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10 Things You Should Pack (But Probably Won't)

Yes, your passport and wallet (and probably some clean underwear) deserve to be at the top of your packing list. But in the rush to remember the essentials, travelers sometimes underestimate the power of the nice-to-haves. Humble objects, ranging from an empty reusable water bottle to bandages, can …

17 Tips to Helpy You Expand Your Influence

Trying to sway others to make a difference or a change? Expand your influence in any area with these tips that will also help you become more …

Top business books of 2013

The best business book of the year echoes the work of powerhouse author Jim Collins (<i>Good to Great</i>), although it lacked the same buzz. But it went one better than Mr. Collins, boiling down success to just three rules. And, oh yeah, like Mr. Collins's work, it turns some of our cherished management …

How The Most Productive People Nail Networking Without Being Annoying

The preternaturally productive Nilofer Merchant is the self-proclaimed Jane Bond of Innovation. She might be understating things.<p>It’s tough to sum up Nilofer Merchant in just a few sentences because she’s accomplished so much. The “Jane Bond of Innovation” has helped launch more than 100 products, …

6 Powerful Communication Tips From Some Of The World’s Best Interviewers

Listening intently isn’t just for journalists. Here’s how to sharpen your interviewing skills to get the most out of your connections.<p>Everyone knows that particular feeling of dread that accompanies a lull in conversation at a party, networking event, or even a job interview.<p>You’ve already covered …

Employment

(More of The) 25 Timeless Leadership Lessons That Just Plain Work: Lessons 6-10 - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

Here are Lessons 6-10 of my 5-part series outlining 25 timeless leadership lessons -a primer and distillation of a lifetime of learning, and …

5 things every guy should know about weight loss

Weight loss is a challenge for most people, but it doesn’t need to be overly complicated.<p>What’s the trick? It’s what you eat, when you eat it, and …

Fitness

How to Avoid Gaining Weight This Winter

Craving mac and cheese right now? Thought so. Here’s how to counteract your desire for all things fatty<p>Baby, it's cold outside…but don't let that be your excuse for going on a Hot Pocket bender. What is it about cooler weather that makes us gung-ho for gut-busting fare? One theory is that we're …

The most dangerous things dieters do

Things You Need to Know to Make Great Sichuan at Home<p>8 Essential Tools and Ingredients for Making Great Sichuan at Home<p>The Best Sichuan Recipes to …

10 Mistakes That Lead to Overeating

Stop these destructive habits now to save your waistline<p>If you often feel uncomfortably full after a meal, it's time to make some changes. Tackle your overeating issues for good by getting honest and asking yourself if any of these habits are holding you back from having a healthy relationship with …

13 Things You Should Never Say At Work

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. – Mark Twain<p>Darlene Price, author of <i>Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results</i>, concurs. “Words matter,” she says. “They are a …

How to Conduct the Perfect Job Interview

The stakes are simply too high for anything less. Here's your complete guide to interviewing the right way.<p>Your goal is to hire the best people you possibly can.<p>That means your interview should be the best it possibly can. The stakes are simply too high to do otherwise.<p>Here are 13 steps to ensure …

Employment

How to Get Others to See Your Potential

Overcoming people’s past perceptions of you isn’t easy. When I launched my consulting business seven years ago, I was astonished to find — years later — that acquaintances and even friends hadn’t kept up with my career transition. They’d ask about my past work in politics or nonprofit advocacy, …

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of …

How To Approach The Boss When Conflict Arises

Sometimes the hardest part of your job isn’t the work; it’s the people. “When you have individuals coming from all different backgrounds and beliefs merging together in the workplace, conflict is inevitable,” says Andy Teach, author of <i>From Graduation to Corporation</i><i>,</i> and host of the YouTube channel …

How To Resolve Conflict Like A Pro

Conflict is inevitable whether you are running your own business or working for someone else. However, how you handle the conflict could be the difference between running a successful organization or getting run down by bad blood. I recently had the opportunity to ask an expert a few questions and …

3 Things You Don't Really Need to Be a Great Leader

Sometimes the things you think you need will lead you down the wrong path. Here's what you need to know.<p>We all do what we do because of deep-seated needs. Most founder-owners, for example, start businesses because of a <i>need</i> for freedom and autonomy. Most leaders arrive in leadership positions driven …

Mentoring

Give Your Performance Management System a Review

Nearly every mid to large size company in the world now has some kind of performance management system, a process that in theory should help people set to achieve goals and ultimately drive performance. Yet only 14% of organizations are actually happy with their performance management system as it …

The One-Minute Trick to Negotiating Like a Boss

Life is full of negotiations, big and small. We negotiate for raises, we negotiate with clients and providers over prices, and we negotiate for more staff, the best projects, and flex time. (Then we go home and negotiate with our kids about how old you have to be to get your own smartphone.)<p>To be …

Good Leaders Don’t Use Bad Words

During a painfully dull futures workshop Down Under, a simple word change helped transform a stagnant discussion.<p>The facilitator, with a world-class flair for bafflegab and platitude, had asked the group to envision products customers might desire a decade hence. The conversation regurgitated …

Why We Really Do Need HR

HR gets a bad rap for being too administrative and too pro-employee. That's a legitimate complaint, but I wonder: What the hell did you expect?<p>The History of Human Resources<p>The entire HR function exists because employees were tough to manage. Unions were busy. Pesky women and minorities wanted …

71% Of Millennials Want Their Co-Workers To Be A 'Second Family'

There are 80 million Millennials in the workforce and they want to work with people they care about. In the infographic below provided to us by PGI, the data says that 71% of Millennials want their co-workers to be a second family.<p>Furthermore, 75% of them say they want to have mentors and think …

To Guide Difficult Conversations, Try Using Compassion

“Oh no, here comes another one of <i>those</i> conversations,” you say to yourself.<p>You know what I’m talking about — we all have to face them from time to time, and they can be the bane of a leader’s existence. Imagine that you’re leading a project and one member of your group has been aggressive and …

Data is Worthless if You Don’t Communicate It

There is a pressing need for more businesspeople who can think quantitatively and make decisions based on data and analysis, and businesspeople who can do so will become increasingly valuable. According to a McKinsey Global Institute report on big data, we’ll need over 1.5 million more data-savvy …

7 Ways To Win At Making First Impressions | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We’ve all blown first impressions before and we’re still standing. That means they aren’t important, right?<p>Wrongo-mania.<p>First impressions often times</b> …

How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously

You'd like to be successful in everything you do, of course. Here's how to make it happen.<p>Getting what you want in your career and in life isn't as difficult as it may seem. I mean it.<p>I've been very fortunate, both professionally and personally, and along the way learned seven key ways to help make …

Self-improvement

6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader

Your speech should advance your leadership, not undermine it.<p>Effective leadership requires verbal discipline.<p>Leaders need to care about and practice the quality, specificity, and power of their language. Not enough of them do. <br>Communication is particularly crucial to entrepreneurs. A founder’s …

Linguistics

5 Strategies That Will Turn Your Employees Into Leaders

My boss once told me that managers should always have an exit strategy. Because if (fingers crossed) you receive a promotion or new position, you’ll need to have a plan in place for your departure—including a solid suggestion for someone to fill your role. And that means you need to be preparing …

7 Workplace Shortcuts You Need to Know

These seven secrets can help you navigate some common but difficult workplace challenges.<p>This post contains seven techniques to help you navigate some common (but difficult) challenges of the business world. These techniques are extracted from my soon-to-be-published, crowd-sourced book, <i>Business</i> …

The Workplace