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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.

Neil Murphy on leadership: Don't shirk the difficult things

Stan Linhorst,, July 13, 2014

In this week's "Sunday Conversations," SUNY ESF's Cornelius "Neil" Murphy, Jr. is interviewed, discussing his career, his leadership roles and those who influenced his leadership, and what he's doing now. [ more]

Declines in Donations Outweigh Direct Costs of Catholic Priest Scandals

Andrew O'Connell, "The Daily Stat," HBR Blog Network, July 11, 2014

Priest sexual-abuse scandals have cost the U.S. Catholic church a total of about $3 billion in legal fees, settlements, and other direct costs since the 1980s, but the impact of parishioners' declining charitable contributions has been an order of magnitude larger. [ more]

Heard the News on George Clooney? This Much Is True: He’s Livid

Ravi Somaiya and Christine Haughney, The New York Times, July 11, 2014

George Clooney condemned The Daily Mail, the British newspaper, after it reported that the Lebanese mother of his fiancée objected to their wedding on religious grounds. But he's not the first to challenge their reporting. [ more]

A Real Fix for Credit Ratings

Ann Rutledge and Robert E. Litan, Brookings, July 9, 2014

This paper offers an alternative approach to fixing credit ratings: by showing how the absence of a single, numerical, public structured credit scale to serve as a yardstick of structured credit quality in the U.S. debt capital markets provides a more plausible explanation for the problems in structured finance in particular. [ more]

How to Start a Conversation You’re Dreading

Peter Bregman, HBR Blog Network, July 7, 2014

This article discusses how to start a dreaded conversation and suggests the best way to do so is to lead with the punchline. [ more]

There Are Risks in Having the CEO’s Pals on the Board

Andrew O'Connell, "The Daily Stat," HBR Blog Network, July 3, 2014

Ties of friendship between corporate directors and CEOs can compromise firms' integrity, but public disclosure of the ties can make the problem worse, according to research in the American Accounting Association's Accounting Review. [ more]

The new Bloomberg Media

Joe Pompeo, Capital, July 2, 2014

This article's author outlines some of the initiatives that Bloomberg Media Group's Chief Executive Justin Smith has planned, such as a suite of 'digital-led multiplatform brands,' to reinvent the group. [ more]

JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon Has Throat Cancer That He Calls ‘Curable’

Jessica Silver-Greenberg, The New York Times, July 1, 2014

Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, announced in a note to the bank's employees and shareholders that has throat cancer and will begin treatment shortly, and emphasized that he would remain immersed in the day-to-day operations of the bank. [ more]

The Problem with Being Too Nice

Michael Fertik, HBR Blog Network, April 7, 2014

Leaders are placed under a tremendous amount of pressure to be relatable, human and ... nice. But being too nice can be lazy, inefficient, irresponsible, and harmful to individuals and the organization, according to this article's author. [ more]

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