The Week That Was

You’ve worked hard all week. Reward yourself by reading these top five stories from for the week of Oct. 14.

1. Choices Happy Workers Make: There is a lot of talk about what companies can do to make workers happy, but what can the employees do themselves? Blogger Dan Bowling has the answer.

2. Lessons From the First Mentor: There are countless traps along the path of mentordom, writes Talent Management columnist and famed leadership guru Marshall Goldsmith.

3. Firms Fall Short on Career Management: Though career advancement and development plans are an important component for attracting talent, many firms fall short when it comes to executing and communicating them, a survey shows. Talent Management editor Frank Kalman has the story.

4. Delivering Effective Performance Feedback: Blogger Aubrey Daniels offers four tips to help you get the most out of giving feedback to others.

5. Chairman of the Bored: Even seasoned executives may need training and advice on how to present and interact effectively with the board of directors, writes Beverly Behan, president of Board Advisor LLC.

In Other News …

This might be one of my favorite stories of the year done by the upstart business website Business Insider. During the government shutdown many of the widely followed economic indicator releases — like the monthly jobs report — were delayed because, well, the agencies that compile and report those numbers were not running. So Business Insider put together a list of unusual economic indicators that have been validated by reputable sources. I love stories like this. Back when I was in the economic reporting track at Northwestern we, too, had to write a goofy economic indicator story. My favorites here: the hotter the waitress, the more woeful the economy. The theory, as New York magazine gives some substance to, says that when the economy is booming more attractive people are able to get more jobs as models or hosting corporate events. Read the entire story here.


Also, The New York Times offers how organizations can bolster data security in the BYOD age.