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Sid Meier interview: 'Learning is part of any good video game'

“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

How To Engage The 4 Kinds Of Employees In Your Organization

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 …


Why It’s Time We Paid Employees to Exercise at Work

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

How Successful People Spend Their Weekends

As co-founder of 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 …


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.

Happiness …


Why We Need to Seek Out Feedback -- Even When it Hurts

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 -- …


The Death of Textbooks?

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 …


How Should Learning Be Assessed?

iStockThis is the second of a two-part conversation with Yong Zhao about standards, testing and other core elements of the modern system of


How to Coach Millennial Employees

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 …


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?

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: Flow, the secret to happiness | Talk Video |

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

A Simple Way To Raise Your Cultural Awareness At Work

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. …


Where Did My Shopping Mall Go?

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

7 tips for creating a functional home workspace

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 …


Minimum Wage Increase Killing Seattle Restaurants? Anatomy Of A Lie From Inside The Bubble

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 …


Networking for Introverts

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 …


The Company You Work For Is Not Your Friend

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 …


Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

With Finland radically reforming the way its children are taught, Richard Garner visits Helsinki to find out if the teachers approve

For years, …


Five Tips for a Spankin' Company Meeting


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 …


Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team

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 …


When Learning at Work Becomes Overwhelming

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 …


Remove the Word “Actually” from Your Vocabulary

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


5 Basic Needs of Virtual Workforces

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. …


Reinventing Performance Management

Idea in Brief

The Problem

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 …


Tips for Coaching Someone Remotely

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 …


The Best Kept Secret to Phenomenal Productivity

Here's How Positivity Dramatically Improves A Team's Productivity & What You Can Do To Implement It

Job Satisfaction

Delivering an Effective Performance Review

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 …


Exercise Boosts Brain Power

Everyone knows that exercise – pretty much any kind – is good for the body. And, most people agree that it is good for the soul and improves overall …