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  • Blog Post: John Scalzi: Inspiration comes from Imagination and Knowledge

    For sci-fi author John Scalzi, having a wide knowledge base to draw from is just as important as having an imagination. The Hugo award winner and New York Times bestselling author is renowned for originality, as proven in his debut novel Old Man's War and his latest, Lock In. But his ideation process...
  • Blog Post: 3 Things Every Company Should be Doing with Their Data

    For tech journalist Robert Scoble, new technology is not about privacy loss—it's about utility. Along with coauthor Shel Israel, Scoble has written Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data, and the Future of Privacy . The book explores how sensors, wearables, social, data, and location-based technology...
  • Blog Post: Diversity is the Mother of Invention

    Bringing together people with different skillsets brings new approaches to problems, allowing for more creative solutions. Author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do , Nichols...
  • Blog Post: How Contextualized Data is Changing Tech for the Better

    Today, technology serves us well because it collects data on what we do. It knows who we speak with. It sees what we look at. Devices will know to wake us up earlier if it snowed overnight or contact our friends when we're running late. For tech journalist Robert Scoble, this is not about privacy...
  • Blog Post: Launching Your Personal Search for Success

    "No one can tell you how to succeed," says G. Richard Shell, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management at The Wharton School. "No one can tell you what success is. It's your journey, your definition, and your capabilities that are the secret" So, then, how...
  • Blog Post: Living the Purpose Economy: How Businesses Thrive by Making a Difference

    Why do you work? To pay bills? To advance your career? Because it’s what you love to do? According to author, entrepreneur, and CEO Aaron Hurst, we’re in the midst of a new economic era, one that is driven and organized around the creation of purpose for people (not just information, goods...
  • Blog Post: Develop Flexible Leadership Skills for Better Business Relationships

    Multicultural, multigenerational teams are as part of today’s workplace as the morning coffee routine. It's why the need-to-have skill of flexing is so important, say executive coaches and global leadership strategists Jane Hyun and Audrey S. Lee. The two define flexing as the art of switching...
  • Blog Post: Rajiv Narang: Leadership and Innovation Requires Seeing Business Challenges in an Entirely New Way

    Rajiv Narang, founder of Erehwon Innovation Consulting in Bangalore, India, helps companies and organizations around the world see their markets and goals differently—a process he refers to as “shifting orbits”—which is the basis of true market innovation. We recently had the...
  • Blog Post: For Hire: How to Recruit and Retain Top Talent

    As Andrew Yang sees it, there aren't enough young people engaged in job-creating enterprises in our communities. The founder of Venture for America and author of Smart People Should Build Things noticed a troubling trend several years ago. The smartest students, he saw, consistently ended up in cities...
  • Blog Post: TED Talk Takeaways (For Daily Communication)

    What happens when one person watches and analyzes 500 recordings (that’s more than 150 hours) of TED Talks? When you’re Carmine Gallo, you emerge with a better understanding of what drives good public speaking, in addition to both things new and veteran speakers can do right now to start...
  • Blog Post: Biomimicry: How the Natural World Can Inspire Your Business

    What uses only as much energy as it needs, curbs excesses from within, and taps the power of limits? While that sounds like a winning business model, the correct answer is nature. Today, businesses are looking at how nature works to find solutions for human problems. This emergent field is called...
  • Blog Post: Intuitive Mediation: Negotiating a Lifetime

    Whether you’re struggling with a difficult customer or arguing with your spouse, negotiating effectively is crucial to leading wisely and living well. For Erica Ariel Fox, a long-time lecturer at Harvard Law School and founding partner at Mobius Executive Leadership, understanding your “inner...
  • Blog Post: If All You Demand of Your Employees is Answers, You Can Say Goodbye to Innovation

    Here’s an interesting dichotomy: society rewards those who break the mold and create innovative solutions to basic questions. On the other hand, education systems and workplaces discourage healthy questioning out of fear of losing control (e.g., of a class of students or an office of employees...
  • Blog Post: Answering the Call for “New-School” Marketing Concepts

    In his new book, Absolute Value , Stanford Professor Itamar Simonson sets up the question: what does it mean when the traditional notions of marketing don’t stand up in 21 st century? In doing so, he reveals what really influences customers today and offers a new framework to challenge those notions...
  • Blog Post: How to Thrive in a World of Mediocre Feedback

    Before you tell me how to do it better, before you lay out your big plans for changing, fixing, and improving me, before you teach me how to pick myself up and dust myself off so that I can be shiny and successful—know this: I’ve heard it before. I’ve been graded, rated, and ranked...
  • Blog Post: The Future of the Mind and Michio Kaku

    Leaders in every industry must pay attention to disruptions. Professor Michio Kaku, the co-founder of string field theory and one of America’s foremost physicists, predicts disruptions in education, healthcare, psychology, criminal justice, manufacturing, and entertainment. To ensure your business...
  • Blog Post: 5 Tips for Making Yourself Heard

    What’s your nervous tick? Finger cracking, eyes darting all over the room—that quiver in your voice just as you begin to speak? Let’s face it: on a scale of “love it” to “dread it,” the majority of us barely tolerate or else absolutely avoid public speaking....