People Don’t Actually Know Themselves Very Well

Chances are, your coworkers are better at rating some parts of your personality than you are.

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence

In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil.

The Confidence Gap

Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here’s why, and what to do about it.

They’re Watching You at Work

What happens when Big Data meets human resources? The emerging practice of “people analytics” is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote.

The Optimal Office

How better design could fix your workday—and your life .

More Is More: Why the Paradox of Choice Might Be a Myth

It’s widely assumed that overwhelming people with options — whether in TVs or delicious jams — can make them less likely to make a decision. But maybe that’s wrong.

Anthropology Inc.

Forget online surveys and dinnertime robo-calls. A consulting firm called ReD is at the forefront of a new trend in market research, treating the everyday lives of consumers as a subject worthy of social-science scrutiny. On behalf of its corporate clients, ReD will uncover your deepest needs, fears, and desires.

Graeme Wood

Listen to people talk about how they break the rules, in other words, and you’ll figure out what they consider the important rules in the first place.

Should We Trust Economists?

They’re fractious, frequently wrong, and have lost much of the public’s faith. But their insights are still valuable — as long as you don’t expect them to predict the future.

Zadie Smith

Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.

Do CEOs Matter?

Can a CEO—even one as talented and visionary as Steve Jobs—really make or break a corporation? Many business scholars have grown skeptical of the idea of chief executive as superhero. Cutting-edge research reveals that while some CEOs clearly do make a big difference, many are merely the most visible cogs in complex machines.

Sink and Swim

Bankruptcy helps the undeserving—and that’s the way it should be.

Jonathan Schlefer

This lack of direct disagreement between advocates and critics of NAFTA reflects standard economic theory, which predicts both “gains from trade,” meaning higher total income and more efficient production, and “trade adjustments,” including job losses and salary cuts for some. “Trade adjustments” sounds pleasantly minor and temporary, but though economists do not like to say so out loud, their texts explicitly confirm that losses can … [ Read more ]

Pop Psychology

Why asset bubbles are a part of the human condition that regulation can’t cure

Henry Blodget

So what can we learn from all this? In the words of the great investor Jeremy Grantham, who saw this collapse coming and has seen just about everything else in his four-decade career: “We will learn an enormous amount in a very short time, quite a bit in the medium term, and absolutely nothing in the long term.” Of course, to paraphrase Keynes, in the … [ Read more ]

Infectious Exuberance

Financial bubbles are like epidemics— and we should treat them both the same way.