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Be one with Flappy Bird: The science of 'flow' in game design

A core reason why recent hits like Flappy Bird and Threes found success -- and are massively addictive -- lies in the way they put us in a unique zen-like state known as flow.<p>There's nothing the same between Minecraft and Flappy Bird, The Sims and WoW [World of Warcraft]. These are fundamentally …

The Sims

How Liberal Arts Colleges Can Stop Fueling the “Skills Gap”

There is a growing consensus among students, parents and employers that today’s young liberal arts graduates lack the skills needed to succeed in the post-Recession job market. Stories about this skills gap abound, such as the recent <i>New York Times</i> essay <i>“Opening an Employment Door to the Young”</i>.<p>This …

The Best “Management Lessons” Story You’ll Ever Read

A Roll of the Polyhedral Dice<p>Everything I Need to Know About Management I Learned from Playing Dungeons and Dragons<p>Quartz<p>Such as: Often, the best candidate for a given job isn’t the person who’s most skilled at fulfilling its primary requirement, but instead is a more well-rounded individual, a …

10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day | Inc.com

Want to make a huge difference in someone's life? Here are things you should say every day to your employees, colleagues, family members, friends, and everyone you care about:<p><b>"Here's what I'm thinking."</b><p>You're in charge, but that doesn't mean you're smarter, savvier, or more insightful than everyone …

Self-improvement

Job Interviews: 5 Questions Great Candidates Ask | Inc.com

Be honest. Raise your hand if you feel the part of the job interview where you ask the candidate, "Do you have any questions for me?" is almost always a waste of time.<p>Thought so.<p>The problem is, most candidates don't actually care about your answers; they just hope to make themselves look good by …

Employment

The Top 13 Education Stories Of 2013

What’s the best way to teach our kids (or, for that matter, our adults)? Read about the year in MOOCs, coding for kids, and the college dorm of the future.<p>Editor’s Note<p>Want more of our best stories of 2013? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Top Stories Of The …

Parents May Be Your Secret Weapon For Recruiting and Retaining Millennials

A recruiter at a well-known Fortune 10 company told me this story: She was getting ready for a phone interview with a new college graduate. But when she dialed into the conference number at the scheduled time, instead of the candidate, there was an older woman on the line.<p>The female caller …

This Startup Says Open Salaries Are Good for Culture | Inc.com

Most business owners operate under the assumption that discussing compensation openly is the quickest way to incite an employee revolt. When employees know how much their colleagues make, after all, it gives them added leverage to ask for a raise, which could, potentially, eat away at a business's …

Salaries & Wages

People Who Were Pretty in High School Make More Money Because Life Isn’t Fair

A new research paper confirms that everything that your mother told you growing up is a lie because the pretty people always win.<p>According to the …

Some Of The World's Most Innovative People Use These 3 Tech Tools

Most people look at successful innovators, like Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos, and think they were born with something extra special. It's true, they were. But everyone has it in them to be creative. Jobs said the true secret to success is to realize that "Everything around you that you call 'life' was …

Project Management

15 Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Have you ever read something that made you want to get up and do something productive? It’s usually followed by thoughts of all the ways you are …

Motivation

The Perfect Woman

And the female version:<p>Overall, it seemed like men preferred blonde hair and a lot of Angelina Jolie, while women preferred dark locks and Kiera Knightley's facial structure. (Side note: In what universe is the only covetable feature on Jennifer Aniston her forehead?) Basically, this should be …

America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor [MAPS]

At the county level, America is a tremendously unequal place. The median household income in the poorest county (Wilcox County, Alabama) was $22,126 in 2012. In Falls Church, Virginia, where highly educated defense contractors and federal government workers cluster, the median income last year was …

Demographics

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …

The AIDS Granny In Exile

In the '90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. Now 85, she lives in New York without her family, without her friends, and without regrets.<p>The enormous brick fortress in West …

What Every Employer Needs to Know About 'Generation Y'

The workplace is evolving quickly and steadily. Not just in its physical attributes, but right down to its genetic code -- the people that are doing and running things. A new generation of talent has emerged, with values and desires that are fundamentally different than those of their predecessors. …

The Workplace

Can You See the Opportunities Staring You in the Face?

We all suffer from inattention blindness. We focus so intently on a particular task that we don’t notice the weird thing that’s right there in plain view. The person walking by in a gorilla suit, for example.<p>Companies suffer from inattention blindness too. And in a business context, the weird thing …

Health Benefits of Lifting Weights

Steklenski and Kantor used to share a common resistance to, well, using more resistance. In fact, while both women are now hooked on lifting weights (and heavy ones at that), both of these women had never lifted before they began training with me a few months ago. After all, listen to certain …

Study Says Rich, White Parents Are Less Concerned About Online Safety

How concerned are you about your kids’ safety when it comes to the Internet? According to a collaborative study between Northwestern University and …

Home

If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …

How Automattic Grew Into A Startup Worth $1 Billion With No Email And No Office Workers

Automattic is so unusual, it's the subject of a new book "The Year Without Pants" by its employee Scott Berkun. Berkun is a former Microsoft employee who documented how Automattic grew into a 190-employee company with a $1 billion valuation, while nearly all employees work from home.<p>Even though the …

Startups

This Is How To Do Corporate Tweets Customers Actually Love

Tesco Mobile isn’t exactly the U.K.’s sexiest mobile network. But you’d never know it upon first glance at some of the sassy tweets it sends out to Twitter users who say less-than-flattering things about the company’s services.<p>For the past several months, Tesco has been working with the digital …

Customers

What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?

<i>For more of our reporting on this story, please see our work in</i> The New York Times Magazine <i>and on</i> This American Life<i>.</i><p>A couple of months ago, we reported on a charity called GiveDirectly that's trying to help poor people in the developing world in an unusual way: by sending them money with no …

Google Autocompletes The World’s Opinion Of Women–And It’s Not Pretty

Here’s one easy way to determine how rampant sexism is across the globe: run a Google search. To prove that masses of Internet users have worrying opinions on what women should–or cannot–do, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) tested the search …

Ogilvy & Mather