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Why We Should Be Disagreeing More at Work

When I worked as a management consultant, I had a client that I thought of as difficult. Let’s call her Marguerite. She and I didn’t see eye to eye on much. I disagreed with the direction she was taking our project, the people she chose to involve, and the pace at which she thought we should do our …

Leadership

Why Smart Entrepreneurs Don't Ask For Advice, They Ask For This Instead | Inc.com

Business owners are often looking for advice on strategies, tactics, and key decisions. However, while offering straight up advice might seem like an obvious solution, in the big picture, advice-giving is not the best approach.<p>Groups like the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) have discovered the …

Self-improvement

The 6 Simple Steps Elon Musk Uses to Solve Any Problem

You learned these steps in elementary school, but do you ever actually use them?<p>Associate Editor, Contributed Content<p>There were all sorts of fascinating tidbits in Neil Strauss's fantastic <i>Rolling Stone</i> feature on Elon Musk -- hints about the Tesla Truck, the man behind the genius and more.<p>But for …

Why you should stop eating white rice, according to a physician

From a nutritional standpoint, white rice pales in comparison to its whole grain cousin, brown rice.<p>It gets digested quickly, is rapidly processed into sugar, and only fills you up for a short period of time. In comparison, brown rice is processed slowly, churning out a steady stream of fuel to …

Nutrition

1 Brilliant Yet Often Ignored Communication Trick Will Help You Lead Your Team | Inc.com

The team was present, but definitely not listening. I was floundering in my effort to help them understand why we needed to change our entire sales process. I thought I could handle it. I thought my leadership skills were better than this. I was in my third month as a newly appointed sales manager, …

Leadership

How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution

For decades, we’ve often thought of leadership profiles in unique buckets—two popular varieties were the “visionaries”, who embrace strategy and think about amazing things to do, and the “operators”, who get stuff done. We intuitively knew that there must be leaders that span these areas, but in …

Crushing an egg into your coffee sounds disgusting — but it makes an amazing-tasting drink

Crushing an egg (shell and all), whisking it with freshly ground coffee, and boiling the mixture sounds gross. The result looks terrifying, too — like a hideous swamp creature gurgling in your pot.<p>However, the umber-red-colored drink that results, called "egg coffee," is almost free of bitter …

10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm

You can preempt much of your stress with these vital practices.<p>The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled …

Emotional Intelligence

The MMA fighter who beat up a tai-chi master didn’t win the fight

The fighting monks of Shaolin Monastery in the Pagoda Forest on Song Mountain in China are globally adored. They’re real but have been made mythical in countless martial-arts movies and the Wu Tang Clan’s hip-hop.<p>Now, their ancient arts are allegedly threatened by the new. The Shaolin fighting …

Donald Trump Is an Economic Birther Too—And That's Even Scarier

Everyone knows about Donald Trump’s phony claim that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States—a claim he continued to make for years after the …

Yukon's Kluane National Park and Reserve: Reaching the Top of Canada

Discover Canada's highest peak, largest ice fields, and most diverse grizzly bear population in Kluane National Park and Reserve.<p>I have a confession: I am scared of bears.<p>This is not a writer’s device to set up drama in an article about the great outdoors of the Yukon. I am scared. Particularly …

National Parks

Your Worth

your worth is not defined or dependent on acceptance or rejection,<br>for it is sure in this world you will experience both<p>your worth is determined by …

Carly Fiorina Could Defeat Hillary Clinton—By Channeling Her

If Carly Fiorina ends up on the Republican ticket, her stellar performance at the Reagan Library will become a new American political legend. Her …

5 TED Talks That Will Help You Understand--and Improve--Your Brain | Inc.com

Without it you couldn’t keep breathing, let alone reading this column. Yet how often do you think about your own brain–how it works, what it needs, and how it could work better? Your brain is both the most important and least understood organ in your whole body. But in these fascinating TED Talks, …

The Brain

Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating a Capacity for Creative Observation

<i>“It gives me such a sense of peace to draw; more than prayer, walks, anything,”</i> Sylvia Plath wrote in her diary when she first began working on her little-known drawings. <i>“The great benefit of drawing … is that when you look at something, you see it for the first time,”</i> the great Milton Glaser …

The Murmurations of Starlings

When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would …

When You Fall in Love, This Is What Facebook Sees

“During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple.”<p>Facebook might understand your romantic prospects better than you do.<p>In a blog post published yesterday, the company’s team of data scientists …

Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far: Sagmeister’s Typographic Maxims on Life, Updated

About a decade ago, Stefan Sagmeister, one of the most celebrated and influential designers of our time, began keeping a running list of life-learnings in his diary. Eventually, he translated these private thoughts into a series of typographic artworks and public installations at the intersection …

Alice in Quantumland: A Charming Illustrated Allegory of Quantum Mechanics by a CERN Physicist

As a lover of science and of all things <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, imagine my delight at discovering <b>Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics</b> (<i>public library</i>) — an imaginative and unusual 1995 quantum primer by particle physicist <b>Robert Gilmore</b>, who has under his belt experience at Stanford and …

20 Things That Mentally Strong People Don't Do

I often write about the things I believe we all should be doing, trying or experimenting with in order to maximize our success and happiness. …

One of the most beautiful and life-changing things to ever read: The great Alan Watts, who would’ve been 99 today, on self-consciousness and the secret of happiness: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/06/alan-watts-wisdom-of-insecurity-1/

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Death, and Redemption

On May 21, 2005 <b>David Foster Wallace</b> took the podium at Kenyon College and delivered the now-legendary <i>This Is Water</i>, one of history’s greatest commencement addresses — his timeless meditation on the meaning of life and the grueling work required in order to stay awake to the world rather than …

The Psychology of Self-Control

Ever since psychology godfather William James first expounded the crucial role of habit in how we live and who we become, modern psychology has sought to figure out how we can rewire our bad habits, maximize our willpower, and use habits to optimize our productivity. And yet, if the market for …

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity

Susan Sontag argued that lists confer value and guarantee our existence. Umberto Eco saw in them “the origin of culture.” But lists, it turns out, might be a remarkably potent tool for jostling the muse into manifesting — a powerful trigger for that stage of unconscious processing so central to the …

The Universe in a Nutshell: Michio Kaku on the Physics of Everything

How did humanity go from a tribe governed by superstition to a species on the hunt for the Higgs Boson and the deepest secrets of the cosmos? In <b>The Universe in a Nutshell</b>, theoretical physicist and prolific author <b>Michio Kaku</b> — who has previously helped us unravel the mysteries of time — explores …

Distractify

Social Connection Makes a Better Brain

Recent trends show that people increasingly value material goods over relationships—but neuroscience and evolution say this goes against our nature.<p>Matthew Lieberman, a distinguished social psychologist and neuroscientist, basically won the lottery. This past summer, he was offered three million …

How Giant Birds Can Fly Nearly 10,000 Miles in One Go

<b>Forget circumnavigating the globe in 80 days—an albatross can do it in a mere 46!</b><p>These world travelers are among the largest flying birds, weighing up to 25 pounds (11 kilograms), and with a wingspan of 11 feet (3 meters). But hefting such huge bodies off the ground takes a lot of energy. If …