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25 Of The Best Employee Perks You Need To Have

Thanks to companies in Silicon Valley, employees have high expectations of the perks that your company offers.Besides perks like medical and dental …


The Student-Centered Classroom: Communicating What Matters

Pernille RippStudent VoiceStudents' ownership of the classroom and learning begins when you communicate that you're listening, that you respect them, …


Why I don’t listen to what my employees tell me

It was at the annual holiday party when I discovered I was no longer interested in listening to what my employees told me.In line at the buffet, I …

World Economic Forum

Google Classroom Launches Chrome Extension So Teachers Can Instantly Share Links With The Entire Class

Google calls Classroom a “mission control for teachers,” allowing them to access all of Google Apps for Education within one central place. Teachers can use the product to chat with students, help students with their work and keep track of the daily goings on in the classroom.

Today, the product is …

Google Chrome

Why Being the Best Is Not the Key to Happiness (And What Is)

“A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.” ~Jillian Michaels A few weeks ago, when I was feeling a bit down on life, I was surfing …




Working Out Loud in a Network

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Guidance for beginners What how and why

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Are You Making These 4 Leadership Mistakes?

While it is certainly "human to err," when you're leading a team, it is important to learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes that could lose you the respect of your team and potentially affect productivity. Below are four of the more common leadership mistakes you can avoid making:

1. …


6 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Presenting

In the past 30 years, I’ve given more than 3,000 speeches to audiences across the world. Presentations have been such a central part of my work that many who know me best have been surprised to learn how much anxiety they used to cause me. After my fourth root canal, my dentist pointed out that I …

Wonder Woman

11 Must-Have Mobile Apps For Productivity

Today, mobile technology has been so much advanced than ever before. Now, we have billions of apps designated for different purposes that have made …


The Eight-Minute Lecture Keeps Students Engaged

In the 1970s, my mother, a fifth-grade teacher, would lament, “The TV remote has ruined my classroom! I can almost feel the kids trying to point a …


Moleskine Unveils New Notebooks Designed for Productivity and Organization

Moleskine’s notebooks are some of your favorites, and today the company is taking the wraps off of “Moleskine Pro,” a reboot of the original with …


How to Give a Killer Presentation

A little more than a year ago, on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, some colleagues and I met a 12-year-old Masai boy named Richard Turere, who told us a fascinating story. His family raises livestock on the edge of a vast national park, and one of the biggest challenges is protecting the animals from …

TED Talks

What Leaders Really Do

The article reprinted here stands on its own, of course, but it can also be seen as a crucial contribution to a debate that began in 1977, when Harvard Business School professor Abraham Zaleznik published an HBR article with the deceptively mild title “Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?” The …


Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says

As lawmakers consider new measures to combat climate change, researchers at UC Berkeley released a study saying stronger renewable energy requirements would lead to new jobs.

California law requires the state to get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2020. A …


Creating the Next Generation Workforce

Creating the Next Generation Workforce

By Harold L. Sirkin

The federal government has been cracking down on for-profit trade schools that leave students with heavy debt loads but no marketable trade or job skill.

Singling out the so-called career colleges for their failures may be politically popular, …


You Really Don’t Need To Work So Much

Recently, the New York Times ran a front-page story about the conditions for white-collar workers at Amazon. It revealed a workplace where abrupt firings are common, grown men and women cry at their desks, and people are scolded for not responding to e-mails after midnight. The story made clear how …

Human Resources

How to Play Games at Work Productively

One of the big challenges facing businesses today is maintaining a keenly motivated workforce that is raring to achieve bigger and better targets every day. Companies resort to a variety of measures to keep morale up and their teams motivated. These include flexible work hours, encouraging good …


Turns Out Sarcastic People Really Are Better at Everything

Maybe it's okay to be that guy in the office.

You know that annoying coworker who always rolls his eyes or cracks wise on the job? Don't be surprised if he gets promoted over you. The Wall Street Journal reports that a new study, published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision

Business School

The single worst mistake that a manager can make

Building a strong team doesn’t mean hiring a bunch of employees that are identical to each other.

MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: How do you build a strong team? is written by


Life Beyond the Lecture: 5 Ways to Support Faculty who Teach with Emerging Technologies

5 Ways to Support Faculty who Teach with Emerging Technologies

"We must support both sides of the chasm." -Phil Hill

As online and blended learning …

Emerging Technology

Screw Inbox Zero: Here’s a Better Plan

There’s never enough time. There never will be enough time. Time management is a doomed battle, especially for creatives who are constantly juggling a …


Why We Can No Longer Rely Only On Schools And Companies For Professional And Personal Development

There once was a time where everything you needed to know for your career was taught to you by the educational institution you attended and the company you worked for. You would go get your four year bachelor’s degree in whatever topic and that information would stay with you for a little while, …


Better together; the practice of successful creative collaboration

Savant. Rockstar. Gifted genius. Many of the ways we talk about creative work only capture the brilliance of a single individual. But creativity also …


Stop Universities From Hoarding Money


WHO do you think received more cash from Yale’s endowment last year: Yale students, or the private equity fund managers hired to invest the university’s money?

It’s not even close.

Last year, Yale paid about $480 million to private equity fund managers as compensation — about $137 million …


Harvard says these 8 leadership traits are critical for success

Today's business world is as complex as ever. And it's always changing.

Ray Carvey, executive vice president of corporate learning at Harvard Business Publishing, a subsidiary of the Harvard Business School, says management structures today are very different than 20 years ago, namely because of the …


The Reason Smart People Sometimes Struggle with “Aha” Moments

I’m increasingly jealous of people with fantastic working memories — as psychologists define it, the ability to ”hold and manipulate information in a temporary active state.” These people can get where they’re going without constantly staring at the GPS, can remember new people’s names from the …


7 ways to make an employee happy without giving them a raise

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A high salary, large bonuses and frequent raises isn’t the silver bullet to employee happiness. Just look at the number of stories where people quit their lofty high-paying jobs for …


Former Apple and Samsung employee dishes dirt on rivals’ innovation

Apple and Samsung are bitter rivals in the tech industry that make a lot of the same type of products, but when it comes to innovation, the two are complete opposites.

Arno Lenior is one of the few people on the planet who’s worked at both companies, and while Samsung gets a bad rap for copying …


“Desksourcing” Is A New Labor Market Concept In The Mobile-First World

I’ve always been fascinated by how labor markets work. People are the foundation for how things get done. How we organize across and within companies impacts both creativity and efficiency.

The first big labor market shift in my lifetime that I can remember was outsourcing. Fueled first by …

Labor Economics

Why Introverts Make For Better Business Leaders

It's becoming clear that introverts -- typically regarded as demure and dull -- possess the qualities necessary to build great companies.

When making the case for introverts, Inc. contributing editor Geoffrey James puts it most eloquently: "The business world is full of loser extroverts who never …