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15 Books You’ll Wish You Read Sooner

A great read can be transformative—and may even change the way you think about your life. These books, chosen by <i>RS</i> staffers, are so powerful, you’ll …

Books

12 books that every leader should read

I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating — a list of “Books That Every Leader Should Read” on my old <i>Work Matters</i> blog since 2011. These …

Books

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

Productivity

7 Must Read Parenting Books, According to the Experts

If you are anything like me, you want to be the best parent you can be. There is so much parenting advice available in books and blog posts that it … …

Parenting

Where to Start Reading STAR WARS Books

The first <i>Star Wars</i> novel was published in 1976. In the decades since, dozens of books set in the galaxy far, far away have been released, stories for …

Science Fiction

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

I Interviewed More Than 40 Managers About Delivering Bad News Well. Here's What I Found

Few people like to deliver bad news. But the ability to do so with grace and compassion is an essential skill for any leader or manager.<p>Few people like to deliver bad news. But the ability to do so with grace and compassion is an essential skill for any leader or manager. Here are some essential …

Leadership

Want a Lucrative Side Hustle This Year? Read This 1 Book Immediately

Time to make that paper.<p>The podcast Don't Keep Your Day Job with Cathy Heller showcases creatives who make a living doing what they love. It tells the stories of people who have figured out how to pursue their life's purpose and get paid for it (it was also, incidentally, the #1 podcast in the "New …

Entrepreneurship

Facing these 10 fears will improve your life at work and at home

Wouldn't it be fantastic if the road to success and happiness were an easy one? Unfortunately, as we all know, this isn't the case. The reality is, you'll only succeed once you force yourself to do things that you don't necessarily want to. It's true. You see, our brains are wired in such a way …

Self-improvement

6 Meeting Hacks (And 1 Weird Tip) That Instantly Boost Your Credibility

Sales demo? VC pitch? Don't let your big opportunity turn into a massive waste of time.<p>This is it: the Big Meeting. You've brought a conference room's worth of people together to make an important decision, close that huge sale, or kick off a new strategic initiative. Trouble is, most of these …

10 things great bosses do every day

We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there …

12 Free (or Low-Cost) Ways to Invest in Your Career

Do you assume investing in your career means going back to college to get an additional degree or complete one you left unfinished? While that is <i>one</i> …

30 Minute Core Strength

Well I have to say that getting on a plane after doing this routine may have been a mistake, Ha. I did not push myself to my absolute max, because I …

15 ways to make people respect you immediately

There's a difference between being liked and being respected. Ideally, you'll be both.<p>But according to Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," being respected is at least partly about …

Employment

Three books Stanford asks every new student to read

Fresh off the excitement of gaining acceptance into the most competitive university in America, Stanford University incoming freshmen will likely …

The 8 Best Interview Questions You Could Ever Ask

The right questions that can lead to a successful hire<p>I've interviewed a lot of people in my career for all kinds of positions and from many backgrounds. Most people have favorite interview questions to ask and some believe certain questions can quickly reveal what they need to know about a …

Employment

How to Make a Great First Impression: 9 Powerful Tips

Authentic, genuine... and easy for anyone to do. Even introverts like me.<p>Want to make the people you meet instantly feel more comfortable? Want to make the people you meet instantly feel immediately valued and respected? In short, want to make a great first impression?<p>The key, according to Amy …

Employees Trust Bosses Who Display Any of These 5 Successful Leadership Habits

Countless studies have confirmed that trust is the one human behavior you cannot afford not to have for your business to profit.<p>Tell me if you agree with this statement: <i>For any human relationship to thrive, it has to be founded on trust</i>.<p>If you agree, it's really no different in the workplace, …

6 Morning Routines That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Pay Off For Life

To start your day right, you've got to get into some good habits.<p>The early birds will inherit the earth.<p>At least that’s what a 2009 University of …

Time Management

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – …

6 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

The world is always rich in opportunities, but only for those who can see and seize them.<p>Succeeding requires that we engage in the process of our own personal growth. It can be incredibly hard to remain forever open to being wrong and changing direction. It is natural to become overly attached to …

28 Psychological Experiments That Revealed Incredible And Uncomfortable Truths About Ourselves

Although as humans we have always been fascinated with the workings of the mind and the reasons behind our behavior, it wasn’t until the beginning of …

Investing In Blockchain, Not Bitcoin

Bitcoin has garnered lots of attention for good reason, but the blockchain aspect is far bigger than just that coin.<p>One avenue for disruption by …

The Right and Wrong Way to Apologize and Why It Matters

The right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.<p>These past few weeks, we have seen what feels like an unusually high number of people faced with accusations of wrongdoing, sexual misconduct and unethical behavior. For most of them, the first response is one of …

Put Down Your Phone: Why Presence Is the Best Gift You’ll Ever Give

<b>“When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?” ~Thich Nhat Hanh</b><p>The only thing worse …

Thich Nhat Hanh

4 Ways to Get Honest, Critical Feedback from Your Employees

I recently observed a town hall meeting where a new leader had just been promoted to run his division. In his introductory remarks, many – including me – were struck by his declaration, “One of the things you’ll find is that I’m very self-aware and open to feedback.” Even from the side of the room, …

This 6-Move Workout Reveals Your Abs By Targeting Your Entire Core

<b>Use it as a stand-alone workout, or mix it up with your usual strength-training routine…</b><p>Train your core and get your best abs with these six moves …

Bodyweight Exercise

8 Ways to Increase Your Intellectual Capacity

Time invested into your personal growth is an investment in your success.<p>Psychologist, Author, Speaker<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To become a standout success, invest in yourself. The deeper your investment, the more fit you become for sustaining your …

Self-improvement

Want to Be a Self-Made Millionaire? Add These 9 Habits to Your Routine

Make these nine habits a part of your daily life, and get to your first million.<p>Visualize life as a building, and habits as the building blocks. The stronger the building blocks are the more the building is able to withstand changes in its environment.<p>Life is short. Consistency will get you far. …

Self-improvement

Ace Your First Impression: Then Follow These 7 Steps to Keep Impressing

OK, you got them to like you, at first. This successful CEO shares how to keep the party going.<p>Most people focus on making a good first impression, but neglect to plan how they will continue the relationship in the future. Of course, making a good first impression is important. But sometimes what …

Leadership