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Clinton's charity confirms Qatar's $1 mln gift while she was at State Dept | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign …

What Leaders Never Do In Networking Intros (And You Shouldn't Either)

Networking can be challenging. You may not know what to say to strangers, including how to introduce yourself. To others, this can come across as being timid or that you are unsure of yourself. Do you want to demonstrate your confidence and leadership and introduce yourself like a boss? Do not do …

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51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

"At the still point, there the dance is." —T. S. Eliot<p>2. "In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars."<p>—Alexander Solzhenitsyn, <i>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich</i><p>Suggested by Jasmin B., via Facebook<p>3. "She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning …

The Fine Art of Being a Great Boss

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I was a lousy boss.<p>There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong. I was a pretty effective executive by any measure. I got the job done. I was just a little tough on the people side. OK, maybe more than a little tough. I was highly demanding and …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

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The Real Reason Unlimited Vacation Policies Work

<i>Mike Volpe is the CMO of Hubspot.</i><p>At most companies in the United States, vacation starts in the most unrelaxing way possible: permission slips. Accruing enough time to go on vacation then having to ask for permission to do so feels more like a fifth grade field trip than a grown-up getaway.<p>Still, …

Lead Like It Matters: Enrich Your Job, Boost Your Career

We’ve all seen it:<p>The hotshot salesman who bombs when he’s appointed sales manager. The gifted engineer who seems lost in a new supervisory role. The skilled lawyer who totally stumbles when promoted to a role that involves leading others.<p>Roxi Bahar Hewertson has seen it, too. She’s an executive …

Leadership Matters: Gratitude Leads to Greatness

"Once you start recognizing the truth of your story, finish the story. It happened but you're still here, you're still capable, powerful, you're not your circumstance.It happened and you made it through. You're still fully equipped with every single tool you need to fulfill your purpose."― Steve …

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Credit: Pioneers Festival<p>Two weeks ago, Jerry Colonna, former VC turned coach for tech CEOs, gave a workshop at the Austrian tech conference, …

5 Responsibilities For Leading Elite Teams

All leaders would like to think of their teams as elite. But being the leader of an “elite” team is no easy task and requires constant professional development and conditioning for leaders at all levels within the team. As a former Navy SEAL, I have had the opportunity to see truly elite leaders …

How A Bad Boss Can Make You Sick

Life is short but apparently it can become a lot shorter if you spend your days dealing with a bad boss. In a recent study performed by Keas.com they found that 77% of employees experienced physical symptoms of stress from bad bosses and workers who had inconsiderate or uncommunicative managers …

China deploys troops and fighter jets in response to unauthorised flight

China deployed more than 1,200 troops and scrambled fighter jets in response to an unauthorised flight near Beijing airport by what turned out to be a mapping drone, state-run media reported on Thursday.<p>Three men were being prosecuted over the incident, the China Daily said.<p>It cited prosecutors as …

Why I Fired a Top-Performing Employee | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur, you'd do anything for your company. You put in countless hours to build the business, and you're relentlessly committed to your mission.<p>Unfortunately, not all of your employees are going to feel the same way. It's inevitable that once you really start to grow, you may …

British man jailed for four months in Morocco ‘for being gay’

A British man has been jailed for four months in Morocco for being gay, his family have said.<p>Ray Cole, 70, was arrested while on holiday, according to his son Adrian, who said that authorities in the north African country had been reluctant to even reveal where his father was.<p>He posted a picture of …

4 Questions Excellent Leaders Ask Underperforming Employees | Inc.com

Asking questions is the most powerful, yet underutilized, tool you carry as a leader. Questions force your team to think. Questions reveal assumptions and thought processes by the answers they elicit. Questions start a dialogue. Questions involve the other party in creating solutions, which builds …

Why Your Boss Is a Lousy Coach

You boss is a lousy coach. It culminates in your boss not helping you grow. There are three key reasons:<p>You are smart. You know more than the boss: You are a knowledge worker, who already knows ten times more about what you are doing than the executive does.<br>• Your boss is too busy. The reason your …

6 Ways Leaders Unknowingly Undervalue Their Employees

Leaders often find themselves getting lost within the growing demands of the workplace and losing sight of what matters most to their employees. As such, they fail to realize the negative repercussions that the lack of strategic focus can have on their ability to deepen relationships with …

5 Ideas for a Great Home Learning Zone

As children head back to school, it’s back to reality for parents too. Now is the time to organize our homes for the homework that’s soon to come. …

Do Our Kids Really Need To Learn How To Code?

Some months ago, I downloaded the Kodable app for my 4 year-old, which boasts that it can teach toddlers how to code before they can read. My programming skills are pretty basic, but I like the idea of giving my child a head start.<p>Many of today’s business and political leaders stress that coding …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

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10 Simple Hacks For Packing A Suitcase

Packing for a long trip can be problematic: you don't want to bring along too much and have to lug around a heavy bag, but you also don't want to pack too little and end up forgetting a crucial item.<p>Here are 10 tips to make packing easy.<p>1. Roll clothing up and then use air-compression plastic bags …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

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11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Forget malware — stolen credentials are the real enterprise threat

Focusing on malware detection as a frontline cybersecurity strategy puts IT security teams in a never-ending game of cat and mouse. A report from Pandalabs earlier this year found that 30 million new malware threats were created in 2013 – an average of 82,000 <i>per day</i>. Keeping pace with this rate of …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

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