In implementing Holacracy, the CEO and top executives turn management over to self-organized teams. And it’s not just an idea on the pages of the latest business best-seller. Most notably, Zappos, the online shoe emporium, just adopted it wholesale, apparently the first big company to do so. Its roots go back a bit.
With the arrival of app-driven transportation services, Kansas City is getting a front-seat view but a bumpy ride on the way to the “sharing economy” driven by a new wave of tech-savvy entrepreneurs. New companies led by aggressive and savvy entrepreneurs are pressuring traditional businesses and giving lawmakers and regulators fits.
If you’re a bank executive, it’s never going to be easy to tell your shareholders: Oops, we made a $4 billion mistake! But the disclosure last week by Bank of America that it had $4 billion less in regulatory capital than it thought came at a particularly awkward time, just days before its annual shareholder meeting, scheduled for Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.
The Fed’s policy of maintaining low interest rates hasn’t worked any labor market magic. That’s become another head-scratcher in what’s now one of the longest but historically slowest recoveries. Here’s a theory: Instead of hiring more people, companies are using the cheap borrowing costs to buy machinery and technology instead.
Scott Samuelson’s recent Wall Street Journal piece titled “Would you hire Socrates?” challenges the myth that studying humanities doesn’t pay. This finding reflects my experience with the U.S. Army, but I seek to emphasize something greater than an economic advantage. The more practical advantage gained from a liberal arts education is preparation for leadership.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Heart of America Hot Dog Festival wants to bring the community together through one of our nation’s favorite pastimes. Also this week: ‘Ragtime’ at Theatre in the Park and comedian Mike Epps at Starlight.
A recent local case demonstrates that employers’ responsibilities for addressing harassment in the workplace extend beyond the individuals who collect a paycheck from the company. Objectionable behavior by customers, subcontractors, vendors and others could be employers’ problem, too.
Rising inequality could lead to an unsustainable use of resources and the collapse of global industrial civilization. The stark warning is based on a sound observation: Over the course of history, the collapse of advanced, complex societies is quite common. Although civilizations can last centuries, in reality they’re “fragile and impermanent.”
Health savings accounts paired with high-deductible health plans continue to grow as an option for employers and employees seeking an economical, convenient coverage option. Now, the time has come for employers to move beyond the simple administration of these accounts to provide a more meaningful strategy so these options can most benefit their employees.
Here’s a counterintuitive way the older generations can help the young: Keep working and don’t retire so early. Because for perhaps the first time in history, the over-60 population is growing much faster than younger groups.
How do you select the health insurance plan that is best for you? To sort through the many variables within health insurance policies, it is wise to work with a navigator or insurance broker to evaluate plans that will best meet your needs.
The Affordable Care Act has caused confusion. It is a significant departure from what has been the American health care payment system, and it depends on nearly all of us to participate so that we can begin to see how it benefits us all. There is still time. Enroll today.
Sooner or later, you hear it in some conversation about how “things just aren’t what they used to be.” Kids these days! Dumb, lazy, disrespectful, unpatriotic, promiscuous, drug-addled and on and on. Let’s call a truce in the war between the generations. After all, the young have to make their way in a world and economy created by their parents and elders.
The grasp of robots on our future, strengthening for decades, is about to tighten like a vise. Robots that think and move like people will inflict profound changes on our economy and society. People will get replaced by robots faster than the economy produces new jobs.
Ford’s F-150 pickup and plants that make them, including our own at Claycomo, will soon become a strategic asset in U.S. energy policy. That’s not an outlandish statement considering the better gas mileage expected from the F-150s that will hit showrooms soon.
Though most agree our federal tax system needs work, taxing the one financial institution system serving 96 million Americans is not the way to do it. Congress today should remember the wisdom of its 1934 class of predecessors and ensure that the credit union tax exemption is sustained for the benefit of American consumers.
An article in Rolling Stone by left-wing activist Jesse A. Myerson that demonizes capitalism shows what is hobbling public discourse these days. Predictably, liberals are cheering and conservatives recoiling. But Myerson’s proposals are not as fearsome as critics on the right believe. Neither are they as radical as cheerleaders on the left think.
The quotes of 2013 that captured my attention piled up in my Google Cloud account like a gathering storm. Looking back over them, you can see what you were most concerned about through the year. In sum, they reflect a feeling that we and our government have not yet fully grasped how severely technology and the Internet have shattered the old economy.
Sometimes, the answers to what concerns us can be just too difficult to face. Does the improving economy show that government shenanigans don’t have that much effect? Will those who supported the Affordable Care Act feel like chumps if it doesn’t work? Why won’t the streetcar line in Kansas City be a success? Is KCI really worth saving?