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How Spotify Balances Employee Autonomy and Accountability

Autonomy may be the single most important element for creating engagement in a company. How can anyone feel engaged, let alone inspired, if she feels that some supervisor is always looking over her shoulder? But autonomy is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it spurs creativity and involvement. …

Management

14 executives share the daily habits that keep them on top

But another ingredient typically goes into the mix: discipline. Take it from these executives who share the daily habits that propelled them to the top and help them stay there.<p>1. Keep a gratitude book<p>"Having a gratitude diary of things in your life you are grateful reminds you and focuses you on …

Media Industry
Israel

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status

<i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann, writer who abandoned a career in law, on Quora:</b><p>For anyone who wants to attain the vaunted …

Literature

Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment

I’m at the kitchen sink, after a long day of work and kids and chores and the emotional exhaustion of a toxic election season, attempting to mindfully focus on congealed SpaghettiOs. My brain flits to the Netflix queue. I manhandle my thoughts back to the leaky orange glob in front of me. My brain …

Mindfulness

22 maps that explain America

At Business Insider, we love maps. There is no better way to convey data about people and places than with a map.<p>To that end, we've put together 22 maps that explain various economic, social, demographic, and linguistic aspects of the United States of America. Check them out.<p><i>Rob Wile contributed to</i> …

Demographics

What It Feels Like to Die

Science is just beginning to understand the experience of life’s end.<p>“Do you want to know what will happen as your body starts shutting down?”<p>My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents’ Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic …

Medicine

Japan's sex problem is setting up a 'demographic time bomb,' and it could be spreading

Japanese women are having so few children that the country's population could drop by half in 24 years.<p>The data reveals that roughly 1 million babies were born in Japan in 2015. Meanwhile, 1.3 million people died. That's a net loss of almost 300,000 people.<p>New data released by UBS makes the trend …

Japan

Only Samsung Can Save Android From iPhone Domination

Sometimes numbers hide the true story. In the world of smartphones, the volume of Android sales tower over the rival iOS platform. Android accounts for over eighty percent of the market, with iOS a distant second (Kantar Worldpanel). With that measure Android is ‘winning’ but that’s not …

Mobile

10 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Know and Live By

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What do entrepreneurs need more than anything else? Brain fuel. The creative brain is one that is constantly fed.<p>So why not learn from giants of entrepreneurial thinking. Consider re-writing one of these 10 powerful quotes and posting it …

Motivation

Fury as Qatar announces plan to support anti-Israel group

The Israeli government has reacted angrily to plans by the Gulf state of Qatar to support a group backed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn which wants to impose a global trade and cultural boycott on the Jewish state.<p>Qatar has emerged as the main financial backer of a conference to review the aims of …

The Happiness Dilemma And How To Avoid It: 3 Simple Steps to Love Your Life

The view from the peak is more enjoyable when you've enjoyed each step of the climb.<p>Ambitious individuals often fall victim to their desire for self-growth. By constantly preparing for the future or analyzing the past, successful people restrict themselves from being fully immersed in the present …

Happiness

4 Proven Ways to Increase Your Motivation to Exercise

Workout motivation. You don’t have any. You know exercise is good… and you still don’t do it. You’re not alone.<p>We all want a magic pill that makes us …

Jerry Seinfeld

Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and Other Successful Entrepreneurs' Favorite Interview Questions

The unusual questions these bosses ask to find out what they need to know about prospective employees.<p>Savvy executives know that interview questions like, "What's your biggest strength?" and, "What's your biggest weakness?" aren't as telling as they seem.<p>That's why they steer clear of these clich …

Employment

The Decorating Secrets an IKEA Stylist Knows (That You Don't)

We're often dazzled by the effortless aesthetic of a Swedish interior—their cool home tours continually inspire us. How do they create such …

Here's what Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and 28 other successful people ask job candidates during interviews

That's why they steer clear of these cliché queries and instead ask more meaningful ones.<p>Many of the most successful execs have their one favorite go-to question that reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate.<p>Here are 30 of them.<p><i>Alison Griswold and Vivian Giang contributed to</i> …

Employment

17 ways technology will change our lives by 2050

New forms of technology are bound to change how we live.<p>We asked Ian Pearson, a futurist with an 85% accuracy record, what new technology we can expect to see by 2050 and how it will change the way we live.<p>Scroll down to see Pearson's biggest predictions about the future:

Singularity

In the post-factual democracy, politicians win by getting feelings right and facts wrong

As dawn broke on June 24, 2016, UK politician Nigel Farage was celebrating the triumph of a dangerous narrative. Farage, who until yesterday headed the UK Independence Party, declared the vote in favor of Britain leaving the European Union a victory for ordinary people. “We will get our country …

Political Science

Quran Is Not for Muslims

The very first verse in Quran reads, "1:2 (Asad) All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds (that exist)," and the very last chapter opens with this line, "114:1 (Ali) Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind," and there is a whole lot in between. God chose to …

Religion

The Supreme Contemplation

One of the best ways to prepare for death is to acknowledge that we really are going to die. We’re falling in the dark and have no idea when we’ll …

The Mind of Donald Trump

Narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity—a psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency.<p>I<b>n 2006, Donald Trump</b> made plans to purchase the Menie Estate, near Aberdeen, Scotland, aiming to convert the dunes and grassland into a luxury golf …

Donald Trump

To the Wife Who Has Anxiety and Depression, From Your Husband

<i>Written by Brandon Geib</i><p>To my wife and my best friend,<p>When we first met five years ago, I never thought I would be writing this. As we stood on stage in front of all of those strangers, acting our hearts out, I never once believed we would find ourselves here. We've come a long way.<p>When we first …

Time I

You are Not the Voices Inside Your Head.

<b>In my experience</b>, one of the most important aspects of becoming a deeply healthy person is uncovering and embracing what I call our “health …

Spirituality

From rejecting the iPod to turning down Google: The biggest mistakes in tech history

Bill Gates

Hope fades for a two-state solution. Is there another path to Middle East peace?

Support for separate Israeli and Palestinian states divided by the pre-1967 border is draining away<p>Whether you regard the controversy raging in the Labour party as a long overdue reckoning with insidious antisemitism on the British left or just a smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, …

Israel

If you want to be like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, adopt their voracious reading habits

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?<p>They read. A lot.<p>In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. …

Bill Gates

Sober is the new drunk: why millennials are ditching bar crawls for juice crawls

Is being sober finally trendy? Juice crawls are just one of many booze-free events in the US catering to millennials who are ditching the hooch in favor of clarity<p>On a Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, Rachel Floyd and her boyfriend Paul Isham take a shot of a dark yellow liquid called Mother …

Alcohol

6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.</i><p>Starting your own business is no small undertaking, so it’s worth taking the time to really think …

Small Business

Ignore the smears: Bernie Sanders is right about Israel’s heinous atrocities in Gaza — he just got the numbers wrong

Israeli soldiers admitted they shot Palestinians out of boredom, but Bernie is slammed for trying to tell the truth<p>Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has faced a torrent of criticism in recent days after criticizing Israel's atrocities in its 2014 war in Gaza.<p>In an interview published this week …

Israel