Thierry Breton left Atos to become a European commissioner because he wanted to help France and the EU grapple with economic, "technological and societal challenges." His work at the EU will include industrial strategy and streamlining digital efforts. "We will integrate for the first time the importance of digital in all aspects of services, industry, tourism, culture and defense," Breton says. "We need to draw the consequences, including in the way the [Commission's] services function."
Reluctant employees can be encouraged to grow their skills when they understand the benefits and realize they don't have to leave their current role, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "Well-informed employees will understand the urgency behind development when they appreciate the tremendous pressures facing the organization and the implications associated with not evolving and keeping pace," she writes.
Women in leadership roles remain stymied when companies value masculine leadership traits such as control and correction over inspiration and collaboration, write Natacha Catalino and Kirstan Marnane of McKinsey. "By listening to women more closely, organizations can build momentum toward getting the best out of everyone," they write.
Leaders can inspire teams to pursue new strategies with the passion of Don Quixote by encouraging them to be "foolish" and creating a "romantic identity" that gives them a sense of purpose, writes Chengwei Liu. Unlike Quixote, the best leaders know how to recognize when a "once-promising dream is turning into a nightmare," Liu writes.
We may be less willing to compromise with others if we believe they'll oppose our ideas, but research suggests we often overestimate the level of opposition. "But if those contexts are reframed as cooperative, accurately forecasting how someone across the negotiation table might respond to a particular proposal becomes easier," says Harvard Business School doctoral candidate Jeffrey Lees.
To perform at our best, overall health should be the goal, not finding balance, writes trainer and GQ fitness guru Joe Holder. "It's this push-pull between periods of performance and periods of health that allows us to get better over time," he writes.
Taking risks is how Dayna Isom Johnson created her job as Etsy's trend expert and says living outside of her comfort zone has helped her as a TV commentator and judge on the NBC series "Making It." "My No. 1 piece of advice is that if you are currently comfortable, something is wrong," she says.
Recent studies have revealed that New Caledonian crows will fashion tools from branches to fish out grubs and other food, often using their cleverness for the fun of it, just like humans. "We have these incredibly huge brains but we use them to do crossword puzzles -- that's not something that is evolutionarily selected for," says Dakota McCoy of Harvard University.
Two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump are advancing to a full House vote after gaining the House Judiciary Committee's approval in a 23-17 vote. The charges allege that Trump abused his power by pushing for Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and that Trump obstructed Congress' inquiry into the matter.
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