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“Oh, it was a sad and dark time! We had to make our own fun,” says Sid Meier before his mock-sorrow dissolves into laughter. We’ve just asked him about the games he grew up with.
Given that Meier was born in 1954, those games weren’t played on a screen, yet they nevertheless had a strong influence …Game Based Learning
Knowing the stats on disengaged employees in your company is one thing, but what does that actually look like, and what can you do about it?
Employee engagement is a hot topic in many organizations. And understandably so: Gallup estimates employee disengagement costs the U.S. $450 billion to $550 …Management
There’s a saying that couples who sweat together stay together. I think it’s just as true that companies that sweat together stay together.Medical Technology
As co-founder of Hotwire.com and CEO of Zillow for the last seven years, 39-year-old Spencer Rascoff fits most people’s definition of success. As a father of three young children, Spencer is a busy guy at home and at work.
What’s the one thing that Spencer refuses to do on the weekend? Work—at …Productivity
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.
A young woman I've been mentoring called me the other day, distraught. "It happened again," said Ms. Fragile. "I just finished a big project and loads of people told me it went really well. But my boss called me and once again, starting going over all the ways I could have handled things better -- …Fragile
Artificially intelligent software is reshaping traditional teaching materials—but it's unclear what the new technology will take away from the learning experience.
At a recent sit-down with executives representing one of the biggest players in the textbook industry, my colleague and I felt …Education
iStockThis is the second of a two-part conversation with Yong Zhao about standards, testing and other core elements of the modern system of …Learning
As I’ve written before, feedback is important for millennial employees. Whether they’re doing a good job or not, they simply want to know how their …Employment
If you can't recall what you had for lunch, why do you think you'll remember what your mentor just said?
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 …Silicon Valley
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and …TED Talks
This change could mean the difference between being the insensitive office jerk and working well with a diverse team.
Most of us have encountered situations in the workplace where conflict or misunderstanding seems to arise from cultural difference. A boss who grew up in a distant part of the U.S. …Values
The new book Retail Revolution: Will Your Brick-and-Mortar Store Survive? argues that traditional store-front retailing is at an inflection point, …Shopping Centers
Maybe you’re tired of schlepping into the office every day. Or maybe, just maybe, you don’t love your micromanaging boss. In an effort to score some more work-life balance (and never have to set eyes on The Micromanager again), you’ve decided to ditch your office job in favor of flexible work — and …Productivity
It all began with a story published earlier this month in a local, Seattle lifestyle magazine, complete with a headline designed to tweak the interest of the reader while bearing little relationship to the facts of the actual printed story it heralds.
It was a story that chronicled the coming …Restaurant
The night before a conference where I was scheduled to speak, I found myself in a crowded bar just south of Greenwich Village. The organizers had arranged a VIP reception, and — having just moved to New York — I figured I should attend. Indeed, I had good conversations with four interesting people …Networking
One thing becomes apparent after the honeymoon of a newly-launched career is over: Your employer—whether it’s a scrappy startup or a massive …Employment
With Finland radically reforming the way its children are taught, Richard Garner visits Helsinki to find out if the teachers approve
For years, …Finland
Alignment is best achieved through communication.
In an early stage company, the all-hands company meeting is the most important means of communicating. In my experience, it is the best opportunity for management to be assured that important information is highlighted and discussed with …Management
Around 11 p.m. one night, you realize there’s a key step your team needs to take on a current project. So, you dash off an email to the team members while you’re thinking about it.
No time like the present, right?
Wrong. As a productivity trainer specializing in attention management, I’ve seen over …Productivity
Many skilled jobs require a considerable amount of learning while doing, but learning requirements have reached unrealistic levels in many roles and work situations today. This phenomenon of “too much to learn” is not only feeding the perception of critical skills shortages in many sectors, but it …Learning
By Tang Yau Hoong
Can you figure out what’s wrong with these sentences? (Hint: pay attention to the words in bold.)
There might just be a few …Buffer
According to data from Global Workplace Analytics, the number of remote employees in the United States has gone up by 79.7 percent since 2005. In the U.S., around 3.3 million people work from home.
But these are not just freelancers. More organizations are adopting a fully remote work culture. …Management
Idea in Brief
Not just employees but their managers and even HR departments are by now questioning the conventional wisdom of performance management, including its common reliance on cascading objectives, backward-looking assessments, once-a-year rankings and reviews, and …Management
Leaders are providing less explicit direction to their employees these days, and relying more on coaching as a leadership tool, as organizations become flatter and more dependent on knowledge work. But many people also manage teams that span locations and time zones, which means they must do at …Leadership
Here's How Positivity Dramatically Improves A Team's Productivity & What You Can Do To Implement ItJob Satisfaction
It’s performance review season, and you know the drill. Drag each of your direct reports into a conference room for a one-on-one, hand them an official-looking document, and then start in with the same, tired conversation. Say some positive things about what the employee is good at, then some …Management