Here’s Why Founders Should Care about Happiness

Scott Crabtree spent 24 years climbing the ladder in the gaming and software industries, eventually leading his own engineering team at Intel. And after observing life at companies big and small, he recognized one commonality: The happiest people are the most productive. The difference was so striking to him that he retired and rebooted his career, founding Happy Brain Science to surface and share the … [ Read more ]

How to Become Insanely Well-Connected

Chris Fralic is a successful VC himself, responsible for First Round’s investments in Warby Parker, Roblox, HotelTonight and Adaptly among others. When asked what’s made his career possible, he’ll tell you outright it’s the relationships — built deliberately over many years. This might sound like a common response, but among his peers, he’s acknowledged to be a world-class super-connector with rarefied expertise.

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Ellen Langer on the Value of Mindfulness in Business

A pioneer in mindfulness research says that companies can promote innovation and their own rejuvenation by setting the right context.

Katherine Milkman on Why Fresh Starts Matter

The Wharton professor says moments when you wipe the slate clean can help you meet your goals.

Instinct Can Beat Analytical Thinking

Researchers have confronted us in recent years with example after example of how we humans get things wrong when it comes to making decisions. We misunderstand probability, we’re myopic, we pay attention to the wrong things, and we just generally mess up. This popular triumph of the “heuristics and biases” literature pioneered by psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky has made us aware of flaws … [ Read more ]

Making Great Decisions

Stanford’s Chip Heath and McKinsey’s Olivier Sibony discuss new research, fresh frameworks, and practical tools for decision makers.

The Thought Leader Interview: Loran Nordgren

The cofounder of unconscious thought theory explains how taking a break and distracting the mind can lead to higher-quality decision making.

The Truth About How We Think

We’re all prey to cognitive mistakes, says Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman. But knowing that can help you avoid them.

Building the Skills of Insight

To eminent systems therapist David Kantor, learning to recognize the hidden patterns in conversation is the first step toward more effective executive leadership.

Editor’s Note: see a related video by David Kantor, which describes how leaders can uncover hidden patterns in conversation in order to more effectively inspire their teams, and shape group conversations.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Accepting Uncertainty, Embracing Volatility

The defining characteristic of future change, according to Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is that it is impossible — and foolhardy — to try to predict it. Nonetheless, the dominant impulse among policymakers and so-called experts is to attempt to reduce volatility rather than deal with it more productively. In his new book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, Taleb argues that in order for individuals, institutions, … [ Read more ]

Geoff Colvn insists you are naturally good at nothing

You are not talented at your job. You never will be. But wait: That’s the good news—because talent, argues Geoff Colvin, doesn’t exist in the first place—at least not in the traditional sense of the word. It is not, he points out, an innate ability. The sooner you realize that Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and you were not meant to be great business … [ Read more ]