With the US jobless rate near 10 percent, how are we going to get Americans working again? And where will the jobs of the future come from? Larry Mantle and a panel of experts will attack the thorniest challenge facing our economy today…unemployment. Is there any good news of the job creation front?
The rash of recent money scandals involving college football and basketball athletes and athletic programs is challenging the core ethics of the NCAA. That association clings adamantly to the amateur status of college athletic programs. The latest alleged scandal at the University of Miami is mind boggling in its scope. Nevin Shapiro, who is in jail on a Ponzi scheme charge has admitted to supplying prostitutes, money, jewelry, clothing, travel, and yacht rides (among other things) to Miami athletes and also claims that several Miami assistant coaches were aware of these gifts. This is just the most egregious example in a long line of scandals not he least of which is the violations involving USC running back Reggie Bush. The NCAA leadership is well aware of the problem and in the USC case the then chairman Paul Dee made an example of that school by it from bowl slapping it with a two year bowl ban and cancelling 30 scholarships. But if the alleged violations at Miami prove to be true what punishment would fit the crime? Is it time for the NCAA to accept the inevitable, that high profile college football and basketball are fueled by huge contributions of cash. Is it possible to maintain the amateur status of these programs against the tsunami of money and gifts targeted at high performing athletes? Is it hypocritical to demand that these athletes remain amateurs when their professional counterparts are making millions?
Brace yourself. Not only is that guy in the corner office a jerk, he’s probably making more money than you, precisely because he’s a jerk. This according to a new study, “Do Nice Guys–and Gals–Really Finish Last?” conducted by three distinguished university professors and forthcoming in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The researchers looked at “agreeableness” using self-reported data from a sampling of about 10,000 workers encompassing a wide range of professions, salaries and ages. Men who rated below average on the agreeableness scale earned about 18% more than the “nice guys.” That’s $9,772 more annually, which is anything but chump change. As for women, it turns out being rude or aggressive at work might not be as bad as customarily thought. The study showed that less agreeable women tend to earn about 5% or $1,828 more than those who are all sugar and spice. Why are employers rewarding bad behavior? Should employees cash in on this information? Does being agreeable help or hurt in your workplace? What role does gender play in all this?