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    Evolution of the Desk (1980-2014)

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    Orangutans, Ferris Jabr writes, possess an extraordinary intellect and have demonstrated a capability for cultural learning:

    "At Camp Leakey, the orangutans had plenty of opportunity to observe and imitate people. They soon developed a habit of stealing canoes, paddling them downriver, and abandoning them at their destinations. Even triple and quadruple knots in the ropes securing the canoes to the dock did not deter the apes."

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    Watson, the decision whisperer

    At the rate you hear the words ‘big data’ and ‘analytics’ thrown around these days, you might think everyone was using them. And sadly you’d be wrong. In reality, most business folks leave insights out of their decisions because the tools to extract them are too complicated. Here’s a new name to drop. IBM Watson Analytics. Using natural language and a keyboard, anyone can go mining data for instant insights. Just ask your question and Watson can help guide you through answers. No fancy statistics degree required. Get the scoop 

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    How successful was the Apple Watch announcement compared to the iPhone and iPod?

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    Plan any event and chances are one in five of the people you invite will be late.

    A study done at San Francisco State University found that about 20% of the U.S. population is chronically late—but it’s not because they don’t value others’ time. It’s more complicated than that, says lead researcher Diana DeLonzor.

    “Repetitive lateness is more often related to personality characteristics such as anxiety or a penchant for thrill-seeking,” she says. “Some people are drawn to the adrenaline rush of that last-minute sprint to the finish line, while others receive an ego boost from over-scheduling and filling each moment with activity.”

    In her book Never Be Late Again: 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged, DeLonzor says our relationship with time often starts in childhood and becomes an ingrained habit.

    “Looking back, you were probably late or early all of your life—it’s part physiological and part psychological,” she says. “Most chronically late people truly dislike being late, but it’s a surprisingly difficult habit to overcome. Telling a late person to be on time is a little like telling a dieter to simply stop eating so much.”

    DeLonzor says the majority of people have a combination of late and punctual habits—usually on time, but with a frantic rush at the last minute—but we can all learn from those who are chronically punctual. DeLonzor shares four traits that always on time share:

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    An EEG recording converted into audio and played with a basic visualizer. You can audibly and visibly distinguish when the subject begins dreaming at ~2:30.


    Grounded leaders are able to do away with traditional leadership stereotypes based in gender roles.

    We’re all familiar with the phrase “men are from Mars and women are from Venus.” In the business world, this has had unfortunate consequences for male and female leaders.

    Male leaders were typecast as dominant competitors who played politics inside hierarchies and were great at leading with power, while female leaders were expected to understand connection and communication and lead people and teams better.

    With this lens, the business world developed a whole theory of preconceived notions and biases about what to expect from men and women leaders. And like most assumptions, these supposed differences took on a life of their own. Over time, we became experts at typecasting people and, ultimately, shackling men and women to these stereotypes.

    It’s time to put an end to this preoccupation with gender differences. It represents an old way of thinking and does a real disservice to both men and women.

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    Above all else, we choose to stay. We choose to fight the darkness and the sadness, to fight the questions and the lies and the myth of all that’s missing. We choose to stay, because we are stories still going. Because there is still some time for things to turn around, time for surprises and for change. We stay because no one else can play our part.

    - Jamie Tworkowski, “We’ll See You Tomorrow.”

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    Opening Today: The Secret Life of Urban Animals Exhibition
    Inaugural Talk: 7PM Tonight (Sept 15) at the David Sassoon Library in downtown Mumbai
    Gallery Hours: Mon-Sun, 10A-7P | September 15 - 28, 2014

    With extraordinary gratitude for the following groups and individuals for making this year possible: Fulbright-Nehru Foundation and USIEF, National Geographic Society, Sir JJ College of Architecture (Professor Mustansir Dalvi), UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (Dean Jennifer Wolch, Professor Chip Sullivan, Professor Andrew Shanken), David Sassoon Library (Staff)

    This project would not have been possible without the dedication of the following people who have been making a difference on the ground for years: Welfare of Street Dogs (Dhanashree and Abohd), Spreading Awareness on Reptiles and Rehabilitation Programme (KD, Abhijeet, Chet), Emilie Edelblutte, Mumbaikers for SGNP (Vidya Athreya,), City Forests (Krishna Tiwari), Steve Winter, Rajashree Khalap, Jenny Bhiwandiwalla and Shaila, Edna Simmons, Chandu Jadhav, Mission Rabies (ilona Otter), and many more.

    The most productive employees didn’t work full eight-hour days, and they took 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of work.

    The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day (via fastcompany)

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    The Dullest, Most Vital Skill You Need to Become a Successful Manager

    To three highly effective and successful executives, a boring, often-overlooked ability is one of the most vital skills you can have as a manager — the ability to …”


    S.H.E. Global Media founder Claudia Chan working to change the conversation from celebrity gossip to women’s empowerment.

    Claudia Chan wants to be the Richard Branson of women’s empowerment—by championing social entrepreneurship to solve global problems. “I believe it needs to be its own industry,” she says.

    And she’s taking steps to make that happen. Chan has created a media network S.H.E. Global Media Inc. She’s launched an annual women’s empowerment conference, and is working on a new project S.H.E. University that will offer classes and training to women online.

    Chan has been focusing her business efforts on women since founding Shecky’s, a “girls’ night out” events company since the early 2000s. But it wasn’t until 2010 that she started to feel something was missing. She says her career lacked purpose and it seemed everywhere she turned, women’s media was consumed with stories about beauty, fashion, celebrities, and how to have a perfect body. At events for entrepreneurs, men always filled up the room.


    At the same time, Chan started hearing more and more about women’s issues—from poverty plaguing women in the developing world to the massive underrepresentation of women leaders at Fortune 500 companies. Why weren’t more women talking about these issues?

    What if Chan could use her girls’ night out rallying skills to get women in their twenties and thirties together around issues most important to them? “How do we get women to obsess about women’s empowerment the same way they do about the Kardashians and Us Weekly?” she asked.

    Chan started interviewing women leaders, and has since amassed more than 200 interviews on her website. In June 2014, she ran the third annual S.H.E. Summit, which brought together inspiring women leaders like Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund For Women and race car driver Simona de Silvestro. “I kept meeting extraordinary women and their stories weren’t being told,” says Chan. “We can’t be what we can’t see.”

    Over the years working with women, Chan has learned to take a few key steps to help spread the message of women’s empowerment more successfully.

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    10 Signs You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur


    Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Here are 10 signs that you were born with the entrepreneurial spirit.”


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