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9/21/2018

Adobe has agreed to take over Marketo, a provider of analytical services and marketing software, for $4.75 billion. The deal is part of Adobe's effort to put together a software package that provides advertising, analytics and e-commerce capabilities.

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9/20/2018

Businesses benefit from a culture of respectful pushback where everyone is encouraged to question and put themselves in management's place, says Nigel Travis, executive chairman of Dunkin' Brands. "If you do this, you'll get better solutions, and, from an individual point of view, you will progress with your career far faster than if you just come up with your own ideas," he says.

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Dunkin, Nigel Travis
9/20/2018

Improving your awareness of who you are, how you behave and what you need helps with your career and has grounding in research, writes LaRae Quy. "Inaccurate self-assessment leads to sales targets that can't be met, deadlines that can't be carried out and performances that are promised but not delivered," she writes.

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LaRae Quy
9/20/2018

Distribution company Van Meter encourages lifelong education, starting with almost 50 learning exercises during an employee's first 12 months that relate to the company's five main values. The employee-owned company wants its staff to seek tuition-reimbursed educational opportunities, including online courses and attend in-house training that includes communication and leadership development.

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Van Meter
9/20/2018

Scientists have discovered a planet hosted by the star that hosts Vulcan in the "Star Trek" universe. This "super-Earth" planet is about double Earth's size and was discovered by the Dharma Planet Survey.

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LiveScience
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9/20/2018

Just as the ancient Greeks talked about ethos, logos and pathos, making persuasive arguments today requires credibility and logic, as well as an emotional appeal, says Carmine Gallo, Harvard instructor and author. "Everything about human nature -- from the stock market to where we invest to how we vote -- is based on our emotional narratives that we tell each other as groups and within individuals," he says.

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Knowledge@Wharton
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Carmine Gallo, Harvard
9/20/2018

Feedback is not objective, but when it comes from the right person at the right time in the right way, it can help people avoid making terrible decisions or developing an unrealistically negative or positive view of themselves, writes Art Petty. "The most significant source of heartache and the biggest missteps in your career may very well owe their existence to the absence of the right feedback," he writes.

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9/20/2018

Below-average productivity growth, employers' demand for credentials and the decline of labor unions are likely reasons for weak wage growth even in an area of low unemployment, argues Annie Lowrey.

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The Atlantic online
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Annie Lowrey
9/20/2018

The essence of strategy is that, each day, you "confront things that stand between where you are and where you'd like to be," writes Wally Bock in this review of Erika Andersen's "Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Outthink Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change." The second challenge of strategy is keeping focused as a group long after the vision has been set, he writes.

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Three Star Leadership
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Wally Bock, Erika Andersen
9/20/2018

A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has determined that Baltimore County must reimburse current and former employees who overpaid into the county's pension system because of a practice of withholding more from older workers. The panel found that the practice violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

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The Baltimore Sun
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