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Bright, Shiny Objects and the Future of HR

Many of us have had the experience of listening to a talk and suddenly making a connection between the speaker’s big idea and a challenge we face at work. To listen to David Rock, of the NeuroLeadership Institute, for example, is to have one’s eyes opened to recent neuroscience research. One …

11 Crazy Cool Luxury Hotels That Will Give You Insane Wanderlust

Ever wanted to sleep in a tree house? What about an igloo? It’s pretty clear that travel these days can get a bit monotonous — land, arrive at hotel, unpack, go to the beach, eat at said hotel, sleep and repeat. That’s why we’ve rounded up some extravagant travel accommodations that will scare, …

What I Learned from Warren Buffett

W<i>arren Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist,</i> Roger Lowenstein (New York: Random House, 1995).<p>Roger Lowenstein begins his new biography of Warren Buffett with a disclaimer. He reveals that he is a longtime investor in Berkshire Hathaway, the company that under Buffett’s guidance has seen …

Iconic Banksy Art Gets Parodied with Famous Cartoon Characters

Banksy may have made a name for himself with his iconic street art, but Brazilian artist Butcher Billy is giving us a new take on the graffitist's work with some equally iconic characters. Using a cast of well-known cartoon characters as his subjects–including Bugs Bunny, Rosie the Robot, Tweety …

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Your Company’s Networks Might Matter More than Its Strategy

In a classic <i>Harvard Business Review</i> article, Abraham Zaleznick contrasted two very different styles of authority. Managers, he argued, take a rational approach and seek order and control. Leaders, on the other hand, are more emotionally driven and seek to drive change.<p>Every organization needs both. …

When Sales Incentives Should Be Based on Profit, Not Revenue

Most sales forces link some portion of salespeople’s pay to sales metrics. For example, they pay a commission on the revenues salespeople generate or a bonus for achieving a territory sales quota. This proven “pay for performance” approach motivates salespeople to work hard and drive sales …

Childhood hallucinations are surprisingly common – but why?

Many children hear voices or have visions. Usually there is no cause for concern...<p>Childhood has long been championed as a time for make-believe, but recent research has found that another form of unreality – hallucinations – is more common in children than we previously imagined. For years, kids’ …

Mental Health

No One Can Think Outside the Box

Taxi services think inside a box. So did Blockbuster. So does Microsoft.<p>But here’s the thing. Uber, Netflix, and Apple also think inside boxes. So do you. So do I.<p>A box is a frame, a paradigm, a habit, a perspective, a silo, a self-imposed set of limits; a box is context and interpretation. We …

What It Was Like to Be a Manager in Ukraine

Most of the world views the turmoil in Ukraine as a geopolitical and humanitarian catastrophe. In my former position as Managing Director of Philip Morris Ukraine where I was based from January 2012 until February 2015, I was forced to see it as a business crisis that threatened our people, …

Top 65 Architecture Ideas in June

With the summer season just around the corner, spending quality time in the great outdoors is on many people's minds and that is reflected in this …

These Photos of Mini Figures Capture the Frustrations of Office Life

Ad agency brand strategist Derrick Lin has developed a creative way to vent about all the little annoyances of his office job. Using an iPhone, a …

Adam Nash’s nine personal finance books you should read today

Adam Nash may be the chief executive of a $US700 million company but he has also become somewhat of a guru on personal finance.<p>Nash became the chief …

Project Soli: Google's new experiment to put gesture controls everywhere

Google may have just made every motion controller currently on the market obsolete.<p>At a time when most gesture-sensing technology is unreliable and …

20 fascinating facts that make you think twice

Luckily, the folks over at Reddit have a collection of true facts about life, and we've combed through them to find our favorites.<p>From a creature that can survive the harsh vacuum of space to the odd state sport of Maryland, you're bound to learn something that makes you think twice.<p><i>Note: A shorter</i> …

Is It Possible to Lay People Off Nicely?

One company's quest to blend rejection and kindness<p>Anyone who’s ever had a job has intuited that a happier workplace makes for more productive workers. As a growing body of research lends scientific authority to this concept, more and more companies are doing what they can to cheer up their …

4 Reasons Managers Should Spend More Time on Coaching

Steven Moore for HBR<p>There are managers who coach and managers who don’t. Leaders in the latter category are not necessarily bad managers, but they are neglecting an effective tool to develop talent. We’ve been researching managers who coach and what distinguishes them. What has stood out in our …

Cloud 9 Pizzeria Floats on Fiji's Breathtaking Turquoise Water

If you're a devout foodie, there is one pizza place that should definitely be on your bucket list! Cloud 9 is a floating pizzeria located in the picturesque waters of Fiji. Not only does this unique establishment have delicious wood-fired pizza and places to lounge by the turquoise water, they also …

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Breaking the Death Grip of Legacy Technologies

Technologies like 3-D printing, robotics, advanced motion controls, and new methods for continuous manufacturing hold great potential for improving how companies design and build products to better serve customers. But if the past is any indicator, many established firms will be slow to adjust …

Five Tips to Help You Take Your Street Photography to the Next Level

The art of street photography can be an extremely rewarding experience for photographers who are looking to capture the current state of the human …

Street Photography

The Future of Operations

3 Weird Optical Illusions Inspired These Lovely Home Objects

Everyone loves a good optical illusion. Here are three good ones, based on shadows, motion, and perception, which Japanese design firm YOY has turned into a trio of fun, cool home furniture objects.<p>First, there’s the Float. The lamp mounts to your wall along with a rigid length of cord. When it’s …

Despite What Zappos Says, Middle Managers Still Matter

Middle managers have not fared well. Their ranks have been decimated in many organizations, and those that have survived are often perceived as powerless or, worse, as bureaucratic sticks-in-the-mud. This is not fair and it’s flat-out wrong.<p>Take what’s happening with Zappos at the moment. Much has …

What Africa’s Leaders Have Learned About Facing Huge Challenges

There is a sea change going on in African leadership. Over the past decade, six of the fastest growing economies in the world have been African. Since 2000, for example, Rwanda has racked up average annual GDP growth in excess of 8%—exceeding 12% during some quarters of the Great Recession. If this …

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How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence

Almost every world-class, high-performance organization takes training and education seriously. But Navy SEALs go uncomfortably beyond. They’re obsessive and obsessed. They are arguably the best in the world at what they do. Their dedication to relentless training and intensive preparation, …

How Adolf Hitler Haunts Angela Merkel

Germany should be a true U.S. partner in leadership—on surveillance and everything else—but the ghosts of World War II are holding it back.<p>Seventy years after Adolf Hitler’s suicide, Germany’s unconditional surrender in World War II and its isolation and breakup, the country is a colossus once …

Europe

This Is Why You’re Terrible With Names

There is a very simple reason why it’s so easy for the names of new acquaintances to slip right out of your head within moments of being introduced: …

Genealogy

How to Work with People Who Aren’t Good at Working with People

Twenty five years after the term “emotional intelligence” was first introduced by academics, thousands of independent scientific studies have highlighted the importance of managing your own and others’ emotions in relation to career success, job performance, entrepreneurship, and leadership.<p>But …

John Nash and his contribution to Game Theory and Economics

A two-page paper published by John Nash in 1950 is a seminal contribution to the field of Game Theory and of our general understanding of strategic …