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What's quagmire en francais?

FRENCH popular support for military intervention in the Central African Republic is waning as French and African troops struggle to restore peace, a …

France struggles to cut down on nuclear power

<b>The Fukushima disaster led many countries to rethink their view on nuclear energy. Germany plans to abandon it altogether, but French President Francois Hollande also wants to cut nuclear output sharply - by a third in 20 years. It's a big ask in a country that now relies on nuclear for 75% of its</b> …

Energy

Army recruitment a 'big challenge'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1043000/1043208_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518432258_c1c5bb1ab29e66adf2d763a2b9f438bb<p><b>Army recruitment is a "big challenge" the defence secretary has said, as the Army launched a £3m campaign to boost regular and reserve forces.</b><p>Philip …

United Kingdom

French oil giant Total to invest in UK shale gas

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/994000/994976_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518167751_0a2625c25df5b6fb553f127631cbbd91<p><b>French oil and gas company Total will invest at least $21m (£12.7m) in the UK's shale gas industry.</b><p>UK energy firm IGas Energy said it had …

Oil

Japan battles China for influence in Africa

Japan's rivalry with China is going global. After years of jousting over obscure islands in the East China Sea and competing for Asian influence, the two countries are now battling for power in a new arena: Africa.<p>It's a region that Tokyo has long ceded to the Chinese, allowing Beijing to pile up …

China

Israel Renews Warnings of Military Action After Iran Nuclear Deal

Israel reacted with vehement skepticism at the signing of an interim agreement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vociferously described as …

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of …

Seizing Opportunities When Advantages Don’t Last

I’ve been researching what allows companies to be successful even when their competitive advantages are short-lived — a phenomenon I call transient advantage. The Regus Group, Ltd., a company that provides many services but is best-known for its offices-for-rent business, is one of many I’ve been …

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

<i>This post is co-authored with Lisa Bodell.</i><p>Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the findings of major CEO surveys conducted by IBM and KPMG [PDF], …

Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Who wouldn’t want a higher level of emotional intelligence? Studies have shown that a high emotional quotient (or EQ) boosts career success, entrepreneurial potential, leadership talent, health, relationship satisfaction, humor, and happiness. It is also the best antidote to work stress and it …

How To Moderate a Panel Like a Pro

The panel discussion was invented by someone who liked to sit three feet above his audience, talk with five of his closest friends for an hour, and barely acknowledge that there are 100 other people in the room, usually sitting in uncomfortable chairs.<p>But until the panel discussion disappears from …

How to Really Understand Someone Else’s Point of View

The most influential people strive for genuine buy in and commitment — they don’t rely on compliance techniques that only secure short-term persuasion. That was our conclusion after interviewing over 100 highly respected influences across many different industries and organizations for our recent …

To Work with Data, You Need a Lab and a Factory

Companies that aim to score big over the long term with big data must do two very different things well. They must find interesting, novel, and useful insights about the real world in the data. And they must turn those insights into products and services, and deliver those products and services at …

What to Do When You’ve Made Someone Angry

I was running late. My wife Eleanor and I had agreed to meet at the restaurant at seven o’clock and it was already half past. I had a good excuse in the form of a client meeting that ran over and I wasted no time getting to the dinner as fast as possible.<p>When I arrived at the restaurant, I …

How to Tell a Story with Data

An excellent visualization, according to Edward Tufte, expresses “complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision and efficiency.” I would add that an excellent visualization also tells a story through the graphical depiction of statistical information. As I discussed in an earlier post, …

The Science of What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Data Visualization

Visualization is easy, right? After all, it’s just some colorful shapes and a few text labels. But things are more complex than they seem, largely due to the the ways we see and digest charts, graphs, and other data-driven images. While scientifically-backed studies do exist, there are actually …

The Chart Wars Have Begun

A few years ago, data scientist Alex Lundry gave a fantastic presentation describing the ways data visualization is being used by political parties to push their own agendas. He showed a Republican visualization of the House Democrats’ health plan — an infographic full of sinuous pipes and literal …

Asia’s Key New Segment: Powerful, Professional Women

If money talks, then some young women are making a powerful statement with their pocketbooks. This is particularly true of a new segment of professional women in Asia called the “Gold Misses.”<p>Gold Misses is a play on the word “old misses,” which means unmarried women, but differentiates itself to …

Japan industrial output shows surprise fall

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japan's industrial production showed a surprise contraction in February, confounding expectations for a sizeable gain …

A Data Scientist’s Real Job: Storytelling

Every morning at DoSomething.org, our computers greet us with a report containing over 350 million data points tracking our organization’s performance. Our challenge as data scientists is to translate this haystack of information into guidance for staff so they can make smart decisions — whether …

The Delicate Art of Giving Feedback

To be an effective manager, you need to be skilled at giving out both praise and criticism. While praise is easy to give, it is far more challenging and unpleasant to criticize your employees. Yet the practice of management requires you to occasionally show employees where they need to improve. …