Among Your Qualifications, an M.B.A. at Household U.

As many a Kodak commercial makes clear, child-rearing involves plenty of cuddles, angelic smiles and moments of treacly sweetness. But parents know that raising children also involves those other times — when the bowl of oatmeal overflows in the microwave while you...

How Diversity Makes a Team Click

WHEN consultants at Bain & Company are transferred to the Delhi office, they don’t pack just their BlackBerrys and toothbrushes. Each one also receives a copy of a manual written by consultants who are, or have been, posted there. It spells out in precise...

Out of Retirement and Into Uncertainty

THINK of retirement and a picture emerges of a grand send-off at the office, followed by travel, hobbies, grandchildren, and a pension and a Social Security check to pay for it all. But after awhile, the retirement fund may start to feel a little skimpy, or the golf...

Is It Time to Retrain B-Schools?

John Thain has one. So do Richard Fuld, Stanley O’Neal and Vikram Pandit. For that matter, so does John Paulson, the hedge fund kingpin. Yes, all five have fat bank accounts, even now, and all have made their share of headlines. But these current and former giants of...

Smoothing the Way to Self-Employment

BEING your own boss. Hanging out your shingle. Striking out on your own. In a society that reveres rugged individualism, self-employment has always had a certain allure. In fact, each month from 2002 through 2007, just under 300 of every 100,000 adults in the United...

Performance Reviews: Many Need Improvement

AH, September. Time to return from the beach, stow the pool toys, hunker down at work — and, at many big companies, to prepare for annual performance reviews. But just how effective are those evaluations? The uncomfortable truth, in the opinion of many managers and...