Richard H. Coen

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7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Accomplish Anything

Motivation comes--and it goes. Here's how to hold onto it, even when things get tough.<p>Does the start of a New Year renew your energy and motivation to achieve change? For most it does, but let's face it, no matter how driven you are, there will be times when your energy and commitment will ebb. …

Motivation

Business Roundtable: CEOs Expect Less Capital Spending, More Hiring

Chief executives of major companies dimmed their view of the economy, pointing to tax policies and regulations they say will weigh on business investment in coming months.<p>The Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs, said its CEO Economic Outlook Index declined to a reading of 85.1 in the current …

How the Web Drags on Some Retailers

Costs of Shipping, Returns and Handling Pinch Results; Europe’s Primark Stays Offline<p>The Internet appears to be the main winner at the start of the holiday shopping blitz, and the loser could be the retail industry’s profits.<p>An early reading of Cyber Monday shows that e-commerce sales increased …

eCommerce

Are You Happy at Work? Bosses Push Weekly Polls

‘Pulse Surveys’ at Your Job Try to Catch Problems Early, but How Much Is Too Much?<p>Here are some things Rebecca Joyner’s bosses at Metis Communications have wondered lately: Does she feel that managers listen to her? (Yes.) What are you proud of accomplishing last week? (Helping pitch a marketing …

Métis

Apple iPod Antitrust Trial Gets Under Way

Steve Jobs’s Email, Video Deposition to Be Cited in Decade-Old Class-Action Case<p>Steve Jobs helped usher in new ways to listen to music with the iPod. But did the late Apple Inc. co-founder also guide his company to violate antitrust laws and hurt consumers by updating the device to prevent it from …

Class Action

Stop Wasting Everyone’s Time

Meetings and Emails Kill Hours, but You Can Identify the Worst Offenders<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>At the end of the day, many people wonder where all their time went.<p>New data-mining tools are helping employers answer that …

Time Management

Walgreen Sales Rise More Than Expected in November

Pharmacy Sales Improve 6.7%; Prescriptions Filled Increase 2.6%<p>Walgreen Co. reported its sales at existing locations rose a better-than-expected 4.5% in November, led by growth in its pharmacy business.<p>Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected an increase of 3.8%.<p>Walgreen said pharmacy sales at …

Thomson Reuters

U.S. Productivity Rises at 2.3% Pace

Remains Weak Historically, Raising Doubts About Long-Term Economic Growth<p>WASHINGTON—U.S. worker productivity climbed at a slightly stronger pace than previously thought in the summer, but remained weak historically, raising further doubts about the economy’s long-term growth prospects.<p>The …

Economics

U.S. Stocks Gain; Dow, S&P 500 Hit Records

Strongest Gains Seen in Riskier Corners of Market<p>The Dow industrials and the S&P 500 closed at record highs Wednesday, as a rebound in U.S. oil prices led to gains in energy shares.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 33.07 points, or 0.2%, to 17912.62. The record was its 33rd for the year. …

Stock Markets

TV Viewing Slips as Streaming Booms, Nielsen Report Shows

Gains for Online-Video Services Come as Pay TV Shows Early Signs of Decline<p>Viewership of traditional television dropped nearly 4% last quarter, as online video streaming jumped 60%, according to a new report from Nielsen, crystallizing a trend for TV-channel owners amid ratings declines.<p>The average …

Televisions

Euro Hits Two-Year Low

Expectations of Further Easing Run High as ECB Meets Thursday<p>The euro tumbled to a two-year low Wednesday, with the latest dose of drab economic data bolstering expectations of further easing ahead of the European Central Bank’s monthly meeting.<p>The common currency fell as much as 0.7% against the …

Economics

Conservatives work to block Obama on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives circulated draft legislation Monday aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration from taking effect, as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson prepared to offer GOP critics a full-throated defense of the new policies.<p>Obama's move to …

Amazon's new robot army is ready to ship

TRACY, California (AP) — A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping.<p>Now the e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by …

House may vote to undo Obama immigration order

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House may vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.<p>The …

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:<p>1. OBAMA SAID TO HAVE SETTLED ON NOMINEE TO SUCCEED HAGEL<p>Ashton Carter, 60, has never served in the military or in Congress, unlike many defense secretaries.<p>2. FRESH ALARM OVER LITHIUM …

House votes to extend tax breaks through December

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House rushed through a last-minute measure Wednesday to extend a massive package of expired tax breaks for banks, investment firms, commuters and NASCAR track owners.<p>The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 returns. It …