Forget Trump and Macron — We All Suck at Handshakes

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(This post originally appeared on PhillyMag)

If you’re honest with yourself, you know this: You suck at handshakes. I totally do. And so does Donald Trump. I sympathize.

Trump had a few, very type-A handshakes with French president Emmanuel Macron this week that caught the world’s attention for their comic vigor. And this wasn’t our president’s first handshake drama: He famously avoided shaking hands with Angela Merkel at a White House meeting in March, and had a bizarre yank-and-move interaction with Canadian prime minster Justin Trudeau in February. Read More…

54 percent of American workers don’t use all their vacation days

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Ninety-one percent of full-time U.S. workers receive paid vacation from their employers, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research. That’s nice. What’s not nice is that, according to two new reports, the average worker only takes half of their vacation days earned a year – which means that they’re forfeiting hundreds of dollars annually back to their employer.

Is it because we work so hard? Not really. The main reason is…fear. That’s what Scott Dobroski, a career trends analyst at Glassdoor who authored one of the reports said in this Market Watch report. He called fear the “underscoring theme” of the study. Dealing with heavy workloads, more than one-third of the 2,200 workers surveyed said they’re afraid of falling behind and 30 percent of them believe that no one else can do their job when they’re out. Read More…

Trump’s budget is a CEO’s budget. That’s a good thing.

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Seems like most people are hating President Trump’s proposed budget. That’s how you know it’s doing its job.

Other than the military — which is looking at a $600 billion spending increase — the president is pretty much cutting costs across the board. This should be no surprise. This is a chief executive’s budget. Budgets are meant to constrain and enforce discipline in an organization. They’re supposed to challenge managers to reach their goals with as few resources as possible. It’s meant to provide funding for the company’s priorities and not to spend money on things that aren’t as important. That’s exactly what this budget is doing. Read More…

There’s a lobster glut in Maine… so why are you still paying so much?

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

It’s booming times if you’re in the Maine lobster industry, which now makes up 80 percent of the country’s lobster production.

Bloomberg columnist Justin Fox reports that lobster catches in the state are now seven times the average levels before 2000. Last year, Maine’s lobster harvest was more than twice what it was just 10 years ago at 130 million pounds, despite the rise in cost of herring, the primary bait used for catching the shellfish. The reasons are numerous: state laws requiring fisherman to throw back lobsters that are too small, too big or are carrying eggs. The depletion of fish, like cod, that feed on lobsters. Warming oceans creating better conditions for New England and Canada which are drawing lobsters further north. A reduction in disease and improved efficiency from the lobster fisherman. Read More…

The Elevator Ride Where Mr. Rogers Rescued a Young Fan in Need

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(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
-Fred Rogers

Anthony Breznican is a grown man and a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly. Following this week’s tragic events in Manchester, England, Breznican remembered the words above, which were said by the beloved children’s TV show host. But he also recalled a much more important story about how Fred Rogers helped him through a personal low point in his life. Read More…

Why You Must Go See That ‘Flop’ ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

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(This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is unfortunately, a huge box office flop. But you must go and see it!

The story is great, of course. Who doesn’t love the legendary tales of the English king who pulls a sword from a stone and realizes his true destiny? Everyone loves the film’s director, Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch are two of my favorite films). Is there anyone who doesn’t love Jude Law or the Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam or the gorgeous Astrid Bergès-Frisbey? The acting was great, the writing was sharp and the overall production was terrific. Yes, it’s 2017 and I used the word “terrific.” That’s how terrific the film is. I’m not alone in my admiration either. The movie got a 7.3 on IMDB and everyone knows that anything over a 7 is a legit rating. Read More…

$100 of bitcoin in 2010 is worth $75 million today

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Bitcoin has received a lot of attention over the past few weeks in the wake of the recent malware attacks that impacted dozens of countries and thousands of businesses around the world which required a “ransom” payment to be made in the digital currency to unlock files that were encrypted by the virus. The question for many business owners is that, given its growing acceptance, is it ready for prime time?  Should we accept bitcoin? Read More…