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The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen can reinvent your daily routine

In the years following World War II, American auto executives visited Toyota manufacturing plants in Japan to examine how the company was able to produce so many vehicles so quickly. They discovered a humanizing philosophy driving the manufacturer’s innovation, one that intrinsically motivated …

Self-improvement

Good Leaders Know Why Responding is Better Than Reacting

Don't let your emotions damage your career<p>Driven by their emotions, bad leaders react quickly to situations often without worrying about the facts or the repercussions of their actions, believing that they can always show good emotional intelligence by apologizing later.<p>Unfortunately, it doesn't …

How HR 'Best Practices' Kill Innovation

Did you ever notice that Human Resource (HR) practices are designed to lock in the past rather than grow? A quick tour of what HR does and you quickly see they like to lock-in processes and procedures, insuring consistency but offering no hope of doing something new. And when it comes to hiring, HR …

Leadership

Crafted Trailer: Morgan Spurlock's Artisan Documentary Short

Director <b>Morgan Spurlock</b> has tackled a variety of topics in documentary films. He looked at the nutritional value of McDonald’s in <i>Super Size Me</i>, tried …

Adblocking And The End Of Big Advertising

I have a confession to make as an internet writer: I block ads. It’s not a habit I formed recently – I have pretty much blocked ads my entire life, in every medium that I can. In middle school, I bought the first-generation TiVo in order to skip television ads (my mother may have helped with this …

Motivation's secret sauce

Unless you’re a really lousy employee, you don’t have to “motivate” yourself to get out of bed and go to work, right? You just do it. You have to, so you don’t even entertain the option of not getting up.<p>If you’re a dad like me, you don’t weigh the alternatives to changing a poop-filled diaper. It …

Motivation

6 ways Google Alerts can help you land a job

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>When it comes to cracking the hidden job market (where openings aren’t advertised), …

Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning

<i>“The present education system is the trampling of the herd,”</i> legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright lamented in 1956. Half a century later, I started <i>Brain Pickings</i> in large part out of frustration and disappointment with my trampling experience of our culturally fetishized “Ivy League education.” I …

How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions

"Critical Thinking" may sound like an obnoxious buzzword from liberal arts schools, but it's actually a useful skill. Critical thinking just means …

Critical Thinking

14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936

The quest for intellectual growth and self-improvement through education has occupied yesteryear’s luminaries like Bertrand Russell and modern-day thinkers like Sir Ken Robinson and Noam Chomsky. In 1936, at the zenith of the Great Depression, the prolific self-help guru and famous eccentric <b>James</b> …

3D-Printed Surfboards Are Custom Designed for Each Surfer

Surfing pros and novices alike will be intrigued by an ongoing Kickstarter project from a company that wants to design 3D-printed custom boards based …

How to Create Websites Without Learning to Code

In May, Scroll Kit, a New York-based startup that lets users create websites without learning a single line of code, attempted to showcase its skills …

Portfolio: Tom Woods

A portrait of the artist: Tom Woods.<p><b>I was about 14 and living in the wave-less city of Adelaide when I found a copy of Surfing World.</b> This chance …

More Than Material: 7 Brands Supporting Social Good

Surfer Ambassador with Rareform Upcycled Surf Bag. Photo: Rareform<p><b>What you wear doesn’t have to just be a materialistic item – these 7 brands have</b> …

Sustainability

Solar Powered Window Socket

Designers Kyuho Song & Boa Oh have developed the brilliant Window Socket, a portable device intended to enable you to use electricity freely and …

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8 New Punctuation Marks We Need

Our punctuation choices could really use an update, and CollegeHumor.com is proposing we add these 8 New Punctuation Marks to our collective writing …

Typography