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Bosses, be warned: Your biggest kiss-up could be your biggest backstabber

One of the most widely held — if rarely practiced — ideas in management is that it's important for chief executives to encourage different opinions from the people who work for them. To find the dissenting voices who won't just try to flatter or praise, but remind leaders when they are wrong. Doing so, the thinking goes, will lead to […]

United CEO Oscar Munoz: The rise and fall of a ‘Communicator of the Year’

Not quite a full month ago, before #LeggingsGate and dragging-gate and the accompanying public scorn, United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz put on a bow tie and ascended a stage in New York for the self-styled “Oscars of the PR...Show More Summary

From ‘tone-deaf’ to ‘textbook’: Experts review the United CEO’s first — and latest — apology

Just one day after issuing a statement that was widely mocked online after a passenger was pulled screaming and bloodied from his seat on United Airlines, the company's CEO is trying for a do-over.  After an initial apology that public...Show More Summary

In China, Starbucks is offering health insurance to a surprising group of people

In China, Starbucks already invites workers' parents to an annual employee meeting. Now it's planning to offer those parents health insurance. The coffee giant said early Tuesday that it would begin offering a "critical illness insurance plan" to its eligible full-time employees in stores operated by the company in China. Show More Summary

New York City just banned bosses from asking this sensitive question

It's the interview question no applicant likes: How much did you make in your last job? The New York City Council isn't fond of it, either. In a vote Wednesday, it approved legislation that will ban employers from asking job applicants about what they make in their current or past job and could have far-reaching consequences beyond the city as […]

What the commander of the bin Laden raid thinks you should know about leadership

The first thing William McRaven does when he wakes up each day is make his bed. Referring to McRaven's practice as a strictly executed “habit” doesn't do it justice. It's more like a ritual or a daily rite or perhaps even a “lifestyle.” The bed-making routine began during basic SEAL training in the late 1970s and […]

JPMorgan’s Dimon says the U.S. is exceptional, but ‘something is wrong’

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said Tuesday that his closely watched annual letter to investors was written with shareholders, employees and the community in mind. But other parties might be interested in what he has to say: the White House and Congress, as the high-profile banker sounded off on policy issues in his investor letter in a very big way. […]

Some Swedish workers are getting microchips implanted in their hands

How would you feel about having a microchip implanted in your hand to make things more convenient at work? In Sweden, some workers are actually volunteering to do just that, electing to have a chip the size of a grain of rice implanted in their bodies to help them unlock doors, operate printers, open storage lockers and even buy […]

Yul Williams on fostering innovation at the NSA

Yul Williams is the technical director for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, working with computer scientists, mathematicians and engineers to develop new technologies in the cybersecurity field that will assist the agency in its intelligence operations. Show More Summary

Why one tech giant is investing another $3 million to close its pay gap

Back in 2015, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff admitted something many CEOs wouldn't: The company had found a pay gap between the men and women who worked for the cloud computing giant, and it was spending $3 million to fix it. Now after acquisitions and rampant growth at the company brought in 7,000 new employees in the past […]

Ahem: Business leaders who over-golf are linked to underperformance

President Trump wants to run government more like a business. He campaigned on his dealmaking chops, stocked his Cabinet with business executives and announced a "SWAT team" aimed at bringing business ideas to the government. And as many executives do, Trump also likes to play golf. Show More Summary

Starbucks’s tall order on CEO succession

Will the third time be the charm? Starting Monday, Starbucks will begin answering that question when it officially hands over the coffee company's reins to Kevin Johnson, its president and chief operating officer, marking only the third...Show More Summary

After the health care defeat, Trump’s image as a strong leader is taking a hit

Amid Donald Trump's stunning election in November, an exit poll showed the power of a singular presidential quality in the 2016 race. More than any other issue, according to a Morning Consult/Politico exit poll, voters said that being a strong leader was the most important attribute for picking a president. Thirty-six percent said it mattered most, compared with just 18 […]

The Cubs’ Theo Epstein had a home run response to getting named the ‘world’s greatest leader’

Being named the world's greatest leader might go to some people's heads. Not the Chicago Cubs' Theo Epstein, who helped bring home the club's first World Series championship in 108 years. Late last week, Fortune Magazine came out with its annual ranking of the people it calls the best leaders in the world, putting Epstein first on the […]

A Harvard negotiations expert explains why Trump failed to get a heath-care deal

A number of parties share the blame for the Republicans' failed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act: The GOP's hard-line Freedom Caucus. More moderate Republicans who couldn't get behind a bill that cut health care for millions of Americans. Paul Ryan's inability to whip his party into line. The rushed timeline and many last-minute changes to a bill that […]

Why Bob Iger is going to wait a little longer for his Disney ending

Disney chief executive Bob Iger's contract is getting yet another sequel. In a filing Thursday, the company's board gave the ruler of the Magic Kingdom another contract extension, moving out the date he will remain chief executive officer and chairman to July 2, 2019. The one-year extension is the third time the company has extended Iger's contract since 2013, when it […]

The investor who pushed tech firms to publish their pay gap is going after big banks

Last year, the investor Arjuna Capital helped urge seven tech companies to doing something unexpected: Publish the percentage pay gap that exists between their male and female employees and commit to closing it. Now, the woman behind that push is taking aim at another industry known for its male-dominated workplace: The financial sector. Show More Summary

Google wants to fix tech’s diversity problem with an outpost for historically black colleges

Four years ago, Google began sending engineers to historically black colleges such as Howard University for its “Google in Residence” program, an attempt to improve its recruiting from these campuses, prepare students for Google's peculiar...Show More Summary

Howard Schultz hands the keys to his successor in an emotional investor meeting

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz quite literally handed the keys to the company to his successor on Wednesday. Reaching into his pocket during the company's meeting of annual shareholders, Schultz plucked the door key to Seattle's Pike Place...Show More Summary

Would it really ‘never hurt’ for Trump to apologize?

  At least two members of President Trump's own party have now suggested the president has some apologizing to do. Speaking with reporters on Friday, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), speaking of Trump's claim that former President Obama tapped his phone during the election, said "frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think that […]

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