Julie Thuy Underwood

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U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers

Schools that struggle to prepare students for success losing ground; ‘The shake-out is coming’<p>Concord University in West Virginia and Clemson University in South Carolina were both founded shortly after the Civil War. During the 20th century, each grew rapidly. Now, the two public universities that …

College & University

72 Facts That Will Teach You A Damn Thing For Once In Your Life

<b>Whaaaaaaaat?</b><p>1. Chocolate milk was invented in Ireland.<p>2. Try to breathe and swallow at the same time. You can't.<p>3. The girlfriend of the guy who founded Match.com left him for a man she met on Match.com.<p>4. This is what it looks like when a star meets a black hole:<p>5. Ketchup used to be sold as …

Jill Abramson’s Ouster: Why Aren’t Standards This High For Male Leaders?

Jill Abramson is out at <i>The New York Times</i>, and the circumstances of her departure have lots of observers feeling all flavors of depressed, angry, and tired.<p>We’ve seen this movie before.<p>It always starts out on a high note (the first woman to be put in charge of an American institution!), but then …

The Web At 25: Hugely Popular, And Viewed As A Positive Force

For something that's become so ubiquitous in our lives, the World Wide Web is just a youngster. It was only 25 years ago that Tim Berners-Lee first created a rudimentary information retrieval system that relied on the Internet. It's since exploded into a primary means by which we learn, work and …

25 Documentaries Every Arts & Culture Lover Needs To Watch Right Now

We've all sat in front of our Netflix accounts, tirelessly sifting through film and television genres like "Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Pieces" and "Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead," never quite finding that perfect piece of cinematography. Defeated by your own streaming …

Road Trip: California's Pacific Coast Highway

Travel<p>Strap in and get ready for an exhilarating driving experience along this twisting, cliff-hugging route.<p>An exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. …

California

Who Can You Trust?

Imagine that you’re negotiating a multiyear deal to provide outsourcing services to a large company. The client tells you that her firm wants to sign on for a certain level of services, but she’d like you to be willing to deliver more on the fly, trusting that you’ll be able to work out terms for …

50 Facts About Chinese New Year

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to …

Abe Lincoln in Real Time: How The Atlantic Covered the 16th President

On what would have been Honest Abe's 205th birthday, a look back at what this magazine had to say about him during his term and beyond<p>On this day in 1809, in a log cabin in Kentucky, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln's second child was born. In the years since Abraham Lincoln's death, the nation's …

10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise

Making big money is often less important to employees than satisfying these basic needs.<p>Contrary to popular belief, employees value many things more than the amount of money they're being paid. If they're treated right, employees will not only work for less, they'll be happier and more productive …

Frogs And Puffins! 1730s Menus Reveal Royals Were Extreme Foodies

You think 21st century foodies will go to great lengths for a culinary thrill? (Lion meat, anyone?) Turns out, they've got nothing on 18th century English royals.<p>Frogs, puffins, boar's head and larks and other songbirds were all fair game for the dinner table of England's King George II, judging by …

The Cities With The Best Public Transportation In The U.S.

In most of the U.S., public transportation is pretty dismal. That’s the overall message from Walk Score’s new rankings of the best U.S. cities for public transit.<p>Upon first glance, the rankings don’t seem too surprising. New York City comes in first, as it always should. Boston is the second …

What it Really Means to Put People First

"Peoplework" matters in a digital world and can also work wonders for business. So what does it mean? Here's an overview.<p>What is Peoplework?<p>Peoplework is a better way to run a business by putting people first in a digital-first world. Peoplework is the new revolution--a post-industrial and …

Innovation

Is It Time to “Repot” Your Career?

How changing your trajectory can lead to greater innovation, success, and meaning in your work.<p>Fifty years ago, in his book <i>Self-Renewal</i>, John …

CalPERS Plans Rate Hike, Third in Last Two Years

<b>Originally posted at CalPensions. <br>By Ed Mendel.</b><p>To cover the cost of retirees living longer, the CalPERS board next month is expected to approve the …

Why We May Not Need Service Contracts - Future Of Work

Somewhere in history, a very wise businessperson came up with the concept of “sign this service contract and for the next year we will deliver you …

Great Leadership Comes with a Counterintuitive Approach

<i>Guest post from Shaun Spearmon:</i><p>People often say that great leaders are born that way (i.e Lady GaGa), with the implication that leadership is an …

10 Inevitable Changes to Water Management in California

<b>Originally posted at California Water Blog. <br>By Jay Lund and Ellen Hanak.</b><p>“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” — anonymous<p><i>By Jay Lund and Ellen …

6 Reasons Leaders Make Bad Decisions

Employees are growing noticeably more frustrated with their leaders. Employees want their leaders to have their backs and listen to their concerns; to provide clarity of purpose and performance expectations; and to chart a roadmap for the future. They expect leadership from their leaders – but …

Be A Leader In Your Industry: Help Others

Think about the qualities that define industry leaders. They are knowledgeable, well-connected, credible, and amiable — among other things. And, because of these traits, they’re always in a position to help others in the industry. (Whether they actually do or not is another story.)<p>It’s this …

11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs

While women in the upper echelons of corporate America are singing the same old tune, “Still No Progress After Years of No Progress,” female entrepreneurs have something to rejoice about.<p>The number of $10-million-plus women-owned firms increased by 57% — a growth rate nearly 50% more than …

Why Is Heroin Abuse Rising While Other Drug Abuse Is Falling?

Peter Shumlin, Democratic governor of Vermont, moved heroin addiction to the front burner of national news by devoting his entire State of the State address last week to his state’s dramatic increase in heroin abuse. Shumlin described the situation as an “epidemic,” with heroin abuse increasing 770 …

3 Ways to Avoid Leadership Roadblocks

<i>Guest post by Great Leadership monthly contributor Beth Armknecht Miller:</i><p>Several years ago I was working with a business owner who had become stuck …

$120 Million Infrastructure Investment Surge Unanimously Approved by San Diego City Council

<i>Street repairs, storm drains and new fire stations top list of proposed projects</i><p>On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a …

The Promise, and Problems, That Come With Police Data

<b>Originally posted at Voice of San Diego. By Liam Dillon.</b> Eleven years ago, researchers examining racial data from San Diego police traffic stops …