Moiz Bhamani

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Saying “No” to an Idea Doesn’t Have to Lead to Conflict

<b>By Patrick Mullane, Executive Director, HBX</b>If you, like me, have children, you’ve probably become convinced that the most common word in the English language is “no.” In fact, you may have concluded that “no” is the perfect sentence unto itself— no modifiers, adverbs, or adjectives needed. It’s …

Success

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.<p>Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, …

Mindfulness

Is Your Success Really Shaped by Your Genes?

When Duke University School of Medicine professor Daniel Belsky and his colleagues cross-referenced data from a longitudinal study of 918 people from Dunedin, New Zealand, they discovered a connection between the presence of specific genes and the achievement of better socioeconomic outcomes. Their …

Genetics

The next big thing in luxury travel is this company that will build you a custom temporary hotel wherever you want

Called Blink, the highly personalized service provides temporary accommodations and a staff to set it all up and take it all down later. Prices range depending on the location and the length of your stay, but they can go anywhere from $10,964 a person for a three-night vacation in Morocco to …

Luxury Travel

32 Beautiful Book Quotes To Read When You're Feeling Lost

"In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart."<p>2. “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”<p>—Bram Stroker, <i>Dracula</i><p>3. “I want you to remember who you are, despite the bad things that are happening to you. …

Literature

This Chinese Billionaire Has His Sights Set on Buying Hollywood

Dick Clark Productions isn’t exactly a household name. Most people probably don’t even notice when it scrolls across the screen at the end of the …

China

Battling the Physical Symptoms of Stress

HBR STAFF<p>Steve should have been celebrating. A 30-something entrepreneur in the Bay area, he had just closed a multi-million dollar round of Series A financing for his startup.<p>Instead, he found himself in his doctor’s office – 25 pounds overweight, physically exhausted, sleep-deprived and with a …

Chronic Disease
List-Worthy

Mark Cuban Finds His 'Mini-Me' In A 16-Year-Old Entrepreneur

Mark Cuban says 16-year-old Benjamin Stern is his “Mini-Me.”<p>Stern, who hails from Melbourne, Florida, is the CEO and founder of Nohbo. On a mission to reduce plastic and waste, Stern invented the “world’s first eco-friendly shampoo ball” in Nohbo, which is waste-free, paraben-free and sulfate-free. …

Entrepreneurship

The Magic of 30-Minute Meetings

Five years ago, after becoming frustrated with my fruitless tendency to juggle multiple activities at once, I tried an experiment: for one week, I would not multitask and see what happened.<p>The experiment changed everything for the better. My relationships improved, my stress dissolved, and my …

Time I

Don’t Make Important Decisions Late in the Day

You arrive at the office and, as usual, face a long list of tasks to accomplish: getting back to your colleagues about joint projects, sending those time-sensitive e-mails, finishing up that important performance review, making progress on one project, deciding on next steps for another. What’s the …

Standardized Testing

The Simple Trick That Amazon, Apple, and Lego Know | Inc.com

Position yourself for the future by looking at what stays constant.<p>That's how star companies like Amazon, Apple, and Lego consistently leap ahead of competitors, say strategy experts Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi in their new book, <i>Strategy That Works</i>.<p>The authors say that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's …

Business Strategy

How to Hire Without Getting Fooled by First Impressions

Dr. James is a leading ophthalmologist at a major medical clinic. Passionate about medicine, he wanted to hire someone to run the business operations of his practice. He carefully reviewed over 200 resumes and conducted background checks, finally deciding to hire Mike, a highly credentialed MBA who …

Employment

It’s Harder to Empathize with People If You’ve Been in Their Shoes

Imagine that you have just become a new parent. Overwhelmed and exhausted, your performance at work is suffering. You desperately want to work from home part-time to devote more attention to your family. One of your supervisors had children while climbing the corporate ladder, while the other …

Psychology

How to Manage a Team of B Players

In 2004, Greece surprised the world by winning the European Championship, the toughest tournament in international soccer. Despite not even being a dark horse in the competition, and with a team of mostly peripheral and unremarkable players, they overcame France and hosts Portugal (twice) to lift …

Leadership

It’s OK to Move Down (Yes, Down) the Value Chain

Leaders of many companies — in industries ranging from contract manufacturing, and software services to consulting and health care — tell us the same thing: “We want to move up the value chain.” This seems to make a great deal of sense: Moving to higher- and higher-value work (from the customer’s …

Outsourcing

How Your State of Mind Affects Your Performance

Don, a senior vice president for sales at a global manufacturing company, wakes up late, scrambles to get showered and dressed, has an argument with his teenage daughter over breakfast, then gets stuck in traffic on the way to work and realizes he will be late for his first meeting.<p>Donna, a …

Why Do We Get So Emotional About Brands?

Honestly, it’s puzzling that an inanimate, imaginary thing such as a brand should seem to have gender.<p>But obviously brands do send out gender signals, and sometimes they’re quite strong. In fact, recent research shows that the more intense the gender signals, the greater the brand value — so not …

Psychology

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as insular, imperious, and bureaucratic. He understands that in a hyper-kinetic world, inward-looking and self-obsessed leaders are a liability.<p>Last year, just …

Leadership

What Peter Drucker Knew About 2020

When PwC released its annual survey of corporate chief executives for 2014, it was immediately obvious that change is on leaders’ brains: “As CEOs plan their strategies to take advantage of transformational shifts,” the consultancy reported, “they are also assessing their current capabilities – and …

Managing the Critical Voices Inside Your Head

At 8:20 am, my twelve-year-old daughter, Isabelle, was rushing to meet her ski group. She was 20 minutes late and stressed – she takes her skiing very seriously and was training for a race in a couple of days.<p>Near the competition center, she ran into one of her coaches, Joey. He looked at her, then …

Self-help

You Have to Be Fast to Be Seen as a Great Leader

It’s obvious that business is moving faster and faster and that to keep up, leaders at all levels need to know how to pick up the pace.<p>That’s easy to say. But is it so? Is there a correlation between speed and perceived leadership effectiveness?<p>In a word, “yes.”<p>We recently analyzed 360 feedback …

Leadership

3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning

In its simplest form, strategic thinking is about deciding on which opportunities to focus your time, people, and money, and which opportunities to starve. One of history’s greatest strategic thinkers, Napoleon Bonaparte summed it up this way: “In order to concentrate superior strength in one …

Man who cut off his fingers builds 'Robohand'

<i>Vital Signs</i> is a monthly program bringing viewers health stories from around the world.<p><b>Gauteng, South Africa (CNN) —</b> "I was in a position to see exactly what happens in the human hand. I got the basics of what it's all about and thought yeah, I'll make my own."<p>Richard van As is recalling the moment …

Marketing
Pizza Hut

Running ballistics on the Dragons' eight silver bullets

Raising capital is perhaps the most dreaded and difficult task an entrepreneur can face. This is not surprising given that the lion's share of new ventures fail to attract adequate funding. After exhausting their personal resources and the goodwill of friends, family and fools, entrepreneurs must …

What Leaders Really Do

The article reprinted here stands on its own, of course, but it can also be seen as a crucial contribution to a debate that began in 1977, when Harvard Business School professor Abraham Zaleznik published an HBR article with the deceptively mild title “Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?” The …

Management