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How Reading Makes Us More Human

A debate has erupted over whether reading fiction makes human beings more moral. But what if its real value consists in something even more fundamental?<p>A battle over books has erupted recently on the pages of <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>Time.</i> The opening salvo was Gregory Currie's essay, "Does Great …

What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like

An entrepreneur and long-time neuroscience hobbyist attempts to merge his two loves.<p>Alexis Madrigal<p>It is the rare entrepreneur who hits it truly big twice. Those who do -- such as Ev Williams, Ted Turner, and Elon Musk -- tend to stay within the original industry that made them. In recent memory, …

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School

Instead, help them channel their energy into productive tasks.<p>This year's end-of-year paper purge in my middle school office revealed a startling pattern in my teaching practices: I discipline boys far more often than I discipline girls. Flipping through the pink and yellow slips—my school's system …

How to Build a Digital Brain

Palm founder Jeff Hawkins on neurology, big data, and the future of artificial intelligence<p>For decades, Jeff <i>Hawkins lived a double life, co-founding Palm, the first successful mobile-device company, and studying the brain in his spare time. Free from the traditional constraints of academia, he has</i> …

Is Obesity Really a Disease?

The relationship between health and body weight is not as straightforward as the American Medical Association might have us believe.<p>AP<p>Last week at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, the organization's delegates voted for the first time to designate obesity a disease. …

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The Secret to Effective Motivation

An interview with <b>Heidi Grant Halvorson</b> and <b>E. Tory Higgins</b>, authors of <i>Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World to Power Success and Influence</i>. For more, see the article Do You Play to Win–or to Not Lose?<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m …

Be Selfish. Be Very Selfish.

Here is a leadership lesson: Be selfish. Be very selfish.<p>For this message to be an effective leadership tip, we need to understand what selfishness is. Selfishness is typically defined as “concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself.” If someone hears that the CEO is being selfish, the …

Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Who wouldn’t want a higher level of emotional intelligence? Studies have shown that a high emotional quotient (or EQ) boosts career success, entrepreneurial potential, leadership talent, health, relationship satisfaction, humor, and happiness. It is also the best antidote to work stress and it …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

Becoming an Idea Entrepreneur

Sleep-Deprived People Are More Likely to Cheat

Good managers focus not only on bottom-line performance, but on the means by which their people achieve that high performance. Unethical behaviors can be damaging to a broad variety of stakeholders, and are often the cause of organizational crises. Ethical behavior not only keeps consciences clean; …

Towards the end of poverty

IN HIS inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the …

Spooky Action on Broadway: A Quantum Drama by Brian Greene

Brian Greene performing Spooky Action on Wednesday night. Credit: World Science Festival.<p>Fans of Brian Greene’s NOVA programs, such as The Fabric of …

Colonoscopies Clarify Inner Workings of Minds

Memories are story shaped. As are understandings. To remember, or make sense of, a thing is to have a story about it. Colonoscopies and correcting …