October 21, 2013

Featured Author: Walter McFarland with Choosing Change: How Leaders and Organizations Drive Results One Person at a Time

Walter McFarland is the 2013 Chairman of ASTD and a consulting executive focused on the leadership of large-scale organizational change. He is a former Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. About Choosing Change:  How Leaders and Organizations Drive Results One Person at a Time What’s your best opportunity for succeeding in business? If there’s one certainty in business today, it’s this: Change is coming your way. You have no choice in the matter. The choice you do have is […]
October 16, 2013

Americans Win Economics Nobel for Market Insights Scholars Fama, Hansen and Shiller Share Award

Three American scholars won the Nobel Prize in economics for pioneering work in financial markets that has transformed portfolio management and asset pricing and launched the study of how emotions affect investment decisions. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Monday honored Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago and Robert Shiller of Yale University, citing their complementary but independent breakthroughs on “empirical analysis of asset prices.” The laureates focused on how prices are set for […]
October 9, 2013

Board of Trade: Businesses should brace for lengthy shutdown

The federal government’s partial shutdown has now entered its second week, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade is warning business leaders to expect the worst. Stalled economic productivity will likely be felt for months, and is particularly dangerous at the start of a new fiscal year because business “can’t regain much of that lost productivity,” said James Dinegar, president and CEO of the Board of Trade. Click here to read more of the Washington Business Journal article…..
October 3, 2013

Featured Author: Gregory S. Smith with Straight to the Top: CIO Leadership in a Mobile, Social, and Cloud-based World

Gregory S. Smith currently serves as a CIO for an organization in the Washington, DC, area. He previously served for nine years as the vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington, DC. Mr. Smith is the author of How to Protect Your Children on the Internet: A Road Map for Parents and Teachers and Straight to the Top: Becoming a World-Class CIO. He has published many articles over his career, including “Talking […]
September 27, 2013

Featured Author: Bill Marriott, Jr. with Without Reservations: How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew into a Global Hotel Company

J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., became executive chairman of Marriott International, Inc., in 2012 after being the company’s chief executive for forty years. He is an American business icon who has successfully created a multi-billion-dollar global hotel company. He divides his time between the Washington, DC, area and New Hampshire with his wife, Donna. They have four children, fifteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. About Without Reservations:  How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew into a Global Hotel Company In Without Reservations, […]
September 23, 2013

Featured Author: Amanda Ripley with The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

Amanda Ripley is a literary journalist whose stories on human behavior and public policy have appeared in TIME, The Atlantic, and Slate and helped Time win two National Magazine Awards. To discuss her work, she has appeared on ABC, NBC, CNN, FOX News, and NPR. Ripley’s first book, The Unthinkable, was published in fifteen countries and turned into a PBS documentary. About The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way How Do Other Countries Create “Smarter” […]
September 20, 2013

Featured Author: Jen Shirkani with EGO Vs. EQ: How Top Leaders Beat 8 Ego Traps With Emotional Intelligence

Jen Shirkani, founder and CEO of the Penumbra Group, has more than 20 years of experience as a learning and development specialist and executive coach. As a sought-after speaker, she provides insight into human dynamics in a humorous and engaging way. Jen has worked with organizations from the Fortune 50 ($40B) to family-owned entities specializing in the application of Emotional Intelligence. Her corporate career includes learning and development roles at specialty retailer Nordstrom, Select Comfort (the Sleep Number Bed), and […]