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Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want (BK Business) [Paperback]

Beverly Kaye (Author), Julie Winkle Giulioni (Author)

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Release date: September 17, 2012 | Series: BK Business

Study after study confirms that career development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving retention, engagement, productivity, and results. Nevertheless, it’s frequently back-burnered. When asked why, managers say the number one reason is that they just don’t have time—for the meetings, the forms, the administrative hoops.

But there’s a better way. And it’s surprisingly simple: frequent short conversations with employees about their career goals and options integrated seamlessly into the normal course of business. Beverly Kaye, coauthor of the bestselling Love ’Em or Lose ’Em, and Julie Winkle Giulioni identify three broad types of conversations that will increase employees’ awareness of their strengths, weaknesses, and interests; point out where their organization and their industry are headed; and help them pull all of that together to design their own up-to-the-minute, personalized career plans.

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go is filled with practical tips, guidelines, and templates, as well as nearly a hundred suggested conversation questions. Read more of this post

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Mental Models: The Bamboo Innovator Approach to Investing in Asia, with Singapore-Based Value Investor KB Kee (BeyondProxy.com, GreatInvestors.TV, Youtube, Frequency.com)

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Billionaire John Paulson lost more than $300 million of his personal wealth on his gold bet, as the precious metal fell to its lowest price in almost two years

Paulson Loses More Than $300 Million as Gold Declines

Billionaire John Paulson lost more than $300 million of his personal wealth on his gold bet, as the precious metal fell to its lowest price in almost two years.

Paulson has roughly $9.5 billion invested across his hedge funds, of which about 85 percent is invested in gold share classes. Gold dropped 4.1 percent today, shaving about $328 million from his net worth on this bet alone.

Gold tumbled and entered a bear market after falling more than 20 percent since August 2011, bringing more bad news for 57-year-old Paulson, who has struggled with poor returns for the past two years. He told investors last year that his $700 million Gold Fund would beat his other strategies over five years because the metal was the best hedge against inflation and currency debasement as countries pump money into their economies. The fund slumped 28 percent this year through March, a person familiar with the matter said this month. Read more of this post

When Shareholder Democracy Is Sham Democracy; There are 41 publicly traded companies with directors who lost their elections last year. Despite these votes of no confidence, they stayed in their posts

April 12, 2013

When Shareholder Democracy Is Sham Democracy

By JAMES B. STEWART

Two weeks ago, I argued that it was hard to imagine a more compelling case for ousting directors than the one posed by Hewlett-Packard.

It turns out there are many stronger cases — 41.

That’s the number of publicly traded companies where directors actually lost their elections last year, meaning that more than 50 percent of the shareholders withheld their votes of approval. Yet despite these resounding votes of no confidence, they remained in their posts. Read more of this post

Beijing reports first human case of H7N9 bird flu

Beijing reports first human case of H7N9 bird flu

POSTED: 13 Apr 2013 10:12 AM
A seven-year-old girl was confirmed as Beijing’s first human case of H7N9 bird flu on Saturday, local authorities said, as China’s outbreak of the disease spread to the capital.

BEIJING: A seven-year-old girl was confirmed as Beijing’s first human case of H7N9 bird flu on Saturday, local authorities said, as China’s outbreak of the disease spread to the capital.

The girl, whose parents are poultry traders, was in a stable condition in hospital, the Beijing health bureau said. Her mother and father had been quarantined for observation but had shown no symptoms so far, it added.

She developed a fever, sore throat and headache on Thursday, it said, and her parents took her to hospital. Samples from her tested positive H7N9 the following day, and the national disease control centre confirmed the results on Saturday.

Chinese officials announced nearly two weeks ago that they had found the H7N9 strain in humans for the first time, and the girl brought the number of confirmed infections in the outbreak to 44, 11 of whom have died.

All previous cases had been confined to eastern China. Experts fear the prospect of such viruses mutating into a form easily transmissible between humans has the potential to trigger a pandemic. Read more of this post

How Hello Kitty Conquered the World; The cutesy Hello Kitty character came to be popular with everyone from small children to motorcycle gangs

April 12, 2013, 2:11 p.m. ET

How Hello Kitty Conquered the World

The cutesy Hello Kitty character came to be popular with everyone from small children to motorcycle gangs.

By MEGHAN KEANE

Hello Kitty, Japan’s most recognizable cartoon cat, prefers to be seen and not heard—a consequence of being drawn without a mouth. Created by Japanese merchandiser Sanrio in 1974, Hello Kitty is made up of nothing more than a few simple strokes: a black circle with ears, two button eyes, whiskers and a lopsided bow. Yet those features have been imposed on millions of products in the decades since, and millions of fans around the world use the image as a canvas for their personal expression. Hello Kitty has served as a mascot for adult women, gay men and punk enthusiasts. While most cartoon characters have a distinctive personality—Mickey Mouse, Ronald McDonald, Garfield—Hello Kitty is a cipher.

Pink Globalization

By Christine R. Yano
Duke, 336 pages, $24.95

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Wise advice from 1899: Sack the slothful and incompetent

Wise advice from 1899: Sack the slothful and incompetent

Created: 2013-4-13

Author:Wang Yong

AMERICA is known for its can-do spirit, but there’s never been a shortage of can’t-doers.

“A Message to Garcia,” written by artist and publisher Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915) in 1899, remains a definitive work, even today, on why a boss must honor the can-doers and curb, or can, the can’t-doers in the workplace.

A central message of the book: If the boss does not dismiss the less fit, that is, the can’t-doers, the business will never survive.

In fact, Hubbard wrote the book of about 30 pages in an hour in 1899 after an indifferent employee irritated him.

He said the book idea “leapt hot from my heart, written after a trying day when I had been endeavoring to train some rather delinquent villagers.” Read more of this post

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