Leadership and Careers

To kill bias suits, companies lean on the First Amendment

BET's recent win in a discrimination lawsuit filed by transgender TV personality B. Scott is the latest instance in which a media company has beat a bias suit by flaunting its right to free speech and expression.  More

Arianna Huffington measures success by a different metric

In a new book, the Huffington Post editor-in-chief discusses why money and power aren't the only way to define success.  More

An MBA in less than 400 pages?

In a wide-ranging interview, author Stanley Bing lays out his motivations for his latest book, where B-schools are missing the mark, and his advice for business students.  More

Got a minute? 3 little words that kill productivity

A constant stream of interruptions all day long can make it hard to get much actual work done. But it's possible to take your time back.  More

China's soil pollution: It's much worse than you think

Close to 20% of China's arable land is contaminated by heavy metals, posing severe global economic and political consequences in the coming years.  More

Dee Dee Myers: If I can handle Alan Greenspan, I can handle Hollywood

The first female press secretary talks with Fortune about her new role as head of corporate communication for Warner Bros. and the challenging businesses of politics and entertainment.  More

How great marketers tell stories

Former P&G marketing chief Jim Stengel says that the best companies tell two types of stories to build strong and enduring brands.  More

What corporate boards can learn from Delaware

Delaware law protects against board abuses by prescribing two well-known duties members owe to stockholders.  More

A comeback for Marx? Inequality debate comes full circle

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century has taken the economics world by storm with its revival of the Marxian idea that capitalism will destroy itself, if we don't act.  More

Southwest Airlines' profit-sharing payout: What capitalism should be

The Dallas-based airline is giving employees a meaningful stake in the company, just as America's earliest presidents probably envisioned.  More

Mary Barra: GM's fall gal

CEO Mary Barra is taking the heat for the carmaker's ignition problems. Why not instead beat up the people who were in charge when the mistakes were made?  More

Neil Young's PonoMusic seeks to make high-quality audio portable

"Every time I listened to my music on an mp3 player, I had to turn it off."  More

Should all interns get paid?

Internships aren't jobs, so the same rules shouldn't apply.  More

Unpaid interns in NYC get a few rights. Up next: a salary?

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a measure that will allow unpaid interns to file lawsuits against an employer for harassment and discrimination.  More

China has far bigger challenges than a slowing economy

Growth concerns aside, Beijing must grapple with an unwieldy shadow banking sector.  More

This is how bureaucracy dies

Eventually, every firm will discover that it's quite possible to manage without managers.  More

Is your business persona working for you?

Get the new office rules in our exclusive excerpt from Stanley Bing's new book, The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of the Business Arts.  More

How coffee can keep workers honest

People who get too little sleep are prone to go along with unethical practices at work, a study says -- unless they up their caffeine intake.  More

A Coke exec's lessons from an unlikely visitor

One of Coca-Cola's top marketing executives found unexpected lessons about work and life from her Zimbabwean mentee.  More

The Fortune interview: Rupert Murdoch

In his first wide-ranging press interview in five years, the media mogul opens up about remaking his empire, succession and his children, his divorce, politics, and his new vineyard.  More

Welcome to the era of Lego innovation (some assembly required)

Companies, researchers, and governments are creating breakthrough products without having to create any new technology.  More

The ruble stops here

What managers can learn from Manager Putin.  More

8 CEOs who took a pay cut in 2013

Median CEO pay inched up 9% in 2013 to $13.9 million. But not everyone got a bump last year. Here are eight CEOs who missed out.  More

Why Brooklyn Law cut its tuition

The law school recently cut its sticker price by 15%. Dean Nicholas Allard explains the school's rationale.  More

How to get employees to be more entrepreneurial

As companies compete on innovation and speed, decision-making comes less from executives at the top. Here are five ways to instill leadership across your organization.  More

Massachusetts' clever immigration reform workaround

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick unveiled a novel plan that aims to let foreign-born, U.S.-educated entrepreneurs stay in the country. Here's how it works.  More

How companies are using wearables in the workplace

Companies want to ensure that employees keep active and sleep well. Wearable technology may be the answer.  More

Getting along at work: A primer on personal intelligence

Many challenges at the office come down to managing our own personalities.  More

10 best founding teams

The most effective co-founders pair vision with fortitude to launch a business. Here are some of the best examples through the years.  More

How to pitch Warren Buffett in 60 seconds or less

At the world's richest business plan competition, more than 40 teams delivered a minute-long appeal to an imaginary Oracle of Omaha. Here are our favorites.  More

Golden Parachutes: Why it's bad business

Exorbitant payouts to executives for leaving violates the idea of pay-for-performance.  More

Welcome to the MBA business plan battle royale

More than 500 teams applied to the richest business plan competition in the world, Rice University's event in Houston. The 42 still standing will compete this weekend for $1.6 million in prizes.  More

How investing in curiosity pays off big at Discovery

At cable TV giant Discovery Communications, believing in a Brand Ideal -- and betting big money on it -- has helped quadruple the stock.  More

Dollar stores face hard times

As the economy improves and federal unemployment and foot stamp benefits are cut, dollar stores get dinged.  More

Whole Foods takes over America

The hugely successful natural-food retailer is expanding into new and unexpected markets -- Boise! Newark! Detroit! -- and changing the way the country eats, one kale smoothie at a time.  More

When should you tell your boss you're pregnant?

Women expecting children have certain legal rights, but office politics matter, too. Here's how to handle a potentially tricky dilemma.  More

Attack of the helicopter parents of MBA applicants

For at least a decade, parents have become deeply involved in their children's undergraduate admissions process. Those same parents are now taking the graduate schools by storm.  More

Blocking Comcast-TWC will not fix America's Internet monopoly

While the Senate discusses the rising cost of cable TV, the real debate should be over how to provide fast, reliable, and affordable access to the Internet  More

How to scale up your team to greatness

The best teams are small, have many women, and know how to have a good fight  More

New GM: Same as it ever was?

As the growing scandal around its ignition-switch recall illustrates, GM still hasn't fixed its problematic culture in the years since bankruptcy.  More

How to lead a team when you're not the boss

You don't need compliance from colleagues and subordinates. You need ideas, willing collaboration, and participation.  More

Pepperidge Farm president: I failed grad school and bounced back

From entrepreneur to corporate all-star, Irene Chang Britt talks to Fortune about her road to success.  More

Trouble at Target: 3 questions for CEO Gregg Steinhafel

The U.S. retailer faces a cloud of uncertainty as it deals with the fallout of its credit card data breach.  More

Mozilla CEO's downfall a lesson to all execs: 'Stay boring'

More than ever, a CEO is a brand unto him or herself; a brand that undoubtedly melds with the image of the company itself. If the two don't mesh, it can spell disaster.  More

More than jerky: Patagonia expands in food

The purveyor of fly-fishing gear now offers salmon-in-a-pouch. Up next: grains and more.  More

Teen summer job market shows signs of recovery

About two-thirds of employers say they plan to hire more helpers this summer, and pay is rising, too. For once, first-time job seekers have an edge.  More

End of the 'gig economy?' Entrepreneurship fell in 2013, thanks to job growth

Fewer Americans are launching new ventures out of necessity, a new Kauffman Foundation report shows.  More

How to fail in business while really, really trying

Big dreams, arrogance, infighting, and delusion all collided in the disastrous attempt to fix venerable retail giant J.C. Penney. The inside story of a revolution derailed.  More

Freelancer pay jumps, in search for quality work

A growing number of managers have come to the conclusion that paying more pays off -- especially for larger and more complex projects.  More

Why Andreessen Horowitz changed its mind on Oculus VR

Andreessen Horowitz stands to make a fortune from Oculus VR, but it originally didn't want to invest.  More

Double trouble: When spouses who share a business call it quits

Divorce is never easy. Throw in a jointly-run business and the breakup could get messier. A legal pro offers his best advice.  More

Why we should openly discuss salaries at work

We are, apparently, victims of America's rugged individual ideals. And a little more transparency could go a long way for pay equity.  More

The leisure revolution that never came

Few Americans today think they have the kind of abundance of free time that futurists predicted.  More

Nordstrom's service with a style

Nordstrom has won plaudits, and profits, by putting customers first.  More

Will Johnnie Walker's new label be scotched?

The nonprofit Explorers Club seeks to block Diageo's mighty Scotch whisky unit from marketing its new Explorers' Club Collection.  More

Marry young, and other tips for happy and successful living

Fortune.com selects the most compelling short essays, anecdotes, and author interviews from "250 Words," a site developed by Simon & Schuster to explore the best new business books—wherever they may be published.  More

The evolution of Blake Mycoskie

The founder of TOMS shoes has made a transition from handsome hippie with an idea to boldfaced business name. Next up: Courting the Fortune 500.  More

Barley brouhaha

A schism is brewing in the $11 billion gluten-free industry -- and it's coming to a head over beer.  More

Egads, what sorcery is this?

In our last issue, we left Bingman standing in the depths of the mysterious Google barge. What hidden terrors will the Corporate Crusader find within?  More

3 ways to get better ideas from your diverse team

Diversity alone probably won't spark innovation. To avoid the same old groupthink, draw cultural differences out so you can put them to work. Here's how.  More

Corporate America doesn't need a 'business case' to do good

Corporate responsibility may not lead to bigger profits, but it's still essential.  More

'America got a cold and black businesses got pneumonia'

Harry Alford, CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, talks about encouraging black-owned businesses -- and why he thinks Paul Ryan is right about inner city culture.  More

The lipstick divide: In beauty sales, it's rich vs. poor

Upscale beauty products are beating drugstore brands.  More

Sears launches a fast fashion Hail Mary

The struggling retailer is introducing its Now + Here shop in stores and online in an attempt to capture a piece of the growing fast fashion market.  More

How to deepen customer loyalty: Be transparent

Companies should expose their vulnerabilities and own up to their mistakes.  More

A new reason to love your super-demanding job

If there are days when what you do is so challenging that you think your head will explode, cheer up. Your brain will thank you later.  More

In battling German unions, will Amazon emulate Wal-Mart?

The company is failing to sync with the German work environment, but it doesn't have any plans to change its ways.  More

How women can make the VC money flow

Masters of the venture capital universe tend to be male and biased toward funding guys with decent business plans and big dreams. How can women entrepreneurs compete?  More

Disrupters storm D.C. (sorta)

"Impatient" tech execs lay out an agenda for changing federal policy. But Washington may have other plans.  More

TV's best reality show? The Masters Tournament

What corporate leaders can learn from the golf tourney's air of superiority  More

Brookstone's bankruptcy woes don't mean the mall's dead

The mall in all its 1980s glory may be gone, but "lifestyle centers" are thriving.  More

McKinsey's Matt Rogers on the next industrial revolution

Rogers' new book with Stanford Professor Stefan Heck argues that the business world is fast approaching a shortage of valuable natural resources. Here's what managers need to know.  More

Anne Fisher answers career-related questions and offers helpful advice for business professionals.

How the power players do it - by Fortune editor at large Patricia Sellers.

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