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6 Habits for Building and Promoting Your Personal Brand

Peter Economy, Inc., September 10, 2015

Some people seem to be naturally gifted when it comes to making sure that their boss--and everyone else at work--knows the great job that they're doing. Other people would rather pretend that they're wallpaper--quietly doing their jobs and hoping someone notices how well they're performing. The best path to standing out on the job is a middle one. This article shares six habits will help you become well-versed in the art of self-promotion. [...read more]

10M customers exposed in Blue Cross hack

The Hill, September 10, 2015

A New York Blue Cross Blue Shield plan revealed late Wednesday that it has been the victim of a massive cyberattack, exposing the data of more than 10 million people. The hack falls within the top 20 worst healthcare breaches ever reported, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' list of breaches, known in the industry as the agency's "wall of shame." [...read more]

These 25 schools are responsible for the greatest advances in science

Steve Hsu and Jonathan Wai, Quartz, September 10, 2015

Few individuals will be remembered in history for discovering a new law of nature, revolutionizing a new technology or captivating the world with their ideas. But perhaps these contributions say more about the impact of a university or college than test scores and future earnings. Which universities are most likely to produce individuals with lasting effect on our world? The article's authors focus primarily on STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine/mathematics) contributions, which are arguably the least subjective to evaluate, and increasingly more valued in today's workforce to attempt to answer this question. [...read more]

Apple Unveils iPhone 6S, and Breaks Own Taboos With Other Offerings

Katie Benner, The New York Times, September 9, 2015

As it nears a size and scope never before approached by a technology company, Apple is doing things its executives said it never would. Apple's co-founder, Steven P. Jobs, once announced that using a stylus with a computing device was passé. But guess what? The company is now offering a stylus, called Apple Pencil, for $100. And in a move sure to make Apple old-timers squirm, the newest version of the iPad, which has an optional keyboard that attaches to the tablet, is even imitating some of the features of Microsoft's competing product, called the Surface. [...read more]

Why More and More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings

David Rock and Beth Jones, Harvard Business Review, September 8, 2015

A few years ago, companies began experimenting with removing ratings from their performance management systems. They stopped giving people a one-to-five rating or evaluating employees on a “performance curve,” also known as the “forced ranking” approach. By early 2015, around 30 large companies, representing over 1.5 million employees, were no longer defining performance by a single number, but rather emphasizing ongoing, quality conversations between managers and their teams. This article's authors began studying the trend and have already seen four, clear reasons it's gaining momentum. [...read more]

The One and Only Way to Get the Most out of Your Vacation

Elle Kaplan, Inc., September 4, 2015

The most productive vacation is one of complete immersion in relaxation and enjoyment, and total neglect of anything and everything having to do with work. This may seem counterintuitive, but it's a fact. Sipping a pina colada – or three – while you're barefoot on a remote Pacific Island beach is one of the most efficient things you can do for your company. [...read more]

Security issues remain as bio implants gain acceptance

Doug Olenick, SC Magazine, September 4, 2015

During the IFA electronics show in Berlin, Kaspersky Labs implanted a 2mm sub-dermal microchip into the hand of one of its employees that is capable of handling the same connectivity tasks as a smartphone or wearable, raising a bevy of security questions. The current level of security is minimal, using only a four-digit pin code, and is easily hacked, which Kaspersky is working to improve. [...read more]

60 Real Women Front The Limited's 'New Look Of Leadership' Campaign

Jamie Feldman, The Huffington Post, September 4, 2015

The Limited made its customers' dreams of dressing like Olivia Pope come true with its 'Scandal' collection. Now, the mass retailer is making waves for doing something a little bit more ... realistic. The brand called upon 60 diverse female leaders in business, education, government, healthcare, technology and entertainment to star in its "The New Look Of Leadership" campaign. [...read more]

See if this just-released, 8-hour album designed to make you sleep really works

Justin Wm. Moyer, The Washington Post, September 4, 2015

It's not typically the goal of musical artists to make their audiences fall asleep. Elvis Presley and the Beatles, for example, did not wow on "Ed Sullivan" by rendering screaming teenage hordes somnolent. And Kanye West is anything but a Mr. Sandman. But all that's mere pop music. In the world of contemporary classical composition, sending listeners to dreamland is a perfectly acceptable goal — one that leading composer Max Richter has embraced with the eight-hour "Sleep," his new record out Friday. [...read more]

Stress Can Be a Good Thing If You Know How to Use It

Alia Crum and Thomas Crum, Harvard Business Review, September 3, 2015

With all the media and medical attention on stress and its negative health impacts, it is easy to reach the conclusion that stress is irredeemably bad—something to be avoided as much as possible. This article's authors have a different perspective. They believe that pursuing a "stress-free" life often causes more stress down the line—problems compound, and by failing to face our most intense challenges we never overcome them. [...read more]

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