Fri., December 6, 2013 7:32am
Some companies are starting to micromanage who sits where in the office—to the level of putting specific workers next to each other and separating people who work in the same department. The idea is to foster creativity and encourage innovative thinking. Workplace expert Brandon Smith says it can have that effect, as long as organizations are careful and deliberate about how they implement such a strategy.
Fri., November 29, 2013 7:35am
Susan’s boss gathered the team and took them to a long lunch. Then they stopped a nearby fashion accessories store to do a little shopping. All of this happened during the workday. Susan feels guilty about shopping during work and is uncomfortable with the time away from the office. Workplace expert Brandon Smith says the problem isn’t so much the outing as the boss’s failure to explain its purpose.
Fri., November 22, 2013 7:29am
Some new research tells us that using a lot of direct eye contact isn’t always a good idea. The study found speakers with a strong opinion about a controversial topic have less chance of persuading someone who disagrees if they make direct eye contact. Brandon Smith explains the implications at work and the key behavior that can alleviate the impact of all that eye contact.
Thu., November 21, 2013 6:32am
A runaway teen in Georgia who makes her way to Atlanta has a day, maybe two, before someone tries to turn her into a prostitute. For many teens—without food or shelter and often already the victim of sexual abuse—selling their bodies seems like the only way to get a meal. Stopping the cycle is difficult—some 400 girls are commercially sexually exploited each month in Georgia.
Tue., November 19, 2013 6:32am
Georgia’s chapter of the NAACP has a new elected leader for the first time in eight years. Civil rights attorney and pastor Francys Johnson takes over as president after a statewide conference last month. Johnson is 34, which means he grew up in a post-segregation society. But he said the organization is still fighting some of the same battles of his predecessors.
Sun., November 17, 2013 5:00pm
Tremont Temple Baptist Church, which played an important role in Macon's civil rights movement, could soon be demolished to make way for a Dunkin Donuts. Because of its historical significance, the idea of knocking down the Forsyth Street church has preservation advocates on edge and the Historic Macon Foundation scrambling to figure out a way to save it.
Fri., November 15, 2013 11:21am
Everyone has people they just don’t like. Maybe personalities clash or there’s some long history of disagreements. What do you do when that person is in the cubicle across the hall or the office next door? How do you still work with them, despite the interpersonal issues? Workplace consultant Brandon Smith says the key is to look for the value and skills they bring to the work at hand.
Thu., November 14, 2013 7:47pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg has released a new book on President Woodrow Wilson entitled “Wilson”. Berg says Wilson’s childhood in Augusta, Georgia during the Civil War strongly influenced how Wilson governed as President.
Tue., November 12, 2013 4:00pm
Many entrepreneurs hope to strike it rich. But a group of them in a small community outside of Atlanta are working on a smaller scale. They are refugees starting businesses to serve Clarkston's global village. To get their ideas off the ground, many refugees are taking an entrepreneurship course called 'CDF: A Collective Action Initiative', sponsored jointly by the Goizueta Business School and a Clarkston community group. The course uses micro-lending, a concept pioneered not in America, but rather in countries in the developing world – where the refugees come from.
Fri., November 8, 2013 6:00pm
A blank page, and one day to turn it into an opera. That’s what the Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Opera Project is all about: artistry under pressure. Composers are randomly paired with lyricists, then toil overnight to write shows that will hit the stage the next day on just a few hours’ rehearsal. The marathon event took place last weekend, and we followed one team through the challenge.