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Marathon records shattered

Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier. But it took a team of 42 other runners and one electric car to keep the 34-year-old Kenyan on pace to finish in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

It took 43 of the world’s fastest runners to break the 2-hour marathon barrier

Most people will only remember Kipchoge, but there was a dream team of world class runners surrounding him yesterday. Perhaps the event should also be remembered for the massive collection of talent that put their egos to the side to help him do the seemingly impossible.

Amazing effort by all involved. Kipchoge is a phenomenal athlete, one of the best runners of all time. This was a great use of strategy and technology, as well as his sheer will to achieve the impossible, to push him past the limit.

Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds

Syrian Kurds feel abandoned by the US. “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani reportedly told American officials. He warned that his army will be forced to turn to Russia for help in the absence of US protection.

“You have sold us”: Kurdish leader in Syria accuses US of abandoning allies

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say the president is complicit in ethnic cleansing.

General Kobani is correct, and the President and his administration should be ashamed. Is this how we treat our allies in the most volatile area of the world?

The US is rethinking its Turkish nuclear weapons stash. As Turkey coordinates with Russia to plan its push into northern Syria, replacing and sometimes firing on American troops, the US military is questioning the wisdom of trusting its erstwhile ally with 50 thermonuclear bombs.

The US is rethinking the 50-plus nuclear weapons it keeps in Turkey

The sooner we move the nukes out of Turkey, the better. Having them there is a colossal risk that hasn’t provided any benefit to the US in decades.

We should also be pushing to cut ties with Turkey more broadly, up to and including demanding their eviction from NATO. They are an ally in name only, exploiting

The sooner we move the nukes out of Turkey, the better. Having them there is a colossal risk that hasn’t provided any benefit to the US in decades.

We should also be pushing to cut ties with Turkey more broadly, up to and including demanding their eviction from NATO. They are an ally in name only, exploiting their diplomatic status for material gain while actively working against American interests and forging ever-stronger ties with Putin’s Russia.

Obviously we also should not in any way support their atrocities in Syria, but apparently it’s already too late for that.

Mobile payment monopoly

The key to Apple’s future success

Apple’s growth is slowing dramatically. In this Quartz member exclusive presentation, discover the three key areas that are critical to the company's future, and why and how they’ll determine Apple’s continued success.

The key to Apple’s future success

This presentation makes clear the challenges that Apple faces. Its iPhone business is slowing and it’s not getting enough traction in India or China, markets that could fuel renewed growth. So it needs services, and likely a new category of products such as augmented reality glasses, to fuel the forward

This presentation makes clear the challenges that Apple faces. Its iPhone business is slowing and it’s not getting enough traction in India or China, markets that could fuel renewed growth. So it needs services, and likely a new category of products such as augmented reality glasses, to fuel the forward growth that investors expect.

The eternal quest for growth is going to get much more difficult. Especially when it comes to services, I'm not convinced an Apple conglomerate will be able to fend off music specialists (Spotify), film/video specialists (Netflix), and payment companies (PayPal) all at the same time. And I'm not sure

The eternal quest for growth is going to get much more difficult. Especially when it comes to services, I'm not convinced an Apple conglomerate will be able to fend off music specialists (Spotify), film/video specialists (Netflix), and payment companies (PayPal) all at the same time. And I'm not sure antitrust watchdogs will be excited about those ambitions either.

Brexit fatigue

Brexit negotiators make a last-ditch effort to cut a deal. Discussions are in overdrive ahead of Thursday and Friday's European Council summit. But the continent is tired of reading about it, and the media has moved on in Paris, Rome, and Madrid.

Brexit negotiations are heating up for real, but the continent is tired of reading about it

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point, but that’s doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Plastic pollution

Microfibers are the new plastic menace. The tiny synthetic threads shed from our cheap, fast fashion clothes and work their way into every nook and cranny of the environment, WIRED reports.

Microfibers Are the New Microbeads. Grab Your Pitchforks

It seems crazy that all washing machines and sinks do not have a filter to catch micro plastics. Companies should see how great the ROI would be if they brought to market a washing machine that filtered micro-plastics, I would have been willing to pay more for that in an instant and I am sure many other

It seems crazy that all washing machines and sinks do not have a filter to catch micro plastics. Companies should see how great the ROI would be if they brought to market a washing machine that filtered micro-plastics, I would have been willing to pay more for that in an instant and I am sure many other would too.

This is a massive issue.

Free Willy

Power restored in California

Fashion follows feeds

"Aspirational realness" is the new Instagram cool-girl look. Brands are adopting the messy, candid, and unfiltered aesthetic of regular users to give their products a veneer of authenticity.

“Aspirational realness,” the Instagram cool-girl look, disguises advertising as authenticity

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable clothes made with defined values.

Outdoor voices made activewear nice enough to be worn on the regular, quality and cut being equally as important as marketing.

Glossier broke ground with celebrating beauty in all women rather than the singular ‘ideal’ of the past.

The writer has a narrow perspective on why these companies have succeeded and exactly what they tapped into.

Handbags are out. The pricey accessory is losing its once-exalted place in women's wardrobes as Instagram has eclipsed its role as a status symbol.

The handbag is losing its once-exalted place in a woman’s wardrobe

Sneakers are clearly now serving the (status / collectibles) purpose of handbags for the next generation, eating up that share of disposable income. The sales overall numbers show it as does the rise of the marketplaces like GOAT and Flight Club (as well as a walk around the streets).

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Being nice is great, but it can also have a real downside if you’re prioritizing niceness over honesty.

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From Our Members

  • Why can't honest and nice coexist? The problem is some people cover bad behavior by claiming they are just being honest.

  • Yes, honesty is the best policy. That said, how we communicate truth is key. Additionally, our society is conditioned to pay attention to extremes, to the absurd. When voices of reason are overlooked, intelligent and reasonable people disengage, and we end up with ignorant and unreasonable people leading

    Yes, honesty is the best policy. That said, how we communicate truth is key. Additionally, our society is conditioned to pay attention to extremes, to the absurd. When voices of reason are overlooked, intelligent and reasonable people disengage, and we end up with ignorant and unreasonable people leading the conversation. I am in this for a reason. We cannot create change without courage to make mistakes.

  • I love this article!! So timely too as we just did a radical candor offsite for our entire team!! Once you realize that critical feedback is coming from a place of caring you actually welcome it as. Much as possible!

  • Yeah...well there are plenty of people that have been written up for "insubordination/not being a team player." For speaking their mind. So...maybe.

  • Aristotle said, or wrote, “act as if.” Some people think this means ‘fake it till you make it’ or ‘lie till you learn’ but as I was taught it means more that if you smile first you will then become happy. I think it’s the same with behavior. Act with self-respect and you will then respect yourself and

    Aristotle said, or wrote, “act as if.” Some people think this means ‘fake it till you make it’ or ‘lie till you learn’ but as I was taught it means more that if you smile first you will then become happy. I think it’s the same with behavior. Act with self-respect and you will then respect yourself and then others will respect you too.

  • In the creative world we are trained to give and receive constructive criticism. When that same lens is applied to other elements of communication within the workplace I have seen a shift and criticism is perceived as a four letter word, forgetting that it is in fact constructive.

  • I would say being nice is always good for your career. Not speaking up and/or lying because you’re uncomfortable or unable to nicely deliver an uncomfortable message isn’t being nice.

    Emotional competence is low. People have gotten wicked thin skins and our overly PC world has made people afraid to

    I would say being nice is always good for your career. Not speaking up and/or lying because you’re uncomfortable or unable to nicely deliver an uncomfortable message isn’t being nice.

    Emotional competence is low. People have gotten wicked thin skins and our overly PC world has made people afraid to tell the truth for fear of offending someone. Truth is truth and if it offends someone to hear the truth it’s generally because they’re doing something offensive.

    Buckle up butter-cup, it’s time we all got real.

  • Recovery from the 'disease to please' requires choosing courage over comfort. Yes, we can and need to be mindful of the language we use, but we must take the risk and use our voice. #WordsMatter #courageovercomfort #writetheending

  • The word nice is from French, rooted in nicety, pastry. We as a collective have smashed nice and kind together to mean unoffensive, sweet, pleasing etc. Kind means useful. I see the drift but it displaces the language nuance. How people take instruction, correction, advice etc is not my problem. To me

    The word nice is from French, rooted in nicety, pastry. We as a collective have smashed nice and kind together to mean unoffensive, sweet, pleasing etc. Kind means useful. I see the drift but it displaces the language nuance. How people take instruction, correction, advice etc is not my problem. To me it comes down to, how do I want to be treated. What do I want? In discussions, no one is asking another to wear what they are saying, just think about it. But when the boss/owner states a correction time to dress appropriately. Honesty is useful, not sure about nice. Also, correction is not the same as negative input.

  • Compassion and "niceness" are not the same thing at all. Practice compassion and multiplicity of needs and desires. Lose the zero sum game viewpoint.

  • A real problem comes in where being honest isn’t going to be good for your career either. People like to shoot the messenger and will consider the bearer of bad news ‘not nice’. So in a lot of cases you’re damned either way.

  • Disagreement is what makes better decisions and products. Everyone benefits from healthy debate. And one can disagree without being disagreeable...

  • It’s nothing to do with being nice or not nice. If you don’t tell someone the truth, you are not being nice or helpful. If you rule with an iron fist and come down too heavy on people, you are not gaining respect. If you sit back and let people do their thing without guidance or help, you are not helping

    It’s nothing to do with being nice or not nice. If you don’t tell someone the truth, you are not being nice or helpful. If you rule with an iron fist and come down too heavy on people, you are not gaining respect. If you sit back and let people do their thing without guidance or help, you are not helping them get better. Be nice. Be helpful. Be respectful. Be tough when you need to be. Be yourself.

  • There is a delicate balance between being nice, being direct or being frank.

  • M Platts succinct comment was more pertinent than the article which is a collection of platitudes and clichés — pardon the redundancy.

  • Nice where I come from is an alternative for passive aggressive behavior. The skill of saying in public what others expect to hear and then speaking how you really feel behind their back is a net loss for both parties. It doesn’t allow for respect to grow and it actually creates mistrust in a team.

  • Quartz commenters are so well seasoned with this Wow ! So I managed a production facility a friend hired my youngest boy to work in the warehouse across the lot, ( bad idea) after supper he lays it on me “Dad there is 2 guys stealing product at night & selling it out the back door , do I rat them out

    Quartz commenters are so well seasoned with this Wow ! So I managed a production facility a friend hired my youngest boy to work in the warehouse across the lot, ( bad idea) after supper he lays it on me “Dad there is 2 guys stealing product at night & selling it out the back door , do I rat them out ? I’ve already pleaded with them to stop “ ( he is a dynamite kid) I said if they don’t stop you should go to management , ( or be nice & do nothing ) he did , these guys got warned & eventually just left, not until they slapped him around , yrs later both of them came to me & apologized and said they both regretted their behaviour badly ( they had become managers ! ) anyway its a tough “ row to hoe” but “ stay thirsty for kindness my friends” there is more to write about incredibly nasty sociopathic behaviour by managers & workers , now there’s a topic ! Dealt with a handful and that is UGLY stuff !!

  • Agreeableness has its downsides! Ideally it should be balanced with honesty.

  • This study helps quantify and measure the learnings captured in Fierce Inc.'s Founder Susan Scott's books: Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership and the much aligned Radical Candor by Kim Scott.

    All 3 are highly recommended regardless of your perspective on this brief article IF you want to build

    This study helps quantify and measure the learnings captured in Fierce Inc.'s Founder Susan Scott's books: Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership and the much aligned Radical Candor by Kim Scott.

    All 3 are highly recommended regardless of your perspective on this brief article IF you want to build better relationships and high performing teams.

    Warning: The practices in these books may change your life. 😉

  • Many have said it. Being nice always includes being honest and caring. People want to feel safe in their jobs, but they can’t unless their managers are honest in communicating how they are doing. A manager who seeks to be liked at the expense of honesty is being selfish, not nice. And that goes both

    Many have said it. Being nice always includes being honest and caring. People want to feel safe in their jobs, but they can’t unless their managers are honest in communicating how they are doing. A manager who seeks to be liked at the expense of honesty is being selfish, not nice. And that goes both ways for employees who compliment up if it is insincere. High morale and performance is good for the company and the career.

  • True, True, True!!!!

  • It depends on how to tell them.

    The way to say in timely manner with smiling like” i think it’s better(nicer) for you(or your doings things)!! turns you both nice and honest person, I think.

  • Being honest or being nice in work. which one you choose?

  • I actually think I owe my career to being nice

  • Sorry to disagree w The premise

  • Very insightful, indeed.

  • There’s a false dichotomy here: niceness/warmth is about how we communicate; honesty is about what we communicate.

    We never need to make trade offs between style and content.

  • Skeptical

  • Being polite is mistaken for nice. And not everyone honest even when being honest. Or use honesty as a cover for cruelty

  • Being a nice guy, I need this article.

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  • You can be both nice and honest. Why not and ultimately honesty will pay.