Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have figured out how to break dry spaghetti in half cleanly by making a tool that bends and twists the pasta while overcoming the initial vibrations that can cause fracturing. "It will be interesting to see whether and how twist could similarly be used to control the fracture dynamics of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials," said MIT professor Jorn Dunkel.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he hopes for a breakthrough in talks between the US and Mexico about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Lighthizer also said he expects Canada might rejoin talks soon.
Branding that treats job candidates differently from customers can create discrepancies in their experiences, as well as promote the promises of recruitment over the realities of the workplace, writes Denise Lee Yohn, a brand leadership expert. "Perhaps the best way to ensure your recruiting efforts are on-brand is to forge a tight integration between your HR and marketing groups," she writes.
For a leadership program to be worth the investment, it needs to teach participants how to delegate, provide and receive feedback, prioritize and set goals, writes John Mattone. "Good, back-and-forth feedback is a major building block of trust, and without trust, leadership doesn't work," he writes.
Executives should be building a culture that communicates and trains about what constitutes inappropriate behavior, says Kelly Martin, chief of fire and aviation management at Yosemite National Park. "The alternative is that once it gets to your HR department and [it turns] into a grievance and a lawsuit, there's a huge cost," she says.
Even casual conversations should close with a suggestion as to what should happen next, or you may lose out on a chance to move yourself or your agenda ahead, writes Judith Humphrey. Using a call to action also applies to emails and sales calls.
The military isn't the only organization that can benefit from an after-event review of every aspect of an initiative with input from everyone involved, writes Mike Harris. Such after-action reviews help teams learn and train while comparing the intentions of the project to what actually happened, he writes.
Procrastination is worsened by a fear of failure, uncertainty about how to begin or if a task lacks urgency, writes Ellen Hendriksen. Remind yourself of the benefits of taking action right away and that your value surpasses what you do or don't achieve, she writes.
Tesla CEO and Chairman Elon Musk says he is working 120 hours a week while trying to help the company meet production deadlines, even as he is potentially under investigation for his tweets about taking the company private. Musk says friends are worried about his health but that he plans to stay in both roles at Tesla.
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