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How to Become a Better Leader

Good leaders make their work look easy. But the reality is that most have had to work hard on themselves — by managing or compensating for potentially career-limiting traits. To grow as an executive, you need to recognize and manage your strongest tendencies.

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The Power of Being Part of Something Bigger

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“Leaders in many jobs and activities try to make participants feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves, with the idea that it can motivate them to work harder,” notes the Boston Globe, in an item in its weekly “Ideas” section.

Now new research by Gregory M.

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Travel, Crowds, or Refs: What Creates Home Team Advantage?

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In sports, where does home team advantage come from?

New research has found that teams do better playing at home courts surrounded by fans not because the athletes are more energetic, not because opponents are intimidated by crowds, and not because travel takes something out of the visiting team.

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What Increases the Odds of Happiness

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What types of people are more likely to be happy?

A new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper called "International Happiness," by economists David G. Blanchflower of Dartmouth College in the U.S. and Andrew J. Oswald  of the University of Warwick in England, offers some insights.

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“Madness of Crowds” or “Wisdom of Groups”?

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Last October, my colleague Martha Mangelsdorf wrote a blog post about a report published in Science on the collective intelligence that emerges when groups work together.

Co-authored by MIT’s Thomas W. Malone, Alexander Pentland, and Nada Hashmi, along with Anita Williams Woolley of Carnegie-Mellon and Christopher F.

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The Neurological and Creative Toll of Digital Overload

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If you’re like a lot of people, during your work day you might check 40 websites. You could be switching between programs such as Word and Excel and your email application 36 times an hour.

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Rethinking Management

Most executives spend a reasonable amount of time thinking about the business model for their organization. But how much time do they spend considering the company’s management model? In his book “Reinventing Management,” Julian Birkinshaw urges businesspeople to give more thought to management models. In a Q&A, Birkinshaw explains why management has been “corrupted” over the last 100 years, and what should change.

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Chip Heath on Making Change Easier

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We all know change is hard -- and so people resist it. Right?

Well, maybe not always. Chip Heath, a professor at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, gave an insightful presentation on that theme earlier this month at the World Innovation Forum conference in New York.

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