A man walks into a pizza shop with an assault rifle, fires it, and points it at an employee. This isn’t the start of a joke. It’s what happened in Washington, D.C., in early December. A scruffy young conspiracy theorist had come to Comet Ping Pong Pizza brandishing and firing a gun in search of a purported child sex trafficking ring tied to prominent liberal politicians supposedly run out of one of its backrooms. advertisement advertisement It’s not clear who gave birth to “pizzagate,” which cropped up shortly after WikiLeaks released John Podesta’s hacked emails. But much of the theory’s fleshing out happened on the social news aggregation site Reddit through a group of pseudonymous Donald Trump supporters on one of the many subreddits where conspiracy theories and far worse things sometimes flourish. When CEO Steve Huffman eventually banned r/pizzagate from the site in an effort to prevent online … [Read more...] about Will Reddit Ever Grow Up?
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In 2012, I founded Hipower, a nonprofit community network for female executives. Each Hipower member spends 12 months in a series of workshops with coaches, brand experts, organizational development consultants, and storytellers to answer the question “What do you want to be known for?” advertisement advertisement In that first year, we selected 10 women. The program was intense, and we got to know each other acutely over the year. We started as a group of strangers and ended with such a strong feeling of trust, togetherness, and commitment that has lasted through the seven years since. As the program became more popular, we increased the size of our cohort to 15 and then 18 participants. The year we hit 18, we crossed some line that changed the group dynamic in ways I hadn’t expected. Personal attention suffered. Camaraderie wasn’t as intense. Members seemed more hesitant to push themselves and think big. Hipower programs are now capped at a maximum … [Read more...] about This is the precise number of people to put on a team to maximize productivity
The Ray and Maria Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an outlandish cartoon village in listing brick and scrolling aluminum, with a Möbius-strip main corridor inside. An italic-angled entrance, shaped like the cutting edge itself, ushers visitors off the drab Cambridge street. But then you see it, tha t universal symbol of malfunction: an orange mechanical lift. advertisement advertisement Yes, MIT, the very apogee of tech sophistication, seems to have bought itself a bright-yellow lemon. The showstopper home for its computer-science, linguistics, and philosophy departments cost $300 million to build ($200 million more than initial estimates) and opened in 2004 (four years behind schedule). And now the school has turned to the courts to express its buyer’s remorse. A lawsuit filed in October against both the construction firm and the architect alleges “design and construction failures,” negligence, and breach of contract, which … [Read more...] about Lost in the Funhouse
In the early 16th century, Niccolo Machiavelli famously wrote, “It is better to be feared than loved if you cannot be both.” If we look at modern-day leaders, this seems to corroborate Machiavelli’s observation. Fear can be an effective mobilization tool in the short-term. But research suggests that leading with fear is, at best, a shortsighted business strategy. advertisement advertisement Here are the three reasons why leading with fear will fail to bring out the best your team has to offer. 1. Fear stifles employee initiative and creativity Striking fear into the hearts of your employees taps into some of their oldest survival mechanisms. As researchers from Penn State, Harvard, and Cornell Universities wrote in a 2009 article published in Research in Organizational Behavior, humans’ fear of challenging authority figures stems from our evolutionary history. Obeying fearsome leaders helped early humans to survive, and an intimidating boss activates … [Read more...] about 3 reasons why leading with fear is a terrible idea
After three days of gains, Sensex ended in negative on August 20, dragged by losses in bank, financial and energy heavyweights, including Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank and HDFC.After opening with gains, the market benchmark kept trading flat as investors kept awaiting government's clarity on reports of a corporate tax rate cut. Besides, the government is yet to reveal its cards on widely anticipated fiscal stimulus measure which is keeping investors on tenterhooks.Close "The market is awaiting a concrete move by the government on the front of economy. Also, there must be more clarity on the magnitude and timing of the reduction in tax rates," said Pankaj Pandey, Head of Research at ICICI Securities. related news Market Live: Sensex, Nifty erase gains following inflation data; Airtel, IndusInd Bank top drags Hot Stocks: Nifty50 may have made a short-term top near 12,000 levels Early on D-Street | Nifty vulnerable for more downsides unless it closes above 11,950 The … [Read more...] about An evening walk down D-St: Sensex, Nifty snap 3-day winning run; Yes Bank, DHFL fall up to 7%