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What does the discovery of the world’s oldest Quran tell us?

For the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, the idea that the Quran is a seventh century text disseminated by Islam’s founder, the Prophet Muhammad, is neither news, nor particularly controversial.<p>But in academia the history of this holy text is much more opaque. For researchers in Islamic studies, …

Four Unconventional Ways To Tell If Your Workplace Culture Is Toxic

Satisfaction surveys only tell you so much (and normally it’s about how free employees feel to be honest) and employee turnover rate doesn’t paint the full picture. If you want to assess whether your company culture is healthy or ailing, it pays to examine a few unconventional metrics. You may not …

Why living in small spaces is making people happier

While it’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of wanting that bigger place, with the spare bedroom, bigger yard, study or airy dining area, an …

Minimalism

Bright new breakfast ideas to start the day with a bounce

Eggs and greens, roast tomatoes with labneh, pear and berry compôte and even a smoothie - try these fresh ideas to supercharge your mornings<p>It is 7am and people are starting to tweet pictures of their breakfasts. As I find it hard to focus at that hour I wouldn't dream of photographing my brekkie, …

Breakfast

Amandla Stenberg Understands Appropriation Better Than You

Amandla Stenberg, once the target of a racist Hunger Games backlash, released a video calling out white popstars who co-opt black aesthetics. She’s …

Amandla Stenberg

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Time Management Secrets Anyone Can Use

If you’re reading this article instead of doing your work, chances are good that you have trouble managing your time efficiently. You’re not alone. According to a survey by Salary.com, 90% of workers waste at least a half hour each workday, not including lunch or scheduled breaks. While computers …

Black people are not here to teach you: What so many white Americans just can’t grasp

Condemning racism is easy. Being a true ally in the fight against white supremacy requires time and research<p><i>[People of color] are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The</i> …

5 Secure Apps for Running a Small Business

88 percent of cloud of mobile applications are unsanctioned or not monitored by IT. Are you making sure your data is secure?<p>No matter the type of business that you own, security should always be at the top of your mind. At the same time, you also have to rely on affordable mobile apps to keep your …

How To Change Your Employee's Behavior

It doesn’t take long in management before you find yourself trying to change someone’s behavior. If you’re lucky, it’s a small skill change. Often, though, you’re trying to encourage a larger, personality driven change. Good managers try all kinds of ways to encourage others to change, usually …

Leadership

5 Waves of Change Coming to HR in 2015

We all know who really runs companies, right? It’s those who design/make and those who sell. Everyone else is referred to as part of a <i>function</i> in order to make sure, in case you had any doubt, that you are not part of the core of the business – you serve the business.<p>But everything changes, right? …

We Don’t Need to Change to Please Other People

<b>“One of the most freeing things we learn in life is that we don’t have to like everyone, everyone doesn’t have to like us, and it’s perfectly OK.”</b> …

Positive Thinking

The key to success in the global workplace is being culturally fluent

It’s time for a paradigm shift in our understanding of culture. At a time when so many businesspeople live and work in multiple cultures, categorizing people based on their passport or birthplace just doesn’t ring true.<p>So says Michael Morris, a professor at Columbia Business School and the lead …

7 HR Must-Haves for 2015: Winning the Talent War

Worrying about how to keep the best and brightest workers might sound counter-intuitive when worldwide economic growth indicators remain uncertain.<p>Yet despite less than stellar forecasts from the likes of Oxford Economics and the World Bank, 2015 looms as a ‘do or die’ year for organizations that …

Human Resources

3 Steps To Recognize A Poisonous Office Environment

If you observe these three things in your office, you’re almost certainly suffering from a toxic work environment.<p>It may seem easy to design an idealistic workplace with perks like lenient dress codes, free snacks, and even Silicon Valley-levels of pampering (looking at you, Google bus), but the …

Business Model Canvas: A Complete Guide

An organization’s value proposition is the combination of products and services it provides to its customers. Osterwalder stated that these offerings …

Customers

Career Assessments, Myers-Briggs® More

Today’s fast-paced working environment is more complex and more challenging than it has ever been in the past, and it’s only getting faster …

5 Unconventional Ways To Keep Your Most Talented Employees From Leaving

Keep talented people engaged and loyal to your company with these somewhat counterintuitive tips.<p>Losing your best employees is a quick and expensive way to slow expansion at a high-growth company. And earning a reputation as an organization that doesn’t value and care for its best people can grind …

Five Strategies for Building Transparency In The Workplace

In the frenetic 21st century, when employees job-hop at an alarming pace, customers’ preferences change on a dime, and every week could bring a paradigm shift to the business world at large, what sets successful companies apart is one thing: loyalty. Loyal employees keep operations steady, …

Employee Engagement

Shifting to more people-focused management styles

Business is broken, with engagement and trust at an all-time low. A radically different way of thinking and acting, which focuses on people as the …

Premier Executive Search Firm | Heidrick & Struggles

IT ALL STARTS AT THE TOP<p>Efficient and effective leaders set the pace to accelerate company performance - but experience alone is not the sole key to …

One Sector More Poised for the Future than Either Business or Government

There is a stealth rally in the nonprofit sector, and it looks ready to eat the world.<p>Nonprofits often summon a yawn or condescending praise; but over the last decade, they have been growing fast and proving more resilient to economic turbulence and our changing world than many governments and much …

The Secret Ingredient For The Clearest Skin Of Your Life

<b>Update:</b> More people are turning to activated charcoal to help clear their skin. In light of the conversation surrounding this trend, we decided to …

Skin Care