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A simple system helped me to stop obsessing over work and start prioritizing my family

In my twenties, I was a lean, mean productivity machine. I created an alternative shorthand keyboard on my Blackberry to reduce my keystrokes by 80%. I devoured audiobook biographies of Steve Jobs and other great leaders by listening to them at 2.5x normal speed. I even optimized my workouts by …

Time Management

Seven Practices That Will Give Leaders The Time To Lead

At a time when so many roles in organizations are codified it is somewhat curious that there still appears to be so little agreement on what a chief executive is supposed to do. The result can be that CEOs rush around trying to do too much. The notion of newly-promoted managers over-burdening …

Leadership

A CEO guide for avoiding the ten traps that derail digital transformations

Transforming your business has risks. Successful leaders know how to spot them and avoid them.<p><b>Business leaders are in a high-stakes game.</b> Many have …

10 Questions For Getting To Know Your New Direct Reports Faster

Just get promoted into a managerial role, or take a job where you’re inheriting someone’s team? This can help.<p>When you hire a new team or inherit someone else’s, your first instinct as a manager might be to assess the situation for the best way to move forward–and fast. But if you aren’t careful, …

Data Visualization: The Best Infographic Tools Available Today

Infographics have become an increasingly popular data visualization tool which enable users to quickly give an overview of pretty much any topic. They rely on using images to accompany bite-sized pieces of information, in keeping with the theory that our brains are better at storing and recalling …

5 Furniture Resale Sites You Should Bookmark Now

Whether you're looking for a piece to complete a space or want to offload a room full of furniture before a big move, resale sites can often be your …

A Plan For Raising Brilliant Kids, According To Science

<i>Since NPR Ed first published this piece last year, it has become one of our most popular posts of all time. And since then, there has been a little anecdotal proof of concept for these parenting theories:</i><p><i>Kathy Pasek, one of the authors interviewed, has a son named Benj Pasek. He is a composer who,</i> …

Critical Thinking

23 New Beauty Products You Need To Try ASAP

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This week’s must-read books

(fiction, St. Martin’s)<p>Heather Mulgrew has just graduated from college and is traveling abroad with her friends, having European adventures before …

The Best Travel Beauty Products That Will Fit in Your Carry-On

This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure. For more stories like this, visit travelandleisure.com.<p>This article originally appeared on …

The 10 Best Dermatologist-Approved Sunscreens for Summer

Please give summer a warm welcome, for the highly anticipated season is finally here. And while it's synonymous with rosé-filled weekends spent poolside for some, or riding waves for others, it also recalls the often-dreaded task of applying (and reapplying) layers of thick sunscreen for all. With …

Skin Care

24 Incredible Books You Should Read This Summer

The season’s new books include smart thrillers and sprawling family dramas.<p>A wrestler sets his sights on the NCAA championship; a man goes on a statewide search for his missing son. A trends forecaster learns to cope with the market’s return to IRL experiences; an ex-musician reflects on his glory …

Books

Ford's new CEO promises a fit _ but fun _ company

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford's new CEO, Jim Hackett, revealed a little about his plans — and a lot about himself — when he talked to media after …

NAFTA

New Ford CEO: "we've got a huge opportunity"

<b>Jim Hackett,</b> who yesterday was named Ford Motor Company president and CEO, told me in a phone interview that he hopes to transform the carmaker in …

The 10 Email Commandments You're Breaking Every Day

Do you live in fear of your email inbox? It is such an effective tool for information exchange that it can render us completely ineffective in our attempts to control it.<p>I fear that I’m going to miss the proverbial wheat because of all the darn chaff overstuffing my inbox. You, too?<p>Well, apparently …

Productivity

Gigantic Exotic Car Vending Machine Dispenses Ferraris, Porsches

Super-sized automat opens in Singapore<p>Looking for a slightly used sky blue Porsche 964, a black Ferrari California, or a bright red Classic Rover Mini?<p>Now you can window shop without stepping into a showroom at “the world’s largest car vending machine,” the new Autobahn Motors building in …

Ford Announces Investment in Artificial Intelligence Company Argo AI

Blue Oval to work with Argo AI to develop autonomous vehicles<p>Ford has announced that it will invest $1 billion in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence startup, to help develop the automaker’s autonomous vehicles, which are scheduled to arrive in 2021. Argo AI’s main responsibility will be the …

Epic! Gives Kids Unlimited Access to a Massive Library of Children's Books

Giving kids the power to choose what they read is a great way to get them reading more. The Epic! app gives kids 12 and under access to over 20,000 …

Kids

Zipcar Doesn’t Just Ask Employees to Innovate — It Shows Them How

Innovative companies have innovative cultures. Always. Think of Google, or of how GE has sustained an innovation culture that goes back to its founding father, Thomas Edison. Today GE has once again reinvented itself, as “the digital industrial company” — not bad for an organization founded in 1892.<p>…

7 Eye Creams That Get the Job Done for Zombie-Level Dark Circles

Because the struggle is too real.<p>Show me a woman who got enough sleep last night and I'll show you a liar. The fact of the matter is that none of us are logging in enough shut-eye and, unfortunately, have the dark circles to prove it. Thankfully, we've narrowed down the eye creams that de-puff, …

Interior Designers Share Their Game-Changing Shopping Secrets

When you're a home editor, you become a magnet for decorating inquiries of all sorts, but the most common question I get is about where to shop for blank (pretty much every household decorative item you can imagine). To deviate from my usual list, I turned to another group of professionals: …

3 books to read for a more productive life

On our annual drive across the country to visit family for the holidays, my husband and I listened to hours of podcasts. On our way home, we ended up …

The 5 books guaranteed to advance your career in 2017

Welcome to the working world of 2017, where patience and conformity will not be seen as virtues. You are going to have to think critically and act …

Work-Life Balance Vs. Work-Life Integration, Is There Really A Difference?

Most people have heard the term “work-life balance,” but in recent years, the phrase “work-life integration” has been gaining popularity and given way to headlines such as “work-life balance is dead” and “work-life integration: the new norm.” Despite the growing popularity of work-life integration, …

Work-life Balance

William Faulkner's Hot Toddy Recipe Is the Secret to Surviving Winter

A cocktail lesson from the boozy Southern writer.<p>William Faulkner's affinity for alcohol was no closely guarded family secret. Should you find yourself at Faulkner's grave in Oxford, Mississippi, the only appropriate way to pay homage to the great Southern wordsmith is to take a swig of bourbon, …

What Drives Salespeople in Different U.S. Regions

The 10 most important books of 2016

Books are slow food. It generally takes two years, two hardworking years, to cook up a book from idea to publication. Some writers can go faster — those who publish a book a year (or more) are working at top speed — while others write much more slowly, ruminating and reworking and false-starting …

Books

Most Industries Are Nowhere Close to Realizing the Potential of Analytics

Back in 2011, the McKinsey Global Institute published a report on the transformational potential of big data—and it would take a supercomputer to process all of the articles that have appeared since then urging companies to get on board before some digital disruptor renders them obsolete. And yet …

4 ways to bring more meaning into your life

There's no shortage of tips about what brings happiness, but what gives your life <i>meaning</i>?<p>"Meaning in life" is one of those things everybody insists …

The Most Empathetic Companies, 2016

Empathy has never been in more explicit demand from corporate leaders — particularly after a divisive U.S. presidential election and amid continued economic uncertainty around the globe. As the newly released 2016 Empathy Index demonstrates, empathy, which is about understanding our emotional …