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2/21/2018

Beating a dire cancer diagnosis emboldened Vice Cream founder Dan Shorr to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit while hiring smart people to manage while he tackles strategy and fundraising. "If I find that I am managing the team, I think I have the wrong team as a small company," he says.

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2/21/2018

Leaders need to be wary of talking too much, thinking they know it all and looking down on passion, says leadership coach Ralph Simone. When you're doing all the talking, "[y]ou're not necessarily connecting or you're not tapping into the ideas that your people have, that your customers have, that your clients have," he says.

2/21/2018

You might find yourself speaking before an audience that's culturally different from you, so you'll want to be prepared, especially for how their expectations might differ, writes Jim Anderson. Some speech techniques common to the US, such as self-effacing humor or a quick pace, do not impress other cultures, he writes.

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2/21/2018

Automation eliminates the emotional connection customers enjoy with service from people, so have opportunities available for human interaction, writes Ryan Buell of Harvard Business School. Well-trained staff should be easily accessible if automated transactions go awry, and the ease of automated communications such as emails and auto-dialing shouldn't be used differently than how a human would communicate, he writes.

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2/21/2018

The first land plants on Earth may have appeared 100 million years earlier than previously thought, argues a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. The study examined the genes of living plants instead of relying only on fossil evidence.

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BBC
2/21/2018

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered a ban on "bump stocks," which enable more rapid firing of semiautomatic rifles. The suspect in last week's Florida school shooting, in which 17 people were killed, did not use a bump stock; the shooter in the Las Vegas mass killing in October did.

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2/21/2018

Unions representing workers at Walt Disney World Resorts have filed a complaint alleging unfair labor practices, saying the company is withholding $1,000 bonuses until new contracts are signed. "If the unionized employees do not accept Disney's offer by August 31, 'the bonus offer will expire,' " the Service Trades Council said in a news release.

2/21/2018

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would not hear two California cases involving gun laws. The court's decision means the state's 10-day waiting period to buy firearms will stay in place, as will gun-transaction fees that are used to fund background checks.

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2/20/2018

Recognizing that career paths are not linear and developing the confidence necessary to take risks are key steps for success, said Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert. Engelbert made headlines for earning her CEO post, but said "we need to move these elevations of women into key roles from novelty to norm."

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2/20/2018

US lawmakers from both parties are discussing a need to bolster oversight of cryptocurrencies, high-ranking congressional members say. A House Financial Services subcommittee will conduct hearings in coming weeks.

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