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    1. From Toxic Cultures To Biohacking: October’s Top Leadership Stories

      From Toxic Cultures To Biohacking: October’s Top Leadership Stories

      In October, we learned how to identify red flags that signal unhealthy work environments, how stress could be turning you into a micromanager–and stressing you out even more in the process–and what one writer learned when he tried out intermittent fasting in the name of productivity. 4.

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    2. This Is Why We Default To Criticism (And How To Change)

      This Is Why We Default To Criticism (And How To Change)

      “Robert is just incompetent. Why am I asked to do my job well when he gets to skate by?” “This department would be better off if Beth was fired, everyone knows it, what are you going to do about it?” Tim Cole, now founder and CEO of The Compass Alliance, used to hear criticism like this regularly in a previous work environment. Tasked with taking over a department he admits had a “septic culture,” Cole stepped into a quagmire of low morale.

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    3. This Father Founded A Medical Research Startup To Save His Kid’s Life

      This Father Founded A Medical Research Startup To Save His Kid’s Life

      But over the next few days, Matt’s fears grew. Grace’s liver didn’t seem to be functioning properly and she was held in the NICU for two weeks. When she returned home, she was sluggish and looked uncomfortable. Her liver tests continued to show something was wrong. The Wilseys have some sizable advantages over most other concerned parents. Matt sold his last company to Twitter and is now a Silicon Valley angel investor.

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    4. How Patti Smith Fights Trump

      How Patti Smith Fights Trump

      On November 5, Patti Smith will take the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall not to sing “Dancing Barefoot” or “Gloria” or read aloud from Just Kids or M Train, but to preach. She will join fellow musicians Michael Stipe, Joan Baez, Flea, Cat Power, and Talib Kweli, as well as authors and environmental activists to help spread the word about climate change and the 1000 Cities initiative, which aims to unite the world’s major cities in becoming carbon free and to support progress on the Paris Agreement, despite the U.S. government’s decision to withdraw from ...

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    5. The Five Things That Trustworthy Bosses Have Mastered

      The Five Things That Trustworthy Bosses Have Mastered

      Edelman’s 2017 Trust Barometer, which measures trust in institutions around the globe, found its largest-ever drop in trust across government, business, media, and NGOs. Most of the people surveyed around the world worried about losing their jobs to various factors such as lack of training or skills (60%), jobs moving to cheaper markets (55%), and automation (54%). Worse, employees don’t trust the companies they work for.

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      Mentions: Pennsylvania
    6. Patti Smith Is Still A Fighter

      Patti Smith Is Still A Fighter

      On November 5, Patti Smith will take the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall not to sing “Dancing Barefoot” or “Gloria” or read aloud from Just Kids or M Train, but to preach. She will join fellow musicians Michael Stipe, Joan Baez, Flea, Cat Power, and Talib Kweli, as well as authors and environmental activists to help spread the word about climate change and the 1000 Cities initiative, which aims to unite the world’s major cities in becoming carbon free and to support progress on the Paris Agreement, despite the U.S. government’s decision to withdraw from ...

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    7. This Is Why Your Passive-Aggressive Office Note Didn’t Work

      This Is Why Your Passive-Aggressive Office Note Didn’t Work

      There was a time when the coffee pot in my office was a battleground. Every few days, someone would drink the last drop by mid-morning, then leave it sitting on its little hotplate for the rest of the day, without refilling it. Sometimes, worse still, there’d be a few sad tablespoons left over–never enough for a full cup of coffee–that would slowly simmering into a thick, bitter syrup as the day wore on.

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    8. What Happened When I Spent A Week Calling People Out On Their B.S.

      What Happened When I Spent A Week Calling People Out On Their B.S.

      We’ve all been there: talking to a boss or client or salesperson who is espousing information that you know is patently false, but you keep your mouth shut. The really maddening thing is that despite knowing that the person is bullshitting us, when we are talking to them, we almost always feel bad about calling them out.

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    9. These 8 Moments Will Shape Your Professional Life

      These 8 Moments Will Shape Your Professional Life

      On the day to day, what you do from 9 to 5 may not seem to amount to much. But there come moments in every person’s career–career firsts, if you will–that can make or break your entire work life. If you’re prepared for them and see them for the important moments they are, you can make your career, not break it. Here, our experts identify eight such moments and how to use them to your advantage. 1.

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    10. 7 Things That Will Drive Recruiters Away From You

      7 Things That Will Drive Recruiters Away From You

      Job searching is like dating: Each side involved is trying to find the perfect fit. You’re sizing up an employer to see if they’ve got what it takes to make you happy. The employer is evaluating whether you can make their proverbial dreams come true as a productive, successful team member. However, much like dating, there are some behaviors that can be a turnoff. No, we’re not talking about things like mansplaining at the dinner table or endlessly sharing stories about an ex.

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    11. If You Can Draw It, You Can Wear It

      If You Can Draw It, You Can Wear It

      She spent about $100 on fabric and supplies to create a rainbow dress that Zia wore everywhere. When Zia was asked—frequently—about the dress, she would reply, “You can’t get it in a store. We made it! It came from my imagination. It was my idea.” About a year later, that dress had transformed into a business. In the year since it launched, Newbury’s startup, Picture This Clothing, has grossed over $750,000, and is drawing up plans for expansion.

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    12. The “Reckless Confidence” Of “The Rundown” Host Robin Thede

      The “Reckless Confidence” Of “The Rundown” Host Robin Thede

      “I was like, ‘a weekly mix of politics and pop culture told in my voice with sketch and docs about social justice issues,’ and they were like, ‘great, let’s make that a show,'” Thede recalled. “I always knew these are the things I would love to do in late-night, but I had never put it all together until I said that sentence.

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    13. The One Thing That Will Force Businesses To Care About Diversity

      The One Thing That Will Force Businesses To Care About Diversity

      During a year that has seen the infamous Google memo and sexual harassment allegations across both the tech and entertainment industries, that certainly rings true. It’s obvious we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to inclusivity in the workplace, which is why the business case for diversity feels like the most compelling way to incentivize reluctant founders and executives.

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    14. What To Do When People Keep Quitting

      What To Do When People Keep Quitting

      Whatever the reason, says Lisa Sterling, chief people officer at Ceridian, a global human capital management technology company, managing a team with high attrition requires internal changes to ensure employees feel satisfied and engaged, as well as stop further departures that can eat into the bottom line. The Bureau of National Affairs has estimated that $11 billion is lost annually due to employee turnover. To pinpoint the source of resignations, it helps to check on broader workplace trends.

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    15. It’s Up To Consumers To Make Companies Take A Political Stand

      It’s Up To Consumers To Make Companies Take A Political Stand

      “Every single day there’s 10 things (a business) can take a stand on. Can you afford not to take a stand on a lot of them? Yes.” Aria Finger, CEO of DoSomething.org, told a packed room at the Fast Company Innovation Festival last week. She acknowledged that as a company leader it’s not easy to take a political stand, but increasingly that’s what customers want.

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    16. The Largest Ever Tropical Reforestation Is Planting 73 Million Trees

      The Largest Ever Tropical Reforestation Is Planting 73 Million Trees

      There are more habitable planets in our galaxy than humans living on planet Earth. But the nearest one is about 70 trillion miles away, which means that, for now, and for the foreseeable future, Earth is the only life-supporting rock hurtling through infinite space we’ll ever know. It’s really not the best idea to let it burn up–and key to keeping it cool are the massive rainforests of the Amazon. Sadly, we’ve had a hard time not cutting them down.

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    17. Your “Inspirational” Social Media Posts Are Hurting Your Career

      Your “Inspirational” Social Media Posts Are Hurting Your Career

      The easiest thing to do might be to share pithy slogans purporting to deliver quick hits of inspiration. After all, it’s your job as a leader or aspiring leader to motivate others, right? Right! But your #MotivationalMonday tweet or Instagram post with a Gandhi quotation might be backfiring without you realizing it. Here’s why, and how to avoid those fluffy expressions. It’s hard to be profound on a daily or weekly basis. It’s even harder to be profound in just a few quick words.

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    18. Use One Of These Templates To Ask For Help From Your Network

      Use One Of These Templates To Ask For Help From Your Network

      But here’s the thing: There’s also a little bit of shame that comes along with that approach. Not only do you need to openly admit that you’re on the hunt for something new (which is extra embarrassing if your last job didn’t end on great terms), but you also need to throw yourself on the mercy of the people in your professional circle and ask them for help. I get it–as important and beneficial as these sorts of requests ultimately are, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re easy to make.

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    19. 12 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Maps Could Do

      12 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Maps Could Do

      We’ve all been guilty of glancing down at our devices while driving—to look ahead at the next turn, perhaps, or see how long is left in a commute. If you have an Android phone, there’s a better way: Google Maps has a whole series of helpful voice commands that’ll work whenever you’re actively navigating.

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    20. Your “Inspirational” Social Media Posts Are Hurting You

      Your “Inspirational” Social Media Posts Are Hurting You

      The easiest thing to do might be to share pithy slogans purporting to deliver quick hits of inspiration. After all, it’s your job as a leader or aspiring leader to motivate others, right? Right! But your #MotivationalMonday tweet or Instagram post with a Gandhi quotation might be backfiring without you realizing it. Here’s why, and how to avoid it. It’s hard to be profound on a daily or weekly basis. It’s even harder to be profound in just a few quick words.

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      Mentions: KFC
    21. Why Square made its own register

      Why Square made its own register

      Square got its start helping sole proprietors accept credit cards. Now, the payments company is thinking bigger—in more ways than one. Today CEO Jack Dorsey unveiled a product called Square Register, an integrated point-of-sale system that has been in development for over two years. It’s the largest of Square’s hardware offerings, designed to serve larger-scale merchants with a wide range of services that stretches even beyond payments.

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    22. This Is How Many Minutes Of Breaks You Need Each Day

      This Is How Many Minutes Of Breaks You Need Each Day

      Your calendar is probably full of things to do, but how often do you schedule in breaks? If it’s rare to find a blank space on your calendar, you should rethink your nonstop workflow. Taking regular timeouts can help you refresh your focus and get more done, productivity experts say. And how often you should break depends on your workload, energy level ,and the time of day.

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    23. This Founder’s Top 7 Tips For Using Optimism To Solve Any Problem

      This Founder’s Top 7 Tips For Using Optimism To Solve Any Problem

      “Optimism is the ultimate creative act,” Cole tells an audience of 60 people who’ve gathered at 72andSunny’s new office overlooking the Brooklyn waterfront during the Fast Company Innovation Festival last week. “It’s imagining the best possible outcome or world without any constraints.

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    24. Mark Cuban Talks About Funding Packback And The Future

      Mark Cuban Talks About Funding Packback And The Future

      After Cuban’s initial investment, Packback Inc. went on to raise $900,000 in seed funding to grow its textbook rental business, and then it did something unexpected–it pivoted to AI. While Packback still has a toe in the textbook business, it’s taken a backseat to the company’s main focus, which is using artificial intelligence in college classrooms to create more critical thinkers by grading students’ curiosity.

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