Why Big Data is a Big Deal for Government Leaders

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Professor Alfred Ho, at the University of Kansas, recently surveyed 65 mid-size and large cities to learn what is going on, on the frontline, with the use of big data. He found that it has made it possible to “change the time span of a decision-making cycle by allowing real-time analysis of data to ... Read & React

How to Work With People You Don’t Like

Nearly 100 percent of the time, my coaching and consulting assignments bump up against the relationship issue as an obstacle. Not my relationship with the client, but rather somewhere in the client environment, an important relationship that is so dysfunctional and sometimes toxic it rises to the ... Read & React

Three Best Practices for Creating Effective Talking Points

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Before we go any further, this is not a post about the 2016 presidential election. I have nothing to add to the millions of words that have been written about the topic already other than, like many people, I wish it was over. So, this post isn’t about political talking points, it’s about ... Read & React

To Fight Climate Change, Institute a Four-day Workweek

No commuting on Fridays would lead to an immediate reduction in emissions.
by Alex Williams Visiting Lecturer in Sociology, City, University of London

Almost everyone enjoys a bank holiday. A three-day weekend means more time to spend with family and friends, to go out and explore the world, and to relax from the pressures of working life. Imagine if, rather than a few times a year, we had a three-day weekend every week. This isn’t just a nice ... Read & React

Messy People Are Tapping Into a Kind of Genius the Tidy Don’t Understand

by Cassie Werber

For busy people, life can sometimes feel like a battle to stave off chaos. The desk overflowing with scraps of paper, coffee cups, plants, and photographs. The kids’ room strewn with toys and drawings. If we could only get everything organized, we think, everything would work so much better. Tim ... Read & React

Americans Are Spending a Fortune on Finding Happiness — and Becoming Less Happy in the Process

by Ruth Whippman

But this Calvinist approach to contentment isn’t working. Despite all of the effort and money they are pumping into the endeavor, Americans consistently rank as some of the least happy people in the developed world.One recent survey even placed the day-to-day happiness of the American people two ... Read & React

A Psychologist Has Honed a Subliminal Tactic to Get What You Want Before You’ve Asked For It

by Lila MacLellan

Robert Cialdini made his name on counseling everyday people about how to avoid being manipulated by advertisers, politicians, and lobbyists. Now, the Arizona State University psychology professor is advising people on how to become the manipulator. Cialdini’s new book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary ... Read & React

Even Obama Has Trouble Making It Out of the House in the Morning

by Johnny Simon

Departing the White House for a flight to Chicago this morning, US president Barack Obama took a couple steps outside, then stopped. He patted himself down and quickly shuffled back inside. He forgot his cell phone. It’s another one of those rare, humanizing glimpses that have become more common as ... Read & React

How Work Can Be Made Meaningful

by Katie Bailey Professor Of Management, University of Sussex

While most people spend a good proportion of their life at work, few will ever stop to consider whether their work is meaningful. “Meaningfulness” is not something that tends to feature in our daily thoughts, preoccupied as we often are by more mundane matters like rent, bills and lunch. But when ... Read & React

How to Write the Perfect Email

by James Hamblin, MD

I recently cut the amount of time I spent on email by almost half, and I think a lot of people could do the same. I’m sure my approach has made some people hate me, because I come off curt. But if everyone thought about email in the same way, what I’m suggesting wouldn’t be rude. Here are the basic ... Read & React

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