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Six hands are clasped in friendship - all white | iStock/andresr
September 15, 2016

Why Are Law Firms Failing on Diversity?

A new study finds that the trend toward external hiring may be partly to blame.


A student in front of her computer | iStock/Rene Mansi
September 19, 2016

The Power of Realistic Expectations

Research shows a way to close a key achievement gap.


Kids getting into a car | iStock/kate_sept2004
September 13, 2016

Pushing Past the Naysayers

When the cofounder of a ride service for kids kept hearing no, she channeled her unbreakable grandma.


Kobe the miniature poodle recently groomed and dyed bright yellow. Like Big Bird. | Reuters/Mike Blake
September 2, 2016

Which Will Get You Further: Fitting In or Standing Out?

The most successful employees do a bit of both, striking a balance between integration and nonconformity.


Entrepreneurs work at their computer laptops at the so-called "incubator" of French high-tech start-ups "Numa" in Paris, France. | REUTERS/Charles Platiau
September 20, 2016

Lean Startup and Design Thinking: Getting the Best Out of Both

How to create a customer-centric venture.


illustration of two people talking through huge face masks |iStock/dane_mark
September 9, 2016

Riding the Feedback Loop to Authentic Self-Expression

How the lessons of improv theater help business leaders become their true, powerful selves.


A bright tee shirt full wiki words and edits. | Original image courtesy flickr/mikeedesign. Modified by Tricia Seibold.
August 22, 2016

For Wikipedia’s Army of Volunteer Editors, Content Begets Content

A new study quantifies the “cumulative growth effect” in online content production platforms.


Stanford GSB student presenting in class | Elena Zhukova
September 7, 2016

When Students Teach Students, the Benefits Compound

A new study measures the value of grad-student instructors in the context of academic “production.”

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September 16, 2015

Ai Chloe Chien: “I Never Wanted to Be an Entrepreneur”

Company founder targets diseases through cooking schools.
September 15, 2015

Is Affordable Housing Good for the Neighborhood?

Research shows these buildings impact home prices and diversity.
September 11, 2015

How to Know When It is Time to Switch to Plan B

Novice entrepreneurs often make the mistake of sticking with a business plan for too long.
September 10, 2015

Lindred Greer: Great Leaders Understand the Fundamentals

Managers are often chosen for reasons other than competence.
September 9, 2015

Jeffrey Pfeffer: Why the Leadership Industry Has Failed

Advice given to leaders is too often based on the ideal world, not reality.
September 8, 2015

Adina Sterling: What Your New Co-Workers Know About You Matters

First impressions follow new hires into their tenure at a job.
September 3, 2015

How to Handle Audience Skepticism

Anyone with a novel idea, from an entrepreneur to a product marketer, should know how to handle a suspicious audience.
September 2, 2015

How to Make Government Work More Attractive

Vetor Brasil matches leaders with opportunities in the public sector.
September 1, 2015

Brian Helmick: Tips for Creating a Profitable Startup

If you’re not ready to be uncomfortable, you’re not ready to be an entrepreneur.
August 27, 2015

What Our Digital Footprint Says About Us

A Stanford scholar says social media reveals your most intimate personality traits.