Forty-three percent of households struggle to afford basic living expenses, including food, housing, transportation and health care, according to a study by the United Way ALICE Project. The study finds that 16.1 million households fall below the poverty line and that 34.7 million households earn less than what they need "to survive in the modern economy."
Introverted people succeed in networking because they can offer meaningful conversation during events or situations, while extroverts tend to be better at working the room, author David Burkus writes. By having a genuine interest in backstories and passions, introverts are able to build deeper connections over time, which scientists say helps to build trust.
Opposition from Democrats and conservative Republicans led the House of Representatives to reject a massive farm bill in a floor vote today. A dispute over pending immigration legislation kept conservatives from supporting the bill.
According to how much space special investigations documents take up at the National Archives, the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton -- which continued even after Clinton left office -- was the largest probe, with 3,149 cubic feet of documents. The Watergate investigation has 1,362 cubic feet, and the Iran Contra probe has 1,948 cubic feet.
Leaders brave enough to act on their convictions will lead with integrity and earn trust in their vision, writes Shelly Francis. "Being willing to tackle hard conversations within an organization, to make room for honest debate and differing opinions, is an act of courage that requires and invites integrity," she writes.
People are always dealing with more in life than they show on the surface, and some are especially good at compartmentalizing aspects of their lives to get through the day, writes Ken Goldstein. Keep this in mind when you deal with others, he writes, as well as when you look at how you handle your own life.
MoviePass' user-friendly business model has helped it scale quickly, but the company's solvency is in question considering the amount of cash it burns through every month. Advertising and revenue-sharing with theaters haven't materialized to the degree expected, and MoviePass is also grappling with the problem of customers liking the service too much.
Brainstorming's benefits are best realized under specific conditions and an understanding of its limitations, writes Jeremy Lott. A group brainstorming setting can lead to social pressure to conform and be a poor substitute for the hard work of thinking through problems, he writes.
Assert your boundaries by preparing for the difficult conversation. This can be done by tailoring your approach to the other person's personality, staying calm and understanding that the other person may be unhappy with you, writes Kathy Caprino.
Doubts and regrets about life-changing decisions will decrease if we know we weighed all the pros and cons, writes Jeremy Sherman. "Armed with the consolation of thoroughness, you'll be able to stand corrected more correctly, your dignity intact as you learn what you can from your bet going badly," he writes.
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