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Five leaders whose TED Talks you’ll want to hear

Today kicks of the start of this year's TED conference, an annual confab of ideas-driven speakers that's been called the "Holy Grail of digital-age production" and, alternatively, a collection of "tent revival sermons." The most famous...Show More Summary

The income gap between bosses and workers is getting even bigger worldwide

Income inequality has become a hot-button political issue in the United States. The size of Wall Street bonuses has been compared against the median household income. More and more companies are upping the pay of minimum-wage workers amid growing protests. And someday soon, companies are expected to be required to disclose the ratio of pay between […]

When companies know more but say less about their gender gap

NEW YORK CITY — Two years ago, Avon executives made a startling discovery: The company, a beauty brand known for its legions of “Avon ladies,” had relatively few women in top management positions. Ninety-eight percent of employees in district sales management were women. But most top leadership roles in that area were held by men, said Leslie […]

Leading the way to equal opportunity

Jenny Yang, a child of immigrant parents and the first Asian American to head the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has spent her career focused on ensuring fairness in the workplace. In this interview, Yang discusses her goals for the EEOC, which she took over as chair in September, and some of the lessons she has […]

The key comparison to make with this year’s Wall Street bonuses

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released his annual analysis of Wall Street bonuses Wednesday, prompting many to put this year’s financial industry windfalls into some relative context. The average bonus, which was $172,860 in 2014, is more than three times the median household income in the U.S., CNN reported. The New York Times wrote that this year’s […]

Why great places to work can also make great investments

Last week, Fortune Magazine released its 100 Best Companies to Work For list, that annual catalog of corporate benevolence most of us can only dream about, longingly, from a distance. The paid sabbaticals. The generous parental leave. The cruises on the company yacht. But while we may not all be able to work for such generous companies, we can invest […]

This retirement letter from Google’s CFO is like few you’ll ever read

It's common for corporate executives who are retiring to say they'll be spending more time with their family. But Google's chief financial officer, Patrick Pichette, appears to really mean it. In an unusually reflective and candid letter posted Tuesday afternoon to Google Plus, Pichette wrote that "after nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from […]

At Apple’s shareholder meeting, Jesse Jackson praises Tim Cook’s leadership on diversity

Over the past year, the Rev. Jesse Jackson has been pushing for more diversity in Silicon Valley, urging companies to reveal the number of women and minorities in their ranks and to add African Americans to their boards, and showing up at shareholder meetings to press his cause. But on Tuesday, Jackson had mostly words of praise for Apple […]

So what does Clinton’s ‘No Ceilings’ report actually have to say about the status of women in leadership?

More than a year ago, Hillary Clinton announced her plans for an initiative aimed at calling global attention to the inequities women face and measuring the progress they have made in the 20 years since she famously said "women's rights are human rights" at the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Show More Summary

An unusual new policy for working mothers

On Friday, global telecommunications company Vodafone Group said it would be setting a global minimum for its maternity leave policy, requiring that, by the end of 2015, all of its 30 operating companies around the globe offer at least 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. That in itself was an unusual move, yet the most interesting detail in the announcement […]

Is Hillary Clinton’s challenge that she’s been set up for failure, or for success?

When Hillary Clinton first ran for president in 2008, some thought she was teetering on the “glass cliff.” That term refers to the well-studied phenomenon in which women—and perhaps minorities—tend to disproportionately be considered for leadership opportunities at moments of great risk, when the chances of failure are higher. Show More Summary

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring secret

During his Mobile World Congress keynote earlier this week in Barcelona, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about his initiative, his relationship with telecom operators and expanding Internet access. But what has seemed...Show More Summary

Millennials make ideal public servants

In conversations with leaders across the federal government, I’ve heard a common question and refrain: “How do I lead and manage the millennial generation? There’s no way I can meet their expectations given that they’ve been reared in an online, on-demand, everyone-gets-a-trophy world.” In response, my team recently held a conversation with young employees from […]

Civil rights leadership 50 years after Selma

Just days before this country marks the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” — when civil rights activists marching in Selma, Ala., were attacked by state troopers and local police — the Department of Justice released a devastating report about the continued racial bias that exists in some police departments. Show More Summary

After getting a raise, the glow fades fast

Raises are ticking upward this year, with the average salary bump expected to come in at roughly 3 percent in 2015. That marks the highest increase since 2009, according to one forecast. Workers should be grateful, right? But a fair number of people who get merit increases don't feel more valued after receiving one — and even those who do at first quickly […]

When shareholders want to talk about pay equality, but companies don’t

Across the country, conversations about the gender pay gap are gaining prominence. In Washington, the Paycheck Fairness Act got a big push from Democrats before ultimately stalling in Congress last year. President Obama also signed two executive actions to boost pay transparency among federal contractors. Show More Summary

The leadership wisdom in Warren Buffett’s letter

Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, released Saturday, is always pored over for investing smarts, hints at who might succeed him, and folksy wisdom about life and business. This year’s 50th-anniversary edition didn’t disappoint. Show More Summary

Podcast: Stewart Thornhill on entrepreneurship

LISTEN: A conversation with the University of Michigan's Stewart Thornhill   This week our podcast conversation is with Stewart Thornhill, executive director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan. Show More Summary

Keeping watch over the Department of Health and Human Services

Daniel R. Levinson has headed the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services for more than a decade. In this role, he manages a staff of 1,600 employees who delve into some of the government’s hot-button issues, including health care, medical research, food and drug safety, disease prevention, welfare, and […]

The specter of shutdown that will haunt the Department of Homeland Security

In late 2013, Max Stier, the president and CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, testified in a hearing before Congress about the state of morale at the Department of Homeland Security. After rattling off a litany of management problems DHS faced — high turnover in key leadership jobs, many vacancies in critical roles, low […]

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