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Davos 2014: China’s richest man shows pique to US critic | Financial Times

It was quite the wake-up for attendees at the WEF debate on Chinese-American-European cooperation. After a “well meant advice” of Harvard Professor …

What Makes a Truly Great Leader?

In the technology industry--characterized by brutal competition and relentless change--this profile of a standout leader will surprise you.<p>If you spend your career in the high-tech industry, you'll probably get to work with all sorts of brilliant and highly accomplished leaders. CEOs, …

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.<p>Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done.<p>Exceptional bosses do all of the above--and more. Sure, they care …

A Question That Can Change Your Life

For years I’ve exercised every day — doing weights, cardio, yoga — but despite my continuous effort, I haven’t seen much change.<p>Until a few months ago.<p>Recently, my body has changed. My muscles are stronger, more defined, and I’ve lost five pounds along with a visible layer of fat. So what did I do …

Seven Tips for Shifting a Mindset in Your Organization

We’re all fascinated by new ideas and how they can grab hold of us, influencing how we think and affecting how we take action. How does Atul Gawande (the checklist doctor) get inside my head, when others don’t? Why does Gwyneth Paltrow make me adjust my behaviors, when others can’t?<p>In business, …

Smart Leaders Have Protégés

Just how important protégés are to a powerful person was made clear to me by this question, told to me by a Fortune 100 CEO. When choosing his direct reports, he asks: “How many blazing talents have you developed over the years and put in top positions across the company, so that if I asked you to …

How to Know If You're Working (and Living) With Purpose

Who doesn't want a deeper sense of purpose? Ask these four questions to discover your path to more meaningful work.<p><i>"If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life." --Abraham Maslow</i><p>Living with purpose is one of …

5 Common Hiring Mistakes (and Their Solutions)

Building a great team is essential, but these hiring missteps can derail you. Here's how to fix them.<p>Selecting the right people is the ultimate pay-me-now or pay-me-later leadership proposition. Do it effectively now and reap the benefits of a high performing team later. Do it fast and cheap now, …

Overwhelmed? Here are 3 Strategies to Multiply Your Time.

Stressed? These strategies will multiply your time and free you to focus on your mission. (Image by Renjith Krishnan.)<p>It’s been more than three years …

Great Leaders Who Make the Mix Work

Photography: Courtesy of Studio Echelman<p>Artwork: Janet Echelman, Target Swooping Down…Bullseye!, 2001, hand-knotted nylon lace net, 140′ x 140′ x 90′, Madrid, Spain<p>Business leaders send a powerful message when they demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion that goes beyond rhetoric. But …

3 Scientific Secrets to Great Team Chemistry

Psychologists are digging into the mystery of why some teams gel and others don't. Here's some of what they've uncovered.<p>Great teams, like great dates, depend on chemistry. The members can have all the requisite skills on paper, display competent social skills and a willingness to work hard, but …

Co-CEOs...and Other Org Chart Disasters to Avoid

Your org chart should have one purpose and one purpose only--to help your team make good decisions. Here's where org charts go wrong.<p>There are of course any number of contributing factors in the sad, sorry tale of the decline of RIM (known to most people by the name of their flagship product, the …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Crisis Leadership: Are You Always Putting Out Fires?

When I was in city management, I worked with the fire chief. A good fire chief knows how to put out fires. When the fire truck arrives at the scene …

Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Execution

Setting strategy is elegant. It’s a clean and sophisticated process of collecting and analyzing data, generating insights, and identifying smart paths forward. Done at arm’s length in an academic fashion, tight logic is the only glue needed to hold ideas together. The output is a smooth narrative …

Influential Leaders Ask These 6 Questions

Try 'zig-zagging' into these conversations to generate ideas and extend your influence.<p>The key to being a powerful leader isn't giving orders -- it's extending your influence. And one important way to do that is by spreading and soliciting new ideas.<p>As an influential leader, you are a conduit of …

Change Is Good. Now, How to Get Employees to Buy In

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Change is key in business for remaining relevant and ahead of the curve. But, while managers love change, employees often fear it or fight it. You always can fire an employee if she doesn't get with the program, but that's not good …

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4 Ways That IBM’s Watson Could Transform How Humans Think And Make Decisions

Watson may have won Jeopardy, but the supercomputer’s real-world uses–in medicine, education, and beyond–are only now coming into play.<p>Terrell Jones, the founder of Travelocity and the founding chairman of Kayak.com, let the world in on a secret yesterday: “The guy that started the online travel …

Innovation: A Charger That Keeps Your Phone Germ-Free

Whatever our hands touch, our phones touch. And that means our mobile phones can be downright nasty. Some people even use their phones while they're in the bathroom stall. So it probably won't surprise you that a 2011 University of London study found that one in six of our phones have fecal matter …

Inside California's $25 billion plot to save its water supply

The state's key estuary is in serious jeopardy, but can a bold new plan solve the problem?<p>Behind many of the shiny fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle, there's a decidedly ominous backstory: California, supplier of much of our domestic produce, is just one earthquake away from drying up.<p>The …

New DNA supercomputer promises radically cheaper genome tests

A new DNA supercomputer is promising to deliver radically cheaper genome sequencing, a shift that could spur research and broader adoption of the tests. Illumina's latest model is designed to process 20,000 samples a year, with costs potentially as low as $1,000, a milestone the genetics industry …

Will This Vending Machine For Burritos Change The Business Of Fast Food?

If Chipotle is Blockbuster, could Burritobox be Redbox?<p>Piping hot tortillas filled with free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, uncured bacon, and cage-free eggs. Cold guacamole and sour cream. Hot sauce. No hormones. No antibiotics. That may sound a lot like Chipotle. In reality, it’s a burrito cooked …

Death and startups: Most startups croak 20 months after their last funding round

For most startups, death is not a question of if, but when.<p>While that conclusion may seem obvious, the data to support it is pretty hard to come by. Which makes sense: After all, no one — not founders, not venture capital firms — is going to go out of their way to tell the world when they’ve …

Why Your Company Needs A Cynic

The modern definition of cynicism doesn’t have positive connotations, but the original meaning of the word — a cynic as a contrarian is something every company could use.<p>Positivity seems to be one of the most valued traits in modern companies. At Whole Foods, the core values are ‘We Satisfy, …

The Village Walk: Trust, Relevance, and Reputation in Tech

Dawn broke quietly that morning near Eregi, in Western Kenya, apricot light chasing the indigo of night, birdcalls and soft footsteps sounding …