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5/23/2018

A study suggests puppies are most attractive to humans between six and eight weeks old, or around the time they are weaned. This determination was made after students studied pictures of puppies from birth to 7 months old.

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5/23/2018

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has voted 2-1 to reject a request by California, Oregon and New York to reconsider a decision denying them intervention in a case regarding the legality of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule. The states' attorneys general said they wanted to join the case because the federal government is not defending the rule.

5/23/2018

If members of the C-suite align their goals and teams with the company's vision, they reduce redundancy, saving time and improving profits, writes John Mattone. "When employees understand their individual and team goals and how they contribute to overall organizational success, they're more engaged with their work, and more productive," he writes.

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5/23/2018

CEOs should prioritize top-line growth through investment, innovation and/or leveraging existing resources, says Liz Hilton Segel, senior partner at McKinsey & Co. "It might mean deeper insights about which segments of the sales force can produce better returns or a greater understanding of the different industry segments that they're selling to," she says.

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5/23/2018

Employees may retreat into age-based tribalism by believing stereotypes about other generations, says Phyllis Weiss Haserot. Leaders can break down barriers by modeling respectful behavior, being clear about the organizational mission and creating comfortable settings for staff to get to know each other, she says.

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5/23/2018

The US government's antitrust suit against Microsoft 20 years ago inadvertently created a path for Google's dominance as a search engine, but does it serve as a warning today? Google and Facebook's practices raise different issues, but there's possibly an argument that they, too, are anticompetitive, say reporters and legal experts in this oral history.

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5/23/2018

Design studio Lunar has taken a lower profile since being bought in 2015 by McKinsey, but it remains focused on delivering for clients and helping them execute on design theory, says Lunar's John Edson. "One of the most interesting things we're working on ... is actually trying to put a rigorous study together to say, 'Here is the business value of design,' " he says.

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5/23/2018

President Donald Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution that ends the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's indirect auto lending guidance. The guidance was a "backdoor attempt at rulemaking without notice or comment" CBA President and CEO Richard Hunt said when the resolution passed the Senate.

5/23/2018

Networking is crucial for career advancement, but the low number of female leaders at the top of the business world can make it more difficult for women to find mentors and sponsors, writes Herminia Ibarra, a professor at the London Business School. "The best way for women to expand their professional relationships is by making connections across the diverse circles that make up their network," she writes.

5/23/2018

Some companies may tout a commitment to diversity that is not reflected in their actual progress on the issue, writes Ursula Mead, CEO of InHerSight. Job seekers can tell the difference by asking companies to share diversity data and inquiring about the role played by top-level leaders.

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