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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>It has increasingly become accepted that emotional intelligence is an important …

Getting People to Believe in Something They Can’t Yet Imagine

What would you do if you had a working prototype of a revolutionary tablet computer that was receiving rave reviews well before Apple came out with its iPad? Cancel further funding for the project in favor of developing an updated version of an existing company product? In hindsight that seems …

How Africa's first education tablet computer was created

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1108000/1108426_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534414411_8b6de19b56575f9d0030bbad24a76f66<p><b>Thierry N'Doufou's three eldest children tumble out of the car; the little one trips over her school bag as she tries to work out what to do with</b> …

If the best way for a country to develop is to add value to its own natural resources, then how come Switzerland is a world-class producer of chocolate – despite not having any cocoa trees? Read this surprising take on raw materials and economic progress by Ricardo Hausmann, professor of economics at Harvard University: http://wef.ch/1q6GFq1 Chart: http://wef.ch/1q6GEm5

Don’t Let Cost Cutting Run Amok

When our last receptionist asked if she could leave an hour early each day at a reduced salary so that she could get home to her son, I initially jumped at the chance to save some money. I never envisioned losing a major potential client who called our office two weeks later at 4:45, left a message …

London's first 'poverty map' in 1899 shows a very different city to today

A handful of fascinating old maps of London have been released showing the divisions of rich and poor, the first attempts at a large-scale survey of …

Notting Hill

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

But younger Americans value library services less than more senior cohorts, study finds.<p>Kids today with their selfies and their Snapchats and their love of literature.<p>Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being …

To Close a Deal, Find a Champion

In Greek mythology, Charon is the ferryman who guides souls across the river Styx to the underworld. Those who do not employ his services are forced to wander the shores—lost for a hundred years.<p>Dealmakers who try to “go it alone” can expect to suffer a similar fate. Closing a major deal with a</i> …

Capture More Value

When Switzerland-based Vestergaard introduced its LifeStraw technology, it proved it could innovate. LifeStraws remove 99.99999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoan cysts from contaminated water. The product is a favorite of aid organizations: Over the past decade, LifeStraws have been distributed …

Are unpaid internships illegal?

AN INTERNSHIP has become the first rung on the ladder to many white-collar careers. Banks and accountancy firms now hire more than half of their …

Technohyperbole

THE annual "hype cycle" chart from Gartner, a market research firm, tries to depict the degree to which certain technologies are exaggerated. Smart …

Networking for Introverts

The night before a conference where I was scheduled to speak, I found myself in a crowded bar just south of Greenwich Village. The organizers had arranged a VIP reception, and — having just moved to New York — I figured I should attend. Indeed, I had good conversations with four interesting people …

Business Strategy: Are You Inside-Out or Outside-In?

An ideological gulf has opened in today’s business world, between companies that look outward for long-term value and those relying on internal …

The Leaders Who Make M&A Work

Despite the popularity of growth strategies based on mergers and acquisitions, the challenges of execution are substantial—40% to 80% of mergers fail to meet objectives.<p>To understand the high failure rate, prior researchers have examined financial characteristics, capability matches, and human …

It's Not The CEO, It's The Leadership Strategy That Matters.

Let’s face it. CEOs come and go. But <i>leadership</i>, if developed in a comprehensive way, <i>endures.</i><p>In the last few years we’ve seen new CEO’s at Yahoo, HP, Apple, and other prominent companies, and in each case we watch to see if the CEO can “pull it off.”<p>Well, while the CEO is a very important person, …

How to Lead Strategic Change Without Inciting a Mutiny

Strategic change is in the works, pressure to meet targets is mounting and there are rumblings in the ranks. As CEO how do you maintain your …

Business School

Five Steps to Success in Emerging Markets

As the global market faces a massive geo-economic realignment, multinationals are having to rethink every aspect of the way they do business.<p>What is …

The Power of Knowledge Sharing

Systems to manage the wealth of knowledge inside companies can help junior staff get a leg up in career advancement.<p>Knowledge management systems help …

You are not a storyteller - Stefan Sagmeister @ FITC

When Is Business at Its Best?

5 Ways To Keep Your Rock Star Employees From Quitting

Your highest-performing employees are also your most demanding, and if you don’t learn how to keep them happy, they won’t stick around long.<p>It’s one of the trickiest problems in the workplace: how to manage employees who no longer feel challenged by their jobs.<p>As much as people complain about being …

The CEO Of Refinery29 On Nurturing Young Talent

When Refinery29 gets a new person on staff, they go out of their way to welcome them, says CEO and co-founder Philippe von Borries. Over dinner and drinks, “we actually talk about what they’re seeing in the world, what’s interesting to them,” and even what they’d change about the company.<p>The …

The Goldman Sachs Elevator Guide To Flying Like A Pro

Simply put, there's nothing glamorous or exciting about commercial air travel, especially domestically in the US. Although sitting between a Lager Lout and a ginger Scouse on an EasyJet flight from Luton Airport to Barcelona is hardly any better - except that you end up in Barcelona, instead of in …

How To Nail An Interview, In 6 Simple Charts

You landed an interview. Congratulations! Now what?<p>Against all the odds, you’ve gotten an interview. A machine, an intern (or if you’re really lucky, your potential supervisor), read and did not immediately set your resume on fire or on the compost heap. The job is real and it looks like it pays …

How to Help an Underperformer

As a manager, you can’t accept underperformance. It’s frustrating, time-consuming, and it can demoralize the other people on your team. But what do you do about an employee who isn’t performing up to snuff? How do you help turn around the problematic behavior? And how long do you let it go on …

For Breakthrough Innovation, Focus on Possibility, Not Profitability

More than 15 years after its founding, Google remains a company that inspires profound admiration — and at times, a bit of confusion.<p>The company is currently investing in self-driving cars, a futuristic idea that some people believe will never be achieved. It’s also rolling out Google Glass, a …

What Is the Theory of Your Firm?

Photography: Courtesy of Pace Gallery<p>Artwork: Tara Donovan, Untitled, 2008, polyester film<p>If asked to define strategy, most executives would probably come up with something like this: Strategy involves discovering and targeting attractive markets and then crafting positions that deliver sustained …

Power Shapes Who and What Consumers Value

The buying behaviour of the rich and the poor is determined by the power they feel they have.<p>Consider, if you will, the stark contrast between two …

Business School

Inspiring Leadership Through a Detective Story

The best learning facilitators take their audience on a journey of investigation where everything is questioned.<p>The very basic structure of stories …