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Peter Drucker's Virtuous Firm Vs. 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

For much of human history, the proposition that the purpose of a business is to make money for itself was as self-evident and universally-accepted as the notion that the Sun revolves around the Earth.<p>In 1539, Copernicus shocked the world of astronomy with a startingly counter-intuitive idea. Common …

Public Sector

How Working in 25-Minute Sprints Makes You Sharper and More Productive

Adopting the Pomodore technique is a simple way to help you work smarter.<p>My yoga practice has taught me the power of mindfulness and how to train my mind to focus more on the present moment. That level of concentration comes in handy when doing challenging balancing poses and inversions when a …

8 surprising things ultra productive people do every day

When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge — there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time; they …

These Productivity Tools Are Essential If You Work From Home Or Remotely

Switch from nine-to-fiver to off-site employee, freelancer or entrepreneur like a professional amateur with this starter kit.<p>In the last year I …

A Cultural Leap at the Dawn of Humanity

New finds from Kenya suggest that humans used long-distance trade networks, sophisticated tools, and symbolic pigments right from the dawn of our species.<p>When Rick Potts started digging at Olorgesailie, the now-dry basin of an ancient Kenyan lake, he figured that it would take three years to find …

Anthropology

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Method Promises Maximum Productivity

When you’re writing your to-do list, it’s tempting to write down all the tasks you might <i>possibly</i> get done the following day. But where do you even …

Why COOs Should Think Like Behavioral Economists

When Yelp was a startup with just 15 employees, the office manager began to stock the kitchen with drinks and snacks to get everyone through the long afternoons. Juice, water, fruit, chips, and as much candy as could be stuffed into the small kitchen drawer. Being at work was like being, well, a …

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Because I teach a course on product management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “What is the role of a product manager?” The role of product manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply …

The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018

From wrangling words to shooting photos, these productivity powerhouses will help you get more done in less time.<p>Sometimes the best way to escape from a productive rut is to switch up your tools. Whether it’s a simple word processor, a smarter to-do list, or a more efficient way to transcribe …

Apps

These Books Will Change The Way You Look At Being Busy

The proof is in the hundreds of powerful people who shared their own calendars.<p>Do you feel too busy, too spread thin, and constantly overwhelmed? …

Time Management

6 Tiny Habits That Will Make You Smarter, Confident, and More Productive

Becoming and maintaining a level of high performance requires a commitment to these 6 tiny habits.<p>High performers such as Jeff Bezos and Sheryl Sandberg stay mentally sharp by making sleep a non-negotiable activity in their life. Richard Branson has credited his peak performance to working out.<p>When …

15 Books Every First-Time Manager Should Read | Inc.com

<i>High Output Management:</i> Dickerson declares himself to be a "huge fan of this book, wish I had read it long before I did."<p><i>The Essential Drucker:</i> He's equally enthusiastic about this one, saying "absolutely love Drucker -- much of what he wrote 50 years ago is more relevant than anything you read …

Self-improvement

Seven apps and tools to organize your life

Restore order to your days.<p>Between work, activities, appointments, and ever-growing to-do lists, many of us constantly feel rushed and anxious. And all too often, the distractions of our smartphones only make this busy pace more hectic. But phones can also simplify your life—it all depends on how …

Apps

Companies Say They Want To Support Sustainable Development, But Do They Know How?

Nearly every CEO says they want to use their business to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, but only 17% say they’re actually doing it.<p>The head of the world’s largest investment fund, Blackrock, set Wall Street aflutter recently when he told CEOs they needed to act more in society’s …

Surprise as DNA reveals new group of Native Americans: the ancient Beringians

A baby girl who lived and died in what is now Alaska at the end of the last ice age belonged to a previously unknown group of ancient Native Americans, according to DNA recovered from her bones.<p>The child, a mere six weeks old when she died, was found in a burial pit next to the remains of a …

Anthropology

What We Learned in 2017: Our 15 Best Stories

The productivity tips you need to read, all in one place<p>Just like that, another year is almost over.<p>And 2017 was quite the year. A year of change. A …

Productivity

13 Inventive Bullet Journal Ideas

01 of 13<p>Helpful Ways to Maximize the Impact of a Bullet Journal<p>A bullet journal is mainly a planner that you can tailor to your specific needs. …

18 Ways to Be More Productive in 2018 | Inc.com

To start off this brave new year, the last thing you need is another big list of impossible resolutions. As David DeSteno writes in <i>The New York Times</i>, "by January 8, some 25 percent of resolutions have fallen by the wayside. And by the time the year ends, fewer than 10 percent have been fully kept."<p>…

Time Management

Why Today's Modern Leader Must Reduce Complexity Everywhere

Accumulating. Complicating. The act of excuse-making. These are the things that make work terrible. And as a result they make customer experience terrible. Ask any customer and they can tell you an experience of having to go through red tape, work with unhappy employees, or work through a …

Customer Experience

7 Social Media Trends That Will Dominate 2018

How do you plan on socializing next year? How do you plan on reaching your target audience, who will be socializing with each other, next year? By default, we underestimate how our lives will change in the future.<p>We tend to think of next year as ending more or less the same as this year (with the …

Public Relations

The most consequential environmental stories of 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump made his mark in the energy and environment world during his first year in Washington. Many of his actions aimed …

Going out for a breather after the big meal is a tradition. But now you have to think about the quality of the air you’re taking in<p>The post-lunch Christmas walk is a family tradition in many households. What’s not to like? You get to walk off one of the biggest meals of the year. Young or old, most …

Sustainability

11 experts share their favorite tips so you can make 2018 your most productive year yet

And we admit it can be a little daunting to keep up with all the productivity advice out there.<p>So since you're here to learn how to make better use of your time, we thought we'd save you some and round up the best productivity tricks.<p>To do this, we asked some of the experts we trust to share how …

Three portable power packs to resurrect your smartphone

Get 100, 300, or even 900 percent more battery with these juice boxes.<p>Picture this: A YouTube tutorial on changing a flat tire suddenly goes black just before you get to the part about how to put on the spare. “No! No! No!” you silently shout to yourself, while cursing your utter lack of life …

The 12 Best Productivity Books of 2017

There’s never a bad time to consider how you can raise your productivity level and improve your life, but the end of the year presents a natural …

Self-improvement

Angry Customers Don’t Want an Apology

It’s the first rule of customer service: When something goes wrong, apologize. In many cases, the apologies continue throughout the interaction as an employee goes the extra mile to convey empathy and concern. But surprising new research shows that approach can backfire: An apology that extends …

10 Business And Personal Tasks You Should List On Your Calendar

I can’t live without my calendar. It’s the primary tool that I rely on to remain organized and productive. In fact, I check my calendar every evening and morning to know what exactly is going on in my life.<p>Of course, there has to be a method to the madness. If you list every miniscule task onto …

Productivity

I traveled for weeks with an iPhone X as my only computer — here's what I loved, and what Apple needs to improve

Every November when my partner and I take our big annual vacation, I take along some kind of computer, just in case I need it.<p>Typically I bring along a laptop, and last year, I tried using a hybrid tablet-notebook. On this year's journey — a whirlwind three-week tour of Italy — I decided to travel …

Demand For Meat Is Growing Rapidly in India. This Could Impact All Of Us.

India is projected to be one of the largest growth areas for consumption in chicken, beef, and mutton. And while vegetarianism is often believed to be widespread in India, influenced by religion and other factors, the data seems to suggest otherwise.<p>According to the sample registration system (SRS) …

Agriculture