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How to Look for Emotional Intelligence on Your Team

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Of all the ways to test for emotional intelligence, the marshmallow test might be my favorite. You put a child in a room, set one marshmallow in front of her and explain that, if she’s able to wait 10 minutes before eating it, she’ll get an extra marshmallow to enjoy. Then you leave her alone.

If the child can hold off, it means she has is able to self-regulate — a key component ...

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Saudi Arabia’s Labor Market Challenge

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Saudi Arabia is in the middle of a major economic transformation, one whose scope and intensity may merit the label “unprecedented.”

The reform comes as part of a new long-term economic strategy, dubbed Vision 2030, and its national transformation plan aimed at weaning the Saudi economy off its addiction to ...

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Your Elevator Pitch Needs an Elevator Pitch

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Ah, the elevator pitch. A favorite tool of the networking masses. A rite of passage of sorts. You’ve heard the scenario: you step into an elevator and go up one floor. The elevator doors open and in walks the client of your dreams. They start some small talk and ask, “What do you do?” and you’ve got the rest of the elevator ride to respond. How do you answer that in 20 ...

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How to Know If There Are Too Many People in Your Meeting

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When setting up a meeting, the people you invite are just as important as what you need to get done. Including too many people — or too few — can be a waste of time for everyone involved. The following excerpt from the book Running Meetings will help you decide who should be in the room to make your meeting most effective.

It may be easy to default to inviting a crowd ...

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Too Many Men Are Silent Bystanders to Sexual Harassment

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We were blindsided and demoralized by news this month that a substantial group of male Marines had posted unauthorized and compromising pictures of female colleagues, ostensibly their sisters-in-arms, to a Facebook page where other men, including thousands of current and former Marines, made derogatory and harassing comments. ...

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Why Going All-In on Your Start-Up Might Not Be the Best Idea

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Entrepreneurs who give up their day jobs in stages are 33% less likely to fail in their start-ups than those who leave their jobs precipitously to run their new businesses full-time, according to a study of thousands of Americans by Joseph Raffiee and Jie Feng of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The staged approach, which allows entrepreneurs to gain important knowledge about their new businesses while phasing out their paying jobs, has become much easier with the rise of digital technologies ...

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The Growing Conflict-of-Interest Problem in the U.S. Congress

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While concerns about conflicts of interest regarding President Trump’s business holdings have received a lot of attention, resulting in proposed legislation to end loopholes for the commander in chief, there has been much less discussion of another source of conflicting interests: the investments of members of Congress.

Congresspeople ...

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Digital Transformation Without Losing the Human Touch

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First Republic Bank found a way to digitally transform its operations and customer-facing channels without losing the human touch.

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The Reason Silicon Valley Beat Out Boston for VC Dominance

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Despite the East Coast roots of technology entrepreneurship and venture capital (VC), by the 1990s Silicon Valley had gained a major advantage over the Cambridge-Boston area. In 1995 Silicon Valley’s share of all VC investments in the U.S. stood at 22.6%, more than twice New England’s 9.9% share. It ...

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3 Things to Watch as the Digital Side of the U.S. Presidential Campaigns Unfold

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For the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama hired one of Facebook’s early employees, Chris Hughes, to drive the campaign’s technology strategy. Hughes created social tools that saved the campaign millions of dollars and months of grassroots community building, some of which are described in the book Barack, ...

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