Now the Metropolitan Opera, my home for over 20 years of my 34-year career, is in the final hours of labor negotiations. We have been told there will be a lockout starting at midnight Thursday evening when the fiscal year closes.
Do you think you knew all the basic human resources questions hiring companies like to ask? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? HR 101, I call them. Familiar?
If you want to avoid committing the faux pas of describing a colleague or an acquaintance as a friend, here are some rules for when it's fair game to use the term.
America's federal budget deficits have actually shrunk by nearly $5 trillion since 2010. The CBO's projection for the budget deficit this year is smaller than it's been on average over the past 40 years. In short, the economic evidence is clear: This deficit is no longer an urgent issue. But there are, in fact, deficits that demand immediate attention.
There are some things you can do with your email marketing, that while seemingly innocent, will make your subscribers want to throw you off the proverbial cliff ... right into the spam folder.
Zipcar and Airbnb demonstrate the power of the sharing economy, which has taken off with the simple promise of liberating people from the hassles and costs of ownership and overpriced commercial services.
Studies show that the biggest mistake entrepreneurs and businesses make on social media is not investing enough. Though experts continue to espouse the virtues and benefits of social media, many businesses and thought leaders have failed to make it a priority.
Imagine being an E.R. doctor. The interesting stories you'd have to tell would rival the make-believe stories told on hit TV shows of this similar genre. Then imagine giving it all up to pursue a career as a writer?
Last November the chain had a more ambitious, more "premium" vision of a spicy line in test.
The excitement and energy buzzing around with other entrepreneurs and small business owners is truly inspiring, not to mention, the opportunities for business and joint ventures that arise due to meeting and personally connecting.
The first successful application for a sound mark was registered in 1978 and was filed by NBC. Thirty-five years out, it is still a notoriously long and difficult process. So when I'm asked by another business owner if they can trademark a sound, I always have to give a "yes, but..." answer for the following reasons.
Great collaborations are built on mutual respect, trust and creativity. The mistake that a lot of entrepreneurs make is assuming that just because they are familiar or acquainted with someone that they would make an ideal partner in a collaborative effort. Not always the case.
It's a testament to how well Amazon rolled out the price increase, as well as the relative costs and benefits of Amazon Prime. More than 8 out of 10 Amazon Prime members are aware of the increase, and even in light of that increase, over 90% intend to renew.
Many employees are encouraged to "just be yourself," only to find their authenticity -- and their career ambitions -- constrained by unwritten office rules about appearance, speech and behavior.
When someone gets sick after eating at a restaurant, they are not likely to return soon, if ever. And, more importantly, that person is likely to tell family and friends that they got sick from their dining experience. Worse, in most cases, the restaurant chain is not likely to ever know.
Here are four questions managers should ask salespeople, and answers salespeople should know for each of their customers. Do this, and you'll have a clear sense of which pursuits are real, and which ones are a waste of time.
When it comes to charity work, I often tell my daughter that life shouldn't be lived for how much money, power or fame you get but the difference you can make in life.