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Obama's $400,000 Wall Street Speech Is Completely In Character

The rumors are true: Former President Barack Obama will receive $400,000 to speak at a health care conference organized by the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.<p>It should not be a surprise. This unseemly and unnecessary cash-in fits a pattern of bad behavior involving the financial sector, one …

Middle-class

Is there a link between free trade and war?

People who have read my posts in the past two years might have noticed that I discussed several times the origins of World War I (here and here and …

Amartya Sen: India can’t become a global economic power with an uneducated, unhealthy workforce

On Nov. 6, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen visited the London School of Economics (LSE) to discuss his new collection of cultural essays, <i>Country of First Boys.</i><p>Before taking the stage in the packed Old Theatre, Sen spoke to Sonali Campion and Taryana Udayar of the South Asia @ LSE blog about the Indian …

Economics

10 trends shaping the future of civil society

Civil Society Organisations are undergoing major changes and interviewees for the World Economic Forum’s report on the future role of civil society …

World Economy

Jon Stewart, Superboss

HBR STAFF<p>This past February, when Jon Stewart announced his impending retirement from Comedy Central’s <i>The Daily Show</i> after sixteen years, the collective mourning began almost immediately. “I have this irrational feeling of sadness, bordering on hurt,” a commentator for <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> said. “I …

Ralph Lauren

Top 4 Reasons To Grab A Seat At The Cool Table With Millennials Who Share

I can’t find a job. Should I volunteer? Or work for a charity before I enter the real world? Those are the questions I hear from recent college graduates. Their questions make me wonder, “Why are they looking at non-profits as <i>not</i> being a part of working in the real world? And what needs to happen …

Nonprofits

21 time-management habits all leaders should learn

One of the most difficult skills to master at the beginning of your career is time management.<p>You can waste a tremendous amount of time by trying to …

How sex traffickers in Malaysia and Thailand use Facebook to lure victims

GettyImages/Manjunath Kiran<p>A Malaysian man and two Thai women were arrested Friday for using Facebook to trap women from abroad into a prostitution …

7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

Ever tried to change anyone’s behavior at work? It can be extremely frustrating. So often the effort produces an opposite result: rupturing the relationship, diminishing job performance, or causing the person to dig in their heels. Still, some approaches clearly work better than others.<p>We reviewed …

Management

How to Write a Great Business Plan

Few areas of business attract as much attention as new ventures, and few aspects of new-venture creation attract as much attention as the business plan. Countless books and articles in the popular press dissect the topic. A growing number of annual business-plan contests are springing up across the …

Small Business

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working …

Mindfulness

Rescued from Mumbai’s Brothels, These Girls Are Learning to Lead

There are 15 girls who study at Kranti, an educational NGO in Mumbai, all of them between the ages of 12 and 20. Like typical teenagers, they adore …

Can ASEAN maintain central role in the region?

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — …

Empathy Is Key to a Great Meeting

Yes, we all hate meetings. Yes, they are usually a waste of time. And yes, they’re here to stay. So it’s your responsibility as a leader to make them better. This doesn’t mean just make them shorter, more efficient, more organized. People need to enjoy them and, dare I say it, have fun.<p>Happiness …

Emotional Intelligence

Are You Proud of How You’re Spending Your Time?

When you feel like you’re just one e-mail away from failure at work, it can seem ludicrous to take your eyes off of what you believe absolutely needs to get done to consider what you might regret in the future. The amount of demands coming at you feels so crushing and so unavoidable that you …

Train Travel

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round

It’s that time of year where many people begin thinking about everything they have to be thankful for. Although it’s nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving, being thankful throughout the year could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life.<p>In fact, gratitude may be one of the most …

One Thing Women Should Do For Stronger Knees

Are We Listening to Syria’s Women and Girls?

Despite legislation meant to help women and girls in conflict zones, much more must be done to ensure rapid action on the ground—especially in …

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How to Be Yourself, Even in Life's Most Anxiety-Inducing Moments

In our culture, we love buzzwords and catchphrases—until we don't. "Thinking outside the box" sounded exciting the first hundred times we heard it, …

Maya Angelou

Gary Zukav: How to Protect Yourself from People Who Hurt You

Most of us assume that our pain is the result of what someone else does or does not do to us. We say to ourselves things like, "My life partner just …

Pain

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

A few weeks ago, we were asked to analyze a competency model for leadership development that a client had created. It was based on the idea that at different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills. For example, in their model they proposed that …

5 Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit Social Enterprise

Should a new social good organization choose a for-profit model or a nonprofit one? This is a question we face each year at my organization, Echoing Green, when we evaluate thousands of business plans from social entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital and support. This year, nearly 50% of those …

Act Like an Entrepreneur Inside Your Organization

We often find ourselves engaged with members of large organizations on questions of how to be more innovative and entrepreneurial<b>.</b> In virtually every case we hear something like this:<p>“I have an idea for a new product (or process, system, program, etc.). I’m not dead certain it can be pulled off, …

How to Get Rich: Paul Graham on Money vs. Wealth

<i>“The moral challenge and the grim problem we face,”</i> Alan Watts argued in his superb 1970 essay on the difference between money and wealth, <i>“is that the life of affluence and pleasure requires exact discipline and high imagination.”</i> Hardly anywhere is this urgency manifested more vibrantly than in …