Anurag Shekhar

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The 16 Most Beautiful Places in Europe Will Take Your Breath Away

Complete with fairy-tale castles, picturesque seaside retreats, otherworldly natural parks, and charming cities, Europe is full of striking places to …

National Parks

How to Get Better at Reading People from Different Cultures

Body language varies significantly across cultures. What is considered rude or foolish in a Nordic country may be welcomed as warm and friendly in an African one. What a Canadian businessperson would perceive as arrogant, an American executive may see as healthy confidence.<p>But what remains …

Body Language

4 Distinct Personality Types Have Been Identified in a Massive New Study

Which one are you?<p>Personality tests are hugely popular, though if you ask working psychologists, they'll tell you the results are little better than …

Humanity

The 37 most inspiring leadership quotes I know

No one can deny the power of a good quote. They motivate and inspire us to be our best.<p>Here are 37 of my absolute favorites:<p>1. “<b>I alone cannot change</b> …

Albert Einstein

Stop Wasting Money on Team Building

Most corporate team building is a waste of time and money. I say this based on my 25+ years of research and practice in the field of team effectiveness. Seventeen of those years were with Mars Inc., a family-owned $35 billion global business with a commitment to collaboration.<p>Many companies, when …

Team Building

South Africa won't become less violent until it's more equal

The release of crime statistics in South Africa always triggers great angst among ordinary citizens, and obfuscation on the part of the South African …

South Africa

Is Office Politics a White Man’s Game?

Love it or hate it, office politics is an inevitable part of organizational life. Many people associate political behavior with backstabbing and manipulation — but there is a constructive side to being politically savvy. Being able to negotiate, influence, engage, convince, and persuade others is …

Mentoring

Make Sure Everyone on Your Team Sees Learning as Part of Their Job

As an executive coach, I speak regularly at corporate leadership development programs. During discussions, participants often confess the real reason they’re in the room, and it’s rarely “to grow and learn.” Time and again, the reasons include: they are checking a box on their development plan, …

Google Search

Blissed out: the 13 steps to becoming happy

Last autumn, I enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley’s massive open online Science of Happiness course to see if I might goose my felicity quotient through an understanding of the edicts dispensed almost daily by the US’s happiness industrial complex. The course is free. It’s Berkeley. …

Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life

The world of books is truly fascinating. They can make you laugh, cry, shudder, even take you on countless adventures in faraway lands. And then there are some books that shape you by broadening your perspective and making you ponder — the ones that stay with you forever.<p>Looking for book …

Winnie-the-Pooh

What Personality Tests Really Deliver

They’re a two-billion-dollar industry. But are assessments like the Myers-Briggs more self-help than science?<p>There are two kinds of people in the world: people who think there are two kinds of people in the world and people who don’t. Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers were the first kind, and the …

Psychology

The best free photo-editing software

There’s no argument — Adobe Photoshop remains the best photo-editing application on the market. But it’s a difficult program to master without formal …

Photoshop

How Does Your Boss Stand Up To Google's Latest 'Best Manager' Qualities -- And How Can You Respond?

Recently, Google reported the updated results of its Project Oxygen. Begun in 2008, the project sought to list the qualities of the company’s best managers. The updated list provides an opportunity for Google’s or other companies’ managers to reflect on their own performance. This article takes a …

Leadership

The truth about intelligence: What makes someone smarter than others?

One reason people may find discussing intelligence uncomfortable is the belief that it is something you are born with and so you can do nothing to …

Developing Yourself as a Leader - HBX - Harvard Business School

Self-Discovery and Honest Self-Assessment<p>Understand your leadership profile<br>• Select goals to increase your professional influence and impact<br>• Prepare to …

Leadership

23 countries where money can buy you a second passport or 'elite residency'

The super-rich are no longer just spending their money on private jets, yachts, and hotels — they're also splashing out on second passports.<p>The Second Citizenship Survey 2017 from CS Global Partners found that 89% of people would like to own a second passport, and over 34% said they had looked into …

Citizenship

Why employee happiness is the key to success – and how to achieve it

In a world that’s increasingly turning digital and relying upon automation and new-age technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the like, …

Employee Engagement

What to Do When You Have a Bad Boss

Despite the $15 billion companies spend annually on managerial and leadership development, bad bosses are common in the American workforce. A study by Life Meets Work found that 56% of American workers claim their boss is mildly or highly toxic. A study by the American Psychological Association …

Immune System

The best educational apps to get your child ahead this September

It’s September, and along with millions of other parents across the country, the start of the school term might well be the cause of some stress.<p>Cardigan, pencil case, rucksack – the list of essential items seems to get longer each year. And now, particularly sharp-elbowed parents are racing to …

Apps

Babies learn most of their vocabulary from their fathers, according to new research

It's been suggested in various studies in the past, such as this study conducted by researchers at Evanston Northwestern University and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, that there are differences between the sexes when it comes to picking up new languages, but what about passing languages on? Does …

Northwestern University

Loneliness is pervasive and rising, particularly among the young

DOCTORS and policymakers in the rich world are increasingly worried about loneliness. Researchers define loneliness as perceived social isolation, a …

Social Media

Study: Optimism Can Change Brain Volume, Providing Protection Against Emotional Distress

'People are not necessarily aware of how plastic the brain is.'<p>In an effort to research how certain personality traits protect against emotional …

Psychology

Corporate Purpose Rings Hollow in a World Where CEOs Are Paid More Than 350x the Average Worker

It’s impossible to miss the simultaneous occurrence of two corporate trends. The first is the rise of the idea that to motivate employees you need to supply them with a “corporate purpose.” The second is the astronomical rise in CEO and senior executive pay.<p>But can leaders credibly talk “purpose” …

CEOs

When nature outplays nurture

Thirty-five years ago, a hundred tennis-playing children were tested for general athleticism. One girl was rated by the psychologist leading the …

Do These 6 Things for a Long and Happy Life, According to a Huge Harvard Study

Everyone has their own methods for chasing happiness. Some take a practical approach like following the one-minute rule, others read books, and some …

Happiness

Set habits, not goals

I’m doing something different and sharing 10 simple lessons with you on how to get the life you want. Think of this as a free, crash course on …

Motivation

Legitimising South Africa’s pain through re-racialisation

A century from now, historians will look back on the current decade of South African discourse and describe the threads of despair, disdain and …

South Africa

Happy Thoughts: Here Are the Things Proven To Make You Happier

<b>What’s the secret to a head full of happy thoughts?</b><p>Time to round up the research on living a happy life to see what we can use.<p>First, yeah, a good …

Happiness

Your Happiness Was Hacked: Book Review

The deluge of information pouring in constantly causes technostress and blurs the line between work and home. Tech makes it convenient to connect and …

Book Reviews

10 habits of people who lose weight and keep it off

Most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year after losing it. Much of the rest will regain it in the following three …

Weight Loss