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Employees may not voice it directly, but they are eager for their manager’s response.

A record number of 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in November while employers continue to scramble to lure talent to join their organizations. To combat turnover and attract new talent, leaders are implementing a myriad of benefits, including flexible work options, offering employee referral bonuses, and introducing additional merit increases. But for many who have quit and are looking for the next opportunity, they are looking beyond the free lunches and fitness reimbursements. This is actually the number-one question on their minds: Why should I work here?

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Author: Mita Mallick
Posted: January 22, 2022, 8:00 am

Transportation leaders know they need to cut their emissions, but where to start? Data on how long their trucks idle, or where they can use EVs, can be the first step toward change.

Investors, government regulators, and companies around the world are focused on sustainability in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming—and a big part of that work will focus on transportation. The U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will make a lasting impact on this front, with billions of dollars allocated to purchase electric school buses, build EV charging stations, and make other innovative transportation investments. Making a difference doesn’t have to mean waiting for these programs to get up to speed. Companies can take steps today to make daily operations more efficient and build the foundation for significant reductions in emissions and costs over time.

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Author: Alexander Stevenson
Posted: January 22, 2022, 6:00 am

Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of 1920s cowboy contest culture in the Globe-winning ‘Power of the Dog’ is a stark reminder of how little has changed a century later.

I couldn’t sleep after watching Jane Campion‘s Golden Globe winning film, The Power of the Dog, an emotionally dense Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a 1920s rancher in rural Montana. Notwithstanding the fact that my father’s family is from Montana, and that his father lost his thumb breaking a stallion, it’s the film’s sickening, real-life portrayal of toxic masculinity that really hit close to home. 

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Author: David M. M. Taffet
Posted: January 22, 2022, 4:00 am

Veteran tech exec Leslie Pitterson wrote an article in 2010 that would provide Issa Rae the fuel she needed to produce Insecure. Now, more than a decade later, she reflects on how far workplaces still have to go to be inclusive.

In 2010, when I was freelancing out of a brownstone in Harlem, I wrote an article titled “Where is the Black Liz Lemon?” that touched on the lack of complex Black female characters in media. A few days after I posted the piece, I got a note from a woman named Issa, thanking me and saying the article was the inspiration she needed to start a project she had been putting off. A few months later, she sent me a link to Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl, the YouTube series that would be the launchpad for HBO’s Insecure.

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Author: Leslie Pitterson
Posted: January 22, 2022, 4:00 am

We know negative results influence our thoughts and actions more than positive ones. But it has a particularly bad effect in the workplace because studies show rudeness decreases productivity.

The Monday round-robin begins on screen. Despite being asked to be on video, some team members still have their cameras off. A new staffer begins an update when another jumps in: “Look, I’ve got the latest numbers, I’ll go.” The interrupter takes over as the new staffer grimaces and shuts off her camera.

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Author: Lisa Holton—Neuroleadership Institute
Posted: January 22, 2022, 2:00 am

How to easily hide ads, auto-play videos, and other clutter in every major browser.

Ever get annoyed by the intolerable reading experience on certain websites? By activating your browser’s reader mode, you can make web pages more reader-friendly by hiding ads, menus, pop-ups, and other distractions. Some web browsers even let you switch to reader mode automatically on specific websites. Here’s how:

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Author: Jared Newman
Posted: January 22, 2022, 12:00 am

Bernard Kress from Microsoft’s HoloLens optics is likely to play a leading role in the development of Google’s forthcoming AR glasses, which could arrive in 2024.

Google has hired a key architect of Microsoft’s HoloLens Project to work on its own “Project Iris” augmented reality glasses project.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: January 21, 2022, 4:15 pm

The company recently settled a class action lawsuit requiring it to pay $58 million to consumers, which include Venmo, Robinhood, and Coinbase users.

Plaid is ubiquitous—and not just in winter.

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Author: Connie Lin
Posted: January 21, 2022, 2:10 pm

Apple TV’s hilarious new ad features one mad man.

Apple may have spent billions on original Apple TV content last year, but none of it included Jon Hamm. And the former Mad Men star is not happy about it.

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: January 21, 2022, 1:01 pm

At a recent congressional hearing, one key question kept coming up: Why does crypto eat so much carbon, and how can we lower its appetite?

Blockchain may be swimming into the mainstream with the force of a torpedo, but there are dams standing in the way. Among the biggest is its impact on the climate. Take a look at cryptocurrency mining—one of the most widely used consensus mechanisms for determining how blockchain ledgers are written. It’s a greenhouse-gas giant that won’t stop growing.

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Author: Connie Lin
Posted: January 21, 2022, 12:50 pm

Using an iPhone and its color-coded weights, Tempo Move can give real-time feedback on form and speed during a workout, then tuck away when you’re done.

I am a big fan of work smarter, not harder. Unfortunately, learning how to work out smarter is usually really, really hard. That said, when left to my own devices, my solution looks more like sitting on my couch with my Bala Bangles, multitasking with the latest season of Insecure while strengthening–something. (They *do* work, I swear.)

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Author: Rachel Kim Raczka
Posted: January 21, 2022, 11:00 am

Many leaders understand the importance of delivering feedback, but forget it can be more harmful than effective if delivered improperly.

“You’re not good enough. You need to change.”

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Author: Aytekin Tank
Posted: January 21, 2022, 11:00 am

Pumped hydro is a solution in plain sight. And the U.S. is brimming with potential.

To cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half within a decade, the Biden administration’s goal, the U.S. is going to need a lot more solar and wind power generation, and lots of cheap energy storage.

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Author: Andrew Blakers and Bin Lu and Matthew Stocks
Posted: January 21, 2022, 8:00 am

The connected fitness company’s shares rose in pre-market Friday after a memo from John Foley downplayed a damaging report.

Shortly after leaked Peloton documents were shared with the press, which suggested the connected-fitness company was pausing the production of its treadmills and bikes, the company has announced that Peloton will pursue legal action against the alleged leaker.

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: January 21, 2022, 7:50 am

A new survey breaks down how even well-meaning organizations are dropping the ball during COVID-19.

A global pandemic. An uptick in police brutality and racially targeted hate crimes. A country so polarized by fear, hate, and misinformation that insurrectionists stormed our own Capitol only a year ago.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: January 21, 2022, 7:00 am

Whether you’re interviewing, networking, or writing a cover letter, it’s all about crafting a compelling narrative. Here’s what to include.

If you’re looking for a new job this year, you’ll greatly improve your chances if you craft a narrative that tells your story clearly, honestly, and convincingly.

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Author: Judith Humphrey
Posted: January 21, 2022, 7:00 am
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Small Biz Survival

The small town and rural business resource

Who knows what trends will affect small and rural communities in 2022 and beyond? Not many trends pieces cover rural places. These trends are specifically about rural and small towns. I’ve been following rural trends and writing about them since 2009. My trends reports have been commissioned or quoted by Main Street America, Emergent Research, the […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: January 3, 2022, 12:28 pm
  Your fellow reader Ava asked a great question: If I am already working, in school, and wanting to start up just a real small small business, then how would that work differently from someone who is coming from a completely different stand point, like not working or in school and is just generally starting […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: December 17, 2021, 8:34 pm
When you’re planning to add pop-up businesses or shed businesses to your small or rural community, concentrate them in one area. Better to have four sheds or pop up businesses together on a single lot, than fourteen vendors spread out all over. Your goal is to make it feel like a concentrated burst of new […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: December 5, 2021, 4:38 pm
This was a new idea to me. Alyssa McCleery from Newkirk, Oklahoma, brought this up. She has local dog grooming but had to drive hours to find a place to get her cat groomed. I was skeptical at first, but why not cat grooming as a service? Just trimming cat claws can be a challenge. […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: November 15, 2021, 12:20 pm
By Deb Brown The old way of doing business is one building, one business. What if you could test an idea and have a business inside a business? Anyone of us either knows or can find someone who is making things from their home and selling it. What if you encouraged already existing home-based businesses […]
Author: Deb Brown
Posted: November 5, 2021, 11:19 am
By Paula Jensen My husband is a mechanic. The tools of his trade are important to his work. He has a large toolbox with many drawers lined in soft black padding. His tools lay clean and organized inside each drawer for easy access when he needs the right tool for a job. Yet, when things […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: October 16, 2021, 11:17 am
You’re familiar with the traditional way of handling community engagement. Once every few years, an outside consultant comes in and leads a community engagement planning meeting. There are lots of flip charts and post it notes.  Most of the people who attend hold official titles or formal leadership roles. Almost all are professional middle class […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: October 3, 2021, 10:41 am
Dorrigo in New South Wales, Australia, population 1100, created an entire event to support local makers. David from the Red Dirt Distillery told us about Made in Dorrigo Day, where everything offered for sale had to be made, grown or produced in their local 2453 postcode area. Back in 2014 when they started, David said, […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 17, 2021, 11:55 am
Craft entrepreneurship is a strategy for prosperity that works in every community, no matter how small, even if everything else is against you. Even if all you have is the dirt under your feet. This is the story of Avard, Oklahoma, a town that knows how to make something out of nothing. Often listed as […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 3, 2021, 11:11 am
By Becky McCray Need an idea for your next small town or rural business? This one would make a good side hustle: Gather and resell fruit that would otherwise be wasted. Think of all the fruit, berries and nuts that no one picks, especially in yards and public spaces in your town. You don’t have […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: August 3, 2021, 11:08 am
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