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Your Must-Listen Podcast Playlist For 2016

Serial was just the beginning: here’s what you should listen to next—helpfully arranged by what you already like.<p>A recent study by the Pew Research Center revealed that less than half of Americans have ever heard of podcasts, and of those, 17 percent only listen to one show. That’s a shame, because …

Comedy

The Biology of Corporate Survival

Companies operate in an increasingly complex world: Business environments are more diverse, dynamic, and interconnected than ever—and far less predictable. Yet many firms still pursue classic approaches to strategy that were designed for more-stable times, emphasizing analysis and planning focused …

Innovation

Your Favorite HBR Articles of 2015

Here are the 20 articles you and your fellow HBR readers spent the most time reading in 2015. I’m biased, of course, but I think it’s a particularly good list this year. And as usual, it reveals a lot about what managers around the world are thinking and worrying about right now. A lot of us are …

Networking

To Stop Bad Behavior, Display a Virtuous Quote

Noma Bar<p><b>The Research:</b> Sreedhari Desai, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, ran a series of studies in which subjects believed they were part of a virtual team playing a game. The subjects were told that they’d earn more money if they got their …

Psychology

The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work

Over the course of a typical workday, negative and positive things inevitably happen to you. If you’re like most people, you tend to focus mainly, or even exclusively, on negative experiences. They’re what you ruminate over, what you talk to your friend about as you’re driving home, what you …

Happiness

Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Human beings are profoundly social — we are hardwired to connect to one another and to want to work together. Frankly, we would never have survived as a species without our instinctive desire to live and work in groups, because physically we are just not strong or scary enough.<p>Tons of research has …

Tip: Three Elements to Expressing Your Idea

<b>Julia Kirby</b>, HBR editor-at-large, shares tips for writing clearly and effectively.

Harvard

Entrepreneurs, Economic Growth, and the Enlightenment

Diderot’s <i>Encyclopedie</i>, best known as an eighteenth-century repository of Enlightenment principles, might also serve as an interesting lens into what makes economies grow.<p>The <i>Encylcopedie</i> was a project spearheaded by Denis Diderot, published in 28 volumes between 1751 and 1772. It aimed to gather all …

Entrepreneurship

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

Design

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

Design for Action

Throughout most of history, design was a process applied to physical objects. Raymond Loewy designed trains. Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses. Charles Eames designed furniture. Coco Chanel designed haute couture. Paul Rand designed logos. David Kelley designed products, including (most famously) …

Design

Beat The System With This List Of 40 Free Educational Websites

According to www.webometrics.info, there are more than 17 000 universities in the world, but getting a degree in many of them is quite costly. Many …

Creativity and the Role of the Leader

<b>♦ BLOG: Join the conversation with Teresa Amabile about the challenges of managing creativity.</b><p>Creativity has always been at the heart of business, but until now it hasn’t been at the top of the management agenda. By definition the ability to create something novel and appropriate, creativity is …

Capitalism’s Future Is Already Here

On September 13, 1970, <i>The New York Times</i> published an article by Milton Friedman castigating any managers of businesses who were “spending someone else’s money for a general social interest” – in other words, requiring customers to pay more, employees to be paid less, or owners to accept smaller …

Here’s Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity

The author of The Doodle Revolution explains how this common “time waster” is really a creative launch-pad.<p>Did your boss ever catch you covering an important memo with Escher-like scribbles? In high school, did your teacher call you out for drawing on the desk, your sneakers, your skin? Today, the …