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Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling…

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life<p>In Japan, millions of people have <i>ikigai</i> …

Happiness

How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution

For decades, we’ve often thought of leadership profiles in unique buckets—two popular varieties were the “visionaries”, who embrace strategy and think about amazing things to do, and the “operators”, who get stuff done. We intuitively knew that there must be leaders that span these areas, but in …

Management

Good Strategy Execution Requires Balancing 4 Tensions

Putting strategy into practice is notoriously difficult. In our experience, the primary obstacle to strategy execution is a failure to balance the inherent tensions that characterize any major execution effort. Successful strategy execution calls for skillful orchestration of sometimes opposing …

Management

Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap Means Focusing on What Employees Think, Not What They Do

When you embark on a new strategic journey to sustain and grow your organization in an uncertain world, what do you prioritize? If you’re like most of the leaders we know, you start with organizational structure and processes.<p>This would be a mistake.<p>In 2016 we asked 80 senior executives from 20 …

Management

You Don’t Find Your Purpose — You Build It

“How do I find my purpose?”<p>Ever since Daniel Gulati, Oliver Segovia, and I published <i>Passion & Purpose</i> six years ago, I’ve received hundreds of questions — from younger and older people alike — about purpose. We’re all looking for purpose. Most of us feel that we’ve never found it, we’ve lost it, or …

Nobel Prize

Don’t Let Your Inner Fears Limit Your Career

Fear is a natural and universal human phenomenon, affecting top executives as much as anyone else. The majority of management literature is focused on helping leaders conquer their fears. The problem is that stifling fear doesn’t make it go away. In fact, failing to address it can lead to highly …

Leadership

What to Do About Mediocrity on Your Team

The toughest test of a manager is not how they deal with poor performance — it’s how they address mediocrity.<p>I’ve been struck over the years watching executives opine in public about the need for “accountability” and “high performance,” then complain helplessly in private about one or two middling …

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

A Better Way to Set Strategic Priorities

Smart leaders understand that their job requires them to identify trade-offs, choosing what <i>not</i> to do as much as what <i>to</i> do. Grading the importance of various initiatives in an environment of finite resources is a primary test of leadership.<p>To meet this challenge, leaders often turn to rank ordering …

Management

26 iPhone secrets, shortcuts and hidden features you should know about

Sleek iPhone 7 case puts the headphone jack back where it should be

iPhone 7 users no longer must choose between charging their device or listening to headphones, thanks to a new case that restores the headphone jack to its rightful place.<p>Getting a headphone jack back on the iPhone 7 comes at the cost of some serious bulk, but with Incipio’s new OX case, at least …

The best Apple Watch apps to download

Whether you’re wearing the original Apple Watch, the Series 2, or the new Apple Watch Series 3 — which we say is the best smartwatch you can buy — …

Apps

The dire consequences of India’s demonetisation initiative

SUPPOSE that one day the government of a large and fast-growing economy became convinced that its highest priority was to purge the country of …

Economics

Why We Keep Hiring Narcissistic CEOs

When discussing the future of leadership, most conversations focus on bright-side traits. For example, a common topic concerns the particular qualities that leaders <i>ought</i> to possess in order to be effective and how these may change based on the evolution of work, organizations, and society. Although …

Leadership

Amazon’s Takeover Of The Economy Is The Real Threat To American Jobs

Amazon’s stranglehold on the U.S. economy is growing ever tighter, with devastating effects for the job market, says a report released Tuesday afternoon.<p>The group’s wide-ranging analysis details how Amazon, which recently saw annual revenue top a stunning $100 billion, has reshaped the way …

Local Economies

How Fidel Castro was at the heart of Middle East politics

Over the weekend, Algeria declared eight days of mourning to honor the passing of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died on Friday. In a statement, ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Castro’s death “is a great loss for the Algerian people.”<p>Though he ruled a small island nation thousands of …

Middle East

From milk to lightbulbs, Fidel Castro reshaped life in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro changed the flavor of the milk Cuban children drink at breakfast. He filled Cuban kitchens with energy-saving rice cookers, and he gave a two-hour lesson in their use live on national television.<p>He even changed the nation's lightbulbs, launching a nationwide campaign to …

Cuba

When It’s Worth Having a Meeting Before Your Meeting

Imagine the following scenario. You’re a division president of a Fortune 500 company and you’ve been tapped to run a crucial new initiative. The executive committee has targeted Southeast Asia as a new market for your company, and you’re tasked with reorienting the strategic focus of your division. …

Management

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

Difficult conversations — whether you’re telling a client the project is delayed or presiding over an unenthusiastic performance review — are an inevitable part of management. How should you prepare for this kind of discussion? How do you find the right words in the moment? And, how can you manage …

Self-help

How to Tell Someone They’re Being Laid Off

Dismissing an employee is one of the most unpleasant tasks of management. It’s likely to evoke a lot of mixed feelings: sympathy, sadness, and anxiety. Even if letting go of the employee (or employees) is in the best interest of the company, you still may feel guilty. What’s the best way to deliver …

Leadership

3 Productivity Lessons I Learned the Hard Way | Inc.com

<i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>Almost a year ago to the day, I was putting my hair back in a ponytail when I reached up and pulled out a handful of strands. I couldn't believe it: I had gotten so stressed out that my …

Time Management

Manchester United 4 QPR 0: Angel di Maria leads way as new signings suggest bright future awaits

Argentine dismantles Queens Park Rangers on a day when Louis van Gaal's expensive new signings quickly gelled - though tougher challenges lie ahead<p><b>Manchester United's</b> fans will remember Sept 14, 2014 as the best blind date of their lives. Or Daley Blind date. They showed up at Old Trafford shy, …

Soccer

The new-age CFO and his many avatars

With a transformed business scenario comes the demand for a versatile CFO, able to deliver on multiple fronts<p>The one key element that has changed the …

Data Warehousing

Why Saving Work for Tomorrow Doesn’t Work

Do you frequently tell yourself that you’ll do better “next time” and then don’t change when the time comes? Do you often decide to do something “later” only to find that it never gets done?<p>If you answered “yes” to either one of these questions, you’re probably ignoring the fact that your behavior …

The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore

A coaching client of mine is managing partner at a very large law firm, and one of the issues we’ve been working on is how to cope more effectively with the intense demands on his time—clients who expect him to be available, firm partners and other employees who want him to address their concerns …

Why We Don’t Protect Our Passwords

Last week, news broke that a Russian crime ring has stolen 1.2 billion user-name and password combinations, and more than 500 million email addresses—the latest in a long string of data breaches. The experts say the best way to protect your identity and online information is to change passwords …

Louis van Gaal: It has been a very difficult start at Manchester United – but I will deliver

Exclusive: Manchester United manager speaks to Gary Neville about the philosophy he believes will transform the club, his tough opening to season and winning the title back<p>Towards the end of my 45 minutes with <b>Louis van Gaal</b> his eyes lit up when our conversation turned to his great 1995 Ajax side. …

10 of the Best Apple Calendar Apps

Apple calendar apps<p>There’s never enough time in the day to get things done and chances are that you or someone you know has turned to technology to help keep track of their busy schedules. But since the majority of us don’t have the funds to hire a personal assistant, the next best thing is a …

These Excel Text Tricks Will Save Your Life When Cleaning Up Disorganized Data

// OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'x3bzZ5YzotLZQKMUOTKm3k0D59Fe0GNW', {"autoplay":true}); }); //<p>While Microsoft Excel is an impeccable program, sometimes you're forced to scrounge for data from less organized places.<p>Here, we look at one such example where the data that we …

Microsoft Excel