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30 Acts of Kindness For 30 Days Of Growth

This November 13 is World Kindness Day! In honor of this important holiday which fuels kindness around the world, we’ve put together a 30-day …

The Secret to Smartphone Marketing Is Still Email

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Smartphone is a weak word for the gadget that has become the ubiquitous hub of modern line. Life management device might be preferable. Pew reports that 64% of American adults own a smartphone, and that they use it for every imaginable activity — banking, ordering food, watching movies, …

Marketing

5 Books Guaranteed to Unlock Your Creative Genius

Why does it seem like some people can effortlessly “follow their passions”, while others can’t? What’s the secret of successful entrepreneurs and …

This Should Be Every Entrepreneurs Top Priority When Starting a Business

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Why short bursts of activity boost fitness in the body

High-intensity training (HIIT) has become popular with athletes and amateurs and now scientists know why<p>Short bouts of intense exercise could be the key to staying in shape after researchers found that even just a few minutes of strenuous activity can make muscles work harder.<p>High-intensity …

Antarctica gains enough ice each year to bury Rhode Island 85 feet deep

This is strange news to many scientists. Most research to date assumes Antarctica's ice sheet is melting and contributing to global sea level rise.<p>But the authors of the new study, published Oct. 29 in the Journal of Glaciology, found that Antarctica had a net increase of 112 billion tons of ice …

What Peter Drucker Had to Say About Automation

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>In discussing his new book, <i>Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots</i>, the journalist John Markoff pointed out how polarizing the subject of automation and its effect on employment tends to be.<p>“You can go from the International Federation of Robotics on …

Management

10 Brain Myths Busted

It's going to take more than 10 percent of your brain to read this story<p>In the Hollywood action-film <i>Lucy</i>, actor Morgan Freeman—playing a world-renowned neurologist— speaks to a packed auditorium. “It’s estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of their brains’ capacity,” he says. “Imagine if …

3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions

<i>Jennifer Maravillas FOR HBR</i><p>I perused the restaurant menu for several minutes, struggling with indecision, each item tempting me in a different way.<p><i>Maybe I should order them all . . .</i><p>Is this a silly decision not deserving deliberation? Maybe. But I bet you’ve been there. If not about food, then …

Science says dancing with friends is good for your health

You might not think of yourself as a dancer. In fact, maybe even the idea of dancing makes your palms sweat. But growing scientific evidence suggests that getting up and grooving with others has a lot of benefits. In our recent study, we found that synchronizing with others while dancing raised …

Dancing

Cecil's 'poetic justice'? Illegal game hunter killed by lion in South Africa

The death of a South African man who was hunting without a license at a private game farm last week has evoked little sympathy from Cecil the lion mourners.<p>Matome Mahlale, 24, was part of a group of five young men illegally hunting with their dogs on a property that they shouldn't have entered, …

The Top Three Signs You Need A Vacation

Mention the word vacation to a group of entrepreneurs and you’ll likely be met by perplexing stares or scoffs of rebuke. Those who take a break – be it leaving work early on a Wednesday, taking a lunch break <i>without</i> being in front of a computer, or dare I say, take a vacation off the grid – are …

What the U.S. can learn from Chile’s retirement system

Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) retirement programs in the U.S. and many European countries are struggling to remain solvent in the face of an aging population, …

Meat-cancer connection: How should the food industry respond?

As you may have heard, a committee of the U.N.’s World Health Organization announced on Monday that processed meat causes cancer. This wasn’t the …

Why Being The Smartest Person In The Room Is Overrated

Over the years I have had a lot of bosses, covering the full range of the good, the bad and the ugly. Someone recently asked me who my best boss ever had been. The answer rather surprised me. What made the difference was not particular skill or attribute, but a habit he had, or a practice.<p>The clue …

Fossil unearthed in Spain sheds light on ape evolution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of a gibbon-like creature that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apes.<p>Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery in Catalonia of fossil remains of a small, …

China warns US it could spark war with 'provocative acts' in South China Sea

Beijing’s top admiral issues the warning during teleconference talks with his US counterpart aimed at defusing tension in the region<p>China has warned the US that its “dangerous and provocative acts” in the South China Sea could lead to “a minor incident that sparks war”.<p>China’s naval commander, …

How Do You Spell Success? Here Are 7 Ways Straight From Successful People

Lots of authors have written about success – and successful people. They have interviewed them; they have shadowed them; they have observed how they …

The Billion-Dollar Opportunity in Single-Serve Food

Imagine being able to buy one medallion of Kobe steak. Or perhaps two single servings of pasta, because you like angel hair and your significant other likes rigatoni?<p>As consumers, we want what we want, when we want it and how we want it — fueling the demand for personalization and customization. To …

Wineries

7 Highly Effective Ways to Overcome Fear

Margee Kerr is a sociologist and professor specializing in the science of fears. Here's what she can tell you about overcoming yours.<p>Show me an entrepreneur, and I'll show you someone who loves a mountain-climbing metaphor.<p>That's because starting a business is a frightening, uphill, often solitary …

Self-improvement

10 startups that could be the next big thing in Indonesia

I love to reference the book <i>Crossing the Chasm</i> by Geoffrey Moore. In a nutshell, the “chasm” is an awkward gap in which tech companies often find …

These 10 Authentic Quotes Will Give You A Reality Check

Never underestimate the power of quotes. Or should I say - words?All it takes is one line, one thought, a few words and a little wisdom to shift your …

The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

Artists and scientists throughout history have remarked on the bliss that accompanies a sudden creative insight. Einstein described his realization of the general theory of relativity as the happiest moment of his life. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed, “Odd how the creative power …

Psychology

10 Words That Can Make You Sound Unprofessional (and 10 That May Save You the Embarrassment)

When you are trying to make a point, these words can cost you your credibility -- fast. Try the listed alternatives and look far more intelligent.<p>People get emphatic when trying to convey information with passion. They often resort to hyperbole, which can leave them vulnerable to mistakes and …

Employment

Less Is More: Simple Web Design and Bounce Rates

If you want to make a good first impression on website visitors, simple is best.<p>As a designer, developer, business owner, or marketing professional, it's important to understand the relationship between web design and user experience. More specifically, you need to understand how the appearance of …

Web Design

How to Eliminate Workplace Distractions

Information overload may be costing your office big time.<p>Co-workers now have more ways than ever to communicate with each other--email, inner-office communication software like Slack, and video conferencing by way of Skype and Google Hangouts, to name a few--but more communication doesn't always …

The Workplace

The A to Z of True Success

Everything you need to know about success in 26 short quotes arranged from A to Z.<p>Earlier this week, Shyam Ramanathan wrote a blog post using the alphabet (with quotes) to define success. Here's my take on the idea:<p><b>A is for Ambition,</b> the motivation to persevere.<br>"Only through experience of trial and …

Motivation

10 Tips for Acing Your Next Conference

Use these tips to get results from these important--and often costly--business events.<p>Between entrance fees, hotel stays and flights, conferences can easily turn into a big expense, so you'll want to ensure you're getting the most out of them.<p>"In an increasingly digitized world, in-person …

acing

Nuggets of Wisdom From 19 CEOs to Their Younger Selves

If given the chance to go back in time, what would you have done differently in your business life?<p>Ah, the benefits of hindsight. If we "knew then what we know now," our financial portfolios would appear much different. We might not have wasted so much time on that startup idea. We certainly would …

Albert Einstein