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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  — Can a macho workplace shed its machismo?  It happened on an oil rig, that most macho of work environments, say researchers who found that crew members on an offshore platform toned down their bluster and macho as they concentrated on a company program to improve workplace safety. Robin J. [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Like oracles in the stock market, securities analysts come up with earnings estimates that are supposed to signal the worth of a company’s stock. But what happens when a company’s actual performance proves an analyst’s quarterly forecast is wrong? Instead of fully incorporating new information into their forecasts, many [...]

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The key is to not think of death as an end, but as more of a very effective way to cut down on your expenses. – Woody Allen  STANFORD UNIVERSITY — You may not want Woody Allen to have your life in his hands, but in terms of watching his own psychological health, the comedian [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Like a gnawing stomach or pesky runny nose, a looming stereotype can make it difficult to focus and perform well in school. Based on existing research, black students, Latinos, and women in math and science are known to perform poorly when a mistake could seem to confirm a negative stereotype about their [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Scrolling through Facebook or mingling at a party, you might get the impression that other people’s lives are full of job promotions, exotic travel and successful relationships. We don’t often hear about the sad times they’re going through, and that can make our own emotional struggles seem worse. But recognizing that our [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have demonstrated that a single year of math lessons is associated with unexpectedly big changes in the brain’s approach to problem solving and that these changes can be seen in the brain scans of second- and third-graders. The latest findings are part of the [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS - The  most generous, trusting, and helpful people are not those with more money, but, rather, those with less, according to recent research. Individuals in lower socio-economic classes tend to act in a more prosocial fashion because of a greater commitment to egalitarian values and heightened feelings of compassion for others. [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Along with the excitement and anticipation that come with heading off to college, freshmen often find questions of belonging lurking in the background: Am I going to make friends? Are people going to respect me? Will I fit in? Those concerns are trickier for black students and others who are often stereotyped [...]

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In the business world, women who are aggressive, assertive, and confident but who can turn these traits on and off, depending on the social circumstances, get more promotions than either men or other women, according to a recent study coming out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The research suggests that for women to [...]

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This essay was written by Baba Shiv, Sanwa Bank, Ltd. Professor of Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Failure is a dreaded concept for most business people. But failure can actually be a huge engine of innovation for an individual or an organization. The trick lies in approaching it with the right attitude [...]

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