Finding a balance between growth and identity is one of the more challenging issues companies face, write Thomas Stewart and Patricia O'Connell. They suggest learning from Starbucks' Howard Schultz, who managed to find profit in implementing service design on a global scale.
Although people might not say continual learning is a top value in leaders, they agree that such a trait is what they've seen out of the best people they know, writes Kevin Eikenberry. "Once you decide to be more open, ask more questions, read and listen more, new learning will show up for you," he says.
Determine what really matters in your life, and focus your energy on those things if you want to see optimal performance, writes Art Petty. He suggests keeping a log of all your commitments during the week and excising what doesn't belong, along with 11 other tips.
Scaling back your dependence on technology can help restore your attention span, writes Craig Mod, who spent a month on a retreat without internet access. "There is a qualitative and quantitative difference between a day that begins with a little exercise, a book, meditation, a good meal, a thoughtful walk, and the start of a day that begins with a smartphone in bed," he writes.
Stephenie Landry says that being adaptable and taking lessons from difficult challenges have become part of her leadership style as an executive for Amazon Prime Now. "I listen carefully to different people, think through problems from multiple perspectives -- and use these skills to anticipate a range of paths and possible outcomes," she says.
A recently discovered dwarf lemur species in Madagascar is said to have different DNA than other species, and a researcher not involved in the find suggests the Ankarana dwarf lemur may not be the last discovery. Lemur species are abundant on Madagascar, their natural home, but nearly all are threatened or endangered.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the first time has included a line item in its annual report with details about LGBT workplace discrimination charges. The agency's report for fiscal year 2016 states that overall, the EEOC secured more than $482 million in over 97,000 discrimination cases, with the number of charges rising for the second year in a row.
A Missouri regulation forbidding advertisements about drink specials and other alcohol offers "did not directly advance the substantial interest of promoting responsible drinking," according to the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Earlier, a district court had ruled that the restrictions upheld a legitimate state public interest to reduce underage and irresponsible alcohol consumption.
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