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Откриха потънал град, приютявал любовниците Хубавата Елена и Парис Проспериращият древен град Хераклейон потънал преди 1500 години вероятно поради значителни земетресения и наводнения. Той носел името на Херакъл (Херкулес), като се е смятало, че той е посещавал града в античността. Според митологични разкази Парис и Елена от Троя са приклещени в Хераклейон от ревнивия Менелай преди началото на Троянската война. Градът е намерен отново от Френски учени, водени от морския археолог Франк Годио през 2000 година. Тази година Годио споделя в интервю, че работата по разкопките все още продължава и , че разглеждането на йероглифите и всичко останало вероятно ще отнеме 200 години. Учените попаднали на находката съвсем случайно, когато Годио бил в търсене на военни кораби на Наполеон от битката в Нил през 1798 г., когато е бил победен от Нелсон в същите тези води. Откритията на учените включват колосални статуи на египетската богиня Изида, бог Хапи (статуята е висока близо 6 метра) и неидентифициран египетски фараон.

Why The Happiest People Have The Hardest Jobs | Fast Company | business + innovation "The happiest people I know are dedicated to dealing with the most difficult problems," Rosabeth Moss Kanter writes for HBR. Whether reversing schools' struggles, making unsafe water potable, or helping the terminally ill, "they face the seemingly worst of the world with a conviction that they can do something about it and serve others." Kanter pulls in a number of anecdotes, including that of her friend, the Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Goodman. Upset by the care her dying mother received, Goodman left her syndicated columnist gig to start The Conversation Project, which aims to get every family to talk about death and end-of-life care. While Kanter doesn't quote Goodman in the piece, we can infer that Goodman is doing emotionally fulfilling work--which, as positive psychology tells us, is a key to enduring happiness, as opposed to the fleeting nature of pleasure. A meaningful, happiness-generating career, then, will include a sense of engagement--or even devotion--to the work one does.

To Give Your Employees Meaning, Start With Mission - Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer - HBS Faculty by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer | 11:00 AM December 19, 2012 It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. -Jim Collins Do you feel that you have work worth doing? Must it be this way? Why is meaning so important? Unfortunately, too many companies don’t even try to make work meaningful for the people doing it. The Company’s primary objective is to maximize long-term stockholder value, while adhering to the laws of the jurisdictions in which it operates and at all times observing the highest ethical standards.Dean Foods Company Mike Brenner and Steve Van Valin, of the consulting firm Culturology, talk about sources of “meaning amplification” that managers can tap in their quest to sustain employee engagement. To accomplish this, leaders have two tasks. Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit — one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.Starbucks Coffee

Every Every Every Generation Has Been the Me Me Me Generation - Elspeth Reeve Millennials are the "ME ME ME GENERATION," writes Joel Stein for the cover of Time magazine, which is apparently a marked departure from the Baby Boomers, who were the plain old "Me Generation" (one me, no caps) and who created the "Me Decade" in the 1970s, and who coined the phrase, "But enough about me… what do you think about me?" in the 1980s when they were raising the next narcissists, Generation X. Sometimes you get the sense that these magazines' cultural writers have very little experience with the entire American culture, and prefer to make their grand analyses based on what people they know in the gentrified parts of cities like New York and Los Angeles were talking about at brunch last weekend. The type of young person that magazine writers come across most frequently are magazine interns. Because the media industry is high-status, but, at least early on, very low pay in a very expensive city, it attracts a lot of rich kids. But here is Stein's most important bit of data:

Откриха животно, което живее вечно Учени твърдят, че определен вид сладководен полип е "практически безсмъртен", а някои видове стават по-силни с напредване на възрастта им, предаде БГНЕС. Хидра Магнипапилата е микроскопично водно животно с тяло с формата на тръбичка, с пипала, уста и лепкаво краче. Процесът на остаряване почти не засяга този полип. Учени са наблюдавали стареенето при 46 различни вида, включително бозайници, растения, гъби и водорасли. Екипът на д-р Оуен Джоунс от Южнохоландския университет изучавал стареенето при видове като дъбови дървета, през морски водорасли, кръгли червеи и въшки до лъвове и бабиуни. Има видове, които не са засегнати от процеса на стареене. Сладководният полип Хидра магнипапилата има постоянно нисък процент на смъртност. "Цялостната картина на лабораторните данни показва, че дори след 1400 години 5% от водните организми при тези непроменени условия все още ще бъдат живи", казва д-р Джоунс. Други видове намаляват процента на смъртност като остаряват.

Why Your Company's Worst Performers Are Happy As Clams Your slacker employees may be going to great lengths to avoid doing much at work, but they actually love their jobs. A new study by Leadership IQ found that in 42% of companies, low performers report high levels of engagement. These employees are more motivated and more likely to enjoy working at their organizations than middle and high performers do. When I first heard this news, I couldn't believe my ears. And then, the light bulb went on. Mediocre performers can do a really good job of hiding under the surface. Top performers are exhausted from treading water daily as they try to stay afloat. According to the study, top performers are stressed out at work and are undervalued by bosses despite making the most effort. It's time to put your clam rakes into action. Once you rid yourself of these low performers you can then seed your organization with a new crop of people who will welcome the opportunity to work alongside other great performers. [Image: Flickr user Mark Mark]

A Simpler Way to Get Employees to Share - Michael Schrage by Michael Schrage | 9:00 AM December 13, 2012 A few years back, I helped a large, very compartmentalized and extremely silo-ed global organization launch an internal competition. Its goal was to promote greater sharing of ideas, information, best practice and innovative processes. Leadership recognized that business units and functions had effectively been allowed to ignore the rest of the enterprise. The design was simple, clever and cheap: top management would recognize and reward people who demonstrated an ability to cross-functionally get real value from their colleagues and cohorts. Dual prizes created a symmetrical “marketplace” where employees were simultaneously encouraged not just to look for interesting ideas to “steal” but to think about which of their own best practices deserved wider internal promotion. It worked well. This “enterprise marketplace” emerged before the Jives, Yammers and SharePoints had materialized as intranet social media platforms.

The Future 50: Best Places For Millennials To Work There has been much talk of Millennials, the generation born after 1980. Within the mix of reports on exactly where they stand on money, work, food and life, there seems to be no consensus. Are Millennials merely the “lazy” generation as some purport, and ultimately responsible for the demise of the United States? Are they the generation most likely to commit themselves to a social purpose, eager to change the world? Or are they simply a self-absorbed tech-savvy group of youngsters avoiding the real world? Perhaps they can be described as debt-burdened while entering the workforce at the exact wrong time. Tough as it is to peg the right description on this generation, Millennials themselves are asking, “Where do I belong?” Simply put, Millennials don’t know enough about the corporate, non-profit and public sectors to make truly informed decisions about where they belong. Nominations are due September 10, 2013 Habits: We are what we repeatedly do. Please fill out the form.

Prostitution: Zurich inaugure des garages à sexe La ville de Zurich s'apprête à ouvrir lundi un drive-in du sexe, une première en Suisse, espérant reprendre le contrôle de la prostitution en la déplaçant hors du centre ville. Une journée porte-ouverte hier visait à présenter le projet des autorités municipales de mise à la disposition des prostituées d'un site comprenant neuf "sexboxes", sorte de garages pour accueillir leurs clients. Situé à Altstetten, dans un ancien quartier industriel à l'ouest de la ville, le site sera uniquement accessible aux automobilistes qui devront impérativement être seul à bord de leur véhicule pour passer la grille. Les autorités zurichoises se sont inspirées de dispositifs similaires en Allemagne, pour tenter de désengorger le quartier de Sihlquai, à quelques encablures de la gare, où les travailleuses du sexe affluent chaque soir, au grand dam des riverains. Diminuer le danger "En gros, la prostitution c'est du business. Clients et prostituées vont-ils venir ? Avec

Communication 101: Manage the Message Yourself or They'll Do It For You | Plus Delta Consulting Today’s organizations experience tremendous amounts of change. Whether these changes are prompted by the implementation of new technologies, the redesign of business-critical processes, or simply the introduction of different leadership practices, the people who are most impacted by these changes are less likely to accept them if they don’t know what’s going on. In fact, these same people will likely make up their own assumptions about what’s happening and what impact it will have on them if you don’t share regular and relevant updates with them. At the heart of all organizational change efforts then is communications. The following are 11 fundamental principles for effectively managing the message about your upcoming changes to gain the buy-in and support you need to succeed. It’s about adoption, not just implementation, so remember to keep the focus on the future to avoid getting stuck mid-stream.

Where Culture is King Where Culture is King Despite size, scope or industry, the Most Admired Companies for HR share a commitment to culture centered on values every employee lives by. By Maura C. Ciccarelli Thursday, December 6, 2012 When it's good, you can feel it when you walk in the door. Corporate culture is not about great brand messaging (think Apple) or a consistent customer experience anywhere you go around the world (think McDonald's), though these can contribute to a unified purpose for employees. Since 2005, Human Resource Executive® magazine has teamed up with Philadelphia-based Hay Group to identify organizations among Fortune magazine's Most Admired Companies that typify best HR practices. "Don't tell me; show me" is how Hay Group's Melvyn Stark describes the manifestation of a corporate culture. "Culture is not the kind of thing that companies would herald publicly," says Stark, Hay's vice president and regional reward practice leader located just outside New York City. management. Values in Action

Delightful Surreal Photos By Robert Jahns Will Brush Your Sadness Away EmailEmail Robert Jahns, aka nois7 on Instagram, creates stunning surreal photo manipulations full of bright colors and daring characters ready to boost your spirit. The themes of his creations revolves around fearless characters brave enough to be different, to take risks and to enjoy the freedom of their own imagination. Now, Jahns has more than 350,000 followers to cheer up on Instagram and has a fine community of fans on his Flickr photostream. Source: Instagram | Flickr (via) The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. And all hands go up! I’ve been looking for you since the day I heard my first fairy-tale. Capture a shadow, dance with the wind, stand in a rainbow, begin at the end. Embrace your inner childhood dreams. If you never chase your dream, you will never catch them. The best memories come from the craziest ideas. Let’s go to somewhere only we know. Your smile gives color to my life.