Drops from the Fire Hose – December 7, 2012

I Consult, Therefore I Am: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast — Freakonomics

There are more than 500,000 management consultants in the U.S. – more than 700,000 if you count the self-employed. And even more are on the way. So we thought it was worthwhile to ask a few questions about the industry. For instance: Where did management consultants come from? What do they actually do? And … does it work?

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People — Greater Good

If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists. But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives.

7 Ways Job Searching Has Changed — US News – Money

If you haven’t searched for a job recently, you might be in for a rude shock the next time you do. The job search has changed dramatically, as the Internet and the economy have both altered how employers operate and what job seekers can expect.

Roth: Insider Trading Should Be Legalized — CNBC

I do want to clarify that my argument focuses on the legality of trading on insider information. It should be noted that I do also believe that those with access to information should ethically and morally respect confidentiality agreements and fiduciary duties with the companies where they are accessing the information, but that is a separate civil, not a criminal, matter.

Now, many will talk about how unfair the market is and how insider trading creates an uneven playing field and the laws protect the little guy, but in reality, doing away with insider trading as a crime benefits all market participants.

Managing online persona key to success — Financial Post

Managing online networks and presence is going to be an integral part of internships as well as full- time employment, and we make sure students know this

THREE DIMENSIONS OF INEQUALITY: GLOBAL, EDUCATIONAL/TECHNOLOGICAL, AND PLUTOCRATIC — Brad DeLong

And there is a third dimension, for the rise of the 0.01% produces not just a plutocratic over-class in the United States but a transnational global plutocratic over-class. How many of the bond purchases by the People’s Bank of China over the past generation will wind up in the hands of relatives of Chinese Communist Party leaders? How many of them will be living in Gestad or Monaco or Beverly Hills in ten or fifteen years ago? How is social democratic politics and equality of opportunity going to be attainable in the world of the future? We know that money speaks loudly in politics, but plutocracy seems to be acquiring so much money that speaks very loudly indeed.

Adjustment to a new role is influenced by how your supervisor makes you feel — Occupational Digest

Before every great employee, there was a new employee. Getting newcomers up to speed is crucial for organisations, so it’s useful to know how this is supported or disrupted. Competing models suggest the supervisor as the decisive factor in onboarding, or that newcomers themselves are the crucial agent. A new article focuses on the interplay between the two: how a supervisor makes you feel shapes your behaviours that can make or break those early days.

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