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Want a High-Performing Team? Create an Atmosphere of 'Relaxed Intensity'--Here's How

The term "relaxed intensity" may seem contradictory but it sure as heck isn't counter-productive.<p>We're all looking for an edge to boost team performance or experience based secrets to success. One thing's for sure, any formula for success requires an intense commitment.<p>But this is trickier than it …

Leadership

Big Data Is A Sham

Big companies are hoarding big data and doing nothing with it–except invading our privacy. It’s time to think small, writes Paddle Consulting’s Brian Millar.<p>There’s a joke about a quality control guy in a match factory. He picks up every match, strikes it, says, “This one works,” blows it out and …

Big Data

The day Larry Bird said, ‘It’s just God disguised as Michael Jordan’

As almighty as Jordan’s record 63-point playoff performance was, the Celtics still won the game in double overtime<p>Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird …

Michael Jordan

SNL's Weirdest Sketch of the Night Was Also One of Its Best in a Long Time

Let "Diner Lobster" take you on a journey.<p>Former writer and Stefon co-creator John Mulaney returned to host <i>SNL</i> last night in what must have been a lifelong dream. Lucky him. We also got to live out a lifelong dream by bearing witness to one of <i>SNL</i>'s funniest and most batshit sketches in recent …

Comedy

We analysed who the better big-game player is, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi — and the stats show the winner is clear

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are in a constant battle to be the best soccer player on the planet.<p>Both players are unrelenting goal machines who show no mercy when they come face-to-face with opposing defenders and goalkeepers, yet Real Madrid striker Ronaldo and FC Barcelona forward Messi …

Soccer

How to lead with influence instead of authority

Clearly, leadership potential exists within each of us. That potential can be triggered by outside events, or it can be learned by exploring …

Leadership

The unlikely way Jeff Bezos became one of the first investors in Google, which probably made him a billionaire outside of Amazon

Four years after founding Amazon in his garage, Jeff Bezos insisted on personally investing in a small, unknown search engine site.<p>That search engine startup would later blossom into a multi-billion-dollar company that competes with Bezos' Amazon.<p>The 2013-published The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos …

Investing

This Is How You Should Be Prioritizing Your Work And Life

Giving all of your time to what seems urgent will leave you exhausted. Here’s how to know the difference between what is necessary and what is expendable.<p>We all have priorities. Identifying them, however, isn’t as easy as it sounds. Urgent issues and misdirected intentions can get in the way of …

Time Management

Design Thinking Is B.S.

In a recent talk at the School of Visual Arts, Pentagram partner Natasha Jen argues against the cult of design thinking.<p><i>This article was adapted with permission from a talk Pentagram partner Natasha Jen gave for the MA Design Research, Writing, and Criticism Department at the School of Visual Arts</i> …

Design

Who Doesn’t Love to Hate-Watch HGTV?

On a recent Sunday evening, I was glued to the T.V. as Janna and Jason, newlyweds in matching leather jackets, agonized over their decision: Would they buy the historic downtown Tudor or the sprawling house in the suburbs?<p>If you’re at all like me, and have wasted hours of your life ogling the homes …

Real Estate

What A Nuclear Bomb Would Do To Your Neighborhood, Visualized

Trump tweets about nuclear war casually. But a new data viz emphasizes the devastating impact it would really have.<p>The threat of nuclear war can feel both infinitely distant and yet imminent all at the same time–especially if Trump has tweeted about North Korea recently. But it feels a lot more …

North Korea

Nine Easy Hacks To Help You Stay Focused During A Hectic Workday

“Flow hacking” is all about breaking out of your brain’s “autopilot” mode with small doses of novelty.<p>Ever wonder why some days plowing through your do-to lists is so painful, while on other days it’s surprisingly easy to get in the zone and stay there all day?<p>The difference comes from tapping into …

Productivity

3 Essential Branding Lessons From A Rare Steve Jobs Interview

Jobs’s work with legendary designer Paul Rand taught him lessons that any designer, client, or entrepreneur should take to heart.<p>The year is 1986. Steve Jobs meets Paul Rand, the genius responsible for branding IBM, UPS, and Westinghouse. Having just been ousted from Apple, Steve asks Rand to …

Graphic Design

The Plague Inspired Da Vinci To Design A City. We Should Steal His Ideas

The bubonic plague spread, in part, because of poor urban planning. Leonardo da Vinci came up with a series of alternative designs that hold valuable lessons for today’s cities, as they face challenges from climate change to self-driving cars.<p>Leonardo da Vinci survived a series of bubonic plagues …

Da Vinci

My First Month Using A Paper Planner After A Decade Drowning In Apps

One writer’s experiment in relearning the art of analog time management.<p>From 2002 to 2007, I used to walk around everywhere with a little spiral notebook in my back pocket and a pencil sticking out of my hair. This was how I managed my schedule, to-do list, and (as a college student) the doodles I …

Time Management

You Can Set Up Slack To Be Less Distracting–Here’s How

In many offices, Slack can be both a productivity tool and a productivity killer.<p>As a remote team, Slack is our watercooler–a place where we can talk about more than just projects and create real connections among teammates. Slack is an amazing tool, but it’s also a terrible one.<p>Slack’s stated goal …

Productivity

Bringing Back Skeuomorphic Design

It’s easy to see skeuomorphic design pieces as dated, writes designer Michael Flarup. That’s starting to change.<p><i>This story was adapted from the original on Prototypr.</i><p>Last Thursday I posted some recent work to Dribbble. More than 10,000 views later, we could be starting a revival movement. The …

UI Design

MoviePass can't answer important location tracking questions

Yesterday it surfaced that MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said -- during a presentation called "Data is the New Oil: How Will MoviePass Monetize It?" -- that his company could watch how subscribers drive home from the movie and see where they went. The setup sounds a lot like the post-ride tracking Uber …

How To Avoid The 5 Most Common Misunderstandings At Work

From long email chains to group projects without clear roles, here are the most common ways communication at work goes off the rails, and how to fix it.<p>If you’ve ever had to clear up a situation at work because you were misquoted or misinterpreted, you know how easy it is for actions and words to …

Leadership

The No. 1 TED Talk of All Time Teaches a Critical Lesson in Intelligence (That We Often Forget)

It has close to 50 million views ... and infinite wisdom.<p>The most-viewed TED talk of all time is over a decade old. This is not just a testament to its popularity at the time, but the longevity of its relevance.<p>It's called, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" and it has been viewed over 49 million …

New York City

This new analytics tool for Gmail is actually really impressive

So how can typical Gmail users leverage email analytics data?<p>These are some of the most common applications:<p><b>Employee tracking and monitoring</b> — In some ways, Gmail Metrics belongs in the same ranks as Toggl and TimeCamp, apps that actively monitor employee time expenditure and performance. The app …

A Harvard professor thinks that tech’s true power comes from design

There’s great risk attached to providing personal information to tech companies through everyday connections—these days, even as you sleep. Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney says the companies’ great power comes not only from the inescapable presence of their creations but from the ability to …

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

How to Manage Stress Like an Olympic Biathlete

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Race across the snow on skis as fast as you can. Now stop and shoot a target the size of an Oreo about 54 yards away. If you miss, you’ll ski penalty laps before you are allowed to race to the next set of targets.<p>Most of us will never try the biathlon, a uniquely …

Winter Olympics

How Patagonia Grows Every Time It Amplifies Its Social Mission

CEO Rose Marcario, who leads the apparel player, a 2018 World’s Most Innovative Company, has catalyzed the shifting political tides to Patagonia’s benefit.<p>Rose Marcario struggled to sleep. It was November 9, 2016, just hours after Donald Trump had been elected president, and the CEO of Patagonia …

Fair Trade

These Are The Four Drivers Of Workaholism

People are driven to overwork for different reasons, but they all lead to the same bad outcomes.<p>When I tell people that I study workaholism for a living, I’m usually bombarded by suggestions of subjects I could do a case study on. It seems that everyone can think of at least one person in their …

Psychology

Is The Internet Of Things Dead, Or Is It Growing Up?

R/GA is betting big on the internet of things’ next phase–and it doesn’t involve smart fridges or speakers.<p>The internet of things has never quite found its footing, and some proclaim the once-hyped concept is dead. Even as tech companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google pour money into smart …

Internet of Things

I was fired as CEO from a company that I founded—a year later, I'm glad it happened

On October 18, 2016, I walked into a board room as the CEO of a multi-million dollar business with responsibility of over 200 employees.<p>The business was my first-born, grown from an idea hatched in 2008. Minutes later, I walked out of that board room no longer a business owner nor a CEO. It was on …

Numb

One teacher's brilliant idea to stop school shootings has nothing to do with guns

A few weeks ago, I went into my son Chase's class for 
tutoring. I'd e-mailed Chase's teacher one evening and said, "Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you're sending home 
is math—but I'm not sure I believe him. Help, please." She 
e-mailed right back and said, "No problem! I can tutor Chase …

Teaching

Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag

It's 9 a.m. in Sunnyvale, California and Minni Shahi is on her way to work at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino. Her husband, a former Googler named Vijay Koduri, is meeting his business partner at a local Starbucks to discuss their startup, a YouTube clip-making business called HashCut.<p>Shahi and …

Silicon Valley