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9/22/2017

Deliberately high prices that avoid the number 9 can denote a sense of superior quality rather than simply a matter of supply, Rafi Mohammed writes, which bodes well for the iPhone X except for its starting price of $999 instead of $1,000. "Setting a premium price is more of a concrete look-you-in-the-eye pledge: 'It's going to cost you, but believe me, it's worth it.' "

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9/22/2017

Leaders can teach their teams to better tackle disruption by helping them become self-leaders, writes Susan Fowler. They can do this by setting goals together, guiding employees to identify their skill levels and encouraging workers to ask for direction and feedback.

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Susan Fowler
9/22/2017

Cumulus Media CEO Mary Berner describes the turnaround effort she led after taking over the company. "You can't improve your culture without first doing a brutally honest assessment of who you are and then defining who you want to be," she writes.

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9/22/2017

You can improve your public speaking by learning from the competition, being real instead of overly rehearsed and looking at speeches as conversations, writes Nick Morgan.

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Nick Morgan
9/22/2017

Research suggests that people who stopped lying for 10 weeks experienced fewer mental and physical health issues than a control group. "The bottom line is that focusing on honesty is a way to actively engage with the world, versus passively complaining about it," writes Judi Ketteler.

9/22/2017

Stereographs were the 19th-century equivalent of virtual reality but faded over time as the novelty wore off and other technologies emerged. "We thrill to a new medium, then quickly domesticate it: the ultimate reality of the human gaze," Clive Thompson writes.

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9/22/2017

Biotech company Synthetic Genomics routinely discriminated against female employees by paying women less than men, promoting women less frequently and subjecting women to gender-based stereotypes, a former legal executive with the company alleges in a lawsuit.
The plaintiff, Teresa Spehar, says she was fired after complaining about discrimination, but the company says the allegations have no merit.

9/22/2017

Chattanooga might not be as popular as other Tennessee cities, such as Nashville, but it offers visitors many outdoor activities. Travelers can hike along the Cumberland Trail, visit the Chattanooga Zoo and take a bike ride along the Riverwalk to view the fall foliage.

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9/21/2017

Carelessness exhibited by employees was cited by 54% of IT professionals as the primary cause of cybersecurity incidents in the workplace, a study by Keeper Security and the Ponemon Institute has found. Issues with passwords also were cited as problematic, with many respondents saying that password policies did not exist or were not enforced at their companies.

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9/21/2017

Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it couldn't overcome its billions in debt despite considerable land ownership, though it retains support from toy manufacturers who see it as a buffer against Amazon and Walmart. "They have the broadest selection, and they've always been the most supportive of entrepreneurial companies," says Michael Rinzler of Wicked Cool Toys, which makes Cabbage Patch Kids.

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