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FSMA, the CEO and the Board

I was speaking recently at a food safety conference to mid-level food safety managers on the topic of “why it is a bad idea to poison your customers.” After muffled applause, I headed towards the exit on my way to the airport. As I slipped out a side door, one [...]

How to Ruin your Organization in 25 Minutes or Less

Photo caption: Considering the "Wilt, Wilt" Story Board at the U.S. Summer Conference of the Center for Innovative Cultures. I have never worked at Amazon so I cannot speak to the veracity of the recent New York Times article. But, shockingly, thanks to a short exercise, I was able to get a feel for the culture described in the article. Show More Summary

Conference Board: Consumer Confidence Rebounded in August

The Conference Board said that consumer sentiment jumped strongly in August, rebounding from the sharp decline seen in July. TheRead the Rest...

Consumer confidence jumps in August

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence rebounded in August according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes jumped to 101.5, much higher than the expectation of 93.4 according to a Reuters poll. Show More Summary

BOOM: Consumer confidence spikes

The US consumer is confident. The Conference Board's index of confidence surged to 101.5 in August from 91.0 in July. This was much stronger than the 93.4 expected by economists. “Consumers’ assessment of current conditions was considerably...Show More Summary

US Consumer Confidence Is Both The Highest & Lowest In 2015 Depending On Who You Ask

According to the government-sponsored Conference Board, US Consumer Confidence soared from 91.0 to 101.5 - 2015 highs - in August. Acording to non-government-sponsored Gallup, US Consumer's Economic Outlook collapsed to its lowest in a year. Show More Summary

Digital Media, and Ghana’s Place on the Global Stage

I head to one of my favorite cities, Accra, later this week, to participate in a conference on “The Future of News” and to attend a board meeting for PenPlusBytes, a Ghanaian NGO that trains journalists in computer-assisted reporting, and … Continue reading ?

Find Your Passion, but More Importantly, Find Your Tribe

According to the Conference Board, a New York-based research nonprofit group, only 48.7% of American employees are satisfied with their job. Career articles advise working-age adults to "Find Your Passion," but the issue is...it's still difficult to figure out how. Show More Summary

Conference Board Leading Economic Index Sees Fractional Decline in July

The Latest Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for July is now available. The index dropped 0.2 percent, which follows a 0.6 percent May increase. The latest indicator value came in below the 0.2...

The Link Between Vision and Productivity

You might have missed what appeared to be an insignificant economic statistic in late spring when it was released. The Conference Board reported that world productivity continued to putter along last year, staying stationary from the year before. Show More Summary

Conference Board "Leading Indicators" Plunges To Lowest Since March 2013

The July index of leading indicators, from The Conference Board, cratered in July. The self-referential index (which includes Treasury yields) tumbled to -0.2% as the curve steepened. The last time it was weaker than this was March 2013. Charts: Bloomberg

DCMI Governing Board announces 2015 revisions to Bylaws

2015-08-19, The DCMI Governing Board announces its GB2015-2 decision to revise the DCMI Bylaws. The major focus of he revisions is on the refactoring of roles of the Advisory Board and Directorate with regard to DCMI conferences, meetings, educational programming and Initiative outreach. Show More Summary

How to Grow Revenue 90%

General Electric, Dow and other top companies are using enterprise-wide targets to drive topline growth from sustainability initiatives, according to research conducted by The Conference Board in collaboration with the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute. Show More Summary

Wage Growth Accelerating? By How Much? Total Compensation and the Obamacare Effect

On July 24, the Conference Board asked the question: Is Wage Growth Accelerating? The Board's answer was "All signs point to Yes!" One big question regarding the US economy is whether wage growth is accelerating. You might think that this is a pretty straightforward question to answer, but it’s not. Show More Summary

The Business Case for ESG Investment

The Conference Board’s current issue of Directors Notes makes the business case for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment. Corporate investment in ESG practices has been widely investigated in recent years. Studies show...Show More Summary

Sentiment Measures vs. Retail Spending: Clueless Clues and Random Noise

Economists ShockedEconomists were shocked by the plunge in the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index this morning, well below the any economist's guess in Bloomberg's Econoday Forecast. The consensus estimate was 99.6. The consensus range was 97.0 to 102.0. Show More Summary

AP Fails to Note That Drastic Consumer Confidence Drop Is Worst in Four Years

The Conference Board's July Consumer Confidence report released earlier today threw a heavy dose of cold water on the idea that the economy might finally achieve a broad-based, genuine recovery this year. Despite month after month of "all is well" reporting — and excuse-making when all hasn't been well — from the U.S. Show More Summary

Consumer confidence falls to lowest since September

Conference Board says sentiment rattled by events in Greece and China, along with worries about the job market

Consumer Confidence Falls to Lowest Level Since September

David Goldman/AP By PAUL WISEMAN WASHINGTON -- U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July from a revised 99.8 in June. Show More Summary

US Economic & Consumer Confidence Plunges To 10-Month Lows As "Hope" Crashes

The Conference Board just reported that US Consumer Confidence, having bounced in June, has collapsed in July (and saw the bounce revised drastically lower). At 90.9, this is the lowest since September 2014 and is below the lowest economist estimate. Show More Summary

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