The Inside Job


July 2008


You Haven't Changed Since Childhood

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"If I knew you in the schoolyard versus knowing you now, what's changed?"

Trainer and speaker Marcus Buckingham asked this of a woman in an Oprah workshop posted to the show's site. Most of us would have a variety of answers to this. I'd probably say that I'm less bossy, more sensitive, a bit less ...

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Minimum Wage Deals a Blow to Teen Training

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The federal minimum wage rose 70 cents today to $6.55 an hour. It will rise again next year to $7.25. The move has its fair share of detractors who argue against government price-setting.

Business owners who pay minimum wage to train teenagers in their first jobs often find the increases ...

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minimum wage

3 Lessons from My Broken AC

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Washington is stuck in the middle of a heat wave (or is this just called "summer" here?) and my air conditioning stopped working more than two weeks ago. Even better news—my landlord is out of the country.

There are a few business lessons I'm learning as I work with the repair company:

1. Do not ...

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Accounting Is a Super-Hot Career Field!

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If you're looking for a sure thing in the labor market, consider accounting. This, according to a recent survey finding that 58 percent of finance and HR managers surveyed worldwide were concerned about losing their top performers. The Robert Half Global Financial Employment Monitor found 73 ...

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careers

Why Lousy Jobs Numbers Might Be OK

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Is this the real start of something ugly? The number of employees on private-sector payrolls fell by 79,000 in June, according to today's ADP National Employment Report. This was the steepest fall in nearly six years and nearly four times the estimated loss.

Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist ...

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employment
economy

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