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From Procrastination Myths To Lessons In Failure: This Week’s Top 5 Leadership Stories

This week, we learned some myths about procrastination and how to gracefully escape an overly talkative coworker.

Here are the stories you loved in Leadership for the week of July 6.


SECRETS FROM THE CEO WHO ACHIEVES INBOX ZERO EVERY DAY

If Inbox Zero sounds completely unachievable, you aren’t alone. But PubMatic CEO Rajeev Goel sees Inbox Zero not as work itself, but as a way to make work better, faster, and smarter. Here are his tips to tackle the scourge of email.


THE 3 TYPES OF PEOPLE WHO MAY WANT TO CONSIDER SKIPPING COLLEGE

When you’re 18 years old, it can seem like everyone is pressuring you to go to college. But with the exorbitant cost of higher education in the U.S., college dropout and founder of UnCollege Dale Stephens explains why college isn’t the only option—and it might not be the best one.


HOW DO I GRACEFULLY EXIT A BORING CONVERSATION?

Getting trapped in conversations with overly loquacious coworkers can make time in the office uncomfortable, to say the least. Luckily, psychologist Art Markman has some tips for exiting politely while still leaving your relationship and reputation in tact.


8 MYTHS YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE ABOUT PROCRASTINATION

Joseph Ferrari, professor of psychology at DePaul University, believes that many of the things we tell ourselves about procrastination are harmful to our ability to change. These eight myths offer insight into why we procrastinate and what we can do to stop.

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WHY IT TOOK ZAPPOS LABS FIVE TRIES TO ADMIT FAILURE

Zappos is a company known for its innovative spirit, but sometimes that innovation comes at a cost: failure. Will Young, director of Zappos Labs, tell the story of an ill-fated Zappos magazine and what he learned from trying, trying, trying—and ultimately acknowledging a failed project.

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