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5/23/2019

Organizations that have a strong degree of trust, especially employees trusting managers, show higher levels of efficiency and productivity and reduced turnover costs, Randy Conley of The Ken Blanchard Cos. said at this week's ATD conference in Washington, D.C. Conley outlined his approach for nurturing trust using the ABCD trust model, which includes assessing oneself according to four categories: able, believable, connected and dependable.

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5/23/2019

Effective social selling requires companies to use relevant hashtags and share valuable content as they interact with prospects, writes Martin Jones. For best results, plan content ahead of time to ensure consistent output on social media platforms and track results to see what's working, Jones writes.

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5/23/2019

Dodge Data & Analytics reports that new construction starts dropped by 15% in April, with most sectors reporting declines. Total construction starts, unadjusted, are down 8% year-over-year so far in 2019.

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5/23/2019

US employers are increasingly seeking employees who speak other languages in addition to English to remain competitive in the global economy, according to a survey commissioned by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The report highlights in-demand languages -- among them Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin -- and says more than 30% of those surveyed reported that current employees fail to meet the language needs of the business.

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5/23/2019

Kami Rita Sherpa, a mountain guide in Nepal, has broken his own record for the most climbs up Mount Everest when he ascended the peak for the 24th time Tuesday. The record that he beat was his own when he made his 23rd climb only a week earlier.

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5/23/2019

The Pentagon is thinking of sending at least 10,000 additional troops to the Middle East to counter potential threats from Iran and will present its plan to the White House on Thursday. Officials said the build-up would be defensive and include additional missile batteries and ships as well as stepped-up monitoring.

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5/23/2019

GLAAD's 2019 Studio Responsibility Index found an increase in films from major studios that included LGBTQ characters last year, with 20 of the year's 110 film releases from major studios included LGBTQ characters. The report noted opportunities to improve and the need to feature LGBTQ characters in family and animated films.

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5/23/2019

Sara Gilbert announced the launch of her production company with Tom Werner called sara + tom, which the pair hope will produce television shows that make "you laugh and cry." Mandy Summers will be head of development and production and comes to the new venture from Nahnatchka Khan's Fierce Baby Productions.

5/23/2019

Ellen DeGeneres announced she will continue hosting "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" through 2022. DeGeneres will also now have a larger ownership stake in the show.

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5/23/2019

Danai Gurira spoke at The Hollywood Reporter's Drama Actress Roundtable about the need for a variety of stories to be told from different perspectives. Gurira said she has seen advancements in the industry, more needs to be done.

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