Tweet it Like Trump: There’s no such thing as bad publicity

The mainstream media hate Donald Trump. The Financial Times recently described him as a “promoter of paranoid fantasies, a xenophobe and an ignoramus.” The New York Times has given him unflattering nicknames ranging from “Donald the Dangerous” to “The Great Betrayer.” Even J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, waded in, denouncing him as “worse than Voldemort.” How can a man so universally hated continue to win state after state in the primaries and be looking increasingly... Read more →

Wendy Davis, Ellen Pao, and Kathryn Hahn Talk Summer Jobs That Changed Their Lives

Lenny asked Wendy Davis, Ellen Pao, Kathryn Hahn and others about how they launched their careers. See below for their first job experiences! Kathryn Hahn: When I was a sophomore in high school, I volunteered to teach summer-school acting and theater to special-needs kids in Cleveland. I was incredibly intimidated: how do I talk to them? What do I know? Why would they put a 16-year-old in charge? (The last one was a valid concern.) The levels of disability were intense and humbling. As a teacher,... Read more →

The Wrong Way to Quit

There is absolutely a right way, and a wrong way to quit your job, if that is your wish. This week, on air MSNBC newscaster  Melissa Harris-Perry became a newsmaker herself, when it was learned she sent out a widely distributed email deriding and complaining about senior management for the network.  The intent of the email, I assume, was to publicly make known her seemingly reasonable frustrations. Let’s assume here for the moment, that she had every reason to be both disgruntled, and... Read more →

“But I only wanted to write” – Five Questions with Wired’s Jessi Hempel

I’m a total fanboy when it comes to great, tough reporters. Some of it stems from harboring fantasies of journalism as my “path not taken” but I also got to see the difference in skill levels from all the media covering Google/YouTube. The good ones are really good. The average ones are frustrating. Outside of the professional respect I hold for the good ones, they also have compelling personalities and backgrounds beyond the byline. Jessi Hempel and I have shared meals, hikes, drinks and... Read more →

If You Want to Tell People the Truth, Make ‘Em Laugh…

In this series, professionals describe the skills they’re building this year. Read the stories here, then write your own (use #SkillsGap in the body of your post). “If you want to tell people the truth, make ’em laugh, otherwise, they’ll kill you.” —Oscar Wilde You can get big attention via either of two approaches: say something as sensational as possible say something funny Sensationalism is easy, since news business models reward material that sells advertising,... Read more →

Don’t Get Caught Looking in the Wrong Direction

Do you ever wonder if you might miss something, even if it takes place right under your nose? The answer is: you do. All the time. It’s shocking, actually. But what can you do about it? Science House magician Prakash Puru’s workshop, How Magicians Think, will make sure that never happens to you again. It’s one of my favorite Science House events, and we’ve created an entire day around it. The collaboration started because we work with leadership teams around the world, and... Read more →

Facing a Difficult Problem at Work? Try This New Strategy

President Obama prefers to keep his work outfits limited to two color choices: gray or blue. He says it’s a deliberate tactic to reduce the number of decisions he has to make in a day. This way Obama can divert that extra mental energy towards the many other important decisions he needs to tackle on the job. But even if you’re not the president of the United States, you’re still likely to face many situations that require tough decisions on the job. When these arise during a hectic work day,... Read more →

It’s Now Easier for China’s Middle Class to Invest Overseas

For many years it has been relatively easy for the very wealthy in China to invest outside China, either through their businesses or informal channels.  However, for the new middle class, it has been much harder. While an increasing number of Chinese middle class consumers have travelled abroad, they’ve had fewer options to diversify their investments into assets outside China. In early 2016 that has changed.  Through the launch of the Mutual Recognition of Funds (MRF), several Hong Kong-based... Read more →

A Few Things Every Company Can Learn From Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: that mythical place where dreams and fortunes are made (and broken) in the tech world. It’s been an amazing confluence of geography, culture, networking and chance that have made it the tech capital of the world, and I think most people would agree they do things a little differently there. But there’s much the rest of the business world can learn from tech startups and tech giants alike that can help a business in any field work smarter and be more competitive. MVP It doesn’t... Read more →

The Truth About Best Practices and Other Corporate BS

I was just as wide-eyed and gullible as any new office bunny when I hit the business world. If somebody older than me said “This is how it’s done!” I figured “I guess this is how it’s done. That person must know more than I do, because I don’t know anything!” I didn’t question much of what I learned in the business world, even though my gut would scream “That sounds idiotic!” at me once a week or more often. I didn’t trust my instincts... Read more →
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