Andy Smits

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Meet the woman protecting Wells Fargo from cybercrime—without a tech degree

Jennifer Spratley is on the front lines of the war against cybercrime. As Wells Fargo’s wholesale fraud prevention and authentication SVP, Spratley …

General Stanley McChrystal: We should all lead like gardeners

<i>In 2003, as head of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in charge of incapacitating Al-Qaeda in Iraq, General Stanley McChrystal faced a</i> …

The education of Airbnb’s Brian Chesky

Photograph by Michael Lewis for Fortune Magazine<p>How the home-sharing site’s co-founder hacked leadership and taught himself to be a world-class …

Core77 Visits Festool, Part 3: The Thinking that Drives the Company

Festool develops products by starting at the end, with what comes out of a customer's mouth<p>When a company has the right type of ethos, their designs …

Squeezed, and loving it: 5 kids, 2 adults in a 1,000-square-foot condo

Adrian Crook has discovered life is better once you abandon the accepted wisdom that you need a house and backyard to raise happy kids.<p>A divorced dad, Mr. Crook lives in a 1,023-sq.-ft. high-rise rental condo with his five children and partner Sarah Zaharia. He has three boys and two girls, ages 8, …

The best way to win an argument

How do you change someone’s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Psychology reveals the last thing to do is the tactic we usually resort to.<p>You are, I'm afraid to say, mistaken. The position you are taking makes no logical sense. Just listen up and I'll be more than happy to …

How much cash do you need to visit Europe? Check out this list

Priceoftravel.com has released its annual list of what it costs to spend a day in a whack of European cities. There's a real science to it, as they look for cheap three-star hotels that have mostly positive online reviews and tally up the cost of one night's stay (based on double occupancy). Then …

Rich and unhappy? You’re not alone

After Tim McCarthy sold his marketing company for $45-million (U.S.), he distributed $8-million to key employees, the same proportion he shared with Uncle Sam, and went further by inviting senior managers to spend time at his expense in New York City. He rented a yacht so they could enjoy the …

What’s a great bottle of wine for under $20? - Canada Q&A

Fred Lum/The Globe & Mail<p>From Kathy S., Sarnia, On.<p>The Globe’s wine guru (and award-winning author) Beppi Crosariol says a terrific bottle of wine doesn’t have to break the bank – but it can be difficult to find. A good bargain Bordeaux is “sort of Holy Grail wine: not so cheap or common that you’d …

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Before & After: An IKEA Dresser Transformed Into an Apothecary Cabinet

A simple, inexpensive dresser gets an upscale makeover.<p>Thrifty and Chic via Hometalk<p><i>We're big fans of hometalk, the social network for home and garden lovers, so we're excited to share one of our favorite posts today. Check out the amazing reveal and make sure to check out the site for more great</i> …

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Tony Robbins, The CEO Whisperer

“I own you!” Six thousand people—sales executives, marketing pros, software developers, me—are shouting those same three, potent words at a colleague …

Feeling frugal after the holidays? Try these 11 affordable wines

Perhaps you are still carrying the burden of a fine-wine shopping spree from the holidays on your Visa. Maybe you've been planning to tighten that wine-budget belt for a long time. Whatever your reasons for trimming the fiscal fat, there's no shame here. Not at Dr. Frugal's Wine Clinic. Please step …

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They need this skill …

When Christians Are Christianity's Worst Enemy

I'm a Christian. I'm proud of my faith, and I love the church. But sometimes my fellow Christians make me want to scream.<p>Like a couple days ago, when a restaurant server posted the following photo to reddit.<p>The story: The pastor was part of a large party who ate at this server's restaurant. Like …

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Learned A Lot About Spirituality In Space

During an emotional interview with NPR's Terry Gross, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield opened up about his views on space, faith and our place in the universe.<p>When asked if being in space has changed his perspective on spirituality, Hadfield, who has spent a total of six months in space and has …

Slow Cooker Sugar + Roasted Garlic Pot Roast Sandwiches

Crockpot Brown Sugar + Roasted Garlic Pulled Pot Roast Sandwiches.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> September 13, 2013 152<p>It’s Friday. Let’s do this thang.<p>This crockpot …

The true secret to business success

In advice columns, business books and public speeches, entrepreneurs note a variety of secrets to success. Some say drive is the most important thing, others say it's in the business plan. I disagree. There's one trait that all successful entrepreneurs share: resilience.<p>Resilience isn't usually …

Why Bosses Think They’re Stressed When They’re Not

Relax: If you’re on top, you’re not really that worried. Just ask science.<p>Everybody’s complaining about everything all the time, including bosses: They get insane amounts of email, have to sit in way too many meetings, and have to suppress their bowel movements to keep moving up the ladder.<p>As a new …

Loblaw marketing genius Dave Nichol dies at 73

The man who brought balsamic vinegar to the supermarket<p>Dave Nichol, the marketing genius who brought extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to …

WATCH: Why I Think Nonprofits Should Act More Like Businesses

How would you react if you knew someone was getting wealthy in charity? How would you feel if you saw your favorite charity run a $3 million ad on the Superbowl using charitable donations to fund it? What would you think if a charity lost a million dollars on a brand new fundraising idea that …

31 Haunting Images of Abandoned Places That Will Give You Goose Bumps

They say that the only permanent thing in the world is change. History books are one way to understand the passage of time, but there are also some …

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How to Facilitate a SWOT Session

SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. Many businesses and organizations hold SWOT sessions while planning or setting goals, and find …

Does Social Connection Turn Good Deeds into Good Feelings? On the Value of Putting the 'Social' in Prosocial Spending

Article | International Journal of Happiness and Development | 2013

People Like Giving More When The Giving Is Social

Do-gooders, charities, and even governments, then, might want to listen up to the results of a set of three recent psychology studies that are the …

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How The “Me Me Me Generation” Plans To Save You You You

Alex Capecelatro, CEO and founder of At The Pool, has a story that may give you hope for the millennial generation.<p>Not too long ago, the cover of <i>Time</i> featured a photo of a young girl taking a “selfie” with the headline “The Me Me Me Generation.” If that wasn’t enough, the cover explained …

Hand Over Your Inbox, And Other Ways To Let A Great Assistant Maximize Your Productivity

In a perfect world, you’d be the one fetching coffee with all the time your assistant has saved you. Here’s what to look for in a slick sidekick.<p>In pop culture, the boss-assistant relationship rivals the buddy-cop one for comedic fodder. This past spring, Lydia Whitlock’s <i>To My Assistant</i> book made a …

Detroit may not return to past glory, but don’t stop believing

It was years in the making and still came as a shock: Last month, Detroit became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, marking a new low in the history of the place that once symbolized American industrial prowess.The crisis has long been obvious to any visitor: The former Motor …

Urban Design

With Little Kids, You Take Trips, Not Vacations

By far the best moment every day was when the kids were finally in bed, and the adults all gathered upstairs to laugh, moan about our sore, aging bodies, and relive every precious part of that day.<p>I'm told that when you spend 48 hours cramming suitcases and food and toys and blankets into your …

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