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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.

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? [ 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. [ more]

Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Christopher Tunnard, and Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi, Harvard Business Review, February 19, 2015

The transition to a global digital economy in 2014 was sporadic – brisk in some countries, choppy in others. By year's end, the seven biggest emerging markets were larger than the G7, in purchasing power parity terms. Plus, consumers in the Asia-Pacific region were expected to spend more online last year than consumers in North America. The opportunities to serve the e-consumer were growing – if you knew where to look. [ more]

The One Word Key To Happiness

Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, March 21, 2015

We all want to be happy. That's obvious. But how much would people pay for a moment of happiness? Researchers did a survey — and the answer was about $80. This article's author shares what it takes to become happy very quickly without dramatically changing your life (or spending $80). According to the author, the key to happiness really comes down to one word: Attention. [ more]

Women Directors Change How Boards Work

Laura Liswood, Harvard Business Review, February 17, 2015

We know that getting more women on teams can boost performance. Yet when it comes to one of the most important "teams" a company has — its board of directors — the United States seems to have hit a ceiling of about 16% women, with little by way of national efforts by government or business to increase that number. Whether one agrees with quotas as a mechanism for an increase or not, a new look at Norway, which has a mandatory quota system of 40%, is helpful in understanding why having at least three women on a board is important. [ more]

Monica Lewinsky just gave 'one of the best, most courageous TED talks ever'

Maya Kosoff, Business Insider, March 20, 2015

Monica Lewinsky made her latest public appearance on Thursday in a TED talk titled "The Price of Shame." Lewinsky's speech not only received a standing ovation but also moved some people to tears. Lewinsky's widely known story opened her up to online harassment and public shaming in the years following "the incident." Now Lewinsky is speaking out about how she's been treated. [ more]


Jeffrey Pfeffer: Why Companies No Longer Reward Loyal Employees

Eilene Zimmerman, Insights by Stanford Business, February 20, 2015

Repaying favors is the norm in our personal lives, but not in the workplace. In today's work world, reciprocity operates with less force. [ more]

Matt Abrahams: Tips and Techniques for More Confident and Compelling Presentations

Matt Forrest Abrahams, Insights by Stanford Business, March 2, 2015

The ability to present your ideas in a clear, confident, and authentic manner can make a huge difference in your business (and personal) success. Yet many people are anxious or under-practiced in presenting effectively. In this article, a Stanford lecturer explains key ways you can better plan, practice, and present your next talk. [ more]

Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome

Nicholas Wade, The New York Times, March 19, 2015

A group of leading biologists on Thursday called for a worldwide moratorium on use of a new genome-editing technique that would alter human DNA in a way that can be inherited. The biologists fear that the new technique is so effective and easy to use that some physicians may push ahead before its safety can be assessed. [ more]

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