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Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:38 +0000

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Is Toyota's Tron Lightcycle-Like I-Road The Future Of Urban Car Sharing?

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:11 +0000

This experimental electric vehicle merges autos and motorcycles into a new, strange beast.

This experimental electric vehicle merges autos and motorcycles into a new, strange beast.

What may be the next big thing in the global ride-sharing movement is already tooling around on the streets of Grenoble, France.

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Four Rules For Asking Your Mentor's Advice (Not Nagging Them For It)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:00 +0000

You could use some wise counsel, and you could use it now. Here's how to get your mentor to weigh in even when they're busy.

You could use some wise counsel, and you could use it now. Here's how to get your mentor to weigh in even when they're busy.

Asking for help can be tough. It's almost implicit we want something anytime we sidle up to a mentor's desk or drop them a line, whether it's something as simple as advice or as big as an introduction to our dream bosses. Talk about annoying.

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This Myth About Willpower Is Holding Back Your Productivity

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:00 +0000

Willpower is not a limited resource, so why did scientists—until recently—think that it was?

Willpower is not a limited resource, so why did scientists—until recently—think that it was?

Not so long ago, my post-work routine looked like this: After a particularly grueling day, I'd sit on the couch and veg for hours, doing my version of "Netflix and chill," which meant keeping company with a cold pint of ice cream. I knew the ice cream, and the sitting, were probably a bad idea, but I told myself this was my well-deserved "reward" for working so hard.

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Five Scientific Reasons Why So Many Productivity Hacks Fail

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:00 +0000

Stop trying to rewire human behaviors and focus instead on the environments where they play out.

Stop trying to rewire human behaviors and focus instead on the environments where they play out.

As the chief scientist at a Fortune 25 health care company, it was my job to put behavioral science to good use in the workplace. For a number of reasons, that was easier said than done. In my experience, there are a few reasons why improving human behavior is so difficult. No matter what productivity fix you you personally or your company tries to implement, these are some of the obstacles you're likely to run up against. Getting past them, though, starts with knowing what they are.

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The Emotionally Intelligent Person's Guide To Disagreeing With Your Boss

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Hint: Know when to cut your losses and back down.

Hint: Know when to cut your losses and back down.

There are few occasions where having high emotional intelligence (EQ) comes in handy more than when you disagree with your boss. But it's hardly the only one. Many of us would even happily trade off a few IQ points in exchange for some extra EQ. In fact, people with very high IQs but lower emotional intelligence may be more likely to upset their bosses by focusing too much on the logical side of an argument while ignoring the social and emotional dimensions.

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Inside IFTTT's Plan For A More Harmonious Internet

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:30 +0000

IFTTT wants all of our devices and services to work better together. But will companies pay the necessary tolls?

IFTTT wants all of our devices and services to work better together. But will companies pay the necessary tolls?

Imagine you left the house for the day and forgot to lock the doors. Although you've installed a smart door lock, and your Ecobee thermostat's room sensors can recognize when no one's home, the two devices can't communicate with each other, so the thermostat can't lock the doors when it realizes the house is empty. Until you remember to trigger the locks yourself, the doors remain open.

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This Scientist Is Studying Mental Illness As An Electrical Issue

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:30 +0000

At TEDMED, Kafui Dzirasa explained why bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions are more than just chemical imbalances.

At TEDMED, Kafui Dzirasa explained why bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions are more than just chemical imbalances.

Why is electric shock therapy, originally invented in the late 1930s, still considered an effective treatment for alleviating the symptoms of mental illness? Why do some of us deal with stress better than others? And how can we seek to understand the brain's complex web of neural circuits?

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Three Ways To Find Your Audience As A New Brand

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:40 +0000

Joie, The Arrivals, and Negative Underwear discuss how they're capturing their customers and maintaining them.

Joie, The Arrivals, and Negative Underwear discuss how they're capturing their customers and maintaining them.

At an intimate panel discussion inside Spring's offices in downtown New York City, representatives for apparel labels Joie and Current/Elliott, Negative Underwear, and outerwear maker The Arrivals described their processes for both launching a new brand and maintaining an existing one inside the highly competitive retail industry. All of these brands market their wares on Spring, a mobile-first virtual mall stocked largely with high-end brands and a smattering of more affordable ones like Everlane and American Apparel (though even these may be out of reach for many shoppers).

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Exactly What To Say When An Interviewer Asks How You Would Change Their Company

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Hiring managers know their companies aren't perfect, so saying that you can't think of a single thing to change is never a good response.

Hiring managers know their companies aren't perfect, so saying that you can't think of a single thing to change is never a good response.

"What would you change if you worked here?"

Uh oh. You may have just teetered across the "tell me about your biggest weakness" tightrope, and now there's another challenging question on the table. It's important to sound inventive but realistic, yet avoid trashing a potential employer or coming off as a know-it-all.

But be ready for it, because the change question has become increasingly popular. "I love this question and ask it in every interview," says Alina Tubman, a career consultant and campus strategist who has conducted hundreds of on-campus recruiting interviews.

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In Afghanistan, Cash Has Become The Most Effective Form Of Aid

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:00 +0000

Unlike clothing or food, cash never goes to waste. But getting it into the right hands isn't easy in a country as dangerous as Afghanistan.

Unlike clothing or food, cash never goes to waste. But getting it into the right hands isn't easy in a country as dangerous as Afghanistan.

A newly launched program from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is bringing an emerging trend in aid work—transfers of cash, rather than goods—to a war zone. Starting this fall, the IRC has committed to distributing $1 million in cash aid to tens of thousands of people in parts of Afghanistan. The effort leverages cell phone technology and local informal banking networks to help ensure the cash winds up where it's most needed: with impoverished families displaced by the Taliban and ISIS.

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The 1950s Toy Robot Sensation That Time Forgot

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:30 +0000

Before Rosie and R2-D2 became pop culture icons, a humble toy named Robert paved the way.

Before Rosie and R2-D2 became pop culture icons, a humble toy named Robert paved the way.

In examining the history of famous robots, you'd be forgiven for overlooking a 1950s children's toy named Robert.

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The Productive Manager's Guide To The Holiday Season Slump

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Easing up on certain rules this time of year rather than enforcing them may actually lead to better outcomes.

Easing up on certain rules this time of year rather than enforcing them may actually lead to better outcomes.

The approach of the holiday season is something many managers greet with quiet dread. From Thanksgiving onward, a steadily rising wave of excitement and distraction can threaten to get in the way of focused work. But the wisest—and, ultimately, most productive—approach is not to fight it. Making room for a little festive fun, within limits, can be a great way to bring your team together when they're having trouble staying focused on their own.

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How Google Employees Use Google

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 19:00 +0000

Google employees share their best tips for getting the most out of Google.

Google employees share their best tips for getting the most out of Google.

Google has tons of products that do a million things. You can search for sites with Google.com, get directions via Maps, compose files with Docs—and there's a world of knowledge about how to best use each of these services. To get a better look into some of the smarter ways to use the products, we asked some Google employees about the best tricks they use. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Shonda Rhimes' Rules Of Work: "Come Into My Office With A Solution, Not A Problem"

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 19:00 +0000

The prolific showrunner reveals what it takes to hold down an entire night of television. (Hint: Genius needs its space.)

The prolific showrunner reveals what it takes to hold down an entire night of television. (Hint: Genius needs its space.)

As the CEO of ShondaLand, which produces a whopping four TV shows for ABC, Shonda Rhimes is one of the busiest people in the entertainment world—so busy, in fact, that she had to force herself to say "yes" to non-work endeavors and opportunities for a whole year. (Like a typical overachiever, she wrote a book about it. And did a TED Talk.) Below, Rhimes offers insight into the other rules and routines she's put into place that make it possible to create 70 hours of television per season.

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Life Lessons After Death: A Doctor Explains Her Own Healing At TEDMED

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:45 +0000

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi lost her husband last year to lung cancer. At the conference, she described what the experience taught her about living.

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi lost her husband last year to lung cancer. At the conference, she described what the experience taught her about living.

Lucy and Paul Kalanithi fell in love in medical school. Lucy's name was picked at a raffle during a charity benefit. Her prize was to go a date with Paul, a scientist with a keen interest in literature and philosophy. Early in their relationship, they bonded by opening up to each other about how it felt to lose a patient or share a difficult diagnosis.

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You're Fired: Here's A 9-Step Plan To Bounce Back

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Getting fired is an awful blow. But you can come back stronger than ever.

Getting fired is an awful blow. But you can come back stronger than ever.

Elizabeth Gross was a young assistant account director at a marketing agency the first time she got fired. Her company was going through a reorganization and her job was cut. An ambitious young professional, Gross says she was devastated.

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How This CEO Manages Three Companies And His Very Limited Time

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Knotable CEO Amol Sarva shares his tips for staying productive, avoiding pointless meetings, and keeping priorities straight.

Knotable CEO Amol Sarva shares his tips for staying productive, avoiding pointless meetings, and keeping priorities straight.

Amol Sarva does many things at once because he has to.

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Five Productivity Tips For People Who Work For Themselves

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

As a freelancer or solo founder, staying on task is tough when you're your own boss. These entrepreneurs share their secrets.

As a freelancer or solo founder, staying on task is tough when you're your own boss. These entrepreneurs share their secrets.

"Look over here," vibrates your phone.

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