Nathan Misirian

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Use These Six Simple Decision-Making Metrics To Kill Meetings And Emails

Leadership and management are largely about judgment and decisiveness, so it’s no surprise a Bain & Co study found that decision making drives 95% of business performance.<p>The real surprise is that decision making is one of the most poorly tracked business activities. Think about it: your company’s …

Part I: Don't Head To The Airport Without Checking In At FlyerTalk

While it is now easier than ever to travel virtually anywhere in the world, often it seems like it’s more difficult. Travel suppliers have seemingly endless rules and regulations. Disruptions from strikes to weather to terrorism can impact well-laid plans in minutes. That’s why I always recommend …

Travel Tools I Use to Learn, Work and Play Anywhere in the World

Here are the best travel apps, services and tools I use to work, learn, plan, play, track habits, manage time, write, read and more.<p>I’d like to …

Entrepreneurship

The Top 20 Influencers Of Tech B2B CMOs In 2016

So who were the big influencers of CMOs in 2016? I recently published the list of top influencers for all CMOs in 2016 (see here for the list). This article focuses on a specific—but very important subset of CMOs—those in the B2B Tech space. To measure the influencers, I turned to Leadtail, a …

How to Create Infographics Using PowerPoint or Keynote [Infographic]

Give your inner designer a chance to shine by creating your own infographics.<p>That's right: By using tools you likely already have, you can create …

The Harvard Business Review Manager's Handbook: The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out

Publication Date: <b>January 03, 2017</b><p>The one primer you need to develop your managerial and leadership skills. Whether you're a new manager or looking to have more influence in your current management role, the challenges you face come in all shapes and sizes--a direct report's anxious questions, your …

10 Success lessons from Ed Catmull – “Pixar Founder, Disney Legend” for entrepreneurs

Share31<p>Tweet<p>Share43<p>+1<p>Shares 74<p>Ed Catmull is arguably one of the most talented creative geniuses alive today. He co-founded Pixar (along with Steve …

The Best Strategic Leaders Balance Agility and Consistency

As a former consultant, I have a deep and abiding love for the use of 2×2 matrices in business strategy. My favorites are those that highlight two factors that seem, at first glance, in conflict. I find these particularly relevant to personal development, as individuals often must resolve the …

4 Digital Marketing Tools That Will Improve Your Strategy

Use These Digital Marketing Tools and Improve Your Reach<p>Monday Tips is a short list of the best finds across the internet to start your week off …

Five-Star Customer Service Depends On Treating Employees Well, Say Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons

Great customer service companies need to be great <i>employee</i> service companies as well. Obvious though this might seem, we’ve all seen the corners cut, the abuses that take place in the rough and tumble world of business. Don’t let this be you. The goal of treating employees well needs to be intrinsic …

John Hagel's Wake-Up Call For Business -- How To Launch A Change Movement

Last month, Deloitte published the grim findings of its Shift Index 2016, which showed that the 50-year decline of the rates of return on assets of U.S. firms continues. I spoke with John Hagel, Founder and Chair of Deloitte’s Center for The Edge about the findings and what could be done to turn …

Ancient Wisdom For The New Year: The 36 Chinese Stratagems For Psychological Warfare

2017 is the perfect time to learn some new leadership and coping strategies for the battles ahead — in business, politics, war, and life.<p>Last year we found out just how wrong we can be in our collective assumptions — and how much we don’t know about what others are thinking, or doing behind the …

How 4 Retailers Became “Best Places to Work”

HEB, Costco, Trader Joe’s, and QuikTrip all made Glassdoor’s 2017 “Best Places to Work: Employees’ Choice” list, released in early December. These retailers pay better than many others and that counts for a lot in a low-wage industry like retail. But they also score higher on culture. What is it …

To Lead a Digital Transformation, CEOs Must Prioritize

Given the pace at which digital innovation is disrupting industries globally, it’s not surprising that most CEOs feel pressure to find and deploy the right technology as fast as their budgets will allow. Many are discovering, however, that becoming a digital leader isn’t simply a matter of …

CEOs

Beware The 10 Innovation Killers

The Innovation Killers are insidious behaviors that you need to get rid of now!<p>After 30 years of watching and helping companies that struggle with innovation I've realized that there are a few things that most often stand in the way of innovation. I call them the Innovation Killers; they stealthily …

3 Popular Goal-Setting Techniques Managers Should Avoid

In 2002, professors Edwin A. Locke and Gary P. Latham, two of the best known academic researchers on goal-setting, wrote an article in <i>American Psychologist</i> summarizing their 35 years of research. Among their findings:<p>Setting specific, difficult goals consistently leads to higher performance than …

Weber Shandwick China Chairman: 5 Skills You Need To Succeed In PR

Ever wondered what it takes to have a successful PR career?<p>I sure have, which is why I asked David Liu, Chairman at Weber Shandwick (China) on how he became the big boss, and he shared his five secrets on how he became the top boss at one of the world’s largest PR agencies.<p><b>1. Become An Influencer,</b> …

An Innovative Start To 2017: 10 Leadership Steps For An Innovation Culture

If you sense that your company is losing its edge, it’s time to demonstrate your leadership by creating a culture of innovation. Here are ten ways to get started, drawn from my workshops and keynote speeches on innovation and entrepreneurship.<p>These fall loosely into three categories: making it …

Customer Service

Red Dot Award Winning Tools, Part 1: Old-School and New Age Hammers

Two tools with completely different design philosophies<p>Two hammers were among the tools that received Red Dot Awards this year, and they could not be …

Improve Your Analytics Skills With These 9 Tips

Looking for a worthwhile New Year’s resolution? A resolution that will help your career? A resolution you can keep? Resolve to become a better analyst in 2017.<p>How can you become better at your work? You know the old standbys like attending a class, taking on a challenging project, and networking …

We Dare You to Try This Ultimate MMA Fighter Workout

Get swoll.<p><i>Esquire UK's personal trainer Harry Jameson gets in shape for Mixed Martial Arts</i><i>:</i><p>MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., ergo the world. To the untrained eye it can look like a couple of guys simply beating the living hell out of each other, but that's far from the truth. …

Tick off all your family's present needs with 10 essential wearable Christmas gifts

Introduction<p>Christmas socks and Lynx are as sure a sign of contempt for your family as undercooking their sprouts. 2015 has truly been the year of …

MIT Just Put Out One of The Year's Best Collections of Science Fiction

Science Fiction

How to watch every Marvel movie and TV show in the perfect order

You've probably seen most of Marvel's films, but what about the TV shows?<p>If you're like me, that is to say a continuity junkie, timelines are very important to you -- but timelines in the world of comics and movies can be more than a little confusing.<p><b>Editors' note, July 1, 2018:</b> <i>We can confidently</i> …

The Best New Places To Eat In Chicago This Spring

Seasoned Chicagoans have been burned (er, frozen?) by getting too excited at the arrival of spring. The minute coats and boots are traded in for …

Every Automotive Emblem, Explained

It’s nice to believe that cars are purely about performance — that what matters is track times and vehicle specs, not superfluous details like the …

Shopping

20 Best Public Golf Courses in America (2015) - Gear Patrol

Friday, Jul 20, 2018<p>Greens for the People<p>America’s 20 Best Municipal Golf Courses<p>September 24, 2014 | By Matthew Ankeny<p>The muni is an American …

15 Best Magazines for Men - Gear Patrol

Friday, Jul 20, 2018<p>Celebrating Print<p>15 Magazines You Should Be Reading Now<p>February 26, 2015 | By Jack Seemer | Photo by Henry Phillips<p><i>Print is dead</i>, …

Create, share and manage content across teams

Bring your ideas to life.<p>Create fully interactive and native iOS apps without writing a single line of code. Simply import your creative assets into …