Michael Ingram

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We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Employment

Should You Ever Use a Pie Chart?

The pie chart has been under attack for over a century. How did this beleaguered chart come to be so popular and yet so reviled?

How To Write A Note For Any Occasion

Writing a thank you note or trying to find the right words to let a friend who just lost his mom know you’re thinking of him is no one’s idea of a …

Want a seat on a board? Rewrite your resume

<b>Dear Annie:</b> As executive vice president of human resources at a midsize manufacturing company, I’ve served on a few local volunteer organizations’ …

Cure Writer's Block by Answering These 3 Questions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the course of a week I write about 30,000 words. Articles for publication, promotional articles for clients, my books in progress, a book I’m writing for a client. That doesn’t even take into account the thousands of words written in …

Writer's Block

The Three Tools Netflix Used to Build Its World-Class Brand

It’s hard to imagine a living room — or board room — where Netflix needs an introduction. Today, it boasts over 65 million subscribers across more …

Create a Conversation, Not a Presentation

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p>When I worked as a consultant, I was perennially guilty of “the great unveil” in presentations—that tendency to want to save key findings for the last moment and then reveal them, expecting a satisfying moment of awe. My team and I would work tirelessly to drive to the …

When I’m Gone

Death is always a surprise. No one expects it. Not even terminal patients think they are going to die in a day or two. In a week, maybe. But only …

Our Barriers to Love: Monday's Mindful Quote from Rumi

There is a tradition on the <i>Mindfulness and Psychotherapy</i>blog. Every Monday, I cite a quote or a poem that is related to mindfulness and psychotherapy …

4 Ways to Ensure You're Not Overlooked at Work

No one likes to be passed over for a promotion or big project, but if you ask even the most successful people if it's happened to them -- they will …

Success

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as insular, imperious, and bureaucratic. He understands that in a hyper-kinetic world, inward-looking and self-obsessed leaders are a liability.<p>Last year, just …

Gas overtakes coal at US power stations | Financial Times

The US generated more of its electricity from gas than from coal for the first time ever in April — in a sign of how the shale boom is putting …

How to Keep the World from Distracting You When You Work From Home

A few months ago, I was interviewing someone for a story when I heard a knock at my door. It was my apartment’s maintenance crew, a day late to …

13 Signs You're A Pretty Quick Learner

It’s a depressing adage we’ve all heard time and time again: <i>An increase in technology does not necessarily translate to an increase in …

Economics

How one Alabama fan became an Auburn man

Good Saturday to you. It's 113 days until Alabama and Auburn kick off their 2015 football seasons.<p>I haven't come across a lot of Tide or Tigers fans …

The only technique to learn something new

The other day I threw everything out. Everything. I threw out all my books (donated). I threw out all my clothes.<p>I threw out old computers. I threw …

Bill Gates

How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box'

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine.<p>Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United …

Time Management

College is worth it if you have these six experiences

• a professor who made them excited about learning<br>• professors who cared about them as a person<br>• a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams<br>• worked on a long-term project<br>• had a job or internship where they applied what they were learning<br>• were extremely involved in extra-curricular …

College & University

#RaceTogether: 3 Reasons Behind Starbucks' Plunder

This past week, Starbucks' baristas across 12,000 U.S. stores began writing "Race Together" on all of its coffee cups. Why? Starbucks wanted to …

Customers

10 Murder Mysteries That Made History

Assassinations of presidents and kings aren’t the only killings that change our world. The victims in these 10 murders didn’t wield national power …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Economix Comix

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

How Do You End a Meeting? Netflix’s HR Rebel Asks Two Simple Questions

When I was a young and naïve professor, I was under the impression that meetings in for-profit organizations weren't plagued with the same pointless …

We Still Don’t Know the Difference Between Change and Transformation

It’s been almost 10 years since HBR published John Kotter’s classic article,”Why Transformation Efforts Fail.” And although his suggestions for how to improve the odds have been widely accepted, the success rate of major corporate change programs remains essentially unchanged — it still hovers at …

The Art of Active Sitting

Spending 8-plus hours at your desk doesn't have to ruin your body. Add these 5 daily movements to your routine.<p>You’ve heard the news by now: Sitting …

NVIDIA Shield tablet review: a solid slate with a gaming addiction

NVIDIA's Shield gaming handheld was a peculiar, singular device: an expensive Android portable aimed squarely at consumers that had already purchased high-end desktop GPUs. It was novel and fun, but it wasn't for everybody: If you weren't a gamer, there wasn't much point to owning a Shield. Now, …

25 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough

<i>“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Because it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are,</i> …