Arash Ghafoori

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Are Processes Slowing Your Company Down? Try These 8 Simplifying Tips

Prohibiting left turns may seem like a strange way to simplify, but this single decision has hugely impacted UPS. As a result of its drivers avoiding left turns, the company saves 10 million gallons of gas annually, delivers 350,000 more packages every year, and it reduced its average time per …

Management

How the Eisenhower box can organize your life

In a typical day, how many things are scribbled on your to-do list? You might have a key deadline for a work project or family commitments to handle. …

Time Management
Leadership

This Common Scheduling Mistake Could Be Ruining Your Productivity

If your best intentions have left your calendar completely over-scheduled, there is a simpler way to time block.<p>So, some life-hacker told you to time block, huh?<p>Or you read The ONE Thing, by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan, and decided to schedule out your most important activities on your calendar. At …

Time Management

What Makes Working at Google Special? 3 Surprising Things, According to Its Head of People Operations

Few companies have more applicants per job opening than Google has. The company's key HR person shared 3 reasons why.<p>Google is as famous for its perks as it is for its out-of-the-box thinking, bold leadership, and progressive view of failure. Despite what many think, however, it's not the free …

Employment

This Is What Employees Really Want (Hint: It's Not About the Money)

And it cost practically nothing.<p>It's well-known that monetary incentives do little to motivate people. Research shows that pay raises won't turn your employees into productivity machines. In fact, giving creative people bonuses <i>demotivates</i> them and leads to poorer performance.<p>What do workers really …

empathic

How To Create Your Leadership User's Manual

I’ve long been captivated by the idea of creating a leadership “user’s manual.”<p>The basic idea is that managers should create a short guide to their personality, work style and, yes, even quirks, so that their direct reports would know how to best work with them. I also suspected that this kind of …

Self-awareness

7 TED Talks That Will Help You Be A Better Leader

As a leadership and culture coach, I’m always on the lookout for new inspiration. Learning about other people’s experiences, strategies, and ideas about leadership can generate awesome insight!<p>Here are some TED talks that “package” what makes great leaders into concise, informative speeches.<p><b>1. John</b> …

Leadership

The Most Thrilling and Beautiful Vacations to Take If You Love the Outdoors

Heading somewhere to reconnect with nature is the best remedy when you're craving an escape from the daily grind. As much as we love exploring a new …

National Parks

How to become a LinkedIn influencer

Here’s where to start if you want to build your following and raise your status on the business social media platform.<p>Jim Keenan says he’s probably on LinkedIn more than he should be—at least a few times a day. But if the measure of where professionals should spend their time is looking at what …

Marketing

Here's what CEOs actually do all day

Ever wonder what CEOs actually do all day? A study published on Monday by Harvard Business Review sheds light on how those in the top spot use their …

CEOs

How To Create A Brilliant, Creative Résumé That Distinguishes You From Peers

A memorable résumé isn’t only about presentation, but also about what’s included inside its contents.<br>In this helpful career advice piece from …

Graphic Design

What Every Leader Needs to Know About the Rule of 7

Leaders need to shift their management approach as their teams grow.<p>I've written before about the importance of corporate culture, how to define it, and how to enforce it to help your company reach peak performance. Culture is the line a group draws that separates the behaviors they stand for, …

Management

25 Things You Need to Do When You Move Into Your New Home

Take care of these vital tasks right away to avoid headaches later.<p>The minute you walk in to your new home, your mind will be racing with to-dos. …

6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day

Your life is busy. Work/life balance is a challenge. You feel like you’re spreading yourself so thin that you’re starting to disappear. Most of us …

This Culture 'Tool' Is Being Used By All Of The Best Entrepreneurs

Over and over recently, I'm seeing some of the best thinkers using Gapingvoid's work.<p>For most executives, organizational culture has been a bit of a mystery. We read about companies with great cultures: Zappos, Rackspace, REI, Southwest Airlines, etc., but how did they create workplace environments …

Entrepreneurship

Make Buncha Crap Green Smoothie and save yourself a buncha green

“This shit is expensive.”<p>Make the decision to (ostensibly) improve your health with fresh or cold-pressed fruit and/or vegetable juices, and you’ll …

The One Thing No One Tells You When Choosing Your Kitchen Countertop

When choosing a kitchen countertop, many questions arise. What material will stand up to the wear and tear of everyday kitchen tasks? Marble is …

15 Cleaning Secrets Only Car Detailers Know

Save $200 and detail your car yourself in half a day. Get professional results using these tips from experienced detailers.<p>If you hit your dry paint …

Cleaning

5 steps to the perfect home-grown tomatoes

Now that the weather has warmed and the threat of frost is no longer in the forecast, tomato season is upon us. Tomatoes are among ...

3 Components of the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Can you clearly demonstrate value when faced with a time crunch?<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>After filming two seasons of <i>Entrepreneur</i> <i>Elevator Pitch</i>, I've come to realize that there are three key elements to delivering the perfect pitch.<p>Our show is unique …

I'm on a Strict Budget—This Is Where I Buy All My Home Décor

To say I'm on a budget is an understatement. Quite frankly, I can't really afford my lifestyle and have let my more expensive taste get the best of …

How to buy a sofa

Experts dish on the most important seat in the house<p>Buying a sofa is tricky. It will likely be one of the largest pieces of furniture you own, which makes it both an instant focal point in a room—and one of your most expensive purchases.<p>With that in mind, you could likely use some buying advice. We …

Those weeds in your grass are telling a story. Don't ignore it

Pssst.<p>Your grass is trying to tell you something.<p>That patch of white clovers? It means your lawn is low in fertility.<p>Spreading plantains? Rent an …

This 400 Square Foot 'Tiny House' is My Dream Home

Here at Apartment Therapy, we write about tiny houses a whole lot. Sometimes, I find myself wondering if we've reached peak tiny house. Are these …

Reading Academic Research Papers Is the Best Success Hack You've Never Heard About

Graduate-level research is a lot likelier to help you figure out real life business problems than that book of motivational quotes beside your bed.<p>5 min read<p>Despite the bad rap it tends to get in the self-made businessperson community, college is still an entrepreneurial hub. Billion-dollar …

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Just Dropped the Best Business Advice You'll Read Today

Two innovative thinkers. Two extremely detailed communiqués. Many invaluable lessons.<p>Jeff Bezos. Elon Musk.<p>These two tech visionaries share a lot in common. They're both known as extremely innovative thinkers. They're both trying to change the world, one by altering the way people buy products and …

Jeff Bezos

Want To Have The Best Tomatoes? Put These Things In The Holes Before Planting Them

When dealing with gardening and planting all of those fruits and veggies, the greatest satisfaction of every gardener is to see the final outcome or …

The 14 Best Places to Buy (Stylish) Furniture on a Budget

So you have a list of everything you *need* to make your home Insta-perfect. But where can you go to get the most bang, er, furniture, for your buck? If you’re working with a tight budget, let this list of 14 affordable shopping destinations (both online and brick-and-mortar) satisfy your design …

How to Clean Hardwood Floors And The Mistakes You Should Avoid

Hardwood floors make every home looking classy, warm and welcoming. They’re the most durable kind of floors, if they are treated properly. However, …