Avoiding Pitfalls in a Family Business
Hefner: Well, I think we are pretty good about avoiding the pitfalls. One pitfall that I’ve seen other companies fall into is to not have a strong independent board of directors, and I think that’s a huge mistake, even for private companies. Having really smart people with diverse backgrounds that are relevant to your industries and interests sitting on a board as a sounding board and as a strategic advisory board is in my view just an extraordinary asset and one that I always preach when I’m out talking to people like young presidents organization members. Because I think that when that isn’t true, that can be a weakness.
Christie Hefner says it’s important to have vocal outside directors.
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
- Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
- Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
- All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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