Amal Saad

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Stop Beginning Your Speeches with 'Good Morning and Thank You' and Start With This Instead

It doesn't matter how compelling your presentation is if you haven't grabbed your audience's attention in the first few seconds.<p>Every presentation is an opportunity to make an impression. You can either use your pitch to build credibility, engagement and buy-in, or blow the chance to share your …

Public Speaking

What Managers Need to Know About Slack, Yammer, and Chatter

Workplaces have adopted internal social tools—think stand-alone technologies such as Slack, Yammer, and Chatter, or embedded applications such as Microsoft Teams and JIRA—at a staggering rate. In an ambitious study of 4,200 companies, conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute, 72% reported using …

Management

I tried the 10/10/10 Method to make decisions like Warren Buffett and Ray Dalio — and it's completely changed the way I view choices

<i><br>"I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people."</i><p>Those words are often attributed to Isaac Newton. They may evoke a chuckle, but they get to the root of a problem faced by us all — irrational behavior.<p>Making decisions is one of keystone actions we all take on a …

Self-improvement

What This Company Learned When It 'Fired' All Its Managers

Employees were tasked instead with actually doing the work they were originally hired to do.<p>Eighteen months ago, I made the decision to fire all of my company's managers. By "fire," I mean remove their management responsibilities and instead, have them focus their efforts on actually doing the work …

How Office Politics Corrupt the Search for High-Potential Employees

Few topics have captivated talent management discussions more intensely than <i>potential</i>. The obsession with predicting who may be a future star or the next top leader has influenced academic research and human resources practices alike. But how good are we at evaluating human potential? The answer …

Management

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult.<p>For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often …

Leadership

Top 5 Youtube Channels To Learn Programming

October 14, 2017<p>With so many high-quality resources all over the internet, it has never been easier to learn how to program. One of the best sources …

Programming

Want to Be a Better Leader? Ask Your Employees These 3 Questions

The smallest questions can make a big difference.<p>From professors to managers to mentors, I've had the opportunity to be inspired by some great leaders so far in my somewhat short professional life.<p>When thinking about what they have in common, it's easy for me to come up with some shared …

Obey

Want Honest Advice? An Astronaut Taught Me the 3-Step Feedback Rule (and It's the Only One That Works)

It's about creating a culture where the best ideas and diverging opinions surface.<p>As a leader, I think it's really important to constantly get good honest feedback from trusted people smarter than you. That's because, as I've said before, I'm always growing and learning and trying to be better.<p>I …

Leadership

7 Tricky Work Situations, and How to Respond to Them

You know the moment: a mood-veering, thought-steering, pressure-packed interaction with a colleague, boss, or client where the right thing to say is stuck in a verbal traffic jam between your brain and your mouth.<p>Sian Beilock, president of Barnard College and author of <i>Choke</i>, found that this …

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from <i>doing</i> to <i>leading</i>. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities …

Would You Do This to Reduce Your Stress? Researchers Say It Really Works

This slightly off trick will help you control your thoughts, feelings, and behavior under stress. Problems? Sure, you can solve them too.<p>It appears that talking to one's self has gotten a bad rap. While once perhaps viewed as crazy, people who talk to themselves do a better job at quickly bringing …

Psychology

What Science Says About Identifying High-Potential Employees

How inclusive or exclusive should organizations be when developing their employees’ talents? In a world of unlimited resources, organizations would surely invest in everyone. After all, as Henry Ford is credited as saying, “the only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is …

An Illustrated Periodic Table Showing How Chemical Elements Interact With Our Everyday Lives

Retired Boeing software engineer Keith Enevoldsen created the color-coded “Periodic Tables of Elements, in Pictures and Words” for both kids and …

How to Stay Focused When You’re Working from Home

No commute. No drive-by meetings. No dress code. Remote working can seem like a dream — until personal obligations get in the way. These distractions are easy to ignore in an office, but at home it can be difficult to draw the line between personal and professional time.<p>Consider when you’re working …

4 Interview Questions That Can Improve Your Hiring Results by 40 Percent

Research shows that top-performing team members demonstrate positive attitude, accountability, prior related job success and culture fit. Here's how to find out whether or not your candidate makes the cut.<p>As the leader of a high-growth company, you should be spending at least 50 percent of your …

Employment

A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes

"Not giving a shit takes the wind out of an asshole's sails."<p>The world is full of assholes. Wherever you live, whatever you do, odds are you’re surrounded by assholes. The question is, what to do about it?<p>Robert Sutton, a psychology professor at Stanford University, has stepped up to answer this …

Physiology

If a Customer Says Your Product or Service Is Too Expensive, This Is What You Should Say

It's fairly simple, once you break it down.<p>There is a big difference between selling your cost versus selling your value.<p>Companies that sell on cost comparison end up losing in the end. It's very difficult to build a profitable and sustainable company when your primary strategy is to undercut the …

Sustainability

Understanding the Formatting of a Screenplay (and Why It All Matters)

Most filmmakers know scripts follow a very particular format, but do they know why they do?Thanks to all of the low-cost/free screenwriting programs …

Writing

How to Regain the Lost Art of Reflection

A famous but possibly apocryphal tale about Albert Einstein is that he dreamed up the theory of relativity when riding his bicycle. Warren Buffett is on record as saying that he reads for six hours per day and has very few scheduled meetings. Both of these examples stand in stark contrast to the …

The No.1 factor in happiness isn't wealth or popularity — but too many people overlook it at every turn

And no, it's not binge-watching Netflix either.<p>It's autonomy, the feeling that your life's activities and habits are self-chosen and self-endorsed. And when we have autonomy in our life, when we have the mentally exhilarating power of choice, we must spend it wisely.<p>But far too many counter the …

Self-improvement

How to Work From Home: 6 Steps to Land the Perfect Remote Job

Want to find a great job that lets you work from home? Here's how to get hired for the perfect remote job -- and dream lifestyle for you.<p>Remote work is increasingly popular for employees and employers. (I know: "Thanks, Captain Obvious.") Working from home is quickly becoming an expectation: Nearly …

Employment

19 Tools for Creating Engaging Social Media Videos, Images and GIFs in Minutes

Social Media<p>Creating social media content takes time. And creating great social media content takes even more time.<p>Next Article<p>Content Moderators for Facebook and YouTube Reveal What it's Like to Sift Through Some of the Most Disturbing Material on the Internet<p>Next Article<p>Alfred Lua<p>This story …

How to Help an Employee Who Rubs People the Wrong Way

If you’ve ever cringed in a meeting when your direct report was talking, you know how tough it can be to watch a team member undermine themselves. Maybe the person is interrupting colleagues too often. Or being condescending, or even combative. No matter the specific behavior, your employee is …

Google Just Gave Every Startup a Huge Gift With 1 Amazing, Free Website

Every startup wants the formula for success. Google just provided it for free.<p>Starting a startup isn't easy. Most startup founders struggle with juggling the myriad of success factors required to get things off the ground. Many new ventures fail.<p>It all just got a lot easier thanks to Startup with …

San Francisco

How to Tell If Someone Is Lying: 10 Tells and Clues (Ranked in Ascending Order of Reliability)

Some of the things we've been taught are wrong; others are telltale signs. Combine them all for best results.<p>If you're suspicious that someone isn't telling the truth, can you look the person in the eyes and tell that they're lying? Well, let's try. Here are what might be three facts about lying. …

Body Language

25 Top Podcasts That Will Spark Your Entrepreneurial Vision

Listening to a podcast while going to and from work is a rare example of successful multitasking.<p>Ever heard anyone say that the trend is your friend? Sure, if something is getting a lot of attention, you probably should examine it yourself. When it comes to <b>podcasts</b> though, it's possible that too …

This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Describes What Great Communication Looks Like

A newly acquired email from Musk outlines a brilliant philosophy. But it's easier said than done.<p>Throughout the years, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has demonstrated the art of masterful communication.<p>The following is a perfect example: It's a copy of a previously unpublished email Musk sent …

Tesla

I Learned Calculus With A Video Game, And It Was Surprisingly Fun