Dismissing wacky ideas during brainstorming meetings can discourage wide-ranging thinking from everyone else, writes George Barbee. Avoid this by writing the idea down, showing respect for it and experimenting with the idea.
Dan Schulman has taken three companies public and now serves as the CEO of PayPal. He says the martial art form krav maga has taught him two key things: to use avoidance and de-escalation in tense situations and to never stand still.
What separates soft serve from regular ice cream is the stage at which it is served, with soft serve being ready to eat after air is whipped into a frozen dairy mixture, writes Kat Eschner. Soft serve is mostly made up of air and sits at about 21 degrees Fahrenheit, while normal ice cream is less than 30% air and is served at around 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Silver Springs HOA in Indiana had been pushing for one disabled resident to remove a goldfish pond from her driveway, but after they found out she was using it for emotional support, they requested that she move it to her backyard. Carol Hanquier refuses to move the pond because she keeps a service animal in her backyard, but she is working to meet with the board to resolve the issue.
Conflicting Illinois state court rulings regarding the steps needed for foreclosure sale purchasers to clear unpaid condo assessments have complicated the issue. The latest ruling calls for "prompt" payment of the balance, but a prior ruling, which is being appealed, does not include a payment deadline for post-foreclosure sale assessments.
Arizona's Iron Oaks HOA is warning residents that they could receive $50 speeding fines for driving 2 mph or more over the neighborhood's speed limit, and the process is legal because HOA streets are not patrolled by the police. "Because the municipalities cannot enforce civil traffic issues on private property, the HOA itself is left to enforce speed, stop signs, traffic signals to keep their community safe," attorney Josh Bolen said.
The best leaders aren't afraid to fail and understand that failure is a natural byproduct of taking necessary risks, says retired Navy SEAL Adm. William McRaven. Striving to embody "zero-defect leadership" can lead to risk aversion and make it very difficult to accomplish challenging tasks, McRaven says.
If you find it difficult to quickly describe to others what you do for a living, try to find something relatable to compare your work to, writes Kat Boogaard. You'll have better luck helping people understand your career if you skip all the minor details, she adds.
Bonnie Tyler's 1983 song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" has become the unlikely hit of the summer, thanks to Monday's total eclipse of the sun. Spotify says US streams of the song increased by 2,859% on Monday compared to two weeks before, while the ballad reached the top spot on iTunes and received a 500% jump in digital sales on the day of the eclipse.