Joe Rudzinskas

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Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are 3 reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaced it with provides even more valuable insight for entrepreneurs …

Public Speaking

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How to Stop Yourself From Interrupting People All The Time

Serial interrupting pisses people off and makes you seem selfish and impatient. Here's how to kick the habit.<p>Life is full of interruptions. Some are …

To Reduce Burnout on Your Team, Give People a Sense of Control

There’s no question or debate that workplace stress levels are at critical levels and are escalating. The American Institute of Stress (AIS) reveals that 80% of us feel stress on the job and almost half say they need help in managing that stress. The StressPulse survey by ComPsych, an Employee …

Management

How Disney Encourages Employees to Deliver Exceptional Customer Service

Photo Credit: Disney Institute<b>By Bruce Jones, Senior Director, Disney Institute</b> At Disney Institute, where we work with business professionals from around the world, we are often asked, <i>“How does Disney motivate their Cast M</i><i>embers to consistently deliver exceptional guest service.</i>Read More from …

This Habit Will Make Everyone Think of You as a Leader, Instantly

Curiosity didn't kill the cat. It made him a harbinger of success.<p>Whether or not you want to be a leader, most of us would agree that being looked up to and admired is a good thing. Yet, the qualities that we see as admirable are changing along with our societal norms. One behavior, however, that …

Leadership

The Flyride personal watercraft puts you in the air, doing barrel rolls and more

Looking like it’s straight out of a Marvel film, the Flyride personal watercraft takes hydroflight to new levels (quite literally). Made popular in recent years, this water-bound sport leverages the energy created by an accompanying jet ski to propel users into the air. The problem is, it’s …

How CEOs Without College Degrees Got to the Top

Employers are continually upping the ante on academic credentials. Nearly a third of jobs that once required only a high-school diploma now demand a four-year college degree, while one in four jobs that used to require a bachelor’s degree now require a master’s degree. Meanwhile, 75% of Americans …

This Simple Hack Makes Your Grilled Cheese Even Better

A grilled cheese sandwich is pure comfort food and one of the best go-to meals when money is tight, but who knew it could get even better? Add cheese to the OUTSIDE of the bread for a food hack that delivers a slightly crispy, even cheesier sandwich to swoon over.<p>There’s no need for extra …

Want to Be a Better Leader? Try Staying Quiet

Staying quiet doesn't mean you have become passive or overstepped, it means you've created space for impact.<p>There's a quote by Plato that has always stuck with me: "Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools speak because they have to say something."<p>It's a saying that has helped my …

Leadership

This 1 Habit Will Make Your Sunday Less Stressful, And Your Monday More Productive

That's not such a difficult habit, is it?<p>People who don't make progress toward their goals all share 1 thing in common:<p>They never sit down and reflect on what <i>isn't</i> working.<p>Instead, unproductive (and often times stressed-out and unhappy) people stay caught in a vicious cycle of always looking to the …

Time Management

This Software Works Just as Accurately as Your Lawyer--Only 200 Times Faster

Artificial intelligence startup LawGeex put its software up against a group of lawyers. The results were pretty eye-opening.<p>Watch out, attorneys. The bots are coming--and they're getting good at your job.<p>For some lawyers, contract review takes up a huge chunk of time and it can be extremely tedious.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists invent ‘super wood’ that could replace steel

Scientists have devised a way to make wood up to 12 times stronger in a bid to replace steel with a cheaper, lighter and more renewable …

Engineering

Guide to the Constitution

The Constitution of the United States<p>The authoritative reference with expert, clause-by-clause analysis<p>Full Text of the …

The First 6 Pages of Bill Gates's Favorite Book Will Change Your Life (and the Next 500 Pages Aren't Bad Either)

Steven Pinker's new book reveals three mental biases that will keep you from achieving your leadership potential.<p>If you're pessimistic about the state of world today, Bill Gates and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker have a message for you: "This bleak assessment of the state of the world …

personalgrowth

The Only Thing You Need to Do to Overcome Fear, According to Neuroscience

How can you overcome fear? Learn how your brain works and it becomes super simple.<p>Many business leaders pretend they are incredibly controlled, stoic, and confident. The perceived ideal image is for them to show that they do not feel fear.<p>Truth?<p>I have never met anyone who doesn't face fear.<p>Every …

Self-improvement

I'm a financial planner — here are the 5 most important questions about money you should be asking yourself

Everybody has money questions — but finding good financial advice is tough.<p>Only 40% of Americans have a financial adviser they can look to for guidance. Even those who do have their doubts about how trustworthy their adviser is. Most people — 60% — suspect financial advisers prioritize the company …

25 Simple Daily Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else

Everyone wants their life to be above average, but what are you really doing to make it happen?<p>Everyone wants their life to be above average, but what are you really doing to make it happen? In truth, succeeding in business and life often depends on consistency, diligence, and discipline. At least, …

starttheday

Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation? Experts Say These 5 Techniques Will Work

Whether you're a social butterfly or a total introvert, it doesn't matter. These techniques will help you shine in any conversation.<p>You walk into a room at a social event where people are mingling and networking near the bar. In one corner of the room, something catches your eye. You notice a small …

George Mason

Want Your Best Workers to Never Quit? Research Says It Comes Down to Asking Them 6 Simple Questions

Forget perks like nap pods and climbing walls. It's how your employees feel after asking them these questions that will make the most impact.<p>A question I get asked a lot is how to go about getting teams or whole workforces "engaged." It's a legitimate question pondered by head-scratching managers, …

Employee Engagement