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Why Finance Is Still a Problem

Warren Buffett warned investors that bankers were still up to their old tricks in his recent investor letter. Vanguard founder Jack Bogle is writing …

Economics

Why Your Voice Sounds Different Inside Your Head

The voice in your head is a lie. What you hear when you open your mouth is distinctly less velvety than what everyone around hears—and it's your …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Happiness

Fitle Will Let You Try Clothes On A 3D Avatar Of Yourself

When Charles Nouboue was in business school, he found he had little time to shop during regular store hours. But shopping online proved to be hard.<p>“It’s difficult to find exactly what you want to buy,” Nouboue said. “It’s very complicated to find the right size.”<p>That’s why he and his partner, …

MIT Rethinks How You Consume News

No idea where Ukraine is? Confused about the differences between Sunnis and Shiites? MIT has a solution.<p>The global news cycle can be overwhelming. So many cultures, regions, and conflicts around the world intersect to form a new mass of headlines each day, that it can be nearly impossible to keep …

MIT Media Lab

Cash-Strapped? 10 PR Strategies to Improve Your ROI

<i>Dmitry Davydov is a Chief Marketing Officer for Bitrix24, worlds fastest growing free CRM, project management, private social network and online collaboration platform created specifically for small businesses.</i><p>PR is hard. And expensive. Most of the time, you get nothing out of it. And when your …

Do You Know What Makes Your Company Distinctive?

Every company has a limited amount of time, money, and resources that it can invest in innovation. That’s why they should focus their energies on opportunities that will set them apart from their competition — that is, they should innovate where they differentiate.<p>One company that does this …

Complete list of winners for the 71st Golden Globe Awards

<i>A rundown of all the winners from the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards…</i><p>Hollywood took a major step towards the Oscars last night as the stars of film …

The Single Best Way To Develop Leadership Skills

The military is right about experiential development: People become leaders by making a commitment to a cause, and having personal responsibility and accountability. In civilian life, volunteer service is the best way to do this–here are 6 tips on making the most of it.<p>You might learn a great deal …

Leadership

To Optimize Talent Management, Question Everything

Should you hire as if your workforce will stay a month, a year, or their entire career? The answer makes a big difference in the qualifications you set, how well candidates must “fit” with the job, the team or the organizational culture, and the “deal” you offer. A traditional employment model may …

Seasonal Selling Strategies that Last All Year

‘Tis the season for seasonal SKUs! Consumers love and look forward to the plethora of pumpkin and eggnog everywhere. Retailers and manufacturers love the spike in sales and the extra buzz at the shelf. But usually when the holiday cheers and decorations disappear, so do the extra sales — and …

In the Books by 800-CEO-READ

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data. In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of …

Building a Game-Changing Talent Strategy

Artwork: Freegums, Spacial Tension, 2011, acrylic on wood, 55″ x 44″<p>Founded 25 years ago by eight partners, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, rewrote the playbook in financial services. While many of its peers were stumbling and retrenching in the aftermath of the 2008 …

From Superstorms to Factory Fires: Managing Unpredictable Supply-Chain Disruptions

Traditional methods for managing supply chain risk rely on knowing the likelihood of occurrence and the magnitude of impact for every potential event that could materially disrupt a firm’s operations. For common supply-chain disruptions—poor supplier performance, forecast errors, transportation …

The Secret to Delighting Customers

What motivates employees to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a great customer experience? Disney tells a story about a little girl visiting a theme park who dropped her favorite doll over a fence. When staff retrieved the doll, she was covered in mud, so they made her a new outfit, …