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A supercolony of 1.5 million penguins went unnoticed until now

The story of how scientists discovered a massive “supercolony” of Adélie penguins in Antarctica—which they detailed in a study published Friday (March 2)—begins in 2014, with NASA satellite imagery.<p>Heather Lynch, a professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University, in New York, and …

40 Years of Data Suggest 3 Myths About Globalization

Three beliefs about globalization have propagated since the early 1980s. First, that globalization leads to a reduction in global inequality. Second, that high income growth among the richest will lift the incomes of the poorest. Third, that there is no alternative to rising inequality without …

Income Inequality

Why Elon Musk’s New Strategy Makes Sense

Last week Elon Musk released the second installment of Tesla’s Master Plan. The first installment had been written in 2006. It outlined Tesla’s automotive strategy and it has been pretty much followed to the letter. The second installment moves Tesla beyond the traditional car market, with a plan …

Tesla

China's Christian Future | Yu Jie

( English Version | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese )<p>At the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, when the Communist party defeated the …

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe …

Mindfulness

Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?

<i>The traditional view of management, back in 1977 when Abraham Zaleznik wrote this article, centered on organizational structure and processes. Managerial development at the time focused exclusively on building competence, control, and the appropriate balance of power. That view, Zaleznik argued,</i> …

Management

Managing Performance When It’s Hard to Measure

Organizations of all kinds have long struggled to accurately measure the performance of individual members. The typical approach is to assess an individual’s performance against a metric usually tied to whether or not they performed a task and the amount of output they generated by doing so. …

Management

This Fund Manager Has Consistently Beaten the S&P 500 for 40 Years

Albert Nicholas is well aware that some prominent academics say stock pickers can’t beat their benchmarks over the long haul. He doesn’t have a …

Investing

Is Military Power Becoming Obsolete? by Joseph S. Nye

CAMBRIDGE – Will military power become less important in the coming decades? It is true that the number of large-scale inter-state wars continues to …

A new equation for intelligence

Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It's F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex …

APIs

How cults rewire the brain

Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think …

APIs

FAQ

What motivated you to write an expanded edition of Blue Ocean Strategy?<p><b>Kim & Mauborgne</b>: <i>Blue Ocean Strategy</i> struck a chord with managers and …

Oceans

When to Sell with Facts and Figures, and When to Appeal to Emotions

When should salespeople sell with facts and figures, and when should we try to speak to the buyer’s emotional subconscious, instead? When do you talk to Mr. Intuitive, and when to Mr. Rational?<p>I’d argue that too often, selling to Mr. Rational leads to analysis paralysis, especially for complex …

Selling

The optimism bias

Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side -- …

Psychology

The Capabilities Your Organization Needs to Sustain Innovation

Why are some organizations able to innovate again and again while others hardly innovate at all? How can hundreds of people at a company like Pixar Animation Studios, for example, work together to produce blockbuster after blockbuster over nearly two decades – a record no other filmmaker has ever …

Creativity

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working …

Mindfulness

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

At some point in their careers, most leaders have either consciously — or, more likely, unwittingly — based (or justified) their approach to motivation on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s idea that people are motivated by satisfying lower-level needs such as food, water, shelter, and security, …

Social Choice and Social Welfare by Amartya Sen

CAMBRIDGE – Human beings have always lived in groups, and their individual lives have invariably depended on group decisions. But the challenges of …

The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss

There’s an age-old question out there: Is it better to be a “nice” leader to get your staff to like you? Or to be tough as nails to inspire respect and hard work? Despite the recent enthusiasm for wellness initiatives like mindfulness and meditation at the office, and despite the movement toward …

Stop Worrying About Making the Right Decision

Much of my work as a coach involves helping people wrestle with an important decision. Some of these decisions feel particularly big because they involve selecting one option to the exclusion of all others when the cost of being “wrong” can be substantial: <i>If I’m at a crossroads in my career, which</i> …

Clay Christensen on Peter Drucker

Since first articulating his revelatory insight into how incumbent firms fall prey to disruption, Clay Christensen of the Harvard Business School has continued to work at the ambitious task of “theory building.” The realm he is trying to create models to explain – the effective management of …

In praise of slowness

Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash …

APIs

This is why people leave your company

When Carly Guthrie was running HR for Per Se, one of the hottest restaurants in New York, the general manager gave her a piece of advice: “You know, Carly,” he said. “If we’re doing our job as leaders, a performance review should only be two columns: Column A is what you do great and Column B is …

Hung Up

Disney Orlando Lowest in Median Pay Among 50 Metro Areas

It costs a family of five about $1,500 for a four-day pass to the theme parks at Disney World near Orlando, Florida. It takes Weston Vlier, who …