After a disappointing season, the Washington Nationals fired manager Matt Williams, but he's not the only one to blame, writes James daSilva. Higher-ups such as general manager Mike Rizzo had a duty to hire smartly, give feedback and generally keep tabs on the Nationals' culture. "This is a failure of hiring, a failure in assembling a support staff, and a failure of feedback and leadership development," daSilva writes.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says it's time for Congress to deal with International Monetary Fund reforms and US government debt limits. "Congress needs to act or we could be faced with a crisis," Lew said. "We have the capacity, but do we have the will?"
The SS United States, a luxury liner that first sailed in 1952 and holds the transatlantic speed record, could be scrapped because of maintenance costs. A fundraiser is scheduled for late this month, with a sale being sought by month's end if funding or a new owner is not found.
Twitter finally has a permanent CEO to go along with a devoted user base, Julie Winkle Giulioni writes. One lesson from the announcement is that Twitter used its own service, not a press release. "Are you using your own organization's products and services to run the business? If not, it's a missed opportunity to learn more and to improve by stepping into the shoes of the customer," she writes.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has yet to recruit a technology expert to supervise the development of the consolidated audit trail, which is part of the response to the "flash crash" in 2010. Development of the CAT, which will track stock and options trades, has hit a variety of obstacles. Organizations supervising the process have not selected a company to develop and manage the system.
Briargate Trading, a proprietary-trading firm based in New York, has been fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in a "spoofing" case that the SEC says occurred between October 2011 and September 2012. "[Founder Eric] Oscher took advantage of our interconnected markets by placing non bona fide orders on one exchange, and then buying or selling the spoofed securities at artificial prices on other exchanges," said the SEC's Joseph Sansone. Briargate agreed to pay more than $1 million while neither admitting nor denying the findings.
William Glasser detailed the seven habits of poor criticism, which include nagging, threatening and pointing fingers. Fortunately, empathy and recognition can help. "Learning to recognize these seven 'deadly' habits can help your relationships thrive, because you learn to stave off communication roadblocks and see [the] other person’s perspective a little better," Kristin Wong writes.
With Halloween approaching, online costume retailer Yandy is making headlines again for its collection of lingerie-inspired costumes. CEO Chad Horstman says the company doesn't make costumes that could have a religious connotation, but absurdist ideas such as a "sexy" lobster or Cecil the Lion are OK. "Sometimes I think people don't get it, but we're just trying to make fun costumes that when people walk into a party [wearing one], they're gonna get noticed, they're gonna get attention," he says.
We increasingly allow our lives to be run by our phones, specifically, the notifications of incoming e-mails and messages, writes Deirdre Maloney. It doesn't have to be that way: we can be more mindful about when and why we respond to incoming-message alerts, and thereby gain more control over our lives.
Major advertising campaigns boost sales for the brands behind them, but they can also help rival brands, research suggests. The study looked at major beer brands, but it could apply elsewhere. "[F]irms in highly competitive sectors could actually gain an advantage by cutting back on their advertising budget -- and letting their rivals do the promoting for them," writes Matt Palmquist.
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