Monday 15th July 2019
  • Top Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker: Go Ahead and Get Emotional in Negotiations

    Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker is clearly a brilliant guy. Besides being a star at one of the world's top universities, he's written a string of bestsellers (one of which is Bill Gates's favorite book of all time), and dispenses some of the best, pithiest writing advice you'll ever hear. But even the smartest folks in the world are baffled sometimes.

    On Big Think recently, Pinker admits one thing that confused him was negotiations. Why do we blow up conversations, storm away from good offers, or stubbornly stick to demands when both parties would benefit from compromise? This goes against basic psychological logic that people generally do what helps them the most.

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  • 10 Habits Of Unsuccessful People You Don't Want To Copy

    I never met a successful person until I was 24. I grew up in a working-class family - I was more frequently around people who were the opposite.

    The first successful person I met was an entrepreneur in his forties. When I started my first real business, he was one of my first clients. When I met him, he was slightly overweight, had more money than he could count, and was merry all the time.

    But he also lost his wife, the love of his life, a half decade before. We became friends. He told me that you never really "get over it." Even though he experienced tragedy - he still had a positive outlook on life and did good things.

    He truly cared about others. I have to be honest, my first business wasn't great, but he still gave me a chance to do business with him.

    He always said, "I just try to avoid being unsuccessful." That is the number one thing I learned from him. He said that you should study what makes you unsuccessful, unhappy, broke, fat, stupid. Then, eliminate those things out of your life.

    To this day, I still live by that advice. I like his concept of trying not to be unsuccessful. Because what is success? One of the best definition that I've found comes from Bob Dylan, my favorite musician of all time

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  • A Brief Exercise to Spur Innovation on Your Team

    Your business needs it, you ask employees for it, you incent them to deliver it, but in the end, do you really get it? I'm talking about innovation. When the Conference Board queried CEOs in 2018, it found that one of their most important concerns was "creating new business models to adapt to disruptive technologies."

    Unfortunately, many companies, even those with innovative histories, struggle to keep up with the torrid pace of change in their industries. This past fall, for instance, Starbucks, an organization widely regarded as nimble and forward-looking, announced a restructuring, with CEO Kevin Johnson emphasizing the need to "increase the velocity of innovation."

    Established businesses have trouble innovating for many reasons, including siloed structures, fuzzy strategies, inadequate talent, and not enough funding. "Softer" factors also come into play, for example, a team or corporate culture that fails to give employees the time and space they need to think creatively.

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  • Trade war and the future of globalization - top quotes from the World Economic Forum in China

    For anyone fearing a relentless trade war between the world's two biggest economies, there was a glimmer of optimism on the eve of this year's Summer Davos: the leaders of China and the United States pulled back from the brink and agreed to restart trade talks.

    In the days that followed, political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum's annual China meeting consistently returned the the big question: what is the future of globalization - do we need more of it, less or something different entirely?

    Here's what some of the key speakers had to say

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  • Venture capitalists with daughters are more successful

    Richard Nesbitt, a former chief operating officer at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, has long been an evangelist for women in business. In "Results at the Top", a book he wrote with Barbara Annis, he describes his efforts to convince men to promote women. When speaking to bosses, he stresses data showing that companies with more senior women are more successful. But he has noticed that men with daughters tend to be more receptive to his message. At least for venture-capital (VC) firms, recent research confirms this observation, as well as the assertion that gender diversity boosts performance.

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  • Lies We Tell Kids

    Adults lie constantly to kids. I'm not saying we should stop, but I think we should at least examine which lies we tell and why.

    There may also be a benefit to us. We were all lied to as kids, and some of the lies we were told still affect us. So by studying the ways adults lie to kids, we may be able to clear our heads of lies we were told.

    I'm using the word "lie" in a very general sense: not just overt falsehoods, but also all the more subtle ways we mislead kids. Though "lie" has negative connotations, I don't mean to suggest we should never do this - just that we should pay attention when we do.

    One of the most remarkable things about the way we lie to kids is how broad the conspiracy is.

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  • Meet 10 young scientists tackling the world's problems

    From addressing the current plastic pollution crisis to preventing the next Ebola outbreak, scientists are at the forefront of key discoveries and technologies with the potential to completely change how we address our global challenges.

    But scientists across the globe are not just answering fundamental questions with the prospect of creating new inventions or innovations. They are leaders with the power to shape young students, our future leaders, to affect positive change in society. They have the power to shape young minds to realize their potential and the power within themselves to reshape their future.

    Here are 10 of the most exciting young scientific leaders in the world today.

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  • A Helpful Guide to Reading Better

    One of the best ways to learn is from the experiences of others. And one of the best ways to do that is to make friends with the eminent dead. Through trial and error, over the years, I've come across several frameworks that help us improve how we read.

    While there are thousands of hacks and shortcuts on the internet, most of them only offer the illusion of speed, retention, or improvement.

    It turns out you don't need a lot of frameworks anyways. A few, well-tested ones, can vastly improve your comprehension, speed, and ability to connect and apply what you are reading to critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

    This article explains the frameworks that I've found to be most helpful to improving my reading.

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  • How to Reduce Personal Bias When Hiring

    When it comes to hiring diverse candidates, good intentions do not necessarily lead to good results. I once met a talent acquisition leader at a large global technology company who had changed the organization's hiring process in multiple ways to bring in more diverse candidates but was frustrated by the lack of progress. Internal analyses showed that even though the company had interviewed a higher number of non-white candidates in preliminary rounds, their final hires were still overwhelmingly white.

    I've seen this same situation play out in multiple organizations and industries and often it's because well-intentioned hiring managers end up inadvertently weeding out qualified candidates from underestimated backgrounds because of unconscious bias.

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  • A Manifesto for Artists in an Industrial Society

    Did becoming an artist ever feel like a real option to you? Probably not. I know it didn't for me.

    The fact that there is a never-ending fight to keep the arts alive is normal. Many people don't value creativity and want to cut funding for it. Most businesses don't care about it. When people talk about jobs, they talk about college or trade school, but never creative careers.

    How could you decide to become an artist and expect to be taken seriously in this environment? It's not an easy path. But the truth is that, without any artists, the people working so-called "real jobs" wouldn't have any of the entertainment they consume so much of when falling on the couch at night, exhausted from their "important real work."

    There was always room for artists and there always will be. There must. Let's set this straight. Right here, right now:

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