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But give them more than lip service.
Bell Labs was among the most innovative scientific organizations of the 20th century. The man at the helm was Mervin Kelly, a physicist who led the laboratory. Follow his lead for inventing the future.

In my presentations and group coaching, I’m fond of quoting Charles de Gaulle’s observation that “The cemeteries are full of indispensable men.” Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke may be the exception to de Gaulle’s rule.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s colleagues say he has the whole package necessary to lead the Fed. Here are three of the characteristics that make him a good leader:
Benjamin Franklin managed to set up America’s first publishing chain, public library, fire department and nonsectarian university; plus “discover” electricity; invent bifocals, a stove and daylight-saving time; map the Gulf Stream and write the first national best-seller. What principles drove him?
After being burned a few times early in life by “rogues of dubious character,” Benjamin Franklin started finding himself more attracted to practical, reliable folk.
Ben Franklin was a real promoter of unity, hard work, scientific progress and a pluralism way ahead of its time. Here's a time-machine interview with Franklin, adapted from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

If you are challenged with a cumbersome or outdated process within your department, what’s the best way to fix it? Undoubtedly, for expediency, you have created some workaround solutions, but there comes a point when a permanent fix is necessary. Before thinking about specific solutions, step back and do some preliminary homework. Here’s how to get started:

Don’t waste your time and money offering benefits no one cares about. Review all your coverages. Conduct eligibility audits. Those are just some of the tips comp and benefits expert Gary Kushner has for HR pros eager to maximize the value and reduce the costs of the benefits they provide.

Mary Louise Doyle, a nurse fired from the Bergen Regional Medical Center, has filed suit against her former employer, claiming she lost her job in retaliation for exposing improper practices at the hospital.