Harry Alford, CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, talks about encouraging black-owned businesses -- and why he thinks Paul Ryan is right about inner-city culture.
By Brandon Southward
FORTUNE -- Harry Alford is a longtime champion of black-owned businesses owners. A veteran of corporations such as Procter & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Alford about two decades ago dedicated himself to expanding opportunities for black entrepreneurs. Like MOREApr 3, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Companies should expose their vulnerabilities and own up to their mistakes.
By John Hagel III and John Seely Brown
FORTUNE -- "How's business tonight?" we asked. The UberX driver shrugged, "Better now the holidays are over." For the rest of the ride, we went back and forth on what Uber was doing with pricing and why and for how long, and how peak pricing had played out over New Year's Eve. The MOREApr 2, 2014 1:47 PM ET
If there are days when what you do is so challenging that you think your head will explode, cheer up. Your brain will thank you later.
FORTUNE -- So there you are as usual, spending your jam-packed workday making decisions, solving problems, evaluating new information, coming up with creative approaches to tricky situations, and setting strategy for your team. It's what most managers do and, as stressful as it can get, MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Apr 2, 2014 1:27 PM ET
The struggling retailer is introducing its Now + Here shop in stores and online in an attempt to capture a piece of the growing fast fashion market.
FORTUNE -- Forget its softer side, Sears just wants to be cheap and trendy.
On April 14, Sears (SHLD) will launch its new Now + Here shops in Sears stores and online, which the Chicago-based retailer touts as "fast fashion" shops that will keep customers MOREClaire Zillman, reporter - Apr 2, 2014 10:26 AM ET
Here are the sections of Michael Lewis's new book that have been flagged most by Kindle readers.
FORTUNE -- It's been out for just 36 hours, but already the latest send-up of Wall Street culture from veteran Wall Street scourge Michael Lewis has caused a mild furor in the financial press. The pundit class and the high-frequency traders have had their say, and the full reviews -- both effusive and terrible -- continue to trickle in.
What do you need to read MOREAnne VanderMey - Apr 1, 2014 4:55 PM ET
The company is failing to sync with the German work environment, but it doesn't have any plans to change its ways.
FORTUNE -- Amazon is really, really trying to sell its notorious distribution center work culture in Germany, but its employees there just aren't buying it.
On Monday, hundreds of workers at Amazon's (AMZN) warehouse facility in Leipzig, Germany went on strike. It was the latest protest in a nearly year-long battle between MOREClaire Zillman, reporter - Apr 1, 2014 9:31 AM ET
What corporate leaders can learn from the golf tourney's air of superiority
By Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- The greatest reality show on TV begins next week.
I refer of course to the Masters Tournament, the advent of which renders some of us almost immobile with anticipation. The question is why. By common agreement there are four major golf tournaments. Why is the Masters so clearly preeminent? Why are its TV MOREApr 1, 2014 5:00 AM ET
The mall in all its 1980s glory may be gone, but "lifestyle centers" are thriving.
FORTUNE -- Brookstone, everyone's favorite massage chair retailer, is on the brink of bankruptcy. That news last week came on the heels of pizza chain Sbarro's Chapter 11 filing. While Brookstone and Sbarro failed for lots of reasons (like lots of debt and food that tastes like cardboard, respectively) their downfalls have given consumers good reason MOREClaire Zillman, reporter - Mar 31, 2014 10:17 AM ET
If you've been out of work for a long time, don't try to hide it. Instead, persuade employers that you've kept your skills sharp. Here's how.
FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: After almost 30 years in commercial banking, I took an early-retirement package during all the layoffs that went on in early 2009. It seemed like a good move at the time, but now I find I really miss working, and, since MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Mar 28, 2014 12:16 PM ET
Bill Clinton's old fixers have a new paperback on handling PR emergencies. Here's a shameless summary of the key points.
By Anne VanderMey
Crisis is everywhere. There are the national public relations fiascos: General Motors, Chris Christie, the NSA. And then there are the countless human missteps that plague companies every day: The reply-all email gaffe, the product defect, the affair. Be your crises big or small, these authors think they can help. Christopher Lehane and Mark Fabiani MOREMar 28, 2014 11:58 AM ET
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