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Which Words Matter The Most When You Talk

Language, like anything else, can be hacked for greater effectiveness. Here are some techniques to make your words–your best tool at work–more powerful.<p>One of the things I fuss about a lot (especially for Buffer copy, for example our welcome email if you sign up) are words; very simple words in …

Get Your Head In The Game With Tresemme’s Hairdo How-Tos

Are you stumped about how to do those hairdos that certain women seem to be able to whip up effortlessly at the start of yoga class? Here’s a site for you.<p>When it comes to hair, most women are stuck in a rut. Same hair color, same style, same always. While the possibilities might seem endless, the …

Hair

Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify

While most managers complain about being overloaded with responsibilities, very few are willing to give up any of them. It’s one of the great contradictions of organizational life: People are great at starting new things — projects, meetings, initiatives, task forces — but have a much harder time …

The Workplace

Just Say No to Micromanaging

Micromanagement could have a huge long- and short-term negative impact on your ability to be effective as a manager.<p>Micromanagement. It may seem like a little thing that's isolated to a few managers, or staff in your company, but the effects of micromanagement could have a huge long- and short-term …

Employee Engagement

The Secret Footballer | Football

The Guardian's man inside the game lifts the lid on the world of football<p>Adam Johnson’s testimony about filling long, dull hours with texting will be …

Why the power of one is overhyped in football

During the 1990 World Cup, when Argentina's coach, Carlos Bilardo, was asked to evaluate his team, he replied: "Maradona, Caniggia and nine others." …

In Praise Of Great Bosses–And What Makes Them Great

Even in an era where all the cool kids are founders, having a superior can be superlative. A look at the best things you can learn from a boss.<p>We all want to strike out on our own. We can’t stand performance reviews. We hate being told what to do. We get the feeling that if we have a boss, we’re …

Why Deliberate Mistakes Can Be A Great Career Move

A consulting company deliberately made mistakes that put their most deeply held beliefs to the test. Instead of proving themselves right, they proved themselves wrong–and made a million bucks in the process. Some advice on making good mistakes of your own.<p>Psychologists encourage the use of a …

Self-improvement

The Power Of Metaphors In Pitching New Ideas

Can you imagine pitching Twitter before the first tweet had ever been sent? Didn’t think so–but putting a powerful metaphor behind your idea would greatly increase your chance of success.<p>I’m hovering over the Arizona desert, on my way to Los Angeles, so it’s appropriate that I’m thinking about …

Learning Vs. Earning At Work: A Value Comparison

When you take a job, they give you resources like money in exchange for your resources, like time. Here’s how you can know if you’re striking the right deal.<p>Let’s play a career-path hypothetical: You can either take a low-paying gig where you’ll <i>learn</i> tons, or a stultifying stop where you’ll <i>earn</i> …

Google’s Same-Day-Delivery Service Goes Live In San Francisco

Google has launched a delivery service in the San Francisco Bay Area that promises same-day delivery for products bought at some of its online e-commerce partner stores. Participating retailers include Target, Office Depot, and Toys”R”Us, indicating that Google may be aiming its initial service at …

Spread The Word: Biz Stone’s New Startup Is Called Jelly

Biz Stone‘s new venture has partially been revealed: Jelly. Kara Swisher on AllThingsD is reporting that the cofounder of Twitter has a new “native mobile” venture. Which no one is quite sure what that means.<p>The details are scant–so scant that you could probably fit the information on a tweet and …

Biz Stone

How To Explode “Narrow Frame” Thinking To Unleash Great Ideas

Getting stuck in an either/or mindset leaves you with two ideas–when in reality there are a million in between. A case study in frozen bananas reveals the process.<p>Studies have found that people tend to make “whether or not” decisions, like “I’m deciding whether or not to quit my job,” or “I’m …

Creativity

Darpa's Next Drone Could Be a Datalink Between Planes and Ships

The Pentagon's far-out research scientists aren't just trying to build a drone that can operate off the deck of a small warship. They're starting to …

Unexploded Cow by James Ernest and Paul Peterson

Years ago, game designer James Ernest and some friends were sitting in a bar joking that marching British cows across French fields could be quite …

Farming

FX Goes Big With New Channels and Shows by Coen Brothers, Guillermo del Toro

It's a day for big news from cable network FX, which announced that it would not only be spinning off a new channel called FXX aimed at a younger …

TV

Overwinding: The Short Forever – Excerpt From Douglas Rushkoff's Present Shock

<b>Yesterday</b>: Apocalypto<p>Chapter 5 — Overwinding: The Short Forever<p>What’s it like to envision the ten-thousand-year environmental impact of tossing a …

Mindfulness

Amazon's Plan to Own Writing and Reading Advances With Goodreads Buy

Amazon looked back to its roots in bookselling and forward to its future as the global overlord of all reading and writing by announcing its plan …