Ken Akai

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The FBI's Best Negotiator Says This Is the 1 Thing You Need to Influence Anyone

Hostage negotiators don't kid themselves about emotions. You shouldn't either.<p>Chris Voss may be the best negotiator in the world.<p>Voss spent more than two decades in the FBI, during which he worked on more than 150 international hostage cases. Eventually, he was chosen among thousands of agents to …

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles's Post-Game Interview Is a Powerful Lesson in Leadership

Nick Foles gave a performance for the ages. But it was after the game that he showed us what true leadership is all about.<p>Last night, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles delivered one of the most spectacular Super Bowl performances of all time. And he did it while facing the NFL's version of …

Let Santa pick Christmas music for you with this Alexa skill

If you're tired of listening to the same Christmas songs on repeat year after year but you still want to get into the holiday spirit, you can put your Alexa speaker to work for you.<p>Popular radio streaming service iHeartRadio has created an Alexa skill that lets Santa help you pick the Christmas …

Use YouTube to record screencasts for free

A screencast is a recording of everything that happens on your computer screen. Why would you need such a thing? For businesses, it's a great way to, say, teach new employees how to use company systems or show prospective customers a product demo.<p>For individuals, a screencast can help demonstrate a …

Software

How the Best Leaders Resolve Workplace Conflicts

Resolving conflict in the office is a crucial leadership role in any company<p>Disagreements among people in a workplace are common. When they're on your team, those disagreements have the potential to escalate into conflict between coworkers, creating a distracting, unproductive, and negative working …

Top 20 Essential Anime

Here's a list of anime — both shows and movies — that make up the "core curriculum" for an anime watcher. Some are newer than others, some …

The 1 Thing Top-Performing People Do Every Day That Other People Don't

Hard work? Reading? Learning? Nope. Here's what you should be doing every day.<p>What habits have the biggest impact on someone's career? If you asked 100 people, you would likely hear answers like hard work, reading, learning, or daily meditation. While all of those things are good practice, there is …

Civil War — The Testing User Story, Part Two

Have you chosen a side yet?<p>In the first part of this blog I proposed the testing user story concept and asked you to choose a side- whether this was …

Agile Is The New Waterfall

<i>This article generated a lot of passion, before responding please</i> <i>read my response to critics</i><i>.</i><p>You’ve been lied to by the same people that have always …

Civil War — The Testing User Story, Part One

The testing user story — Good or Evil? Which side are you on?<p><b>What is the testing user story?</b><p>The testing user story is an execution of any series of …

Zombie Scrum

A year ago, your organization adopted the Scrum framework. Scrum helped you break down functional silos, improve communication with stakeholders, …

Project Management

Effective User Story Creation (and all the other bits needed on a ticket)

Over the last few years, i’ve been slowly learning how to write the most effective user stories for my product teams. I’ve just documented this for …

The agile Workplace: Be Problem Oriented!

Early in my career, I have heard it many times personally and have given the admonition to my staff many times as well — be <i>solution</i> oriented! And the …

Want Your Best Employees to Never Leave You? Ask Them 5 Simple Questions

Most important, leaders should be asking these questions before their best people mentally and emotionally check out.<p>Want to do something that will launch you into the new era of HR? Get rid of your exit interviews and replace them with "stay interviews."<p>If you're new to this concept, unlike the …

This simple hack will change how you use Netflix

We're here to make binge-watching even easier...<p>Netflix has brought us many great things, like our favourite TV drama <i>The Crown</i> as well as films, …

Binge-Watching

Here's the 1 Word You Should Use if You Want to Win Any Argument (It's Not What You Think)

Helping people be "right" will diffuse blame so you can get to the point.<p>Take a look at some of the great debates in the world. Whether the debate is on a worldwide political scale, a nationwide economic scale, a customer service nightmare or an ongoing battle with a teenager, both parties want a …

Brene Brown on the 1 Question You Need to Ask About People You Truly Dislike

Emotional intelligence expert and TED speaker Brene Brown knows 1 simple question that will help you connect with others--even if you truly dislike them.<p>Every entrepreneur learns quickly that creating your own path doesn't make you less reliant on others. In fact, it is the reverse: While a …

How Smart People Handle Difficult People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negativity they spread, while others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they …

Emotional Intelligence

The Best Questions to Ask in Every Job Interview Round

While it’s true you can never be completely sure about how well you’ll adjust to working with a new boss, company, or team until you’ve actually …

10 Tips On Learning From Your Teenage Son What He Wants From You As His Father

As fathers we try so hard to relate to our teenage sons only to find we don't feel heard or appreciated. Some of us discuss these difficulties with other fathers and sympathize with each other but how do we really know what our sons want and need? Let's turn the tables around a bit. We often tell …

Parenting

8 Easy Ways To Break The Barrier With Your Adolescent

How to Track Your Kids Without Freaking Them Out

There’s a growing amount of tech out there, from apps to wearables, designed to help you keep tabs on your children: where they are, what they’re up …

Do you bring out the monster or princess in your wife?

Men: to have a happy wife, you must be invested in getting to know her. You can no longer rely on her telling you what you can do to make her happy. …

Relationships