Staying informed on hot topics and emerging trends in the business world is an important part of great leadership. However, it’s easy to get so caught up in the daily whirlwind of meetings, projects, and leading your team that you simply don’t have time to keep up.

From team building to the economy to company culture, the articles below are full of great information to help you stay up to date with the latest workplace and leadership trends.



A Human Way Of Business: Organizational Behaviors Necessary To Redefine Leadership
“In order to address the most vexing challenges confronting society, we need to enhance the humanity of workplaces to the same degree that we awaken technological and financial capability.”

How I Overcame Imposter Syndrome, Learned to Delegate Like Crazy, and Became a Successful CEO
“A longtime second-in-command, Climb Credit’s Angela Ceresnie was used to being “the practical person” instead of the big-picture visionary. Then she agreed to step up.”

The 1 Thing All Leaders Should Do to Support Introverts at Work
“You don’t have to redesign the office to start making your company much more introvert-friendly.”



Employers Want to Train Workers but Are Swimming in Options
“With thousands of education options to choose from, many companies are struggling to discern worthwhile programs from those that are a waste of money.”

A 50,000-Person Harvard Study Reveals the 3 Ways to Spot the Most Toxic Employees
“The Harvard study, for the first time, pegged a financial number to solving the problem of the toxic employee (defined as one who engages in behavior that damages the company or fellow employees).

3 Ways to Engage a Remote Workforce
“Ground rules, connectivity and appreciation go a long way in making remote employees feel like they are part of the team.”

At Work, Expertise Is Falling Out of Favor
The Atlantic
“These days, it seems, just about all organizations are asking their employees to do more with less. Is that actually a good idea?”



Hiring Employees Sight Unseen
“As the economy becomes more global, dispersed and mobile, it’s not uncommon for potential employees to find themselves interviewing with organizations where they never actually have a face-to-face interview—and may never interact beyond a series of phone calls.”

The Best Retention Policy Is a Good Onboarding Policy
“With unemployment at long-time lows, retaining talented employees is a top concern among employers, but many fail to realize that the right retention strategy begins before a new employee even walks through the door. In today’s hiring climate, a welcoming onboarding experience is essential to employee retention.”

Rising Paychecks for Blue-Collar Workers Are Shrinking the Wage Gap
USA Today
“After four decades of worsening, wage inequality has started shrinking. And in a twist, America’s blue-collar workers are playing the biggest role in driving that reversal.”


How Welfare Still Discourages Work—And Why That Must Change
Refresh Leadership
“Welfare programs in America are structured in such a way that they can create a disincentive to work. Express franchise owners witness this on a regular basis, hearing variations of a similar but unfortunate refrain: “I want to work but having a job would actually mean having less money.”

Hard Data Points to US Economic Strength
The Wall Street Journal
“While the survey data have been steadily disappointing expectations, hard data have been a source of positive surprises,” said Doug Peta, chief U.S. investment strategist at BCA Research.”

Fed Considers New Tool for a Downturn
The Wall Street Journal
“Federal Reserve officials are weighing whether to use a tool that could reduce the risk of a credit crunch in a downturn. The tool is known as the countercyclical capital buffer.”

U.S. trade deficit falls to lowest level in 5 months
“The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the September gap between what America buys from abroad and what it sells shrank by 4.7% to $52.5 billion. That was down from the August deficit of $55 billion and was the smallest imbalance since April.”



Consumer Confidence Continues to Drop
The Conference Board
“The Consumer Confidence Survey® reflects prevailing business conditions and likely developments for the months ahead. This monthly report details consumer attitudes and buying intentions, with data available by age, income, and region.”

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The Conference Board Employment Trends Index™ (ETI) Increased in November
The Conference Board
“The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® increased to 110.18 in November, up from a downwardly revised 109.96 in October. Year-over-year, the index has increased by 0.1%.”