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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 1, 2007 / 20 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

Black execs and red ink

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | After hiring his newspaper's first black journalist to hold a management position, an editor insisted that the pioneering move was not such a big deal, as I recall. Real progress comes not when you are able to hire a black editor, he said, but when you also are able to fire her.


The danger of getting fired is a sign that you're accountable. It is evidence that you have been hired for your ability to help the company achieve its mission, not for your value as a token. Of course, such double standards are not fair. But no one promises you a rose garden in the world of management, except maybe if you're the president of the United States, and even that one has plenty of thorns.


Those realities of corporate life sprang to mind when I heard the news from Merrill Lynch & Co. that the financial giant's top boss, E. Stanley O'Neal, "has decided to retire from the company, effective immediately." In O'Neal's case, that was corporate-speak for "Don't let the door knob hit you where the dog should have bit you."


O'Neal's departure is a disappointment to those of us who praised his rise after 16 years at the company to become the first African-American to lead a major Wall Street firm. But just as his rise was a sign of progress, so is his slide out the door, as long as it indicates that women and minorities have to meet the same rigorous profitmaking standards that white men do.


O'Neal, you may recall, shared a stunning Newsweek magazine cover photo with two other black CEOs of mega-giant Fortune 100 companies, Kenneth Chenault at American Express and AOL Time Warner's Richard Parsons.


That December 2001 cover brought encouraging evidence in that tense post-Sept. 11 season that America truly is a land where any kid can grow up to be president of, at least, a multibillion-dollar corporation.


Just six years earlier, Bob Holland broke that glass ceiling when he was named CEO at Ben & Jerry's. Unfortunately Holland quit the quirky ice cream company less than two years later after disagreements with its famous founders. But in one of corporate America's tastiest peace offerings, his severance included endless free pints as a member of the company's elite "Ice Cream for Life Club."


In corporate ice cream terms, that's how the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough crumbles. You benefit on your way up and, if you play your cards right, you can collect a lot more than cookie crumbs on your way out.


Now, in addition to O'Neal, Time Warner's Parsons also is expected to step down soon. That leaves only Chenault still in place among the Newsweek Three and only five total African-American CEOs in the Fortune 500, according to Black Enterprise magazine. That's a setback, but the success of these pioneers is a sign that history is moving in the right direction.


Like Time Warner and American Express, Merrill was going through tough times when O'Neal took over. Its stock was down almost 30 percent. It was cutting jobs and trying to rebuild its image after paying $100 million to settle state charges of misleading investors by tailoring research to please clients.


With that, I can hear faint echoes of my late father's wry observation: "White folks don't give colored folks nothing until they're tired of it!" But, had he lived long enough to see it, I'm certain that Ol' Dad would have smiled with approval at how well O'Neal was allowed to prove himself the old-fashioned way, through grit, determination and the inventiveness that Ol' Dad used to call "Mother Wit."


The grandson of a man born a slave, O'Neal grew up in rural Alabama poverty as my father did. He learned golf, took control of his southern drawl through speech training and worked his way up from a General Motors assembly line to earn a Harvard MBA.


The financial media are calling O'Neal the first chief of a Wall Street investment bank to be done in by the subprime mortgage crisis that's been making big headlines for months. "Last hired, first fired," say the cynics in my neighborhood barber shop. But as long as the profits rolled in, O'Neal apparently was as free as any other CEO to do things his way, for better or worse. Worse got him. That's how they play the game on Wall Street. From its earliest days, the civil rights movement called for a level playing field. No one can guarantee results, but everyone deserves an equal opportunity.

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