• 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary BossesA few years back, I interviewed some of the most successful CEOs in the world in order to discover their management secrets. I learned that the "best of the best" tend to share the following eight core beliefs.

    1. Business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield.

    Average bosses see business as a conflict between companies, departments and groups. They build huge armies of "troops" to order about, demonize competitors as "enemies," and treat customers as "territory" to be conquered.

    Extraordinary bosses see business as a symbiosis where the most diverse firm is most likely to survive and thrive. They naturally create teams that adapt easily to new markets and can quickly form partnerships with other companies, customers ... and even competitors.

    2. A company is a community, not a machine.

    Average bosses consider their company to be a machine with employees as cogs. They create rigid structures with rigid rules and then try to maintain control by "pulling levers"

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  • by Stephanie Berenbaum - June 28th, 2012

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    How Much Do You Know about the Highest Court?

    By now you've all heard about today's Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act - aka "Obamacare." And no, Fab & Fru is not about to jump into all the intricacies of the ruling - at least not right now. But we thought we'd start with one important takeaway: whatever your opinion of Obamacare, it's this kind of decision that shows how the Supreme Court can directly impact YOUR finances!

    Getting To Know You

    Let's face it, many Americans cannot even name the 9 Supreme Court Justices, much less really make a connection between their lofty positions and our day to day lives. The Supreme Court decisions that get the most publicity tend to be the ones surrounding ethical issues (Roe V Wade, for example) but today's ruling is a great reminder of the role the highest court in the land plays in your financial future. Not only does today's ruling affect the cost and

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  • Stock ImageStock ImageLong vacations and bright sunshine make summertime so much fun, but I can only make so many trips to the beach before the dog days of summer have me worn out. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do inside (or at least out of the sun!) to make your summer vacation a way better experience. Here are a whole bunch of fun (and free!) activities to keep you busy this summer!

    Scores of museums offer special free or "pay what you wish" times. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, has Target Free Friday Nights, 4 to 8 p.m. every Friday. The Philadelphia Museum of Art allows visitors to "pay what you wish" all day on the first Sunday of each month.

    Free Summer Concerts
    Check local newspapers for free, outdoor summer concerts in your area! From New York City to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, there's music of all genres to be found.

    Related: 5 fun ideas for a summer "staycation"

    Cheap Movie Tix
    On the hottest day of the summer, there's nothing better than eating

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  • Did Ann Curry really just apologize for "dropping the ball?" After 15 years on "The Today Show," reporting from war-torn countries, interviewing world leaders, and even dressing up on Halloween, the veteran journalist's farewell seemed more like a mea culpa than a respectable send-off.

    Why wasn't she "mad as hell"? After weeks of finger-pointing for dropped ratings and a much-anticipated demotion, Curry got only a few minutes and a sympathetic pep talk from her coworkers as a goodbye. In the process she insinuated her own failure as an anchor, despite protestations from fans.

    "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I am sorry I could not carry the ball across the finish line," Curry uttered through tears.

    Matt Lauer's lower lip practically jutted out in "sad baby face" as the 54-year-old professional expressed a rare moment of vulnerability. He called her heart big and praised her caring nature. At least, Al Roker and Natalie Morales brought up her excellent tsunami and war Read More »from Ann Curry's Today Show Farewell: Why so Sorry?

  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Attitude is everything -- well, almost everything. Even Pollyanna couldn't turn today's bottom line around, but your outlook for the near future should stay positive if you want to change things for the better tomorrow. You won't give up without a fight.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Celtic Love Tarot Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Someone proves to be every bit as stubborn as you are today. You're either forcing someone else to go over the details, or you're insisting you do it. Whoever is digging in their heels, it's for the best. The pesky details really do need to be covered now.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Friends and Lovers Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Your thoughts might be misread -- but your bills won't be. You can have the best intentions in the world when
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  • Professional Integrity and Your Sun Sign
    A work colleague of yours has been treated unfairly by management, and your knowledge of the situation exceeds what others know. Will you help your bruised co-worker and reveal the truth, or look out for number one and remain quiet?

    Aries is competitive and likes moving up the ladder; at the same time, they prefer a victory that comes after a fair fight. In professional matters, they can always be counted on to speak the truth as they see it.

    Taurus will keep their own counsel and wait to see which way the wind blows. They may offer behind-the-scenes support, but they're also less likely to be proactive with public condemnation.

    Gemini will be tricky to pin down if asked for support. They won't act the role of hero until they're certain they won't do themselves any damage.

    Cancer is regularly swayed by their emotions and will feel inclined to back up their co-worker. On the other hand, they're ambitious, so they may end up disappearing into their shell until they see which way the tide

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  • By GalTime Entertainment Diva Andrea Krivelow

    Ann Curry confirmed she is leaving her one year gig as co-host of NBC's TODAY show.

    She told USA Today:

    "It's going to be a bit of a tough day."

    The 55-year-old journalist joined TODAY back in 1997 as a news anchor. She replaced Meredith Vieira in June 2011, working alongside Matt Lauer.

    Shortly after, ratings began to drop.

    Ann continued:

    "I'm going to have to tell our viewers. That's what makes me more emotional than anything. I don't want to leave them. I love them. And I will really miss them."

    In regards to her not-so-rave reviews, she added:

    "You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No. 1 winning team for a history-making number of years. That said, I just finished my freshman year as co-host. In every single co-host's first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone."

    Who would you like to

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  • Start Talking: Vacation Expenses

    Mixing Friendship, Finances & Summer Fun

    Planning a trip with friends this summer? Then reading this article is even more important than rushing off to get your spray tan. Before you and your pals jet off, get on the same travel page and spell out your expectations - financial and otherwise. If you don't, you run the risk of saying "Bon Voyage" to your friendship!

    We've heard one too many stories of friendships that are strained by an unexpected car rental tax in Italy, a tiff over tipping customs in Spain, or an all out argument over whether or not to splurge on a luxury hotel in France. You probably think this would never happen to you and your amigas, but we think it pays to be prepared - and so do our friends at Citi's Women & Co! They've prepared this pre-travel cheat sheet to help keep your friendships AND your finances in check this summer - so let's Start Talking!

    women-drivers-on-a-road-trip-300x199Start Talking! To Your Friend about Sharing Vacation Expenses

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  • Be Famous!

    Your products are an extension of you. You love them. You create them. They reflect you and your passions. So, don't just shuttle them off into a corner and hope to "sell them one day." You need to give them a platform, showcase them like they were the freaking crown jewels! Because, your products deserve at least that.

    Below is a list of resources to help you showcase your business and your products! Stay tuned for more guides on how to use these outlets to market yourself, your style and your products.

    Kickstarter: Owned by Amazon, Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. There are categories for fashion and design. So, if a lack of funding is holding you back, set up on Kickstarter and connect with people just passionate about your products and success as you are.

    Twitter: This may seem obvious, but you want to be out there, sharing your pictures and designs and with like-minded people. Be sure to check out our top 50 fashionable Tweeters.

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  • April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    With summer fun, beaches and pedicures to think about, saving for retirement is probably the last thing on your mind. Winter seems far away, let alone your 65th birthday, right? But no matter how young you are, it's never too soon to start planning ahead.

    According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute's 2012 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 26 percent of workers are now "very confident" that they will have enough money to pay for basic expenses during retirement, and a recent ING study found that women -- especially those who are single, divorced, widowed or raising children -- are alarmingly less prepared for retirement than men.

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    Avani Ramnani, certified financial planner and Director of Financial Planning at Francis Financial, Inc. in NYC, tells HealthySELF that most young women are not thinking about retirement, but they should be. "A recent study by Oppenheimer Funds and Third Millennium found

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