Mutiny amid the bounty

The Genesis of Rebellion: Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail

by Steven Pfaff and Michael Hechter, Cambridge University Press, 2020

Think of mutiny, and you might imagine events akin to those that occurred aboard the Royal Navy frigate Hermione on September 21, 1797, when seething crew members erupted to murder their tyrannical captain and his fellow officers. Then they defected to the enemy by sailing to Spanish Venezuela.

In fact, though, the Hermione episode was unusual, and not just for its violence. More common were mutinies motivated by specific grievances. British seamen in the great age of sail — which the authors define as the period of 80 to 100 years commencing in 1740 — knew that the work was dangerous, quarters were cramped, and corporal punishment was common. For the most part, sailors did not rebel.

When they did, what set them off? How likely was

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4 Steps to Building a ‘We’ Culture at Your Business

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The past few months have tested our collective ingenuity and resolve in countless ways. How quickly can we roll out new things? Will our business be sustainable using a new delivery model? If employees aren’t at the office, can we trust them to get work done? 

Remote work has been put to the test in an impromptu global work experiment. From what we’re observing, it is working — especially for companies where mutual trust runs deep. 

Businesses with a “we” culture — an ethos that values collaboration, innovation, compassion and a “we’re all in this together” mindset — have kept growing, despite the challenges of COVID-19. 

Here’s how to build a “we” culture at your company.

Related: Six Tactics To Improve Collaboration For Remote Teams

1. Allow people to show up as their whole selves, all

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Four questions to ask before you plan your next meeting

Zoom fatigue has become an office buzzword, and with good reason. Video conference calls (on Zoom, Google Meets, or various other platforms) with groups big and small, for 10 hours a day, with few breaks in between — it’s exhausting. And then there’s the video cocktail hour with friends or coworkers to cap off the day.

It’s easy to be critical of the format, but of course many leaders had to stand up their new virtual meetings quickly and are naturally experiencing hits and misses. And conversations that might have happened informally in the office now have to be scheduled as meetings, leading to calendar overload. Some conversations are more productive than others, often because they build on the ability of a virtual meeting to engage more perspectives. Others are awful: mind-numbing monologues during which no one can tell who is engaged and who is doing their laundry.

As we

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The Counterintuitive Way Social Media Can Reduce Stress

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It’s no secret that staying off of social media can be good for you — personally, professionally and even physically. We need some time away from our devices to succeed in both our personal and professional lives.

The adverse impacts of social media have been widely discussed. So why does it remain such an important aspect of the way we do

A 2019 study from Lancaster University shows that people who are frequent users of social media might even be addicted to it. This remains true even when it causes them stress and creates obvious adverse effects. 

Related: 5 Things To Do To Advance Your Networking During the Crisis

Work-related social media use

This is particularly relevant to work-related social media use. Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and more have become

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The shifting nexus of retail banking

The origins of our modern banking system can be traced back almost 800 years to the Italian city-states of the medieval period, when moneylenders would negotiate with merchants or farmers and record their transactions while sitting at benches, or bancas, from which the modern word bank is derived. At the time, each transaction — usually the extension of a credit line — was negotiated between a creditor and a client and tailored to the specific needs of that individual in that moment. The transaction was the heart of the banking relationship.

Over time, however, as the scale of banking operations increased, it became necessary to create a more efficient way of managing multiple transactions, and so the bank account emerged. As banks shifted their attention from the transaction to the account, in the interest of scaling efficiently, they also increased the level of standardization in individual transactions to minimize

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The 6 Top Automotive Franchises From the Entrepreneur Franchise 500

Here are the top six car-maintenance franchises of 2020.

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Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 rankings feature businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries. If you’re looking for a franchise you can invest in for less than $5,000 or more than $5 million, well, there’s probably a business venture that will work for you. Whether you want to work in tech, or you had something a little livelier in mind — it’s all there.

One of the strongest industries on the 2020 iteration of our 41-year-old list are automotive franchises, consisting of 31 out of our top 500. Six even made the top 100, and we’ve detailed them below.

Related: 5 Affordable Franchises You Can Start for Less Than $10,000

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