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Feedback should lift employees, not beat them down

By ELIZABETH UZZO // Constructive feedback is one of the most positive and productive things a manager can offer employees. Too often, feedback is perceived as intimidating or scary by both employees and managers. We frequently associate “feedback” with being “criticized,” which can make both giving and receiving it uncomfortable. It doesn’t need to be that way. Done correctly – with the right structure, support and attitude – quality feedback can be a gift, and…


To slow diseases, smarter environments are going viral

By SAVERIO BELFIORE and THOMAS KING // We send our children off to school every day with the understanding that our school facilities are safe, clean and secure environments. But if we don’t properly maintain these “controlled” environments, they may become examples of “great science experiments.” Students spend up to eight hours a day indoors, with hundreds of other students in close proximity. Children are generally more vulnerable to environmental contaminants than adults, whether it be coronavirus,…


Trust fading, brand reps bank on Social Responsibility

By DAVID CHAUVIN // For a professional communicator, nothing is more important than trust. Have it, and your message can be powerful and effective; lose it, and, well, your career might be over. But it’s not that simple. Trust – specifically, how to maintain it – is a complicated subject in 2019. Our country is characterized by a stubborn, entrenched polarization that encourages us to label any media outlet, personality or influencer espousing different viewpoints…


Habitat Suffolk’s milestone moment is on the house

By GREGORY ZELLER // With projects all over the county and a bevy of happy homeowners moving into new digs, busy Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk is closing in on a major milestone. The independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International plans to complete its 200th house in September, an affordable home in Wyandanch that will rise via a “special three-week blitz build,” according to the Middle Island-based nonprofit. Habitat Suffolk Director of Development Les…


No. 271: New Discovery for New York, new co-working options for the Hamptons and cracking the Case of the Co-Opted Cashbox

Second wind: It’s Wednesday, Jan. 10, and over the hump we go. Welcome back, dear readers, to the five-day workweek. Gold standards: It was 50 years ago today that the U.S. Surveyor 7 landed near lunar crater Tycho and Matt Bodkin – cartoonist for Newsday, Long Island Business News and a zillion other regional publications – landed on Earth. This is also a fairly noteworthy date in the annals of innovation and business: London debuted…


No. 261: Diamonds, Riptides, origami skeletons and Comtech, in an emergency

And you were there: Congratulations, dear readers (including new subscribers Sue, Rod, Jessie and Sergio), on surviving Thanksgiving with the family, Black Friday at the mall and Cyber Monday on the ’net – the largest online-shopping day in U.S. history, it turns out, with some $6.59 billion in digital transactions counted by our friends at Adobe. Tell us all about your contribution to the record – and any story tips, calendar items or eggnog recipes…


No. 258: Northwell’s big week, Winthrop’s ambitious diabetes study and the Center on Rural Innovation

Welcome, dear readers: To another Wednesday edition of your exclusive Innovate LI newsletter, coming to you on this Ides of November. Before we highlight another busy week in Long Island socioeconomics, a gentle reminder to send your congratulations, corrections and questions to editor@innovateli.com. We love hearing from you. It’s Nov. 15 out there: On which we remember late greats including German-British Astronomer William Herschel (born 1738, discovered Uranus and a bunch of moons), American artist…