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Wrong way to the top: the Sydney Harbour Bridge, by night

It's a commonly held belief that the bridge was built to conduct traffic from one side of the harbour to the other. In fact, it was designed as the …

The Top 5 Leadership Stories, May 5-10

Don’t sleep on these stories–we covered a lot of ground this week, from gender inequality to the meaning of your life.<p>We had our eyes on the big picture this week, from countries that put our state of innovation on notice, to emails that spark change, and how to tip the scales to have more women in …

Great Management Questions from Paul Graham, Jim Collins, and Other Business Leaders | Inc.com

There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would be winning. Questions ignite imaginations, avert catastrophes, and reveal unexpected paths to brighter destinations. Jim Collins, Marshall …

Leadership

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I've frequently written about making meetings more productive. But what if you're already stuck in a boring meeting? Here are 6 easy ways to put the tedium to better use:<p>1. Cultivate your gratitude.<p>Make a list of everything that's good in your life. Start with the fact that you're alive (that's …

Note-Taking

3 Ways to Make a Good Presentation Great | Inc.com

Good presentations are uncommon, but great presentations are rare as basilisk teeth. That's because, when it comes to presentations, the jump from good to great is larger than the jump from bad to good. Here's why:<p>1. Emotional impact<p><i>Good presentations are memorable.</i> They contain graphics, images, …

Public Speaking

7 Things Great Leaders Understand About the Future | Inc.com

If you're roughly my age (ahem!), you might dimly recall how amazing it was to be a kid 25 years ago this week and to hear that McDonald's was breaking ground on its first restaurant in Moscow. This was an almost unfathomable news story. Just five years earlier, my adolescent friends and I had been …

McDonald's

How to Hire Employees Your Clients Will Love (Infographic) | Inc.com

You'll find a certain combination of personal traits and professional skills in the best client-facing hires. In this infographic Column Five and software company Zendesk illustrate what you need to be on the lookout for.

Employment

8 Things Truly Outstanding Leaders Do Without Thinking | Inc.com

Once in a while you meet a leader who stands out--even in a room filled with skilled, experienced, successful people. She isn't just remarkably charismatic. He isn't just remarkably likeable.<p>You can tell, in an instant, they simply think and act and lead differently than most people.<p>But those rare …

Employment

Want to Start a Business? What to Do Next | Inc.com

You are ready--you think--to start your own business.<p>You have discovered a market need, and you are convinced you have come up with a way to fill it. But after that, things get fuzzy. You don't have a clue about how to raise money or create a website or do the thousand and one other things that all …

Small Business

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Beat Procrastination | Inc.com

Apparently, psychologists struggle with procrastination too.<p>At least that's one possible conclusion from a recent PsyBlog review of all the studies that have been done on putting things off and how to stop. With all this work on the subject, you'd have to assume that psychologists have personal as …

Procrastination

7 Things Great Leaders Always Do (but Mere Managers Always Fear) | Inc.com

When I think about the difference between <i>great leaders</i> and <i>mere managers</i>, I think back to a day when I put my foot in my mouth.<p>I was working as a lawyer for a giant government bureaucracy then. One of my bosses had a fancy title, but everyone referred to him simply as a "manager." One day, he was …

Public Policy

Apple Beats Purchase Seemingly Confirmed By Dre In Video Selfie

There’s nothing like a roomful of your homies and a few rounds of Heineken to get people talking about big news even before it’s official. On Thursday the Financial Times broke the news that premium headphone maker Beats Electronics (sometimes known as “Beats By Dre”) was finalizing a deal to sell …

Second man in court on $7m insider-trading scam charges

Two men allegedly involved in a $7m insider-trading racket used mobile telephones in false names to communicate sensitive market information, a court has heard.<p>An Australian Federal Police agent, Pamela Damokas, told the ACT Magistrates' Court on Saturday that Christopher Russell Hill, 24, an …