It's such a savage thing to lose your memory, but the crazy thing is it doesn't hurt one bit. A blackout doesn't sting or stab or leave a scar when it robs you. Close your eyes and open them again. That's what a blackout feels like. For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was 'the gasoline of all adventure'. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened 21st-century woman.
Seth Godin, one of today's most influential business thinkers, writes best-selling books like Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars. And in between those annual books, he delivers a daily stream of ideas on one of the world's most popular blogs.
"Perfect when you need to boost your creativity"
Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.
If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.
Even for the most gifted individuals, the process of becoming a leader is an arduous, albeit rewarding, journey of continuous learning and self-development. The initial test along the path is so fundamental that we often overlook it: becoming a boss for the first time. That's a shame, because the trials involved in this rite of passage have serious consequences for both the individual and the organization. For a decade and a half, the author has studied people making major career transitions to management.
Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. In this article, John Kotter outlines the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts.
In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.
"(Just) Collection of Stories"
When some managers take over a new job, they hit the ground running. They learn the ropes, get along with their bosses and subordinates, gain credibility, and ultimately master the situation. Others, however, don't do so well. What accounts for the difference? In this article, first published in 1985, Harvard Business School professor John J. Gabarro relates the findings of two sets of field studies he conducted, covering 14 management successions.
Are you raring to change careers? Break into a whole new line of work that makes you leap out of bed, happy to go to work every day? Parlay personal passions into professional endeavors? Or focus on a different clientele, type of product, or service?
"All of us are smarter than any of us"
The New Yorker's blend of reporting, commentary, criticism, fiction, and cartoons has garnered 36 National Magazine Awards since its debut in 1925 - more than any other publication. Edited by Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, the magazine has had only five editors in its 80-year history. Each week, Audible and the editorial staff of The New Yorker work together to select a variety of the issue's best articles from The Talk of the Town, Fiction, The Critics, and more. Each article is read in its entirety. The New Yorker is available in audio exclusively at audible.com.
Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are both concerned. Their concern is that the rich are getting richer, but America is getting poorer. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their country, employer, or family to take care of them. And like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing. America is becoming a two-class society, and soon you will be either rich or poor. Trump and Kiyosaki want you to be rich.
Usually, individuals and organizations go to great lengths to avoid errors. Companies are designed for optimum performance rather than for learning, and mistakes are seen as defects. But as an example from Bell System shows, making mistakes - correctly - is a powerful way to accelerate learning and increase competitiveness.
Employers can choose from lots of tools when they want to encourage employees to work together toward a new corporate goal. One of the rarest managerial skills is the ability to understand which tools will work in a given situation and which will misfire.
In the aftermath of the Enron and WorldCom debacles, corporate boards have been shaken up and made over. Most of the changes are structural and don't go to the heart of a board's work: making the choices that shape a firm's future. Which decisions boards own and how those calls are made are largely hidden from the public. As a result, boards are often unable to learn from their counterparts at other companies. In this article, Michael Useem pulls back the curtain and provides an inside look.
The infosphere, as Luciano Floridi calls it, is the combination of the internet and computer technology that is revolutionizing our lives and work. He carries the intriguing title of Professor of the Philosophy and Ethics of information at the University of Oxford implying that the revolution is as much about issues of morality, identity and meaning as it is about technology.
When corporate leaders or the organizations they represent mess up, they face the difficult decision of whether to apologize publicly. A public apology is a risky move. It's highly political, and every word matters. Refusal to apologize can be smart, or it can be suicidal. Readiness to apologize can be seen as a sign of character or one of weakness. Because the stakes are so high, Barbara Kellerman says, leaders should not extend public apologies often or lightly.
Fast Company is a "workstyle" magazine, a new breed of business journalism that understands a powerful new truth: Work is personal.
A few years ago, I noticed around half a dozen courageous companies beginning experiments to remove ratings from their performance management systems.
"Nine Dead in Texas Shootout Involving Rival Biker Gangs, Police Say" is from the May 18,2015 US section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Dan Molinski and Tamara Audi and narrated by Ken Borgers.
"China's Overseas Abductions" is from the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Paul Ryden .
"The Surprisingly Easy Way to Score a Year of Free Flying" is from the Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Scott McCartney and narrated by Paul Ryden .
"What Gardens Meant to Monet and Other Art Masters" is from the Arts section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Alexis Flynn and narrated by Paul Ryden .
"'Hail Caesar!' Review: An Unappetizing Salad" is from the Arts section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by John Anderson and narrated by Paul Ryden .
"A New Yorker Shares Stories From His 93 Years of Living" is from the Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Lettie Teague and narrated by Paul Ryden .
Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.
"Short Films Inspired by Scent" is from the Life section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Marshall Heyman and narrated by Paul Ryden .
"Tech Stocks Swoon as Growth Disappoints" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Maureen Farrell, Aaron Kuriloff and Don Clark and narrated by Paul Ryden .
"Cisco Forecasts Mobile Data Deluge" is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Don Clark and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Clinton and Sanders Spar Over Progressive Credentials, Wall Street" is from the Politics section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Peter Nicholas, Laura Meckler and Colleen McCain Nelson and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from Tech" is from The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from What's News" is from The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Hillary's Wall Street Reckoning" is from the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Why the Fed Can't Save Markets Right Now" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Justin Lahart and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Yahoo Loses Mobile Entrepreneur Arjun Sethi to Venture Firm" is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Douglas MacMillan and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.
"Oil Rout Threatens Vicious Cycle for Economy" is from the Economy section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Nick Timiraos and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Rate Expectations: Not So Fast, Fed" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Katy Burne and Min Zeng and narrated by Alexander Quincy.