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Discovery-Driven Planning

Business lore is full of stories about smart companies that incur huge losses when they enter unknown territory—new alliances, new markets, new products, new technologies. The Walt Disney Company’s 1992 foray into Europe with its theme park had accumulated losses of more than $1 billion by 1994. …

The 3 Types of People Who May Want To Consider Skipping College

With student loans reaching mortgagee-sized proportions, more people are creating creative alternatives to traditional higher ed.<p>According to College Board the average cost of attending a four-year college course in the U.S. has risen an astounding 41% in the last decade. A freshman going off to …

Flowchart: How To Choose A Typeface

Once you really understand them, typefaces can be powerful. A properly chosen font can either give your words authority, or totally undermine them. Even a typeface as openly reviled as Comic Sans, which is ludicrous in the context of an email from your boss or as the typeface on a business card, …

Levi's Skateboarding 2015 Spring/Summer Lookbook

Skateboarding is hard, and even more so when your gear can’t keep up. Leave it to none other than<p>Skateboarding is hard, and even more so when your gear can’t keep up. Leave it to none other than Levi’s Skateboarding to assert some American brawn into its range of skate-specific apparel. The San …

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Two Ways to Clarify Your Professional Passions

Have you ever noticed that highly effective people almost always say they love what they do? If you ask them about their good career fortune, they’re likely to advise that you have to love what you do in order to perform at a high level of effectiveness. They will talk about the critical importance …

Volvo Captures The Melancholy Beauty Of Swedish Winter In Striking New Film

The challenging beauty of Swedish winter is on display in the latest installment of Volvo’s “Made By Sweden” campaign.<p>There is snow, there is ice, and there are cold winds that gust over dark seas. The sun glimmers weakly on the horizon. This is what winter is like in Sweden. According to Volvo it …

14 Tips To Make 2015 Your Most Productive Year Yet

We talk to the most productive people all year, here are their best productivity tips for 2015.<p>In case you haven’t noticed, we’re a little obsessed with productivity.<p>To make your quest for a more productive self this year something you can really work towards, we asked some of the most productive …

7 Smart Ways To Use Unexpected Free Time

Your meeting just got canceled. Now what? Schedule that time for yourself in the following ways.<p>Anyone can plan something for an open slot on the calendar. What really separates the time management masters from everyone is else the ability to seize time they didn’t know would be there.<p>A client …

Fascinating Photos of Libraries All Over the World

French photographer Franck Bohbot reminds us of the simple pleasures of reading books, and he celebrates this as he travelled around the world to …

What Happens When Santa Meets Alexander Wang

Design legend has it that the bearded, rolly-polly elf we now know as Santa Claus is a creation of the Coca-Cola Company, who essentially designed Santa’s iconic look through an advertising campaign of the 1930s and 1940s. The truth, as it often is, is more complicated: although Coca-Cola was …

Famous Paintings Recreated as Photos Using Things Around the Office

Photographers Chris Limbrick and Francesco Fragomeni both work for the website hosting company Squarespace. During times in which they’re not hard at …

How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know …

The Hundreds Outlines a Brief History of Hip-Hop's Love Affair with Streetwear

In the early stages of streetwear’s development, much of the brands were founded on truly humble<p>In the early stages of streetwear’s development, much of the brands were founded on truly humble beginnings. Prior to the mainstream adoption we see now, it was truly a branding and marketing victory …

Can A Bike Be Both Cheap And Beautiful?

The Epo hopes to bring bike manufacturing back to the Netherlands by using the same techniques car makers use to keep costs down.<p>You’d be hard pressed to find a more bike crazy country than the Netherlands. Not only are bicycle paths ubiquitous, but there’s more than one bicycle for every single …

VICO 2014 Fall/Winter “London Fields” Collection

Following up its video lookbook presentation back in July, VICO provides a closer look at its 2014<p>Following up its video lookbook presentation back in July, VICO provides a closer look at its 2014 fall/winter “London Fields” collection. From its ambitious local businesses, historical architecture …

A Speech Is Not an Essay

Reading an essay to an audience can bore them to tears. I recently attended a conference where a brilliant man was speaking on a topic about which he was one of the world’s experts. Unfortunately, what he delivered was not a speech but an essay. This renowned academic had mastered the written form …

The Only Thing You’ll Ever Need To Read About Jeff Koons

Writing in the New York Review of Books, Jed Perl takes a stand against Art Smarm.<p>Jeff Koons’s retrospective at The Whitney Museum of Art, which opened in July, consumes more space and cost more money than any exhibit the museum has ever devoted to a single artist. For anyone who finds this …

Designers recreate Stone Age tools with space-age technology

For more than a million years, the simple stone hand axe was one of our most important tools, but in the age of smartphones and virtual reality it can be hard to understand how revolutionary it really was. In their design series "Man Made," Dov Ganchrow and Ami Drach use 3D printing to make the …

When to Schedule Your Most Important Work

If you work with a team, chances are your inbox is often flooded with invitations. Internal meetings, client conference calls, the occasional lunch request. Assuming you have some control over your calendar, how you respond to these offers generally depends on two factors: the value of attending …

Pharrell, Volvo, And Chipotle Win Cyber Grand Prix At Cannes

“24 Hours of Happy,” “Live Tests” and “Scarecrow” are the big winners in digital.<p>Pharrell Williams’ “24 Hours of Happy” is one of those projects that never ceases to bring a smile to the face. A continuous, 24-hour version of the singer’s hit “Happy”–which was created as part of the <i>Despicable Me 2</i> …

Two Kinds of People You Should Never Negotiate With

The first thing negotiation experts teach is to “separate the people from the problem.” The vast majority of the time, this is sound advice. But as a psychologist, I know that approximately 1% of the time, people <i>are</i> the problem. And in such cases, normal negotiation strategies just don’t work. …

What Tesla Knows That Other Patent-Holders Don’t

Tesla made a seemingly unusual move today: it invited competitors to use its patents, for free. In a post on the company’s blog, CEO Elon Musk declared that Tesla’s “true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars …

Powermat Teams With Starbucks To Roll Out Wireless Chargers Nationwide

Here’s something to keep in mind the next time you’re ordering a venti frappuccino: Starting this year, Starbucks will be building Powermat wireless chargers into its tables and counters, meaning anyone with a compatible wireless charging case or ring (pictured below) can charge their Samsung or …

Why Smart People Struggle with Strategy

Strategy is often seen as something really smart people do — those head-of-the-class folks with top-notch academic credentials. But just because these are the folks attracted to strategy doesn’t mean they will naturally excel at it.<p>The problem with smart people is that they are used to seeking and …

What to Do When Success Feels Empty

Why do career “wins” often leave people feeling empty and dissatisfied? And — more important — how can you avoid that problem? We recently asked HBR readers to share their thoughts, and several of the responses call to mind Douglas T. Hall‘s classic model of psychological success.<p>Hall’s model …