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Inside Ashton Kutcher's celebrity-powered viral media empire, which no one knows exists

It's called A+, and in a little over a year, it's gone from irrelevancy to being one of the top 50 most popular websites in the United States. It has grown off the back of "stories that make a difference and create positive change" — and by leveraging Ashton Kutcher's massive following on social …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

The No. 1 Thing Holding You Back As A Leader

Leadership isn’t nearly as complex as people make it out to be, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. The big difference between highly effective leaders and those just playing at leadership is often found in their willingness to do what doesn’t come naturally or instinctively. Real leadership …

Leadership

Four Ways To Challenge Employees To Reach Their Potential

Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric famously said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Challenging your employees correctly to grow toward their potential is far easier said than done. We want to …

Leadership

By Being Authentic, You May Just Be Conforming

Photo by Andrew Nguyen<p>Lei Jun, CEO of the $10 billion Chinese company Xiaomi, has made headlines for creating products that look and act a lot like Apple’s, such as its new thin smartphone. And the comparisons don’t stop there — news reports consistently label Jun’s leadership style as imposture. …

The Strength Of A Leader Comes From The Tree Trunk

Employee engagement research recently surfaced by Answers – a company that empowers consumers, brands and organizations by connecting them with the information they need to make better informed decisions – suggests only 27% of employees are engaged at work, whereas 45% of employees find themselves …

Leadership

How Lean Leaders Really Show Respect

<i>This is the third in a three-part series of reflections on “Go see. Ask why. Show respect.”</i> <i>Read part one here, and</i> <i>read part two here</i>.<p>I’ve worked with …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

You have one day to get a deal at one of these luxury hotels

The success of Cyber Monday has provided a springboard for another type of one-day flash sale, this one for luxury hoteliers: the Cyber Summer …