slurs in class

11/10/2014

  • DiversityInc magazine online

A substitute teacher in Chicago was accused of repeatedly referring to black students with a racial slur and calling them slaves during a lecture. The teacher was fired; one parent has urged police to… Read More