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Gratitude is contagious: One thousand thank yous


By Jenna Roman, Internal Communications Specialist, Thomson Reuters

Late last year we took a moment – and a few thousand balloons – to appreciate and thank colleagues who make our day and make Thomson Reuters a rewarding place to work.

This is how our One Thousand Thank Yous campaign got off the ground: (more…)

Location, location, location: Reuters-TIMA Location Services launch

Hear directly from Tim Santhouse, Reuters global head of video products, and Alla Salehian, CEO of TIMA, on how this major global partnership will enable live coverage of the biggest stories breaking across the world.

Reuters-TIMA Location Services is designed to offer location services, including studio facilities and logistical support, to broadcasters and online media outlets.

Reuters and TIMA, a global content service provider, will combine Reuters unparalleled global editorial content, seen by over a billion people every day, with TIMA’s cutting-edge technology and considerable experience of service delivery for the international media industry.


Reuters Photographer Larry Downing selected for Lifetime Achievement Award

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The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) recently announced that it has selected Reuters Senior Photographer Larry Downing to receive its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional coverage of the White House dating back to 1978 and spanning 6 U.S. presidencies. This is the first time a Reuters photographer has been recognized for this award.

Larry started covering the White House while Jimmy Carter was president, working for U.P.I. and then Newsweek Magazine before joining Reuters in 1997.

Over the course of his career, his reputation and access has enabled him to document countless historic events and people. As Larry remembers in his Wider Image profile, he was even included in a secret Air Force One trip to Iraq with U.S. President George W. Bush to surprise U.S. combat troops one Thanksgiving.

As Larry has said: (more…)

What does a hero look like?

“I don’t consider myself an academic. I don’t use words ending in ‘ology’. I don’t know any words ending in ‘ology’.”

What renowned community historian Stephen Bourne does know, however, is the importance of sharing the stories which have been otherwise all but excluded from the traditional history books.

Stephen joined an audience of Thomson Reuters customers and colleagues on Thursday to lead a conversation around the contributions and heroism of Britain’s black servicemen and its colonies in the war effort, the subject of his most recent book, ‘Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Community and the Great War’

In his introductory remarks at the centenary event, Stephen Boyes, managing director, Financial & Risk Solutions at Thomson Reuters emphasized:

“We all know the power of diversity in business. This can be extended to some of the greatest challenges in history – and there were perhaps none more challenging than this global conflict.”

As part of Thomson Reuters continued commitment to highlighting the importance of corporate responsibility and inclusion in the workplace, our next speaker event in this centenary series “What does a hero look like?” will host veteran war correspondent and author Kate Adie OBE. Here Kate will discuss her research into the pivotal role women played during World War One, without which there would have been no victory and how societal norms began to change for the better.”

TechVision: Rethinking Innovation Investment


Thomson Reuters kicked off the 2015 TechVision interactive seminar series (videos below) with Michael Schrage, author of The Innovator’s Hypothesis and Research Fellow at the Center for Digital Business at MIT Sloan School of Management. James Powell, CTO Thomson Reuters hosted the lively and provocative conversation about innovation.

Schrage says not to ask “what is the best way to innovate,” but “how can organizations get the maximum value from their innovation investments.” “Innovation is not a goal, it is a means to an end.” He emphasizes that the better an organization is at turning novelty into innovation, the more value it creates. Michael’s 5×5 methodology is based on testable business hypothesis that are rapid experiments toward high value innovation.

Innovation, in practice, is predominately an investment in human capital. As the cycle and investment in innovation experiments increases, customers and clients are measurably transforming as well.

On a closing note, Michael encouraged folks to stop rewarding good ideas and start rewarding testable hypothesis.



Why I support LGBT rights at Thomson Reuters

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By  Jan-Coos Geesink, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters

What’s it like for a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person in your workplace?

I’m asking because I’ve found that my position as UK Executive Sponsor for our Pride at Work group has made me more aware of the unconscious biases that are still with us in the workplace. At the same time, I am also proud to witness the fantastic jump on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index we made this year. As the Stonewall team told us at our last meeting, “there’s lots done, lots more to do.”

I have learned that too few people feel comfortable about coming out to their colleagues or managers. Naturally, not everyone has to come out at work. I’ve lived and worked all around the world and in some countries and cultures, personal life doesn’t feature at work and especially not with your “superiors.” But one global aspiration that Pride At Work has is for people to be able to celebrate who they are at work, regardless of their sexuality or gender-alignment, and for them to be accepted. (more…)

Culture – Part eight

I’ve been publishing a series of posts here on our company blog to summarize core cultural themes from my perspective, all of which support our Thomson Reuters purpose and values. The eighth part of my culture series discusses the importance of passion. Read parts onetwothreefourfivesix & seven

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark. –Henri-Frédéric Amiel

We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. –Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Passion is what drives us to get up in the morning every day. It gives us the strength to go above and beyond. It gets us fired up to take on any challenge and accomplish the impossible. Passion comes from a deep belief in the value of what you are doing paired with a deep belief that it is possible to accomplish, no matter how daunting the task may look at the outset. I believe that the number one motivator people have is a desire to “win.” People want to accomplish great things, and they want to be on a winning team. Winning can come in many different forms (visibly delighting customers, winning awards, taking market share, doing good for other people, making the world a better place, making money, doing something considered “impossible” by most people, driving shareholder value, etc.), but that feeling of achievement runs deep in our human nature and passion is both a motivator and the fuel for achievement.

Follow your passion


The meaning

Hear from our global employees what working at Thomson Reuters means to them. These employees support offerings associated with the lifecycle of innovation, enabling today’s agents of change through the discovery, protection and commercialization of their ideas and brands.

Interested in working at Thomson Reuters? Come join our global team.

Justices consider whether doctors can sue over Medicaid rates

From Westlaw Journal Health Law: During oral argument in a case that will determine if hospitals have the constitutional right to challenge state Medicaid payment rates in court, the U.S. Supreme Court spent much of the session grappling with esoteric questions about which analytic framework to apply.

Throughout the Jan. 20 hearing, the justices struggled to differentiate among closely linked constitutional concepts, with several of them expressing skepticism about whether the sometimes archaic distinctions the parties sought to draw made any legal difference.

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How every business can benefit by thinking like a start-up

Designers work at computer stations at TechShop in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco

Philip Brittan is the Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of Platform for our Financial and Risk business. For more of Philip’s insights, read his seven-part series on high performance culture.

I had the great pleasure of running three small start-ups in the first half of my career, and have spent the second half of my career (so far) in large corporations. Many people say I have run my career backwards, that the typical pattern is to learn your chops at the big companies before striking out on your own. Well, I have recently heard that the trend is moving my direction and that, increasingly, students right out of school are starting up new businesses, and later moving to larger firms. I actually think this makes sense, since you learn skills and attitudes in a start-up that are invaluable to you in a larger firm. Start-ups are often envied for their sense of freedom and possibility, their focus on innovation, tight esprit de corps, and hip cultures.

So what is it about a start-up that leads to those admirable characteristics? I believe it is fundamentally two things: newness and smallness. A start-up by definition came into being recently, its newness means it doesn’t have expectations of what it already is, where it came from, and so a sense of endless possibility is natural in a start-up. (more…)