Clay Lowe

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Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

How to Give Feedback People Can Actually Use

Over the last decade, I’ve conducted thousands of 360-degree feedback interviews with the colleagues of the leaders I coach. My goal with these sessions is to get a better sense of my clients’ strengths and weaknesses, but more often than not, the feedback isn’t particularly useful.<p>How do you give …

How Leaders' Dark Sides Hurt Performance

Received wisdom has it that — in this age of collaboration, team work and the like — people with bright personality types are the most desired by organizations and so can expect to thrive. Indeed, this focus has been so strong that there has been little attention paid to what happens when managers …

10 Tips For Improving Your Emotional Intelligence And Being A Better Leader

When I was first promoted to a leadership position, I was so proud and yet so unprepared.<p>It was my technical skills that had gotten me the job, not …

Three Reasons Why Culture Efforts Fail

Company leaders often respond to potential disruption with a scramble to overhaul their business. A recent article in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> argues that’s wrong.<p>Short-term and scattered measures don’t last, say Paul Leinwand of PwC and Cesare Mainardi of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. …

Employment

Ask smart questions to motivate teams

Great leaders don’t just provide great answers to questions; they also ask great questions. You can learn so much by asking great questions, and this is an important habit to develop.<p>As well as helping you to increase your knowledge and understanding, it also makes your teams feel more involved, …

This 5-Minute Rule Is Proven to Make Your Meetings More Productive

A new meeting trend promises to increase efficiency and productivity.<p>Imagine you're tasked with updating the team on an important work issue that needs their buy-in. You've prepped and now you start delivering on all the points they need to hear. Sixty seconds into your polished presentation, your …

What to do if you're miserable at work, according to a happiness expert

If you find yourself unhappy, stressed or miserable at your office, you are not alone.<p>While more than half of American workers say they don't feel …

To be resilient, start by avoiding the word "happiness"

Happiness isn’t a country. You don’t get there and stay. It’s a fleeting space, a feeling that comes and goes, so focusing on <i>being</i> happy is just a distraction, according to some psychologists. Better to develop resilience, which is a characteristic that you can cultivate to improve the quality of …

Elasticity

The 1 Company Culture Rule 99% of People Are Afraid to Follow but Should

Company culture is created by following this simple rule.<p>I believe we are experiencing a massive shift in how companies think about company culture.<p>Go back a few years, and it was all about novelties to draw top talent: big screen televisions, open work spaces, Ping-pong tables and baristas on …

Change Your Leaders To Change Your Culture

How would you describe the culture of your organization? Some might say, “It’s the smell of the place,” or, “It’s how things are done around here.” Research done on culture and organizational performance by Kotter and Heskett defines culture as “…gained knowledge, explanations, values, beliefs, …

Leadership

Why a Gen-X CEO Hired a Millennial to Help Him Keep a Learning Mindset

At age 41, I am where I want to be in my career: running my own sales-training business, with enough clients lined up that I can probably live comfortably for the next several years. But I’m in trouble. Every Gen Xer is.<p>Younger generations are quickly taking over the workforce. They’re also …

The 8 Rules of Leadership by Jack Welch

Leadership is best taught by example. Follow these eight indisputable rules directly from the playbook of the former head of GE.<p>Leadership is all about growing others. It's about your team and its welfare. It's about your direct reports and their performance.<p>Leadership is a tough act. It's a daily …

Leadership

The Best Managers Do These 6 Key Things Differently

Giving people credit after a job well done isn't a sign of weakness.<p>Effectively managing others is both a science and an art, just like programming or playing an instrument. Based on personality and past experiences, some people tend to naturally be stronger at leading and inspiring others. That …

Your Strategy Has to Be Flexible — But So Does Your Execution

Peter Drucker said: “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” <i></i>This and a slew of similar maxims reflect a common view of strategy execution: that it’s distinct from strategy, harder to pull off than defining a strategy, and therefore more critical to success …

We Are the Weirdos: meet the women changing the face of horror

<b>As a new collection of short horror films by women hits the cinemas, we meet the young filmmakers proving the genre doesn't have to be misogynistic</b><p>Horror movies and feminism, at first glance, don’t seem like natural bedfellows. On-screen women are regularly terrorised, chased, drenched in blood, …

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain–And Why You Should Have One Today

Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking, and memory performance. Ready, set . . . snooze.<p>I’m a big fan of afternoon naps.<p>In fact, I was super excited when I joined Buffer to hear that the team is pro-napping. It’s not every day you come across a company …

Taiwan's hacker minister reshaping digital democracy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Taiwan's "digital minister" Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says …

Fast, loose and lyrical: Pablo Larraín's Neruda anti-biopic

After his Oscar-nominated Jackie, the director is taking on Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. But what does his biographer make of the film’s freewheeling approach to the facts?<p>Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood: all Pablo Larraín’s …

How to Become the Confident Person You've Always Wanted to Be

We've all heard the phrase "fake it till you make it" when reading up on how to be confident, but for Olympic athlete and Nike female fitness …

Do Our Memories Make Us Who We Are? One Artist’s Memory Loss Suggests Maybe Not

“When the neuroscientists discovered that Lonni Sue existed, they realized that she had all of these skills that don’t necessarily fit into our idea …

Want to chat with Shakespeare? AI bots will soon allow us to talk to the dead

Imagine debating the interpretation of a Shakespearean sonnet and being able to clarify its meaning with the bard himself. Or sitting in history class and being able to ask George Washington questions about the Constitution, no soul-conjuring witchcraft required.<p>In the next decade, advancing AI …

Augmented Reality

Tom Cruise 'Falls' Into Avengers, Harry Potter, and Tons of Other Movies

Tom Cruise is freeeeeeeeeee, free fallin’!<p>YouTuber DrMachakil grabbed some footage of Cruise taking a plunge in <i>Vanilla Sky</i> and digitally inserted it …

When Patsy Cline Was A Rule Breaker

At a time when women were expected to be domestic homemakers, <b>Patsy Cline</b> redefined what it meant to be a woman and a “girl singer” in the late 50s …

The Secret to Stronger Friendship: Try This to Build Better Bonds

As a psychiatrist, I get a close whiff of people’s dirty laundry, so to speak. Most people would rather share their weaknesses with a total stranger (and pay good money for it) than confide in someone they know.<p>In fact, it’s the reason that most of my patients seek my help in a crisis. Yes, they …

81-year-old woman makes iPhone app after only starting to use computers at 60

If you laugh at how older people use computers, this 81-year-old from Japan is going to set you straight.<p>Masako Wakamiya is making the news for an …

‘I Have Multiple Loves’

Carrie Jenkins makes the philosophical case for polyamory.

Polyamory

Three M’s That Naturalism Can’t Provide

Everyone has a worldview; all of us experience and interpret the world through a collection of beliefs that guide our understanding. As an atheist, I …

Inventions