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How to Ask for a Promotion

Asking for a promotion can be nerve-wracking. But when you think you’re ready for the next step, it’s important to say so. How do you prepare for that conversation with your boss? What information should you have at the ready? And how exactly do you make your case?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b><br>“Asking for a …


6 Ways to Take Control of Your Career Development If Your Company Doesn’t Care About It

We are now in the era of do-it-yourself career development. Companies less frequently offer formal training — a trend that has been around for years. This may be because employees change jobs so frequently (job tenure now averages about four years) that firms don’t see the value in investing in …

Human Resources

This Top CEO's Guru Has Surprising Advice About Leadership | Inc.com

Imagine if you can, that you are the CEO of a tremendously successful company--one that has a global mission for good, somehow making the world a better place. In this vision you've got it all, or do you?<p>Satyen Raja mentors accomplished leaders who have come to the realization that, in fact, …


Mechanical Watches Almost Disappeared Forever. Here’s How They Didn’t

<i>Originally published by Joe Thompson in two parts on Hodinkee.</i><p>In 1976, with the watch world agog over LEDs, LCDs and quartz analogs, George Daniels, …


The Best Interview Questions We've Ever Published

Over the years, we've published interview questions recommended by leaders across every field. Here are the very best for hiring excellent performers …


Management Tip: How to Handle the Transition from Peer to Boss

Being promoted over your coworkers is a tricky situation. It’s important to get off on the right foot with your former peers and to make the …

6 Digital Strategies, and Why Some Work Better than Others

Digital technology has been roiling markets and disrupting companies for more than two decades, but despite that lengthy history, incumbents are still struggling to enact and deliver on digital transformations.<p>The first challenge is disruption; digitization is enabling new, disruptive models that …


Leading Digital Transformation Is Like Urban Planning

Most companies want their businesses to keep pace with digital startups, but end up bogged down by the need to fix the daily challenges that their decades-old IT systems create. How do you redesign and rebuild major infrastructure while keeping the day-to-day work going? This kind of challenge is …

Customer Service

5 Secrets to Launching a Great Entrepreneurial Product (While You're Still Employed) | Inc.com

<i>By Kirill Bensonoff, founder and CEO of Unigma and ComputerSupport.com.</i><p>It's tough to launch a great product. I have successfully launched multiple IT-related products and tech-enabled services, but I have also made many mistakes along the way. However, I've learned that by sticking to these five …

Product Management

Blockchain — What You Need to Know

<b>Karim Lakhani,</b> Harvard Business School professor and co-founder of the HBS Digital Initiative, discusses blockchain, an online record-keeping technology that many believe will revolutionize commerce. Lakhani breaks down how the technology behind bitcoin works and talks about the industries and …


How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home

More and more people are working remotely, and many say it improves their productivity and satisfaction — while also saving them time and money. If you’re commuting to an office every day but would like to work elsewhere on a weekly basis, how can you convince your boss to let you do so? What …

The Workplace

What the state of your desk says about you

Whether you're a clean freak or a slob, your workspace may reveal a lot about your personality<p>Do you have trouble locating your computer screen amid the jungle of old coffee mugs and scattered papers? Or is your workspace a minimalist’s dream?<p>Every office worker has a particular type of desk they …


The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global …


How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work. Your senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do? How do you decide whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should …


Degrees matter when hunting for a job

People with less education have found themselves more likely to be unemployed.<p>Going to university is no small investment in time and, for most people, money. Given the recent high levels of unemployment worldwide, students leaving high school may think going directly to work makes more financial …

College & University
The Workplace

28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

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Yellowstone National Park