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Social Network Effects in Hiring

Laura W. Geller, Strategy+Business, May 21, 2016

Job seekers are keenly aware that who they know matters. A contact at a prospective employer can push a resume to the top of the pile, put in a good word, or arrange an introductory lunch. Companies, for their part, are happy to oblige. Employee referrals help them cut through the noise, target searches, and save money. Social networks play a positive role in the hiring process. But what can these useful connections tell us about performance on the job? Does the advantage of knowing someone carry over once an individual joins a firm? [ more]

How To Be Persuasive: 7 New Secrets From Hostage Negotiation

Eric Barker, Time, May 17, 2016

We all have to have difficult conversations. And they'd be easier if you knew how to be persuasive. Whether it's dealing with family members, buying a car or negotiating a raise, persuasion is always a useful skill. But much of what you read doesn't work in tough scenarios. So this article's author asked the FBI's lead international hostage negotiator, Chris Voss, who has handled the most challenging scenarios imaginable — ones where lives are on the line — to share a few of the techniques he uses. [ more]

Hearsay Social Founder: It’s a Huge Mistake for CEOs to Leave Social Media to Millennials

Clara Shih, Fortune, May 16, 2016

To bring about wholesale business transformation, company leaders must personally own and drive Social Business strategy—including and starting with the CEO. This article's author shares three ways CEOs can do this. [ more]

This Is How To Be Persuasive: 7 New Secrets From Hostage Negotiation

Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, May 15, 2016

Chris Voss, former FBI lead international hostage negotiator and author of the book, "Never Split The Difference," shares some of the most counterintuitive — and effective — negotiation techniques you’ve never heard about. [ more]

Scoundrels in the C-Suite: How Should the Board Respond When a CEO’s Bad Behavior Makes the News?

David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan, "Closer Look," Stanford Business, May 10, 2016

The board of directors has a responsibility to investigate credible allegations that management has engaged in activity that is not in the interest of the company or its shareholders. In the case of illegal activity, the appropriate response is likely to be very clear. Less obvious are the actions directors should take when the CEO engages in behavior that is questionable but not illegal. This article examines the actions that boards take in response to CEO "bad behavior." [ more]

What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed at Work

Anthony Soohoo, Fortune, May 7, 2016

No matter where you're at in your career and regardless of the industry, the prospect of a burnout is more common than ever before. Becoming an entrepreneur takes immense discipline, requires a dedicated team, and an incredible leap of faith. Long hours and stress are the norm, but the reality is that you also need to step back and put your world into perspective — which often means taking a breather — whether you like it or not. This article's author shares a few tricks to help recharge and find balance. [ more]

College Students Are Low on Credit — Tech Startups Want to Change That

Mary Wisniewski, American Banker, April 27, 2016

Students used to leave college with two artifacts of their first experiments with credit — free T-shirts and, for better or worse, a credit file. Today they are leaving without either. The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 severely narrowed the industry's ability to market or issue cards to anyone under the age of 21, causing banks and credit card companies to drastically reduced their peddling of credit products to college students. Following the financial crisis, credit to younger people is now being eyed by tech startups. [ more]

Keeping Sanity in Your Twitter Feed

J.D. Biersdorfer, The New York Times, April 26, 2016

This article's author explains to those looking to reduce their annoyance levels when scanning their feeds, the difference between muting and blocking someone on Twitter. [ more]

Half of women on boards like quotas but male colleagues say no - survey

Ellen Wulfhorst, Thompson Reuters Foundation News, April 21, 2016

Half of women sitting on corporate boards of directors around the world support quota systems to fix stubborn gender imbalances in the boardroom, but less than 10 percent of their male colleagues agree, said a study released this week by researchers from the Harvard Business School and the WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation. [ more]

10 questions dominating boardroom agendas for 2016

Women Corporate Directors, Directors & Boards, Q1 2016

This article shares the top ten questions directors are asking in their boardrooms so that they can be better prepared for what’s to come. [ more]

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