Summaries of the Week

20 Minute Manager: Running Virtual Meetings

20 Minute Manager: Running Virtual Meetings

For managers and leaders, running effective virtual meetings—from conference calls to WebEx meetings—can come with an array of obstacles. Silences, interruptions, technical issues, and cultural differences can all add a degree of difficulty to hosting any kind of virtual meeting.

Business, Harvard
Hiring & Firing

Hiring & Firing

In Hiring & Firing, noted business expert Brian Tracy discusses the fine points of selecting the right employees and firing those who are not a good fit. Because a single hiring decision has the potential to significantly affect a business both economically and culturally, it should not be done in haste. Instead, an employer should approach both the hiring and firing processes with plenty of planning and research.

Tracy, Brian
The Immigrant Exodus

The Immigrant Exodus

America currently faces a crisis of skilled workers in the fields of science, technology, and engineering. While the trillion-dollar economy of Silicon Valley represents the potential financial power of immigrant-driven businesses and innovation, restrictive immigration policies are making it difficult for skilled immigrants to achieve permanent residency in the United States.

Wadhwa, Vivek
The Resilient Investor

The Resilient Investor

Uncertainty about the future requires financial strategies that are fluid and adaptable. In The Resilient Investor, Hal Brill, Michael Kramer, and Christopher Peck present a step-by-step method for building better investments and a better world. By combining personal, community, and financial assets, investors are able to map out a strategy for resilience that allows any probable future to be navigated.

Brill, Hal
Work Reimagined

Work Reimagined

In Work Reimagined, Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro urge people to develop a new vision for their work. They offer methods to help people uncover their individual callings rather than simply viewing their jobs as a way to pay the bills. By rethinking their attitudes toward work, people can find meaningful aspects in the jobs they perform and apply their personal gifts to the world around them.

Leider, Richard J.