Designer Tory Burch discusses her daily routine, hobbies and the importance of socially responsible business in this interview. " 'Always stay intellectually curious' is something that is truly important for me in business, as well as in life," she says.
Transitioning to activity-based workplaces, marked by open layouts and a lack of dedicated desks, cubicles and private space, can be alarming and counterproductive depending on how it is introduced, writes Susan Fowler. Try to focus on the opportunities of such a workspace to fulfill your psychological needs and help you "make choices, deepen connections, and build competence," she writes.
Leaders can improve chemistry in a team by inviting every member to participate in the hiring process and embracing people's differences, writes Mike Figliuolo. "If you have some conflicting personalities -- which you will, because high-performing teams tend to attract strong personalities -- step back and help these team members identify shared beliefs or shared values and build up from there," he writes.
If consumers are uncertain about why your company exists or its brand value, it's time to revisit your messaging, writes Quantum Media Group CEO Ari Zoldan. "Think of the story you want to tell the world and then unify your messaging across all platforms," he writes.
People are more likely to accept an apology as sincere if you apologize quickly and in simple, direct terms, writes Ben Decker. "Acknowledge the facts and position what can change moving forward," he writes.
A federally backed digital currency might mean less cash is needed by businesses, consumers and banks, although there are questions to be answered, writes Lucas Mearian. "While a government-backed digital currency offers potential, it would also complicate monetary policies because central banks would have to manage and monitor cash reserves," he writes.
Although he doesn't do taxes, John Tax is a certified public accountant and an auditor who doesn't mind the compulsion to comment on his name. "I've heard all the jokes already, but I don't mind it; it makes people more at ease with me, and I can laugh at myself and the situation, and it does make the audit go smoother," says Tax.
Comcast, which owns NBC, CNBC, MSNBC and Universal Pictures and is the biggest cable TV operator in the US, has submitted a formal bid of $30.7 billion for European pay-TV group Sky. The management of Sky responded by withdrawing its endorsement of a smaller offer from 21st Century Fox.
Instead of frantically trying to achieve work-life balance, try to live service-driven values and purpose all the time, explains S. Chris Edmonds in this blog post and video. "When you act in alignment with your best self, in every situation, there is no imbalance to address," he says.
Corporations in various industries offer mindfulness training or encourage similar practices to help staff focus and manage stress, write Christian Greiser and Jan-Philipp Martini of The Boston Consulting Group. Mindfulness "helps people to inspect and adapt their behaviors in short cycles, relax so that they can rewire established attitudes, and think clearly in the midst of overwhelming digital stimuli," they write.
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