Sonic Drive-In CEO J. Clifford Hudson says growing up in an era of segregated schools shaped his commitment to helping minorities advance, and today he runs a company where women and minorities are the majority of Sonic's leadership team, writes Sapna Maheshwari. "When there's one, we're a token, and by four, it takes gender off the table," says Susan Thronson, a Sonic board member.
Beer used to have a smoky taste because the grains were dried over a fire before brewing, writes Jim Clarke. Today, some craft breweries are experimenting with smoke-flavored malt, following the lead of brewpubs in Bamberg, Germany, that never stopped making smoke beers.
Having good data on your customers not only helps you understand who they are but also how they trend over time with your business, writes Ric Noreen. Companies that know which customers offer growth, profitability or both can narrow their focus to only the most important customers, Noreen argues.
Leaders who borrow concepts from stage performances have a better chance of engaging the audience because the crowd becomes part of the story, writes Edmund Chow. Such a presentation requires an antagonist, a protagonist, staging with appropriate props and getting into character, he writes.
Focus on learning from colleagues, reviewing your progress and being proactive in order to gain the attention of your manager, Monique Serbu writes. Also, remember that you represent your company's brand while attending networking events.
To really make an impression in an interview, be clear on your career intentions, sell your strengths and show an interviewer you'll fit into the company culture, Adunola Adeshola writes. "No one wants to hire someone who's not absolutely positive they want to be there," she writes.
A group of 22 states and the District of Columbia filed a petition seeking to force the Federal Communications Commission to reverse its rollback of net neutrality rules. The filing is the first step in what is likely to be a lengthy legal battle.
Innovations in HR technology will let workers access information when they need it, provide analytics so employers can make good staffing decisions and improve recruitment and workforce diversity, experts predict.
HR will play a greater role in cybersecurity and making sure privacy laws are followed, attorneys say. HR should set clear policies, provide adequate training and establish procedures for handling employee data.