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TPP is Not Dead: It’s Now Called the Trade In Services Agreement

Photo by SumOfUs | CC BY 2.0<p>One can hear the cry ringing through the boardrooms of capital: “Free trade is dead! Long live free trade!”<p>Think the …

8 Things Smart People Never Reveal About Themselves At Work

At work, sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways is an art form. Disclosures that feel like relationship builders in the moment can wind up as obvious no-nos with hindsight.<p>Trouble is, you can't build a strong professional network if you don't open up to your colleagues. Doing so is …

How to choose a Linux distro for your old PC

Ready to give your old computer a new lease on life? Even if it's several years old and slow as molasses, you don't have to consign it to the junk heap. Instead, install a new operating system and put it back into the rotation.<p>Forget Windows, though: Linux is an open-source (and free) OS that's …

Linux

Nigel Slater’s sautéed potatoes with olives, chard and cheese recipe

A tasty and nourishing one-pot midweek supper that smells as good as it tastes<p>Bring a pan of water to the boil then salt it lightly. Wash and thickly slice 450g of small to medium-sized potatoes. Lower the sliced potatoes into the boiling water then leave to cook for about 10-12 minutes until you …

Recipes

Academics: How plugging into well-connected colleagues can help research fly

Michael E. Rose, <i>University of Cape Town</i> and Co-Pierre Georg, <i>University of Cape Town</i><p>Informal intellectual collaboration is crucial for good social science research. This includes interactions with colleagues to improve a paper before it is sent to a journal.<p>Our new research explored the value of …

Starting Your Writing Career: Become A Published Author In Six Steps

<i>"I've decided I want to write for a living. Any tips?"</i><p>My friend Jannah recently contacted me regarding starting a writing career - and I'm glad she did! The advice I gave her is strictly related to writing books, though many of the general concepts could apply to magazine writing, etc.<p><b>Step One:</b> …

How East and West think in profoundly different ways

Psychologists are uncovering the surprising influence of geography on our reasoning, behaviour, and sense of self.<p>As Horace Capron first travelled through Hokkaido in 1871, he searched for a sign of human life among the vast prairies, wooded glades and threatening black mountains. “The stillness of …

Psychology

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people's buttons.<p>As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic …

11 Big-On-Flavor Chicken Recipes Your Family Will Love

Need to revamp your ho-hum chicken dinner routine? Here are a flock of fresh, flavorful ideas to get your family excited about supper again.<p><b>1. Sweet & Spicy Roast Chicken with Carrots, Dates & Pistachios</b><p>In this sweet and spicy dish, chicken is immersed in a honey, citrus and chili-infused marinade, …

JASTA: Irresponsible And Dangerous

Congress' vote to override President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was both embarrassing and irresponsible. The bill, known as JASTA, amends the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act allowing U.S. citizens to sue foreign governments and entities for damages resulting from …

50 Things You Should Never, Ever Say to Your Kids

29 Pages Revealed: Corruption, Crime and Cover-up Of 9/11

First and foremost, here is what you need to know when you listen to any member of our government state that the newly released 29 pages are no smoking gun -- THEY ARE LYING.<p>Our government's relationship to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is no different than an addict's relationship to heroin. Much …

How To Jumpstart A Lucrative Career In Data Science

Data science has been dubbed the sexiest career of the 21st century, according to Harvard Business Review. The discipline involves using a variety of tools and analytical methods to compile and interpret data, usually to help companies gain insights and make predictions.<p>According to Glassdoor, the …

How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Power a Career Transition

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>Are you raring to change careers? Break into a whole new line of work that makes you leap out of bed, happy to go to work every day? Parlay personal passions into professional endeavors? Or focus on a different clientele, type of product, or service?<p>We all know the power of …

Holistic Health

How to kill Android apps and tasks running in the background

If you’re struggling with performance issues on your Android device, or trying to track down suspicious battery drain, then you might want to take a …

6 Mental Traps That Keep You From Making Smart Decisions

Decisions: We all make them, and we all want to make better ones. Science to the rescue!<p>Why do we sometimes regret a decision we've made?<p>The main problem is that we are all, to use the title of Dan Ariely's great book, predictably irrational. We're people. That's why markets aren't always rational. …

Critical Thinking

What to Say and Do When Your Employee Has Another Job Offer

It’s normal to get a sinking feeling when one of your employees says, “I have something to tell you.” No manager wants to hear that someone on their team has another job offer in hand. But how should you actually respond to the news? Should you counteroffer? Or just accept that they’re moving on? …

Employment

Business Negotiation 101: When to Fight, When to Compromise, and When to Go for Broke

New to business negotiation? Follow these guidelines to get the best deal you can.<p>Business negotiation is an art that's integral to landing deals. When executed effectively, it can give you the leverage needed to ensure a favorable outcome.<p>While the specific scenarios can vary significantly, the …

Business Strategy

When Sensory Marketing Works and When it Backfires

If you’ve ever picked up a product and took note of how it feels in your hand, you understand the power of sensory marketing. Manufacturers understand it too, which is why tactile information like the famous contour of a Coca-Cola bottle or the textured burlap packaging of Marfa brand soaps are …

Marketing

Your Whole Company Needs to Be Distinctive, Not Just Your Product

Ever since the idea of strategy came to the business world in the early 1960s, the goal of differentiation has been paramount. Customers choose the company that gives them value that other companies can’t match. A company that can show it is different from other companies, in a way that is relevant …

Innovation

When Your Boss Is Terrible at Leading Meetings

If you think that your boss is ineffective at leading meetings, you are not alone.<p>Few managers or supervisors have mastered the art of meetings and even fewer organizations have made it a priority. Add to that the fact that leaders are busy — and often don’t have the time to prepare adequately — …

Leadership

A Simple Way to Test Your Company’s Strategic Alignment

There is no universal or one-size-fits-all prescription for a winning business. But corporate leaders today seem to agree that strategic alignment is high on the list.<p>Strategic alignment, for us, means that all elements of a business — including the market strategy and the way the company itself is …

Management

Are Your LinkedIn Settings Helping Or Hurting Your Career?

LinkedIn recently made changes to the way you manage the settings of your profile. Understanding how to use these settings will have an impact on how valuable LinkedIn is for you. In this post, I’ll show you which settings are most important for personal branding and how to maximize them for your …

Application Essays -- the Important First Introduction!

We have read thousands of private school application essays. We've laughed, we've cried, we've slept through many☺<p>A good application essay should be concise, personal and memorable. The following tips will ensure that you will compose a great essay.<p>I have so much to say. I could actually write a …

Saving Your Rookie Managers from Themselves

Tom Edelman, like a million freshly minted managers before him, had done a marvelous job as an individual contributor. He was smart, confident, forward thinking, and resourceful. His clients liked him, as did his boss and coworkers. Consequently, no one in the department was surprised when his boss …

Management

Frenchman demands £280,000 after being 'bored out' of his job

A Frenchman claims his employer gave him so little to do that he suffered from "bore out" and is now demanding €360,000 (£283,000) in compensation.<p>The term "burn out", when employees collapse due to stress and overwork, is well-known but Frédéric Desnard, 44, from Paris, has accused his …

10 best security apps for Android that aren't antivirus apps

When you Google Search the term security apps, you get a ton of antivirus and anti-malware app listings. Unfortunately, that’s a very narrow view of what’s out there. There are tons of apps that can boost your security. Most of them are fairly easy to use and don’t use a ton of resources. Here are …

Why Cuba is an education success story and what it can teach Africa

Clive Kronenberg, <i>Cape Peninsula University of Technology</i><p>Cuba takes education very seriously. It became a top priority after Fidel Castro became prime minister in 1959 and this helped the country shake its mantle as the most unequal of the Hispanic Caribbean territories during both the colonial and …

5 Easy Ways To Help Kids Love To Read

I've been helping kids create a love of reading for 25 years.<p>Some days, I think I've nailed it. Others, it's more of a struggle.<p>Yesterday, for example, my 8th graders rushed into class babbling about the first chapter of The Pearl; they couldn't believe it when the chapter was over, and how fully …

10 Psychological Traits That Make a Great Salesperson

Psychologists and salesmen have more in common than you think.<p>People often compare athletes to salespeople. Their competitiveness, work ethic, and drive to succeed correlate strongly, which is why you often see a sales floor comprised of a majority of athletes.<p>While it is rarely spoken about, the …

Emotional Intelligence