Nearly 300 companies, organizations and individuals have filed briefs supporting Microsoft as the Supreme Court prepares to consider whether US law enforcement agencies have the right to access a foreign person's email stored in a US company's data center overseas. The underlying case involves a narcotics investigation from 2013.
Facebook executives are working in Europe to stop the spread of legislation aimed at fighting hate speech and foreign influence campaigns on social media. Germany enacted a law this year under which heavy fines can be assessed against Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites that do not remove hate speech.
The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson returned to his high school in Hawthorne, Calif., this week to mark the formal reversal of an F he received from his music teacher for the song "Surfin' " nearly six decades ago.
US public companies are being required to share how CEO compensation compares with the average employee's wage, so they should act now to explain the economic factors behind a CEO's pay, says Ethan Rouen, Harvard Business School assistant professor. His research suggests staff can become upset and less productive if they learn of a compensation discrepancy that isn't explained.
A leader who exhibits grace, no matter the circumstances, will bring out the best in staff without causing fear, writes Chip Bell. Such leaders "know that humility is more powerful than vanity, concern is more influential than command," he writes.
Convenience stores are grappling with increased competition from dollar stores and the internet, along with slow wage growth among key parts of its core customers, writes Sandrine Rastello. Loyalty programs and new product offerings are among the tactics being used to entice customers.
Most of us are naturally good at sharing stories, so that approach can help keep you calm and focused during a presentation, writes Darren Menabney. Stories are also easier for audiences to remember than a litany of facts and figures.
Perfectionism only leads to dissatisfaction and fear of making the wrong choice, writes Ilene Strauss Cohen. "What we don't seem to realize is that working toward our goals and being willing to put ourselves out there are accomplishments within themselves," she writes.
Employees often lose momentum when new leadership and its new directives come on board, so take the time to learn about each team's recent activity, writes Elizabeth Doty. "By taking the time to uncover what is happening on the ground now and affirming explicitly what you want to continue, stop, or start anew, you can dramatically reduce the reset effect," she writes.
Charismatic leadership isn't always necessary to keep employees engaged, as some people are motivated by solving compelling problems. Problem-led leaders may have less polished approaches to their positions, but they still need to be good at collaboration, writes Leigh Buchanan.