• He who angers you conquers you.

    Elizabeth Kenny

Survival of the Fittest

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In some work environments its survival of the fittest; so how do you make it through alive?

Robert Sutton is a professor of management at Stanford University and the author of a book on how to deal with people that make your nine to five a little less pleasant. He says some office places are mob situations where obnoxious people are everywhere. Sutton says if you aren't in a position to up and quit there are four things you can do to make sure you make it through the day.

For example, prepare to fight back. A toxic workplace is similar to a “Lord of the Flies” situation where you either hide in the corner or go to war. Sutton says stand up for your interests and don't compromise your principles, but be prepared for a little conflict.  read more »

Toys R' Us

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The holidays are right around the corner, but one of the country's biggest toy shops isn't feeling very jolly.

Earlier this week Toys R' Us which has more than 1,600 stores around the country filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy. The company is reportedly facing a $5 billion debt, and $400 million of that is due next year.

And now with financial trouble swirling, suppliers are holding back on shipments unless they receive cash payment in advance of delivery. This could mean that the season's hottest toys might not make it to store shelves, forcing customers to look elsewhere.  read more »

A Business of Boats

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Want to have a business that lasts, love what you do, and the people that keep you up and running.

Frankie Magro, is the general manager of Barbosa Excursions in Malta. A business he started in the 1970's when there were about two companies offering boat trips around the islands. Now there are about a dozen.

“Business was very good this year in spite of our competition but our motto is we compete in service but not in price so people appreciate it when you give them good service.”

Magro says it's important to be nice to your customers and honor your word. He says in the end it's not the money that makes his job worthwhile.  read more »

A National Disaster

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Disaster has a way of bringing out the best in people; but in some cases the worst is not far behind.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston followed a week later by Hurricane Irma’s attack on the Caribbean and Florida we saw many images of heroism and bravery. Unfortunately there were also stories of people being taken advantage of when they needed help the most.

Delta airlines came under fire for raising ticket prices more than $2,000 on flights out of Florida. Walmart and Amazon were both accused of price gouging on prices of bottled water with reports that Amazon was charging more than $100 for shipping. And it wasn't just supplies people were in need of, it was also rescue.  read more »

iPhone X

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It's been ten years since the first iPhone, and Apple is celebrating by securing its legacy for the next ten.

This week the public was finally let behind the doors of Apple's new Silicon Valley spaceship shaped campus that was the brainchild of co-founder Steve Jobs. And it was in the Steve Jobs Theater that CEO Tim Cook introduced the iPhone X. A device he calls the company's biggest leap since the original release and a product that will hold the public's attention for another decade.  read more »

Current Podcast

Podcast: A National Disaster

  • Artist: Brian Banmiller
  • Title: A National Disaster
  • Length: 0:59 minutes (955.57 KB)
  • Format: Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)