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How resentment came to define America, according to Pulitzer finalist Jonathan Dee

Jonathan Dee’s new novel <i>The Locals</i> is one of those books that thinks obsessively about America: about what America means, what it’s good and bad at, about what stories it tells about itself. Set in a small town in the Berkshires between 2001 and 2009, the story moves from the burst of patriotism …

32 Books That Will Make You a More Well-rounded Person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

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15 books Malcolm Gladwell thinks everyone should read

A 2015 New York Times article poked fun at how often he blurbs books and recommends them on social media.<p>The bestselling author has published multiple books and articles exploring human behavior from all angles; he also recently launched a hit podcast.<p>We dug through years of his tweets, book …

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8 new natural beauty products at Sephora you need in your life right now

Heading into Sephora without a game plan is either brave or risky, depending on how you look at it. Without a skin-care shaman guiding you (or at …

Here’s How Donald Trump Plans to Get Tough on China

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to slap tariffs on Chinese products to show Beijing that the U.S. is “not …

The Far Right’s Obsession with Hillary’s Health

Politics is one of the few careers whose successful practitioners almost never pay a penalty for aging. A quarter of the U.S. senators serving currently are seventy or older. Among the Senate’s twenty women, twelve are sixty or above. Ronald Reagan’s folksy paternalism was part of his appeal. …

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America's Ugly Strip Malls Were Caused By Government Regulation

There is a common architectural language that I’ve found while traveling America. The most interesting part of any city is generally its downtown, with historic buildings and narrow streets. But drive a couple miles—or in small towns, several blocks—in any direction, and the terrain quickly …

Tesla And The 21st Century Supply Chain

I took an Uber ride in a Tesla this week while running around Silicon Valley. For me, it was a window on the future of supply chain distilled to its essence. The lessons for strategists, regardless of industry or location, are there to see – and many of them are the reverse of principles that have …

Why – and How – to Hire Young People Without Diplomas

When an executive at global services firm UBS Americas challenged trainees to design a cost-saving strategy, one young woman proposed that the company install software that puts a computer into sleep mode after a period of inactivity. This idea was calculated to save up to $400,000 a year for every …

438: Explaining Silicon Valley's Success

Managing Up Without Sucking Up

When I hear the phrase “managing up,” I reflexively think of the seemingly spineless J. Pierrepont Finch who rises from window washer to president of Worldwide Wicket Company in <i>How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying</i>. By lying: he tells the head of HR that the CEO said to give him a job …

Crappy Raise? Ask For These 9 Perks

When it comes to pay raises, there’s good news and bad news.<p>Let’s start with the bad news. The whole world is facing wage stagnation, according to figures released by the International Labour Organization earlier this month.<p>The good news is that wage growth for U.S. workers is expected to climb to …

The Jews of Arabia

<b>The Jews may have originated in the Middle East but they were long ago scattered far and wide - to the Gulf, among other places. Few now remain, except in Iran. But a century ago, writes Matthew Teller, there was even a proposal to found a Jewish state at an oasis near Bahrain.</b><p>In 1859 Griffith …

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Lessons in time management | Financial Times

“You’ll basically be off the grid for two years. Warn your loved ones.”<br>“Go ahead and cancel your gym membership. You’ll never use it.”<br>“Your diet will …

The Top 5 Business Books I Read This Year

I don't usually read a lot of business books. My primary reading time is right before bed, and reading books about business right before going to sleep not only doesn't feel right, but it also leads to weird dreams.<p>So my situation of choice for reading business books is strapped in to an airplane …

The Questions Good Coaches Ask

In the <i>HBR Guide to Coaching Employees</i>, executive coach Ed Batista defines coaching as a style of management characterized by asking questions. With those questions you can move away from command-and-control leadership to a dynamic in which your direct report grows through self-reflection.<p>Asking the</i> …

5 Ways to Fail Fast

The key, remember, is - if failure is going to happen - that it happen fast. Prolonging the inevitable is the surest way to turn setback into catastrophe.<p>No one--almost no one--wants to fail. Especially entrepreneurs. Our level of investment, in all forms, is extreme.<p>But some of us will fail. It's …

Align Your Time Management with Your Goals

<i>At the end of a busy day, sometimes it’s hard to figure out where the time went. The following excerpt from the book</i> Getting Work Done <i>provides a simple process for you to prioritize your work and understand how you’re actually using your time.</i><p>What goals are you aiming for in your work? Does the way …

The Best Leaders Are Critical Thinkers - Lolly Daskal | Leadership

What makes some leaders stand out from the rest?<p>It has to do with their ability to think decisively.<p>The best leaders evaluate their options, weigh in …