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Fighting the vanilla thieves of Madagascar

By Nancy Kacungira<p>It’s easy to see the<br>raised pattern of dots on the<br>smooth green skin of the pods.<p>They show that these vanilla vines belong to Leon Charles.<p>Leon is with his wife, Oristin, in their garden, where they grow coffee and vanilla in the village of Ambanizana, at the edge of the Masoala …

National Parks

How to Reduce Stress With Deep Breathing

You may have heard that deep breathing exercises can relieve stress. Unlike some stress-relieving techniques, solid research shows that breathing …

Why is Answering Email So Stressful?

The average professional spends 4 hours per day responding to work emails. That's both insane and understandable.<p>I have 19,834 unread email messages …

Time Management

How to train yourself to become a speed reader

Read all your emails, project reports, and briefs in half the time using these speed-reading tricks.<p>Reading is one of the most fundamental skills, and reading for pleasure can transform your health, memory, and productivity. In our age of information overload, however, it can feel like there isn’t …

Feeling Anxious? This Simple Navy SEAL Trick Calms Your Nervous System in 5 Minutes Flat

If it works in combat, it will work for what you're going through.<p>Mark Divine is a U.S. Navy SEAL and the founder of SEALFIT, a fitness organization for those who want to push themselves to the max.<p>Divine is no stranger to stress and extreme circumstances. And there's one practice he says has risen …

Experiencing these 5 things? You might be in the wrong profession

Sometimes a job or career is just not meant to be. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you might want to think about making a change.<p>While “picking the wrong career is not an uncommon thing,” according to Karen Elizaga, career coach and author of Find Your Sweet Spot, it’s not always easy to …

10 Things Unstoppable People Do That Average People Don't

Most people can't handle success, authority, or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy.<p>Are you unstoppable or average?<p>Do you get derailed by prior success?<p>Are you thinking linearly or exponentially?<p>Do you do these 10 things?<p>1. Don't get crushed by success.<p><i>Success can become a catalyst for</i> …

Self-improvement

This is why our phones are making us miserable: happiness isn't the same thing as pleasure, and our brain knows it

People trying to sell you a new car, a fancy phone, or a bigger home might like you to believe that money can buy a whole lot of happiness. But your brain knows that's not true. Money can buy you pleasure, but happiness has to come from somewhere else.<p>If you're confused between happiness and …

Happiness

Tapping into the power of humble narcissism

<i>Anna Salmi</i><p>No, “humble narcissism” is not an oxymoron; it’s a combination of qualities that the best leaders and companies have. Organizational …

What is 'ikigai' and how could it help you boost your well-being?​

First there was hygge, then lagom, and now the Japanese concept of ikigai. But what is ikigai, and how could the latest trend in well-being help …

4 behaviors that transform ordinary people into CEOs, according to a study of 2,600 leaders

If you think all CEOs are Ivy League educated individuals who set their eyes on the C-suite at a young age, you're mistaken. According to Elena …

What is Blockchain? Simple explanation of how a Blockchain works

Digital-only banks losing their appeal

Digital-only banks are losing their appeal as people around the world - from India to Canada to the...

Amazon’s checking account push could be bad news for Mastercard, Visa

Jeff Bezos changed the way America shops. Now, he wants to change how it pays for things.<p>With a foray into financial services, Amazon.com Inc. could …

American Express Patent Filing Touts Blockchain for Faster Payments

Global payment giant American Express may be looking into using blockchain to boost the speed of transactions.<p>In a patent application released by the …

Patents

UK: Lloyds Banking Group plc refunds money to overcharged fund investors

<i>The banking group reviewed its financial investment products and reduced fees</i><p>Lloyds Banking Group has repaid investors it overcharged when using its …

13 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence

Wonder what emotional intelligence looks like in everyday life? Here are 13 examples.<p>In 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a book introducing most of the world to the nascent concept of emotional intelligence. The idea--that an ability to understand and manage …

Emotional Intelligence

The Indispensable Document for the Modern Manager

<b>Jay Desai</b> has FOMU. No, you read that right. As a first-time founder and CEO of health technology startup <b>PatientPing</b>, he’s got a healthy fear of …

Leadership

Confucius has a message for business leaders who want to succeed: reflect

One of the most admirable and arguably underrated qualities of leadership is the capacity for reflection. Confucius called it the most noble way to …

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles's Post-Game Interview Is a Powerful Lesson in Leadership

Nick Foles gave a performance for the ages. But it was after the game that he showed us what true leadership is all about.<p>Last night, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles delivered one of the most spectacular Super Bowl performances of all time. And he did it while facing the NFL's version of …

“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral

Facebook was always famous for the sign that hung in its offices, written in big red type on a white background, that said “Move Fast and Break Things.” Every time I think about the company, I realize it has done just that—to itself.<p>Years ago, long before <b>Mark Zuckerberg</b> became Mark Zuckerberg, the …

Everybody Knows Better Than to Make This 1 Simple Resume Mistake (but Most People Can't Stop Doing It Anyway)

People say they know better. Then most go ahead and do it anyway.<p>What if I were to tell you about an incredibly common résumé mistake that prevents most people from getting the jobs they want--even when they're highly qualified?<p>It's a deceptive error that job seekers and employers rarely even …

I Asked 5,000 People How They Stay Passionate at Work. Here's What I Found

The data shows a clear path.<p>When it comes to selecting a job or career, the usual advice is to love what you do. In fact, given all the talk about …

Starbucks Founder Says This Is the Most Undervalued Characteristic of Leadership (Most Struggle With It)

There are a lot of lessons to learn from Howard Schultz, but none more important than this.<p>There are many entrepreneurial and leadership success stories in the world--but there may be none better than Starbucks and Howard Schultz.<p>The company's original founders created a coffee company in the …

7 Ways To Make Your Manager Your Biggest Fan

There are behaviors that some people like, and seek to emulate, that are simultaneously hated by others. I first started to realize this in high school, when boys tended to like some of my behaviors while girls found them crude. These lessons helped me discover which behaviors are socially …

Leadership

This Time Lapse of a Guy Building a Log Cabin by Hand Is Incredibly Soothing

Travel<p>By Joe McGauley Published On 01/12/2018<p>@jwmcgauley<p>By Joe McGauley @jwmcgauley Published On 01/12/2018<p>Even if you've never had the urge to pull …

Off-grid

This Study of 400,000 People Reveals the 1 Reason Employees Work Harder (and It's Not Pay or Benefits or Culture Decks)

The good news is, every company -- and every leader -- can instantly adopt this one practice.<p>Forget slogans and posters. Forget mission statements. Forget culture decks. A survey of over 400,000 people across the U.S. found that when employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are …

What’s on the agenda? How to run effective meetings

Meetings, meetings, and more meetings. Between recurring team syncs, planning meetings, brainstorms, and project check-ins, it probably feels like …