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News of General Mills’ plans to boost its growth by divesting part of its portfolio and Frito-Lay’s latest chip flavors resonated with readers this week.

Guide

Realigning an organization takes hard work, but an experienced guide has seen what can go wrong and will prepare you to keep striving forward.

Friends

If your friends aren't good for you, you have two choices: Move on, or let them drag you down.

We can all relate

Four steps toward becoming a relational leader

Restaurants, food companies cater to the diets du jour

The number of US consumers who subscribe to some type of diet is on the rise. Here’s a rundown of how some of the most popular diets are shaping menus and grocery carts -- plus a look at some emerging eating patterns that are primed for growth.

Last week's question: How well does your organization anticipate and influence regulatory changes?`

Leadership

You may think you are too busy to notice other people, but being oblivious to others will undermine your credibility as a person and a leader.

Off and running with ESSA

How an Indiana district is gearing up to comply with ESSA.

What’s trending? From science to the Common Core, don’t miss these most-read stories.

Arrogance

If you worry about being perceived as arrogant at work, read on to check your tendencies and learn about the alternative habits you should be perfecting.

The evolution of plant-based dairy alternatives

Thew plant-based milk and cheese market is gaining in popularity and attracting new brands.

The communicator's secret weapon

Great communicators inspire and drive action. Here's how they do it.

Leaders can't avoid decisions, but they can improve how they think through them.

Top 10: Fresh Market’s turnaround plan, new snack rollouts and Chick-fil-A’s promo

News of Fresh Market's plan to shutter 15 stores as part of its turnaround plan struck a chord with readers this week, as did stories from PepsiCo and Chick-fil-A.

Telecommuter

Virtual teams are commonplace, but companies still struggle to lead and develop these groups.