Morning Advantage: Your First Task, Mr. President

Who should stay? And who should go? Today, Barack Obama needs to focus on building — or rebuilding — his leadership team. "No other action will have a larger impact on his ability to meet the huge, immediate challenges facing the U.S.," says Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, the author of Great People Decisions, in this HBR blog post. Fernández-Aráoz stresses that the president should "avoid at all costs the comfortable default of keeping most of his players to reward their loyalty, or even their past performance."

Obama also needs to focus less on choosing "experts with a capital E" like he did in 2008, Harvard Business School professor Nancy Koehn told us. Instead, he should turn to people who offer him "wisdom and depth of mind and heart." Obama may also fare better if he stays true to his own emotional intelligence. So, Mr. President, take a cue from Abe Lincoln: know when to trust others, but above all, know when to trust yourself.

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT

How the Right to Negotiate Can Close the Salary Gap (The Atlantic)

Women are more likely to negotiate their salary if they're explicitly told they can do so, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Men, however, are more likely to challenge a salary when they're not given the go-ahead. In addition, men seem turned off by a negotiation-welcoming job description, and are less likely to apply for such a position. Perhaps most startling: adding a single word — "negotiable" — reduced the gender gap in job applications by approximately 45%, according to the research.

FUN WITH BIG DATA

Making Problem-Solving a Contest (Quartz)

Anthony Goldbloom thinks he's found a way to get the world's smartest number crunchers to solve problems for free. By setting up data puzzles on the website Kaggle, he's banked on people's desire to win (as opposed to their interest in getting paid) to solve useful problems. So far, it's working: those competing have successfully predicted "the outcome of the World Cup, the progression of HIV in patients, the likelihood that US auto insurance company Allstate will have to pay for bodily injury in the event of a crash," and more.

BONUS BITS:

Electoral Issues

Why Don't People Vote? (Sociological Images)
Ballot Design With Todd Oldham (The New York Times)
Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2012 (Museum of the Moving Image)

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