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Managers should embrace 'co-creation' — here's what that means and why it's the best method for workers

Management is over and there's no going back.Getty Images Co-creation is the future, and there's no going back. Current leaders shouldn't be worried — an empowered team increases the effectiveness of leadership. Co-creation doesn't get rid of CEOs. Instead, view leading as a verb and not a noun.  It's time for business, political, and organizational leaders to give up on "management."Workers today don't want to be managed, even benevolently. They want to be partners in...
Tags: Google, Opinion, Trends, Strategy, Management, Collaboration, Michael Solomon, Nordic, Solomon, Contributor, David Weitzner, Contributor 2019, Original Contributor, Getty Images Co, Contributor 2021, Business News Contributor


7 books that can help improve a toxic company culture

If you feel your time isn't respected at work, try reading one of these books.Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images A toxic work culture seems daunting, but employees and managers can improve it with the right tools. If you have an overbearing boss or are struggling with inclusivity, the following books can help. These seven picks outline the importance of allyship, cultural awareness, and innovative leadership. Whether you're back in the office or working from home, a toxic company cul...
Tags: Productivity, Books, Advice, Trends, Strategy, Reading, Career Advice, Nordic, Clive Lewis, Book Recommendations, Contributor, David Brendel, Work Culture, Melinda Briana Epler, Insider Inc, Toxic Workplace


A psychologist shares what she learned working with some of the wealthiest kids in the US

All kids, but especially affluent kids, experience over-scheduling, Grossberg said.Marko Geber/Getty Images Grossberg is a psychologist who's taught in private schools in Boston and New York.  She says affluent children face unique problems and often have emotional issues.  She also says that many kids lack time for "idea flow," or relaxed and creative thinking.  Blythe Grossberg has a doctoral degree in psychology, worked for many years at private schools in Boston and New York, and has ...
Tags: New York, Education, Parenting, Children, Boston, US, Trends, Teaching, Manhattan, One Percent, Columbia, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Nordic, Wealthy, Brooklyn Heights, Suniya Luthar


What leaders can learn from Shopify founder Tobias Lütke, who turned his side hustle into a platform powering more than 1 million businesses

Tobias Lütke thinks of trust like a battery. It starts at 50% when he meets someone, and then every interaction charges or depletes the battery a little bit.Lucas Jackson/Reuters; Marianne Ayala/Insider Tobi Lütke created Shopify after businesses became interested in the infrastructure of his site.  He uses a "fly on the wall" technique to learn, piecing bits of information together like a puzzle.  He deconstructs his decisions to see the assumptions he made to better understand his choice.  ...
Tags: Amazon, Elon Musk, Leadership, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Careers, Trends, Canada, Snowboarding, Shopify, Nordic, Tobi Lutke, Starting A Business, Contributor, Business Advice, Polina


Former PepsiCO CEO Indra Nooyi on her childhood in India and how family support helped her career rise

Indra Nooyi says she would have been allowed more leeway to celebrate her work achievements if she was a man.Getty Images In Indra Nooyi's new book, she discusses her upbringing in India and road to PepsiCo CEO. She says her family strongly encouraged and inspired her career aspirations. Nooyi says elevating "family" to the global business conversation will help support gender equality. Indra K. Nooyi served as CEO and chairman of PepsiCo from 2006 to 2019. She was the chief architect of ...
Tags: Work, India, US, Trends, Strategy, United States, Yale, Connecticut, Gender Equality, Pepsico, Career Advice, Nordic, Indra Nooyi, US State Department, Nooyi, Indra


It's a job seeker's market out there — here are 4 hiring trends applicants should know

Employers are increasingly flexible about remote work and relocation requests.Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images One silver lining of the pandemic is that it's created a job seeker's market. Into the new year, job applicants will have more power to negotiate for desired work benefits. Know that shiny perks don't always equal a positive work culture, so tread carefully and ask questions. We're right in the middle of what's been called "The Great Resignation," with a record number o...
Tags: Work, Jobs, Advice, Trends, Strategy, United States, Job Search, Nordic, Augustine, Contributor, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Job Advice, Amanda Augustine, New York City Los Angeles Chicago San Francisco, Lindsay Tigar, Klaus Vedfelt Getty


I had a fast-food pizza at Pazzi, a fully robotic pizzeria. This is what it was like.

Customers at Pazzi can watch robotic arms prepare their pizza.Courtesy of Pazzi Pazzi in Paris bills itself as the first pizza restaurant staffed only by robots. James Ware placed his order, then watched robotic arms make and deliver his order. One "sprinkled toppings before another arm smoothly put its doughy creation into the oven," he said. Pazzi bills itself as the first fully robotic pizza restaurant.It may seem like an unlikely new phase of automation, but its CEO, Philippe Goldman, tol...
Tags: Pizza, Trends, Paris, Robots, Retail, Contributor, Pazzi, James Ware, Beaubourg, Contributor 2019, Weekend BI UK, Contributor 2020, Freelancer UK, Automated Fast Food, Contributor 2021, Courtesy of Pazzi Pazzi


Decades of marketing are the real reason we eat turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie every year

Initially, turkey competed with other meats, like duck and goose, for centerpiece at the Thanksgiving table.skynesher/Getty Images Over many years, ads have shaped what we consider the quintessential Thanksgiving meal. Turkey wasn't always the bird of choice, and pumpkin pie wasn't considered a staple.  As brands pushed to make their products holiday must-haves, some didn't stick — like Welch's grape juice or Diamond's walnuts. I have always been intrigued by Thanksgiving ...
Tags: Thanksgiving, Holidays, China, Advertising, Marketing, US, Trends, Turkey, Retail, Smith, Caribbean, Nordic, Borden, Libby, Hale, Welch


Employer-led initiatives can encourage workers to exercise more regularly — here's why it matters

Workplace fitness facilities are most often only available to white-collar workers.Drazen_/Getty Images Regular exercise is important for overall good health, but most workers aren't getting enough.  Often, workplace fitness facilities are only available to white-collar, high-income earners. Employers can help by encouraging walking breaks, allowing time off, and organizing physical team activities.  We know regular exercise is really good for health, but even with the best of intention...
Tags: Health, Trends, Strategy, Canada, United States, World Health Organization, Exercise, Nordic, Working Conditions, Contributor, Drazen, The Conversation, Contributor 2021, Institute for Work Health, Institute for Work and Health, Total Worker Health


I'm a TV chef with my own London restaurant. Here's how beating thousands to win competition led to a dramatic career change at 30.

Ravinder Bhogal at her restaurant.Rahil Ahme Ravinder Bhogal, 42, co-owns Jikoni, a restaurant in London's upmarket Marylebone neighborhood. In 2007, she beat 9,000 others to win a competition on Gordon Ramsay's TV show, "The F Word." Bhogal worked as a beauty writer until she switched careers after the win. This as-told-to article is based on a conversation with Ravinder Bhogal, a 42-year-old chef and author from London. It has been edited for length and clarity.My journey to becomin...
Tags: UK, England, Cook, London, India, Careers, Trends, National Health Service, Kenya, Michelin, Gordon Ramsay, Essay, Cookbook, Anna Hansen, Jay Rayner, Marylebone


I'm a TV chef with my own London restaurant. Here's how beating thousands to win a competition led to a dramatic career change at 30.

Ravinder Bhogal at her restaurant.Rahil Ahme Ravinder Bhogal, 42, co-owns Jikoni, a restaurant in London's upmarket Marylebone neighborhood. In 2007, she beat 9,000 others to win a competition on Gordon Ramsay's TV show, "The F Word." Bhogal worked as a beauty writer until she switched careers after the win. This as-told-to article is based on a conversation with Ravinder Bhogal, a 42-year-old chef and author from London. It has been edited for length and clarity.My journey to becomin...
Tags: UK, England, Cook, London, India, Careers, Trends, National Health Service, Kenya, Michelin, Gordon Ramsay, Essay, Cookbook, Anna Hansen, Jay Rayner, Marylebone


Solving overwork and burnout is going to take a lot more than 'right to disconnect' laws

Some people use separate work devices to try to regulate their work-life balance.Maskot/Getty Images Remote work demands can make it harder for professionals to fully log off at the end of a workday.  'Right to disconnect' laws don't always help because they aren't easily enforceable in every industries. Instead of relying on legislation, Akanbi says a cultural shift is needed to grant workers more autonomy. In 1998, an ambulance driver in France failed to answer his employer&...
Tags: Technology, Opinion, France, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Legislation, Ireland, Volkswagen, Daimler, Ontario, Nordic, Italy Spain, Contributor, Arlie Hochschild, The Conversation


The affordable housing crisis has gotten worse — here's why just building more homes isn't the solution

The pandemic has made the affordable housing crisis a lot worse, in part by increasing the rate of evictions.Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images The housing affordability problem is pervasive in the US, and COVID-19 made it much worse. The problem isn't a lack of housing; even basic housing units are often unaffordable for those with low incomes. The solution: Cover the difference between what renters can afford and the actual cost of the housing. Even before 2020, the US faced an acute ...
Tags: Real Estate, New York, Housing, Opinion, White House, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Housing Crisis, Cleveland, Memphis, Nordic, Housing Affordability, Alex Schwartz, Contributor


Glow-in-the-dark materials can help cities stay cooler and use less electricity — here's how they work

If a path was painted with paint that glows all night, light energy would decrease by 27%, a simulation report showed.John Coletti/Getty Images Luminescent materials are used for emergency lighting and street markings around the world. They help keep cities cool by re-emitting light that would otherwise be converted into heat.  As these glow-in-the-dark materials are improved, they can be used for more energy efficient cities.  Around the year 1603, Italian shoemaker and amateur alchemist Vin...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Science, Opinion, Environment, Trends, Electricity, Glow In The Dark, Arizona State University, Bologna, Environmental Science, Nordic, Berkeley California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Contributor, Knowable Magazine


NASA's Perseverance rover could find 'false fossils' on Mars, scientists warn

A rock core is visible inside the Perseverance rover's sample tube, on September 1, 2021.NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU NASA's Perseverance rover is searching for signs of ancient microbial life on Mars. NASA should watch out for deceptive "pseudofossils," scientists warn in a new paper. Some non-biological processes can make structures that look like fossils of microscopic organisms. When looking for signs of life on Mars, we need to look out for "false fossils" that may be abundant on the red...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Alien Life, University of Oxford, Mars, Fossils, University of Edinburgh, Michelle Starr, McMahon, Sean McMahon, NASA JPL Caltech, Contributor


Meta's chief business officer describes overcoming her initial reluctance to work at Facebook — and what changed her mind

Marne Levine in 2018, when she was the COO of Instagram.Getty Images Marne Levine is the chief business officer of Meta, formerly Facebook. She told a virtual classroom she initially didn't want to work there when first approached in 2010. She described how she realized there were other areas where she "was going to add value right away." People should be "open and imaginative" when considering pivoting to new industries, Meta's chief business officer said as she described her initial...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Careers, Trends, Tech, Harvard University, Treasury, Meta, Career Advice, Career Change, Sheryl Sandberg, Treasury Department, Levine, Case Western Reserve University, Marne Levine, Sandberg


6 tips for planning a fun virtual goodbye party for a coworker

Personalizing a virtual goodbye party to the individual will make the event will make it less awkward and more memorable.Morsa Images/Getty Images If you're planning a virtual goodbye party for a coworker, keep the festivities short and sweet. The party should be joyful, optional, and celebratory, not aloof, mandatory, or impersonal. Ask attendees to share their favorite memory or something they appreciate about the coworker who's leaving. Last month, after four and a half years, I sa...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Party, Work Party, Coworkers, Goodbye, Zoom, Nordic, Contributor, The Muse, Goodbye Party, Contributor 2021, Ximena Vengoechea


Strong decision-making skills will give you a leg up in the job search — here's how to show them off

Decision-making skills will not only help you thrive at work, but navigate your career in a meaningful way.Kathrin Ziegler/Getty Images Decision-making skills are crucial in all phases of your career, from interviewing to managing. When making a decision, define the problem and then assess the costs and benefits to find an ideal solution. Show off your decision-making skills in the job search by demonstrating them in your résumé, cover letter, and interview. Whether you're a first-time i...
Tags: Productivity, Resume, Time, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Nordic, Don, Debbie, Decision-making, Contributor, Time Management Tips, The Muse, Leah Campbell, LinkedIn Learning, Kathrin Ziegler Getty


3 ways to keep your business on track to reach its long-term goals

To make sure you're all working towards the same goals, have each department break down goals into actionable steps.Thomas Barwick/Getty Images It's easy for businesses to lose track of long-term goals during busy day-to-day work.  Making specific goals, such as 'to grow by 25% a year' instead of just 'to grow,' can help.   Ensure each employee and department understands their role in helping to meet company-wide goals.  As a business owner, you likely have several lar...
Tags: Leadership, Goals, Trends, Strategy, Management, Nordic, Inc, Contributor, Inc.com, Business Advice, David Finkel, Thomas Barwick Getty, Contributor 2021


3 ways to lead with transparency and tackle underperformance at work

To best boost clarity in the office, establish connectivity amongst employees.10'000 Hours/Getty Images No amount of collaboration will improve performance if a workplace is unorganized and dysfunctional.  Clarity should be a guiding factor for leaders to get their team on the same page. Encourage efficiency and show employees how their work contributes to larger company goals. Over the past two decades, the time that managers and employees spend in collaborative activities has skyrockete...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Productive, Burnout, Rob, Clarity, Asana, Nordic, Don, Babson College, Employee Communications, Contributor, Inc.com, Productivity and Business Processes, Contributor 2021, Rebecca Hinds


I lost my work at 64 and became a low-paid delivery driver. It made me realize our unrealistic expectations are why we call it a supply chain 'crisis.'

Richard Tierney working as a delivery driver. Courtesy of Richard Tierney Richard Tierney, 66, lost all his work in events when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year. Needing money, he became a low-paid supermarket delivery driver. This is what he learned about the supply-chain crisis that developed during the pandemic. When the UK entered its first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, all my work creating content for events and coaching speakers stopped overnight.I needed to replace the cash f...
Tags: UK, England, Careers, Trends, Tesco, Britain, Supermarket, Essay, Brexit, Cotswolds, First Person, Contributor, COVID, Contributor 2019, Contributor 2020, Freelancer UK


Remote work makes it easy to slip under the radar - here are 5 ways to identify future leaders in your company

Top performers don't wait to be asked; they get things started and involve others. Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images It can be difficult to both identify and demonstrate top performance in a remote workplace. Leaders should look out for employees who go above and beyond and volunteer without being asked. Top performers also see change as a positive opportunity to learn and prove themselves. In my role as a business adviser, I'm hearing more and more about workers who seem to be d...
Tags: Productivity, Trends, Strategy, Remote Work, Nordic, Don, Inc, Liz Wiseman, Contributor, Martin Zwilling, Leadership Advice, Top Performer, Contributor 2021


'Microsteps' are the secret to keeping up with your busy morning routine - here's how they work

Starting with a morning routine that you care less about can lead to positive changes and will help build new habits. MoMo Productions/Getty Images For morning routines to be successful, they have to be consistent. The best way to add change to your routine is to do so slowly and progressively. Removing the pressure to have a perfect routine can also help healthy habits adapt naturally. I recently wrote an article about Google CEO Sundar Pichai's morning routine. For dévotées of AM ri...
Tags: Google, Arianna Huffington, Habits, Trends, Strategy, Atlantic, Exercise, Duke, Sundar Pichai, Stanford University, Pichai, Nordic, Contributor, Inc.com, Daily Routine, Morning Routines


Shake Shack restaurateur Danny Meyer on why having an appetite for risk is good for business

Meyer looks for hires with strong emotional skills. For him, that is more important than technical skills. Scott McDermott Danny Meyer is a restaurateur and creator of eateries like Shake Shack and Gramercy Tavern. Even when facing short-term chaos, he says business owners should focus on long-term survival. You have to go outside your comfort zone and be willing to make mistakes to be successful, says Meyer. Danny Meyer is no stranger to crisis.The first crisis Meyer experienced as a rest...
Tags: Japan, Leadership, China, New York City, US, Trends, Strategy, Management, Rome, Restaurant, Italy, Shanghai, Meyer, Hospitality, Nordic, Danny Meyer


I used alcohol to cope with running a multimillion-dollar startup at 21. After getting the drunkest I've ever been at a work event, I resolved to get sober.

Dom McGregor, 28, is now five years sober. He stepped back from his role as Social Chain's COO in 2019. Dom McGregor Dom McGregor dropped out of university to cofound Social Chain, an agency now worth $650 million. He increasingly turned to alcohol while navigating the highs and lows of startup life in his 20s. He decided to get sober after getting so drunk at a work event that his cofounder had to intervene. This as-told-to article is based on a conversation with Dominic McGregor, a 2...
Tags: New York, London, Careers, Trends, Stress, Thailand, Brazil, Addiction, Start-up, Alcohol Abuse, Steve, Founder, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Contributor, London San Francisco, Scaling a business


I sell luxury watches for tens of thousands - one even went for $7.6 million. Here's how I built a business doing it.

Silas Walton, the CEO of A Collected Man, sold a Philippe Dufour watch for $7.63 million in August. Silas Walton Silas Walton struggled to sell his watch as a student when he was strapped for cash. It gave him the idea for A Collected Man, which sells high-end watches on their owners' behalf. The online reseller now has an eight-figure turnover and recently sold one watch for $7.6 million. This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Silas Walton, a 34-year-old own...
Tags: London, Instagram, Careers, Trends, Luxury, Luxury Watches, Harrods, Swiss Alps, Contributor, Luxury Watch, As Told To, Philippe Dufour, Contributor 2019, Contributor 2020, Freelancer UK, Contributor 2021


3 mantras to help you rebound and refocus after a bad day at work

To rebound against having a bad day at work, focus on progress rather than perfection. Maskot/Getty Images Anyone can experience a bad day at work, even if you enjoy your job and the people you work with. To move forward after a bad day, try to make steady progress instead of aiming for perfection. Focus your energy on what you can control and change instead of what you can't. Even if you're passionate about your job, get energy from the people you work with, and believe in your co...
Tags: Workplace, Australia, Trends, Strategy, Sam, Progress, Nordic, Alexander, Work Advice, David Allen, MANTRAS, Contributor, Inc.com, Katie Burke, Bad Days, Contributor 2021


How evolutionary science can predict which family businesses will be successful

In the US, family businesses account for over 50% of GDP. Peathegee Inc/Getty Images Family businesses often have trouble transitioning from one generation of owners to the next. Researchers say greater harmony between family members can predict a more successful business. They also say businesses with a greater proportion of maternal relatives will have less conflict. There has long been disagreement regarding whether family businesses have advantages over non-family businesses. While ...
Tags: Small Business, Opinion, US, Trends, Strategy, Management, Evolution, Family Business, Nordic, Zajac, Nair, Katie Gilbert, Kellogg School of Management, Contributor, Small Business Owner, Kellogg Insight


The negative or positive tone of political ads can have a very specific impact on voters, new research shows

New research from the Kellogg School shows that positive ads can increase overall voter turnout. AP Photo/Alex Brandon The tone of campaign ads have a major influence on voter turnout and choices, according to new research. While positive ads can stimulate a larger turnout, negative ads have a bigger effect on how people vote. Marketing professor Brett Gordon says in close races, running more positive ads can make a key difference. During presidential election campaigns, voters in battlegr...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Voting, Opinion, Trends, Wisconsin, Ohio, Nice, John Kerry, Gore, Nordic, Bush, Campaign Ads, Gordon, Northeastern University, Al Gore


3 tips for new managers to lead successfully without prior experience

If there's a relationship issue, such as people blaming each other, it's up to the manager to find middle ground. fizkes/Getty Images Newly-appointed managers may feel lacking in leadership experience and training. It's up to managers to get to know their reportees individually as well as establish clear team goals. A manager should also regularly give and receive feedback to keep everyone on the same page. Making the leap from individual contributor to manager can be fraugh...
Tags: Leadership, Trends, Strategy, Management, Tips, Leader, King, Nordic, Steve King, Kellogg, Contributor, Hewitt Associates, Susan Margolin, Kellog School of Management, Contributor 2021, Kellog Insight