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Contracts Labor Unions

  • Job Losses

    Thirteen months into recovery from a deep recession, this is disappointing. The economy must add 13 million private sector jobs by the end of 2013 to bring unemployment down to 6 percent. President Obama's policies are not creating conditions for businesses to hire those 320,000 workers each month, net of layoffs.

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    Are employers facing a fight to hold onto their employees as the economy recovers? If Tim Geithner's New York Times op-ed is correct, the question of retention—and especially of top talent—is going to start cropping up in the not too distant future.

  • Unemployment

    If you’ve been searching for several months and don’t have a new job to show for it, don’t get discouraged. Get observant. Look at what you have done to date because something is not working.

  • The White House is pumping sunshine—the economy is in tough shape. Fourth quarter GDP numbers show the economy is not growing fast enough to create jobs and bring down unemployment.

  • The Parthenon in Greece

    Behind the revival in confidence in Greece lurks fear things could still fall apart, the Financial Times reports.

  • BP CEO Tony Hayward

    The biggest challenge for Dudley is going to be reconfiguring the company culture toward rigorous accountability. Going forward, corporate social responsibility (CSR) will have a new found meaning at BP.

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  • President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    Maybe common folk who vote and earn a living in the real world know something Ivy League professors living off endowment income and advising presidents can't fathom. Reckless, unproductive government spending, higher taxes and regulations that accomplish little but to raise costs, kill investment, drive jobs offshore, and destroy prosperity.

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    Does your company have an HR handbook? Chances are, you're thinking yes, of course. What about a culture book for employees? Zappos does.

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    The other day, I was working with a global leadership team that wanted to move from "product selling to solution selling." That's an important distinction. But it's abstract. And if you're trying to explain it, you need some concrete examples.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Two barometers of the US economy are moving in different directions, sending mixed messages about the depth, breadth and speed of the recovery.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.