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    What makes someone a compelling and convincing leader? We asked  Nick Marsh, managing director of Harvey Nash Executive Search Asia Pacific, for some insight:

    3. Bolster your communication skills. One of the most critical elements of executive presence is your ability to communicate your ideas, especially through public speaking. “Find your individual style by working on your content and delivery,” Marsh says. “You can work on listening, maintaining composure and reacting quickly.” Practice your body language and eye contact, so you become comfortable in front of a group.

    Via “The X Factor: 5 Ways to Boost Your Executive Presence

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    CEO of Sonoma Creamery John Crean (MBA ‘92) discusses how to build a great business:


    "I am a strong believer in the domino effect that positive energy can have on people, and how the simplest acts of kindness can have such a huge impact on someone’s day, week, month, or life." –Khalid Al Ameri (MBA ‘14) #gsbinthemoment

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    Harvard Business Review

    As musicians, we know we should be networking – but what is the best way to network? According to Harvard Business Review, top executives have “diverse but select networks made up of high-quality relationships with people who come from several different spheres and from up and down the…


    How to Defuse Difficult People

    1. Shift the attention
    2. Respond with a non-judgemental observation
    3. Ask a thoughtful question

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    (via Defuse Difficult People - Management Tip of the Day - February 14, 2013 - Harvard Business Review)


    I just read an excellent article in the Harvard Business Review arguing what has long been obvious to me: productivity is not equal to hours spent sitting in a chair.

    It’s not just the number of hours we sit at a desk in that determines the value we generate. It’s the energy we bring to the…

    A complex adaptive system has three characteristics. The first is that the system consists of a number of heterogeneous agents, and each of those agents makes decisions about how to behave. The most important dimension here is that those decisions will evolve over time. The second…

    If you can’t present your ideas to at least a modestly larger audience, then it’s not going to do you very much good. Einstein supposedly said that I don’t trust any physics theory that can’t be explained to a 10-year-old. A lot of times the intuitions behind things aren’t really all that complicated.

    Nate Silver in a Q&A with Harvard Business Review on how to get into data science as a newbie (student, professional, or otherwise). (via futurejournalismproject)


    Do you ever get the feeling, we’re getting too much of stuff we don’t need, and not enough of what we do? here is a really clever list from the Harvard business review on how to address that balance.


    What do you pursue? In the spring issue of Stanford Business magazine, we explore the theme of “pursuits,” from ways to lead a meaningful life to tips for financing a startup. Read it online now → and leave us any feedback in the comments below.

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    A sports drink manufacturer plans to deposit a time capsule, containing its product, on the moon. Joshua Hunt explores decreased government funding and interest in space technology, and how marketers are picking up the slack:

    Photograph: Pocari Sweat/Space Films.


    Lost In Life?

    People who took an indirect path to success


    The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Color

    Neuroscientist Bevil Conway believes scientists can learn a lot from examining the strategies artists use to clarify color. “The best access we have of what color is and what it does to us is by studying the work of people who have studied it obsessively. Matisse is one of those people,” he says. “I think it’s extremely valuable, and there’s been very limited work treating that corpus as the sort of scientific evidence that it will turn out to be.”

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