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Science
How not to choke under pressure
Why do we sometimes fail to live up to our capabilities when the pressure is on? Cognitive scientist and Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock explains what happens in your brain and body when you choke during stressful situations and how to avoid it.
Apr 8, 2019
Business
Do you have any of these 4 bad habits of managers? Here’s how to change them
The 4 habits are: Solving instead of delegating; discouraging bad news; avoiding complex issues; and not asking for feedback. Team performance expert Elizabeth Lyle explains what they are, and how you can fix them.
May 25, 2020
Business
How to ace your next online job interview
By putting in some advance preparation, you can be your best self in a Zoom interview, says career coach Dawn Graham.
Jun 16, 2020
Science
One effective way to manage stage fright: Make it a habit
Most of us feel scared about talking in front of a crowd, and in response, we either rehearse incessantly — or we stop speaking in public altogether. Neuroscientist Anwesha Banerjee has this suggestion: Why not get used to it?
Feb 12, 2020
Tech
Stop thinking of your kids’ gaming time as wasted time; here’s why
Gaming today is far more social, skillful and beneficial than the video games you grew up with, says coach Cara Lane. So instead of telling your kids to turn the &*%! thing off, ask: “Can I watch you game sometime?”
Jul 13, 2020
Business
These days, adaptability is a must-have trait. Here’s how to spot it — and increase it
Are you flexible enough to take on new responsibilities and acquire new skills? Not only will adaptability help you stay relevant and indispensable, but it's also a key quality to identify in others, says investor Natalie Fratto.
Apr 20, 2020
We humans
How writing about difficult experiences can help you take back your power
We’ve all kept silent about painful things — whether they’re things that happened to us or things we’ve seen happen to others. By writing about them, we can start to defuse their memory and reclaim our agency, says writer Sakinah Hofler.
Jun 29, 2020
Arts + Design
Restoring the world’s oldest library
In 2012, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture asked architect Aziza Chaouni to rehabilitate the ancient al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez. She describes the challenges inherent in undertaking a daunting, historic project.
Mar 1, 2016
We humans
How to tame your inner advice monster
We all have an inner advice monster -- that oh-so-clever of us part of us which has the answer to everything. But it could be getting in the way of connection. Here's how to muzzle it, says coach and author Michael Bungay Stanier.
May 18, 2020