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The Top Complaints from Employees About Their Leaders

If you’re the kind of boss who fails to make genuine connections with your direct reports, take heed: 91% of employees say communication issues can drag executives down, according to results from our new Interact/Harris Poll, which was conducted online with roughly 1,000 U.S. workers.<p>In the survey, …

3 Job Interview Questions You Must Stop Asking

There are lots of bad job interview questions out there. (If you want to see how you would fare against some good interview questions, take the free quiz “Could You Pass This Job Interview?”).<p>My numerous studies and interviews with hiring managers have revealed that the following three job …

Employment

The Complete Guide To The 5 Types Of Organizational Structures For The Future Of Work

Over the past few weeks I’ve been writing about various types of organizational structures that either already exist in today’s business landscape or are starting to emerge as viable options for the future of work. I explore each of these structures and concepts in my book <i>The Future of Work:</i> …

The Workplace

How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You

The best managers hire smart people to work for them. But what if your direct reports are smarter than you? How do you manage people who have more experience or more knowledge? How do you coach them if you don’t have the same level of expertise?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Getting promoted to a job that …

4 questions managers ask to better compare equally qualified candidates

A bona fide sweets enthusiast will have no trouble selecting the chocolate lava cake, extra sauce, over the cheese plate on a dessert menu. But what …

Employment

I'll make you an offer you cannot refuse – The Game of Startup Hiring

<i>"Every good technology company needs great people. The best companies invest time, money, and sweat equity in becoming world-class recruiting</i> …

Simply the Best Personality Type Indicator for Hiring Anyone | Inc.com

A few weeks ago I argued that <i>Time</i> magazine's cover story about using prehiring personality assessments was flawed. In this post, I'll prove it. To participate in the proof, you need to answer these two questions and then plot yourself on the BEST Personality Indicator below.<p><b>Horizontal axis--Speed</b> …

Employment

Identifying the Skills That Can Help You Change Careers

A lot of talented people grapple with the disruption of having to switch jobs or careers and figuring out how their current profession’s skills can be applied in a fulfilling new way. The good news is that other industries may value your talents just as much, if not more, than your existing one. …

7 interview questions that determine emotional intelligence

Selecting informative interview questions can be a key factor in finding the right employees — as well as weeding out the ones that won't fit. A candidate's answers can be telling.<p>While different companies embody various values and cultures, success in the workplace is strongly influenced by a …

9 Signs That You are a Bad Manager - Small Business Trends

Let’s face it: everyone has, in his or her career, had at least one lousy manager. Perhaps the manager is unwilling to help his employees grow. …

Small Business

The Hidden Truths About Introverts That Every Leader Should Know

The common belief about personality and leadership is that strong leaders are extroverts, that they can walk into any room and immediately attract a crowd; start spewing out platitudes about the latest ice-cream flavor and sports highlights and immediately spark new friendships—and sweet tooths (I …

Leadership

You Won't Believe This Stuffy Apartment's Modern Makeover

An outdated Manhattan home gets a complete overhaul for an engaged couple about to start their life together.<p>An outdated Manhattan home gets a complete overhaul for an engaged couple about to start their life together. This piece originally appeared on <i>ELLEDECOR.com</i>.

Here's the Starbucks holiday drink that didn’t make the cut

By now, you may have heard Starbucks is introducing its first new holiday drink in five years: the Chestnut Praline Latte. Obviously, the coffee chain doesn’t take new releases lightly, so what else was it considering for a coveted seasonal spot?<p>A Cherries Jubilee Mocha was also tested last holiday …

Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best MTV VMAs Performance?

Madonna's "Like a Virgin"? Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World"? Puff Daddy's Biggie Tribute? Cast your vote in our weekly poll<p>The MTV Video …

Music

11 Nintendo Games Based on Classic Works of Literature

You don't have to invent a family of mustachioed plumbers to create a video game. Here are some classic works of literature that got the Nintendo …

Literature

Carbon fiber for all! German consortium wants to make CF 90% cheaper

Goal is to substitute traditionally metal parts with CF by 2020.<p>BMW and Audi want to cut carbon-fiber production costs by up to 90 percent within six years—and they're already halfway there.<p>The two automakers, bolstered by funding from the German government and working with 86 other partners …

7 Tips for Doing More Meaningful Street Photography

While it takes time to master the technical skills needed to excel at street photography, I think the most difficult aspect of the genre is trying to …

California company imported Indian workers, paid them $1.21 an hour

Eight workers from India were paid as little as $1.21 an hour by a tech company in Fremont, Calif., over several months in late 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, as reported by the Associated Press.<p>As a result the company, Electronics for Imaging, which specializes in printing …

Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola at New York City Hospital

A health care worker who was rushed to New York City’s Bellevue Hospital Thursday has reportedly tested positive for Ebola.<p>Craig Spencer had recently …