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Silent nights: 10 destinations where you'll find peace and quiet next year

Exhausted after the hullaballoo of the holidays and in need of some hush? We’ve hand-picked the best places around the globe – from meditation retreats to silent cafés – where you’re guaranteed peace and quiet. It’s time to join the cult of quiet.<p>1. Snowy silence in Sweden<p>Go off-grid and enjoy …

Want to Be a Better Leader? Ask Your Employees These 3 Questions

The smallest questions can make a big difference.<p>From professors to managers to mentors, I've had the opportunity to be inspired by some great leaders so far in my somewhat short professional life.<p>When thinking about what they have in common, it's easy for me to come up with some shared …

Leadership

20 Pieces of Writing Advice from William Faulkner

William Faulkner is one of the best writers America has ever produced, with a distinctive voice and a relentless intelligence that earned him a Nobel …

Literature

The Lighter Side of Sylvia Plath

There’s a photograph of Sylvia Plath taken in 1954 on the beach. She’s wearing a white swimsuit and shorts. Her hair is lustrously blonde. She’s propped up on her elbows, her tan legs stretching out behind her, smiling face craning forward—coquettishly?—toward the camera. If you glance at this …

The five-minute trick that helps Instagram’s CEO crush procrastination

Kevin Systrom may be CEO and co-founder of Instagram—but he’s still susceptible to procrastination. And so the 33-year-old billionaire has come up with a simple trick to tackle the tasks he tends to put off. “If you don’t want to do something, make a deal with yourself to do at least five minutes …

Procrastination

Why Do People Quit Their Jobs, Exactly? Here's the Entire Reason, Summed Up in 1 Sentence

This is the conclusion from decades of Gallup data and interviews with 25 million employees. But companies still keep getting it wrong.<p>In my line of work, I do a lot of listening to managers bickering about losing good employees. It's understandable--turnover is costly and disruptive.<p>So, many of …

Employee Engagement