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Forget Company Culture -- Managers Should Focus On This

The term company culture is overused and misrepresented far too often. It is time to shift focus from why to how we work together.<p>In my experience, managers and entrepreneurs love to talk about company culture while recruiting talent. Boasting about corporate transparency, social responsibility or …

Employee Engagement

If You Want To Achieve Extreme Productivity, Don't Be A Goldfish

It’s safe to say that I’m a busy guy.<p>Between running a company with multiple businesses under its umbrella, serving as a partner in a venture investment fund, writing for Forbes, publishing books, doing TV appearances, and raising a young family, my daily schedule is typically packed.<p>One of the …

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6 elegant bathroom ideas for compact spaces

In contemporary housing, small living spaces are more prevalent. It follows that with small sized homes & smaller living spaces, one must so furnish …

Organize your clothes: 10 creative and effective ways to store and hang your clothes

When it comes to clothes and storage, sometimes we have to be creative, especially if space in our homes is scarce. No-one wants visible clutter, but …

Microsoft Surface Go review: a little goes a long way

It’s a good, tiny Surface — don’t overthink it<p>The Surface Go isn’t what you’d expect.<p>I’ve been using it for a week now and what I was expecting was a low-end Windows computer to go along with its processor and price. I was expecting to be unimpressed with its small keyboard. We’ve seen this story …

3 Secrets to Becoming Emotionally Intelligent

Emotional Intelligence. It’s everywhere. They won’t shut up about it. And yet nobody seems to be able to explain what it really means or how you …

5 Practices That Make You A Leader People Want To Follow

Watching how leaders deal with a crisis is a great way to judge their capabilities. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has been praised after his response to the improper arrest of two African-American men in a Philadelphia store. Without deflecting the problem or making excuses, Johnson has implemented a …

Entrepreneurship

6 Ways To Get Time Back In Your Day, Every Day

Smart philanthropy starts with an effective approach to our work.<p>In philanthropy, we seem to be perpetually rushing from one thing to the next. There’s always a new technology to learn or more grant applications to evaluate. Yet while everyone is <i>feeling</i> busy and moving quickly, the real change we …

Time Management

3 Baking Mistakes That Make Your Cakes Dense Instead of Fluffy

There's nothing like digging your fork into a slice of perfectly light, moist, and fluffy <b>cake</b>. Are your cakes coming out more dense than you expect …

These 5 Baking Cheat Sheets Will Make You a Better Baker

<b>Baking</b> is an extremely technical and scientific hobby, and you can easily run into a baking a mishap or two in the midst of putting a batter …

Only 1 Out Of 4 Leaders Encourage Suggestions From Their Employees, New Data Shows

I recently conducted a study called The Risks Of Ignoring Employee Feedback that involved 27,048 executives, managers and employees. And what I discovered, among other things, is that very few leaders encourage, or are open to hearing, suggestions for improvement from their employees.<p>The study …

The Myth Of Customer Experience: What Asia's Marketers Should Really Be Focusing On

There’s a myth at the heart of most customer relationship management. It’s the myth that the way to create better customer relationships is to improve every single experience that customers have with you. Over the years, this myth has led to businesses focusing budget and resources on improving the …

Customer Experience

Home of the week: a stone house with an exquisite interior!

When it comes to creating a home that is organic, tactile and almost hypnotically engaging, using natural materials is definitely the way to go and …

How to Become More Self-Aware, According to Research

You probably know more than a few people who are just clueless about themselves.<p>They make the same errors over and over but never seem to notice. …

HARD Goals, Not SMART Goals, Are The Key To Career Development

Good employees want the opportunity to grow and develop on the job. And here’s the great news, a simple, 15-minute conversation, that focuses on HARD Goals, will encourage your people to take a more active and self-sufficient role in planning for and reaching their desired career growth.<p><i>Watch on</i> …

Employment

How To Increase Satisfaction With Pay (Without Increasing Pay)

Dissatisfaction with pay and benefits is a major concern in most organizations. I often speak to large audiences and ask, “Who here is paid too much?” Usually one or two people raise their hands just to get attention. But for most of us, regardless of our salary, we generally struggle to make ends …

26 signs you're a good boss — even if it doesn't feel like it

It's not always easy being in charge.<p>Managing others comes with a ton of pressure. And when you're in a management position, it can be difficult to evaluate how you're doing.<p>Are you striking the right balance between commanding respect and appearing accessible? Are your employees responding well to …

A Positive, High-Performance Culture Can Reap The Biggest Rewards

A positive, high performance culture can reap the biggest rewards. Ignoring culture can result in disaster.<p>It seems that almost every day we hear about another organization facing ethical challenges. These stories raise important questions about the power of culture and how employees construe that …

3 Signs Your CEO Is Behaving Like A Psychopath

Few things bring teams together like complaining about the boss. No matter what your role is or how dedicated you are, at one point or another, you’ll find yourself complaining about the person in charge of your organization.<p>This isn’t a bad thing, of course. In fact, it’s a perfectly normal part …

7 genius cleaning tips

We all want to make cleaning our homes that little bit quicker and easier, right? Short of hiring a team of professional cleaners, it can seem like …

These 21 Recipes Look Impressive, But Are Really Easy

Fool your friends into thinking you're fancy.<p>It's dinner party time and you want to impress your friends...but you also want to be lazy. Thankfully there are some recipes that satisfy both the devil and angel on your shoulders—they're <b>easy but look like you slaved away for hours in the kitchen</b>. …

Cooking

Leftover Rice Can Give You Food Poisoning If You Do This

Be careful with that leftover Chinese.<p>My long commute makes me ravenous. When I got home yesterday, I immediately heated up some Trader Joe’s …

8 Line Cooks Share Hacks to Cut Your Prep Time in Half

Your mise en place needs a revamp. These prep cooks can help.<p>If you think you hate chopping onions, imagine having to prep <i>gallons</i> of them every day. That is the life of a line cook: slicing, dicing, peeling, deboning, and handling all the mise en place that restaurant kitchens need. Some tasks are …

Onions

How Do You Hire Better? 3 Biggest Qualities To Look For In Every Employee

One of the most discussed topics in entrepreneurship is how to build an effective culture—and truthfully, many struggle to define that word to begin with. What exactly is an effective workplace culture? Is it one decorated with big screen televisions and Ping-Pong tables?<p>The question is a poignant …

6 Morning Rituals That Will Make You Productive All Day

If you’re running your own business or you’re career-driven, it’s easy to burn the candle at both ends and find yourself in a constant state of exhaustion. I used to find it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings, hitting “snooze” repeatedly before rushing out the door to start a 12-hour day. …

Entrepreneurship

Never Trust A Manager Who Does These Five Things

Every working person knows that your direct supervisor sets the tone for your relationship with your job.<p>If your supervisor is cool, it could be a great job for you even if it isn’t your dream job.<p>If your supervisor is a jerk, it won’t matter how much you like the work on your desk — you’re …

Why Building Relationships with Your Employees Is Better Than Just Managing Them

By creating strong relationships with your staff members, you'll build a better workforce and develop bonds that will help you and your business be a success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Glenn Llopis’s book</i> The Innovation Mentality<i>. Buy</i> …

32 Products Guaranteed To Give You The Most Organized Kitchen

Everything you need to make your kitchen the most organized room in your home.

Ten Signs You're Failing As A Manager

I was an HR leader for eons.<p>I spent a lot of time talking with managers about their “people issues.”<p>There are always “people issues” in any organization. It takes patience and empathy to work through them. Managers and their employees don’t always see things the same way and it’s helpful to have a …