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Data Storytelling: The Essential Data Science Skill Everyone Needs

Once your business has started collecting and combining all kinds of data, the next elusive step is to extract value from it. Your data may hold tremendous amounts of <i>potential</i> <i>value</i>, but not an ounce of value can be created unless insights are uncovered and translated into actions or business …

Data Visualization

Brilliantly Textured Body Paintings Turn the Human Form into a Walking Work of Art

Artist Yusk Imai has a long-held fascination with human anatomy, and he displays this reverence for the body in an unconventional painting project called <i>Exoskeleton</i>. The skin is his canvas as hands, arms, legs, and shoulders are covered in intricate textures that mimic reptile scales, brushed …

Innovation Is Not About Digital, It's About Culture

Companies can outsource innovation. They can launch accelerators, incubators and hackathons. They can even invest in startups with options to own the company down the road. They might even form commercial partnerships which blend their products with those of newer, shinier players. But when it …

Innovation

Applying Inspirational Design Thinking to Tackle Breakthrough Innovation

A society's progress depends upon the quality of the questions it asks itself and to know what questions to ask today in order to secure a sustainable future.<p>One question could be: "Why design something at all?" Our society obsesses over entrepreneurship, innovation and design for creating growth, …

This Is Where Most People Drop the Ball in Business

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Why You Need to Learn How to Speak a Leadership Vocabulary

The words you say and the way you say them can make the difference between your team's success and failure.<p>In leadership, as in most fields, there's a specialized vocabulary. But unlike the language of most fields, the words that mean the most in leadership aren't technical jargon. They reflect the …

Leadership

Empathy Is Key to a Great Meeting

Yes, we all hate meetings. Yes, they are usually a waste of time. And yes, they’re here to stay. So it’s your responsibility as a leader to make them better. This doesn’t mean just make them shorter, more efficient, more organized. People need to enjoy them and, dare I say it, have fun.<p>Happiness …

Leadership

Standup comedy, dancing or theatre: how to get a job in the performing arts

Tristram Kenton<p>'It’s a special place to work. Sometimes you’re exhausted and your body hurts but it rarely feels like work.' Photograph: Tristram Kenton<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/27/1427452008293/ballet-dancer-on-stage-in-005.jpg<p>460<p>Tristram …

The key to happiness comes down to one word

Researchers did a survey — and the answer was about $80.<p>Other than pure love and dodging discomfort, people were willing to pay the most for happiness.<p>Via "The Upside of Your Dark Side:"<p>$ 44.30 for calm tranquility,<br>• $ 62.80 for excitement,<br>• $ 79.06 for happiness,<br>• $ 83.27 to avoid fear,<br>• $ 92.80 to avoid …

Happiness Is an Action

It takes courage and focus to turn your face to the sun. Getting happy is an action and an act of revolution.<p><i>It takes practice to stay inspired.</i> Real life is an opponent that won't quit. We are barraged with facts and influences that attack our confidence. Peace of mind is not an opiate. It's an …

Don’t wait for new funding – build on what you have to better reach your audience<p>For arts organisations that want to survive and thrive in an evolving environment of funding cuts and rapid technological developments, the ability to navigate change is crucial. Digital innovation, not only for …