From the Wires

Most Americans unhappy at work

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CBS: Only 30 percent of American employees feel engaged or inspired at their jobs and the majority feel uninspired.

 

Chinese workers hold U.S. boss in factory

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BBC: Workers at a factory in Beijing have prevented their US boss from leaving for five days over a dispute.

 

Twinkies returning July 15

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Los Angeles Times: Twinkies are making a comeback on July 15.

 

Another Dreamliner diverted

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Monday, June 24, 2013

CNN.com: A United Airlines 787 Dreamliner was diverted due to a mechanical problem, the third such incident for Dreamliners in six days.

 

Ecuador mulling Snowden asylum request

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Reuters: The South American country will make a decision on the former U.S. intelligence contractor "in due time" based on human rights considerations above all, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said on Monday.

 

Paula Deen doesn't show up for Today show

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Friday, June 21, 2013

New York Times: Paula Deen failed to appear on the "Today" show for a scheduled exclusive interview this morning, citing exhaustion.

 

Tesla reveals battery-swap system

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Businessweek: Tesla Motors responded to EV critics by revealing an automated battery-swap system to make the cars better for long journeys.

 

Abercrombie pulls Taylor Swift T-shirts

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Yahoo: Abercrombie has stopped selling the shirts mocking singer's love life.

 

FAA to relax rules for electronic devices

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Yahoo: Airlines are set to allow wider use of gadgets in flight.

 

Naked mole rats live cancer-free with special sugar

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

WIRED: Researchers say a complex sugar that prevents cells from clumping into tumors helps the burrowing mammal avoid cancer.

 

Virtual end to cervical cancer within reach

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

CBsnews: Increased use of HPV vaccines mean cervical cancer may be wiped out.

 

Hong Kong firm considers 'Nicaragua Canal'

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Reuters: For centuries since the colonization of the New World, entrepreneurs have dreamed of building a canal spanning Nicaragua to make it easier to tap Asia's riches.

 

Taliban offer to free U.S. soldier

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

AP: The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a U.S. soldier held since 2009 in exchange for five senior operatives being held at Guantanamo Bay.

 
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There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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