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Here’s the final nail in the coffin of open plan offices

A new study from Harvard Business School finds that open plan offices don’t live up to the hype–in fact, the idea that they promote interaction is dead wrong.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> The Conversation<i>.</i><p>Open plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and …

The Workplace

Here's What Jeff Bezos Prefers to Work-Life Balance and Why You Should Live By It

Work-life balance naively suggests working and non-working hours should be evenly apportioned.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Amazon is known for building a culture that values hard work. So much so that the organization has received criticism from current and …

Jeff Bezos

The 24 Rules for Success Left Behind by a Legendary Wall Street Banker

14. "Have some fun—but not all the time!"<p>Richard Jenrette, who co-founded the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1959, spent four …

Wall Street

There's a Digital Apocalypse Coming. Take Notice Before It's Too Late

If you work at a digital agency, you need to read this.<p>Some say that before an earthquake, dogs act funny. They tense up. They bark at nothing. They seem afraid, because they can sense something is coming.<p>People, unfortunately, aren't blessed with the same capabilities. And in the agency world, it …

Profit

Want to Be Happy and Successful at Work? Stop Doing These 10 Things

Often we're so focused on doing more, when we should be focused on doing less.<p>With a world of advice on how to improve our working lives at our fingertips, it may seem ironic that the most simple things can often derail our productivity and our happiness--both as an employee, and as a leader. And, …

Self-improvement

I Tried Jeff Bezos's PowerPoint Replacement at My Company--and It Actually Worked

Getting your team literally on the same page increases meeting productivity, keeps everyone engaged and allows for meaningful dialogue.<p>A few months back, a friend whose new boss used to work for Jeff Bezos at Amazon told me that the company actually banned PowerPoint presentations in favor of memos.<p>…

Jeff Bezos

People Who Say These 5 Words Have Very Low Emotional Intelligence

They mean the exact opposite of what you think. But only emotionally intelligent people understand why.<p>The words hit me like a hurricane: "I know how you feel."<p>They're right there on pages 80 and 81 of my colleague Justin Bariso's new book about emotional intelligence. They're simple words, and …

Emotional Intelligence

The FBI's Best Negotiator Says This Is the 1 Thing You Need to Influence Anyone

Hostage negotiators don't kid themselves about emotions. You shouldn't either.<p>Chris Voss may be the best negotiator in the world.<p>Voss spent more than two decades in the FBI, during which he worked on more than 150 international hostage cases. Eventually, he was chosen among thousands of agents to …

Body Language

I’m a Mother of 9 and the Head of Personal Finance at a Trillion Dollar Investment Firm. Here Are My 6 Secrets for Work-Life Balance

Step 1: Create your own definition of success.<p>When we’re juggling work and family life, we’re bound to experience moments of pressure or exhaustion. …

Ashton Kutcher’s simple, yet brilliant, email strategy

On a recent episode of The Thrive Global Podcast, Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington sat down with television and film actor, venture …

Robin Williams Did This 1 Thing to Unlock His Creativity--and It's Exactly What Neuroscience Recommends

Unlocking creativity ain't easy--but some brilliant scientific and comedic minds have figured it out.<p>We all have self-defeating habits and do plenty to sabotage our own success. Unfortunately, it's no different when it comes to creativity.<p>Neuroscience research indicates that those who struggle with …

Creativity

Transform Your Day With This 10-Minute Routine When You First Arrive at the Office

Here's how focusing on the present before moving into the day's goals can change your outlook.<p>2 min read<p>The phrase “daily grind” -- meaning a repetitive, tiresome work routine -- may have originated in the mid-1800s, but it’s just as relevant today. Just 33 percent of U.S. workers are engaged in …

Time Management

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Washington University in St. Louis

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

<b>“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”</b> — Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner<p>There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second.<p>Both of these …

Self-improvement

Here's What Introverts Find So Annoying About What Extroverts Think

If you're someone who clearly identifies with being on either side of the personality fence, you know how challenging it can be living and working with people who can be so different from you.<p>Anywhere from a third to half of the population fits the definition of being introverted, meaning these …

Psychology

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song for 15 Seconds Will Instantly Make You More Creative

Want to be more creative and feel a little happier? Play this song for 15 seconds.<p>Innovation matters. Creativity matters. Finding new solutions to old problems is what businesses -- and careers -- are often built on.<p>Sound therapy is a popular way to relax and reduce stress. But now you can use the …

Creativity

The CEO Who Made Disney an $80 Billion Company Just Listed 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

I've read three of the five books Michael Eisner recommends...and the other two are now on my reading list.<p>Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner just shared his top reading recommendations for business -- and life.<p>Eisner created the reading list for Scribd, the digital reading subscription service, that …

Marco Rubio

Want to Boost Memory by 20 Percent? Science Says Do This 1 Simple Activity

Time outside changes how active specific parts of the brain are, offering clearer, freer thought.<p>If you like to spend your break time with a quick jaunt around the corner to buy a coffee, nobody's judging. But according to science, you might be better off if you took time out of your day to get on …

The Brain

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Said 1 Thing Separates Living an Exceptional Life From an Average One

It came easily to Steve Jobs -- and it's something we all should embrace.<p>Steve Jobs set extremely high expectations. He wanted things done a certain way, challenging other people to work harder, work longer, and sometimes to do more than they thought was possible.<p>Steve Jobs had high standards. He …

Self-improvement

6 Morning Routines That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Pay Off For Life

To start your day right, you've got to get into some good habits.<p>The early birds will inherit the earth.<p>At least that’s what a 2009 University of …

Time Management

5 toxic habits I've quit to be happier, smarter, and more productive

Do you want to know the honest reason why I study productivity?<p>I'm lazy. And I love life.<p>I also sincerely believe that productivity is the key skill that leads to a successful career and happy life. Why? When you're productive, you know how to get the <i>right</i> things done so you never have to worry …

Research Says This Required Job Skill Will Trump Emotional Intelligence by the Year 2020

World Economic Forum's "Future of Jobs Report" reveals the top 10 job skills required for workers to thrive by 2020.<p>Last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its <i>Future of Jobs Report</i>, forecasting thetop 10 job skills required for workers to thrive by 2020, according to global chief human …

Emotional Intelligence

3 Tips to Sound Smart When Someone Puts You on the Spot

Speaking intelligently when you have no time to prepare is a skill you can learn, insists this Stanford business prof.<p>Public speaking can be terrifying, but at least you tend to have time to prepare.<p>Speeches and presentations are scheduled well in advance so nervous speakers have plenty of …

Public Speaking

A retired Navy SEAL commander does 2 things every night before bed so he can attack the next day the minute he wakes up

With discipline comes freedom, says Jocko Willink, a retired US Navy SEAL commander.<p>Twitter/Jocko Willink<p>As the commander of US Navy SEAL Team 3 Task Unit Bruiser, Jocko Willink coined a mantra for his troops: "Discipline equals freedom."<p>It's the idea that by developing and sticking to tested …

12 Little Things That Show People You're Intelligent, Without You Having to Say It

Actions speak louder than words.<p>I was at a breakfast meeting the other day.<p>Four people around a small table on the outdoor deck of a nice hotel, right on the beach, one of the women brought two boxes of avocado toast from the café.<p>"For us to share," she said.<p>My first thought was, "How are we going …

Arts and Crafts movement

Here's When Daymond John of 'Shark Tank' Says You Should Quit Your Job

Hint: It's not when you probably think--or when a lot of people think.<p>They say that if you want to become highly successful--especially if your definition of success involves entrepreneurship--you need to just quit your day job and do it.<p>Either you're committed or you're not, they say. Either …

Entrepreneurship

The 4 rituals that will make you an expert at anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

Success

Richard Branson Just Schooled Us All About Being on Time

Time is money, and just by showing up on time for meetings you'll save thousands of dollars a minute for your business and clients.<p>It's ok. You can admit it. We've all done it.<br>There's probably some meetings sitting on your calendar right now that you don't know why they're there, or that you aren't …

British Virgin Islands

Tony Robbins has done the same thing after every speech, meeting, or event for 40 years

Since the time he was a protégé of motivational speaker Jim Rohn in the late 1970s, Tony Robbins has been performing a learning exercise that has allowed him to become one of the world's foremost public speakers.<p>Robbins has been the personal performance coach to clients like billionaire investor …

Bill Clinton

How to change minds and influence people's behaviour

Psychology