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Steal Einstein's 2-Part Formula for Coming Up With Breakthrough Ideas

The genius knew that to do great work you sometimes have to do absolutely nothing.<p>In 1905 Albert Einstein had what is known as his 'Miracle Year.' In just twelve months the 26-year-old genius published a series of four papers that expounded special relativity, introduced E=mc2, and transformed …

The “self-esteem” movement is over. Here’s what’s taking its place

What if acknowledging your own insignificance isn’t depressing, but a relief?<p>There is a meme that speaks directly to the hearts and minds of the overly self-conscious. Perhaps you’ve seen it; it goes something like this:<p><b>Brain:</b> “I see you are trying to sleep. May I offer you a selection of your most …

How AI Will Alter the Digital Marketing Landscape

Omnichannel, growth hacking, attribution, automation, micro-moments, gamification, agile and key performance indicators. There is no shortage of …

What Retail Can Teach Health Care About Digital Strategy

Retailers know they have to find the right blend of digital convenience and in-person service. Consider Walmart’s latest advertising campaign in which customers gleefully place orders online and through its app, selecting to receive smart-looking blue boxes on their doorsteps or seamlessly pick up …

Einstein’s Little-Known Passion Project? A Refrigerator

Many people know that work on nuclear weapons enabled the development of the first electronic computers. But it’s no less true that the humble …

AïE's Inaugural 2017 Fall/Winter Collection Flourishes With Exotic Motifs

Alongside patchwork jackets, utility vests, and more.<p>This past April, fledgling Japanese designer Miyamoto Kenta—who is the assistant to Daiki Suzuki …

AI Is Going to Change the 80/20 Rule

Many high-performance organizations remain passionate about Vilfredo Pareto, the incisive Italian engineer and economist. They continue to be inspired by his 80/20 principle, the idea that 80% of effects (sales, revenue, etc.) come from 20% of causes (products, employees, etc). As machine learning …

Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business

Having a website became standard for every business years ago. That same process is just beginning for chatbots.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Chatbots are the new rage as more top brands are advancing the technology and integrating it into their chat systems. Big …

The machines that learned to listen

Voice recognition technology makes many aspects of modern life easier. The seeds were sown a lot further back than you might think.<p>A toddler meanders unsteadily through the living room, pausing by a sleek black cylinder in the corner. “Alexa,” he says in a high-pitched voice. “Play children music.” …

Finally, Evidence That Managing for the Long Term Pays Off

Companies deliver superior results when executives manage for long-term value creation and resist pressure from analysts and investors to focus excessively on meeting Wall Street’s quarterly earnings expectations. This has long seemed intuitively true to us. We’ve seen companies such as Unilever, …

BOOKS

Sorted with <b>my top recommendations up top</b>. Sort by title, newest, or best.<p>And <b>please read this FAQ page about these notes</b>, if you have any questions. …

8 Ways to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year

How much do you read?<p>For most of my adult life I read maybe five books a year — if I was lucky. I’d read a couple on vacation and I’d always have a few slow burners hanging around the bedside table for months.<p>And then last year I surprised myself by reading 50 books. This year I’m on pace for 100. …

Books To Base Your Life on (The Reading List)

<i>“I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world. I’m saying it helps.”</i> Walter Mosley<p>I’ve always devoured books. …

What So Many Strategists Get Wrong About Digital Disruption

“Digital is coming and it’s coming fast”; “No industry sector is immune to disruption”; “One thing is certain about digital transformation: It will be a big change for your entire organization”; “Digital <i>will</i> disrupt your industry.”<p>Judging by the headlines and opening lines of recent articles and …

The 10 Best Apps Of 2016

Our favorite brand-new apps of the year–plus a few radical upgrades–for your phone, tablet, and computer.<p>To say that 2016 was a good year for helpful apps would be a colossal understatement. A perfect storm of artificial intelligence, big data, excellent interface design, and fresh takes on …

Baidu Says Its New Face Recognition Tech Is Better Than Humans At Checking IDs

China’s Baidu claims new tricks for finding and reading faces are more accurate than humans and the fastest way to verify who someone is.<p>“When I go to a Broadway show, I’m not very happy that scalpers have bought up all the tickets,” says Andrew Ng, chief scientist of Baidu Research, the Silicon …

What Makes an Effective Executive

An effective executive does <i>not</i> need to be a leader in the sense that the term is now most commonly used. Harry Truman did not have one ounce of charisma, for example, yet he was among the most effective chief executives in U.S. history. Similarly, some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve …

How the scary potential of AI brought tech competitors together

We are racing toward a future we barely understand. Our stuff will be smart, sometimes smarter than us. Our cars will be their own backseat drivers. …

Rosie Lowe’s girl guide to growing up in the 21st century

We’ve been obsessed with South London musician and Dazed 100 graduate Rosie Lowe ever since <i>Right Thing</i>, her subtle yet sparkling debut EP. Since then, Lowe’s sweetly skewed electro-pop has shape-shifted into different forms, from the metallic, glistening world of “Who’s that Girl?” to pristine pop …

Content Is Crap, and Other Rules for Marketers

Until fairly recently, the options for marketers were relatively limited. Mass media — TV especially — offered the opportunity to reach millions, but only in the form of short ads sandwiched between lots of other stuff. Other tactics, such as trade shows, offered high engagement, but low …

The End of Expertise

What if what you know didn’t matter anymore? What if knowledge became a commodity? What if everyone could be an expert?<p>Far-fetched, you think? Well, in fact, the “what if” is no longer speculative; it is here already. Talk to people in such professional service industries as private banking, …

Two Ways to Keep Your Data from Tricking You

Human beings are experts at motivated reasoning. When Chase Utley of the Dodgers broke Mets player Ruben Tejada’s leg with a hard slide into second base, Dodgers fans saw a player who was aggressively helping his team to win a playoff game, while Mets fans saw a dirty play that deserved punishment. …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p><i>GQ</i>’s editors pick the freshest menswear, sneakers, watches and more worth your disposable income.<p>17 Photos2 days agoView …

The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

Artists and scientists throughout history have remarked on the bliss that accompanies a sudden creative insight. Einstein described his realization of the general theory of relativity as the happiest moment of his life. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed, “Odd how the creative power …

Creativity

3 tools that techies are using to boost productivity

The tech team, a.k.a., the people who are always one step ahead of you when it comes to new apps, sites, and extensions. Or, I should say, the people …

Productivity

What Is Strategy, Again?

If you read what Peter Drucker had to say about competition back in the late ’50s and early ‘60s, he really only talked about one thing: competition on price. He was hardly alone — that was evidently how most economists thought about competition, too.<p>It was this received opinion Michael Porter was …

HYPEBEAST Tested Microsoft's "How Old Do I Look?" App With 15 Usual Suspects

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist,” says conman<p>“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was …

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as insular, imperious, and bureaucratic. He understands that in a hyper-kinetic world, inward-looking and self-obsessed leaders are a liability.<p>Last year, just …

Digital hives: Creating a surge around change

Online communities are helping companies engage with employees to accelerate change.<p><b>New lessons are emerging</b> for executives striving to harness the …