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Reading with intention can change your life

A random sampling of the world’s most successful people will show one common trait: a love of reading. Reading is the easiest way to continue the learning process, increase empathy, boost creativity, and even just unwind from a long day. But books can also change the way we think and live.<p>Warren …

The cost of living in smog-choked Beijing

When the air-quality index in China hits 50, doctors start to worry about health. At 100, the horizon grows indistinct. At 200, the air takes on a rusty tinge. At 300, it gets harder to see a baseball from the outfield. By 400, colour begins to smear away. By 500, buildings begin to vanish, …

The 10 Most Disruptive Technologies of 2015

Speed your power to change your world with this year's innovations<p>In a stunning year for technology, 2015 brought us a number of new surprises. Which of these tech disruptions matters most to you?<p>1. Your new chauffeur just parked out front.<p>Tesla released a software update that suddenly put assisted …

Monsanto Going to Trial for Crimes Against Humanity | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>If you’ve been waiting to finally see Monsanto – one of the most hated companies in the world – to pay for its ecocide, knowing harm of human life,</i> …

An 85-Year-Old Great Grandmother Just Summited Mount Kilimanjaro

Talk about hitting your peak late in the game (pun intended).<p>Anne Lorimore, an 85-year-old great-grandmother from Arizona, is believed to be the …

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Make Your Own Luck

You can make all the luck you'll ever need -- and maybe even a little more.<p>We're often encouraged to "make our own luck," but how do you actually <i>do</i> that? Now science has the answer. Says Dr. Stephann Makri at University College London, one of a team who researched this very issue, lucky people have …

The Two Sides of Employee Engagement

Each year, companies are spending nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in an effort to improve employee engagement — yet you’ll get wildly inconsistent answers if you ask managers what that means. Academics, consultants, and leaders have been grappling with that question for decades. Their …

6 Scientific Facts About Happiness

Happiness. To some people, the emotion feels like a nebulous concept. And while happiness itself is a subjective experience, the ways in which we can …

Giving Up Is the Enemy of Creativity

What determines whether the ideas we generate are truly creative? Recent research of ours finds that one common factor often gets in the way: we tend to undervalue the benefits of persistence.<p>In a series of experiments we observed that people consistently underestimated the number of ideas they …

Executives Get the IT They Deserve

Many executives pine for their internal IT systems to give them a more consumer-friendly experience. They point to the simplicity, ease of use, and hassle-free nature of the digital services they use in their personal lives: the apps on their smart phone that make services available at the push of …

Control the Negotiation Before It Begins

Countless books and articles offer advice that can help deal makers avoid missteps at the bargaining table. But some of the costliest mistakes take place before negotiators even sit down to discuss the substance of the deal. That’s because people fall prey to a seemingly reasonable—but ultimately …

4 Ways to Build a Productive Sales Culture

All businesses face opportunity costs. In the case of a sales organization, money, time, and effort allocated to accounts A and B are resources not available for accounts C, D, and so on. That reality drives the distinction between effectiveness (optimization by doing the right things) and …

The 7 Ted Talks every leader should watch.

Looking for a crash course in leadership? These brilliant presentations can help.<p>When I started my first company at the age of 25, I did not consider myself a leader. I was just a guy who needed to serve my clients. But soon I was hiring people and had to figure out how to be a good boss and …

DuckDuckGo vs Google: It's all about the Bangs!

Google is fun to say, but DuckDuckGo — at least for me — is a lot more fun to <i>use</i>. While I can’t repeat the name as a verb (I can ‘Google it’ on Google; I don’t know what I’d say for a DuckDuckGo search), the upstart search engine has quickly become my go-to on a day to day basis.<p>So, why is …

Your Success as a Leader Depends on This One Thing

Leadership is a complex endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.<p>We tend to make things more complicated than they need to be and that’s …

9 Amazing Home Automation Companies You Need to Know

Here are the top 10 home automation companies and why they are so amazing.<p>Today's home is a smart home thanks to the technology innovations of home automation companies. Whether it's front door locks and home protection, climate control, or appliances, your castle is now completely under your …

What You'll Really Make On Uber, Airbnb or Etsy

It may be possible to earn $252,000 a year on Uber, but a high income is far from the rule among people who work through platforms for independent workers, according to newly released data from by MBO Partners, a firm in Herndon, Va., that studies the independent economy.<p>According to the …

Steve Blank On Why Most Startups Fail, And It's Got Nothing To Do With Technology

When well-known entrepreneur Steve Blank took the stage at Qualcomm’s San Diego headquarters last week, it felt a little like a rock star was in the house. The audience was chock full of current and aspiring startup founders, many of them engineers (this was Qualcomm’s stage, after all….).<p>Blank is …

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6 books that will let you step inside the brilliant minds of business and tech leaders

<i>Business Insider's Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. And full disclosure: Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>We've put together a list of 6 books written by or about today's leaders in business, economics and …

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How to get your best ever body

Five diet and fitness experts on body-weight training, eating organically and 23 other tips to help you reach and maintain a healthy body<p><i>One thing that gets me going on days when I don’t feel like working out or eating clean is following people who inspire me on social media</i>"<p><b>Hollie Grant is a</b> …

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The 7 safest apps to send private and secure messages

With that in mind, technologists are now building better ways for people to shield their communications from prying eyes.<p>The technology driving most of these programs is called "end-to-end encryption," which means that a message is ciphered before it's sent and then deciphered after its received. …

Dyson leaps into lighting with LED lights engineered to last 37 years

Dyson is widely known for its futuristic vacuums, Airblade hand dryers, and bladeless fans and heaters.<p>Now, it hopes to be known for something else: …

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3 Ways You Can Learn Faster

Learning is hard, but with a few tricks you can make the process much easier.<p>When you're young, learning is easy. You're open to new ideas, and get excited about challenging yourself. You also have more time, and everyone around you is encouraging you to take on new skills.<p>But something happens as …

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Competitive Analysis

The seventh in a comprehensive series to help you craft the perfect business plan for your startup.<p>The <b>Competitive Analysis</b> section of your business plan is devoted to analyzing your competition--both your current competition and potential competitors who might enter your market.<p>Every business has …

How to Be More Resilient When Things Get Tough

The choices we make every day determine how resilient we can be when things go wrong. Discover the secret to thriving in challenging times.<p>It's human nature to resist change--particularly when it comes in the form of adversity or challenges. But change is inevitable, and developing the trait of …

How to Build Expertise in a New Field

Better pay, more joy in the job, or prerequisite to promotion? Whatever your reasons for deciding to build expertise in a new field, the question is how to get there.<p>Your goal, of course, is to become a swift and wise decision-maker in this new arena, able to diagnose problems and assess …

Who’s Your Most Valuable Salesperson?

Companies have become savvy customers, often determining the solution they need, the supplier they want, and the price they’ll pay before a salesperson sets foot through the door. In this competitive environment, the premium on finding, training, motivating, and retaining star salespeople has never …

When You Realize You’ll Never Get Your Dream Job

I once had dreams of becoming like Bruce Springsteen. Now, at age 62, I write about him, go to his shows, sing along to his songs in my car, teach my children about his significance, use his works in my Wharton classes, and even serve as a Guest DJ on <i>E Street Radio</i>. But despite my earlier wishes to …

Why Strategy Execution Unravels—and What to Do About It

Since Michael Porter’s seminal work in the 1980s we have had a clear and widely accepted definition of what strategy is—but we know a lot less about translating a strategy into results. Books and articles on strategy outnumber those on execution by an order of magnitude. And what little has been …

The Discipline of Teams

Early in the 1980s, Bill Greenwood and a small band of rebel railroaders took on most of the top management of Burlington Northern and created a multibillion-dollar business in “piggybacking” rail services despite widespread resistance, even resentment, within the company. The Medical Products …