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Boosting your run endurance for beginners

Photo: ShutterstockIf a new runner wants to get faster, what’s the best way to improve on their race times? Surprisingly, beginners should not focus …

Marathons

The Top 5 Fitness Benefits of Racing Cyclocross

Cyclocross is enjoying a boom in popularity, which is wonderful because it’s one of the most accessible disciplines in the spectrum of cycling …

How to Get Employees Excited to Do Their Work

What keeps you up at night as a manager? Are you worried about hitting your numbers? How to boost the results of lower performers? What about how to keep top performers motivated?<p>We often believe that the most effective way to respond to these concerns is to directly tell our employees what to do. …

10 top time-saving tech tips

Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already …

Create a Conversation, Not a Presentation

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p>When I worked as a consultant, I was perennially guilty of “the great unveil” in presentations—that tendency to want to save key findings for the last moment and then reveal them, expecting a satisfying moment of awe. My team and I would work tirelessly to drive to the …

The magic of Fibonacci numbers

Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of …

My thoughts on the iPhone 6 Plus, five months later

Image copyright Tom Krazit/Gigaom.I lead a mobile sedentary lifestyle. I’m not someone who travels a lot or needs to visit multiple sites during a …

iPhone 5

3 Tech Skills That Help Kids Hack Real Life

The other day my niece and nephew came to visit. They walked into the house and were drawn, almost magnetically, to the table where all of my gadgets were laid out. They caressed my phone. Fondled my digital camera. Gazed curiously at my noise-cancelling headphones. Petted my back-up battery. …

Kids

They hate that you score all the goals, and all the girls. ⚽️😘 #therewillbehaters

Peanuts and the Quiet Pain of Childhood: How Charles Schulz Made an Art of Difficult Emotions

“[Charlie Brown] reminded people, as no other cartoon character had, of what it was to be vulnerable, to be small and alone in the universe, to be human — both little and big at the same time.”<p>J.R.R. Tolkien adamantly asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and Neil Gaiman …

Literature

20 Incredibly Useful Free Apps From Microsoft

Here's a collection of useful free Microsoft apps for all sorts of devices — not just Windows PCs, but also Macs, iPhones, and even Android devices.<p>These apps will help you take photos, share them, give you access to your documents, notes, organize your travel and more.

One Engagement Strategy Does Not Fit All

You’ve probably heard these stories before: A coaching program that worked for one employee failed with another who’s up against the same hurdles. A reward system that increased performance on one team actually led to disgruntled workers in another group. Talent management programs that were a …

How to buy happiness

At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can indeed buy happiness -- when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for …

Advanced Marketing Techniques to Help Your Twitter Account Take Off

This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>We’ve all read those same old Twitter marketing techniques: use hashtags, speak with your followers, listen more than you talk, and a host of others that are all too obvious after using the service for more than a few days.<p>I’m going to skip past those …

Why Your Current Social Media Strategy is Wrong

<i>Piers Cooper is CEO of Addvocate, a startup that created a platform to let brands harness the trust and breadth of the people who know their companies best.</i><p>Some of the biggest brands in the world are spending big bucks in the hope of turning paid likes and followers into measurable ROI. Guess what: …