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This Dumb Year: The 47 Lamest Moments in Tech 2013

In tech, dumb moments come in an array of flavors — but some years have definite overarching themes. 2012, for instance, was the year of the apology. …

Modding Your Seiko 5: Secrets of the Subculture

In our series Want This, Get This, we profile one wildly desirable, largely unattainable item and one similar item that costs far less. In fact, …

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7 Things Every Great Boss Should Do

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to</i> <i>entrepreneurs and business owners</i>. The article below was …

6 helpful reminders for when you’re feeling completely overwhelmed

One maddening tendency of any small electronic device is that whenever the battery is low, it wastes most of its remaining power beeping and flashing …

Managing Your Boss

To many people, the phrase “managing your boss” may sound unusual or suspicious. Because of the traditional top-down emphasis in most organizations, it is not obvious why you need to manage relationships upward—unless, of course, you would do so for personal or political reasons. But we are not …

How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match

Why do people who consider themselves good communicators often fail to actually hear each other? Often it’s due to a mismatch of styles: To someone who prefers to vent, someone who prefers to explain seems patronizing; explainers experience venters as volatile.<p>This is why so many of us see our …

Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?

If you want to silence a room of executives, try this small trick. Ask them, “Why would anyone want to be led by you?” We’ve asked just that question for the past ten years while consulting for dozens of companies in Europe and the United States. Without fail, the response is a sudden, stunned …

Be Yourself, but Carefully

<i>To evaluate when—and when not—to share, take this interactive assessment.</i><p>“Authenticity” is the new buzzword among leaders today. We’re told to bring our full selves to the office, to engage in frank conversations, and to tell personal stories as a way of gaining our colleagues’ trust and improving …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Build A Powerful 'Battlefield 4' Gaming PC For $750 -- SSD And Windows 8 Included

<i>Updated with alternate graphics card suggestion. Also, be advised that as of 11/13/2013, AMD has released the Radeon R9 270, bundled with Battlefield 4.</i><p>When DICE released the official PC system requirements for <i>Battlefield 4</i>, the techie side of my brain was immediately catapulted into build mode. …

Writing, brain research and being a better salesperson

<b>How does the act of writing affect your brain? This is an interesting question that Rebecca Accadia, Barrett’s resident organisational psychologist,</b> …

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

Steve Wanner is a highly respected 37-year-old partner at Ernst & Young, married with four young children. When we met him a year ago, he was working 12- to 14-hour days, felt perpetually exhausted, and found it difficult to fully engage with his family in the evenings, which left him feeling …

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Whether we’re looking at business or politics, sports or entertainment, it’s clear we live in an era of self-celebration. Fame is equated with success, and being self-referential has become the norm. As a result we are encouraged to pump ourselves full of alarming self-confidence. Bluster and the …

I’ve been accused of favouring stars – what’s wrong with that?

<b>Dear Aunty B,</b><p><b>One of my staff told me in an exit interview that a major reason he was leaving was because our culture “favoured stars” and he was</b> …