Divisiveness isn't a bad thing if it means people are reaching out beyond their bubbles and hearing different viewpoints, writes Susan Fowler. Dealing with divisiveness does require you to determine what your values are and act on them with empathy, she argues.
The success of Berkshire Hathaway's Charlie Munger suggests there are important skills to be obtained through intense, disciplined reading and study outside of a formal setting, writes Shane Parrish. "People are trying to be smart -- all I am trying to do is not to be idiotic, but it's harder than most people think," Munger has said.
Companies that are able to execute larger M&A deals than their competitors tend to be more successful, but doing so requires CEOs to take bigger risks, writes Casey Kobilka. Successful M&A strategy requires all stakeholders in the company to unite on a narrative while identifying opportunities throughout the value chain.
Providing good feedback is a matter of sticking to "facts and behaviors" during the conversation, writes Mike Figliuolo. He likens the feedback process to a tennis match -- an exchange in which both participants take turns in an agreed-upon setting.
Presentations depend upon strong "content, design, and delivery" that meet the specific audience's needs, writes Scott Schwertly of Ethos3. Self-awareness is an important component for knowing whether you're hitting the mark.
The US economy has struggled since 2000 when you look at it through the lenses of per-capita GDP growth and the labor-employment rates for prime-working-age men and women, Nicholas Eberstadt writes. Typical analyses of the economy also ignore the millions of working-age men at home, on opioids and other pain medication, and the 20 million or more Americans with a felony conviction, Eberstadt argues.
Akwi Nji of Iowa-based literacy and education group The Hook discusses what she says is needed to be a successful woman of color and a leader. "Leadership is possible when you stick to your own beliefs about what is good and right and important and genuinely you," Nji says.
Seven rocky, Earthlike planets that might harbor life have been discovered about 39 light-years away orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star, according to findings published in Nature. The star, TRAPPIST-1, provides just enough warmth for all its closely orbiting planets to be in what scientists call the habitable zone, favorable for life.
The public may film police officers, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has ruled, citing the First Amendment but noting that the right to record police is "subject ... to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions." The underlying case involved a Texas man who was arrested after he failed to identify himself while filming outside a police department.
Lawyers for Harvard University teaching fellows and research assistants told the National Labor Relations Board that certain categories of students whose November unionization ballots are being challenged were eligible to vote. Students voted 1,456 to 1,272 against forming a union, with 313 ballots disputed.
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