Independent video game stores are endangered, with many owners expecting physical storefronts to be gone within a decade as customers move online and market conditions make their existence more difficult. Most shops forgo selling new games in favor of old and used games and earning revenue from nongame products, but costs aren't going down and resale marketplaces like eBay, Let Go and Facebook are making it harder to cheaply buy troves of profitable old games.
Many leaders suffer from what Mark Nation describes as "Tin Man syndrome," meaning they run on autopilot without being passionate about their work and their interactions with others. Nation encourages people to approach the office with empathy, trust and gratitude.
When work networks are egalitarian, groups can become smarter through their members' communications, but when a few people dominate a group, they can influence it in the wrong direction and decrease collective intelligence, a University of Pennsylvania study suggests. "The question becomes of course, how likely is it that networks will ever be truly egalitarian?" Adi Gaskell writes.
Clarity and honesty work better for negotiations than the stereotypical deception and game-playing often seen, says Corey Kupfer, who's written about negotiation. Maintaining a level of professional detachment without letting ego take control can also help people enjoy more successful negotiations.
Boredom has been shown in studies to be a setting in which creativity can flourish, and it offers a path for handling the mundane parts of our workday. "Boredom is both a warning that we are not doing what we want to be doing and a 'push' that motivates us to switch goals and projects," says Andreas Elpidorou, a researcher and philosophy assistant professor at the University of Louisville.
Interana CEO Ann Johnson believes in the importance of cultivating communications practices like criticizing in private and welcoming feedback. "Learning to take a step back and explain myself to marketing professionals or a colleague who might not be as well versed in the space has been a challenge and something I continue to work on," she says.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and several other Republicans have introduced the Protecting American Jobs Act, which would transfer jurisdiction over labor disputes from the National Labor Relations Board to the federal courts. The proposal would also remove most of the NLRB's rulemaking power.
The Supreme Court is giving telecom and cable industry groups an additional two months to challenge a lower court's decision backing the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, because FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is taking action to repeal them. The rules, instituted under the Obama administration, require that providers treat all web traffic equally.
The Senate has approved the nomination of John Bush to the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit on a party-line vote. Bush drew scrutiny during his confirmation hearing because of the content of blog posts he wrote under a pseudonym.
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