WPP founder Martin Sorrell is no longer CEO after he and the board reached an agreement to settle undisclosed allegations of misconduct. Sorrell left Saatchi & Saatchi to build WPP into an empire known more for acquiring whatever it needed rather than inventing it, writes Ken Auletta in what he calls "a professional obituary for Sorrell."
Leaders and employees alike will be more motivated if there's a clearly stated purpose to their work beyond profits and a marketing slogan, write John Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen. Reiterate the company's value to the community and/or society as a whole during meetings, hiring and decision-making, they write.
When struggling to write something for work, try assuming a character altogether different from you, writes Aaron Britt. "Imagining yourself making this transformation is the key to shedding your baggage and liberating your creativity," he writes.
Make your sleep schedule easier by getting to bed at a consistent time, even on days off, and limiting the amount of light in the late hours, whether blue light or other home lighting, writes Eric Barker in a summation of research. When you go to bed, make sure that room is at dark as possible, Barker notes.
A caring leader knows what's going on in employees' lives and why their performance may be off, says Adon Allen Jr., senior operator at an Anheuser-Busch brewery in Baldwinsville, N.Y. "People are too quick to rush to judgment, to make up in their mind what they think happened before they know the facts," he says.
Research published in Nature suggests trillions of sea creatures less than a centimeter long ascending from the deep every night to feed at the surface may create enough turbulence to cause ocean mixing, writes Rebecca Hersher. "The results suggest that animals may be affecting how nutrients are transported in the ocean, and how oxygen and bacteria are distributed below the surface," she writes.
Qualcomm is laying off 1,500 employees at its San Diego headquarters and its offices in Santa Clara and San Jose, Calif., following through on plans to increase profit by cutting $1 billion in spending. Executives announced the profit-boosting plan earlier this year in hopes of convincing investors of Qualcomm's strength as a stand-alone company as Broadcom was attempting a hostile takeover.
NBA 2KTV host and Adidas-sponsored endorser Rachel DeMita has leveraged her love of basketball and media to amass a social media following, and cultivating that audience can be its own full-time job. "She generates excitement traditionally reserved for such A-listers but is also able to walk down the street unrecognized by all but her most avid fans," Joon Lee writes.
Failure can be beneficial when you learn from it, study what to do next time and come away more determined, writes LaRae Quy. Failure reveals weaknesses but also creates the opportunity for self-improvement, she writes.
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