The surprising benefits of slacking off one hour a day

Ben Franklin -- Founding Father, inventor, statesman, diplomat -- knew the value of taking a break each day. Adding slack to our day allows us to: 1. Plan your learning. Think carefully about what...
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Creative ways to keep it quiet (and boost productivity)

We love these creative ways to minimize noise in the office (and boost productivity). One way is to permit employees a choice of spaces depending on what work they're doing at any given time....
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Guts + resilience + initiative + tenacity = Grit (And it’s a key ingredient for success)

Robin Koval, co- author of the new book “Grit to Great,” says resilience is one of their four ingredients (along with guts, initiative and tenacity) that make up grit — and lead to...
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The science behind why some bosses bully … even their top employees

Harvard Business Review on why some bosses bully even their best performers: " ... our earlier research shows that poor performers are likely to be the victims of bully bosses, our current research...
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How to really unplug during your summer vacation

Summertime means vacation. And vacation used to mean getting away -- really away -- from work. (And coming back refreshed and recharged.) But our devices make it tough to really disengage when we're...
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Starting your career? Weigh the pros and cons of working for a global brand

Where should you begin your career? At a big, name brand company? Or a boutique agency or start-up? It's tough to know which is the right move. Here's a balanced look at the pros and cons of working...
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How “Hamilton” creator is building a brand for the ages

Why is a hip-hop playwright and composer profiled in Fast Company? Because Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't just a lyrical genius. He's also a marketing genius. "Miranda’s closest—and most...
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The key to success? Grit.

Grit: It's one of those intangibles that turns out to be a crucial indicator of success. “What if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and...
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Inc. magazine: 9 things highly influential people do

Check out No. 6 in Inc.'s list of "9 Things the Most Influential and Persuasive People Do, Backed by Science." It's " Share the good and the bad." "According to University of Illinois professor...
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