Learn to be a charming leader; why paranoia can be productive; and “I got bit by a deer” and other not-so-classic excuses for missing work.

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Top reasons workers quit; a few things to think about before committing to the cloud; and a 100-year-old marathon runner breaks a record.

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A provision of the Dodd-Frank Act requires indemnification agreements from foreign regulators for trade repositories based in the U.S. to provide them with data on the over-the-counter derivatives market. Depository Trust & Clearing, which operates the global trade repository for credit default swaps, has voiced concerns that this provision will cause fragmentation of market data. Below is an edited question-and-answer session with DTCC Managing Director Pete Axilrod in which he discusses potential effects of the requirement and what DTCC sees as the best resolution of this issue.

How would this change [requiring the indemnification agreements] differ from the current system, and what problems do you foresee?

Today, there’s a single global repository [Trade Information Warehouse] for credit derivatives with very high-quality data. It has data for 98% of all credit derivatives. [Its data also serves as the foundation for central payment and credit event processing for the industry, which ensures that the data is highly accurate.] The firms are motivated to have the correct information in the repository because they’re going to be financially affected by the information that’s there and how we process things. (read more…)

The recently revised edition of “The Basic Bond Book” is a collaboration between the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers. Copies of the book are sold on AGC’s website, and the book is also available to NASBP members. The publication aims to offer a “peek behind the curtain” into the surety process for the many contractors, certified public accounts, bankers, public contracting officials and attorneys who might view surety as only “something on a checklist of required items to obtain in the construction process,” said Matt Cashion of The Cashion Co. in Little Rock, Ark., who is one of the book’s principal authors. Cashion, an NASBP member and past president, recently answered a series of questions regarding the book and some issues involved in surety today.

What was the reason for the updated version of “The Basic Bond Book”?

Surety has traditionally been an industry that undergoes very few major changes. (read more…)

Reasons not to be a micromanager; how to deal with difficult co-workers; and management lessons from Steve Jobs.

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