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Must Reads

There is so much to read, so much to know, so many sources to follow. And the volume of news and information just keeps growing exponentially. How to keep up? Even more, how to rediscover the serendipity of learning something new and interesting for its own sake?

Here, for your enjoyment and interest, are the articles Temin and Company considers "must reads." They are primarily on the topics of reputation and crisis management, the media, leadership and strategy, perception and psychology, self-presentation, science, girls and women, organizational behavior and other articles of interest.

They are listed below with the most recent articles first, and to the side, by category.

We hope you enjoy them and would appreciate your comments. And whenever you have any favorite articles for us to add, please let us know so that we might include them for other readers to enjoy.

Ash Falls From the Sky as Fire Erupts at General Electric Plant in Louisville

Polly Mosendz, Newsweek, April 3, 2015

A General Electric appliance plant in Louisville, Kentucky was burning on Friday morning. The plant is part of a large GE park that includes at least six buildings. Firefighters on the scene told the local NBC affiliate that the fire is considered four alarm. Over 200 firefighters were called in. [...read more]

A Checklist for Someone About to Take on a Tougher Job

Ed Batista, Harvard Business Review, January 6, 2015

Careers involve numerous transitions when we "step up" into a new role, typically one with greater rewards, bigger responsibilities, and higher stakes. We're well aware that these opportunities come as the result of effort and diligence in our previous role, but we can fail to appreciate how much hard work is required after we've made the transition to ensure that it's a successful one. This article's author has prepared a "stepping up checklist" of issues that need to be addressed and questions that should be asked along the way. [...read more]

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

Rebecca Knight, Harvard Business Review, January 9, 2015

Difficult conversations — whether you're telling a client the project is delayed or presiding over an unenthusiastic performance review — are an inevitable part of management. How should you prepare for this kind of discussion? How do you find the right words in the moment? And, how can you manage the exchange so that it goes as smoothly as possible? This article shares what the experts have to say. [...read more]

Predicting the Unpredictable

Eric Bonabeau, Harvard Business Review, March 1, 2002

Nasdaq worked with BiosGroup to develop a computer program that simulated proposed changes they wanted to make in regard to the tick size of their trading. It was no ordinary program; the software created thousands of virtual individuals to represent market makers, institutional investors, pension fund managers, day traders, casual investors, and other market participants. Each of those software agents made decisions to buy and sell using real-world strategies. The technology, called agent-based modeling, enabled Nasdaq to explore stock market dynamics that pure mathematical methods could never unpick. And they're not the only ones who have benefitted from the use of agent-based modeling. [...read more]

Greek bailout deal possible by end April, Tusk says

ekathimerini.com, March 31, 2015

A deal on Greece's bailout is possible before the end of April, EU Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday as Athens continued tough talks with its creditors on a disputed list of reforms. Tusk said the negotiations were "complex," and while nothing was expected before Easter, a late April deadline agreed between Greece and its EU-IMF creditors was still within reach. [...read more]

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the end of 'Interstellar'

Will Wei, Business Insider, March 31, 2015

Astrophysicist and StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson saw 'Interstellar' and then came by Business Insider to explain what the ending means – and if it's scientifically sound. [...read more]

Inside NPR’s podcasting strategy

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter, March 30, 2015

In January, months after "Serial" rocketed to the top of the iTunes podcasting charts and ignited a conversation about the "Golden Age of Audio," NPR was preparing to answer with a hit of its own. The show had spent more than a year in development. For its launch, staffers used every bit of experience they'd gained about how to engineer a popular program: They cross-promoted previews of the show on podcasting staples like "This American Life" and "Radiolab," coordinated a media campaign, even set aside a modest sum — about $1,500 — to buy Facebook ads promoting the show. It paid off. [...read more]

What to Do If Your Boss Is a Control Freak

Karen Dillon, Harvard Business Review, December 23, 2014

It may have seemed well-intended at first — your boss kept close tabs on your work and made sure you presented yourself well throughout the company. But now that you're no longer learning your role, the tight leash feels downright oppressive and embarrassing. Your boss is not only micromanaging you, he's smothering you. What's going on? [...read more]

Starbucks Will Stop Putting The Words 'Race Together' On Cups

Sam Sanders, NPR's "The Two-Way," March 22, 2015

The most visible part of Starbucks' campaign to get customers talking about race — putting the slogan "Race Together" on coffee cups — has come to an end. The company received widespread criticism of its Race Together Initiative, which was announced last week. But Starbucks spokeswoman Laurel Harper told NPR that the move occurred right on schedule and was unrelated to the fallout. [...read more]

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