Activities like writing or mediating can lead to flow states, in which stresses of the external world disappear and creativity is unleashed, Vivian Wagner writes. "Flow doesn't just happen -- I must set myself up for it, giving myself the time and space and permission needed to focus solely on a task at hand," she writes.
Michelle Capozza, who co-owns family manufacturer Babbitt Bearings in Syracuse, N.Y., offers insight into being an effective leader, which includes being a good communicator and listener. "There's a saying that people don't leave jobs, they leave bad bosses," she says.
The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City is displaying handwriting of historical figures including Sigmund Freud and Marie Antoinette. Included is a note by Michelangelo in which he orders marble for the San Lorenzo church facade.
There are more than double the number of male film critics publishing reviews than women on Rotten Tomatoes, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Of the 4,111 reviews analyzed, 38% of the reviews written by men made positive comments about female directors, compared to over 50% by reviews written by women about female directors.
Marvel will this summer premiere its "Marvel Rising" series of animated shorts, which will focus on a teenage superhero called Ghost-Spider and include characters like Squirrel Girl, Patriot, Quake and Ms. Marvel. The series will be followed by a TV movie, "Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors," which will air on the Disney Channel this fall.
A conscious leader is self-accountable and more aware than egotistical leaders, Jennifer Cohen writes. To be a conscious leader, be mindful of your personal weaknesses and motivations, analyze the behavior and attitudes of close associates and meditate to reduce stress.
Use feedback from experienced sales representatives to optimize training content for new hires, suggests Dayna Williams. In addition, try to pair training with coaching in a cohesive manner to better instill the necessary skills in your sales representatives, Williams writes.
Trying to differentiate based on factors such as product price is usually an exercise in futility, writes David Brock. "How we engage the customer in helping them solve their problems, in helping them achieve their goals, in helping them make a buying decision" is a better differentiator, Brock writes.