Newly independent Lands' End is worth less than half what Sears paid for it in 2002, and CEO Federica Marchionni says the company's comeback plan includes building a "global lifestyle brand" focused on timeless wardrobe staples rather than fast fashion.
Frustration with a reactive approach to cybercrime has led some companies to consider more aggressive tactics that include hacking back. Some of the tactics are illegal.
Bundling similar activities together by "time-batching" can make you more productive and improve your focus, writes Sara Davidson. By compressing your personal development reading to a couple of time slots each week, preparing quick meals for the week on Sunday night and handling your e-mail inbox in one fell swoop, you can maximize your time savings.
Being competent and being great are two very different things, Rick Grbavac writes. The best employees who truly bolster productivity go beyond basic core competencies, fulfill a higher purpose through their work, and want to build their skills and achieve more. If companies set the bar for greatness instead of settling for average, great employees will rise to the challenge, Grbavac writes.
Greeting card kiosk company Card Isle says it struggled to adapt to its corporate partners' slow decision-making. The company has since found that pursuing deals with a variety of customers is the best way to balance short-term results and long-term sustainability. "That way, we can continue to place kiosks and gather data, and will be truly prepared when the big players are ready to work with us," CEO Adam Donato says.
The Boy Scouts of America officially ended a ban on gay leaders on Monday. Chapters sponsored by churches will retain the right to ban gay leadership on an individual basis. The nonprofit cited media coverage of the issue as one reason behind the change in policy. Maintaining the ban would have been "the end of us as a national movement," said BSA President Robert Gates.
In 2011, the Rural Utilities Service announced $3.5 billion in stimulus money to help bring high-speed internet to 7 million rural Americans and 360,000 businesses -- but much of the money has been frittered away without producing significant results, a new investigation shows. Many of the funded projects failed to get underway, or fell by the wayside, leaving millions of people without broadband access. "We are left with a program that spent $3 billion, and we really don’t know what became of it," says Mark Goldstein of the Government Accountability Office.
Sen. Rand Paul's super PAC raised just $3.1 million in the first six months of 2015, leaving him about $100 million behind Jeb Bush. It's still early days, but polling suggests that the Kentucky Republican has some serious catching up to do if he wants to be a serious contender in 2016, writes Harry Enten.
Captain Kirk, the fictional "Star Trek" protagonist, would have voted Republican, Sen. Ted Cruz told the New York Times last week. William Shatner, the Canadian-born actor who played the iconic space explorer, isn't so sure. "I can’t even vote in the U.S. So to put a geocentric label on interstellar characters is silly," he says.