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Before you make an emotional decision, ask yourself these four questions

The average person makes about 35,000 decisions every day—from choosing an outfit to deciding which seat to take at a meeting. In fact, we make 200 judgments each day about food alone.<p>But research shows that all that decision making can be mentally and physically draining. Although the idea of …

8 Books Every Leader Needs to Read in 2017

Your Amazon wish list is about to get longer.<p>From recent bestsellers to old-school business parables, these are the best business books to read in 2017. What would you add to this list? Leave me a comment.<p>1. <i>Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both</i><p>by Adam Galinsky …

10 Reasons Your Best Employees Will Quit (Even If You Pay Well)

It takes more than money to keep the best employees.<p>It's easy to get caught up in fundraising, scaling and sales that you forget to really care for the people who make your success possible. Too many times, strong leaders view a great employee as an asset that they don't appreciate until it's too …

Family Vacations Have Long-Lasting Impact on Kids' Happiness

According to experts, trips with the fam are the gift that keeps on giving.<p>We just returned from a magical four-day trip to New Orleans with our kids. The days were filled with music, laughter, exploration, and sun, which made coming back to Philly during the dead of winter all the more depressing. …

Brothers Who Started $100 Million Company Say 1 Question Mom Asked Every Night At Dinner Sparked Their Business

Bert and John Jacobs are the creators of a 100 million dollar t-shirt company Life is Good. They grew up the youngest of six children in a …

Want to raise empowered women? Start in middle school.

By Phyllis Fagell<p>When my girlfriends and I share stories about our first jobs, we shake our heads at our meekness. Susan recalls her boss at a company in Paris. “She would fly off the handle at the smallest things, screaming, ‘Vous êtes nul!’ — ‘You are nothing!’ ” Susan would retreat to the …

Parenting

As a conservative Twitter user sleeps, his account is hard at work

By Craig Timberg<p>, Reporter<p>CHICAGO — Daniel John Sobieski, 68, climbed the stairs in his modest brick home and settled into a worn leather chair for another busy day of tweeting. But he needn’t have bothered. As one of the nation’s most prolific conservative voices on Twitter, he already had posted …

Social Media

Green Chile Stew

Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the pork with 1 teaspoon salt. Working in batches, cook the …

There’s a key way to get kids to read more books—and enjoy it

It has become conventional thought that gamification—the application of game-style challenges and rewards to traditional tasks—is changing the way kids learn. If there’s something being taught, it’s almost certain there’s now a gamified way to learn it.<p>Making teaching methods more entertaining is …

Kids

The Science Behind What Really Drives Performance (It's Going to Surprise You)

If you're skeptical that this is too touchy-feely for a business setting, the research doesn't lie.<p>Imagine you could have a skill where--in any given conversation with colleagues, clients, or subordinates--you could be keenly aware of, and even experience, their feelings and thoughts.<p>Sounds like …

Pope Francis: “The danger is that in times of crisis we look for a savior”

On Donald Trump, the Pontiff says: “I don’t like to get ahead of myself. It would be like prophets predicting calamities or windfalls that will not …

The pocket money gap – and 10 other ways girls are taught they’re worth less | Laura Bates

The £2.20 difference in boys’ and girls’ pocket money clearly shows the message children receive from birth: it’s men who hold the purse strings<p>A new study has revealed that the gender pay gap begins as early as childhood, with boys on average receiving 20% more pocket money than girls. While the …

Gender

How to Prioritize Your Work When Your Manager Doesn’t

Prioritizing work can be frustrating, especially if you work for a hands-off manager or a company that doesn’t give you clear goals. Most of us face this reality each and every day. The frequently cited research of Robert Kaplan and David Norton shows that more than 90% of employees don’t fully …

The Dunning-Kruger Effect Shows Why Some People Think They're Great Even When Their Work Is Terrible

Pat is a programmer at a large software company. At best, he’s a middling performer; his code is a mess (initializing variables that are never used, using variable names no one else understands, etc.), he takes longer than he should, and he doesn’t even remember his own code months later.<p>But Pat’s …

Psychology

LiquiGlide raises $16 million to get every last drop out of packages or tanks

If you think it’s frustrating trying to get that last drop of ketchup out of the bottle, or toothpaste out of the tube, imagine having to waste and clean valuable and sticky substances from pipes or tanks in a factory.<p>A startup called LiquiGlide has raised $16 million in a new round of venture …

No Fuss, No Muss: How to Oven-Fry Chicken Wings

There may be no more enticing sight in the world than a platter of freshly fried chicken wings. Straight out of college, I'd gladly tag along with my friends to watch football at bars, despite my profound disinterest in the sport, just because I knew I'd be able to order a pile of Buffalo wings. …

Why Are Dutch Kids So Much Happier Than American Kids?

Writing in the <i>Telegraph</i>, Rina Mae Acosta Michele Hutchison list the differences between life for Dutch children, and life for kids from their home …

20 One-Pot Paleo Lunches You Can Bring to Work

<i>For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.</i><p>When it comes to healthy lunches you can make at home …

The best advice 'Shark Tank' investors have given entrepreneurs

The reality show "Shark Tank" has been helping entrepreneurs live the American dream since its 2009 debut.<p>Now in its eighth season, the self-made sharks have invested more than $66 million — as of season six — of their own funds to help entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.<p>Each week, …

Entrepreneurship

7 Easy Veggie Chili Recipes That Prove You Don't Need Meat to Make It Hearty

Chili is one of those cozy dinners we make once a week come wintertime. We’re pretty much always craving a spicy, warm bowlful. Bonus: It’s one of …

Cooking

New Netflix documentary series spotlights the work of 8 global designers

Featuring an architect, sneaker designer, and a photographer<p>Calling all design-nerds: There’s a new design documentary in town, and judging by the trailer, it looks like it’ll be just as sleek and pleasing to behold as some of your favorite products.<p>Created by Wired magazine editor-in-chief Scott …

The best potatoes: by a man with 500 to choose from

January is the month when most gardeners buy their seed potatoes. However, Morrice Innes, a kilt-wearing Scot from Newmachar, north of Aberdeen, isn’t interested in a few spuds for the allotment or veg plot. He has the largest collection in the world, some 500 or so varieties acquired over the past …

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs

Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’ birthright<p>In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and defund women’s healthcare facilities, …

Forests

I look like a self-made millionaire. But I owe my success to privilege.

I am a millionaire. The first in my family. A self-made success. It’s the story we love to tell ourselves in America about how anyone can make it. Except it’s not true. The reality is that most entrepreneurs — myself included — are the product of generations of privilege that enable success. You …

Obama’s recommended reading list for his daughter includes feminist classics

Barack Obama knows his books. The US president and accomplished memoirist has a well-documented appetite for reading that spans literature, history, popular fiction, and more.<p>In an interview (paywall) with Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times chief book critic, he revealed the titles he recommended …

Literature

What will happen if I take my child's phone away?

Every morning, Karly Tophill faced the same exhausting struggle to separate her 13-year-old son from his iPhone, and nag him to get dressed and ready for school. Those fraught hours were not the only flashpoints.<p>When Dylan came home at the end of the day, he didn’t want to let his phone out of his …

Parenting

Don’t Ever Just Wait For a Raise

<i>The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Sugar, explained

Sugar is the dietary villain of our day. But the science is complicated.<p>First it was too many calories. Then it was too much fat. Now there’s a full-on war on sugar, our latest dietary enemy No. 1.<p>In health policy and nutrition science circles, this single nutrient is taking up a lot of oxygen …

The 3 travel goals that will boost your child's brain

Primary school children are “working” 46 hours per week – nine hours more than their parents – a new report has claimed.<p>The new research, conducted by Dr Sam Wass, the Cambridge University-based child psychology expert from Channel 4’s The Secret Life of 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds and holiday company …