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2/15/2019

Aurora displays in the northern and southern hemispheres rarely look the same because they're distorted by the sun's magnetic field, researchers say. The solar magnetic field "alters the path traced by Earth's field lines, squashing the lines on our planet's dayside facing the sun and elongating the lines on the nightside, creating a magnetic tail," writes Katherine Wright.

2/15/2019

Effective leaders use both a reflexive mindset, which allows for quick decisions in a fast-paced environment, and a reflective mindset, which looks at the big picture. "Greater reflective leadership may be the way forward, along with the argument for going a little slower now so we can go much faster in the future," writes Julie Winkle Giulioni.

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Relationship-driven leaders can err on the side of being so nice that they stop holding people accountable. "The long-term nice move is to be straight up about what's expected and coach them to get there so they grow as the organization grows," writes leadership coach Scott Eblin.

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Rent the Runway kicked off the millennial trend of renting clothes and is being joined by companies such as American Eagle, IKEA and Express with rental or leasing programs. Meanwhile, Eileen Fisher and Patagonia are known for accepting returns of used products and refurbishing them for resale.

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Thanking people for their feedback is the polite thing to do, and it can also help us internally view the criticism as constructive rather than negative, writes Peter Bregman. "[O]nce our ego is involved, and we feel the emotional charge, it's hard to access nuance," he writes.

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2/15/2019

Lead by example with active listening, which includes not interrupting, using positive body language and making eye contact, Lewis Robinson writes. "If you want listening to be a core principle of your business, spread the message companywide--through workshops or pamphlets," Robinson writes.

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Some people are prone to focusing only on the bad things, and one way to combat this is by examining where those feelings come from and then balancing them with positive thoughts, writes psychotherapist F. Diane Barth.
"Researchers have found that the optimal ratio of positive to negative is five to one in a happy marriage, and a little more than five and a half to one in a hard-working, successful business team," Barth argues.

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2/15/2019

PPA Group CEO Monte Lee-Wen believes perseverance paid off after a severed vocal cord temporarily robbed him of his speech and even now limits his stamina. "So, when I speak, it's something that needs to be said, and I think about what I have to say," he says.

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2/15/2019

Why it matters: If you need yet another reason to make sure you get a good night's sleep, this research about a possible link between abnormal sleep patterns and Parkinson's disease ought to do it.

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