The Week That Was

Before you spring your clocks forward this weekend, catch up with these top five stories from for the week of March 4.

1. Eight Principles of Inspirational Leadership: Stressing values, earning trust and connecting with others are some of the ways leaders can inspire their organizations to achieve greater success. David C. Forman, chief learning officer for the Human Capital Institute, and Friso van der Oord, global head of research for the Corporate Executive Board, have the story.

2. Yahoo Says ‘No’ to Telecommuting: What’s the Fallout?: Marissa Mayer has called for the entire workforce to be present in an office space instead of working from home. That’s a pretty bold decision, says editor Deanna Hartley.

3. Make Employee Appreciation a Year-Round Endeavor: If you’re playing your cards right, employees won’t only feel special today because it’s ‘Employee Appreciation Day.’ Here are tips to extend it to the rest of the year as well, writes Halley Bock, CEO and president of Fierce Inc., a leadership development and training company.

4. The Yahoo Firestorm: Intention vs. Effect: Yahoo should continue to offer working from home as an option for those who prove they deserve it, according to blogger Aubrey Daniels.

5. The Death Lizards Take Over at JCPenney: Genghis Khan-style leadership is so Middle Ages, says blogger Dan Bowling.

In Other News …

Women in positions of power are thought of as mentors to younger, up-and-coming female professionals. However, as The Wall Street Journal explored in last weekend’s essay, something may be amiss in the professional sisterhood | The Tyranny of the Queen Bee.


As Fast Company reports, entrepreneurs are more likely to use both sides of their brains. Managers, on the other hand, are more stuck with using the left side when making decisions — the side more associated with logic and structured thinking.


And, finally, more Americans are working remotely.

According to a Census Bureau report released Tuesday, some 13.4 million U.S. workers worked at home at least one day per week in 2010. That’s up from the 9.2 million workers who reported doing so in 1997.

Of course, the news comes on the heels of Yahoo’s somewhat controversial decision to ban working from home. We’ve written plenty on the topic (much of which cracked this week’s top five), and there is more to come as well.