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Use These Handy Tests to Make Sure Your Suit Fits Right

Making sure a suit fits right isn't terribly complicated, so it's surprising how many people you see walking around with badly-fitting suits. Make …

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How to Properly Set Your Subwoofer's Volume (Without Shaking the Roof)

If you have a subwoofer in your home theater, stereo, or car, you probably know how tough it is to get the bass levels just right. Here’s a trick to …

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How to Stop Web Sites from Potentially Listening to Your Microphone

Earlier this week, web developer Tal Ater warned of a Chrome exploit that would allow an unscrupulous website to listen in to your computer's …

The Pokémon Desktop

Prince Ari wants to be the very best. Like no one ever was. So he fired up GeekTool and built this customized desktop that gives him plenty of room …

SwissGear Laptop Bags, $50 Off iPad Air, Windows 8.1 License [Deals]

If you could use a new computer backpack, today's the day to get one. Amazon's Gold Box is brimming with SwissGear packs to suit any style or …

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Browse Popular Color Palettes to Snazz Up Presentations

Colors are important to make your presentations look good, but not everyone has a good sense of which one will complement another. Zach Holman …

Extension Defender Roots Out Adware Extensions in Chrome

Chrome: With the furor over adware extensions in the Chrome Web Store not going away anytime soon, it's helpful to have an add-on that'll tell you …

Five Questions Every Leader Should Ask About Organizational Design

A few years ago Dave Ulrich, a management thought leader from the University of Michigan, made a comment I found both insightful and profound: “<i>Every</i> leader needs to have a model of organization design.” Typically a graphic depiction of the organizational components to be addressed in a redesign …

Life is Luck — Here’s How to Plan a Career Around It

Daniel Kahneman has claimed the following as his favorite equation:<p><i>Success = talent + luck</i><p><i>Great success = a little more talent + a lot of luck</i><p>Kahneman’s implication is that the difference between moderate and great success is mostly luck, not skill. Chance plays a much greater role in our careers …

Why You Can't Live Without High Expectations

The dirty little secret about expectations is that whether internal or external, we tend to meet the expectations set for us.<p>I love the story of Minnesota educator, Lois Beckel. When asked what the “magic” was in getting a group of toddlers to nap together on mats at the same time, she explained, …

Why Leadership Training Doesn't Work

I love watching my granddaughter learn to do things. She now knows how to put on her socks and then her shoes, and she takes great pride in demonstrating this accomplishment. A couple of months ago she was completely dependent on grownups to go from shoeless to shoed; now she can do it herself.<p>How …

Staying Energized No Matter What: 9 Things You Can Do Every Day

For most of us, I suspect, the holiday break feels like a distant memory. I was talking to a client the other day who said, “<i>I had a wonderful relaxing holiday with my family…but I’m already beat.”</i><p>Life is stressful. We have lots of conflicting priorities: family/work/ travel/personal. And that’s …

Starting Is Always Scary. Swallow Hard And Start Anyway. It's The Only Way You'll Succeed

It is always one of the first things people ask about in the question and answer session after my speech.<p>Someone is sure to raise their hand and say: “What do you think is the most difficult thing about starting something new.”<p>People always expect me to say “getting buy in” or “obtaining financing” …

Six Words That Can Lead To A Multimillion Dollar Business Idea

How can you attain financial security and self-confidence without risking your job and your savings?<p>That’s a dream scenario for many people who work long hours, have to put up with a demanding boss, and find it difficult to earn a decent living.<p>The answer is simple, according to Marvin Small, …

How To Simplify Every Part Of Your Life: When In Doubt, Tell The Truth

It was not exactly a New Year’s Resolution, more like deciding to finally do something about things that had been bothering me for some time.<p>An increasing number of situations were getting out of control in my microbusiness: Deals I had negotiated were suddenly falling apart; work that I thought …

Be A Leader In Your Industry: Help Others

Think about the qualities that define industry leaders. They are knowledgeable, well-connected, credible, and amiable — among other things. And, because of these traits, they’re always in a position to help others in the industry. (Whether they actually do or not is another story.)<p>It’s this …

Just Tell Me! 5 Strategies For Giving Difficult Feedback

Imagine you’re walking down the hall and your boss is coming toward you. As you get a few feet apart, the boss says, “Could you come into the office for a few minutes? I’ve got some feedback for you.” First, what’s your knee-jerk reaction? Are you eagerly looking forward to this conversation, or is …

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times

Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace. With the change management requirements, increased marketplace demands and intensifying competitive factors that surround us, leaders must have greater poise, agility and patience to minimize the impact of uncertainty. How …

The Five Things Successful Working Parents Give Up To Reach A Work-Life Balance

The stress of juggling childrearing responsibilities with the demands of work takes a toll on many parents’ personal and professional lives. Over 50% of all employees report that job demands interfere with their personal responsibilities, while 43% of employees say that their family …

Six Ideas For A More Productive Work Day

As the new year begins, a lot of you are probably evaluating 2013 to figure out what worked and what didn’t. For me (and most of my co-workers), the last year was a roller coaster: the startup I co-founded, Ministry of Supply, took off and our customer base more than quintupled. As I became more …

7 Reasons You Won't Ever Be Successful

Dear Business Owner,<p>I’m sorry I have to be the one to tell you.<p>It would have been better coming from one of your close friends, but since they didn’t do it, I guess it falls on me.<p>You see, you have a number of nasty habits that are keeping you from being the successful business owner you always …

How To Coach Your Really Good Employees

When it comes to clients, the squeaky wheel usually gets the grease. But you could say the same thing for the employees you manage: It’s the folks who aren’t performing up to standards that typically receive most of your supervisory attention.<p>It makes sense: As a manager, it’s a huge part of your …

These Business Leaders Do Their Jobs Better By Applying Lessons From The Performing Arts

The actor Steve Carell recently ran into an old colleague of his from Chicago’s Second City improv theater company. They reminisced about old times for a few minutes. Before they parted, Carell said empathically, “I’m really sorry it didn’t work out for you.” He was talking to Dick Costolo, the CEO …

Want To Be A Business Leader? Brush Up On Your Writing Skills First

(MBA50.com) Business schools and their MBA graduates have been a target for criticism in the wake of the financial crisis, but is such finger pointing fully justified?<p>Paul Danos, Dean of the Tuck School of Business, believes that MBA students do more good than almost any other agency he can think …

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

<i>Part of a new series on Parenting for Success</i><p>While I spend my professional time now as a career success coach, writer, and leadership trainer, I was a marriage and family therapist in my past, and worked for several years with couples, families, and children. Through that experience, I witnessed a …

How To Negotiate A Job Offer

You can negotiate a job offer, and I hope you do. The negotiation doesn’t start when you get the job offer, though – it starts much earlier, when you first bring up the salary topic during the interview process.<p>You’ve got to have a salary target in mind when you start a job search. That means …