• Succession Planning: Lessons from Richard Branson Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 2:36 PM ET
    Richard Branson

    Richard Branson has achieved so much in his career that he barely requires any introduction. Over the past few decades, he's been an ever-present in the business landscape, founding new ventures, increasing his fortune and operating with something akin to the touch of Midas throughout.

  • Presidential speech pedistal

    Eighteen months in office, President Obama should be evaluated on what he accomplished. On the President’s watch, unemployment has jumped from 7.7 to 9.5 percent, the jobless count has increased 2.7 million, and 3.4 million more Americans have quit looking for work altogether.

  • What To Include In Your Job Pitch Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 4:18 PM ET

    Your pitch is how you introduce yourself at networking events, informational interviews, on your cover letter, to your friend’s friends. It is how you answer that interview staple, “Tell me about yourself.” It defines your brand and therefore drives your search.

  • Morici: Quarterly Forecasts—Slow Growth or Double Dip? Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 12:16 PM ET
    Credit card swipe

    It is the season for economic forecasts, and I have been polled by several published surveys. Like other forecasters, I see growth too weak to create enough jobs to pull down unemployment-private sector jobs could even stagnate. The risk of a double dip is at 50 percent. If that happens, the economy likely will stay down for many years.

  • Two women compare the new iPhone 4 (right) and an iPhone 3 in front of Manhattan's 5th Avenue Apple Store.

    If you had to name a company that symbolizes exemplary customer experience, superb brand management and cutting edge products, Apple wouldn't be too far from the top of most people's lists. Which is why it's been so surprising to find the company squandering its reputation for all these things over a relatively minor flaw with the new iPhone.

  • Chinese shipping containers

    If the economy goes down a second time, it will not likely recover easily or quickly. The unemployment rate will rise into the teens and conditions reminiscent of the Great Depression will prevail through much of the nation.

  • Dissing Your Employer: Lessons from LeBron Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 11:44 AM ET
    LeBron James

    Changing employers is part of the marketplace and while most of us won’t make media-frenzied transitions like James, we'll still have to do it at some point. Doing it well is just another test of professional acumen, and there are several reasons why the issue deserves our attention.

  • Do You Really Need an Office? Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 2:37 PM ET

    The answer to that question—and to the importance of the office as a whole—lies in the sense of community. Sure, it might be possible to communicate with whomever you need to within your company by phone and email, but doing so exclusively takes a toll on everyone involved.

  • 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.

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