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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — JD Schramm has a reassuring message for anyone – and that includes just about everyone, really – who frets over the prospect of public speaking. “The beautiful thing about communication is that it is part art and part science,” he told a recent gathering at the Stanford Graduate School [...]

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“Time-management training is stunningly ineffective. If it weren’t, everyone in your organization would be a paragon of efficiency by now,” says Daniel Markovitz, MBA ’92, writing in Human Resource Executive. Your company may not be able to eliminate email, Markovitz says, but he suggests ways to manage it. “What happens is this: After learning the fundamental [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Stanford communications professor Clifford Nass has done extensive research on our ability to multitask. We’re terrible at every aspect of it, he says, and points particularly to the impact of smartphones on our stress levels and cognitive ability. Nass is the Thomas M. Storke Professor of Communication at Stanford University and the [...]

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Imagine your city isn’t as safe as it used to be. Robberies are on the rise, home invasions are increasing and murder rates have nearly doubled in the past three years. What should city officials do about it? Hire more cops to round up the thugs and lock them away in a growing network of [...]

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The 2010 Acting With Power class at Stanford business school draws on the craft of acting and the concepts of psychology to help participants develop the characters that can play these roles effectively. A journal series by Arthur Patterson covers the progress of the course. Read the Entire Journal  The latest entry: The theater of [...]

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The media business is in the rear window for Ted Turner, the bold entrepreneur who in 1980 founded CNN, the nation’s first all-news cable network. Today, Turner is focused on developing ways to stop global warming, encourage energy conservation, and stem out-of-control population growth. Turner recounted how he went from running his father’s billboard business [...]

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Victor Koo faces a different set of challenges than executives at print-media companies. At his offices in Beijing, Koo is the cofounder of Youku, the leading video platform in the world’s most populous country. You might say that Youku, which means “what’s best and what’s cool” in Chinese, is the YouTube of China, except that [...]

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Multitaskers Are Underperformers

Attention, multitaskers (if you can pay attention, that is): Your brain may be in trouble. Think you can talk on the phone, send an instant message and read your e-mail all at once? Stanford researchers say even trying may impair your cognitive control. “The low multitaskers did great,” Stanford researcher Eyal Ophir said. “The high [...]

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The best baseball players don’t always get elected All-Stars. Researchers say people try to find a common ground when talking to others, which can mean the wrong people become famous or the most innovative ideas don’t get discussed.

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Communication

Lessons from Presidential Debates By JD Schramm The 2008 Presidential debates seemed a perfect vehicle for getting GSB students to focus on the power and pitfalls of their own communication. Using the three presidential and one vice presidential debates as our primary “text,” David Demarest, Stanford’s vice president for public affairs, and I asked students [...]

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