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Raising My Son With My Ex-Husband Is the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done

For years, I’ve been waiting for someone to come clean about co-parenting. Celebrities and social media would have us believe it’s easy, even …

There Are 3 Skills That Will Get You Promoted and 1 That Won't, According to a Study

Hit all your metrics but still didn't get promoted? Research suggests that the key to progression will require a different skill set.<p>We've all heard it before, "Nice guys finish last." Although no curriculum (that I'm aware of) has ever suggested the theory, many still operate under the …

Leadership

Best Board Games of 2017

The hottest tabletop games of the year so far.<p>There are now far too many brilliant board games coming out to keep up with them all. Most are designed …

Google Employees Weighed In on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager (Technical Expertise Came in Last)

Is it possible to engineer the perfect boss? Google was up to the task, and found data that will forever change the keys to getting promoted.<p>Google is widely known as an advocate of data-based decision making. So, it came as no surprise when it looked to its statisticians to help decode the secret …

Employment

50 perfect plants for a family garden

According to conventional wisdom, children and ornamental gardens are mutually incompatible. If you want the former, you should accept your lot and embrace a plot comprising a desultory patch of worn lawn adorned with plastic play kit. And if you want a pristine garden full of horticultural …

15 Modern Playhouses for Cheerful Backyards

There is a real balancing act for families with young kids who prefer modern styles of decorating. You definitely want your home to feel welcoming …

Kids

7 Ingenious Ways to Update Your Backyard For Summer

Do you find yourself gazing forlornly at your backyard around this time every year, wishing you could be out there enjoying the warm weather from it? If your neglected, inhospitable outdoor space has you down, then make this the Summer you reclaim your yard. You don't need tons of money, just a …

Don't Waste an Inch: Ideas for Using a Really Narrow Room

Have you got a landing, a spare room, a bit of hallway—any particularly small sliver of space in your home that's searching for its purpose? Narrow …

HBR's 10 Must Reads for New Managers (with bonus article "How Managers Become Leaders" by Michael D. Watkins)

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>February 28, 2017</b><p>Develop the mindset and presence to successfully manage others for the first time. If you read nothing else on becoming a new manager, read these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most …

Emotional Intelligence

7 Ways to Save When You Don’t Have Any Extra Cash

By<p>March 1, 2017 6:01 a.m. ET<p>No sane person would ever suggest you tackle assembling IKEA furniture without instructions. Yet that’s often what you …

10 Mistakes the Worst Leaders Always Make

Here's one: Get rid of your inability to actively listen.<p>The horrible leadership behaviors I'm about to expound on are not mere platitudes or hackneyed clichés.<p>They remain, unfortunately, characteristics of well-meaning people on high perches who have blind spots that keep them from growing into …

Leadership

Want to Be an Exceptional Leader? Science Says Think This Way (Because Most Bosses Don't)

To develop high performers, praising effort achieves way more than praising results.<p>Praise can be incredibly motivating. Praise can be extremely encouraging. Praise can be hugely inspiring.<p>If you do it the right way. Take the wrong approach, and praising an employee can actually have the opposite …

Self-improvement

The Best Questions to Ask in Every Job Interview Round

While it’s true you can never be completely sure about how well you’ll adjust to working with a new boss, company, or team until you’ve actually …

Renovated cave ruin makes for a surprisingly cozy modern home

Courtyards, arches, and a light tunnel<p>Over in the Loess Plateau in Shanxi, China, the traditional cave dwelling got a modern makeover courtesy of Chinese architecture studio hyperSity Architects. The striking home takes over a barrel-vaulted recess in the earth, and comprises a combination of new …

Architecture

Rethink the Way You Organize Your Keys with Orbitkey

Orbitkey transforms your cluster of keys into a beautiful and organized stack—eliminating key jingles, scratches and bulk associated with traditional …

Product Design

8 Storage Solutions to Maximize Your Hidden Bedroom Space

Stuck in a small bedroom? If it feels like you don't have room for extra storage, look again—there's plenty of space in the spots you're not paying …

Hacking

The Tinder-inspired Wallet!

I never thought I’d live to see the day where a wallet design would take direct inspiration from smartphones. The Vessel wallet literally allows you …

Before & After: This Co-op Renovation is a Book Lover's Dream

For almost ten years, John lived in his Hell's Kitchen co-op while it slowly crumbled around him. The apartment, built in 1923, was definitely …

8 Things Smart People Never Reveal About Themselves At Work

At work, sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways is an art form. Disclosures that feel like relationship builders in the moment can wind up as obvious no-nos with hindsight.<p>Trouble is, you can't build a strong professional network if you don't open up to your colleagues. Doing so is …

Cozy Parisian Home Organized Through Bookshelves

Very suggestively named by some “the bookshelf house“, this modern home is located in Paris, France and was completed in 2016 by Andrea Mosca …

Want to Raise Successful Daughters? Help Them Destroy This Crippling Source of Self-Doubt

Researchers were shocked how quickly girls learned to believe that men are smarter than women.<p>Of course girls can be smart! But they can't be "really, really smart"--the way boys can be--right?<p>It probably bothers you to read that, and it should. For one thing, it's obviously not true. …

Self-improvement

9 Rules For Emailing From Google Exec Eric Schmidt

Communication in the Internet Century usually means using email, and email, despite being remarkably useful and powerful, often inspires momentous …

Productivity

Kitchen Composure: Small and Easy Upgrades To Organize Your Kitchen

The holidays brought a whirlwind of gingerbread making, holiday cookie decorating, and pies cooling galore. And while all the frosting and sprinkles …

Pain-Free Performance Reviews? Possible. Here are 5 Tips for Getting There.

The "annual" performance review system is broken. And fixing the system won't be easy. But start with more frequent, less critical feedback.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Let’s face it: Everyone, employees and managers, dreads performance reviews. The tired …

Employee Engagement

10 cozy reading nooks for the perfect escape

These hideaways would make even Jane Eyre jealous.<p>There are few literary characters I identify with more than Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre; if you …

How to Be an Exceptional Leader: Advice From a Navy SEAL

Great leaders push, pull, teach...and never set their teams up for failure.<p>If you're even a semi-regular reader of mine, by now you know I love the reality series <i>The Selection: Special Operations Experiment</i>, which airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. EST on History. (Or you can catch up on the show's …

Leadership

Kitchen Cabinets Organizers That Keep The Room Clean and Tidy

Keeping the kitchen clean and organized is no easy task. It is, however, easier to achieve that when there’s a designated space for everything and …

Kitchens

New Food Recycling Appliance Will Turn Scraps Into Fertilizer in 24 Hours

A new kitchen appliance aims to turn food waste into "black gold" with the touch of a button. As Curbed reports, the Zera Food Recycler is an …

Why I'm Tracking Every Single Purchase I Make in 2017

I'm going to write about the "B" word today. No, not <i>that</i>"B" word -- I'm talking about budgeting.<p>The word alone can give people fits.You might feel you don't need to budget because you already know where you're money's going (you don't).You may simply be afraid to find out where all your money goes …

How to Give a Killer Presentation (Infographic)

Presentations can be crucial to your success. Here's how to give a stellar performance.<p>1 min read<p>When someone says the words “public speaking,” there’s no need to run for the hills. When you’re able to impress clients, potential investors and even co-workers with a stellar presentation, you’re …

Public Speaking