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The height of intelligence

Tall people are smarter.<p>This is a phenomenon with scientific research to back it up. It's a small effect, it's not an absolute; I'm not saying Andre the Giant was the intellectual superior of Robert Hooke, you'll still find plenty of smarter-than-average shorter people, and many tall people who …

Empowered Teams Get a Slow Start, But Soon Zoom Ahead

In a war-game simulation, newly formed teams whose leaders encouraged collaborative decisions were at first quickly surpassed by groups with “directive” leaders. But the “empowered” teams learned more rapidly, and by the end of the simulation, they had bested the other teams by about <b>20%</b> of total …

Sorry, but the Internet doesn’t change who you really are — it reveals who you really are

The more connected we get, the more we seem to hunger for disconnection. The more devices and services we use, the more we dream about how much …

The Real Reason You Learn A Lesson Better When You Teach It

Our minds often work best in interaction with other people's minds, and there are particular kinds of relationships that are especially good at evoking our intelligence.<p>One is the master-apprentice relationship, which I wrote about here. Another, of course, is the teacher-student relationship—but …

Being A Leader Means Learning To Talk Like One

Effective leadership requires verbal discipline.<p>Leaders need to care about and practice the quality, specificity, and power of their language. Not enough of them do.<p>Communication is particularly crucial to entrepreneurs. A founder's individual vision and presence is vital to his or her …

Leadership

'The Great Gatsby Curve': Why It's So Hard for the Poor to Get Ahead

High-income kids who don't graduate from college are 2.5 times more likely to end up rich than low-income kids who do. Why it's so hard for the poor to get ahead today.<p>The American Dream isn't dead—it just moved to Denmark.<p>We like to think of ourselves as living a classless society, but it isn't …

Eliminating stupidity is easier than creating brilliance

Is poker a game of pure luck, or is there skill involved too? <br>One way to test, as Steve Levitt suggested, is to check if it's possible to lose on …

Student Test Scores Show That 'Grit' Is More Important Than IQ

Nope. It's '<i>grit</i>,' more than anything else.<p>Through her research at the University of Pennsylvania — and firsthand experience teaching in New York City's public schools —psychologist Angela Duckworth has found that the ability to withstand stress and move past failures to achieve a goal is the best …

Education