Archives: October 2007

Facebook Fatigue

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on October 31

A few months ago I found myself lunching in midtown Manhattan at the Mario Battali of Greek Food: Anthos (pass if you're an Atkinser, as a life without the...

The Perils of PR

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 31

I can almost see journalists worldwide giving a virtual high-five to Wired Magazine's editor-in-chief Chris Anderson this week. The reason: He published a list of the addresses of PR people...

Is Gossip Always Toxic?

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 31

I have mixed views about office gossip. On the one hand, it can be a great way to gain intelligence about what's going on and who's moving where, especially if...

The Interim CEO at Merrill is a Chairman

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 30

Well, it's official: After several days of news stories and reports that Merrill Lynch CEO and Chairman Stan O'Neal was out of a job, the company issued a statement today...

Jermaine Dupri on Branding, Music and Starting Out

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 29

Jermaine Dupri has a new book out, and came in for a Video View to talk about his business. The book is Young, Rich and Dangerous: The Making of a...

How to Become an "Influencer"

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 26

Joseph Grenny thinks anyone can learn to influence people in the workplace. The co-author of Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations makes getting there the subject of his latest book, Influencer:...

Testing the "Executive Brain"

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 26

I wrote a piece this week in our "BTW" section (the old "UpFront") about a management assessment tool that's been linked to predicting top performers. Researchers at the University of...

Munchausen at Work

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 25

There's a funny column in this month's Harvard Business Review I think many people will be able to relate to. Called "Munchausen at Work," it describes a phenomenon Georgia Tech...

Women Leaders on Security, Advancement and Hillary

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 25

Marie Wilson, founder and president of the White House Project, came in the other day for a Video View. Her primary mission was to promote a global conference taking place...

A Management Shock Jock

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 24

If the management world had a shock jock genre, a book that landed on my desk the other day would be a perfect candidate. "What Men Don't Tell Women About...

Stressful Times in the Talent War

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 22

Everyone knows it's tough to find great employees these days. The stress is taking a toll, according to a new study by Watson Wyatt Worldwide and WorldatWork (a global group...

The Books You Need to Succeed

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 18

We spend a lot of time on this blog, looking at the merits of new books and studies that come our way every week. This time, I want to talk...

Being Authentic

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 17

Authenticity is all the rage these days. Skeptical consumers can allegedly sniff a fake from miles away, and they punish those that don't live up to their claims. Now, consultants...

A Wealth Transfer from Singletons to the Married and Parenting Class?

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on October 17

In 2003, I wrote a BusinessWeek cover story called Unmarried America about how the U.S. was on the verge of becoming a nation of singletons. The story catalogued the...

Reuben Mark Likes Retirement

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 16

While he was CEO of Colgate-Palmolive--and at 23 years, that was a very long time--Reuben Mark was known for keeping Colgate a relatively private company. He was also known for...

Disruption Days

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 15

Jean-Marie Dru, CEO of ad giant TBWA, became well-known a decade ago for his "Disruption Days." These are brainstorming sessions with clients and the folks in his agency to overturn...

How to Hire Your Kids

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 12

Many successful entrepreneurs face a dilemma when it comes to hiring their kids. Donald Trump has long talked about the value of having his kids work for what they want...

Pat Woertz says Good Gossip is Good

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 10

I just stopped by World Business Forum, the mega leadership confab at Radio City Music Hall, to hear Patricia A. Woertz, the CEO of Archer Daniels Midland and the sixth...

Tom Peters on Women

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 10

It's the 25th anniversary of In Search of Excellence, one of the best-selling management books of all time, and Tom Peters wants to talk. Not about his book, mind you--that...

"Marketing" 101

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 10

I love to get comments on our blog items, especially when they prompt reader debate like our posts on Chinese recalls or Whole Foods' John Mackey. But about a dozen...

Why NBCU wants Oxygen

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 09

The rumors have turned out to be true as NBC Universal today announced that it's paying $925 million ($875 million, net of financial assets) to buy Oxygen Media. That's the...

Clarence Thomas Speaks - Again

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 08

I've been intrigued by the reaction to Clarence Thomas's memoir, My Grandfather's Son. I've read it, in part because I'm working on a book that looks at a group of...

Survey Says

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 05

October must be statistically significant in some mysterious way. My inbox is especially full of surveys these days. Two of the most interesting findings for a Friday afternoon: **The Conference...

New Data on the Global Talent Wars

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 05

Heidrick & Struggles has put together a Global Talent Index that highlights some of the weaknesses of the top-ranked U.S. market when it comes to developing talent. The survey, conducted...

Damon Dash: "A VIP kind of guy"

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 04

Damon Dash, the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear, came in recently for a Video View to talk about social networking to the urban set. His venture, Block Savvy, has...

Evil HR Lady--And Other Saucy HR Blogs

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on October 03

It used to be scant pickings when it came to HR blogs. The fare was heavy on overearnestness, HR Speak, and the true HR giveaway--saying so much while meaning...

Getting the best out of mentoring

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 02

Our parent, McGraw-Hill, just wrapped up the fifth phase of a mentoring program that pairs up people from different parts of the company (including Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education and...

The Value of Diverse Boards

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 01

File this under obvious but important (a nod to "The Week" and my favorite "boring but important" column of news): Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women directors...

How the 'Aha moment' happens

Posted by: Diane Brady on October 01

Strategic intuition--those insights that emerge through thinking rather than emotion--is a hard thing to pin down. Columbia Business School professor William Duggan has just put out an interesting book on...

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