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My Company Is Killing Anonymous Employee Feedback–Here’s Why

Offering anonymity can be a great tool for surfacing hidden issues–but a frequently poor one for solving them.<p>The end of every year at my company used to hit me with sudden bout of anxiety. Not because of any particular thing to do with the business; December is usually our best month. It’s because …

Leadership

There Are Apparently Zero Scientifically-Proven Benefits to Open Plan Offices | Inc.com

A recent Harvard Business Review article quoted Facebook's "Chief People Officer" on the company's new 430,000 square foot open plan office:<p>"It really creates an environment where people can collaborate; they can innovate together. There's a lot of spontaneity in the way people bump into each …

Peer-Reviewed

America is seduced by 'leadership bling' and lacks true leaders

<b>(CNN) —</b> Only a little more than 10 months into Donald Trump's tenure, a significant majority of America's citizenry view their 45th president as a kind of anti-leader, encouraging the worst elements at home to commit bad actions, undermining his own diplomats, ham-fistedly comforting bereaved …

Harvard Business School

How Libertarian Democracy Skepticism Infected the American Right

In her book <i>Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,</i> which has been shortlisted for the National Book …

Political Science

Apple is really bad at design

Let me just rip this band-aid off...<p>The “notch” on the new iPhone X is not just strange, interesting, or even odd — it is bad. It is bad design, and …

iPhone 5

Speeding Up Your Engineering Org, Part I: Beyond the Cost Center Mentality

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that engineering orgs—like greyhounds, sports cars, and wide receivers—slow down as they age.Odds are good …

Software Development

Stories Like Passwords

<i>by Emma Healey</i><p>This past spring I attended a writing residency at an artists’ centre in Banff, Alberta. For seven weeks I lived in a dream. My studio …

Time I

One of the Last Links to the Inner Nazi Circle Dies at 106

Brunhilde Pomsel, who worked as the private secretary of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, has died. She was 106 years old. Though Pomsel …

Making Wrong Code Look Wrong

Way back in September 1983, I started my first real job, working at Oranim, a big bread factory in Israel that made something like 100,000 loaves of …

The Law of Leaky Abstractions

There’s a key piece of magic in the engineering of the Internet which you rely on every single day. It happens in the TCP protocol, one of the …

Mathematics

9 million American men in prime working age can’t find jobs. I’m one of them.

It’s not something most people in my life know about. My friends, acquaintances, the parents of kids on my son’s soccer team that I coach — none of them know.<p>I have a whole spiel worked out when the question comes up. I say that I’m thinking of changing jobs, or I mention that I’ve been spending my …

Employment

The Myths Democrats Swallowed That Cost Them the Presidential Election

The Scoop 2016 Presidential Election Democratic Party

Against line-chart liberalism | Just Well Mixed

Posted on January 24, 2014<p>This new Ezra Klein/Matt Yglesias joint is going to be the Traveling Wilburys of line charts<p>— jason lefkowitz (@jalefkowit) …

‘It Really Does Get Into Your Head.’ The Election, Through the Eyes of Teenage Girls.

They are too young to vote, but old enough to follow the news. For teenage girls, this gender bomb of an election is happening just as they are starting to form their identities as young women.<p>Hillary Clinton has campaigned with a rah-rah message for girls: “Yes, you can be anything you want — even …

High School

Always a Bridesmaid: Vera Rubin and the Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prizes are won, but I was rooting for astronomer Vera Rubin, now 82, whose quiet, unassuming demeanor might seem incongruent with her …

The Three Infrastructure Mistakes Your Company Must Not Make

Avi Freedman has worked in networking for 30+ years and seen over 100 startups scale their infrastructure. Here are the most vital pieces of advice …

Microservices

Emmys 2016 style and beauty breakdown

There’s a lot to keep up with on Emmys night. The winners! The show’s shocking moments! And of course every style and beauty look to hit the red …

Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States?

In 1250, the southeastern United States was home to a city larger than London whose people built 200 huge, earthen pyramids. So why do so few people …

Archaeology

Predictive Policing Software Is More Accurate at Predicting Policing Than Predicting Crime

Predictive policing is an unproven tool. Its current flaws would result in greater harm than help.“Predictive policing” has an enticing ring to it. …

Policing

The Hook-Up Economy

Once upon a time, most of us expected — or at least aspired — to hold lifetime employment at one company. Perhaps not in our first jobs — we’d play …

Lesson Learned

This morning, I woke up to find out that a job-matching company I’d been advising, WrkRiot (formerly known as 1for.one and apparently also known as …

Hearing about property-based testing from @mtnygard. Fascinating stuff! #chaoseng https://t.co/tB91aEE8D4

President Barack Obama on Feminism, Michelle, and His Daughters

There are a lot of tough aspects to being President. But there are some perks too. Meeting extraordinary people across the country. Holding an office where you get to make a difference in the life of our nation. Air Force One.<p>But perhaps the greatest unexpected gift of this job has been living …

Story of cities #3: the birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation

If Baghdad today is a byword for inner-city decay and violence on an unspeakable scale, its foundation 1,250 years ago was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design. More than that, it was a landmark for civilisation, the birth of a city that would quickly become the cultural lodestar of …

Urbanism

The Daily Life of a Medieval King

<i>Have you wondered just what a medieval king did on a typical day? We actually do have an account of what it was like for King Charles V of France,</i> …

Why I’m Done Asking My Husband To Help Me Out

Yesterday was a completely normal day. I got up, showered, got ready, and went to get the kids. My husband got up, showered, got ready, and went to …

Parenting

A CEO’s guide to gender equality

The case for gender equality is strong. Why is progress so slow?<p><b>Progressive executives know</b> that gender equality is not only the <i>right</i> thing to do but …

Ian Narev