Christopher Hazlett

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The 5 most bonkers moments from today's White House press briefing.

Only forty minutes late, starting at 2:40 PM rather than the announced 2 o'clock, Sarah Sanders hosted her daily White House press briefing.<p>Today's …

Your Team’s Time Management Problem Might Be a Focus Problem

“My team has a time management problem,” leaders often tell me. For example, an executive might say that their teams aren’t moving the needle on important projects, yet staffers seem busy and stressed. “Time management” becomes a catchall solution to this problem, and they want to hire me to offer …

Management

The reason you don't get along with all of your coworkers comes down to 4 different office personalities

But if the reason you can't stand your teammate is because she's always brusque in meetings, whereas you'd rather take an extra few minutes to make sure you understand everything, we've got some potential solutions.<p>An article in The Harvard Business Review, by Suzanne M. Johnson Vickberg and Kim …

The New Science of Team Chemistry

Organizations aren’t getting the performance they need from their teams. That’s the message we hear from many of our clients, who wrestle with complex challenges ranging from strategic planning to change management. But often, the fault doesn’t lie with the team members, our research suggests. …

Leadership

6 More Mysterious Radio Signals Have Been Detected Coming From Outside Our Galaxy

They're all coming from the one place.<p>Back in March, scientists detected 10 powerful bursts of radio signals coming from the same location in space. …

A Man Pays a Painful Price for Reliving His Happiest Memories in Scifi Short Again™

The premise of Mitch Glass’ short <i>Again™</i> is almost an anti-<i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>. A heartbroken young man becomes obsessed with …

What Makes an Effective Executive

An effective executive does <i>not</i> need to be a leader in the sense that the term is now most commonly used. Harry Truman did not have one ounce of charisma, for example, yet he was among the most effective chief executives in U.S. history. Similarly, some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve …

Zencaster makes it easier to record high-quality podcast audio

With podcasting growing rapidly as a medium, a new generation of audio-recording tools are appearing. Zencastr is a great example. The company’s new product, launched today, is designed to make it easier to record high-quality audio for interviewees based anywhere in the world.<p>The problem the …

‘Hillary Clinton didn’t fail us. We failed her’

Sarah Churchwell examines the myths, stories and misogyny surrounding American women and power<p>• ‘We are witnessing the politics of humiliation’ – Siri Hustvedt, Joyce Carol Oates and more on the US election<p>For 240 years, America has toyed with the idea of a woman becoming president. This year, for …

trumpsupporters

Want to understand how Trump happened? Study quantum physics

The past decade will be remembered as the period when the global underclass revolt snowballed into a movement with political bite. From Occupy Wall Street to Brexit to Donald Trump’s election, these post-financial crisis years have featured many unsynchronized awakenings that are forcing a …

Globalization

Millennials need to ditch their parents’ outdated career ladders and embrace job-hopping

Five years ago, I seemed to have it all. I was 28 years old and making $70,000 a year working for the federal government. I had a fancy job title, a nice apartment, health care, generous retirement benefits, and job security in the midst of the recession. You literally <i>can’t</i> get fired from working …

Penguin Random House

This is what work-life balance looks like at a company with 100% retention of moms

When Phil Graves, a father of three young girls, worked for Deloitte, his days looked a lot like those of many working professionals. He left before the kids were up to commute to work in San Francisco. He raced through his day, and dashed home to make the bedtime crush: bath, bedtime stories, a …

Parenting

A Dramatic Tour through Python’s Data Visualization Landscape (including ggplot and Altair)

<i>Why Even Try, Man?</i><p>I recently came upon Brian Granger and Jake VanderPlas’s Altair, a promising young visualization library. Altair seems well-suited …

Open-plan offices might be making us less social and productive, not more

“If we all work side-by-side in an open-plan office or ‘hot desk,’ moving from place to place, it’s sure to increase collaboration!”<p>It turns out that may be wrong. If you don’t have your own space, perhaps you are better off working remotely with your cat for company.<p>Our research found that there …

The Workplace

How America became a 1% society

Since 1980, the economy has continued to grow impressively, but most of the benefits have migrated to the top. <b>Bill Moyers</b> asks why<p>Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small east Texas town of Marshall where I grew up. It was a good …

Bernie Sanders

We tested out one of the most interesting new polo shirts on the market — here’s what we thought

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Mack Weldon There are some clothing standards that will always have a spot in the modern gentleman's wardrobe.<p>A quality pair of jeans, a …

Clothing

What Great Office Design Actually Looks Like

Harvard

I Hire Engineers At Google–Here’s What I Look For (And Why)

This Googler explains how tech recruiting is becoming more holistic than it used to be, and what it takes to stand out.<p>The hiring experience for engineers isn’t what it used to be–and that’s partly by design. Here at Google, we’ve intentionally broadened the number of schools where we actively …

Stand up against the stand-up

It’s custom; it’s tradition; it’s dogma; it’s a cargo cult. It is well-intentioned, but all too often, ill-advised. It’s done because it is the thing one does. It wastes your time, shackles your mind, kills your productivity. It is the ritual that so many software developers suffer silently …

Project Management

“Leadership Qualities” vs. Competence: Which Matters More?

There’s sometimes a disconnect between how we talk about leadership qualities (we tend to use words like <i>authority</i>, <i>power</i>, and <i>emotional intelligence</i>) and what we actually require from the people leading teams and other working groups (arguably, competence and a deep knowledge of the specific work …

Leadership

Complying with Family-Friendly Leave Policies Is Not Enough

New York recently became the fifth state to pass paid parental leave. Obviously, this action has major implications for U.S. employers, since the United States is the only developed nation without paid maternity leave. It also reflects a growing trend of states and municipalities enacting …

The Workplace

How Instagram’s Head Engineer Is Using Quantum Mechanics To Manage His Team

James Everingham’s passion for physics predated his management role at Instagram. Here’s how he’s brought one to bear on the other.<p>I didn’t intend to go into computer science, and I definitely didn’t expect to become a manager. Instead, I started out thinking I’d be a laboratory scientist. In …

Management

Getting Teams with Different Subcultures to Collaborate

The term “organizational culture” can obscure an important truth: An organization often contains many cultures. This is true even if your organization is located entirely in one country, or even at one site.<p>Because each business unit or team may have their own subculture, working effectively across …

Management

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The email, data and privacy implications of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn

We all took a collective gasp when we saw the price tag of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can pause and reflect on what this means from a data, privacy and email perspective — given that all three are potential strengths, weaknesses and concerns arising …

Satya Nadella

This Tiny Camera Takes Pictures Of Space That Would Make NASA Blush

The Tiny1 is a point-and-shoot designed for astrophotography.<p>Ever been out under a beautiful night sky, and tried to take a picture of it with your smartphone or a handheld camera? If so, you know how bad the results usually are: the sky-filling moon in a sea of bright stars reduced to a smudge of …

Mobile Photography

Why Diversity Programs Fail

Businesses started caring a lot more about diversity after a series of high-profile lawsuits rocked the financial industry. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Morgan Stanley shelled out $54 million—and Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch more than $100 million each—to settle sex discrimination claims. …

Human Resources

Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance

When the theory of emotional intelligence at work began to receive widespread attention, we frequently heard executives say—in the same breath, mind you—“That’s incredible,” and, “Well, I’ve known that all along.” They were responding to our research that showed an incontrovertible link between an …

Emotional Intelligence

Meetings That Work for Both Managers and Makers

When it comes to designing and leading meetings that produce results, <i>when</i> you meet matters just as much as how you meet. This is particularly true in organizations where employees are both, what Paul Graham calls, “makers” and “managers.” Makers, also known as individual contributors, are the …

Time Management

The Fine Line Between a Collaborative Employee and One Who Doesn’t Get Enough Done

Tony was baffled. His direct report, Susan, was enormously productive. Her team clearly loved working with her, and she was considered a high potential in the organization. Yet she always seemed pulled in a dozen directions rather than focused on the areas that Tony had indicated as strategic …

Leadership