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My dad is a hostage negotiator — here are his 3 tips to get your kids to do what you want

I wasn't a disobedient kid, but I can tell you that when my dad requested I do the dishes, they always got done much faster than when my mom demanded the same. How'd he do it?<p>I went right to the source to find out.<p>Captain Keith O'Sullivan, former commander of the Wayne Police Department Crisis …

Lawn Mowing

The List of Marketing Tools You Won’t Be Able to Live Without

Marketing tools streamline and speed up your everyday job and relieve the pain of time-consuming and draining tasks by automating them. They organize …

Infographics

3 Fail-Proof Strategies for Creating Viral Content in 2016

<i>Image source: photodune</i><p>Admit it. We've all invested hours into crafting the perfect catchy title and compelling hook for a blog post on a trending topic and thought, "This is it! I'm finally going viral! Internet, here I come!" The inevitable result: our content gets a handful of shares and …

Infographics

If You’re Not Collecting Productivity Data, You’ll Never Succeed at Work

jennifer maravillas FOR HBR<p>Counting calories and steps may be terrific for improving personal health. But what counts most in promoting professional success? Quantifying the “business self” is an essential precursor for enterprise networks that empower people to manage their strengths and …

Algorithms

Marketing Is Simply One Long Story | Inc.com

Think about the last time you were moved by a commercial. Or, to the brave ones, think about the last commercial you teared up at. For most of us, we can instantly bring a particular moment back to our minds. Whether it's about a Thai Truemove beggar-turned-doctor, or the 2015 Super Bowl Budweiser …

Marketing

Beating Procrastination: 72 Successful People Reveal their Most Powerful Tips

Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow?<p><i>"This isn't important right now, I will get to it later." "This is too difficult, let's keep it for next week." "I need to be in the right mood." "I work better under pressure."</i><p>It comes in various forms (as above), but it has one name. …

Procrastination

Want A Job You Love? Stop Looking And Job Craft It

The past 15 years, I have evaluated job opportunities with surgical precision. I believed that the right move would land the right role and everything would, in turn, feel divinely right. While I was unsure of my ETA at dreamjob.com, I was sure of this: When I crossed the finish line, I would be …

University of Michigan

5 Workplace Culture Trends You Can't Ignore

Now that we’ve settled into the new year, it’s time to look ahead with purpose. What’s cutting-edge? What’s over? Here are several trends I see that point to a more balanced, holistic, perspective-driven workplace in which we can really thrive and prosper as whole, healthy beings. And just in …

The Workplace

Quantum Links in Time and Space May Form the Universe's Foundation

In November, construction workers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came across a time capsule 942 years too soon. Buried in 1957 and …

Remote Working

Why I Challenged My Kids to Start Companies Before College

When our two daughters finished their high school studies, my wife and I made them a deal: we would pay for college, but first they each had to run their own business for at least a year. In our view, this was an important entrepreneurial track to their education. They needed to know how the world …

Entrepreneurship

These 13 startups have raised millions — but no one knows what they do

CB Insights, a venture capital data firm, assembled a list of the top-funded stealth companies that haven't opened to the public yet. We excluded one name, Jut, because it has already opened up its beta to the public.<p>To be considered among the most well funded, the company had to actively raise …

Venture Capital

Trick Yourself into Breaking a Bad Habit

Let’s face it — we all have a career-limiting habit. Whether it’s weak interpersonal skills, a tendency to procrastinate, or good-but-not-great technical prowess, one of the biggest impediments to our upward mobility is a habit we struggle to change.<p>A few years back, my colleagues and I studied …

Framing

A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do

Despite the huge impact executives can have on their organizations, failure rates remain high. Prescriptions for what to do continue to fall short. So we wondered: If we closely studied the executives who succeed in top jobs once appointed, could we identify distinguishing features that set them …

Management

What to Do When a “Devil’s Advocate” Tries to Derail Your Project

Devil’s advocates tend to pop up just when a project is about to launch. The idea has been validated and vetted, and then the devil’s advocate threatens to derail the whole affair with a volley of last-minute questions that appear to undermine the core rationale. Champions of the project are often …

Management

Why New Personal Productivity Efforts Don’t Stick

We all have “productivity systems,” whether we design them with intent or just let them grow up around us. A productivity system is simply a collection of behaviors, repeated consistently and in a particular order, plus the tools that support them.<p>We often hear people say something like, “I don’t …

Time Management

Accenture Strategy Chief: Britain will lose out if it doesn't educate its workforce on tech

That's according to Mark Knickrehm, group CEO of Accenture Strategy who spoke to Business Insider during the kick-off of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 in Davos, Switzerland.<p>"31% of the UK economy can be attributed to some form of digital skills, capital or intermediate goods flowing …

Innovation

EY - Spotlight on Business Issue 3, 2015 - Leading growth with people

As entrepreneurs seek to grow their businesses across different markets and geographical areas, a concerted effort must be made to get their people …

How to Use Google Analytics for Social Media Measurement

The importance social media marketing plays in long-term business growth is one of the most heavily debated topics among marketers and business …

Analytics

6 New Routers That Can Handle All Your Smart Home Needs

Routers, those typically ugly-looking devices that provide Wi-Fi, have long been a weak link in home network security. Hackers can take advantage …

Wi-Fi
Parenting

How Confusion Gives Way to Clarity

I often receive emails that include things like, “Do you have any suggestions or advice?” Occasionally, I ask if they’d like to talk.<p>These calls are …

7 Mental Shifts That Allowed Me to Become a Millionaire at 22

As of this writing, I’m 22. In the last 12 months I’ve generated a million dollars in commissions in one of the most competitive industries on the …

Self-improvement

Slack launches an app store and an $80 million fund to invest in new integrations

Power to the platform<p>Slack is wrapping up a breakout year with a set of announcements designed to press its advantage as a next-generation productivity app. The team-communication app, which now has 2 million daily users and 570,000 paying customers, has established an $80 million fund to invest in …

Apps

Where Disruptive Innovation Came From

After a long and successful run, the theory of disruptive innovation has come under attack of late. Last year, <i>The New Yorker</i> published a piece by Jill Lepore, a history professor at Harvard, attacking the whole idea as overblown and based on shoddy scholarship. In a recent <i>Sloan Management Review</i> …

Innovation

What you need to change to become wealthy

Sometimes we love change and sometimes we hate it. In fact, some of us love to change and others fear it.Why is change difficult for many of …

Self-improvement

Digital marketing the way to go

<b>Advertisers realise the benefits of this marketing method and the success it brings</b><p>DIGITAL marketing is fast gaining momentum in the marketing scene …

Marketing

The New Science of Customer Emotions

When companies connect with customers’ emotions, the payoff can be huge. Consider these examples: After a major bank introduced a credit card for Millennials that was designed to inspire emotional connection, use among the segment increased by 70% and new account growth rose by 40%. Within a year …

Customer Experience

Bringing Science to the Art of Strategy

Photography: Sylvain Deleu<p>Artwork: Nuala O’Donovan, Teasel, Exposed Interior, 2011, porcelain, unglazed, 57 x 35 x 25 cm<p>Strategic planners pride themselves on their rigor. Strategies are supposed to be driven by numbers and extensive analysis and uncontaminated by bias, judgment, or opinion. The …

10 Productivity Strategies Backed by Science | Inc.com

<i>Sujan Patel has championed internet marketing and entrepreneurship for over a decade. His experience, ideas, and strategies have helped hundreds of companies build and strengthen their businesses online. Sujan is VP of marketing at thisCLICKS, the makers of When I Work--an employee scheduling</i> …

Time Management