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Remembering to breathe and take a break for physical activity can help you avoid letting negative emotions get the better of you during a conversation, advises John Stoker. Consider what could be the logical reason behind someone else's behavior and your own part in the situation while staying on the lookout for projective listening.

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Smart leaders build teams with people who have different styles and approaches than their own, but how do they find these people? Be on the lookout for curious, capable candidates who are capable of cooperating with people who see things differently, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video.

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Facebook operations chief Sheryl Sandberg's reflections on life after the sudden death of her husband should be a reminder of the power of authentic emotions and humanity in the workplace, Henna Inam writes. By allowing herself to be vulnerable, Sandberg generated good will and emerged as a stronger and more empathic leader. "Our workplaces desperately need people who can bring their hearts to the table," Inam writes.

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After a disappointing season, the Washington Nationals fired manager Matt Williams, but he's not the only one to blame, writes James daSilva. Higher-ups such as general manager Mike Rizzo had a duty to hire smartly, give feedback and generally keep tabs on the Nationals' culture. "This is a failure of hiring, a failure in assembling a support staff, and a failure of feedback and leadership development," daSilva writes.

The Senate has voted 84-13 to confirm Jerome Powell as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Powell will assume the duty when the term of Chair Janet Yellen ends Feb. 3.

The House has passed the final version of the tax bill after procedural issues forced another vote. The measure heads to President Donald Trump, but when he will sign it is unclear.

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President Donald Trump nominated Jerome Powell, whom former President Barack Obama appointed as Federal Reserve governor in 2012, to be chairman of the central bank. If confirmed, Powell will succeed Chair Janet Yellen, whose term ends in February.

The US Justice Department has adopted rules that encourage prosecutors to reach beyond companies and go after executives. "Corporations can only commit crimes through flesh-and-blood people," Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said. "It's only fair that the people who are responsible for committing those crimes be held accountable."

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The median household income in the US rose 1.8% last year, as more people found jobs and more part-timers moved to full time, the Census Bureau said. However, incomes are barely above where they were in 2007, and they are essentially the same as in 1999 when adjusted for inflation, the Census Bureau said.

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The White House is still committed to passing tax-reform legislation this year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says, though the Trump administration is open to backdating tax cuts to 2017 if a bill does not pass until 2018. Mnuchin also says he is open to attaching legislation on infrastructure spending to a tax-reform bill.

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