Southwest Airlines doesn't behave like most U.S. airlines: It doesn't sell through third-party sites, add-on fees are minimal and pilots only need to fly one type of plane. The airline's focus on revenue opportunities over hubs also means it can add more and more varied routes than its competitors, Brian Sumers writes.
Your networking efforts shouldn't be focused only on short-term goals. It's important to look at networking like a chess game and think about the long-term effects of your actions. By understanding the interests of your networking partners, you can build vital relationships.
Nearly 75% of states and localities reported hiring new employees this year amid revenue growth and a rebounding U.S. economy, according to a report from the Center for State & Local Government Excellence. "It's generally good news that they are able to hire again and are seeing salary gains, [although] they are still lagging behind the private sector," said the center's CEO, Elizabeth Kellar.
Sony is releasing two midrange smartphones that have high-end photo-taking capabilities. The devices are the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5.
Great sales reps can make great sales managers. Great sales reps can also bomb as sales managers. How to tell which scenario is likely to play out? Gregg Schwartz offers three tips for this complex decision.
One mistake people make with social selling is to focus too much on the platforms and not enough on relationship-building, writes Bob Woods. "These tools are a means to an end. They’re not 'the end,' " he writes.
The more than 5,000 private foundations started by ultra-high-net-worth philanthropists donated $45 billion in 2014. These foundations have about $560 billion in combined assets, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation topping the list at $43.5 billion in assets.
The Li Ka Shing Foundation, Carlos Slim Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies were also among the wealthiest foundations formed by ultra-high-net-worth people.
Having accomplished its goal of legalizing same-sex marriage, the nonprofit Freedom to Marry is preparing to close. "The goal is to wind down over the next couple of months in a smart, strategic and collaborative way," said Freedom to Marry founder and President Evan Wolfson. While the nonprofit has accomplished its mission, the larger cause of "equality, inclusion, safety, freedom and respect" remains, he added.
The Republican presidential hopefuls are eyeing their polling numbers closely ahead of this week's GOP primary debate, which only the 10 highest-polling candidates will be able to attend. Current polling suggests that some big-name candidates, including Gov. Chris Christie and ex-Gov. Rick Perry, could find themselves on the wrong side of the line.
Good leaders are constantly asking questions about how to best run an organization, writes Peter Boni. Make sure you're asking people at all levels of the organization, and even outside it. "I've found that many near the bottom of the totem pole have an enormously mature and insightful perspective," Boni writes.