Dirk Cockrum

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How Optimism Strengthens Economies

As Americans size up a new year, optimism appears to be in short supply. Despite strong economic growth and a falling unemployment rate, gloom about …

How To Spend The First and Last 10 Minutes of Your Work Day

Whether it’s the morning rush to get to work – or the evening rush to leave it – we’re often so focused on the “getting there” or the “getting out” that we forget about the little things that can make our daily lives easier and our work days more productive.<p>How you begin and end your work days is …

Zenefits hires Yammer founder David Sacks as COO

“David Sacks doesn’t need to do this.”<p>That’s Parker Conrad, the CEO of a startup called Zenefits, and he’s right. Entrepreneur and investor David …

How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know …

Vision Statement: How to Lie with Charts

A version of this article appeared in the December 2014 issue of <i>Harvard Business Review</i>.

Why Corporate Functions Stumble

As companies with business units or divisions have become better able to standardize and centralize their operations, traditional headquarters functions such as finance, HR, IT, marketing, and strategy have increased in size and influence. Meanwhile, new functions, in areas such as risk management …

Why Chief Human Resources Officers Make Great CEOs

For decades the corporate HR department was seen as a back-office function, a cost center focused on mundane administrative tasks such as managing compensation and benefits plans. But over the past 15 years Ellie Filler has noticed a dramatic change. Filler, a senior client partner in the Swiss …

Amy Cuddy TED Talk-Power Poses

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Why Is an App Worth as Much as a Small Oil Field?

Since Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, commentators have debated whether the app was worth it or not. What if I suggested that the best place to look for answers could be the shale oil fields of North Dakota?<p>While on the surface, the dirty business of fossil fuels is nothing like Silicon Valley, …

Dow Chemical, Loeb Settle Board Dispute

Chemicals Company to Add 4 Directors, Including The 2 Nominated by Loeb’s Third Point<p>Dow Chemical Co. agreed to add two directors proposed by hedge fund executive Daniel Loeb to its board, quieting the activist investor who recently renewed his attack on the chemical giant.<p>Friday’s announcement, …

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Infographic: 4,000 Years Of Human History Captured In One Retro Chart

In 1931, John B. Sparks distilled human civilization into a single chart. Even today, it’s great infographic design.<p>If time is a river, the Histomap, created by John B. Sparks and first published by Rand McNally back in 1931, is a raging Mississippi. In that massive river of time, each of …

Understanding “New Power”

We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.<p>There are those …

What you don't know about marriage

In this funny, casual talk from TEDx, writer Jenna McCarthy shares surprising research on how marriages (especially happy marriages) really work. One …