Jie Chang Zhang

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Ordinary Objects Cleverly Interact With Simple Line Drawings

The world is filled with possibilities according to clever Ecuador-based artist Javier Perez. From the graphic designer's perspective, any little object can be redefined to communicate a whimsical idea that will make just about anybody smile.<p>Perez first began his <i>Instagram Experiments</i> last fall with …

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The Right Way to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

Thomas Jefferson once said that “honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”. Though truth-telling abounds in grade school platitudes, it seems scarcer the older we get. But this decline in honesty — let’s call it <i>dishonesty</i> — isn’t necessarily innate. Dishonesty can be taught. In my …

How a Hollywood Guru Helped Me Stop Being So Damn Indecisive

Trapped in a lifelong cycle of what-ifs, Amanda FitzSimons finally finds some answers—and an exit from the cul-de-sac of indecision<p>"Have you ever considered taking an SSRI?"<p>On the long, long list of things you never want a supervisor to call you into a conference room to suggest—maybe, okay, please …

Reading A Novel Boosts Brain Function For Days

Illustrated by Ly Ngo.<p>Next time you're about to sign in to your Netflix queue to watch another episode of <i>Breaking Bad</i> or <i>New Girl</i>, maybe pick up a …

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data. In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of …

Find the Coaching in Criticism

Feedback is crucial. That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay, and boosts the bottom line.<p>But it’s equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn’t work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36% of …

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Make 2014 A Year Of Action

Last week, I had the pleasure of teaching a class about business branding to the students of the Girlfriend MBA, an innovative online business program for women entrepreneurs. (My segment came the week after Seth Godin’s– no small act to follow!). The Girlfriend MBA was started by Erin Moran …

The Secret to Delighting Customers

What motivates employees to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a great customer experience? Disney tells a story about a little girl visiting a theme park who dropped her favorite doll over a fence. When staff retrieved the doll, she was covered in mud, so they made her a new outfit, …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

IBM’s personalized e-learning project knocks off one of its 5in5 predictions

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>On Monday, IBM, as part of its annual 5 in 5 extravaganza, predicted that cloud-based cognitive technology would personalize …

How Brands Can Best Partner with Tween YouTube Stars

YouTube star Blair Fowler has been a longtime fan of L’Oreal mascara, often referencing it in her beauty tutorials and other videos throughout the years. L’Oreal approached Blair to create a video about the contest they were hosting as a means of driving more engagement to their promotional contest …

A Little Better Umbrella

However necessary, the nature of an umbrella’s design, no matter how compact or easy to use, makes it somewhat cumbersome. If you’ve tried carrying …

New Age In Cooking

The Cyclone Cooking System is quite a contemporary take on existing burners and cook-tops. Integrating high-tech features, you can expect the …

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

Elon Musk

The five superpowers of marketing

by Mark Bonchek and Cara France<p>Customers are more connected and empowered than ever before. If you want to win their hearts and minds, you have to …

How To Wear A Tie For Every Work Occasion

We spoke to style expert Jacqui Stafford to get some tips that would be useful to any professional man.<p>Here's how to pick out a tie for seven common work occasions.<p><b>For a routine work day:</b><p>"Men are relatively limited in what they can wear in a corporate environment, so a different-colored shirt might …

Clothing

Floating Biodome Absorbs Carbon Dioxide, Emits Oxygen

<i>Bloom</i> is a futuristic take on marine farming designed by French firm Sitbon Architectes that was selected as one of five finalists for the first Architizer A+ Awards in the “architecture and weather” category. The spherical structure is designed to be a semi-submersible laboratory garden, …

Carbon Dioxide

Modern Floating Home is the Perfect Tranquil Retreat

<i>Floating House</i> is a home designed by architect Dymitr Malcew that offers its residents beautiful unobstructed views, a connectedness to their surroundings, and an easy way to move from one locale to another. Created for H2ORIZON, a French developer that specializes in floating structures like this …

Architecture

Wellbeing Toilet – Next Generation Toilet Enhances Your Body Position for Proper Elimination

<b>Wellbeing Toilet</b> is a redesigned toilet as part of a challenged commissioned by Dyno-Rod, the plumbing and drains specialists, to come up with better …

Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos promises half-hour shipping with Amazon Prime Air

Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman. Amazon's CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment to show off his company's latest creation: drones that can deliver packages up to 5 pounds to your house in less than half an hour. They're technically octocopters, as …

Lawpath offers start-ups a free co-founders’ agreement - and relies on one after departure of its own shareholder

by Michael Bailey<p>More than 70 businesses have downloaded a free co-founders’ agreement from the website of Lawpath, which the referral channel for …

This Brazilian mobile firm’s user base grew 1,567% in five years

The Brazilian mobile company, Movile, reaches millions of Latin Americans with each tap and swipe of their devices—whether they realize it or not.<p>Now the company founded in the late 1990s, back when mobiles were used for text messaging and grainy games of Snake, has ambitions that go far beyond the …

Mobile

Focus on the personal: Why sales coaching is essential to success

by Peter Finkelstein<p>One of the most important roles for sales managers is coaching.<p>Training can deliver some results, but the impact and sustained …

Hierarchy Is Overrated

Maybe you’ve heard the old cliché – if you’ve got “too many chiefs,” your initiative will fail. Every time I hear it, I wonder, “Why can’t everyone be a chief?”<p>For instance, the Second Chance Programme is a group that raises money to help reduce homelessness among women here in Southeast …

What makes an effective manager? Through rigorous data mining, an analytics team at Google pinpointed eight key behaviors: http://bit.ly/1dUau9K

Fly-in, fly-out treasures: ‘Freeport’ airports the new uber-wealth tax haven

At a time of growing transparency about once-hidden wealth, a new industry that offers the world’s uber-rich a way to hide valuable items such as …

Super stupid? The 10 superannuation jargon terms you need to know

by Michael Bailey<p>We know, you’re a young entrepreneur in a hurry and your category-killing idea means you’ll never have to worry about …