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  • Want to Get Ahead? Don't Focus On Your Career Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 9:28 AM ET

    The personal benefit is clear, of course, as you get to frolic in a pursuit that may have taken a backseat. But the professional benefit, while indirect, is equally valuable — your personal renewal will contribute to your effectiveness on the job. Energy, ability to focus, creativity, likeability — all of these intangible but critical qualities will improve.

  • What's Your Biggest Weakness? Wednesday, 7 Jul 2010 | 9:37 AM ET
    Young Employees

    The weakness question is a test: how well do you handle yourself? It presents an elegant, damned-if-you-do, or-don't trap.

  • Creating CEO 2.0: Taking Succession Planning to School Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 | 11:20 AM ET

    If you're reading this blog, chances are you've been involved in developing a succession plan or planning one in the near future. However, this process of training and development at companies can get much more complicated when the departing executive is the company founder.

  • BP Prepares for Shakeup at the Top Saturday, 3 Jul 2010 | 11:02 AM ET

    Investors are braced for a clear-out of BP’s leadership once its leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is capped, the Financial Times reports.

  • Job Search Tips For A Market Uptick Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 2:02 PM ET

    I feel a market uptick. As a former recruiter, I still am involved in recruiter networks, and my colleagues are busy. Most telling of all, companies are looking for recruiters, indicating a commitment to hiring on an ongoing basis.

  • Morici: A Double Dip or Off the Cliff? Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 10:50 AM ET

    The U.S. economy has had two crises that were followed by long periods of depressed economic activity, high unemployment, and instability lasting more than a decade...Conditions are emerging that could cause that to happen again, and without a radical change in policy, the nation is at risk of a terrible calamity.

  • Morici: Outlook Darkens for Economy, Obama Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 11:50 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Friday, forecasters expect the Labor Department to report the economy shed about 110 thousand jobs in June and unemployment rose to 9.8 percent. Economists expect the private sector created about 110,000 jobs but government employment dropped twice that amount, as many temporary census jobs disappeared. Twelve months into recovery from such a deep recession, this is a terrible performance.

  • Leadership Lessons from the U.S. World Cup Campaign Monday, 28 Jun 2010 | 1:05 PM ET
    Bob Bradley head coach of USA embraces Ricardo Clark of the United States after he was substituted during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between USA and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.

    The U.S. soccer team's run in the World Cup came to an agonizing conclusion against Ghana on Saturday, but unlike many of the major European nations competing, the team can at least head home with their heads held high. And none more so than coach Bob Bradley, who has offered myriad leadership lessons over the course of the two weeks the U.S. team was involved at the world's most-watched sporting event.

  • NY Forum: Innovation in Finance Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 4:09 PM ET
    Wall Street

    Day two of the New York Forum in full swing this morning. Mayor Bloomberg opened the meeting today by discussing the government's role to promote economic activity. Wall Street remains the top industry for the Big Apple. Finance remains the economic engine for the United States.

  • Does Dissent Have Any Room In Your Team? Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 12:00 PM ET

    Learning to embrace opposition and maneuvering it toward resolution is no easy task. Even in the most modern and youth-centric offices, traditional rules and authority often end up becoming reasons for dissent and fraction. But sometimes all it takes is a different take on the process or eventual conclusion of a project. As an executive, then, how do you handle conflicting ideas from team members?

  • Morici: The Fed, the Yuan and the Failure of Diplomacy Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 12:02 PM ET
    Chinese Yuan

    Fed policy is much less relevant to U.S. growth and price stability than in the days of Paul Volcker, because China's yuan policy has substantially limited the importance of Fed interest rate decisions by severing the historic link between short interest rates-like the federal funds rate it targets-and long rates on mortgages, corporate bonds, and the securities banks use to finance lending on cars and credit cards.

  • Changing When Change is Hard Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 10:34 AM ET
    Man with wings

    Change. It's a word not many people like to hear, either in their personal or their professional lives. Usually it means breaking from the usual, comfortable, established way of doing things and striking out for new territory, be it physical, mental, or emotional.

  • Alcoa Expects Chinese Demand to Jump 10% This Year Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 6:04 PM ET
    Klaus Kleinfeld

    As worldwide need for aluminum expands, demand for Alcoa products will grow 10 percent this year, with a full 50 percent of that coming from China, Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO and director, told CNBC Friday.

  • Derivatives Could Grow Under New Rules: Citi CEO Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 4:47 PM ET
    Vikram Pandit

    Running derivatives through clearinghouses, part of the proposed financial regulations reforms now in Congress, will make them more secure and eventually may pump up their volume, Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup told CNBC Friday.

  • Social Media Crosses the Line Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 2:54 PM ET

    PepsiCo and ThinkSocial, a nonprofit initiative at the Paley Center for Media that advances use of social and mobile media for public purposes, hosted a unique event last week aimed at highlighting the growing buzz around corporate sustainability and using social media to leverage it. Marketing heads from global brands like GE, Timberland, Nokia and PepsiCo were on hand to not only discuss their CSR initiatives but also show how they are embracing their social media networks to leverage brand awareness.

  • When Is It Okay To Ask For A Job Lead? Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 2:09 PM ET

    You can’t expand your network if you always only focus on people you already know. You have to take a chance, like this person did, and reach out to people. Attend social events, go to conferences, take classes, participate in community activities, and then actually reach out to the people you meet.

  • What themes do you expect to emerge when you gather a bunch of leading businesspeople and experts on innovation and organizational change, and have them present their thoughts in a two-day conference in New York City?

  • Morici: With Gulf Crisis, Obama in Over His Head Monday, 14 Jun 2010 | 1:11 PM ET
    Workers are seen clearing the beach of the oil residue that has washed up on Pensacola Beach from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on June 7, 2010 in Pensacola, Florida. Early reports indicate that BP's latest plan to stem the flow of oil from the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident may be having some success.

    Sadly, President Obama, by persistently scolding BP and using inflammatory rhetoric, has done little to improve BP’s efforts to cap the well and mitigate the damage, or to foster effective cooperation between federal and state agencies that could improve those efforts.

  • A Closer Look at Quarterly Forecasts Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 | 1:22 PM ET

    It is the season for economic forecasts, and I have been polled by several published surveys. Here is my response.

  • True Confessions of a Recruiter Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 | 12:38 PM ET

    Forgive me, job search candidates, for I have sinned. It’s been 20+ years since my last confession. I ran recruiting efforts for Fortune 500 firms that included Citigroup, Warner-Lambert, and most recently Merrill Lynch and during that time, I committed many sins. I seek atonement through this article.

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