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This One Shocking Factor Can Make You 4600 Percent More Likely To Become an Addict

Click here for reuse options! It was discovered quite by accident – in part of a study of a totally different subject.One of my earliest memories is …

21 signs you're mentally stronger than average

It is the daily practice of pushing yourself to grow stronger, maintaining realistic optimism, and setting healthy boundaries. Mentally strong people don't do things like waste time feeling sorry for themselves or give away their power to other people.<p>How do you know where you fall on the spectrum? …

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Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable

Employees used to know just your name, your face, your business reputation.<p>Now they know your salary, your hometown, your connections on LinkedIn, how much your house is worth. They know more than ever, and you’re under pressure to share more than ever, too – 76% of global executives think it’s a …

Peanut butter sniff test confirms Alzheimer’s

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.<p>Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in …

Redefining the Patient Experience with Collaborative Care

It’s a common patient complaint about the people involved in their care: “Sometimes the left hand doesn’t seem to know what the right hand is doing. I don’t feel everyone is working together.” To address this issue, nurses at ThedaCare employed lean techniques to create a patient-centered, …

Jimi’s Last Ride

On the evening of August 26th, 1970, Jimi Hendrix walked through the street-level door at 52 West 8th Street in New York’s Greenwich Village into …

Guitar

Influential Leaders Ask These 6 Questions

Try 'zig-zagging' into these conversations to generate ideas and extend your influence.<p>The key to being a powerful leader isn't giving orders -- it's extending your influence. And one important way to do that is by spreading and soliciting new ideas.<p>As an influential leader, you are a conduit of …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Why are The Economist’s writers anonymous?

<i>Editor’s note: This week, to mark the 170th anniversary of the appearance of the first issue of</i> The Economist <i>on September 2nd 1843, this blog will</i> …

Jazz Pharmaceuticals - Fastest Growing Companies 2013 - Fortune Magazine

In medical terminology, a bolus is a massive dose of a drug administered all at once. Jazz Pharmaceuticals has experienced a similar infusion of cash recently, thanks in large part to the success of its narcolepsy drug, Xyrem, which improves the quality of narcoleptics’ waking hours by helping them …

How to Delegate Effectively

<i>Ilya Pozin is the founder of Ciplex, and a writer on entrepreneurship and marketing.</i><p>Don’t look now, but your micromanagement habits might be stunting your company’s growth. If you’re improperly, inefficiently, or just plain avoiding the delegation of tasks, you may be harming your company more than …

3 Scientific Secrets to Great Team Chemistry

Psychologists are digging into the mystery of why some teams gel and others don't. Here's some of what they've uncovered.<p>Great teams, like great dates, depend on chemistry. The members can have all the requisite skills on paper, display competent social skills and a willingness to work hard, but …

Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching

Remember “light bulb” jokes? My favorite was, “How many shrinks does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the light bulb must <i>want</i> to change.” It’s true: Unless or until a person decides to commit to change wholeheartedly, no coach can help move him or her one-millimeter off the dime.<p>Worse yet …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

4 Strategies That Inspire Creativity

The experience of the greatest of the Medici patrons shows how true creativity blooms.<p>At the age of 20, Lorenzo the Magnificent was the most powerful and wealthiest man in 15th century Europe. His father, Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, had recently died and left him the Medici bank along with the …

Leading Change (part one)

Every time I teach or work with church leaders the topic of managing change comes up. With that, I decided to go back and take a look at a classic …

6 Questions to Shape a Healthy Organizational Structure

One of the three core areas of consultation that The Unstuck Group provides to organizations is a staffing and structure review. Because we produce a …

How Criticism Creates Innovative Teams

It’s tough to find examples of successfully challenging the boss, even tougher to find stories of leaders who specifically ask to be challenged. The most common is a tale of Alfred P. Sloan at General Motors. During a meeting in which GM’s top management team was considering a weighty decision, …

6 Tips for Creating Amazing Content

Content marketing can be extremely effective, but only if you know how to create compelling content. Here are six tips.<p>The great thing about marketers is that they love to write about themselves. So you can just imagine how happy they are now that content marketing is the hot trend for success. For …

Good Companies Are Storytellers. Great Companies Are Storydoers

Discussions about story and storytelling are pretty fashionable in marketing circles. I have ambivalent feelings about this. On the one hand, as a lifelong advocate for the power of story in business, I find this very encouraging. For all companies, having a story and knowing that story are crucial …

The Right Task vs. The Right People

If you’re the “complete the right task”-type of leader, you better be real smart. You’ll need to know how to do everything. Then you’ll have to make …

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

We need a new generation of leaders. And we need it now.<p>We’re in the midst of a Great Dereliction — a historic failure of leadership, precisely when we need it most. Hence it’s difficult, looking around, to even remember what leadership is. We’re surrounded by people who are expert at winning — …

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. “What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. …

Why Women Are Better than Men at Recognizing Faces

When women were shown images of unfamiliar people, eye-tracking technology showed that they fixed upon the faces <b>10% to 40% more</b> times than men did, suggesting that women’s ability to gather more visual information is what gives them a better memory for faces, says a team from McMaster University in …

Know Your Team's Motivational Mindset

The Hidden Danger of Being Risk-Averse

People are generally not all that happy about risk. As Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman has written, “For most people, the fear of losing $100 is more intense than the hope of gaining $150. [Amos Tversky and I] concluded from many such observations that ‘losses loom larger than …

The Secret Hiring Practice That Helped Max Levchin Build PayPal

Way before PayPal became a mafia, it was a small startup. Cofounder Max Levchin on how he picked his people.<p>It seems clear that Max Levchin knows the unpredictable value of connections: As we noted in our profile of Levchin for our Most Creative People issue, the PayPal cofounder is constantly …

The top three leadership lessons from the battle of Gettysburg

The United States has fought many battles in its history. During two battles, however, the fate of the entire nation hung in the balance. The first …