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Fake it till you break it – the US college admissions scandal

The recent US college admissions scandal hit the news largely because a few celebrities were involved, but this kind of thing must be going on all the time. To recap the scandal:

The FBI says pushy parents paid $25m in bribes to get university places for their children.

Actress Lori Loughlin is alleged to have paid $500,000 for college places for her two daughters, in a deal which also got them on to the University of Southern California rowing team.

The management mentor who actually speaks plain English

Management trainers often tread a fine line between academia and practical reality. If they have studied management at university, it’s all too tempting to dazzle their students with clever-sounding terms. But being dazzled is the last thing budding managers need as they seek to perform better and advance their careers. Many would rather point their telescopes away from the sun and see the path ahead clearly.

Thicker than water: Family Enterprise Management

A family business can be anything from a single mom-and-pop store to a global corporation like Red Bull, BMW or Mittal Steel. What marks them out from other businesses is the family dynamics going on within the company and in the boardroom, which can sometimes lead to quirky management styles and unique cultures and procedures. All this is very old-school, but today’s family-run companies include some of the most innovative and successful business around. Wal-Mart, anyone? Ford? Toyota? The Tata Group? Samsung? All multi-generational family-run businesses.

Top skills employers desire most in 2019

LinkedIn Learning have published a list of the skills companies need most in 2019 and how to learn them. We’ll get to the list and provide course suggestions, but first it’s worth knowing that LinkedIn Learning is in fact the old Lynda.com, which LinkedIn acquired back in 2015 and re-skinned as LinkedIn Learning.

Don’t just do something, stand there – mindfulness at work

“I don’t have time for mindfulness and meditation!” says everyone with a job ever. “I’ve got too much to do!”

This is ironic. A mindful mind is more alert, efficient and productive than a non-mindful one, and this creates more ... guess what ... time in which to get things done. Plus an uncluttered mind doesn’t get stressed, feels better, listens better, and does better.

Soft skills for hard business – the kernel of success

What skills do employers value most? The ones that fill a hot current skills gap, like blockchain or cybersecurity? Sure, you can snap up a job right now in one of those areas if you’re skilled up, and probably a well-paid one too. But if you start out now on the learning path hoping for a slice of the action, maybe by the time you’ve acquired the skills – which could take years – the market might be flooded with prospectors who’ve had the same idea and the opportunity could have flown the roost.