Aliya Assrafy

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Real estate soaring, but for how long?

If you've ever tried to sell a house, you know that it's only slightly less complex than forging a Middle East peace agreement. You have to deal with contractors, agents, inspectors, mortgage brokers and bankers, all of whom can make North Korea look like pretty darn flexible negotiators.<p>For this …

How to Conduct an Effective Job Interview

The virtual stack of resumes in your inbox is winnowed and certain candidates have passed the phone screen. Next step: in-person interviews. How should you use the relatively brief time to get to know — and assess — a near stranger? How many people at your firm should be involved? How can you tell …

An Exercise to Get Your Team Thinking Differently About the Future

Thinking about the future is hard, mainly because we are glued to the present. Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and author of <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i>, observed that decision makers get stuck in a memory loop and can only predict the future as a reflection of the past. He labels …

How to Manage Someone You Don’t Like

Everybody complains about incompetent bosses or dysfunctional co-workers, but what about irritating direct reports? What should you do if the person you manage drives you crazy? If the behavior is a performance issue, there’s a straightforward way to address what’s irking you — but what do you do …

What Is a Business Model?

In <i>The New, New Thing</i>, Michael Lewis refers to the phrase <i>business model</i> as “a term of art.” And like art itself, it’s one of those things many people feel they can recognize when they see it (especially a particularly clever or terrible one) but can’t quite define.<p>That’s less surprising than it …

Is Japan Becoming Expansionist?

There seems to be some concerns in other countries that Japan may take more expansionist stance after Prime Minster Abe regained the leadership in Japan.<p>One such example is a recent opinion article of the New York Times by Professor Alexis Dudden of Connecticut University. She writes that Japan's …

Using Twitter To Track Down Heart Disease

<i>By Tom Jacobs</i><p>Why does one community have higher levels of heart disease than another? Some of the reasons are obvious, such as income and education levels or local eating and exercise norms.<p>But as epidemiologists have long argued, other likely factors are more ephemeral. Among them: how angry or …

The Scary Way Excessive Salt Intake May 'Reprogram' The Brain

There are many health reasons to lay off the salt, from fluid retention to an increased risk over time of developing high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.<p>While the link between sodium and hypertension is nothing new (thought some scientists say it is overstated), the precise mechanisms by …

How Can Businesses Build Trust?

Most business leaders recognize that trust is absolutely essential to the success and competitiveness of their company. But while 49% of the general public do not trust businesses to do what is right, only 37% of CEOs say they are concerned about the issue of trust in their industry.<p>How can we …

Achieving Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age: A Global Imperative

All around us, we can see how digital technologies are transforming the economies in which we live, the cities we inhabit, the way we learn, and the lives we lead. Experience shows that growth and change in the digital age are faster and more pervasive than ever before, affecting more people at …

How The Uber Economy Can Become A Race To The Bottom

Growth in on-demand services helps customers improve their lives by finding somebody else to clear out the garage, put up the shelves or run errands. But do the people handling your to-do list benefit as well?<p>TaskRabbit founder and CEO Leah Busque is concerned that the deal may be one-sided. "In …

6 Reasons I'm Thankful You Fired Me

"Today will be your last day."<p>These words randomly emerged from the recesses of my memory the other night.<p>I was washing dishes and listening to a TED Talk. I was not feeling particularly nostalgic that evening or thinking about anyone or anything in particular.<p>My memory rewound farther to that …

Meet The Gay Twins Who Conquered the Internet

YouTube Digest is a look at some of the week’s most popular new YouTube videos. This week, we have twin models who told their dad, and the world, that they are gay, along with a look at the YouTube personality who gave them their big break.<p><b>Twins Come Out to Dad - 5,984,389 views</b><p>Welcome back to</i> …

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

Difficult conversations — whether you’re telling a client the project is delayed or presiding over an unenthusiastic performance review — are an inevitable part of management. How should you prepare for this kind of discussion? How do you find the right words in the moment? And, how can you manage …

The Curious Science of When Multitasking Works

Trying to do two things at once is usually a recipe for doing both badly, according to a long line of research. We’re slower and less accurate when we try to juggle two things. Experts came to believe that there wasn’t much that could be done about this, so most of the advice in HBR has been to …

6 Things Foreigners Hate About the US

By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller<p><i>Credit: Flickr/Keoni Cabral</i><p>Sure, we stick out like sore thumbs overseas, the French think our country consists entirely of pictures of chicken wrapped in bacon, and the Euros don't like our best snacks. But so what? We didn't rescue the world twice in one century so we …

Material world: how Google discovered what software is made of

“It is a sufficiently advanced form of paper as to be indistinguishable from magic.”<p>Matias Duarte, vice president of design at Google, is telling me about the central principle of Material Design. It’s the unifying metaphor behind Google’s new design direction, providing a unified set of physics …