MRC Global posted fourth-quarter revenue of $1.01 billion, up 11.7%, and full-year revenue of $4.17 billion that increased by 14.4% from 2017. The company posted an adjusted profit for the fourth quarter after a loss a year earlier.
Tax refunds might be smaller for some Americans this year, but this shift is often because less money was withheld from each paycheck, says Heather Long of The Washington Post. "So, the big key takeaway, if you remember nothing else, is that 80% of Americans did get a tax cut last year," she says.
The new report "Life Inside the Perimeter: Understanding the Modern CISO" states that approximately 17% of cybersecurity workers are using drugs or alcohol to help cope with on-the-job stress, including the growing need for more cyberexperts. Ninety-one percent of those surveyed said stress was moderate or high, and more than half said there was little separation between their work and home lives.
Liquor maker Brown-Forman overhauled its digital and data strategy during the past few years and now can use data analytics to monitor everything from pricing to batch production, says Chief Information Officer Tim Nall. "We've really shown how having this information available in real time on any advice gives us a competitive advantage when we're engaging with our customers," he says.
Apple's struggle to gain market share in India is compounded by its lack of stores and poor service offered by third-party providers, writes Pranav Dixit. "The worst part is that you are completely at the mercy of these Apple authorized third parties without having anyone to escalate things to if you're unhappy with the service they provide," says investment analyst Neha Soni.
China's restrictions on imported waste affected recycling revenue and price per ton figures for Republic Services in 2018 compared with the year before on a comparable basis.
Effective leaders use both a reflexive mindset, which allows for quick decisions in a fast-paced environment, and a reflective mindset, which looks at the big picture. "Greater reflective leadership may be the way forward, along with the argument for going a little slower now so we can go much faster in the future," writes Julie Winkle Giulioni.
Thanking people for their feedback is the polite thing to do, and it can also help us internally view the criticism as constructive rather than negative, writes Peter Bregman. "[O]nce our ego is involved, and we feel the emotional charge, it's hard to access nuance," he writes.
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