Julia Wang

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Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence

In my ten years as an executive coach, I have never had someone raise his hand and declare that he needs to work on his emotional intelligence. Yet I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard from people that the one thing their colleague needs to work on is emotional intelligence. This is the …

How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful than You

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Going into a negotiation with someone who holds more power than you do can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are asking your boss for a new assignment or attempting to land a major business deal with a client, your approach to the negotiation can dramatically affect your chances of …

7 Ways Successful People Remain Calm When Life Gets Out Of Control

Every now and again life doesn’t throw us a curve, it aims a quiver full of arrows. When this happens we don’t know which way to turn or what to …

Mindfulness

Biodegradable Plastic Packaging Market worth $8,415.20 Million & Biodegradable Paper Packaging Market worth $345,389.31 Million by 2019

DALLAS, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --<p>The report, "Biodegradable Packaging Market by Packaging Type (Plastic and Paper), by Applications (Food …

Bioplastics in packaging come into its own

Dusseldorf — "At Interpack this year, one of the statements heard again and again was 'we are already working with bioplastics,'"said Hasso von …

Infographics + Pinterest = Pinfographics

Dynamic Duos: PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi And Mauro Porcini On Design-Led Innovation

With an eye toward the future and a mission to grow its core brands, the beverage and snack-food giant installed its first-ever design chief, with a mandate to shake things up.<p><b>Indra Nooyi,</b> <i>CEO</i> <b><br>Mauro Porcini,</b> <i>Chief Design Officer</i><p><b>Nooyi:</b> When I first came to PepsiCo, every time we talked about products …

Design

The Countries That Can Best Handle Change, From Earthquakes To Technology Revolutions

Short-term shocks, like natural disasters, and long-term shifts can both undermine a nation’s economy. What happens next depends on the country. Wealth helps–but it’s a lot more complicated than that.<p>As millions of dollars flowed into Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, individuals, organizations and …

Clever Minimalist Illustrations Compare Paris and New York

Freelance art director and graphic designer Vahram Muratyan lives between Paris and New York. As a result of his travels and his interest in the frequently visited cities, he began a blog that visually compares the similarities, both obvious and subtle, between the two major metropolises.<p>In the …

Minimalism

A week’s wages

<b>How long must average workers in Europe toil to make what their bosses earn in an hour?</b><p>IT TOOK around ten days for the average Italian worker to make …

Make Pretty Paper Flowers in Under 10 Minutes

Have you noticed the pretty paper flowers available at stores like West Elm, Pottery Barn, and even our favorite place to swoon, Anthropologie? Well, instead of spending $5 or more per flower, why not make dozens for way under $10?! For today’s installment of DIY Basics, we’ll show you how to …

West Elm

Miniature Weaving {Craft Camp}

Today I wanted to show you how to shrink a weaving! Using a traditional weaving technique on a miniature scale, you can make tiny little weavings …

How to Speak with a British Accent (VIDEO)

I'm in London right now. And as I walk through the streets I can't help but to mimic the accents I hear. But the honest truth is that I'm not so good at it!<p>So, in an attempt to get a London accent right, I took a lesson from a dialect coach.<p>Watch the video. Follow along. And try to get it</b> …

Language Learning

What We’ve Learned About Communicating with Employees in an Emergency

On Friday, with the Boston metro area on lockdown, many folks stuck at home were running an experiment in how much information can be consumed at once. I maxed out with a laptop streaming video coverage, iPhone full of tweets, TV blaring footage, and radio providing analysis — all simultaneously. …

What to Do When You’ve Made Someone Angry

I was running late. My wife Eleanor and I had agreed to meet at the restaurant at seven o’clock and it was already half past. I had a good excuse in the form of a client meeting that ran over and I wasted no time getting to the dinner as fast as possible.<p>When I arrived at the restaurant, I …

Leadership Is More than Interpersonal Skills

Most of the 89,000 leadership books offered on Amazon.com focus on traditional interpersonal leadership: the relationships between leaders and followers. Interpersonal leadership sets up an expectation that leaders must be in dialog or at least in view of their followers. Yet this style of …

Little Data Makes Big Data More Powerful

You may not know this, but Big Data has a little brother. And together, Big and Little Data are far more powerful than Big Data alone.<p>Big Data is what organizations know about people — be they customers, citizens, employees, or voters. Data is aggregated from a large number of sources, assembled …

What Educational Disruption Means for Your Company

With graduation season upon us, it’s important to remember that as a manager you must often be a teacher too. A major part of your role is instruction — which means that you need to pay attention to the massive disruption going on in higher education and what it means for company learning.<p>The most …

Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People

Moody, erratic, eccentric, and arrogant? Perhaps — but you can’t just get rid of them. In fact, unless you learn to get the best out of your creative employees, you will sooner or later end up filing for bankruptcy. Conversely, if you just hire and promote people who are friendly and easy to …

Visualization as Process, Not Output

“Please make me a visualization.”<p>I get a lot of emails that say this or some variation of it. They tend to make me think of other requests that could be made in the same form, like:<p>“Please make me a roast beef sandwich.”<p>Or:<p>“Please make me a scale model of the Eiffel Tower.”<p>Roast beef sandwiches and …

To Innovate, Find What’s Hiding in Plain Sight

In our last post, we asked the question, “What’s the connection between counting squares and innovation?” In order to come up with the answer, we presented you with the following figure and asked you how many squares you could find. It turns out, the answer isn’t so simple.<p>It was clear that this …

Don’t Let Your Strengths Become Your Weaknesses

Perhaps the biggest fad to sweep through management in the last decade was the strengths movement. Its message was that you should build on natural talent to maximize strengths rather than try to improve weaknesses. It was the brainchild of Donald Clifton, the late grandfather of Positive …