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Survey: 68% of CEOs Admit They Weren’t Fully Prepared for the Job

CEOs are known for their confidence. It is, after all, one of the reasons they’ve made it to the top. And yet, that confidence sometimes flags, as we at leadership advisory firm Egon Zehnder learned from a survey of 402 CEOs from 11 countries—executives who together run companies with $2.6 trillion …

Leadership

Everything You Need To Use Arduino For Home Automation

One of the great things about home automation is that it’s limitless. Whether you add more smart locks, toss some smart light bulbs into lamps, or add another smart thermostat to your home, it’s simple and easy to control all the products in your house.<p>But if you’re someone who doesn’t like the …

Arduino

Here Are Five Ways To Recover If You Get Lowballed In A Negotiation

Feeling ripped off is a terrible thing to experience, especially in the context of a business negotiation. This might happen if you think you’ve gotten low-balled in a negotiation, or when someone has bargained you down in an agreement and gotten you to also say yes to the deal. Add to this dynamic …

Business Development

The 7 Best Presentation Software Tools For Entrepreneurs

Having great ideas, knowing the facts you want to convey and presenting a pitch deck so successfully that you get funded can be very different things. Regardless of the stage of your company, a lot of your success is riding on a few slides.<p>This is something I was reminded when I covered the pitch …

Entrepreneurship

When Generalists Are Better Than Specialists, and Vice Versa

What’s the best way to boost creativity on your team? There’s really no simple answer. Even the research is split on the best approach to take.<p>One view is that the key to creative breakthroughs is being able to combine or leverage different areas of expertise. After all, every innovation somehow …

generalists

The 3 Most Important Slides In Your Pitch Deck

Each and every slide is important. Yet, if you only have time to really nail and improve on some of them before your next investor meeting, which ones do you focus on?<p>Decks seem to be shrinking. It’s perfectly acceptable to only have 10 slides in your deck. 20 is pushing the long side. While this …

Venture Capital

How to Display the Ideal Body Language When Networking

Learn when it's appropriate to use hand gestures and head nods when building new relationships.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Body language can be a powerful attractant or deterrent when it comes to building relationships with others. People assess you …

Body Language

The Broken Windows Theory Of Customer Service And Customer Experience Improvement

When a company sets out to revamp its customer experience, it tends to focus right away on the extreme events, the big, rare customer service catastrophes: mass blow-ups online and so forth. But I actually tend to discourage them, as their customer experience consultant, from going there first. …

Customer Experience

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is a pocket storage powerhouse

SanDisk's speedy new rugged SSD is water-resistant and comes in capacities up to 2TB.<p>Sarah Tew, CNET's photographer here in New York, shoots tons of products for me. But rarely have I seen her as excited about a product as San Disk's new Extreme Portable SSD.<p>That's because the 38.9-gram Extreme …

Gear & Gadgets

When Joining a Company, Figure Out How Decisions Are Made

When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture. And one of the most important aspects of a work culture is how decisions are made. Does your new company have a <i>bias for action</i>, or a <i>bias for analysis and consensus</i>? In organizations with the former, decisions …

Management

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

The Importance Of Follow-Up Questions

Ask Better Questions is the headline of a good Harvard Business Review interview with Leslie K. John and Alison Wood Brooks.<p>The point they make about …

High School

Why Your Job Search Isn't Working -- And How To Fix It

Dear Liz,<p>I’m job hunting, but it’s not going well. I’ve been sending out resumes for months. I’ve filled out 42 online job applications and I’ve only had two interviews. What am I doing wrong?<p>Thanks,<p>Jerry<p>Dear Jerry,<p>Blasting out resumes and filling out job applications are the two worst ways to get …

Employment

One Simple Way to Make One-on-One Meetings Much More Meaningful

Ban the status-report status quo and use this technique to have a purposeful conversation<p>Experts agree that there's no better way for a manager to engage with your team members than regular one-on-one meetings. For example, here's Elizabeth Grace Saunders, author of How to Invest Your Time Like …

Leadership

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

The Best Leaders Are Great Teachers

Cristina Daura<p>Kundapur Vaman Kamath was a teacher. But he didn’t work at a school or stand in front of a class. Instead, he delivered his lessons at the office—to the employees who served under him during his four decades as a senior executive at, and then CEO of, India’s ICICI Bank. Whether he was …

The Amazing Ways Verizon Uses AI And Machine Learning To Improve Performance

Verizon’s FIOS fiber optic broadband keeps millions of US homes online. However, monitoring stability and reacting to faults and outages which affect customer experience takes huge amounts of resources.<p>Until recently, Verizon primarily relied on customer feedback to understand when the speed and …

Machine Learning

How to optimize your online gaming setup

Whether you play <i>Fortnite</i>, <i>PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds</i> or <i>Overwatch</i>, you're going to want as little latency as possible between your hands and the game's servers. While you can't really account for how reliable your ISP is, by making a few smart choices you <i>can</i> ensure that your side of the equation …

What If Amazon’s Next Big Innovation Was to Improve the Jobs of Its Blue-Collar Workers?

Earlier this spring, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos released his annual letter to shareholders. Like every shareholders letter Bezos has written since his company went public in 1997, this year’s version was brilliant, entertaining, and filled with big strategic insights and gritty management takeaways.<p>To …

The Best Blockchain Jobs And Careers Available Today

Blockchain expertise captured the No. 1 position on the latest skills index by Upwork for being the hottest in the U.S. job market. This is just one of the many indicators of how high the demand is for people with blockchain skills. Blockchain may have begun in finance to support cryptocurrencies, …

Blockchain

After leading 4,000 job interviews, here’s what Smartsheet’s co-founder loves to ask candidates

As a veteran tech entrepreneur and co-founder of companies like Onyx Software and Smartsheet, Brent Frei has conducted more than 4,000 interviews. …

Can You Really Train Soft Skills? Some Answers From The Science Of Talent

In recent years, recruiters and employers have increasingly focused their talent identification efforts on <i>soft</i> rather than hard skills. Look for any desirable position, and it’s unlikely you will be considered unless you can demonstrate one or more of these skills: management, sales, communication, …

Emotional Intelligence

How To Become Brave At Work

Ora Shtull and I recently interviewed acclaimed leadership coach Kimberly Davis, founder of the OnStage Leadership Program and author of <i>Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need.</i> We talked about why connecting your purpose to your work …

Self-confidence

How to Look Like the Smartest Person in Every Meeting

Try these great tips to stand out in your next meeting.<p>My work as an executive leadership coach often has me shadowing the people I'm coaching. And that means sitting in a lot of meetings--as many as seven or eight a day. And I've come to realize that there's always one person who stands out, who …

Communicate

Want To Stay Relevant? Never Stop Learning

Continuous learning has become a mantra for everyone from college newbies to seasoned C-suite veterans. Trouble is, most of us are bad at learning. Supremely bad.<p>That’s the conclusion of Bradley R. Staats, an operations professor whose research examines how individuals, teams, and organizations can …

One-Step

You've Been Painting Rooms Wrong All These Years

Paint is one of the best ways to dramatically change a room, especially on a low budget. It may seem as simple as deciding on a color, buying paint, …

5 Ways to Project Confidence in Front of an Audience

Employees, investors, and partners don’t just follow anyone — they follow leaders who have command of the business and command of the stage. Whether you’re presenting on an analyst call or speaking to your entire organization in a town hall meeting, you’re being judged on your confidence and …

The Simple Interview Trick That Will Get You The Job

If you want one thing to focus on in your next job interview (and every job interview you attend in the future) here it is: focus on the person sitting across the desk from you.<p>It is normal and natural to focus on yourself in a job interview. You want to put your best foot forward. You can’t wait …

Employment

Design thinking, lean and agile are finally converging

Design, lean and agile have different modus operandi. With software releases now required by the hour, they need to be brought together to bring out …

F.D.A. Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines

The first medicine designed to prevent migraines was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, ushering in what many experts believe will be a new era in treatment for people who suffer the most severe form of these headaches.<p>The drug, Aimovig, made by Amgen and Novartis, is a …

Prosthetics