It's such a savage thing to lose your memory, but the crazy thing is it doesn't hurt one bit. A blackout doesn't sting or stab or leave a scar when it robs you. Close your eyes and open them again. That's what a blackout feels like. For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was 'the gasoline of all adventure'. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened 21st-century woman.
Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. In this article, John Kotter outlines the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts.
Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are both concerned. Their concern is that the rich are getting richer, but America is getting poorer. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their country, employer, or family to take care of them. And like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing. America is becoming a two-class society, and soon you will be either rich or poor. Trump and Kiyosaki want you to be rich.
When some managers take over a new job, they hit the ground running. They learn the ropes, get along with their bosses and subordinates, gain credibility, and ultimately master the situation. Others, however, don't do so well. What accounts for the difference? In this article, first published in 1985, Harvard Business School professor John J. Gabarro relates the findings of two sets of field studies he conducted, covering 14 management successions.
The New Yorker's blend of reporting, commentary, criticism, fiction, and cartoons has garnered 36 National Magazine Awards since its debut in 1925 - more than any other publication. Edited by Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, the magazine has had only five editors in its 80-year history. Each week, Audible and the editorial staff of The New Yorker work together to select a variety of the issue's best articles from The Talk of the Town, Fiction, The Critics, and more. Each article is read in its entirety. The New Yorker is available in audio exclusively at audible.com.
Even for the most gifted individuals, the process of becoming a leader is an arduous, albeit rewarding, journey of continuous learning and self-development. The initial test along the path is so fundamental that we often overlook it: becoming a boss for the first time. That's a shame, because the trials involved in this rite of passage have serious consequences for both the individual and the organization. For a decade and a half, the author has studied people making major career transitions to management.
"'The Big Short' Review: The Comic Beauties of a Bubble" is from the Arts section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Joe Morgenstern and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"Not Too Big to Fail. Too Expensive to Exist" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Ryan Tracy, Christina Rexrode and Emily Glazer and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.
"Use Stress to Your Advantage" is from the May 19,2015 Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Kelly McGonigal and narrated by Ken Borgers.
Seth Godin, one of today's most influential business thinkers, writes best-selling books like Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars. And in between those annual books, he delivers a daily stream of ideas on one of the world's most popular blogs.
"Perfect when you need to boost your creativity"
At Deloitte we're redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people - and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly - is increasingly out of step with our objectives.
"What Would Ashton Do-and Does It Matter?" by Sinan Aral; "The Performance Frontier: Innovating for a Sustainable Strategy" by Robert C. Eccles and George Serafeim; "Creating the Best Workplace" by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones; and "Health Care's Service Fanatics" by James I. Merlino and Ananth Raman.
Employers can choose from lots of tools when they want to encourage employees to work together toward a new corporate goal. One of the rarest managerial skills is the ability to understand which tools will work in a given situation and which will misfire.
If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.
After sending out hundreds of copies of my résumé to dozens of companies over the last year, I realized that I was getting nowhere because my approach was wrong.
A look at the tenets of disruption theory, its usefulness and limitations, and its evolution over the past 20 years, by the leading experts on the subject.
"Headlines from Tech" is from The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Janet Yellen Signals Caution on Rates" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jon Hilsenrath and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Twitter Tweaks the Timeline, but It's Not the End" is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Yoree Koh and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Yellen Holds Interest-Rate Cards Close to Her Vest" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Justin Lahart and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Questions Dog Democrats After New Hampshire Presidential Primary" is from the Politics section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Peter Nicholas and Siobhan Hughes and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"A Supreme Carbon Rebuke" is from the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Amazon Japan Launches Free Sommelier Phone Service" is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jun Hongo and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"The Carbon Tax Budget" is from the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Deutsche Bank: No Liquidity Crisis but Capital Fears Are Right" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Paul J. Davies and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Donald Trump Triumphs in New Hampshire Republican Primary" is from the U.S. section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Janet Hook and Patrick O'Connor and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Economic Tumult to Color Janet Yellen's House Testimony" is from the Economy section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Ben Leubsdorf and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Facebook's Global Web Goals Run Into Political Hurdles" is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Deepa Seetharaman and narrated by Alexander Quincy.