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How to Hack an Election

Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time.<p>By Jordan Robertson, Michael …

Security

The Magic of 30-Minute Meetings

Five years ago, after becoming frustrated with my fruitless tendency to juggle multiple activities at once, I tried an experiment: for one week, I would not multitask and see what happened.<p>The experiment changed everything for the better. My relationships improved, my stress dissolved, and my …

Time I

How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day

feridun akgüngör<p>You probably know the feeling all too well: You arrive at the office with a clear plan for the day and then, in what feels like just a moment, you find yourself on your way back home. Nine or 10 hours have passed but you’ve accomplished only a few of your priorities. And, most …

Mindfulness

The Right Way to Off-Board a Departing Employee

When a valuable employee tells you she’s leaving, worrying about losing her institutional knowledge and experience is understandable. How can you oversee the transition in a way that helps you retain that expertise? Who should be involved? How far in advance of the employee’s end date do you need …

Management

The Trickle-Down Effect of Good (and Bad) Leadership

We know that emotions are contagious. Research by UC San Diego’s James Fowler and Harvard’s Nicholas Christakis has shown that happiness is contagious, for example. If you have a friend who is happy, the probability that you will be happier rises by 25%.<p>We also know that behaviors are contagious. …

Employee Engagement

The Devil At The Desk: Destructive Bosses

The onus is on leadership to improve employee engagement. It’s part of that magical workforce trifecta: a terrific candidate experience, a high level of workplace engagement, all resulting in retention. But what about when the leadership is toxic; when it’s more problem than solution? That’s a …

Leadership

Facebook’s HR chief conducted a company-wide study to find its best managers — and 7 behaviors stood out

"The most important thing is that we choose managers who want to be managers," Lori Goler, Facebook's VP of people, told Business Insider.<p>Facebook is a strength-based organization, she said, and that means that leadership finds what employees excel at and place them in those roles. In order to …

Employee Engagement

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Online Commerce Needs An Offline Experience

Here’s a funny reality. Despite the steady rise of e-commerce since the 1990s, we still stroll through malls and shops. Even with one-click ordering and overnight delivery, we purchase many of our day-to-day products and services locally and offline.<p>A big reason we do so is that shopping engages us …

Machine Learning

Parents, can we put down our cameras?

I was at my daughter’s school recently for a sweet ceremony where each graduating senior presents a rose to an incoming first grader. I sat in my chair, filled with anticipation at seeing my temporarily presentable 6-year-old cross the stage and receive her flower, when I began to sense growing …

Parenting

Competing through organizational agility

Three distinct types of agility—strategic, portfolio, and operational—help companies compete. Each of them has its own sources and dangers.<p><b>Market</b> …

Agility: It rhymes with stability

Companies can become more agile by designing their organizations both to drive speed and create stability.<p><b>Why do established companies</b> struggle to …

Management

Spotify’s Design Lead on Why Side Projects Should Be Stupid

Tobias van Schneider lives his life like one big side project. Today, he designs and builds new products for Spotify in New York, but he couldn’t …

How Design Thinking Transformed Airbnb from a Failing Startup to a Billion Dollar Business

In 2009, Airbnb was close to going bust. Like so many startups, they had launched but barely anyone noticed. The company’s revenue was flatlined at …

This Advice From IDEO's Nicole Kahn Will Transform the Way You Give Presentations

“Stories are the way our teams get excited, aligned, and rallied around the same goal,” says long-time IDEO Project Lead Nicole Kahn. “But more …

Public Speaking

Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

<b>Kim Scott,</b> co-founder of Candor, Inc., has built her career around a simple goal: Creating bullshit-free zones where people love their work and …

An FBI Agent Shares 9 Secrets to Reading People | Inc.com

The ability to read others will greatly affect how you deal with them. When you understand how another person is feeling, you can adapt your message and communication style to make sure it is received in the best way possible.<p>But what should you be listening for? And what other signs can tip you …

FBI

Staying ahead of business model disruption with operational systems that embrace change

October 16, 2015 | Written by: David Millen<p>Share this post:<p><i>BY DAVID MILLEN, VP OFFERING MANAGEMENT, IBM SMARTER PROCESS</i><p>We’re in the midst of an …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 - Reports - World Economic Forum

Loading Economy…<p>Key Indicators:<p><b>Population</b> (millions)<p>Year<p>Source<p>Note<p><b>GDP</b> (US$ billions)<p>Year<p>Source<p>Note<p><b>GDP per capita</b> (US$)<p>Year<p>Source<p>Note<p><b>GDP (PPP) per</b> …

Beyond Manila: Global retailers making their way to Philippines' smaller cities

MANILA -- Time goes slowly on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Unlike Manila, there are no skyscrapers, even in Davao, its largest …

Andy Grove: What I've Learned

Chairman of Intel, 63, Santa Clara, California<p><b>Avoid random motion.</b><p><b>Not all problems</b> have a technological answer, but when they do, that is the more lasting solution.<p><b>I wasn't cut out to be an opera singer,</b> but it was a nice fantasy for a teenager growing up in Hungary during the Stalinist</b> …

Opera

The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others

Culture defines any business, but it’s one of the hardest things to manage. In this extract from her new TED Book, Margaret Heffernan lays out the …

Profit

Fight Like You're Right, Listen Like You're Wrong and Other Keys to Great Management

A psychology study at UC Berkeley broke students into groups of three, with one person chosen to be the leader of a project. At some point, the …

UC Berkeley

Thailand tourism

KOH SAMUI, Thailand -- As the sun sets on a warm cloudless evening at Mae Nam on the island of Koh Samui, only a few tables are occupied at the …

The Key to Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

Rich was a plant manager with a 10,000-person workforce producing a billion dollars of product per year. He was a pro at his craft and highly respected in his industry. I met with him and his team weekly as an organization development consultant for a couple of years. Someone from HR asked him to …

Self-help

GE’s Culture Challenge After Welch and Immelt

It’s an established fact that the life cycles of companies and many products have been shrinking. But what’s often not appreciated is that culture also has a life cycle and that it, too, is getting shorter.<p>Culture is often associated with the individual at the helm — so much so that the return of a …

Innovation

How the Philippines Became Tech Startups’ New Source for Talent

Fifteen years ago, Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines was a former military base still dotted with barracks built in World War II. Thanks to an aggressive privatization and conversion program, Bonifacio Global City — as the base is known today — is a modern, bustling financial district lined with …

Startups

That empty feeling in Singapore's malls

On Orchard Road, Singapore's famed retail strip, the signs of change are easy to see: Venerable department stores have closed and a new commercial …