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Tim Leberecht: 4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines

(TED) Business romantic Tim Leberecht proposes four principles for building beautiful and effective organizations in an environment where more and more tasks will be...

Blanket Coverage: Lessons new coaches can take from the Belichick Blueprint

(Sports Illustrated) An excellent distillation of six key principles that legendary New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has followed in building one of...

Adam Grant: Are you a giver or a taker?

(TED) If you haven’t read organizational psychologist Adam Grant’s bestselling book “Give and Take” or would love a refresher – check out this great new...

The Danger of Playing It Safe

(Ed Batista) Excellent post on the risks of not taking risks. I particularly liked the idea of short term cost of action vs. the

1,500 People Give All The Relationship Advice You’ll Ever Need

(Mark Manson) A week before his own wedding, blogger Mark Manson asked all of his readers who had been married for 10 or more...

How to Be a Productivity Machine, According to the Experts

(Real Clear Life) – A nice list with some reminders as well as new ideas on how to be more productive in our everyday lives....

Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self

(The Atlantic) New research suggests that self-control is essentially the same skill as empathy. Whereas empathy is your ability to appreciate the perspective and...

Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum

(The New Yorker) Important viewpoint from Om Malik about the potential detachment Silicon Valley has from the rest of the country, and the disruption its...

I Have Wasted Years Thinking I’m Not Good Enough.

(Medium) Blogger and Coach Jon Westenberg wrote a great, and refreshingly honest piece about how we all will have a better and happier life if...

Rescued after nearly dying in the San Gabriel Mountains 25 years ago, a woman has spent a lifetime helping others

(San Gabriel Valley Tribune) An inspiring story of a woman who has spent her life giving back after coming close to death. The article...

The Greatest Shareholder Letter Ever Written by a Bank CEO

(The Motley Fool) This is an interesting comparison of the annual shareholder letter written by Jamie Dimon vs. other bank CEOs. Looking back 10...

Let Your Workers Rebel

(HBR) In this fantastic piece, HBS Professor Francesca Gino makes a case for encouraging employees to engage in “constructive nonconformity.” In her research Gino found that only...

Ray Allen: Letter to My Younger Self

(The Players’ Tribune) In this very personal “Letter to My Younger Self,” NBA star Ray Allen, who has just announced his retirement, reflects on his biggest lessons learned....

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by up to 65%

(Inc) According to research by British neuroscientist Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, the song Weightless by Marconi Union was able to reduce the overall anxiety of participants...

10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings

(Brain Pickings) Insightful post from a great blog on the 10 key learnings the author has had over the past ten years. A worthwhile...

What great leadership and music have in common

(TED) Leaders, as Strategist Jim Crupi puts it, aspire “to inspire and move people like great music does.” Check out his wonderful metaphorical piece about the...

Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2016

(Forbes) Together with venture capital firm TrueBridge Capital Partners, Forbes has just put together its second list of 25 U.S. based well-funded startups that are...

The Power of AND

(Ed Batista) A thoughtful blog post from one of our favorite GSB professors, Ed Batista, on how to be more effective when delivering two...

Noise: How to Overcome the High, Hidden Cost of Inconsistent Decision Making

(HBR) In this fantastic piece Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman and three leaders from “The Greates Good Group” explain what the difference between biases (such...

The Most Important Working Habit Of Hemingway

(Medium) In this great little post, Medium Author Darius Foroux shares the most important lesson he has learned from Ernest Hemingway: to stop at height of...

Venture Capital: It is a pricing, not a value, game!

(Musings on Markets) Aswath Damodaran, who we have cited before in this section, wrote another great article this time on venture capital and pricing.

Fairness Opinions: Fix them or Flush them!

(Musings on Markets) NYU finance professor Aswath Damodaran discusses how fairness opinions work in M&A, and the controversy around the Tesla/Solar City deal (Disclosure:...

Want to Make Ethical Purchases? Stop Buying Illegal Drugs

(New York Times) Our fellow Stanford MBA Mario Berlanga wrote a thought-provoking op-ed about the real human cost of the supply chain that brings...

Lessons from Charlie Munger on Divorce and the Death of 9 Year Old Son

(Distilled Dollar) This write-up shares some pieces of Charlie Munger’s life philosophy, with excerpts from what Munger has written and said. The post was written...

7 Insanely Creative Business Plan Templates

(Medium) Inc. columnist Larry Kim has put together a great list of business plan templates that can help you in getting your new venture ideas...

Question Everything You Know About Fitness

(Outside) Author (“4-Hour Workweek”, “4-Hour Body”) Tim Ferris has interviewed more than 100 athletes, experts, and celebrities and put together a collection of their...

The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen

(Medium) A great sales pitch follows the same arc and rules a great story does. Andy Raskin, a strategic storytelling consultant, explains how. In...

Authenticity’s Paradox: If You Flaunt It, You Lose It

(Stanford GSB Insights) A great interview with Stanford professor Glenn R. Carroll about his research on authenticity – how authenticity is constructed, why we pay more...