2011 Review and 2012 Outlook
American Chemical Society Share
Business and Innovation Channel: Chemistry and the Economy Series
Time/date: 2 to 3 p.m. ET Dec. 15
One day the market is up, the next day the market is down. Why should a chemist or a business executive be concerned: Lack of jobs? Inflation? Uncertain tax future? According to our speaker, Paul Hodges, "It's the 'big picture' issues that we need to watch these days." Our dynamic duo is back. Join Paul Hodges of International eChem and Bill Carroll of Occidental Chemical Corporation as they discuss the issues and trends affecting you in 2012.
Meet Your Experts
Paul Hodges is the chairman of International eChem (IeC). Founded in 2001, IeC has built a reputation as trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry and its investment community. He also serves as non-executive chairman of a fast-growing technology spinoff of Heriot Watt University, Scotland. In addition, Hodges writes the well-regarded ICIS "Chemicals and the Economy" blog. Previously, he was an executive director of a $1 billion global business for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), Vice President of European Aromatics and Derivatives for DeWitt, and Vice President of Europe for ChemConnect. He is co-author of the new eBook, "Boom, Gloom and the New Normal."
Dr. William Carroll Jr. holds a doctorate from Indiana University and currently is Vice President, Industry Issues for Occidental Chemical Corporation and also is an adjunct professor of chemistry at Indiana. Carroll is a Past President (2005) of ACS, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and member of a number of committees for the National Research Council. In 2009, he was chairman of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. On behalf of OxyChem he has chaired numerous committees for industry associations, including the American Chemistry Council, and has served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme. He holds two patents and has more than 60 publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incineration and plastics recycling.
Who is Your Ground Buddy?
American Chemical Society Share
The Challenge Course, a series of outdoor problem-solving and team-building exercises, culminates in a tightrope walk 35 feet above the ground. Nobody completes this walk alone; every participant is assigned a ground buddy who offers encouragement, explains what the walker will encounter next and — most important — keeps a close watch until the walker is safely back on the ground. Do you have someone like this in your life, especially in your career? More
US Job Prospects Index Climbs to 3-Year High
A measure of job prospects in the U.S. climbed in November to a three-year high, helped by growth in the world's largest economy. The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index jumped to 103.7, the highest level since September 2008. The report is consistent with recent Labor Department data showing payroll growth picked up while the unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent. More
The 5 Basic Manners You Need to Know in Business
CBS News Share
Because of diversity training, political correctness and the changing mores of society, the definition of "good manners" has become murky. But manners still are important and can be differentiating, often in a negative way because mistakes in manners are memorable. For that reason, there are certain things you must get right. More
Young Entrepreneur Council Share
What is your best tip for effective networking? The Young Entrepreneur Council shares some best practices from professionals who have built their own businesses during this economic downturn — and have thrived. More
How to Interview for a Job
Vital Interview Prep Share
"He'll see you now," the receptionist says. "It's the first door on the right." You thank the receptionist and head into the interview. How you interview for a job can set the path for your working life. More
8 Little-Known Ways to Show Confidence Without Being Arrogant
There is nothing worse in the world of business than classic egotistical arrogance. Everyone knows that guy who just can't help but tell everyone how awesome he is. The real trick is mastering the confidence that comes with humility. More
Why Everyone Needs to Brand Themselves
MoneyWatch via CBS News Share
Dr. Lois Frankel, author of "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office," and president of Corporate Coaching International, outlines how you can brand yourself effectively for professional success. More
What to Do When You Loathe Your Job
Forbes via MSNBC Share
Whether it was a summer scooping ice cream at the marina, your first office job out of college or a seemingly endless stint of temping after being downsized, few of us make it down the career path without eventually landing in a job we absolutely hate. But then what? What do you do when the mere thought of your daily grind makes you want to do yourself in? More