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What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

<b>Like most 25-year-olds,</b> Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or …

Leadership

10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2016

<i>Below is a guest post from Mumbai-based writer-filmmaker—and longtime #longreads contributor—Pravesh Bhardwaj (@AuteurPravesh).</i><p>For a couple of years …

Half the World’s People Live on 1 Percent of Its Land

Mapping population density around the world<p>In the simple map above lies a stark spatial imbalance: Half the people in the world cram into just one percent of the Earth’s surface (in yellow), and the other half sprawl across the remaining 99 percent (in black).<p>Data viz extraordinaire Max Galka …

Geography

Tiny Little Messes

All weekend, I’ve been in bed, in the limbo land of the sick. It’s a space I know well, a territory I’ve occupied for periods of time throughout my …

Google has found that its most successful teams have 5 traits in common

Following the success of Project Oxygen, an internal study of what it takes to be a top manager at Google that started in 2008 and whose findings are still used today, the company undertook another study, this one of team dynamics.<p>A group of Google's People Operations (HR) employees spent the past …

Employment

What to Eat at Every Single Major League Ballpark

Callin' em like we see 'em.<p>As the 2018 MLB season kicks off, what better time to whet (or ruin) your appetite with a look at some of the hyper-American cuisine found in our country's ballparks? From perma-classics like the Chicago Dog to Arizona's controversial "Churro Dog," here is a look at what …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

The 5 Secrets of Effective Body-Weight Training

You don't have to lift weights to get fit. Just push yourself. Discover five ways to turn your body into the most effective muscle-building tool on the planet<p>Warning: your whole concept of strength training is about to change. How can we be so sure? Because for years, fitness insiders have told men …

5 Keys to Building a Risk Management Culture

In 1999, I was a part of a safety review at a Rocky Mountain backpacking program for high school students. A small team of us hiked in to review a …

How to Merge Money and Meaning: An Animated Field Guide to Finding Fulfilling Work in the Modern World

The six psychological pillars of a satisfying life.<p><i>“To not have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself,”</i> wrote Charles Bukowski in his magnificent letter of gratitude to the man who helped him quit a soul-sucking day job to become a full-time writer. But …