Brandon Lyons

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What the North Koreans Told Me About Their Plans

I was one of a handful of former officials to meet with them when they were just developing their current strategy. Those talks offer the best information we have about how to achieve denuclearization.<p>What exactly do the North Koreans mean when they say they’re willing to denuclearize? And how …

North Korea

Why the pharmaceutical industry is giving up the search for an Alzheimer’s cure

Thanks to modern healthcare and improved living standards, life expectancy is predicted to surpass 80 years in most parts of the world by 2050. That’s the positive.<p>The negative is that will push the number of people in the world over the age of 60 to more than 2 billion, which in turn will make …

Dementia

These Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups Are a Hit Any Night of the Week

Sponsored by Cholula® Hot Sauce<p>4 servings<p>Spicy beef meets the crunch of cucumber, creamy avocado, and the tang of a Cholula® Green Pepper mayo. It’s bursting with flavor and a match made in lettuce cup heaven.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 bunch scallions<p>1 head Bibb or butter lettuce<p>2 Persian cucumbers<p>1 large …

Bell Peppers

18 of the world’s best rail journeys

Some of the world’s wildest and most beautiful scenery is best enjoyed from a train window. From Lhasa to Lima, we choose brilliant and great value routes • Top rail trips from the Man in Seat 61<p><b>UK</b><p><b>London to Fort William</b><p><b>Duration: 419 miles/13hr<br>Price (single): From £45</b><br>The Caledonian Sleeper, one of …

Trains

Why Your Inner Circle Should Stay Small, and How to Shrink It

When it comes to networks, the bigger the better, right? Not necessarily. Carefully curate your most trusted, inner circle and you’ll be surprised at how much more valuable you’ll become to the larger community of people in the world who care about the same things you do.<p>We live in a time when …

To Change Someone’s Mind, Stop Talking and Listen

Samar Minallah Khan, the feminist Pakistani anthropologist and filmmaker, was enraged. Local tribal leaders were trading little girls as compensation for their male family members’ crimes.<p>These leaders, responsible for settling legal disputes in their villages, act as local judges. A longstanding …

Leadership

These Crispy Chicken Thighs Are the Only Way to Start the Year

By Alex Delany<p>Chicken thighs, with garlic-honey, are here for the first Rent Week of the year. Breathe. You're in a safe space now.<p>My wallet is not doing well. To be completely frank, it's more depleted than my iPhone's battery after a new software update. That’s what the holidays do; they strip …

Cooking

Whole Wheat Is No Healthier than White Bread, Food Scientists Claim

And it may actually be worse for you.<p>When it comes to heathy foods, the rules are always changing. Fat was the enemy, then it was sugar. “Eat more protein” turned into “eat less meat.” But we’ve always seemed to agree that wheat bread is healthier than white bread. For better or worse, that too …

Nutrition

Broccoli Bolognese with Orecchiette

4 servings<p>Broccoli and sausage pair up for an indulgent veg-heavy pasta dinner. We generally use sweet Italian sausage, but like any legit weeknight meal, the recipe is flexible, so play around with your favorite style.<p>November 2017Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 large head of broccoli (1¼–1½ pounds), cut into …

Cooking

What One Company Learned from Forcing Employees to Use Their Vacation Time

Have you ever felt burned out at work <i>after</i> a vacation? I’m not talking about being exhausted from fighting with your family at Walt Disney World all week. I’m talking about how <i>you knew</i>, the whole time walking around Epcot, that a world of work was waiting for you upon your return.<p>Our vacation …

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.<p>In 2009, California passed a law requiring …

7 Reasons Salespeople Don’t Close the Deal

Pretend that you’re an experienced buyer who has met with hundreds of business-to-business salespeople. What percentage of them would you say are excellent, good, average, or poor?<p>According to a new study of more than 230 buyers, 12% of salespeople are excellent, 23% good, 38% average, and 27% poor.<p>…

B2B

Charisma is a skill, not a gift — a Stanford psychologist shares 6 ways to build it

In researching my book "The Happiness Track," however, I found that charisma is not so much a gift as a learnable skill you can master.<p>What presence has to do with it<p>If you meet someone at a cocktail party whose eyes are constantly flitting around the room, do they make a good impression? Do they …

Bill Clinton

Clafoutis: The Lazy Summer Custard You Can Make on a Whim

You don't even have to stir things.<p>Summer is a sanctioned time to be lazy, and this applies to desserts as much as it does to finishing your summer reading. I’ll get to it when I get to it! At first I thought a galette was the easiest summer dessert, but there’s something even easier that doesn’t …

Dessert

6 Beer Cocktails to Make Your Pool Time Even Better

Beer cocktails are often overlooked, but this summer, they're your go-to move.<p>Cracking open a cold one on a hot day is easy enough, but why not take your brew that extra boozy mile and make one of these beer cocktails? It's a transformation that will leave both beer and liquor lovers yearning for …

Alcohol

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying …

Winston Churchill's Lazy Strategy to Getting More Work Done | Inc.com

Many people assume that getting a lot of work done means spending more time in the office, which also means cutting time out for the more relaxing aspects of life. The common train of thought is that success requires more work, more stress, and less sleep.<p>But it might be time to rethink that …

Time Management

Preach the Gospel at All Times?

<b>"Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words."</b><p>This is, perhaps, the best known and most commonly quoted statement made by St. Francis of Assisi. It might surprise some to discover that he did not, in fact, say this. At least not as far as we know. Whether he said it or not, the idea …

Christianity

Twelve things you need to know about driverless cars

By 2025 most of today’s drivers are unlikely to even want to own a car. But will we still have gridlock? Will you need to pass a test? We asked the experts<p>From forecourt to scrapyard, a new car in the UK lasts an average of 13.9 years, which is why if you got one today, it might very well be the …

CES

To Make a Team More Effective, Find Their Commonalities

Teams, not individuals, are the future of work. As organizations mobilize to solve increasingly complex problems at an ever faster pace, cooperation and trust between employees has become paramount. But how do you move teammates from collegial behavior to true collaboration? By building their …

How to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable, According to a Green Beret

7 steps to acclimate yourself to extreme situations so you can excel at every level.<p>I've been an entrepreneur for seven years. Midway through the fourth year, things were coming to a head. I wasn't getting enough sleep. I wasn't exercising, and I wasn't keeping my mind clear with meditation.<p>In the …

Russell Wilson Says NC State Coach Said He'd Never Play in the NFL

Link to Media<p>Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson revealed in a commencement speech at Wisconsin that a coach at North Carolina State told him he'd never be an NFL quarterback.<p>Here's an excerpt from that speech, per Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com:<p>The summer before my senior year of college, …

College Football

De Niro Says 'Find the Truth' on Vaccines: But Experts Already Did

Actor Robert De Niro is the latest celebrity to say he thinks vaccines might cause autism. But decades of study have shown no link at all, and scientists are becoming increasingly impatient with the refusal to accept their findings.<p>De Niro said Wednesday he now regrets pulling a controversial film …

Public Health

A simple 2-minute trick to calm a racing mind

Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night.<p>Think about how many times you’ve agonized over some dumb thing you said. Or rehearsed a conversation that hasn’t happened—and might not ever. Or couldn’t get that …

Someone has calculated the total cost of saving Matt Damon in all his films

Oh Matt Damon, why do you keep getting yourself in trouble?<p>The Hollywood actor has been in a host of films including <i>Saving Private Ryan</i>, <i>Interstellar</i> …

Scarlett Johansson, Sexing Up The Bible Won’t Defeat Christianity

As a Christian, I don’t know if it’s good form to give tactical advice to those on the other side of the spiritual warfare battlefield. Since I don’t …

Email Is the Best Way to Reach Millennials

With $200 billion in annual buying power by 2017, Millennials have become every brand’s coveted customer. But what’s the best way to reach them? <b></b><p>The answer is email.<p>For all the talk of email being dead — Too much noise! Too much spam! Too many distractions! Snapchat! — email remains the standard for …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Psychology

Empathy Is Key to a Great Meeting

Yes, we all hate meetings. Yes, they are usually a waste of time. And yes, they’re here to stay. So it’s your responsibility as a leader to make them better. This doesn’t mean just make them shorter, more efficient, more organized. People need to enjoy them and, dare I say it, have fun.<p>Happiness …

Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team

Around 11 p.m. one night, you realize there’s a key step your team needs to take on a current project. So, you dash off an email to the team members while you’re thinking about it.<p>No time like the present, right?<p>Wrong. As a productivity trainer specializing in attention management, I’ve seen over …