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The Funniest Sketches from Every Guest on the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special (Almost)

To celebrate Sunday's <em>SNL</em> 40th-anniversary show, we locked ourselves in a room and watched hours and hours of sketches to dig up the funniest (or close-to-funniest) clip of each confirmed guest as of yesterday.<p>We don't have to tell you how <i>Saturday Night Live</i> has been America's premiere …

A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy

Let’s say you’re getting together with other managers and employees to develop your organization’s or unit’s strategy. No matter how much discussion and enthusiasm you bring to the task, you’re likely to emerge with a list that looks like this:<p>Growth<br>• Superior operational outcomes through efficient …

Long-Termism Is Just as Bad as Short-Termism

Those who call for fixing our financial system and reforming our capital markets often cite the “short-termism” of American companies and their lack of long-term corporate thinking. Their solution? Rein in short-term investors, replace short-sighted tools and metrics that squash innovation, …

Managing People from 5 Generations

For the first time in history, five generations will soon be working side by side. But whether this multi-generational workplace feels happy and productive or challenging and stressful is, in large part, up to you: the boss. How should you relate to employees of different age groups? How do you …

To Change Employee or Customer Behavior, Start Small

Across industries, organizations can greatly benefit from making tiny changes in their processes to take into account how employees and customers really behave — including not liking being told what to do. Our research and that of others has discovered that even some small tweaks can have a big …

What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it

BALTIMORE — In the beginning, when they knew just where to find everyone, they pulled the children out of their classrooms.<p>They sat in any quiet corner of the schools they could claim: the sociologists from Johns Hopkins and, one at a time, the excitable first-graders. Monica Jaundoo, whose parents …

Leafy-green better than lean

An office enriched with plants makes staff happier and boosts productivity by 15 per cent, a University of Queensland researcher has found.<p>The study …

College course syllabi: They’re too long, and they’re a symbol of the decline and fall of American higher ed.

When I was an undergrad in the ’90s, there was little more exciting than the first day of class. <i>What will my professor be like? What books will I be</i> …

Is Modern Life Making Us Dumber? - The Big Picture

Forget “Peak Oil” and “Peak Credit” … Are We On the Downslope of “Peak Intelligence”?<p>Scientists say that we have much smaller brains than our …

How to Apply Lateral Thinking to Your Creative Work

Pretend that you’re trapped in a magical room with only two exits. Through the first exit is a room made from a giant magnifying glass, and the …

Preparing the RV for Snowbird Season

Introduction<p>After spending the summer stationary in one RV site this year I had many things to do while preparing the RV for snowbird season down …

How to Outfit Your RV

Written by: Adeline Yuboco<p>Outfit your RV properly to make sure you have everything you need.<p>Once you've purchased an RV, the next on your agenda will …

DIY RV Buyers Guide: Buy an RV for the Right Price for the Right Model

Welcome to the DoItYourselfRV’s RV Buyer’s Guide. This guide is intended to be a ” how to buy an rv” resource for an RV newcomer or someone who …

How to Keep Your RV Safe From Theft This Camping Season

Camping trailers and RVs can be easy targets for thieves, as they can just drive away with not only with the valuables inside, but your trailer as …

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The 35+ Best RV Must Haves Told By Seasoned RV Owners

Regardless of the type of RVing or camping you enjoy, everyone has something that they simply will not camp without. These “RV Must Haves” take the …

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How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

But in a classroom that is a space of possibility, the students have agency, and the products and processes can be moving targets. You can all this …

3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning

In its simplest form, strategic thinking is about deciding on which opportunities to focus your time, people, and money, and which opportunities to starve. One of history’s greatest strategic thinkers, Napoleon Bonaparte summed it up this way: “In order to concentrate superior strength in one …

Run Your Meeting Like a Boss: Lessons from Mayer, Musk, and Jobs

We spend a lot of time in meetings, but we’re bad at making them effective. In a 2005 survey of Microsoft Office users, Microsoft, found that workers …

How to Override Your Default Reactions in Tough Moments

“It’s 9:00am, you’re across the table from a colleague who doesn’t like you or the changes you’re proposing, she’s pushing all your hot-buttons and resisting your efforts to get her to support the change. What’s your typical reaction?” I recently posed this question to a group of executives.<p>About …

Five Musts for Mastery - Educational Leadership

<i>Absolute</i> mastery of a subject may remain out of reach, but there are <i>degrees</i> of mastery. In that sense, students can master a subject—to a degree. …

Making Your Strategy Work on the Frontline

Even the most brilliant strategy is worth nothing if it isn’t executed well, especially by your front line — the employees who interact daily with your customers. Unfortunately, these employees are regularly asked to execute strategies that others developed and that they may not understand, never …

My Struggle: Salvador Dalí’s Credo, Illustrated by Molly Crabapple

After Susan Sontag on love illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton and Anaïs Nin on life illustrated by Lisa Congdon, the initially inadvertent but now steadfast <i>Brain Pickings</i> artist series of literary illustrations continues with Molly Crabapple and her stunning visual adaptation of Salvador Dalí’s <b>“My</b> …

7 Must-Read Books on Education

Education is something we’re deeply passionate about, but the fact remains that today’s dominant formal education model is a broken system based on antiquated paradigms. While much has been said and written about education reform over the past couple of years, the issue and the public discourse …

Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning

<i>“The present education system is the trampling of the herd,”</i> legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright lamented in 1956. Half a century later, I started <i>Brain Pickings</i> in large part out of frustration and disappointment with my trampling experience of our culturally fetishized “Ivy League education.” I …

Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose: The Science of What Motivates Us, Animated

The question of how to avoid meaningless labor and instead find fulfilling work brimming with a sense of purpose is an enduring but, for many, elusive cultural ideal. <b>Daniel Pink</b> tackles the conundrum in this wonderful animation by the RSA — who have previously sketch-noted such fascinating pieces …

Have More Meetings (But Keep Them Short)

Meetings are often the bane of many a creative’s existence, especially those working for a big outfit. “Death by meeting” is a common complaint, the …

Baba Shiv: How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas?

What neuroscience tells us about getting the best out of yourself, your colleagues, and the boss.<p>The human brain is a sophisticated instrument. At …

How To Become A Master Of Creativity: Work It!

In my last blog article about creativity I argued that <i>Masters of Creativity</i> are masters of creativity because they know "how“ to think and not …

How To Become A Master Of Creativity - Attitude!

Masters of creativity are masters of creativity because they know "how“ to think and not necessarily "what“ to think. If you really want to become …