The Modern CEO

Hefner:    Well, most CEOs that I’ve been speaking to, you know, feel pretty convinced that 2009 is going to be a year that we’re all going to just work on getting through, that it’s a kind of hunker down year in which being as efficient as possible, being as productive as possible is going to be the hallmark of the year.  And, if we’re surprised, it will be that we want to be surprised that the economy in general or in our sectors got better a little sooner.  So, we’re sort of planning for, you know, really bad times and then hoping for slightly better times, and I think that that will affect how people budget, that will affect how people invest, that will affect our kind of a shortened horizon in terms of a close scrutiny of performance and agility to adapt and modify plans if performance isn’t being realized.

Christie Hefner says CEOs today must adapt to rapid change.

22 months of war - condensed in a 1-minute video

No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap

Strange Maps
  • The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
  • This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
  • Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
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Bespoke suicide pods now available for death in style

Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.

The Sarco assisted suicide pod
Technology & Innovation

Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco! 

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How to bring more confidence to your conversations

Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
  • To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
  • Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
  • There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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