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Boys Like #GirlBoss; Girls Like Cars and Money

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I just graduated, and like many of you facing a big turning point — surprise! — I don’t have it all figured out. So, like any red-blooded male facing something new and difficult, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, put my nose to the grindstone, and picked up a copy of #GirlBoss (Portfolio, 2015), a look at Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso’s unconventional path to becoming a multi-million dollar, entrepreneurial success story, and how other girls can use their individuality to find their own path to success. OK, so it’s not what I had in mind, but my girlfriend promised it was “really good,” and you can only watch so much Netflix before you question your sanity. So, without further…

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The Extraordinary Power of Treating Your Employees Well

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I don’t know when it happened, but at some point, “the bottom line” took over American business. It became the all-important end-all and be-all of existence. It became the god that American companies worshiped above everything else. It wasn’t always like that. At one time, people mattered. Companies invested themselves in their employees, financially and emotionally. It was important for companies to have “lifers,” people who saw the company as “family,” as a place that nurtured and provided for them. Do you remember those times? At some point, though, that changed. Management tactics shifted. At one such company, writes author and CEO Bob Chapman, problems were met with “frequent restructurings and layoffs [that] succeeded only in exacerbating its problems, damaging…

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