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Eminent Philosophers Name the 43 Most Important Philosophy Books Written Between 1950-2000: Wittgenstein, Foucault, Rawls & More

Faced with the question, “who are the most important philosophers of the 20th century?,” I might find myself compelled to ask in turn, “in respect to …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Having rescued recorded music, Spotify may upend the industry again

IN JUST a few short years Spotify has evolved from bête noir of some of the world’s most prominent recording artists to perhaps their greatest …

5 Novels Featuring Obsessed Bookworms on the Hunt

A Novel<p>How far would you go for a book that would blow your mind — for good? In Tim Wirkus’ <i>The Infinite Future</i>, three troubled people obsessed with …

Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation? Experts Say These 5 Techniques Will Work

Whether you're a social butterfly or a total introvert, it doesn't matter. These techniques will help you shine in any conversation.<p>You walk into a room at a social event where people are mingling and networking near the bar. In one corner of the room, something catches your eye. You notice a small …

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success

What matters isn't so much who's on your team, but rather how the team works together.<p>The best companies are made up of great teams. You see, even a company full of A-players won't succeed if those individuals don't have the ability to work well together.<p>That's why not too long ago, Google set out …

Leadership

Boeing wins seven more contracts for its growing data analytics business

Seven more companies have joined the list of customers for data analytics services from Boeing AnalytX, bringing the total of contracts signed this …

The 8 Types of Salespeople

Policymakers around the world are embracing behavioural science

IN 2013 thousands of school pupils in England received a letter from a student named Ben at the University of Bristol. The recipients had just gained …

Is this partnership between Capital One and Spotify the future of credit-card rewards?

This is how redeeming your credit-card rewards might look in the future.<p>The credit-card company Capital One COF, -1.56% and music-streaming …

Personal Finance

The 4 Types of Organizational Politics

The first 100 days are usually the honeymoon period for any new CEO to make their mark and get others on board. However, for Airbus CEO Christian Streiff, it was just a brief window before his abrupt departure from the European aircraft company that’s part of the EADS consortium, along with …

Team spirit

TEAMS have become the basic building-blocks of organisations. Recruitment ads routinely call for “team players”. Business schools grade their …

Quantum Computing Is Going Commercial With the Potential to Disrupt Everything

Tech & Science Quantum Computing IBM<p>Consider three hair-pulling problems: 1 percent of the world’s energy is used every year just to produce …

5 Questions Leaders Should Be Asking All the Time

The best teachers all have at least one thing in common: they ask great questions. They ask questions that force students to move beyond simple answers, that test their reasoning, that spark curiosity, and that generate new insights. They ask questions that inspire students to think, and to think …

Management

Why GDP is so difficult to measure

MEASURING output is the best way we have of taking the temperature of an economy. But the industry standard, gross domestic product (GDP) has a host …

Uber Shows How Not to Apply Behavioral Economics

A recent New York Times article on how Uber is using various insights from behavioral economics to push, or nudge, its drivers to pick up more fares — sometimes with little benefit to them — has generated quite a bit of criticism of Uber. It’s just one of several stories of late that have cast the …

The Refresher: Net Present Value

Next time you're deciding about a big investment, NPV can help you make a more informed decision.

If You Want to Motivate Employees, Stop Trusting Your Instincts

Few topics have received more attention in talent management than motivation, defined as the deliberate attempt to influence employees’ behaviors with the goal of enhancing their performance, and in turn their organizational effectiveness. Indeed, other than talent, motivation is the key driver of …

Data-Driven Decision Making: 10 Simple Steps For Any Business

I believe data should be at the heart of strategic decision making in businesses, whether they are huge multinationals or small family-run operations. Data can provide insights that help you answer your key business questions (such as ‘How can I improve customer satisfaction?’). Data leads to …

Data Warehousing

How Neuroscience Can Help Leaders

Recent studies in neuroscience and psychology can assist leaders in making organizational change. Learn how to apply them inside.<p>Leaders today must …

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IN RECENT months the business press has reverberated with cheers for the end of performance reviews. “Performance reviews are getting sacked,” crows …

5 Easy Theses

There’s so much talk about innovation these days that it’s become a buzzword, drained of clear meaning. So when writing a book about the Digital Revolution, I decided to focus on some specific examples of how innovation actually happened in the real world. How did the most imaginative innovators of …

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …