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Introduction to Political Science

Nuclear Deterrence and the Revenge of Geography

(Now with a handful of minor corrections and an update.) With the President overriding his advisers to deliver insulting remarks and empty threats at …

Likely no remains to be recovered after man fell into Yellowstone’s hottest, highly acidic geyser

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Rangers have suspended efforts to recover the body of an Oregon man who fell into a highly acidic hot spring after …

These 17 life hacks will change the way you use Gmail

But that doesn't mean it can't be better.<p>A bunch of apps and plug-ins floating around the internet can make your experience using Gmail so much more enjoyable. With these amazing add-ons, you can see when people are tracking your emails, automatically know everything about people who email you, and …

Dig Deep to Build Your Marketing Strategy

I’ve seen many beautiful marketing plans. Some are color-coded and laid out nicely in perfectly aligned spreadsheets. This lovely exterior tempts many an entrepreneur to think, “This will be so easy.” And maybe it is -- at least on paper.<p>What comes next is the tricky part. How do you take that …

Everything I Wish I Knew Before Buying a House

From qualifying for a mortgage to closing on my new home.<p>Owning a home is supposed to be part of the American Dream, but the buying process can seem …

Real Estate

LinkedIn HR chief recommends 3 books to all new managers

As the head of HR for LinkedIn, the professional social network with more than 400 million active users around the world, Pat Wadors is constantly having conversations about what tools and resources managers and their employees need to succeed.<p>She says learned two fundamental truths about …

Self-improvement

6 quick and easy ways to connect with anyone

I wondered why some people seemed to always have a steady stream of new prospects.<p>I wondered what they did that I didn't do or what they knew that I didn't know.<p>After studying some of the best salespeople I knew, I discovered they all had one thing in common.<p>They all had the ability to connect with …

The 10 Coolest Jobs You Can Get By Learning a Foreign Language

Knowing a foreign language can help you in many aspects of your life, including travel, family connection, and even mental health. But did you know …

7 Unusual Things Successful People Do Every Day on LinkedIn

Here's how successful business owners, entrepreneurs, and sales professionals generate meaningful business through LinkedIn.<p>As someone who makes his living teaching professionals how to utilize LinkedIn to generate more business for themselves, I remain convinced that the platform is one of the …

Success

4 study skills that will help you succeed in your career

If you’re like most college students, much of your time outside of class is spent studying. Studying is an important part of college, one that goes beyond just helping to get you good grades. It’s a part of your academic routine that—whether you realize it or not — prepares you for a career as well.<p>…

Knowing Yourself Is The Key To Beating Depression

I like to analyze things. My desire to dissect what I'm thinking and feeling stems from growing up in a confusing environment fueled by alcoholism, …

Overcome Your Fear of Speaking to an Audience by Learning to Have Fun

<b>Sarah Kay:</b> Certainly when I think about performance in the classroom we focus on performance as process and not performance as product. I think a lot …

Marketing Data: What Matters And What Doesn't

Data is big business in marketing. No successful company can escape from the need to track their performance and make decisions based on data. In 2015 marketing analytics spending increased by 60%, according to the latest statistics. There are many statistics you can pick up, though.<p>The question …

Marketing

Is fermented food a recipe for good gut health?

<b>Fermentation as a way of preserving food dates back thousands of years, but it is now being held up as a potentially important source of friendly, health-giving bacteria. So should we all be eating sauerkraut and kimchi?</b><p>Allowing bacteria to form in a sealed jar of vegetables over a few months might …

How Activist Jane Jacobs Changed the Way the World Thinks About Cities

The story of how a woman derided by critics as "crazy dame" became the most important urban thinker of the 20th century.<p>Last weekend in the Berkshires, 150 miles outside of New York City, a small group gathered to preview <i>A Marvelous Order</i>, an opera based on Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, two …

Know the Difference between Customer Service and Customer Experience - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DISNEY INSTITUTE

<b>By Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute</b><p>The term “customer experience” is ubiquitous in business these days. In fact, focusing on the customer experience has become the single most important way for an organization to achieve success—often becoming its key differentiator and …

People who don't spend 5 hours a week online learning will make themselves obsolete, says AT&T CEO

Faced with competition from not just from Verizon and Sprint, but also Google and Amazon, the telecommunications giant is working aggressively to make sure its employees catch up and get ahead of the changing technology of the times.<p>Its CEO and Chairman, Randall Stephenson, isn't afraid to mince …

8 Changes You Can Make to Motivate Your Employees

As an employer, one of your top priorities should be employee morale. After all, if your employees aren’t happy, it’ll show in their work, which …

The Truth About Wasting Time At Work

If you look at the standard organizational model, the first thing you notice is that it’s a pyramid. It is narrower at the top than at the bottom. There are a lot of worker bees at the bottom of the pyramid — that’s why the base of the pyramid is broader than the top of the pyramid is. There are …

The Workplace

7 Tips to Master Note-Taking with Google Keep

Note-Taking

Hotels: To Manage Demand, Master Segmentation

Snapshot

Free Report: Hospitality Analytics: How Data Can Make Hotels Smarter

Today we are launching the FREE Skift trend report, <b>Hospitality Analytics: How Data Can Make Hotels Smarter</b>, brought to you in partnership with</b> …

How Data-Enhanced Storytelling Is Rapidly Reshaping Both Content and Advertising

In its inaugural gathering Thursday, Digital Storytelling, a newly sanctioned event of the Sundance Film Festival, ambitiously set out to better link …

Advertising Industry

Difference Between Time Management and Task Management

If there is something that everyone in the world was given in equal measure then it must be time. Yes, even oxygen is not equally distributed. People …

5 Things You Should Know if You Want to Work at a College

"Working in academia, I've lived in almost every part of the country."<p>Academic leaders explore ideas for a living … when they aren't arguing about them. Susan Herbst, president of the University of Connecticut, tells how she makes the hot seat fun.<p>The Campus Can Be a Career<p>When I was an undergrad …

These Apps Will Actually Change Your Life

YOU CAN DO THIS.<p>Pfft – so easy, right? Right??<p>Kicking bad habits or establishing good new ones is no walk in the park. But, yes, you CAN do it and it can even be fun.<p>According to one study, it takes 66 days to form a habit. If you can stick with actually making your bed for just over two months, …

Walt Disney's Wisdom: 10 Customer Service Lessons

I love Disney theme parks! While they may claim to be the happiest place on earth, I also put them in the category of one of the most amazing companies on earth. I’ve visited Disney theme parks more than 75 times. I’ve attended classes at Disney Institute and gone to numerous seminars put on by the …