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FORTUNE — Think about the last time you heard someone give a speech, or any formal presentation. Maybe it was so long that you were either overwhelmed with data, or you just tuned the speaker out. If PowerPoint was involved, each slide was probably loaded with at least 40 words or figures, and odds …

Bossiness Is Not a Leadership Trait, No Matter What Sheryl Sandberg Says

If we want little girls to grow up into leaders, let's stop praising bossy behavior.<p>"I want every little girl who someone says 'they're bossy' to be told instead, 'you have leadership skills,'" said Sheryl Sandberg. The COO of Facebook says she was told this, and look at her now! This quote keeps …

Leadership

Women on Boards: Another Year, Another Disappointment

“Still No Progress After Years of No Progress,” reads Catalyst’s recently released 2013 census of women directors and executive officers in the Fortune 500. Indeed, the news is not good: the percentage of women directors in the Fortune 500 at 16.9% has remained flat (it was 16.6% in 2012 and 16.1% …

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Others Reveal New Data on NSA Data Requests

Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft have all released new data about the national security requests they’ve received. Under new rules from the US government, each company is now allowed to provide how many requests for member data it’s received, the number of accounts impacted, and the …

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Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Execution

Setting strategy is elegant. It’s a clean and sophisticated process of collecting and analyzing data, generating insights, and identifying smart paths forward. Done at arm’s length in an academic fashion, tight logic is the only glue needed to hold ideas together. The output is a smooth narrative …

Extremely Detailed Close-Ups of Van Gogh’s Masterpieces

The Google Art Project is a collaboration with museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 …

Art History

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9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Why Productive People Take Better Notes

If you can’t recall what you had for lunch, why do you think you’ll remember what your mentor just said?<p>In a recent blog post, entrepreneur-author Ben Casnocha relayed this reality check: that as Mark Zuckerberg was sharing lessons from Facebook’s rise to a room full of hard-hustling Silicon Valley …

Tips to Improve the Decision Making Process

Insourcing at GE: The Real Story

GE’s “insourcing” of appliance manufacturing to the U.S. has been trumpeted as a major reversal of the trend of sending jobs abroad to lower cost locations, and has been characterized in the press as a kind of “onshoring” story. I see it differently: as a “NUMMI deja vu” story. You may recall that …

Recipes, DIY, Home Decor & Crafts

When You’ve Done Enough, Do More

How do you become truly influential? We’ve found that the most highly respected leaders avoid techniques to gain short-term compliance; they also steer clear of a self-centered “How can I get people to do what I want?” mindset. Instead, they take a different approach altogether.<p>We interviewed over …

Three Myths About Your Strengths

One of the most dramatic changes in leadership development in the last decade has been the shift in focus from correcting weaknesses to identifying and expanding on strengths. As this movement continues to catch hold, three myths have emerged that deserve to be dispelled.<p><b>Myth #1: Focusing on</b> …

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

10 Little-Known Apps That Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without

Everybody knows Evernote and Dropbox. Here’s a sneak peek at the next wave of productivity apps that top entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and Guy Kawasaki are working with daily.<p>Recently something terribly obvious–yet powerful–occurred to me: If you want to achieve things that no one …

7 Exceptionally Easy Ways to Make Someone's Day

I'm one of those people who just want to make everybody's day. I love humanity! Each man's joy is joy to me! Let's be honest, though: I can't spend …

Happiness

9 Habits of People Who Build Extraordinary Relationships

The most extraordinary professional relationships are built by ordinary actions like these.<p>Professional success is important to everyone, but still, success in business and in life means different things to different people--as well it should.<p>But one fact is universal: Real success, the kind that …

Self-improvement

How to boost collaboration at work: Sit at round tables

Pre-school teachers have been right all along: sitting in a circle is the best way to encourage sharing, even among 30- or 50-year old professionals.<p>The round table approach may work to foster collaboration for corporate boards, at workplace meetings or at restaurants, new research from two …

Ergonomics

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Karlie Kloss, Rebecca Minkoff, and More Celebrate FEED USA + Target

Brooklyn Bridge Park is typically a New Yorker's summertime paradise, but the Dumbo landmark felt especially festive last night at the celebration of Target's collaboration with Lauren Bush Lauren, the CEO, creative director, and co-founder of FEED Projects and FEED USA. White twinkling lights …

Top 10 Innovative Brands 2013: #1 Target

When it comes to experiential marketing, Target is a powerhouse, hosting and sponsoring more than 400 events a year in the United States. For retail …

Carly Rae Jepsen

The Four Questions Great Leaders Ask

<i>“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers</i>.”<p>—Voltaire<p>Ever notice how great leaders ask the best questions?<p>A masterful leader will sit Yoda-like in a meeting, listening intently to the dialogue and then, with Zen Master timing, ask a question that will change the tenor, the focus and the …

5 Tips for a Low(er)-Stress Disney World Family Trip

Last week, my family made the all-American pilgrimage to see The Mouse in Florida...and I have to say, it wasn't as exhausting as others told me it would be. With two four-year-olds in tow, as well as grandparents, cousins, aunts and an uncle -- 11 people in all -- we spent a week experiencing as …

How three designers are teaching toddlers to code

Most parents will recall the moment when their kids master a ‘first’ with pride: their first steps, their first sentence. And these days, their first website.<p>Confident that toddlers can learn to code, three female entrepreneurs have developed a website and interactive book called My First Website. …