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eat up again

You need to read how this entrepreneur turned garbage into delicious snacks

“Because our budget is so tight, everything we spend on feels important to the success of the business.”

Science

The one key to workplace success everyone can use

Researchers didn’t uncover gender discrimination, but rather a proclivity to listen to people who expressed confidence.

growing good

How this company went from a few farms to filling up frozen food aisles

Pitaya Foods helps the South American farmers it sources fruit from to obtain organic certification.

cooperation makes it happen

Who is the ‘Lebron’ of your office? Star employees bring 1 weird benefit

In the NBA, there's a whole team — not just your Lebrons, Jordans, and Currys. But sometimes, stars need to shine. Other times, it's good to pull from the bench.

NiMBLE

How the granola company that fed Google weathered the pandemic

The pandemic has forced the founder of gr8nola to branch out from her formerly reliable business-to-business channel.

strategy

Spain is about to embark on the biggest 4-day workweek experiment ever

"We're launching into the real debate of our times."

time is money

A slow response to a question can have surprising consequences

“If you think the answer is easy, respond fast!”

Science

The 5 questions you should expect at your next job interview

Recent survey results reveal what you can anticipate, as well as a few surprises that might be headed your way.

A matter of time

Why experts say our ideas of time management are all wrong

Thinking of it in terms of productivity may not be right the way to go.

Strategy

Can marijuana make you more creative in business? 4 billionaires who may agree

Smoking pot can help generate ideas — but there’s a catch, say scientists.

mirror mirror

Study reveals 1 counterintuitive technique helps men beat low self-esteem

Are you your own best role model?

Strategy

The surprising reason you should turn your webcam off during meetings

You can take a meeting in pajamas and save the environment at the same time. That's the unexpected finding from new research about the value in leaving your camera off during web conference meetings.

strategy

4 essential strategies to reboot your life in 2021

Self-improvement is an inside job. Here's how to start.

Strategy

Why do our minds wander? Brain study shows benefits of daydreaming

Researchers outline the cognitive benefits of daydreaming, developing a way to detect different trains of thought in the brain.

Strategy

Studies show 1 brain hack can stop addiction cold

Why curiosity may be the antidote to addiction.

Strategy

"Mom's spaghetti": 3 studies show how to use stress for good

Research shows how you think about stress influences your body's response to it.

How to stop bleeding money
Culture

The psychological reason credit cards make you spend like a Kardashian 💳

Your wallet is a Swiss Army knife packed with specialized tools to help you spend money.

How to win at budgeting, from 13.9 million Redditors who are crushing it 

"The truth is it makes me feel in control of every expense I've made." 

Culture

Low-stress personal finance: 3 "tentpole" strategies to achieve it in 2020

Perhaps you're doing too much? Here's how to tell.

Innovation

How to Make Mistakes Like the World's Most Successful Billionaires 

There's a science to learning from mistakes. 

Innovation

Meet the Man Behind a Decade-Plus Crusade to Make Tax Day Not Suck

Tax day's got you stressed? Joseph Bankman's got your back. 

Innovation

Will the Next Recession Happen in 2019? Here's Why Everyone's So Worried

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. 

Innovation

Video Shows How Flashing Lights Make Us More Inclined to Take Stupid Risks

That's not the only weird factor that affects our financial decision-making.

Innovation

The Strange Reason People Think Prices Are Cheaper When They End in $0.99 

It has to do with the way you read numbers. 

Innovation

Get Conscious of Your Negative Spending

Our spending is often driven by emotions and deeply ingrained thinking.

Innovation

4 Budgeting Apps That Stop You From Bleeding Money

Spot trends faster, make smarter decisions more often, and keep more of your money.

Culture

Live Your Best Millennial Life: 4 Money-Wasters You Should Ghost Forever

What are we wasting money on? Here are four places to look.

How to be better at work where it counts
Mind and Body

Distracted? This one time of day is when you're most likely to lose focus

"We can make people better at controlling that urge to self-interrupt."

Mind and Body

Why you should replace "time management" with this more natural tactic

When it comes to work or school, time management is tired. Energy management is wired.

Science

Here's How to Use Overconfidence as a "Persuasive Social Signal"

How to use confidence to convince someone else how smart you are.

Culture

A.I. will never be able to replicate this human job skill

Automation is coming for everyone, but it’s both a liability and an asset.

Culture

A Common Steve Jobs Quote Is Wrong, According to a New Study

In the next few weeks, 4 million graduates will arrive on the job market.

Culture

Can You Handle a Remote Job? Researchers Explain Why Some People Are Wired for It

"There are negatives and positives."

Innovation

An Alarming Contributor to the Wage Gap? Women Don't Spout as Much Bullshit

A new taxonomy of bullshitters finds young men bullshit the most.

Culture

Robot Coworkers Are Coming, and They're Going to Really Mess With Your Head

Robot colleagues can make our lives easier, but only if we can avoid resenting them. 

Innovation

Innovation and Disruption Get Less Likely With a Bigger Team, Study Finds

Big teams leads to less disruptiveness overall. 

Innovation

Terrible Bosses Have This One Great Silver Lining, New Study Finds

You don't have to be like them to succeed. 

Innovation

Work Meetings Are Terrible. Here's How to Make Them Better. 

It's the workplace tragedy of the commons. 

Innovation

Don't Get Along With Your New Boss? Here's the Most Likely Reason Why 

The same problem plagues most leaders, a new study suggests. 

Innovation

A Commonly Held Belief About Entrepreneurship Is Totally Wrong, Study Finds

If you wanna cut it in business, this is the trait you need. 

Innovation

Email Is Making You Terrible at Your Job, and You Should Ignore It More

Vindication. 

Innovation

Work Should Be More Like a Hackathon and Less Like the #Random Slack Channel

Can you all shut up so we can get some actual work done?

Innovation

3 Motivational Tips for the Dog Days of Summer

It's hot. Everyone's gone. But we can still do this. 

How to get a better job
Science

Why You Might Not Recognize Your Next Great Business Idea

Your extra hustle may be the thing that’s killing your next big idea.

Mind and Body

Job interview tips: Use the S.T.A.R. technique to connect and tell a story

And try not to focus on how constricting your freshest professional outfit feels.

Mind and Body

"Mental time travel": A psychological trick you can use to improve your career

Do not wait for a life-altering event!

Culture

Are Thank-You Notes a Job Hunting Necessity? What We Can Make of the Fury

Why a simple piece of advice set off an internet fury.

Culture

Here's Why All the Terrible Dudes in Your Office Keep Getting Promotions

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic has a solution for the epidemic of incompetent male leadership.

Culture

To Land a Job, Women Need to Be Much Better Networkers Than Men, Study Says

That's according to an analysis of 4.5 million emails sent by the top MBAs in the country. 

Innovation

Robots and Automation Will Have Taken Over 52 Percent of Tasks by 2025

The "fourth industrial revolution" is already underway. 

Innovation

Never Accept a Job That Uses Brain Teasers in Your Job Interview

It's a trap. 

Culture

How Your Twitter Account Can Land You a Coveted Job Interview

Everything you post is part of your personal professional marketing plan

How to live a more strategic, rewarding personal life
Science

Study Reveals Something Powerful About a Goal That Ends With a "0"

"It’s something that marketers, firms, or policy makers could manipulate relatively easily."

Science

How to Hack the Bottom Dollar Effect to Get the Most Out of a Big Purchase

Here's how to keep this phenomenon from ruining your next big purchase.

Mind and Body

Here's how long it takes for your New Year's resolution to become a habit 

The key to sticking to a resolution is to make it second nature.

Innovation

Why the Generalist Has a Bright Future in an Increasingly Automated World

The age of the specialist is giving way to the age of the Renaissance person.

Culture

There's a Surprising Psychological Trick for Making Someone More Generous

People are more beneficent with their money before it hits the bank.

Mind and Body

Study Upends Common Theory About Music and the Brain's Ability to Focus

No, that Spotify Flow playlist does not actually help you study.

Innovation

People Constantly Underestimate How Much They Benefit From Being Kind

How compassion unlocks our capacity for self-improvement. 

Mind and Body

Science Finally Proves True a Common Theory About Online Dating

If you write very long messages, you're on the wrong side of the "desirability gap."

Innovation

How to Slay Stress Before It Even Happens in the First Place 

How optimism bias gets in the way of our success. 

Innovation

Beat Smartphone Addiction With These 3 Foolproof Strategies 

Breathe in, breathe out, and put the phone down. 

Mind and Body

5 Reasons to Leave Work on Time This Summer

Do it!

Innovation

Why Some Vacation — But Not Too Much — is Essential for Your Health

This summer, turn off your phone and reclaim your well-deserved vacation time.

Innovation

9 Battle-Tested Technologies to Keep Anyone from Burning Out

There’s a reminder renaissance happening right now, making it easier than ever clear your head.

Innovation

Declutter Your Life Fast AF With These 3 Apps

Marie Kondo would be proud.

eat up again

You need to read how this entrepreneur turned garbage into delicious snacks

“Because our budget is so tight, everything we spend on feels important to the success of the business.”

Science

The one key to workplace success everyone can use

Researchers didn’t uncover gender discrimination, but rather a proclivity to listen to people who expressed confidence.

growing good

How this company went from a few farms to filling up frozen food aisles

Pitaya Foods helps the South American farmers it sources fruit from to obtain organic certification.

cooperation makes it happen

Who is the ‘Lebron’ of your office? Star employees bring 1 weird benefit

In the NBA, there's a whole team — not just your Lebrons, Jordans, and Currys. But sometimes, stars need to shine. Other times, it's good to pull from the bench.

NiMBLE

How the granola company that fed Google weathered the pandemic

The pandemic has forced the founder of gr8nola to branch out from her formerly reliable business-to-business channel.

strategy

Spain is about to embark on the biggest 4-day workweek experiment ever

"We're launching into the real debate of our times."

time is money

A slow response to a question can have surprising consequences

“If you think the answer is easy, respond fast!”

Science

The 5 questions you should expect at your next job interview

Recent survey results reveal what you can anticipate, as well as a few surprises that might be headed your way.

A matter of time

Why experts say our ideas of time management are all wrong

Thinking of it in terms of productivity may not be right the way to go.

Strategy

Can marijuana make you more creative in business? 4 billionaires who may agree

Smoking pot can help generate ideas — but there’s a catch, say scientists.

mirror mirror

Study reveals 1 counterintuitive technique helps men beat low self-esteem

Are you your own best role model?

Strategy

The surprising reason you should turn your webcam off during meetings

You can take a meeting in pajamas and save the environment at the same time. That's the unexpected finding from new research about the value in leaving your camera off during web conference meetings.

strategy

4 essential strategies to reboot your life in 2021

Self-improvement is an inside job. Here's how to start.

Strategy

Why do our minds wander? Brain study shows benefits of daydreaming

Researchers outline the cognitive benefits of daydreaming, developing a way to detect different trains of thought in the brain.

Strategy

Studies show 1 brain hack can stop addiction cold

Why curiosity may be the antidote to addiction.

Strategy

"Mom's spaghetti": 3 studies show how to use stress for good

Research shows how you think about stress influences your body's response to it.