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- Nov 27 20162 minutes
Sucking at Stuff
Where, how, and why to play piano, bake sourdough, and learn Thai massage in spite—and because—of the fact that you’ll be very bad at it. At least at first.
- Feb 1 20132 minutes
Why Being a Workaholic Is Counterproductive
Advice from a productivity expert on how to take some time away from your smartphone.
- Oct 24 20161 minute
How Thinking Like a Kid Can Spur Creativity
IT’S COMMON FOR ADULTS TO FEEL LIKE we’re drowning in judgment—“You’re not famous enough,” “You’re not smart enough,” “You’re not thin enough.” The weight of these appraisals, from others and from ourselves, can prevent us from looking at the world a
- Feb 22 20173 minutes
The Facebook Algorithm Is Watching You
You can tell a lot about a person from how they react to something.That’s why Facebook’s various “Like” buttons are so powerful. Clicking a reaction icon isn’t just a way to register an emotional response, it’s also a way for Facebook to refine its s
- Mar 1 20141 minute
9 Ways to Become a Better Leader
From encouraging dissenting voices to showing compassion, here are tips for leading with purpose and poise.
- Mar 1 20131 minute
How to Stay Excited About Your Business
A motivational psychology expert suggests strategies to put into play once your initial enthusiasm about your startup starts to waver.
- Mar 12 20171 minute
The Weird Age of “Previvors” Is Coming
Siddhartha Mukherjee has an arresting thought experiment: What if, along with your familiar elementary-school report card, you had a genetic report card—one that read out your propensity for getting each letter grade in each subject? If you get an A
- May 26 20161 minute
Spark of Science: Robbert Dijkgraaf: The director of the Institute for Advanced Study on the wonders of his childhood attic.
Robbert Dijkgraaf will sometimes let himself drift back to his childhood attic in the Netherlands. It was there that he did some of his first physics experiments, playing with discarded binocular optics that his father kept stacked in boxes. As he ha
- Aug 1 20141 minute
Editor's Note: Design Intelligence
You design your environment, and how you do so says as much about you, your passion, commitment and leadership style as it does about your company culture.
- Nov 25 20133 minutes
For Billions of People, “Wasting Time” Makes Little Sense
Robert Levine, a social psychologist at California State University, Fresno, will always remember a conversation he had with an exchange student from Burkina Faso, in Western Africa. Levine had complained to the student that he’d wasted the morning “
- Dec 27 20168 minutes
The Best Writing Advice of 2016
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
- Feb 1 20172 minutes
Why We Buy Items We Never Wear
A CONSUMER PSYCHOLOGIST EXPLAINS THE IMPULSE TO PURCHASE—AND HOW TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL.
- Oct 1 20162 minutes
Love it or loathe it, brainstorming is a ubiquitous part of office culture. Whether it is an effective tool for generating ideas and solving problems is up for debate. And since we love a good debate, we invited 50 leaders in the design community—typ
- Apr 1 20141 minute
3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People
Unfortunately, you can't change them. But you can change the way you interact with them.
- Aug 1 20144 minutes
The Esquire Guy: Stop Using Your Phones During Meetings
It's a vulgar, panicky and needy habit.
- Aug 16 20132 minutes
Why Everyone Thinks They're Safer Than Average
It’s an odd quirk of the human mind that we tend to think we’re less likely to be affected a particular threat—be it the flu, a car accident, or a flood—than anyone else. Like the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above avera
- Dec 1 20142 minutes
If You Want to Build Good Relationships, Stop Hiding Behind Your Email
If you're working through touchy subjects, in-person is better than the inbox.
- Dec 19 20162 minutes
Not A Normal Work Trip
Writer Ayelet Waldman experiments with microdosing and becomes “weirdly productive.”
- Nov 7 20165 minutes
Read a Novel: It’s Just What the Doctor Ordered
IT’S WELL-ESTABLISHED SCIENCE THAT READING boosts vocabulary, sharpens reason and expands intellectual horizons. But the latest round of research on the benefits of literature focuses on how it improves not our IQ, but our EQ. Book lovers profess a
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Who's That Gift Really For?
Before you give, think about how thoughtful you're actually being.
- May 1 20163 minutes
Don't Pop Your Top: 5 Thoughts to Keep You Calm in an Angry Moment
Even when anger takes over your brain, your inner Hulk can stay restrained.
- Sep 1 20163 minutes
If You Work From Home, Do This Every Day
It's time to give yourself a break.
- Nov 1 20162 minutes
You’re Already Good. Here’s How to Step It Up
Fortune reviews three major releases this season that promise to help you elevate your thinking, motivation, and creativity in work and in life.
- May 1 20161 minute
How To Score And Cultivate Top Intern Talent
BE UNDERSTANDING. A startup may be everything to you, an obsessive entrepreneur, but not all interns will be on the same page, says Kerry J. Sulkowicz, founder of Boswell Group, a management consulting firm, and a professor of psychiatry at the NYU S
- Aug 1 20162 minutes
Why Dyslexia Became The Secret To My Success
Matt Keiser, founder of the digital direct-marketing firm LiveIntent, learned in kindergarten that he was dyslexic. While Keiser says it sucked during school, he now credits his condition with giving him the tools he uses every day to grow his business.
- Mar 20 20171 minute
The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We're Stuck In A Hole
When you really need something — whether it's money, food, or even time — it can be hard to focus on anything else. Researchers call this scarcity, and say it can affect many aspects of our lives.
- Nov 28 20161 minute
Think you can make it as a pro gamer? Great! Just have the nerves of an Olympic sharpshooter and reflexes 40 percent faster than the world’s quickest draw. A Sport Science investigation.
- Jul 31 20132 minutes
Far From Home Is Where the Heart Is
It doesn’t take advanced technology to prove that we live relatively circumscribed lives. Like tiny planets, we process along a certain orbit, from home, the office, the grocery store, the kids’ school, and back home again, except for the occasional
- Mar 25 20174 minutes
Escaping Office Ennui Through Painful Exercise
A study explores how Tough Mudders allow the “cognitariat” a break from the tedium of sedentary work
- Feb 9 20172 minutes
People Are Finding It Hard to Focus on Work Right Now
A survey finds that nearly a third of people say they have been less productive since the election.