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This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but it usually pays off in the long run thanks to increased efficiency and …

Aquaponics

Sustainable ‘circular economy’ principles inform Amsterdam’s flexible Circl pavilion

Interdisciplinary design studio DoepelStrijkers designed the interiors of the Circl pavilion, a sustainably minded space founded on the principles of …

Design

America's Best Small Cities to Move to Before They Get Too Popular

The best small towns to visit in America are easy to commit to for a weekend. It doesn’t take much to fall in love with Main Street; all you need is …

Mario Batali

5 cool prefab houses you can order right now

Prefabulous!<p>From early-20th-century Sears Catalog Homes to housing experiments by French modernist Jean Prouvé, prefab construction—that is, assembling a structure from components produced off-site—has had a rich, long history. Today, architects and designers continue to explore how the concept can …

6 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Managing People

I first became a manager in my 20’s and, back then, I probably wasn’t a very good one. Nothing really prepares you to lead other people. There is, of course, no shortage of advice out there, but most of it is more myth and lore than anything else and not very helpful.<p>Henry Mintzberg wrote, “The …

Leadership

A CEO wrote this brutal memo when he realized his billion-dollar startup was failing

Within its first six months, Fab generated $20 million and Silicon Valley investors valued the company at $400 million. At its peak, the company raised a total of $336 million at a $900 million valuation with a $200 million+ run rate.<p>But then Fab crashed.<p>This month, the assets of Fab are expected …

Startups

The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make as a Leader | Inc.com

Leadership is a tricky path, and for inexperienced leaders, it can be intimidating. While every person's leadership style is unique, and no approach to leadership is perfect, there are certain critical mistakes that can compromise the respect and effectiveness of your team. For the most part, the …

Leadership

Why Metrics Drive Mediocrity

We’ve all heard it, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”<p>Metrics-driven leadership is now the default. Leaders set numerical goals in an attempt to solve every problem from struggling schools to flagging sales.<p>But the problem with metrics-driven leadership is that it doesn’t work. The above …

Winter Sports

The Evolution Of The Organization

This concept and visual was taken from my new book, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization.<p>A few weeks ago I introduced the concept of The 14 Principles of the Future Organization which outlines the crucial characteristics that …

The Workplace

Does the Scientific Method need Revision?

Theoretical physics has problems. That’s nothing new — if it wasn’t so, then we’d have nothing left to do. But especially in high energy physics and …

Physics

How To Send Your Best Employees To Your Competitors

The mantra right now in HR circles is Employee Engagement. It’s engagement this, engagement that all day long. Everybody struggles with the topic of engagement. We send out surveys to measure it. We don’t even know what we’re measuring.<p>We ask questions like “How likely are you to look for a new job …

The Workplace

The Roots of Becoming a More Effective Leader

If I had my way, any face-to-face leadership development program on the planet would first start with the facilitator showing a picture of General Sherman.<p>No, not General William Tecumseh Sherman – military strategist and General of the Union Army during the United States Civil War in 1861 through …

National Parks

Teletrac Navman Blog

The top five citations remained the same this year as in FY2016. ... <br>Read more<p>The countdown is on to the busiest day of the year for Mr. Claus and …

My First 90 Days: Please Don't Strive to Be the Office 'Golden Child'

<i>In this series, professionals share how they rocked — or didn't! — the all-important first 90 days on the job. Follow the stories</i> <i>here</i> <i>and</i> <i>write your …

The 12 Types of Bosses And How To Deal With Them

There are 12 types of bosses, each with a different management style.<p>Everyone needs a field guide to identify which type of boss they’ve got and how …

My First 90 Days: Why Your Boss Wants to Hear "Let Me Try”

<i>In this series, professionals share how they rocked — or didn't! — the all-important first 90 days on the job. Follow the stories</i> <i>here</i> <i>and</i> <i>write your …

The New Science of Building Great Teams

Artwork: Andy Gilmore, Chromatic, 2010, digital drawing<p>If you were looking for teams to rig for success, a call center would be a good place to start. The skills required for call center work are easy to identify and hire for. The tasks involved are clear-cut and easy to monitor. Just about every …

5 Ways Trust Impacts Your Productivity in the Office | Inc.com

So you want to create something fabulous and new. You want to innovate and create a breakthrough no one has thought of before. Well, you probably have a list of ingredients you need: a few computers, some smart people, project funding... but there is one critical ingredient you need which can't be …

Team Building

Stop Enabling Gossip on Your Team

Every Friday, the CEO of a prominent tech company (I’ll call him Ken), gathers his troops in the courtyard of their campus for critical updates. The level of candor in these meetings is impressive but the most fascinating part — and what makes this company so unique, is the Q&A that follows. It’s a …

Management

3 Ways Your Company Is Sabotaging Its Future

When you look at many old-guard companies from a 50,000-foot view, what you see is astoundingly ridiculous. Some of the startups are guilty too. Around the globe, corporations are rife with anachronistic, counter-productive, stress-inducing elements that would deter anyone from wanting to work …

The Workplace

Reach Your Ideal Cycling Weight

Find it, reach it—and stay lean for life<p>Behold the mighty pound. Each one has potential. To put raw power into your pedals. To outsprint the masses to the line. To ascend the likes of Mont Ventoux. But pack on too many (especially of the non-power-producing variety—in other words, fat) and they'll …

Fitness

8 Surprising Ways You're Slowing Your Metabolism

<b>You Ditched Dairy</b><br>Muscle is essential for keeping your metabolism humming, and women who consumed three to seven servings of dairy per day lost more fat and gained more muscle mass than women who downed less, according to research from McMaster University. Check out these 10 portable protein-packed …

U.S. Economic Confidence Index Dips Four Points to -10

Story Highlights<p><i>Index dips to -10, down from -6</i>• <i><br>Confidence still one of the highest weekly averages of 2014</i>• <i><br>Economic outlook score dropped after a</i> …

The Failure of Supply-Side Economics

<b>See also:</b> Making Our Middle Class Stronger by David Madland; The Middle Class and Economic Growth by Michael Ettlinger; Video: Once Upon a Trickle …

4 Mental Skills Every Business Leader Needs | Inc.com

It takes a lot of smarts to run a small business, but not just any smarts. Four specific mental skills, or "intelligences" will help make any entrepreneur more successful, according to Valeh Nazemoff, a management consultant and author of <i>The Four Intelligences of the Business Mind</i>.<p>"These …

Small Business

5 Remarkably Powerful Habits of Great Leaders | Inc.com

There are literally millions of leaders, in all sorts of organizations, all around the globe. While some run businesses, others lead nonprofits and government offices and agencies. Regardless of the type of organization, however, <i>great</i> leaders all share certain habits in common. And these habits …

Leadership

Bike Fit: How to Set Your Bike Seat Height

Boost comfort and power by dialing in the perfect seat position on your bike<p><b>STEP 1</b><p><b>Set cleats</b><br>Slip on your shoes, run masking tape along the instep, and mark it at the widest point of your foot. "Align the middle of the cleat with that line, or up to 2 centimeters behind it", says fitter Paraic …

Cycling

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

5 Things You Must Do to Keep Your Best People | Inc.com

No matter how carefully you hire, inevitably your employees will differ in important ways. Some will be good-humored, intelligent, have a strong work ethic, and always be eager for new challenges. Others will be less so, or worse. You want to do everything you can to keep the first group, because …

Employment