When Iterative Design Fails and All the Week’s Best Links

Don't you hate it when iterations of a perfectly good product make the design worse? So does Casey Niestat. Google's Lidia Oshlyansky on wearable tech in emerging markets. What's your personal business style?  Introducing Somewhere the visual platform for sharing what you do and how you work. Facebook to lose 80% of its users by 2017, say Princeton…

Work, Life, and the Quest for Balance

It is a testament to the elusive nature – indeed, the absurdity – of ‘work-life balance’ that, for weeks, a Post-it affixed to my desk reading “Write work- life balance piece!” has gone largely ignored. Of course I’ve been meaning to write this piece, even really wanting to. After all, I am deeply interested in…

All I Need to Know About Business I Learned in Dance Class

For most people, pirouettes, pliés, and dancing on one’s toes evoke images of Save the Last Dance, childhood ballerina aspirations or that one time they saw The Nutcracker. Ballet is an art form close to my heart; I was on my way to becoming a professional dancer until the age of seventeen, when university came…

Why Being Off-Balance is the Best Thing For You

When you go to university you learn a lot. The truth is that the majority of  lessons usually aren’t found in your curriculum. You learn what the midnight specials are at Burger King, or how to funnel four beers (and hold them down), or that it is possible to stay up for 48 hours straight…

How our Education Shapes our Work Style

It might be hard to admit, but the education we received as children inevitably catches up to help or haunt us. Somewhere amidst the Pledge of Allegiance, kickball and note-passing, we formed habits and perspectives that followed us to the workforce. How does primary education differ between countries, and how can a company recognize and…