Why Risk Takers Do Better in Business and Life

You’re asked to speak at an event, but you hate being in front of crowds. Do you make up an excuse and politely decline, or recognize there’s a reason behind the invitation, rise to the occasion and start thinking about how you’ll prepare? How you respond says a lot about your overall success in business…

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Talent wars: Silicon Valley vs. Wall Street

When Jorge Velasquez accepted an internship at Citigroup this summer, he wasn’t dreaming about becoming the next Jamie Dimon. He’s far more interested in following in the footsteps of Steve Jobs. As a math whiz with a passion for economics, the rising college senior would seem to fit the mold for Wall Street. But Velasquez was…

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Big Corporate Layoffs ‘Great Opportunity’ for Small Businesses

Most of the time small businesses are at a disadvantage when it comes to recruiting skilled employees. After all, they often can’t compete on salary, nor do they hold the same cache as their bigger competitors. But they can take advantage of massive layoffs at their larger brethren to build their workforce of talented, skilled…

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How to Spot the Right Cultural Fit in a Job Interview

A recruiter spills the beans on what questions job hunters should ask Dear Annie: Is there any way to figure out, in a job interview, what a company is really like to work for? I’m job hunting right now, and it’s important to me to find a place where I’d be a good cultural fit,…

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New Target CEO has a ‘rare combination’ of skills

When Target appointed an interim CEO following Gregg Steinhafel’s departure in May, analysts and executive placement experts saw it as an indication the retailer would for the first time reach outside for a new leader. The big-box chain went further against the grain on Thursday, when it announced that Steinhafel’s permanent replacement would come from…

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American Apparel Should Hire One of These 6 Execs

Could ex-J.C. Penney (JCP_) CEO Ron Johnson be the next CEO of American Apparel (APP_), taking over the reigns once held by the lightening-rod known as Dov Charney? Such a scenario may seem like a long shot but at least one industry observer suggests that Johnson would be a good fit for the Los Angeles-based…

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Parkland Health Sets Standard for Entry Worker’s Pay

At a time of financial uncertainty for hospitals, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas has raised its hourly minimum wage to $10.25 for entry-level workers, paying for it with funds set aside for executive bonuses. Many see this action as setting a new standard in the fair wage debate raging in the United States,…

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Mozilla’s Former Executive Needed to Tell Us More

I’m sorry to see Mozilla’s Brendan Eich go, but in this era of transparency, he didn’t do enough to save his job. He failed to realize that these days, the CEO of a tech company is more like a politician than a business executive, operating in the glare of intense public scrutiny. Read the full…

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Target CEO Out As Data Breach Fallout Goes On

With Target still working to pick itself back up after a reputation-damaging security breach that’s hurt sales and its sagging stock price, CEO Gregg Steinhafel said Monday that he’s resigning after a 35-year career with the discount retailer. Read the full article by Hadley Malcolm.

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Target is Expected to Pursue Its First Outside CEO

Target Corp. (TGT)’s board, seeking a new chief executive officer after pushing out Gregg Steinhafel yesterday, is under pressure to do something it’s never done before: hire a leader from outside the company. Read the full article by Matt Townsend, Lauren Coleman-Lochner and Lindsey Rup.

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