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Good Leaders Are Good Learners

Although organizations spend more than $24 billion annually on leadership development, many leaders who have attended leadership programs struggle to implement what they’ve learned. It’s not because the programs are bad but because leadership is best learned from experience. Still, simply being an experienced leader doesn’t elevate a person’s skills. Like most of us, leaders often go through their experiences somewhat mindlessly, accomplishing tasks but learning little about themselves and their impact. Our research on leadership development shows that leaders who are in learning modedevelop stronger leadership skills than their peers. Building on Susan Ashford and Scott DeRue’s mindful engagement experiential learning cycle, we found that leaders who exhibit a growth mindset diligently work through each of the following three phases of the experiential learning cycle. First, leaders set challenging learning goals in the form of “I need to learn how to…” For some leaders, the goal might b…

Tech: Google now notifies you of the best times to buy cheap flights

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Price tracking in time for the holidays

Google’s built-in flight-searching tool just got a big improvement with the addition of price notifications. Now, when looking up the cost of future travel plans using its search engine, you may see a card pop up telling you when the fare is expected to expire and how much you’ll save by booking sooner rather than later. If you still want to wait to purchase the ticket, you can track the flight or route and receive notifications about fare increases.
Google sources the information from historic data on flight costs, so it won’t be entirely accurate all of the time. However, it does offer a useful resource when trying to save a few bucks on flights during high-demand times of the year or when planning a trip far in advance. The company is also making an effort to improve Google Flights for mobile users, as it’s chosen to leave the feature as a part of the mobile web and not break it out as a standalone app. So you’ll be able to save and track flights from your phone, so long as you’re signed into your Google account on Chrome.

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