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How to Win Friends and Influence Your Audience: 10 Theories to Know For Greater Persuasion

What are we really talking about when we’re talking about conversions?<p>Persuasion, right? Influence.<p>When we talk about conversions, we are—most of the …

Marketing

How to Help Your Users Take Action

<b>The products we design often change people’s daily behaviors and routines.</b> Not just in the sleazy manipulative ways associated with slick …

Who Can You Trust?

Imagine that you’re negotiating a multiyear deal to provide outsourcing services to a large company. The client tells you that her firm wants to sign on for a certain level of services, but she’d like you to be willing to deliver more on the fly, trusting that you’ll be able to work out terms for …

The 12 Best Free Photoshop Plugins for Designers

While Adobe Photoshop is a powerful, creative platform, using plugins can help to extend its capabilities and use it to its full potential. Using an …

Stop Dangling The Carrots and Throw Out The Sticks

The old carrot-and-stick motivation is not working for business anymore, so why are we leading and managing like we are still in the 20th century?<p>Dating back to the early 1900s, the practice of scientific management was based on the premise that all work consists largely of simple, uninteresting …

Leadership

Three Questions to Advance Your Career

In most organizations, professionals who want to move up get lots of feedback. Did you hit your numbers? Make your budget? How did you perform in managing a major project? Many companies provide you with so-called 360-degree feedback based on anonymous surveys from your boss, peers, and direct …

6 Of The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers

Sit back and let the hottest tech news come to you by the magic of electronic mail.<p>Prefer to get the news as it happens? Follow us on social media.

Top 10 Places to Find Free Design Resources in 2014

Everyone likes free web design resources. Free design resources can be anything; from textures, to mockups, to wireframes, to themes, to literally …

5 Skills You Need to Be a Leader at Work

If you've got your eye on a management role — especially one on the top of the totem pole — you have your work cut out for you. After all, there's …

Gartner: PC Shipments Slip 6.9% to 82.6 Million Units in Q4 2013

The PC market continues to be in free fall, having now seen its seventh consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments. Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner, a 6.9 percent decrease from the same period last year.<p>It’s worth …

Achieve Your Goals in 2014 — Here’s Research That Can Help

1. Successful people do nine things differently than everyone else.<p>2. The rest of us hold ourselves back in five major ways.<p>3. But don’t stress! Just change the way you think about stress.<p>4. To spot new opportunities, imagine yourself in the future.<p>5. And act like a leader before you are one.<p>6. …

A peek inside Microsoft’s new ‘design-first’ development strategy

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>A few weeks ago, I highlighted a new data-analysis tool from Microsoft that automatically analyzes and visualizes data as …

The 15 Best Blogging Platforms on the Web Today

Want the latest blog recommendations? Read our <b>2015 guide to The 18 best blogging and publishing platforms on the internet today.</b><p><b>Updated June 2014</b><p>Reading the signs a couple of years ago it was easy to assume that the art of blogging was set to die a painful death at the hands of social networks like …

10 Web Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2014

This will be the trend that we hope never ever dies. As the Web grows and becomes more involved, and as more things are developed, designers and Web developers are going to get their hands on them. If you thought parallax scrolling techniques were cool, just you wait.<p>Expect to see many more things …

Seth's Blog

The difficult task is to turn around a no.<p>Not, "no, I've thought about it, but I'm not interested," but, "no, I feel like saying 'no', whatever …

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: "Rule #1: Hire, reward, and tolerate only fully formed adults http://t.co/Wh1XFu4GqM @netflix http://t.co/reW7QQ2gkU"

Replying to @<b>HarvardBiz</b><p>Rule #1: Hire, reward, and tolerate only fully formed adults: http://s.hbr.org/1cNMgLU @<b>netflix</b> pic.twitter.com/edlV446CDN via …

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: "Ever wonder what @ideo's culture is like? http://t.co/5c6eCVX53K http://t.co/YFlvOrz1h3"

Replying to @<b>HarvardBiz</b><p>0 replies 3 retweets 2 likes<p>Replying to @<b>HarvardBiz</b><p>“@<b>HarvardBiz</b>: Ever wonder what @<b>ideo</b>'s culture is like? …

Leading by Letting Go

If you are running a large company anywhere in the world, you have almost certainly asked yourself some version of this question: “How can we get tens of thousands of employees to deliver memorable customer experiences that enhance our brand, all at a reasonable cost?”<p>The answer many have latched …

If You Want to Change, Don’t Read This

There is a great scene in <i>Godfather 2</i> where Kay (Diane Keaton) complains to husband Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) about his unfulfilled promise to make his business fully legit and quit being a mafioso. Michael responds that he is still working on it, reassuring Kay emphatically: “I’ll change, I’ll …

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

It’s always tempting at this time of year to try to make a definitive list of the best ideas from the past 12 months. But then we end up debating what counts as best — important? useful? original? all three? — and compiling extremely long lists, struggling to shorten them, and over-thinking it all, …

Infographic: Where You Should Look For A Job

The unemployment rate may be down, but it’s hard to know if the economy is actually getting better. And it’s even harder to know if the economy is getting better for <i>you</i>. Recovery isn’t even across the board, which is why Justin Fox broke it down in a simple chart that asks “Who’s Been Hiring? (And …

Employment

SOA Implementation Challenges - DZone Integration

Why do so many companies think that if they put up a web service that they are creating Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)? Unfortunately, the IT …

Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight? Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members. That’s because it’s a problem when you shy away from open, healthy …

Put These 8 Leadership Books Under the Tree

A friend of mine took on her first management job this year. Within a few weeks she was heavy under the weight of providing instruction, support, and …