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"Special" Roasted Potatoes Recipe

"The secret to these deliciously crusty potatoes is the pre-oven boiling in a salted and seasoned liquid. The potatoes not only absorb flavor and …

Nest's Temperature Sensor is now available for $39

You can get one from Nest's website or the Google Store.<p>Don't worry if you missed out on pre-ordering Nest's Temperature Sensor last month -- it's now available for purchase, and you can even get it straight from the company's website or from the Google Store. The puck-shaped device works in tandem …

I Finally Figured Out How to Make the Crispiest, Crunchiest Chickpeas—And They’re Seriously Good on Everything

Crispy chickpeas are one of those things you either need to nail, or it’s a total disappointment. <i>Almost</i> crispy chickpeas just don’t cut it. In my …

Why You Should Brainstorm for Questions, Not Answers

The goal of brainstorming is to find possible solutions to a problem, but the process often becomes a platform for the outspoken, who offer the same …

Lifehacks

Best Buy's CEO says he uses 5 criteria to decide whether someone's a leader

Best Buy's CEO has five criteria to determine whether someone is a leader.<p>"I've spelled out the five 'be's of leadership," CEO and chairman Hubert Joly told Business Insider. "I think it resonates with what we're trying to do."<p>Joly has led Best Buy's turnaround efforts since taking on the role of …

Stocks as a Gift for Your Kids Could Pay Dividends

Are you searching for a gift for a young person in your life that will last a lot longer than the paper it’s wrapped in? Here’s a possible solution: …

Marijuana producer jumps 356% as Canada’s investor pot frenzy intensifies

The frenzy surrounding Canadian marijuana stocks, fueled by the country's march toward legalization, intensified Tuesday after shares of one producer rose as much as fivefold in Toronto.<p>ICC International Cannabis Corp. debuted on the TSX Venture Exchange and closed 356 per cent higher at $1.14. The …

Why Performance Management Is Dead And Performance Motivation Is Here To Stay [Infographic]

How’s your team performing?<p>Before you start the process of performance evaluations, take 10 minutes and discover why performance management is dead and performance motivation is here to stay.<p>As we know, performance management is the term used to refer to activities, tools, processes, and programs …

Project Management

3 Books Need To Read If a Team Leader

Great managers and team leaders never stop learning. Here are three highly recommended leadership books that you may not have heard of.<p>If you’re …

So You Wanna Get Strong and Lose Weight? Try Working Out LESS

I do not like to exercise. I repeat, I do not like to exercise, at all. But I drag my sorry ass out of bed and do it anyway. Because I like the way …

Collaboration: Are You Compelled or Repelled?

By onJune 28, 2016 6:25 AM<p><b>Today's guest blog is written by author and consultant Tracey Ezard from Melbourne, Australia.</b><p>There is an incessant buzz in …

Introverts Can Lead: 4 Steps to Developing the Charisma to Be a Super Manager

Shy, retiring, socially inept -- these are some of the stereotypes that plague introverts.<p>If you are looking to promote someone in your office, don't let a reserved demeanor take someone out of the running. And if you are a card-carrying introvert who has a time limit for big parties or is drained …

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Don’t let Canadian small-caps fly under your investing radar

Investing in Canadian small-cap stocks can reap dividends – literally.<p>While the big blue-chips with payouts garner the attention, there are dividend opportunities among smaller companies, too. Some are former income trusts used to doling out healthy distributions. Others have more modest payouts …

Ahead of the curve: The future of performance management

What happens after companies jettison traditional year-end evaluations?<p><b>The worst-kept secret</b> in companies has long been the fact that the yearly …

Management

Learn to Love Networking

Rami Niemi<p>“I hate networking.” We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social …

A 10 day program to create your first Android app

Building your first Android app doesn’t have to be hard. If you aren’t overly ambitious, then you can break the process down into some simple steps and avoid overwhelming yourself in one go. The trick is to make your first app relatively simple and to focus on creating <i>something</i>. Don’t try and …

I learned a huge lesson about productivity from watching a kids' movie with my family

You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just literally 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.<p>I've watched a lot of movies in my lifetime (and many featuring Matt Damon - I blame my wife!), but I've never forgotten that …

Understanding Retail Banking Incentive Programs

The retail banking sector is under pressure – increased regulatory compliance costs, changing consumer behavior driven primarily by technology and …

Management Vs. Leadership: Five Ways They Are Different

For years we were taught that management has to do with forecasting, budgeting, planning and controlling. Managers were taught to manage, not to lead.<p>New supervisors and grizzled management veterans were taught how to assign work to subordinates, how to evaluate their teammates’ work, how to …

Starbucks U.S. food waste plan has Canadian food banks 'delighted'

A new plan by Starbucks to end food waste at its U.S. locations by donating all unused food to the needy won't be coming to Canada just yet, but …

The real-estate trick billionaires use to sell their penthouses faster and for more money

Luxury New York City real estate is renowned for its top-of-the-line appliances, breathtaking views, and coveted outdoor space. To help a property stand out in this niche high-end market, the professional stager Cheryl Eisen and her team at Interior Marketing Group use some proven tricks of the …

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 I Became a Morning Person

I think how one stars their day and the first things they do in the morning are very important. I have to admit, I wasn't always a morning person. However, once I started to change my habits by making small changes every day my energy, happiness and charisma grew and grew!<p>What's the first thing you …

Immune System

How to Get up Early and Become a Morning Person: Take Back Tomorrow Before Going to Bed

If you’re anything like me, you’re the kind of person who hits the snooze button 15 times before finally rolling out of bed. The kind of person who, …

The 25 Best Free Android Apps

From bleeding-edge productivity to fun with friends, presenting 25 great, no-cost additions to your home screen.<p>It’s time to load that Android-powered slab of glass and circuitry up with a heaping helping of download-worthy apps.<p>Of course, it’s downright impossible to individually tickle everyone’s …

This top-rated online course will help you create your own Android apps

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>For any Android users hoping to get their app on the market, or for any iPhone coders that want to expand outside of the Apple Store, …

Let’s build a simple Android app, part 2

In the last exciting installment of “Let’s Build a Simple Android App”… We went through the process of creating a basic app that asked a question and let you give a response. It was cooler than it sounds – it had a nice color palette and everything.<p>In part 2, we’ll be building on that starting …

Seven Ways To Inspire Your Team To Collaborate

Some years ago, when I was speaking to a group of executives about change leadership, the topic of collaboration came up as a corporate initiative many in the audience were dealing with. On a whim I asked, “How many of you are totally comfortable sharing information with others in your …