Avoid emails if it can be delivered over call or meeting

In 2001, Neal Pat­ter­son, the CEO of Cerner Cor­po­ra­tion, sent an email to his work­force rep­ri­mand­ing them for not work­ing the long hours he ex­pected. He threat­ened to with­hold pro­mo­tions until the em­ployee park­ing lots stayed full from early morn­ing until late at night. The email be­came pub­lic. Cerner stock fell 22%, cost­ing the com­pany around $300 mil­lion. The les­son: Never send an email while angry, stressed or upset. Never be overly in­for­mal or too ver­bose, don't hit Reply All un­nec­es­sar­ily and don't fail to re­spond to your email. Fun­da­men­tals of email eti­quette in­clude using self-control, writ­ing in a re­spect­ful tone and valu­ing your cor­re­spon­dents' time. In­clude a clear sub­ject line. Be con­cise; use proper gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tion and spelling; and copy only those who need a copy. Don't send an email when the con­ver­sa­tion is bet­ter de­liv­ered face-to-face or on the phone. Don't in­clude any­thing in an email that you wouldn't say in per­son. Humor and sar­casm sel­dom work in text.

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Sleep does wonders

Your brain slows in the af­ter­noon, but a nap can work won­ders. Nap­ping for 45 min­utes will turbo-charge your brain for six hours. Con­versely, stu­dents who skip even an hour of sleep each night face a dra­matic drop in aca­d­e­mic per­for­mance. Sleep de­pri­va­tion im­pairs "at­ten­tion, ex­ec­u­tive func­tion, im­me­di­ate mem­ory, work­ing mem­ory, mood, quan­ti­ta­tive skills, log­i­cal rea­son­ing abil­ity, gen­eral math knowl­edge." Wouldn't it be great to match job sched­ules with peo­ple's in­her­ent sleep pat­terns? Plus, a later school day would ad­dress teenagers' nor­mal ten­dency to sleep late.

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Roic as core value

ROIC is a pil­lar of the core value of cash flow gen­er­a­tion. A firm's abil­ity to im­prove its ROIC de­pends on its com­pet­i­tive po­si­tion within its in­dus­try. A com­bi­na­tion of strat­egy, in­dus­try char­ac­ter­is­tics and ri­vals' prac­tices pro­duces a cor­po­ra­tion's com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.

"Com­pa­nies will go to great lengths to achieve a cer­tain earn­ings per share num­ber…but this is mostly wasted en­ergy."

Com­pa­nies may be first movers in their sec­tors, and scale and scope both can pro­vide an edge. Prod­uct and ser­vice might dif­fer­en­ti­ate a busi­ness as well. High-ROIC in­dus­tries tend to offer uniquely spe­cial­ized brand prod­ucts, like cos­met­ics, and in­dus­tries with low ROICs gen­er­ally mar­ket generic items, like paper. Their ef­fi­cient use of cap­i­tal is crit­i­cal. Price pre­mium and cap­i­tal cost ef­fi­ciency dic­tate ROIC.

Growth is the other main­stay of core value, but not all growth is equal. Suc­cess­ful prod­uct in­tro­duc­tions into new mar­kets can add rev­enue streams, which turn into new earn­ings and cash flows. Such mar­ket ex­pan­sion tends to con­tribute the most value to a firm. Slash­ing prices to in­crease prod­uct share in a mar­ket helps very lit­tle, be­cause com­peti­tors can read­ily cut their prices, too, thereby un­der­min­ing any gains in value.


“家”—只有在良好氛围的自然环境和社会环境中,家才能极具包容性。所以试着搬离使自己不舒适的环境;尽可能让自己沐浴在有植物和阳光的舒适环境之下;保持住所的干净整洁。幸福专家格雷琴·鲁宾建议:当你不知道从哪里开始的时候请使用 "一分钟规则"。即从类似把衣服挂起来或者在洗碗机里放一个碗这样的一分钟工作开始。此外英国的一项研究表明,睡眠和性也是决定幸福感的主要因素,因此可以通过铺床,不安置电视机,用窗帘来调整光线以适应睡眠等来优先考虑卧室环境的布置。
“幸福生活”—新西兰的一项研究表明,无论是捐出时间或者金钱的慈善都有益于幸福感产生。志愿者在志愿行为过程中经历了血压、死亡率和情绪等变化后产生的自我怜悯会导致更少的抑郁和焦虑, 变得更乐观。

Learn more about the world around you with Google Lens and the Assistant

Google Lens will be available in English on the Google Assistant in all Pixel phones in Singapore in the coming weeks. The feature, which builds on Google's advancements in machine learning, allows you to learn more about what’s in front of you and get things done at the same time.
For example, with Google Lens in Photos, you can get information about a landmark, but with Google Lens, it enables you to find out about things around you and even ask follow-up questions or get things done.
These are some of the things you can do with Google Lens and the Assistant:
  • Look up products by barcode, or scan QR codes.
  • Save information like email addresses, phone numbers etc. from a text, like on business cards.
  • Learn more about a movie, book or record by checking out the cover with Google Lens.
  • Learn fun facts about the painter of artwork in a museum.
  • Find out more about landmarks when you go on trips.