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Pressing Pause: A Personal Professional Announcement

Erika Rottenberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Erika Rottenberg

Reality is more imaginative than my imagination. This sums up nearly every aspect of my almost six great years as LinkedIn's GC. In August, I will be "pressing pause" and stepping down as LinkedIn's General Counsel.

Tiny Kindnesses: A Secret Of "Thriving" Successes

Shane Snow | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Shane Snow

As we have started thinking more and more about the little things we can do to give our customers delightful experiences, I've started documenting the tiny kindnesses I've observed in business I've patronized lately. Here are a few of my favorite little niceties of late.

Performance and Humanity: The Good Boss's Balancing Act

Robert Sutton | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Robert Sutton

Bosses ought to be judged by what they and their people get done and how their followers feel along the way. The best bosses balance performance and humanity, getting things done in ways that enhance rather than destroy dignity and pride.

How to Overcome the Fear of "Putting Yourself Out There"

Susan Cain | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Cain

In honor of Arianna Huffington's marvelous book THRIVE, I want to write about a very specific aspect of well-being: freedom from fear of sharing one's ideas.

Manufacturing Workplace Bliss

Dan Buettner | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Dan Buettner

This year, 116,000 Americans will spend an average of 42 hours per week at work. For most of us, that's most of our waking life. Yet, according to Gallup 13% of US workers feel engaged by their jobs.

How to Thrive

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Arianna Huffington has nailed it. We Thrive when we move from a place of wonder and generosity. We Thrive when we are used for good. It is not always easy, and rarely connected to a more facile quest for "happiness." To Thrive, really, is to be grounded in a state of grace.

Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing

Barry Schwartz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Barry Schwartz

Virtually all human beings, I believe, have the capacity for practical wisdom. And a society in which people thrive will be a society that nurtures practical wisdom and then allows people to deploy it.

Want Success Today?

Barbara L. Fredrickson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara L. Fredrickson

To secure the success of well-being today, the first step is to shift your activities and habits of mind. Fortunately, this requires no money and hardly any time.

A Consumer's Guide to the Science of Happiness

Robert 'Reb' Rebele | Posted 05.27.2014 | Science
Robert 'Reb' Rebele

By becoming more informed and more discerning consumers of research, we might be able to help not only ourselves, but perhaps all of those engaged with life's big questions.

The Red Carpet Syndrome

Einat Wilf | Posted 05.26.2014 | Entertainment
Einat Wilf

The Red Carpet Syndrome is the sense of entitlement that comes not from wealth or lineage, but of merit. Yes, even merit can lead to entitlement.

The Third Metric: My New Rule for Success

Sallie Krawcheck | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Sallie Krawcheck

Today, I can easily see what I lost on leaving the bank: I no longer have access to the private jet or the car and driver or the big office. In return: I don't work any less hard than I used to, but I have the freedom to set my own schedule.

On Giving Thanks: Notes on Arianna Huffington's New Book - Thrive

Ray Chambers | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Ray Chambers

I couldn't agree more with my friend Arianna Huffington's insight that giving is one of the foundations for building a rich life. I can confidently say that none of the material things I have acquired through my fortunate business career has been as meaningful as the acts of giving that I have been able to be part of.

The Third Metric and Nerd Values

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.26.2014 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Here are a few words from a nerdy perspective, which I live by to the best of my ability. One needs the finances to live comfortably, and to help friends and family do that, but seriously, know when enough is enough.

The Best Gift in the Universe

Brad Meltzer | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Meltzer

Been looking for a good gift lately? Some people like cash. Some people prefer a personal, more thoughtful present. But let me challenge you a moment. Instead of letting your next gift be something that you can buy, think about giving something far more potent: A thank-you.

How Do You Help Employees Thrive? Just Ask.

Dave Goldberg | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Dave Goldberg

Hemingway had it mostly right: "When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." I'd actually take it a step further: most people never ask.

"The Overwhelmed Employee" - Business Leaders Must Act

Josh Bersin | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Josh Bersin

People want to work for organizations they believe in. The days of the hard-nosed, profit-obsessed CEO are coming to an end. While most companies expect people to work hard, CEOs now realize that it's the "soul" of the business that really inspires people to contribute.

How to Create a Culture of Giving

Neil Blumenthal | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Neil Blumenthal

The most reliable way to encourage behavior is to make it habitual. We're lucky enough to attract employees who put stock in giving, and we see it as a responsibility to support and further that value.

Supervising Your Brain

AJ Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2014 | GPS for the Soul
AJ Jacobs

Who should supervise my brain? Since I'd rather not have an NSA-implanted chip monitoring my thoughts, I have to monitor my thoughts myself. I have appointed myself my brain's babysitter.

Wonderful Versus Wonder-Free Companies

Jonathan Haidt | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Jonathan Haidt

Should leaders who want to create high-performing companies try to foster feelings of wonder in their employees? The evidence suggests that the answer is yes.

Calling All Leaders: Feed and Water Yourself

Nancy F. Koehn | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Nancy F. Koehn

Once we step outside the framework of what previously constituted our work and realize that very little can get done well if leaders are misfiring because they don't have enough gas, we can redefine (and reprioritize) our work.

Five Ways to Nurture Talent (Without Being a Psycho Parent)

Daniel Coyle | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Daniel Coyle

'I love to watch you play.' That's it. Six words that are the essence of parental wisdom. Because they reframe your relationship; they nudge you away from being the ferry driver and the planner and toward something simpler and wiser: a parent.

Finding Wisdom Without a Wake-up Call

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Without a wake-up call, the whole point of the world's wisdom traditions is missed. This comes down to one overriding truth: the spiritual life is the best life one can live.

The Three Biggest Myths About Giving, and How to Become Productively Generous

Adam Grant | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Adam Grant

Although many people give at their own expense, there's a group of people who are productively generous. How do they do give without compromising their well-being and falling short on traditional notions of success? They reject three myths about giving.

Thriving With My Birds

Anne-Marie Slaughter | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Anne-Marie Slaughter

The moments I spend enjoying my birdss -- and yes, talking to them, to my teenage sons' eternal mortification -- are moments out of time, the moments that Arianna Huffington tells us to create and treasure if we hope to thrive.

Making Room for Wonder in Children's Lives

Annie Murphy Paul | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Annie Murphy Paul

Right now, parents and teachers expend a lot of energy getting kids to pay attention, concentrate, and focus on the task in front of them. What we adults don't do is teach children the value of the more diffuse mental activity that characterizes our inner lives: wondering, remembering, reflecting.