McDonald's, Panera and other fast-food chains are adopting self-service kiosks and other ways to order with less human interaction, writes Alana Semuels. The hope is that, with automation handling a lot of the details, humans can transition to other higher-paying work, in the way that ATMs corresponded with an increase in bank tellers.
Write down your achievement before your professional year comes to an end, making sure to note specific statistics and metrics, Michele Lando writes. After that, figure out goals that can help you build on those accomplishments next year.
If you were fired from a previous job, avoid blaming a former manager and instead describe how you've learned from the experience. End your explanation by emphasizing your skills and positive qualities, writes Hallie Crawford.
Hotels under pressure to protect employees from sexual harassment and other abuse from guests have installed panic buttons for emergency alerts. Workers in New York City and Seattle have such devices, and the Chicago City Council has mandated implementation by summer.
Airlines' approach to social media can provide valuable lessons for small-business owners, writes Jasmine Sandler, CEO of Agent-cy Online Marketing. It's important to monitor your feeds, have a plan in place for addressing complaints and respond in a timely manner, she writes.
"A Wrinkle in Time" director Ava DuVernay, "Captain Marvel" director Anna Boden and "Mulan" director Niki Caro are responsible for the most-anticipated films with budgets over $100 million, marking the first time in film history that more than one woman has managed a $100 million budget at one time. "Not only are we all making these movies at the same time, but they're all at the same studio. I feel proud taking these pictures with them here [on the Disney lot]," DuVernay said.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for this year's Golden Globe Awards, but failed to recognize any female directors in the best director category. Despite earning high praise and attracting major ticket sales, Patty Jenkins, Dee Rees and Greta Gerwig were all left out of the best director category. Gerwig did earn a nomination for writing the script for "Lady Bird," which she also directed. To date, Barbra Streisand is the only woman to ever win a Golden Globe award for directing, which she won for "Yentl" in 1984.
SAG-AFTRA union President Gabrielle Carteris, in this guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, writes about the need for those in Hollywood to collaborate and to be aware of the impact Hollywood has on society at large. "Those of us in the entertainment industry must work together to exploit our unique position with the stories we choose to tell and how we choose to tell them, recognizing the enormous impact we have on our society," Carteris writes.
New leaders must embrace the work of managing others and not slip back into the comfort zone of doing the work themselves, writes Naphtali Hoff. Learn to lead by celebrating small wins, communicating regularly, thinking bigger about the business' future and delegating tasks.
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