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Modern Fuel Mechanical Pencil 2.0 Review

Andrew Sanderson, the owner and designer behind Modern Fuel, sent me a prototype of his 1.0 mechanical pencil last year to get feedback on. I liked …

Engineering

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Tropical Home

Situated on a small lake in Orlando, Florida, this custom residence brings open, airy living to its tropical garden site. A bioclimatic design creates a cool, loft-like environment with dramatic cantilevers to provide much-needed shade and shelter from frequent thunderstorms. To preserve the site’s …

Treehouses

Salesforce offers CRM for very small businesses with Salesforce Essentials

Priced at $25 per user per month, Salesforce Essentials contains core CRM components like Einstein Artificial AI to help customers work smarter, and …

Small Business

Pay Your Executives What They’re Really Worth

Setting executive performance targets is one of the main responsibilities of any board of directors. Unfortunately, it’s a task boards struggle with. From 2006 to 2014 nearly all of the 1,000 largest U.S. firms by market cap completely changed the metrics in their CEOs’ pay-for-performance …

Fold-away bed enlarges this well-crafted van conversion (Video)

Van conversions are intriguing studies in small-space design. But even with the most careful of configurations, one often finds that the bed is the …

Spending Too Much? Here's What To Do

What do you think is the most common problem people have in the process of building wealth?<p>It’s nothing complicated, like developing an investment plan or determining the most tax efficient strategies to use in retirement (although knowing what you’re doing in both of these areas is clearly …

Time Management

Whiteboard Session: Manage the Workload of Being a Leader

Whiteboard Session: How to Get Up to Speed in Your New Leadership Role

7 Reasons Salespeople Don’t Close the Deal

Pretend that you’re an experienced buyer who has met with hundreds of business-to-business salespeople. What percentage of them would you say are excellent, good, average, or poor?<p>According to a new study of more than 230 buyers, 12% of salespeople are excellent, 23% good, 38% average, and 27% poor.<p>…

Why Google's Managers Are So Wildly Successful Comes Down to These 8 Behaviors

Google found that its most successful managers consistently displayed these qualities, in order of importance.<p>Becoming a good manager is no cake walk. Nailing down behaviors that lead to high employee engagement, trust, and loyalty requires continuous development.<p>But first, companies need to figure …

Leadership

The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

One of the best innovation stories I’ve ever heard came to me from a senior executive at a leading tech firm. Apparently, his company had won a million-dollar contract to design a sensor that could detect pollutants at very small concentrations underwater. It was an unusually complex problem, so …

Weighing The Week Ahead: Is The Housing Rally Over?

Last week's mixed data resulted in little change in markets.<p>The FOMC decision to boost rates was both anticipated and well-received. The plan for …

Economy

Replace Your Lawn With These Superior Alternatives

Earlier this week, we suggested you stop mowing your lawn. American lawn care consumes almost a third of all U.S. domestic water use and produces 4% …

Gardening

Microsoft Just Announced the Perfect Small Business Laptop

The perfect small-business laptop? Yes, and it's from Microsoft. The Surface Pro has an outstanding new stylus, a useful keyboard cover, 13.5 hours of battery life, and more power.<p>This one really goes below the surface.<p>At an event in China today, Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro, which will …

Photoshop

Police Product Test: TacShield Tactical Gun Belt 1.75"

Reviews : Police Product Test<p>Police Product Test: TacShield Tactical Gun Belt 1.75"<p>This is a true gun belt made of double-layered, woven nylon that …

Self Defense

Wilkins Pouches - High Class Ammo Carriers

Years of living in a state that does not allow the civilian ownership of silencers introduced me to the world of suppressed precision airguns. And if …

Self Defense

7 Life-Changing Lessons From Someone Who Lost Everything

If you woke up tomorrow without the use of your arms and legs, would you think life was fair? The answer might just surprise you.<p>Independence found, and lost.<p>When I was 19, I landed a job that would be a turning point in my life and teach me not only that life is fair, but that it shouldn't be.<p>At …

Self-improvement

Five Makeover Ideas For Your Patio Area

After the first flush of spring, many garden patios are in need of a bit of attention before the summer is in full swing. Oftentimes, the grout …

Is Your Boss a Narcissist? 7 Easy Steps to Survive Big Egos at Work

Never let big personalities get in the way of major opportunities<p>American culture loves narcissism. Our society values people who brag about themselves--their accomplishments, their travels, and their knowledge--because it gives people a sense of hope that they too can achieve success, and provides …

Narcissism

Rapson High Back Rocker - Dwell

Toby Rapson, son of midcentury architect Ralph Rapson, collaborated with outdoor furniture designer and manufacturer Loll Designs to create a modern version of the Rapid Rocker. Part of the Rapson Collection, the Rapson Rocking Chair is made from 100 percent recycled plastic—primarily milk …

Furniture

14 Free Tools Every Solopreneur Needs

These apps and digital tools help reduce the time a solopreneur has to spend on mundane tasks.<p>Freelance writer and web designer<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Solopreneurs are in a class by themselves. Given all the typical pressure of an entrepreneur that they're …

Small Business
APIs

How Restaurants Bite Into Price Research

It’s no secret that pricing research is critical to supporting decisions that contribute to the bottom line. Not only is it practical, it’s also one …

Hospitality

How a Decision Journal Changed the Way I make Decisions (Template Included)

People often ask me how they can improve their ability to make decisions over time. This question makes a lot of sense. After all, in most knowledge …

Review: Mujjo, the felt and leather sleeve for the new MacBook Pro (plus iPad)

Taking delivery of my shiny new 2016 MacBook Pro also meant I needed a new case to protect it from getting scratched or marked. I frequently carry it inside a bicycle bag, where London’s pot-holed roads would mean it bouncing around a little, and it also travels with my in my hand-baggage when I …

MacBook Pro
Employment

Rogue Stash Tag

Rogue Dynamics has introduced the Rogue Stash Tag, a keytag design with hidden compartment they shared with their friends at GRYlife.<p>Its Velcro shell …

6 Tips for Managing Millennials

They're the future of the workplace. What are you doing differently to manage them?<p>Millennials have been mystifying leadership for years. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers' inability to figure out this generation has spurred dozens of negative stereotypes about people born between 1980-1998. Millennials …

The Workplace