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Six secrets to true originality

Adam Grant and Rik Kirkland, McKinsey & Co., August 2016

Author and professor Adam Grant shares six tips on generating great ideas, including reframing your creative process, not worrying about being too old, and learning how to procrastinate artfully. [ more]

What Most CEOs Get Wrong About Becoming "Thought Leaders"

John Rampton, Fast Company, July 25, 2016

CEOs and their marketing teams have long taken "thought leadership" to mean penning blog posts and taking speaking gigs—and so it does. But there's a much wider range of options out there, and the narrow few that most business leaders tend to tackle can make for diminishing returns and a whole lot of similar-looking content. This article reveals how "thought leadership" can be more than just another bland marketing strategy. [ more]

When Transparency Backfires, and How to Prevent It

David De Cremer, Harvard Business Review, July 21, 2016

Sunlight, as the saying goes, is the best disinfectant. And it's tempting to think that if we just shine a light on wrongdoing, wrongdoing will go away.

It's never been easier to collect information on what we're doing and to share that information with the world. But before we open up completely, we should be aware that transparency is not a universal solution — and may even create new problems. [ more]

Identity Theft Jumps 57% as Fraudsters Target Social Media

Michael Hill, Infosecurity Magazine, July 5, 2016

The number of victims hit by identity theft jumped a hefty 57% last year, according to figures from fraud prevention service Cifas. The firm's research found that fraudsters are particularly targeting younger internet users with around 24,000 people aged 30 and under suffering identity fraud in 2015, up from 15,766 in 2014 and more than double the 11,000 victims in this age bracket in 2010. [ more]

Being a Good Boss in Dark Times

Jennifer Porter, Harvard Business Review, July 5, 2016

Senseless acts of violence affect all of us. Mass shootings, suicide bombers, assassinations — the emotions such events bring up are strong, even if our personal connection to the events is not. Feelings of sadness, pain, confusion, and anger don't get checked at the office door. If you're leading a team or an organization, how can you help manage the emotional culture of the people you're responsible for? This article's author shares some valuable lessons for leaders in communities facing exceptionally difficult events. [ more]

Study: Publicizing female CEO appointments comes with a cost

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune, June 14, 2016

Given the push for more women in the C-suite, companies might wish to shout from the rooftops when they appoint a female CEO. But the more they shout, the more their share price might suffer, a new study finds — not necessarily because investors are biased, but because they think others are. [ more]

Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style

Dan Bilefsky, The New York Times, June 9, 2016

One of the oldest forms of punctuation may be dying

The period — the full-stop signal we all learn as children, whose use stretches back at least to the Middle Ages — is gradually being felled in the barrage of instant messaging that has become synonymous with the digital age

So says David Crystal, who has written more than 100 books on language and is a former master of original pronunciation at Shakespeare's Globe theater in London — a man who understands the power of tradition in language [ more]

FOMO: This Is The Best Way To Overcome Fear Of Missing Out

Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, June 5, 2016

You hear about FOMO a lot these days. In fact, the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013. What does it really mean? A recent study on the subject defined it as: ...''the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you're missing out – that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you''. Under this framing of FoMO, nearly three quarters of young adults reported they experienced the phenomenon. It's certainly not a good thing. [ more]

Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice.

Adam Grant, The New York Times, June 4, 2016

We are in the Age of Authenticity, where "be yourself" is the defining advice in life, love and career. Authenticity means erasing the gap between what you firmly believe inside and what you reveal to the outside world. But for most people, "be yourself" is actually terrible advice. [ more]

This Is How To Make Good Habits Stick: 6 Secrets From Research

Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, May 29, 2016

We all want to get to the gym, be more productive, be kinder to our loved ones... and then we don't do it. Why? Well, building solid personal habits can be hard. In fact, research shows it takes an average of 66 days to build a new good habit. But it doesn't have to be that difficult. This article takes a look at the scientific tricks to building good habits — and ones that stick. [ more]

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