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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.

 

Leadership

How I Overcame Imposter Syndrome, Learned to Delegate Like Crazy, and Became a Successful CEO
Inc.com
“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
Inc.com
“You don’t have to redesign the office to start making your company much more introvert-friendly.”

 

HR/Workplace

A 50,000-Person Harvard Study Reveals the 3 Ways to Spot the Most Toxic Employees
Inc.com
“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
Workforce.com
“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?”

 

Employment

Hiring Employees Sight Unseen
SHRM.org
“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.”

Technology to Better Manage Contingent Workers Is in Demand
SHRM.org
“Whether part of core HR systems, vendor management systems (VMS) or new stand-alone platforms, new technologies can give HR leaders a unified view of all full-time and contingent workers in one dashboard—a capability that helps them manage the gig workforce more strategically.”

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.”

Economy

U.S. Budget Gap Widens 27% in First 10 Months of Fiscal Year
The Wall Street Journal
“The U.S. budget gap widened further in July as federal spending outpaced revenue collection, bringing the deficit to $867 billion so far this fiscal year, a 27% increase from the same period a year earlier.”

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.”

Dollar Flat, Sterling, Euro Tick Up with Market in August Lull
CNBC.com
“The U.S. dollar index was roughly flat on Monday and sterling and the euro saw a modest rise as the foreign exchange market fell into an August lull, a traditionally quiet trading period with many investors and traders on vacation.”

 

Business

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index Rebounded in July
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.”

3 Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand
Entrepreneur.com
“Watch this free Entrepreneur Insider session with renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer, who will help you build a brand that resonates with your audience.”

The Conference Board Employment Trends Index™ (ETI) Increased in July
The Conference Board
“The Conference Board Employment Trends Index™ (ETI) increased in July, following a decline in June. The index now stands at 110.98, up from 109.30 (a downward revision) in June. The increase marks a 1.3 percent gain in the ETI over the past 12 months.”