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Gold & Platinum - April 25, 2010. with a Volcano Ashes Layer. Watch Air Traffic - LIVE! Windows 7 Forums. Domain names and VPS cloud hosting. Everything You Know About Productivity is Wrong. Online - E-Media Tidbits. A continuing theme at South by Southwest Interactive is figuring out how to foster innovation at organizations.

Online - E-Media Tidbits

A team of Google employees shared some thoughts on Sunday about how they create and improve upon services such as Gmail, Google Talk and Google Buzz. It became clear that although these people have achieved plenty of successes, they are familiar with failure — mostly private, sometimes public. Their thoughts are relevant for any organization, particularly news organizations, trying to change how they do their work. Strive for a goal, even if you don’t know how to achieve it. Jonathan Perlow, a senior engineer on the Gmail team, said the e-mail service was created to achieve three things: Offer e-mail that didn’t require people to delete messages Create a user experience comparable to desktop e-mail applications Block spam — all of it.

Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell. Editor’s note: When venture capitalists invest in early stage startups, more than anything else they are investing in the founders of the company and their ability to lead their employees through the most improbable set of circumstances to take an idea from a germ to a real and profitable business.

Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell

In this guest post, Ben Horowitz of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz explains the leadership traits he and his co-founder Marc Andreessen look for before they invest in a startup. SOme of their investments include Skype, Zynga, Factual, and RockMelt. Before becoming investing partners, Horowitz and Andreessen co-founded Opsware, which they sold to HP for $1.6 billion, and prior to that Horowitz was an executive at Netscape. At Andreessen Horowitz, we favor founders running the company. The reasons are many (and will be the topic of a future blog post).

So what makes people want to follow a leader? The ability to articulate the visionThe right kind of ambitionThe ability to achieve the vision. 7 Tips for Negotiating a Freelance Contract. The free encyclopedia. Worldometers - real time world statistics. World Digital Library Home. Exclusive: How Google’s Algorithm Rules the Web. Want to know how Google is about to change your life?

Exclusive: How Google’s Algorithm Rules the Web

Stop by the Ouagadougou conference room on a Thursday morning. It is here, at the Mountain View, California, headquarters of the world’s most powerful Internet company, that a room filled with three dozen engineers, product managers, and executives figure out how to make their search engine even smarter. This year, Google will introduce 550 or so improvements to its fabled algorithm, and each will be determined at a gathering just like this one. The decisions made at the weekly Search Quality Launch Meeting will wind up affecting the results you get when you use Google’s search engine to look for anything — “Samsung SF-755p printer,” “Ed Hardy MySpace layouts,” or maybe even “capital Burkina Faso,” which just happens to share its name with this conference room. Five Ways to Make Change Easier : The World. There's a simple reason that change efforts are difficult, and it's not that people are lazy or resistant or stupid.

Five Ways to Make Change Easier : The World

Change is hard because February 16, 2010 There’s a simple reason that change efforts are difficult, and it’s not that people are lazy or resistant or stupid. Change is hard because it disrupts behaviors that are on “autopilot.” If you were forced to start brushing your teeth with your opposite hand, you’d struggle. Find your bright spots and clone them. Change takes time. Chip Heath is a professor of organizational behavior in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and Dan Heath is a senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE Center, which supports social entrepreneurs. Critical thinking web. We have over 100 online tutorials on different aspects of thinking skills.

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They are organized into modules listed below and in the menu above. Our tutorials are used by universities, community colleges, and high schools around the world. The tutorials are completely free and under a Creative Commons license. More info We are currently updating the website. Maintained by Joe Lau, Philosophy Department, University of Hong Kong. Ten rules for writing fiction. The Blog of Scott Hansen » Overcoming Creative Block.

I do not know what to write.

The Blog of Scott Hansen » Overcoming Creative Block

I am sitting here staring at the screen, running sentences in my head, and turning my music on and off. Earlier I went foraging for food (in hopes of sparking some magical words), but ended up getting distracted by Arrested Development for 20 minutes. This happens just about every time I sit down to do anything. I’ll probably go play the guitar between this paragraph and the next.

Of course this is a familiar situation. Knowing this I decided to ask some of today’s most exciting artists and creators what they do when the ideas aren’t flowing. What follows are 25 strategies from these creatives to spark your inspiration; hopefully you’ll find something helpful in there. Nicolas Felton is a graphic designer based in New York City.