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Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine

I am standing on a street in Syria when the bomb goes off. My ears ring so loud I can hardly hear the screams as I stumble through the smoke. Looking down, there’s a man cradling a crimson-soaked loved one on the curb. Others run for cover. I pull off my virtual reality headset.<p>I’ve never been to …

Energy may see further weakness as key names report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock prices in the U.S. energy sector have been under pressure in 2015, and there could be more bad news to come when several key players report their fourth-quarter results next week.<p>A street sign for Wall Street hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange May 8, 2013. …

Not contagious

TIMES are tough in Africa. Ebola, in addition to claiming many lives, has also damaged economies. Tourism is suffering as frightened foreigners stay …

How to Really Listen to Your Employees

Let’s face it: strong leaders tend to be characterized by their strong opinions, decisive action, and take-no-prisoners attitude. These are important traits, but it’s equally important for managers to stand down and listen up. Yet many leaders struggle to do this, in part because they’ve become …

Richard Branson to Young Entrepreneurs: 'Just Do It'

Richard Branson talks about starting an empire in his early 20s and learning to take calculated risks.<p>Through the decades, entrepreneur Richard Branson has not lost that certain wunderkind vibe about him and the way he runs his brand. This aura makes him especially inspiring to entrepreneurs who …

8 insights that will change the way you give PowerPoint presentations

To help make your slideshows more engaging and visually striking, professional designer Damon Nofar provides insights into using the art of clean, minimalistic design.<p>Nofar's slideshow, "8 Tips for an Awesome PowerPoint Presentation," is published here with his permission.

Public Speaking

The happy secret to better work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, …

How to Think in Networks - The Startup Guide - Creating a Better World Through Entrepreneurship

Oil slips below $56 as output keeps rising | Financial Times

Oil started 2015 on the back foot with a stronger US dollar and concerns about a supply glut sending prices to levels last seen in 2009.<p>A combination …

Choose the Right Innovation Method at the Right Time

In the industries plagued by the most uncertainty, how do companies hold on to their ability to innovate? And how do they achieve, and keep, an innovation premium in the market?<p>We found that managers who help their firms create and maintain an innovation premium use a different set of tools than …

Investors pull $19.4bn from Pimco fund | Financial Times

Flows from Pimco’s flagship Total Return Bond fund accelerated again in the final weeks of the year, leaving the world’s largest fixed income mutual …

Bargaining with hardliners

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The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes …

U.S. suspects North Korea had help attacking Sony Pictures: source

WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators believe that North Korea likely hired hackers from outside the country to help with last month’s massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures, an official close to the investigation said on Monday.<p>As North Korea lacks the capability to conduct some …

Brent and WTI see small gains as end of year approaches

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude futures closed up slightly Tuesday, getting some relief from a weak dollar but not making significant strides as traders prepared for the end of the year.<p>The dollar is generally inversely related to the price of oil, and so a small the decline in the dollar index .DXY may …

Overturning the card table

POLAND has been victimised by foreign powers so often that Poles have got used to thinking of their country as a bit of a martyr. (The 19th-century …

Meet the Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share

• Author: Joshua Davis. Joshua Davis Business<br>• Date of Publication: 03.28.13. 03.28.13<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>On January 26, 2008, a …

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

At some point in their careers, most leaders have either consciously — or, more likely, unwittingly — based (or justified) their approach to motivation on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s idea that people are motivated by satisfying lower-level needs such as food, water, shelter, and security, …

About 400 killed in past six weeks of fighting in Libya's Benghazi: medics

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - About 400 people have been killed in six weeks of heavy fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya’s second-largest city Benghazi, medical staff said on Saturday.<p>Black smoke billows in the sky above areas where clashes are taking place …

Is Business School Worth It? 5 Mistakes to Avoid

You can’t be certain that too many things in life will absolutely, positively happen to you.<p>I can count my own list on one hand:<p>Paying taxes to the …

PayPal’s Bitcoin Integration And The Future Of Digital Currency Adoption

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ken Miller is the COO of Gem. Previously he was VP of risk management at PayPal executive and adviser to Square.</i><p>Recently, PayPal announced several partnerships aimed towards enabling certain PayPal merchants to be able to accept bitcoin as a form of payment from their customers. This …

Rethink What You “Know” About High-Achieving Women

As researchers who have spent more than 20 years studying professional women, we have watched with interest the recent surge in attention paid to women’s careers, work-family conflict, and the gender gap in leadership. Among the most visible contributions to this public conversation have been …

The power of introverts

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain …

THE GLOBAL 20: Twenty Huge Trends That Will Define The World For Decades

We recently published The US 20, chronicling 20 trends that will shape America for decades.<p>Today, we present our global edition.<p>Among the main themes: the shifts in emerging markets, the ravages left on European society from the continent's catastrophic economic downturn, and new security …

Markets

Put the “and” Back in “Sales and Marketing”

Nowhere else in the executive suite of a typical corporation are two functions as closely intertwined as sales and marketing. Yet for all the shared responsibility, the marketing and sales relationship has often been a contentious and lopsided one, with sales dominating in B2B sectors while …

In Hope and Defiance, Voters in East Ukraine Go to Polls in Rebel Elections

Separatist-Held Vote Tests Shaky Cease-Fire Between Ukrainian Government and Rebels<p>PETRIVSKE, Ukraine—The village council building is a blown-out shell. The store next door is a metal skeleton. People’s homes are piles of rubble, a reminder of the days when Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels …

Russia

Virgin Galactic head rejects risk-taking claims | Financial Times

The head of Virgin Galactic, whose test spacecraft suffered a fatal crash on Friday, has rejected accusations that the group ignored warnings about …

European growth as elusive as quicksilver

LONDON (Reuters) - Data from both sides of the Atlantic will give clues in the coming week on just how bad the euro zone economy is and just how sustainable is its U.S. counterpart.<p>A euro logo sculpture stands in front the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt October 26, …

Burkina Faso opposition parties, African Union reject army takeover

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso’s opposition parties and the African Union rejected the army’s seizure of power in the West African country on Saturday after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore, setting the stage for fresh protests.<p>The military top brass named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac …