- How to coach people like a carpenter
Coaching your workers should be something you do on a daily basis, and integrate into all your leadership activities, writes Mary Jo Asmus. "Like a carpenter who knows exactly what tool to use for each situation, your coaching can become one of the tools you call upon when needed," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership
- Lessons on business and happiness from a Starbucks barista
Business leaders may be able to learn from one especially cheerful Starbucks barista whom Ryan Estis says he ran into while traveling a couple of years ago. The barista explained that she was so friendly because happy customers enriched her life. "Instead of focusing on how to be successful, focus on how to be helpful," Estis says. PassionOnPurposeBlog.com
- U.S. consumer mood darkens
U.S. consumer sentiment this month is at its lowest since summer, colored in part by the unresolved budget situation, according to a University of Michigan-Thomson Reuters survey. "Confidence is lost much more easily than it can be regained, and the pessimism created by not reaching a resolution before year-end will be difficult to reverse even if a settlement is reached soon after the start of 2013," said Richard Curtin, the survey's chief economist. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
- Why you shouldn't leap at most job offers
Don't accept a job offer before doing some research into the workplace environment, the people you'll be working with and your potential new boss, experts says. "A bad boss is just one of many things that can make your job difficult. That's why you have to get a look inside," says Gustavo Pena of Ascendo Resources, a recruiting firm. The Wall Street Journal
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- A doctor watches "Home Alone"
In "Home Alone," 8-year-old Kevin deters would-be burglars by biffing them with paint cans, scorching them with a blowtorch, dropping an iron on their head and burning them with a super-heated door knob. That would be enough to leave them crippled, with multiple fractures, missing teeth and likely skull necrosis, opines Dr. Ryan St. Clair of the Weill Cornell Medical College. "Kevin has moved from 'defending his house' into sheer malice, in my opinion," St. Clair states. The Week
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