Is The Uber Deal A Step Toward A Third Worker Classification?

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The ride-sharing company Uber recently announced a preliminary $100 million agreement to settle claims alleging that it improperly classifies its workforce as independent contractors. Because the settlement involves the foremost business entity in the new gig economy, this is a groundbreaking agreement that could provide guidance to many other emerging businesses that take…

The Logical Lessons Managers Can Learn From Mr. Spock

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Editor’s Note: As I wrap up my time as Editor of TLNT — today is my last day — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from over the years. Here’s one from February 2015. Mr. Spock has died. He lived long, and prospered. Of course, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, the character, will still be…

The Secret To Business and Workplace Success? It’s Getting Stuff Done

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Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — Friday is my last day — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from over the years. Here’s one from April 2013.   Sometimes, the most complicated questions have the simplest answers. This can be a little hard to comprehend because…

The Power of the Email Subject Line

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The subject line could well be the most important part of your message. If it doesn’t cut the mustard, the beautiful flowing prose that you’ve written will never actually get read! At Beamery we’re pretty lucky. We see daily data on the subject lines that work, and the ones that consign you to…

5 Interview Questions That Actually Help you Hire

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With the hiring stakes so high, many companies are following Google’s lead and trying to throw people off their guard with oddball interview questions designed to highlight the best candidates. But, do questions like “how many table tennis balls could you fit in a Boeing 747” really tell you how suitable someone is…

How One Company Lost An “A” Player and What You Can Do to Avoid It

When Courtney told her manager she was leaving, every senior leader she had worked with in the company pulled her into their office asking what it would take to change her mind. One even said she could “write her own ticket” and he would make it happen. The only ticket Courtney wanted, though,…