Monday, December 30, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
"The fact that most people are unaware that Paul Walker was even doing this kind of stuff shows his real intentions behind it. Thankfully, the group is dedicated to continue fulfilling his vision." Read more in UpWorthy.
According to one study, American fast food workers receive more than $7 billion dollars in public assistance. As it turns out, McDonald's has a “McResource” line that helps employees and their families enroll in various state and local assistance programs. It exploded into the public when a recording of the McResource line advocated that full-time employees sign up for food stamps and welfare.
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private sector employer, is also the biggest consumer of taxpayer supported aid. According to Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, in many states, Wal-Mart employees are the largest group of Medicaid recipients. They are also the single biggest group of food stamp recipients. Wal-mart’s "associates" are paid so little, according to Grayson, that they receive $1,000 on average in public assistance. These amount to massive taxpayer subsidies for private companies...Read more at Bloomberg. (Thanks, +Alessia Bhargava)
#xmasjammies. (Thanks, +Stephanie Gaufin)
David Brook's Op-Ed was not at all what I was expecting, but hilarious... especially for anyone working in consulting or other similar professions. (Thanks, Amira and John)
Read more in the Atlantic. (Thanks, Joe)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
About half of happiness is genetically determined. Up to an additional 40 percent comes from the things that have occurred in our recent past — but that won’t last very long.
That leaves just about 12 percent. That might not sound like much, but the good news is that we can bring that 12 percent under our control....Read more in the NYT. (Thanks, Joe)
Narrated by Brene Brown. (Excellent find, +Alessia Bhargava)
Monday, December 16, 2013
Takes and incredible amount of teamwork to do this. (Thanks, +Claire Richard)
Thought this section was fascinating:
The problem here is an organizational version of the “paradox of hedonism,” best expressed by John Stuart Mill: “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” The attempt to impose happiness is self-sabotaging. Psychologists have shown that positive-thinking affirmations make people with low self-esteem feel worse; that patients with panic disorders can become more anxious when they try to relax; and that an ability to experience negative emotions, rather than struggling to exclude them, is crucial for mental health.
Read more in NYT Opt-Ed. (Thanks, +Katherine Stiner)
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- "Pitchbook's 2013 Private Equity Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Survey Report identified KKR and Doughty Hanson as industry leaders in ESG practices.
- "The report, published on December 11, 2013, analyzes survey responses from dozens of private equity firms and limited partners on the environmental, social and governance issues at both the firm and portfolio company levels, and reveals what is driving the push toward ESG initiatives, identifies a set of best practices and offers a host of resources for investors looking to bolster their ESG program.
- "KKR topped the survey in ESG practices in both this and last year’s survey. Its stellar performance in ESG practices is largely credited to its Green Portfolio Program in 2008 and its ongoing partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund."
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
"Highland Hospital, a vital part of the city of Oakland, California, is stretched to the breaking point, with 250 patients crowding its emergency room every day. This film is a cinema verité portrait of one city's public safety-net hospital as it struggles to handle patient overload in a swooning economy and the constantly shifting landscape of health care policy."
Check out the full trailer at PBS. (Thanks, Tom)
Read more in TIME. (Thanks, Alessia)
Steph Marton's post in Forbes. She writes about how the natural evolution of the PE business model towards focusing on PE Operations is good for women -- and gives KKR Capstone as an example.
(SM, congrats on getting published!)
(SM, congrats on getting published!)
Monday, December 9, 2013
Read more at IBN live. (Great find, Amira and Clare!)
Oh man, too cute. I could body slam you right now. (Thanks, Claire)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
"This baby penguin is the only one who really enjoys the snow. He is so happy that he could not stop dancing around with the soothing sounds of the holidays while all the others just stand still." Read more in My Amazing Earth. (Thanks, Claire)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
In a factory where mobile data cards were being made, hanging a curtain to conceal workers from managers’ view increased production by 10% to 15%, according to an experiment by Ethan S. Bernstein of Harvard Business School. The curtain prevented distractions and allowed workers to test productivity-boosting ideas before explaining them to managers. Managers need to consider not only their individual workers’ privacy on the job but also group privacy, Bernstein says.
Read more in HBR.
Read more in HBR.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
you can do that here.
"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .
A few insights on why gender stereotypes suck for everyone involved: Masculinity, in essence, is something that men earn, rather than so...
A return to the past should not blind us to present problems. Check out Anne-Marie Slaughter's post in FT . Thanks, +Claire Packer ...