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These three strategies can help you master any subject

I learned a lot in 2017. I learned about how the European Union works, because Britain decided to leave it. I learned what a social media-obsessed presidency looks like, and the distinctive outlines of a political party that picks power over principle. I learned that a Trump presidency can force a …

Pedagogy

Angry Customers Don’t Want an Apology

It’s the first rule of customer service: When something goes wrong, apologize. In many cases, the apologies continue throughout the interaction as an employee goes the extra mile to convey empathy and concern. But surprising new research shows that approach can backfire: An apology that extends …

Building Behavioral Science Capability in Your Company

If you’re interested in behavioral economics, then you probably heard that Richard Thaler, one of the discipline’s founding fathers, was recently awarded the Nobel prize in economics. You might also be sold on how insights from behavioral science can make a big impact in your organization. You may …

Here's What a 270 Year-Old Mathematical Formula Can Teach You About Innovation | Inc.com

Accountants tell us that numbers don't lie, because for them numbers are the same as facts. Mathematicians see it differently though. They see numbers as abstract representations of reality that, when combined with other numbers, have an almost mystical ability to create patterns that unlock hidden …

Mathematics

Eli Manning's Response to Getting Benched Is a Powerful Lesson in Leadership | Inc.com

Imagine you're a loyal employee, having worked for the same employer for over a decade. You've been through a number of ups and downs, and this year is definitely one of the "downs"--but for reasons out of your control. Still, most--both inside and outside of the organization--recognize you as one …

NFL

5 Ways to Overcome the 'Beauty Bias' That Can Hold Your Career Back

How to give yourself every advantage when something like your weight can impact your earnings by nearly $400,000.<p>Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p>Think being smart and working hard is enough? Think again. Unfortunately, when it comes to looks, the deck is …

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – …

Emotional Intelligence

Physicists just found a loophole in graphene that could unlock clean, limitless energy

By all measures, graphene shouldn’t exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of atoms act …

Discreet Technocrat Tipped to Be Mexico's Ruling Party Presidential Candidate

MEXICO CITY—José Antonio Meade resigned as Mexico’s finance minister on Monday and said he hoped to become the candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in next year’s presidential election, a nomination he is expected to capture with the support of President Enrique Peña Nieto.<p>“I …

Mexico

Mexico is a democracy, but the ghosts of one-party rule live on

MEXICO CITY — When José Antonio Meade, Mexico’s finance secretary, tendered his resignation Monday morning, there was plenty of praise from President Enrique Peña Nieto — but no mention of why Meade was leaving or where he was going.<p>Many Mexicans, however, thought they know exactly what was coming …

Mexico

Meade to Seek Ruling Party Nod in Mexico’s 2018 Presidential Race

Jose Antonio Meade threw his hat in the ring to become the presidential candidate of Mexico’s ruling party in the July 2018 election, hours after …

Can You Be a Great Leader Without Technical Expertise?

There is a broad assumption in society and in education that the skills you need to be a leader are more or less transferable. If you can inspire and motivate people in one arena, you should be able to apply those skills to do the same in another venue.<p>But recent research is rightly challenging …

The 8 Rules of Leadership by Jack Welch | Inc.com

Leadership is all about growing others. It's about your team and its welfare. It's about your direct reports and their performance.<p>Leadership is a tough act. It's a daily balancing act. As a leader, you're expected to use your insight, experience, and rigor to balance the conflicting demands of …

Leadership

Executives Fail to Execute Strategy Because They’re Too Internally Focused

Experts have opined for decades on the reasons behind the spectacular failure rates of strategy execution. In 2016, it was estimated that 67% of well-formulated strategies failed due to poor execution. There are many explanations for this abysmal failure rate, but a 10-year longitudinal study on …

New Pacific trade deal could leave U.S. playing catchup

Is America still the indispensable nation? Not when it comes to free trade talks in Asia-Pacific.<p>President Trump yanked the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in January, apparently sinking the world's biggest proposed free trade deal. But the countries he left in the lurch are moving closer …

National University of Singapore

This Weird Advice From Elon Musk Is a Must-Read for Every Budding Entrepreneur | Inc.com

Elon Musk is a man of few words, who more often than not lets his actions and delivery of results speak for himself. Results, apparently, seem to be his chosen vernacular. Having said that, there keeps coming a time when Elon drops some gems of entrepreneurial advice.<p>The founder of Tesla and SpaceX …

Entrepreneurship

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

This 17-Second Rule Will Make You More Productive (and Happy) | Inc.com

Everyone experiences stretches of life, whether a few days or many years, when the down moments are more frequent than the good. These periods of time can rob you of your passion, energy, and ultimately your vision. Most people find it easier to hold on to a bad mood rather than to shift their …

Happiness

Latest Nafta Talks Near End Without Major Breakthroughs

The latest Nafta talks are nearing conclusion without a major breakthrough or agreements on even the least-contentious topics, officials familiar …

The Better You Know Yourself, the More Resilient You’ll Be

When we think about “resilience,” we typically imagine bouncing back from major hardship. Management theorists have increasingly put forward a more nuanced definition, however: resilience as the ability to adapt to complex change. But in today’s world, that means the demand for resilience is almost …

The Case for Investing More in People

“Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything,” wrote Paul Krugman more than 20 years ago. “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise output per worker.”<p>There is a virtuous cycle between productivity …

NAFTA talks continue through weekend

Mexico will not accept any NAFTA conditions that "goes against our dignity as a nation," President Pena Nieto announced during his fifth state of the …

Exclusive: Read the Inauguration Day letter Obama left for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> During his final moments in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama folded into thirds a handwritten letter to Donald Trump, slid it into an envelope, and in neat capital letters addressed it to "Mr. President."<p>Now, the contents of that letter -- the last direct communication between the …

Donald Trump

U.S., Canada and Mexico Wrap Up Nafta First Round

Negotiations expected to continue in Mexico and Canada next month and the U.S. in October<p>WASHINGTON—Opening-round talks to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement revealed early fissures dividing the U.S. from Mexico and Canada, including a Trump administration proposal to require a …

Economy

NAFTA Will Live Another Day, And Be Based On Obama's TPP

Talks to upgrade NAFTA begin this week, but one thing is certain: its scrapping is improbable and additions to the North American Free Trade Agreement will incorporate policies placed inside of then-President Barack Obama’s failed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Investors are actually upbeat about …

Business (Canada)

The Scientist Who Studied Einstein's Brain Learned That These 5 Factors Make You Smarter | Inc.com

We still don't completely understand how the brain works and yet we're building machines to replicate it. Our quest to create artificial intelligence has grown into a near-frenzy as we surge ahead with unprecedented progress. But will we really reach the finishing line?<p>Any hope of success will …

The Brain

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

Trump urged Mexican president to end his public defiance on border wall, transcript reveals

President Trump made building a wall along the southern U.S. border and forcing Mexico to pay for it core pledges of his campaign.<p>But in his first White House call with Mexico’s president, Trump described his vow to charge Mexico as a growing political problem, pressuring the Mexican leader to stop …

Donald Trump

How to Manage Someone Who Thinks Everything Is Urgent

We’ve all been in situations in which we couldn’t wait for a slow-moving or overly cautious employee to take action. But at the other extreme, some employees have such a deep need to get things resolved that they move too quickly, or too intensely, and make a mess. They may make a bad deal just to …

Opinion: Dow 22,000 means the worst is yet to come

The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 22,000 on Wednesday, up almost 21% since November’s presidential election. Politicians will claim credit — …

Stock Markets