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Liz Ryan

BIO

When Friends Lose Their Mojo

Liz Ryan | July 1, 2012 | Business
Your friend is suddenly scared of everything, and unsure of his or her value. It can happen after a job loss, or just after another tough quarter that leached away more juice than your friend had in his or her fuel tank.
Dan Solin

BIO

The Flawed Premise of 95 Percent of 401(k) Plans

Dan Solin | July 1, 2012 | Business
I can find no credible data supporting the inclusion of actively managed funds in 401(k) plans or individual portfolios. Yet, these funds dominate the investment options in most plans.
Dave Johnson

BIO

Transportation and Infrastructure = Immediate Jobs = Deficit Reduction

Dave Johnson | July 1, 2012 | Business
Republicans have doubled down on blocking public investment, calling it "just more government spending" and even "socialism." And, they complain, construction projects help union members.
Valerie Berset-Price

BIO

'Borders Frequented by Trade Seldom Need Soldiers'

Valerie Berset-Price | July 1, 2012 | Business
It is true that when it comes to international business and cultural intelligence, I specialize in pointing out what our nation does wrong. Today, though, we will take a ride on the positive side of things because I was fed a lot of hope last week.
Rachel Havrelock

BIO

Converting to JPMorgan Chase

Rachel Havrelock | July 1, 2012 | Religion
In early March, I received a letter from my bank informing me of an impending "Conversion Date" on May 4. As a Religious Studies professor, I read on eagerly wondering what aspects of my body or soul might change.
Gary Rich

BIO

Leadership, Culture and Prostitution

Gary Rich | July 1, 2012 | Business
We conduct a program called The Leadership Room for small groups of executives. During last week's session we sent the ten participants to retail establishments to study the experience they had with the sales staff. We were interested in the relationship between the intentions of each organizations leadership and the...
John Friedman

BIO

Do You Really Know What Your Business Does?

John Friedman | July 1, 2012 | Business
The fact is we so often get caught up on the tactics of what our companies or organizations make day to day that we lose sight completely of what it is they really do.
Cory M. Baker

BIO

Branding and Social Media: The Real Hunger Games

Cory M. Baker | July 1, 2012 | Technology
Long gone are the days when an edgy new idea and a great product were married in a board room and posted on billboards and magazines weeks later for all to see them in the same issue of LIFE, TIME, Newsweek or People.
Doug Kendall

BIO

The Tea Party vs. the Constitution: ObamaCare Edition

Doug Kendall | July 1, 2012 | Politics
There is an enormous gap between tea party activists' fervor about the Constitution and what is actually in our Nation's founding charter.
Yul Kwon

BIO

The Rebirth of American Manufacturing

Yul Kwon | July 1, 2012 | Business
Like a lot of people, I had come to accept the conventional wisdom that America doesn't make anything anymore. What I discovered is that the prevailing narrative of decline and decay is overly simplistic and, in some ways, flat-out wrong.
J.D. Roth

BIO

Is Your Spending Normal?

J.D. Roth | July 1, 2012 | Money
Do you like to compare your spending to a broader average? What are your favorite sources for comparing numbers? Do you worry when your spending on, say, housing is far greater than the norm? Or do you just figure different people have different priorities?
Janice Harper

BIO

Documentary on Workplace Bullying Presents a Different View

Janice Harper | July 1, 2012 | Business
Kevin Morrissey's death cannot be undone, and no suicide is ever fully understood. But What Killed Kevin? provides a starting point for understanding workplace aggression.
BJ Gallagher

BIO

Buddha CEO: Five Mantras for Your Workday

BJ Gallagher | July 1, 2012 | Business
If you really want to be a good student of the Buddha and you're willing to take on a difficult learning assignment, here's a radical suggestion: love your problem people. They can teach you lessons that wonderful people never can.
Daniel Burrus

BIO

The Real Way to Avoid a Student Loan Debt Crisis

Daniel Burrus | July 1, 2012 | Education
The real problem is not the student loan debt itself. Rather, the real problem is that even with their shiny new degrees, graduates (both young and old) are not finding jobs. What's the solution?
Arlene M. Roberts

BIO

Being a Nanny in a Post-Bill of Rights State

Arlene M. Roberts | July 1, 2012 | Business
The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights ushered in a new era for nannies and house-keepers in New York. Or did it? It has been almost a year and a half since the legislation was enacted. This May Day would be a great opportunity to step back and assess the benefits....
Robert Reich

BIO

The Tinder-Box Society

Robert Reich | July 1, 2012 | Business
May 1 may be a good day for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but the future depends on the job prospects and wages of the average worker.
Richard Barrington

BIO

The High Cost of the Fed's Low Rates

Richard Barrington | July 1, 2012 | Money
With the economic recovery still lagging, the intended rewards of the Federal Reserve's aggressive campaign to lower interest rates have yet to be realized. But the cost of that campaign to depositors can be counted, and it may have exceeded $200 billion in the last year alone.
Michelle Natividad Rodriguez

BIO

EEOC Updates Civil Rights Protections on Criminal Background Checks for Employment

Michelle Natividad Rodriguez | July 1, 2012 | Business
The EEOC's timely and necessary update to the guidance sent a strong and clear message about how and why criminal records checks run afoul of Title VII, and what employers can do to meet their business needs without discriminating against qualified job applicants.
Nelson Davis

BIO

Dick Clark's Business Lesson

Nelson Davis | July 1, 2012 | Business
Unbridled enthusiasm is a success magnet. While many people of his age were eyeing a rocking chair, Dick was fishing for opportunities.
Bill Bartmann

BIO

The Sleeper Voting Bloc That Can't Sleep

Bill Bartmann | July 1, 2012 | Politics
People who are at ease may decide their votes in different ways, but people in pain will vote with their emotions. Thirty million Americans are in tremendous pain.
Anca Novacovici

BIO

Melding Lean with Green

Anca Novacovici | July 1, 2012 | Business
"Lean" refers to an approach of continuous improvement and the elimination of non-value-adding activities. "Green" refers to practices and actions that reduce negative impacts on the environment. Are "lean" and "green" principles complementary business practices?
Mark Gongloff

BIO

Greenspan Declares Obama's 'Worst Mistake,' Was On Deficit

Mark Gongloff | July 1, 2012 | Business
Alan Greenspan said something about the budget deficit on Tuesday. The reason this is "news" is because it is shocking that Alan Greenspan is still allowed ever to speak publicly about matters of importance.
Tim Fenton

BIO

Ferrari On Rails? Not Just Yet

Tim Fenton | July 1, 2012 | Business
A number of overexcited hacks are getting themselves into a premature state of enthusiasm over a very new and very red train that has just taken to the rails in Italy.
Jason Richwine

BIO

Overpaid Public Workers: Actually, We're Moving Toward Consensus

Jason Richwine | July 1, 2012 | Business
Most Americans agree that public workers should be compensated for their skills at the same market rates as private employees. But right now, many public workers get an unjustified premium.
Robert Teitelman

BIO

What Should the Central Banks Do?

Robert Teitelman | July 1, 2012 | Business
In arguing the case for the primacy of economic action, Krugman blithely ignores the difficult situation of central banking in the modern world.
Perry Yeatman

BIO

Lessons Learned From the Frontlines of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Perry Yeatman | July 1, 2012 | Impact
When it comes to multi-stakeholder partnerships, knowing what YOU want is the right starting point. But even that isn't enough to succeed. Here are five more lessons we've learned from our work that might be helpful.
Carol Cone

BIO

Sustainability, Purpose, Citizenship, CSR, Shared Value: Don't Get Stuck on the Name... Continue the Journey!

Carol Cone | July 1, 2012 | Impact
Companies and brands of all kinds recognize that they can no longer just make products and services and sell to markets. With globalization, instant communications, and social media, commitments to sustainability, purpose, citizenship, or whatever we call it are here to stay.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

BIO

How to Fund the Massive Infrastructure Investments That We Need Now

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | July 1, 2012 | Politics
After decades of neglect, our infrastructure is crumbling as maintenance and replacement schedules get pushed back. Much of our aging infrastructure is beyond its useful life or at full capacity. We need to invest in repairing and renewing our crumbling infrastructure before disaster strikes.
Kathy Caprino

BIO

When 'Good' Advice Is Bad for You

Kathy Caprino | July 1, 2012 | Business
If you don't get want you need, be prepared to walk away from the relationship when you sense that this partnership is not for you or for your highest good. Don't wait to ask for what you know you need and want.
Charles Gasparino

BIO

An October Surprise on Wall Street

Charles Gasparino | July 1, 2012 | Business
Coming this fall, as President Obama makes his final push for a second term, his Justice Department will finally give the public what it wants in the form of an arrest of a major Wall Street figure for his role in the financial crisis.
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

BIO

The College Double Whammy

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | July 1, 2012 | College
Unreasonably high costs and poor job prospects? This is the unacceptable double whammy of sending a student to college today -- a devastating one-two punch that is leaving most families reeling and disoriented.
Justine Rivero

BIO

Forget Credit Scores: The Case for Credit Grades

Justine Rivero | July 1, 2012 | Money
If you've had a headache trying to understand your own credit score, pass the aspirin; you aren't the only one.
Dean Praetorius

BIO

Interconnected: Why Playing Nice Seals the Deal

Dean Praetorius | July 1, 2012 | Technology
Google+ would like to satisfy these needs, but they're playing catch-up and actually proving that scratch is a poor place at which to start. Path might work with the big guys, but they don't add a significant value. So why bother with new networks?
Christopher Bergin

BIO

Apple Sidesteps Taxes -- What's Wrong With That?

Christopher Bergin | July 1, 2012 | Technology
We are currently having a debate in this country about fairness and our tax systems. That's a good debate to have. But insinuating that someone who pays a lower effective tax rate than you is somehow doing something unfair to you does not help the debate.
Rebecca Solnit

BIO

Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games: Sending Debt Peonage, Poverty, and Freaky Weather Into the Arena

Rebecca Solnit | July 1, 2012 | Politics
Collins's timely trilogy makes it clear that the 1%, having created a system of deeply embedded cruelty, should go, something highlighted by the surly defiance of heroine Katniss Everdeen who refuses to be disposed of.
Richard Zombeck

BIO

Homeowner Activists Will Be Crushed Under Their Own Weight

Richard Zombeck | July 1, 2012 | Business
The divisiveness, infighting, and turf wars have made it easy for the ones who created this mess to run roughshod over the American people and the laws that were meant to protect them.
Andy Plesser

BIO

(video) All Media Should be Earned, Digitas Creative Chief Says

Andy Plesser | May 31, 2013 | Business
Many brands are focused on the new paradigm of paid media and earned media, but all media should actually be earned, including the ads made for the Web, said Mark Beeching, Worldwide Chief Creative and Strategy Officer at Digitas, during an...
Dean Baker

BIO

Budget Bunk: The Old Pox on Both Your Houses Game

Dean Baker | July 1, 2012 | Business
The economy did not regain the jobs lost in the 2001 recession until 2005, and even then it was on the back of another unsustainable bubble, this one in the housing market. And we know how that one ended.