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Can your company’s brand survive in this world?

The brands we once developed such loyalties to—everyone from Campbell’s Soup to Tide detergent to Heinz ketchup—are in crisis these days as the internet continues to change the way people perceive value and make purchases.

Two ways of seeing

If the first you know of a problem is when a system breaks down, it’s too late to avoid the fallout. On the other hand, if you take time to look closely you can see things aren’t running smoothly and you can take action to prevent them from getting worse.

Sarah T. Hughes, a woman of firsts

In 1930, Hughes became the youngest woman, at 34, elected to the Texas state legislature. In 1935, she became the first female state district judge.

Write empathetically to the public

Ken Sterling, executive vice president of BigSpeak, shares four tips for reaching out when the time comes to say “I’m sorry” on a large scale.

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Today's Leadership Tip

The next time you find yourself struggling with an ethical question, you might want to try a bit of a shock technique to snap yourself into reality: Imagine clicking on Google News tomorrow morning and seeing how the online media's headlines would present your decision to the world. Go ahead and put your photo next to those headlines, of course. If you're not totally at peace with how that would all look, it's time to do some more thinking.

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Q. Our company is liberal with sending its people to various conferences around the country. They all come back seemingly rejuvenated and flush with new ideas. Some of it is useful; most of it is not. What can I do to ensure that these costly training trips don’t turn into junkets?

Workers say that 70% of the time they spend in meetings is wasted. Don't let a meeting that you or your boss run be labeled as a waste of time. Here's how to hold meetings that are more productive, take less time and lead to action. Watch the video now.

If you are a leader, odds are greater than 50/50 that you are leading a remote team. And it is very possible, when you began your…

Q: “Our CEO has always distributed employee bonuses in group meetings. He gives the top performers an envelope containing a thank-you letter and a check. We have sixteen employees, but usually only one or two get an envelope. Most of those who are eligible for bonuses report to me, and the recipients have told me that being rewarded in front of their peers makes them uncomfortable. My personal opinion is that publicly handing out checks seems rather juvenile, so I believe these bonuses should be given in private. What do you think?” Middle Manager