Courtney Tiihonen

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Philippines seizes Chinese boat in dispute

The Philippine government has seized a Chinese fishing boat and its 11 crewmen on charges of catching endangered sea turtles in disputed South China Sea waters, prompting China to demand their release.<p>The boat was loaded with more than 350 endangered turtles when it was seized on Tuesday near …

Sanctions meant to hurt Russia take bite in Europe

PARIS (AP) — Sanctions against Russia are taking a toll in Europe as well, figures showed Wednesday, as a top U.S. official negotiated potential new …

This Deserted Shopping Mall In Ohio Is Incredibly Eerie

Nearly four decades after the 700,000-square-foot mall opened, there are no longer any retailers left. The mall now houses a handful of churches and religious organizations, while the rest of the retail space remains vacant.<p>We have compiled some recent photos of the mall. The photos were taken by …

Networking is Not Working: The Secret to Making Meaningful Connections

As a professional financial planner, networking has been an essential part of growing my business. But, after reading Derek Coburn’s new book, <i>Networking is Not Working: Stop Collecting Business Cards and Start Making Connections,</i> I look back and wonder how much more I could have grown over the …

If You Have a Bad Boss, These Are Your Options

A good boss provides encouragement, development, mentoring, and support, while also being fair, constructively critical, and helpful in integrating employees into high-performing teams. This is a boss you remember for years, one who has a lasting impact on your career.<p>But what happens when you end …

Can You Be Yourself On A Job Interview?

A B-school Career Services Director called us the other day. “Things are getting better,” she said, “but the tough economy is still hard on our graduating MBAs.<p>There aren’t as many job openings as we’d like, and the ones that our students see aren’t as exciting or lucrative as the students would …

The Personality Trait That Most Often Predicts Success

4 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>The only major personality trait that consistently leads to success is conscientiousness.<p>"It's emerging as one of the primary dimensions of successful functioning across the lifespan," Paul Tough writes in "How Children Succeed." "It …

Psychology

5 Ways To Give Yourself A Confidence Boost

We’re all born believing we’re the best; what happened? How to get a (slightly less inflated) sense of self-confidence back.<p>Most people agree that self-confidence is one of the most important factors in how well we do in life.<p>We are born with perfect self-confidence, but that is eroded by many …

The Trouble with Leadership Theories

Several years ago a client of mine, Rob, fell in love with Jim Collins’s book <i>Good to Great</i>. Within a month he had given copies to everyone on his team. Soon after, language from the book made its way into Rob’s everyday speech.<p>One idea he especially loved was Level-5 leadership. “If we want to be …

Extra Income Guide: How to Make Extra Money

This guide is intended to provide readers with ideas, how-to tips, and resources on <b>building multiple income streams and generating extra income</b>. If …

Retirement

Why 9 Is The Magic Number For Boosting Your Career

About a year ago, the folks at LinkedIn approached me with a question: How much daily time should career-minded professionals devote to managing their brand? How many “clock hours” does it really take to achieve those professional goals? It was a great question.<p>Before coming to me, they had done …

6 things you don’t know about your electric bill

Flip a switch, and it’s there for you — as long as you’ve paid the bill. A typical American’s monthly residential electric bill was $107.28 in 2012, …

Natural Gas

Here's Why One CEO Asks Job Candidates To Drive His Car During The Interview

The New York Times' Adam Bryant recently interviewed Ron Kaplan, the chief executive of Trex, a manufacturer of outdoor decks, about leadership and hiring.<p>Kaplan says he often asks job candidates who are from other cities if they would like to go out for lunch during the interview. Then, on the way …

Expand Your Influence With 10 Timeless Leadership Lessons

Leaders are in search of distinction as they seek to have their impact felt and their influence reverberate throughout their organizations. As all industries attempt to reinvent themselves in order to elevate the value of their brand proposition, the competitiveness of their people and their …

21 Decisions You'll Never Regret Making

"Forget regret. Or life is yours to miss."<p>That famous quote is plucked from the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent," and it's absolutely accurate; …

5 Toughest Personalities at Work--and How to Manage Them

Problem employees in your company? Here's how to whip them into shape--and make them more productive.<p>Running a business would be easy if only you didn't have to manage people. The bigger your company grows, the smaller the likelihood that everyone in it will be easy to supervise. As the boss you …

Narcissism

Rent or buy a home? This map has the answer

Should you rent or buy a home? Depends on where you live.<p>To help make the decision simpler, RealtyTrac crunched the numbers and created an …

Real Estate

14 Tactics For Reading People's Body Language

According to UCLA professor Albert Mehrabian, 55% of what you convey comes from body language, 38% from the tone of your voice, and only 7% from the words you say.<p>So how do read between the lines? We've compiled tips from Psychology Today, research journals, and other publications to help you …

Nigerian militant boasts of abducting girls, with over 270 missing

An extremist Nigerian insurgent leader boasted Monday that he had kidnapped more than 270 schoolgirls who three weeks ago were loaded into trucks by gunmen in the dead of night, according to a video released to Agence France-Presse.<p>"I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by God," …

Africa