Thom Bower

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When to Solve Your Team’s Problems, and When to Let Them Sort It Out

After careful review of her harried work life, Charla, an IT manager, discovered that 20% of her time over the previous two months was spent managing escalations. It seemed that each interaction with her team ended with her feeling a need to exercise her authority to rescue them from a crisis. For …

3 Ways Successful People Think Differently From Everyone Else | Inc.com

Since starting my podcast a little over a year ago, I've had the pleasure of interviewing some pretty brilliant people about business, money and the idea of success. It's been quite an education for me as I interact with people who play this game called life on a whole different level.<p>We as a …

Self-improvement

Giant sloth remains found in Los Angeles

<b>Fossils found by workers digging a tunnel for a new railway line in Los Angeles have been identified as the remains of a giant sloth and a bison.</b><p>The "amazing discovery" of a sloth's hip bone and a fragment of a bison's radius bone was made about 16ft (5m) below ground in Park Mesa …

Dinosaurs

Five Unmistakable Signs Your Employees Don't Trust You

Dear Liz,<p>I managed Customer Support in my company for six years.<p>Last summer I got transferred. The company opened a new Customer Care Center and I was put in charge of Facilities.<p>I have no background in Facilities. I’ve told my team of seven long-term employees that I will rely on them completely …

Employment

These 5 Questions Might Boost Your Curiosity—and Make You Happier

A wildly popular graduation speech has transformed a series of queries into a life philosophy.<p>Last year, James Ryan delivered a commencement speech that, to his surprise, struck a chord far beyond the graduates in his audience. The dean of Harvard's graduate school of education proposed five …

Traces of some of South America’s earliest people found under ancient dirt pyramid

About 600 kilometers north of Lima, an imposing earthen mound looms over the sea. People began building the ceremonial structure, called Huaca …

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

Archaeology

'Hobbit' species did not evolve from ancestor of modern humans, research finds

Bone study shows there is no evidence the 1.1-metre tall Homo floresiensis had any links with the much larger Homo erectus<p>Researchers who studied the bones of <i>Homo floresiensis</i>, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, say their findings should end a popular …

Evolution

Why the dinosaur family tree might have to be completely rewritten

Normally the dinosaurian world is rocked by a new fossil – the biggest, fastest, or toothiest. The latest dinosaur research threatens to change our …

Paleontology

12 Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Leader | Inc.com

Podcasts continue to grow in popularity as a convenient way to stay on top of all kinds of topics. As a result, the field is becoming steadily more crowded--a recent check of iTunes showed more than 100 podcasts with the word <i>leadership</i> in their title. Some are focused on special interests like …

Leadership

Why Grit Is More Important Than IQ When You're Trying To Become Successful

You attended the party of a long-time friend and ran into a lot of people from high school that you hadn’t seen in years. During chit-chat over appetizers and drinks, you could feel the friendly competition heating up.<p>While comparing career accomplishments, you were shocked to learn that the kid …

Self-improvement

Mysterious Viking Ship Burial Yields a Trove of Artifacts

A boat which for 1,000 years served as the grave of a high status Viking has revealed some of its secrets, according to the first detailed report of …

My Boss Has a Disturbing Sense of Humor | Inc.com

<i>My column, Workplace Referee, is designed to help employees and managers gain better insight into each other's point of view (POV). Have a situation you'd like me to address? Please submit it by email here. Don't worry, I'll keep your identity private.</i><p><b>My Boss Has A Disturbing Sense Of Humor</b><p><b>Employee</b> …

Time I

Fearing climate change databases may be threatened in Trump era, UCLA scientists work to protect them

On a rainy Inauguration Day morning, dozens of students, archivists, librarians, professors and other concerned citizens gathered in a<p>UCLAclassroom, poring over the Department of Energy website. They sifted through pages covering a broad spectrum of topics, from energy-efficient buildings and solar …

University of Pennsylvania

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

True Leaders Believe Dissent Is an Obligation

These are head-spinning times for those of us who think about the best ways to lead and the most effective ways to compete. What defines acceptable personal behavior (let alone behavior worth emulating) among public officials? Why would executives at so many iconic organizations — Volkswagen, Wells …

Proof That the Creators of Batman: The Animated Series Knew What They Were Doing From the Start

<i>Batman: The Animated Series</i> still remains as one of the most iconic takes on the Dark Knight years after it graced our screens. But to get there, the …

7 Things the Smartest Leaders Do at the Start of Every Year | Inc.com

When we look at the major priorities and initiatives for growing your business in 2017, we need to take a cue from the Global Leadership Forecast study, conducted by DDI and the Conference Board.<p>Their crystal ball is clear: Leaders just aren't ready to lead. In the research, four of the top 10 …

Leadership

Why Real Leaders Have Strong Egos (And That’s A Good Thing)

Understanding and developing your own ego doesn’t make you a narcissist, one writer argues. In fact, it’s a prerequisite to leadership.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of</i> Fast Company.<p>Ego tends to get a bad rap in leadership circles, and it’s …

The 3 Takeaways for Every Employer From Meryl Streep's Golden Globe Speech | Inc.com

Meryl Streep has been blowing up the internet today with her powerful acceptance speech last night calling out hate speech, respect for people less privileged, and the importance of the arts.<p>What struck such a powerful note though, isn't necessarily her feelings about the incoming presidential …

Corporate Culture

10 Unmistakable Habits Of Utterly Authentic People

Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." Wilde made it sound so simple, but living with authenticity is a real challenge.<p>To live authentically, you must own your actions and ensure that they align with your beliefs and needs. This can be a difficult thing to maintain when …

Will the Alt-Right Promote a New Kind of Racist Genetics?

The genomic revolution has led to easy sequencing and cheap “ancestry" tests. White nationalists are paying attention.<p>Jedidiah Carlson was googling a genetics research paper when he stumbled upon the white nationalist forum Stormfront. Carlson is a graduate student at the University of Michigan, …

Tribes get say in land management but worry about Trump

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Native Americans who have long bemoaned their lack of participation in federal land decisions scored a major victory when …

Forests

Art may reveal early signs of dementia

<b>At her art therapy class in Leeds, Joyce Cope is carefully painting a tree.</b><p>Despite living with dementia, her brushstrokes are measured and steady, the legacy of her years of painting as a talented amateur.<p>Her work today is very different to the highly detailed pieces she used to produce - expert …

Art

What the Best Change Leaders Know, and Why They’re So Hard to Copy

Of all the lessons I’ve learned about innovation and change, one stands above the rest: There is no such thing as an average or old-fashioned business, just average or old-fashioned ways to do business. The thrill of breakthrough creativity doesn’t just belong to upstart companies with the most …

Winter Solstice Is Coming—Year’s Shortest Day Explained

From astronomy to cultural influences, get the facts about this annual phenomenon.<p>The Northern Hemisphere's procession of dwindling days is about to reach its nadir. The winter solstice is the year's shortest day, but the start of winter also launches the sun's steady climb toward the long, warm …

What Great Managers Do Daily

So much depends upon managers. For example, a Gallup study found that at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores is driven by who the boss is. This is disconcerting because the same research found that about 70% of people in management roles are not well equipped for the job. This …

Human blood, organs, and a surprising virus detected in ancient pottery

Sometime between 600 and 450 B.C.E., a high-status individual in what is today Germany developed some disturbing symptoms: large bruises, bleeding …

Archaeology

DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains

<b>Humans may in part owe their big brains to a DNA "typo" in their genetic code, research suggests.</b><p>The mutation was also present in our evolutionary "cousins" - the Neanderthals and Denisovans.<p>However, it is not found in humans' closest living relatives, the chimpanzees.<p>As early humans evolved, they …

Evolution