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Reluctant Employees? Motivate Them With Two Questions

Life's epic management challenge is motivating others to do what they'd rather not do. Here's one way leaders can persuade without pushing or alienating.<p>The greatest management challenge everyone faces is motivating people to do what they'd rather not do. So how can leaders can persuade others …

Leadership

John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, <b>John Cleese</b> (b. October 27, 1939) offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and …

15 Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Have you ever read something that made you want to get up and do something productive? It’s usually followed by thoughts of all the ways you are …

The Surprising Reason We Have a 40-Hour Work Week

<i>This post originally appeared on the ooomf blog.</i><p>“As long as you get your eight hours in.”<p>I used to hear this phrase a lot.<p>The thinking is that as long as you put in a set amount of time working (usually at least eight hours or more) you will do well at your job and be successful.<p>We learned that …

Salvador Dalí Illustrates the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac

After my recent discovery of <b>Salvador Dalí’</b>s little-known and lovely 1947 illustrations for the essays of Montaigne — following in the heels of his 1946 illustrations for <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> — I chanced upon an even more perfectly surrealist series: Dalí’s lithographs of the twelve signs of the …

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The Right Network Can Make or Break Your Project

Does this airplane look familiar?<p><i>Source: Wikipedia</i><p>It should, because it’s a predecessor of the famous Stealth Bomber, a prototype completed by Jack Northrop’s company in 1948. In his time, Northrop — the inventor of the flying wing concept — was considered to be <i>the</i> aerospace genius, but he was not …

Six Life Lessons from Leo Tolstoy, by Roman Krznaric

It's 150 years since Leo Tolstoy put pen to paper and began writing his epic War and Peace. While most people think of him as one of the 19th …

Literature

How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators

What extraordinary energy we expend, as a culture and a civilization, on trying to understand where good ideas come from, how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, its mechanisms, and the five-step action plan for coaxing it into manifestation. And little compares to the anguish that comes …

A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Great Creators, from Architecture to Advertising to Street Art

The nature and origin of creativity is the subject of many a theory. But, rather than theorizing about it, wouldn’t it be great if we could just lift the lid of a great creative mind and see just how the machinery works? Well, we sort of can — by way of great creators’ private notebooks and …

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

Creativity