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Influential U CEO calls BS on Showtime series Billions’ take on being ‘transactional’

As a teacher of Transactional Competence, I am used to hearing the term “transactional” misused and abused. However, a recent rash of scenes on the Showtime series BILLIONS has finally brought me out from behind the velvet rope of my business to call B.S. on the show’s bastardization of something we all do every day—transact. Humankind exchanges to survive. No one is immune.

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Our fascination with Anna Sorokin—charming fraudster or genius influencer?

Everything you know about being an influencer is wrong. Well, somewhat wrong. Case in point: a huge hit on Netflix is “Inventing Anna”, a drama miniseries starring Julia Garner, about the case of Anna “Delvey” Sorokin, a German convicted con artist and fraudster who Instagram-pretended to be a wealthy heiress defrauding banks, hotels, and acquaintances of hundreds of thousands of dollars. How has she stolen “the hearts and money of New York elites” as well as all this attention? Is she a charming fraudster or a genius influencer?

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With a shrinking talent pool, how do companies do more with less?

A record number of employees have or plan to quit. Already hobbled by the pandemic, businesses are now looking for new ways to balance investment in talent attraction, professional development, and finding tools to increase productivity. With more people reconsidering their careers, many companies will have to reinvent productivity amid a rapidly evolving society and culture.

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Five secrets to pull more income from your current job

A google search for ways to make extra income will result in some 4.5 billion results talking about side hustles, second jobs, and even clinical trials. But how do you earn more wages from your current job? You don’t have time for more work; you want less of it. It starts by being in the driver’s seat of your own value rather than hoping for a promotion and accepting whatever you get. Here are five secrets to pulling more income from your current job.

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Pandemic to endemic; what this might mean for business

According to Moderna co-founder Noubar Afeyan, the pandemic could begin shifting into an endemic stage in 2022. While a few countries gradually consider treating Covid as an endemic disease (the World Health Organization says this is premature), many businesses wonder what this might mean for the next normal.

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Gen X, is the job market done with you?

In some cases, when we ask our students to “describe how you plan to fund your retirement,” a growing number states, “I don’t plan to stop working.” But what if they don’t have a choice? For those seeking jobs, the job market may be done with you long before you’ve funded your retirement.

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