Jim Papadopoulos has spent several decades studying bicycles in an effort to improve their design and help us understand the science of riding a bicycle. "The study of bicycles is interesting from a purely intellectual point of view," says engineer Mont Hubbard, "but it also has practical implications because of their ability to get people around."
Good speakers must be able to boil their speech down into one short sentence that is memorable and answers the main question, writes Jim Anderson. "If you told it to someone they would have to understand what you are saying and they'd have to be able to repeat it," he writes.
The Ice Bucket Challenge that encouraged people to dump cold water on their heads to raise money for the American ALS Association was a success, raising $220 million without seeming to take away from other charitable giving, writes James Surowiecki. The campaign was a successful use of social media to reach younger audiences, but one that no other charity seems able to duplicate.
Goldman Sachs managing director Melissa Barrett credits her success to mentors who encouraged her to take risks in her career. "No matter what their level, or whether they're inside or outside the firm, find people who can answer questions and provide solid advice," she says.
Some of the companies with the best work-life balance include Southwest Airlines and Discovery Communications, according to an analysis from the job platform Indeed. The best companies had a common thread, according to Indeed's Paul Wolfe, including giving employees flexibility and on-site amenities such as gyms or dry cleaning.
As the business world becomes more volatile, leaders must be centered, willing to trust their gut and take action even when there is no defined path to success, writes Henry Kimsey-House.
The missions of finance and business units are often complementary, even if financial and strategic units rarely work together, writes Nikolas Samaras. In this article, he gives an example of one such successful collaboration.
People can improve their emotional intelligence by learning what triggers them, by managing their expectations of themselves and others and by listening deeply, writes executive coach Rita Balian Allen. "Building emotional intelligence is not only a strong predictor of effective leadership but can contribute to greater productivity, performance and ultimately profitability for all," she notes.
Would you eat a peach before July 4? A Facebook post from a food writer warning against it has peach lovers up in arms. Some argue that peak peach season depends on geography, and some simply want a peach when they want a peach.
Big dreams, mentors and companies "willing to invest in your success" are all part of the leadership journey for women, says Geraldine Martin-Coppola of athleisure brand Fabletics. "Women should utilize their own personal strengths to find creative ways to lead, instead of trying to mirror what they see work for men," she advises.
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