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The data conundrum

A theme that I have visited many times in the last six years is the use of data in enriching journalism. In an earlier column, “New skills for new …

Journalism

You’re Not Just Imagining It. Your Job Is Absolute BS

If you voted for Bernie Sanders, have sea-punk green hair, and wear a pin declaring “Capitalism Is the Crisis,” you may already be familiar with …

Bernie Sanders

Eight 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 …

The Results of Google's Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams | Inc.com

It's no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company's execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company often turns its eye inward, analyzing information …

InterAct

A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”<p><i>“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut observed in discussing Hamlet during his …

11 Classic Books You Must Keep on Your Bookshelf

Complete your library this Prime Day.<p>It's Prime Day, which means deals abound all over Amazon.com. While you're filling your cart, add these classics to your bookshelf or Kindle library—the BAZAAR editors tell you why they return to them time after time below. Plus, score the best tech deals for …

Literature

Why Do Leaders Fail at Their Jobs, Exactly? Here's the Entire Reason, Summed Up in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

Recently, I summed up in one sentence exactly why people quit their jobs. Well, actually, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton did, stating that the <i>real</i> reason is due to bad managers. That's based on decades of data and interviews with 25 million employees, Gallup found.<p>Naturally, the next question should be <i>why?</i> …

Leadership

20 Behavioral Interview Questions to Test If Job Candidates Have High Motivation | Inc.com

Hiring managers spend countless, wasted hours, asking the wrong interview questions to determine the right job or culture fit in a candidate; many of them end up as mis-hires that hurt the bottom line.<p>What most managers don't do is make the adjustment from typical interview questions like "Why …

Employment

10 Horrible Habits That Destroy Your Happiness

Appreciating what we have and building on it is work. Feeling sorry for ourselves and staying stuck is no effort at all.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We are all constantly in pursuit of happiness. Every day we make choices in life that affect how we feel and think …

Ten Things You'll Hear In A Toxic Workplace

Dear Liz,<p>I took a job seven months ago out of desperation.<p>The first week, I had to force myself to go to work every day. I spent the first weekend wondering whether I could stick it out. I had no money. I stuck it out.<p>Now it’s seven months later and I’ve fallen into a routine, but I still hate my …

The Workplace

Why Grit Is More Important Than IQ When You're Trying To Become Successful

You attended the party of a long-time friend and ran into a lot of people from high school that you hadn’t seen in years. During chit-chat over appetizers and drinks, you could feel the friendly competition heating up.<p>While comparing career accomplishments, you were shocked to learn that the kid …

Self-improvement

Alexa, more cowbell: 18 silly (but fun) Amazon Echo commands

Amazon's amazing Alexa AI assistant keeps getting smarter and smarter. Here are 18 dumb ways you can waste all that wonderful computing power.<p><b>VIDEO:</b> …

The Simple Formula to Improving Your Performance (in Anything) | Inc.com

We are all in search of secrets for the fountain of youth. Whether it's through the $3 billion cosmetic surgery industry, or through the $30 billion fitness industry, we are all seeking hacks that will give us a competitive edge physically, mentally, and intellectually.<p>What if you could simply …

Self-improvement

8 Mistakes Managers Make, According to Their Employees

This independent survey reveals the truth about workplace bosses, from the employee's perspective.<p>Last year, I conducted an independent workplace survey on LinkedIn and received hundreds of responses to the question: <i>"What is the ONE mistake leaders make more frequently than others?"</i><p>It obviously …

9 Things Highly Effective People Do After They've Been Away on Vacation

You've had a great vacation but you're not-so-ready to go back to work. Here's how to handle it.<p>As an American, you legitimately could spend every day of your life on vacation--and still make a good living. But the truth is, few of us actually do this. Instead, we work hard, take time off when we …