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Does Your Company Make You a Better Person?

When we hear people talk about struggling to maintain work-life balance, our hearts sink a little. As one executive in a high-performing company we have studied explained, “If work and life are separate things—if work is what keeps you from <i>living</i>—then we’ve got a serious problem.” In our research …

Why Your Customers’ Social Identities Matter

Why don’t customers do what they say they’ll do? Consider the experience of the home appliance manufacturer Electrolux. On the basis of its customer feedback, it once contemplated offering free washing machines and using smart technology inside them to charge customers by the wash.<p>In prelaunch …

A Second Chance to Make the Right Impression

Romualdo Faura<p>Years ago a friend of mine, Gordon, interviewed for a position at a prominent university. During his daylong visit to campus, he had lunch with a senior faculty member (let’s call him Bob) who had final say over the hire. After their food arrived, Bob said of his meal, “You know, this …

Get the Boss to Buy In

An engineering manager at an energy company—we’ll call him John Healy—wanted to sell his boss on a safer and cheaper gas-scrubbing technology. This might have been an easy task if his boss, the general manager, hadn’t selected the existing system just a year before. Instead it was, in Healy’s …

Things to Stop Doing in 2015

Stop multitasking (it can be done).<p>Stop procrastinating, saving work for tomorrow, and waiting to be inspired to work.<p>At the same time, stop working at an unsustainable pace. It makes leading more difficult, and to do things better, you have to stop doing so much.<p>If that’s not possible, at least …

7 Things No One Told Me About Being an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people become entrepreneurs because they want to take charge of their financial future and enjoy the freedom entrepreneurship can provide. While the allure of entrepreneurship is strong, there are some realities you should be aware …

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The Simple Secrets That Make People Fascinating

Whether you want to be a star in your field or make your product irresistibly interesting, being fascinating is about standing out from the crowd–and doing a little self-marketing.<p>What makes someone fascinating?<p>Americans are often fascinated by celebrities–for reasons good and bad–but who’s hot one …

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