Best Practices Series

SmartBrief for CFOs

Financial news and best practices

SmartBrief for CFOs

Merck to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17B in cash, eyes huge cost savings

9/22/2014

  • SeattlePI.com

Merck says it has agreed to acquire chemical and equipment maker Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in cash. The German drugmaker says the acquisition of the St. Louis-based chemical company will all… Read More

SmartBrief on ExecTech

Tech news and insights and why they matter to business

SmartBrief on ExecTech

Small but important tasks of leadership

9/22/2014

  • Three Star Leadership blog

Being productive while helping others grow is the dual mission of a leader, but most people are weaker at one of those, Wally Bock writes. "My advice: figure out which you do naturally and develop sys… Read More

SmartBrief on Leadership

Innovative ideas about leadership and management

SmartBrief on Leadership

How to build a company run by smart people

9/22/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The best companies are run by smart people, and the way to make that happen is to give plenty of freedom to the best employees, says Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf. "Our structure is not to try to pul… Read More

SmartBrief on Business & Politics

Public policy news from a business perspective

SmartBrief on Business & Politics

Companies pitch in as world leaders seek climate accord

9/22/2014

  • Politico
  • Hill, The
  • USA Today

Up to 400,000 people flooded New York for climate protests Sunday, ahead of a U.N. climate change summit at which President Barack Obama will seek a global accord to reduce greenhouse emissions. Dozen… Read More

SmartBrief on Sales

Insights and advice to help sales leaders

SmartBrief on Sales

600 Seconds and Counting

9/22/2014

  • Sales & Marketing Management

You land a face-to-face with Mr. Big and when you show up, he has double-booked himself and now can only give you 10 minutes. This situation occurs often enough that you should have a plan in place. T… Read More

SmartBrief on Sustainability

News about the future of sustainable business

SmartBrief on Sustainability

Germany's anti-nuke policy boosts coal-fired power plants

9/22/2014

  • Bloomberg

Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power has led to a surge in coal-based generation, which now accounts for 45% of the country's energy portfolio, the highest level since 2007. That will make it… Read More

SmartBrief on Workforce

Essential reading for HR professionals

SmartBrief on Workforce

Detroit looks to hire dozens of bus drivers

9/22/2014

  • Detroit News, The

Detroit's Department of Transportation says it has hired about 20 bus drivers toward a goal of adding 50 by year's end. The department plans to advertise job openings on buses and has installed securi… Read More

SmartBrief on Your Career

Career tips for young professionals

SmartBrief on Your Career

The career path of a Fortune 500 board member

9/22/2014

  • Fortune

Executive Gerri Elliott says she acquired board seats at three Fortune 500 companies by having a clear plan, showcasing her value and reaching out to her network to indicate interest in the positions.… Read More

PLI SmartBrief

The latest stories on corporate and business legal issues

PLI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Practising Law Institute

Measure would curtail use of search warrants to obtain e-mails stored overseas

9/22/2014

  • PCWorld

A new Senate bill would clarify when law enforcement organizations in the U.S. can access electronic communications stored in foreign countries. The Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act wo… Read More

Inclusion Solutions

News on diversity and inclusion for the accounting profession

Inclusion Solutions

Published in partnership with: American Institute of CPAs

How does your state rank in gender equality?

9/8/2014

  • Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

A study by the personal finance site WalletHub ranked states on gender equality. The rankings are based on gender and income data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources. Read More