N&O Career Articles

How to be an inspirational leader

CHICAGO - A small cluster of stones on Maggie Birk's desk remind the consultant what she does best.

Updated: Oct. 6, 2015 8:43 AM | Full Story

Federal labor ruling divides owners, workers on small business model

PITTSBURGH - Liz Szabo has spent many summers craving a healthy smoothie. Driving around Pittsburgh, the most common were sugary, calorie-ridden concoctions sold at gas stations and fast food joints.

Updated: Oct. 6, 2015 8:08 AM | Full Story

Life settlements present a murky alternative to stocks, bonds

PITTSBURGH - Shortly after Earl and Dora Zissner decided to invest in an obscure corner of the insurance industry in which people who need to raise money sell their life insurance policies at a discount to investors who will reap a profit when they die, the suburban Pittsburgh couple received confirmation that their purchase was complete.

Updated: Oct. 5, 2015 8:17 AM | Full Story

Millennials are the new meal tickets for restaurants

DALLAS - They're adding exotic sauces and electrical outlets, donning Twitter handles and serving shareable plates.

Updated: Oct. 5, 2015 1:49 PM | Full Story

McDonald's move to cage-free eggs is a tipping point for the industry

Will the next egg you crack come from a chicken raised in a roomier barn?

Updated: Oct. 2, 2015 8:07 AM | Full Story

MLB, NFL seek to blend fashion and fandom

BALTIMORE - The manager of the Orioles team store stepped away from the baseball-themed hair ties, headbands and nail polish to unlock a case displaying a leather-strapped Dooney & Bourke handbag.

Updated: Oct. 1, 2015 8:16 AM | Full Story

Anti-piracy battle unfolds in real time on Periscope, live-streaming apps

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Floyd Mayweather Jr. vanquished his last opponent on Sept. 12, but as fans used live-streaming apps such as Periscope to broadcast the fight, they were also throwing punches at anti-piracy rules in real time.

Updated: Sep. 30, 2015 8:11 AM | Full Story

Why Dollar Shave Club invests in unscripted customer service interactions

LOS ANGELES - A potential Dollar Shave Club customer laid down an unusual challenge to the company on its Facebook page not long ago. In exchange for his pledge to order a one-month subscription of razors, an employee had to solve a Rubik's Cube in two minutes or less.

Updated: Sep. 30, 2015 8:11 AM | Full Story

Voice-over actors are talking up the apps that help them get work

LOS ANGELES - Beau Stephenson gets gigs as a voice-over actor in much the same way people order a car on Uber or find a date on Tinder.

Updated: Sep. 29, 2015 8:06 AM | Full Story

'CardFreeCash' coming to ATMs

MILWAUKEE - You're out of town and realize you don't have your debit card, and need cash now.

Updated: Sep. 28, 2015 8:12 AM | Full Story

Paying for children's college drops off parents' to-do list

SEATTLE - Joel and Lisa Hamilton have steady jobs, a suburban home and three lively daughters that they worked very hard to bring into the world.

Updated: Sep. 28, 2015 8:07 AM | Full Story

Wal-Mart test truck aims to slash fuel consumption on big rigs

LOS ANGELES - If Bruce Wayne ever had to vacate the Batcave, he might insist on moving his Batgear with an arrow-sleek microturbine big rig with a carbon-fiber cargo trailer, an electronic dashboard of three computer tablets and tires wider than any race car.

Updated: Sep. 25, 2015 8:12 AM | Full Story

A 350-year-old recipe and teamwork lead to growth for cookie-maker

MILWAUKEE - Not quite two years ago, an early-winter snowstorm shook both Nikki Taylor's business and her life.

Updated: Sep. 24, 2015 8:11 AM | Full Story

Couple finds that life in converted church is divine

CHICAGO - Francisco Buera may consider himself a religious man, but that doesn't mean he ever expected to live with his family in a church.

Updated: Sep. 25, 2015 4:07 AM | Full Story

360-degree camera makers are focusing on the consumer market

Jim Malcolm pulls up a video on his smartphone he recently shot at Disneyland.

Updated: Sep. 23, 2015 8:11 AM | Full Story

Tech-savvy pair turns diet hacking into full-time experiment

The third floor of the American Industrial Center in San Francisco's Dogpatch district is food central. It houses confectioners, cupcake bakers, pastry makers and catering companies. Everyone is making or packaging food. Even the two youngish guys who look more like chemists than chefs are, technically, making food. A new kind of food.

Updated: Sep. 23, 2015 8:11 AM | Full Story