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Your Strategic Plans Probably Aren’t Strategic, or Even Plans

It happens all the time: A group of managers get together at a resort for two days to hammer out a “strategic plan.” Done and dusted, they all head home. But <i>have</i> they produced a plan with a strategy?<p>At the start of my public seminars on strategic planning I ask attendees, who rank from board …

Management

3 Public Speaking Tips You've Probably Never Thought About

Does the thought of public speaking make you break out into a cold sweat? These tips will help you ditch the fear and connect with your audience.<p>If you Google "public speaking tips," you'll find a plethora of articles on the subject. Some are helpful, but others ... not so much. So, how do you …

Public Speaking

To Change Someone’s Mind, Stop Talking and Listen

Samar Minallah Khan, the feminist Pakistani anthropologist and filmmaker, was enraged. Local tribal leaders were trading little girls as compensation …

Selling

10 Books You Pretend To Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books - but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's …

Books

How Not to Care When People Don't Like You

When I was in high school, I found out that my friends didn’t like me. One of the girls in my “group” told me I wasn’t invited to a birthday party …

Relationships

Google Increased New Employee Productivity by 25 Percent With 1 Email. Here's What You Need to Know

Yet another example of when 'back to the basics' is great advice.<p>Onboarding, a term used to describe the period between job offer acceptance and assimilation (anywhere from 30 days to a year depending on the organization), is a critical time for new employees. Not only do they have to tackle a …

Employment

Three Strong Steps To Combat Anxiety And Insecurity

Although what you dread is in the future, your feelings of anxiety are in the present moment. When these anxieties are parasitic, they drain your …

Self-help

What You Can Do When You Can't Stop Thinking About Something

There are only two things you can truly control—your thoughts and your behavior. No one else can choose either one of those for you. But sometimes …

Mindfulness

Paris is a city that a lot of tourists do wrong—here’s how to get it right

There is perhaps no city more idealized, and more written about, than Paris. And yet, for tourists and travelers embarking on their first visit, there is also no city that’s easier to get wrong.<p>The Louvre, Ladurée, Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower—newcomers are often torn between all the sights to …

France

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

"We are all refugees from our childhoods. And so we turn, among other things, to stories. To write a story, to read a story, is to be a refugee from …

Literature

19 Great Truths My Grandmother Told Me on Her 90th Birthday

<i>“I have seen and touched and danced and sang and climbed and loved and meditated on a lifetime spent living honestly. Should it all end tonight, I</i> …

Happiness

3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind So You Can Focus on the Things That Matter Most

Getting rid of the mental clutter makes room for the things that really matter.<p>Researchers estimate you have about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again.<p><i>I never have enough time. I have nothing to wear. I look stupid. My house</i> …

Self-help

26 hiking trails around the world that should be on your bucket list

Below is a list of breathtaking trails that span all difficulty levels.<p>From Japan's Yoshida Trail to Argentina's Fitz Roy Trek, here are 26 hikes worth traveling for.

Hiking

A huge new Stanford and Harvard study proves that US inequality isn’t just about class

For decades, an increasingly loud chorus has claimed that economic inequality is primarily driven by class, with other possible reasons for disparities, such as race, playing a lesser role. They say that it is counterproductive to focus on inequality between races—instead, it is better to consider …

Income Inequality

Resilience 101: How to Be a More Resilient Person

Resilience is that amazing skill that helps you recover quickly from difficulties. If you are resilient, then when life knocks you down, you bounce …

Self-help

10 Routines That Will Strengthen a Parent-Child Relationship

<i>"I can't believe how things with my daughter have turned around since I started focusing on connection."</i> — Zoe<p>We all crave those close moments with …

Parenting

5 Questions to Help You Find Your Sense of Purpose

Finding meaning makes us healthier and more fulfilled. Here's how to look.<p>Sometimes it feels that our culture has nearly reached a saturation point …

Happiness

12 Things Successful People Do On Friday Afternoons

How you end your workweek will not only have a huge impact on how productive you are the following week, but also may determine how relaxed you are …

Productivity

The 100 best comedy movies of all time, according to critics

From Charlie Chaplin's silent-film antics to quote-worthy parodies like "Airplane!," to the animated movies of the new millennium, comedy classics have taken many forms over the decades.<p>To find out which movies in the genre have gained the most critical acclaim over time, we turned to the reviews …

Comedy Movies

Stay Calm During a Tough Conversation by Grounding Yourself

Having a tense conversation brings up a lot of negative emotions, leaving you feeling like an active volcano. To prevent an outburst and stay in control of your emotions, physically ground yourself in your environment. One of the best ways to do this is to stand up and walk around, which activates …

Mindfulness

I Tried This Oprah Meditation Hack Every Day for Two Weeks. Here Are My 5 Takeaways.

When my insomnia gets bad, I reach for an 'Oprah tool.'<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Oprah Winfrey is a meditation buff, and she’s in good company: Arianna Huffington, Rupert Murdoch and Marc Benioff are some high-profile meditators who also happen to be brilliant …

Meditation

Doing These 9 Things Make You Look Noticeably Insecure. Here's How to Stop

Job security as a leader is evasive enough--why would you chase away goodwill with insecurity? Here's how to avoid it.<p>Researchers at the University of Melbourne are one of many groups to have proven a very direct link between self-confidence and success. So why on earth would you broadcast to your …

Self-esteem

McDonald's is flipping its iconic arches upside down in an unprecedented statement

People driving by a McDonald's in Lynwood, California, might be baffled by an upside-down sign. The golden arches, typically standing as an M, have been flipped over to become a W.<p>But this isn't a bizarre prank or a careless mistake. The upside-down arches are in "celebration of women everywhere," …

McDonald's

7 Toxic Thinking Mistakes That Will Keep You From Being Mentally Strong

Changing the way you think will change your entire life.<p>Just because you think something doesn't make it true. Yet, you likely believe your brain when it casts doubt on your abilities or when it tells you that people don't like you even though there's little evidence supporting such statements.<p>In …

Self-help

An 8-Point Guide to a Feng Shui House

Stand inside your home with your back to the front door.* Look forward. The part of your home in the far left corner is the money sector. The far …

Home Decorating

5 Encouraging Phrases the Most Well-Liked Bosses Say to Their Employees on a Daily Basis

Let your employees know you care about them and appreciate their work. You will find it creates a positive atmosphere, and the staff will like you more than ever.<p>Want to be a more likable boss? Here's the secret. Instead of pointing out what everyone is doing wrong constantly, try pointing out what …

Employment

10 shows on Netflix for kids that you’ll actually want to watch with them

opinion<p><b>I have two children under four, a full-time job and blog on the side.</b><p>So occasionally I employ my TV for nanny services. Don’t judge me.<p>Before …

10 Best Cities for Families to Visit

The sky's the limit when you choose one of these family-friendly and affordable urban hubs for your next trip.<p>The fastest way to create priceless vacation memories: Go somewhere with lots to do. Big cities boast the coolest museums for families, the bulk of the historical treasures, and massive …

World Trade Center

7 phrases that will make you seem less confident at work

<b><br>Hey, I'm not sure if you have the time right now, but it would be great if you can read my latest column. Is that OK?</b><p>…said the weakest communicator ever.<p>Confidence is a powerful tool to gain respect and get stuff done.<p>As you compose emails/documents (and in conversation too), remove these …

Employment

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 …

Profit