Disney's $52.4 billion buyout of 21st Century Fox could move competitors to also consolidate and likely assures blockbusters and sequels will maintain their dominance of the big screen, write Gerry Smith and Anousha Sakoui. "This gets [Disney] a mammoth amount of programming to be able to strike at the jugular of Netflix during a time where there's just a lot of risk in the space," says private equity CEO Eric Schiffer.
Employees crave the kind of gifts that fall outside pay and benefits, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Giving positive feedback and offering flexible work hours are two ways employers show staff they are valued.
The labor market is tight, so any employee whose needs are ignored is fair game for another organization to snap up, writes Steve Keating. "Stay interviews" will reveal what matters to your employee or help managers work with employees to determine what they want out of the job, he argues.
Former Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers has predicted that 70% of businesses will attempt to transform themselves digitally, but only 30% will succeed. Experimentation is not enough; full-scale change to survive is what CEOs should be concerned with, argues C3 IoT CEO Thomas Siebel.
Business people too often speak with "treadmill" verbs, such as "discuss," "communicate," "review" -- words that go nowhere, writes Ann Latham. She advises replacing them with verbs directed toward an outcome, such as "decide," "plan" and "answer."
Reframing involves deliberately changing how we think about a negative situation, write Linda Bloom and Charlie Bloom. "Through an understanding and trust of this transformative process, we come to have faith that periods of decline, whether they last for minutes or months, can become periods of vibrancy," they write.
USA Today Network President Maribel Perez Wadsworth wants skilled employees, but she's often looking for personality and resiliency as much as anything. "People who can roll with the punches, who are comfortable with discomfort, and with sometimes feeling like you're in the messy middle of something but feeling OK about it because you have a clear vision for where you're going," she says.
Operation Santa has allowed local postmasters to answer letters to Santa since 1907, and the tradition endures even as letter-writing has become less common. One concession to the times is that the Postal Service has stopped replying in cursive.
The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday reversed a joint-employer standard that had made it easier for employees to hold companies accountable for the behavior of contractors and franchisees. The decision could derail a long-running case against McDonald's involving the question of whether corporations can be considered joint employers of franchise workers.
Whether travelers have an interest in food, festivals or fitness, there's a theme cruise setting sail in 2018 that will satisfy their demand. For example, Holland America Line is offering a cooking-themed Hungry Girl Cruise for foodies, and Norwegian Cruise Line's festive Groove Cruise is perfect for music lovers.
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