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Fortune.com

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Cleaning Checklist: A Step by Step Plan for a Truly Clean & Organized Bathroom in an Hour or Two

• <b>Clear the room.</b> Remove all rugs, towels, shower curtain, freestanding furnishings. Clear sink-side, counters, and shower of toiletries.• <b><br>Start the …

Small Spaces

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Exclusive interview with Singaporean actress Fann Wong

Just a few weeks ago – while indulging in the Singaporean edition of the chic picnic that is <i>‘Diner en Blanc’</i> we had the pleasure of chatting with one …

Fashion Week

Renovation Inspiration: Make the Most of Your Bedroom with Smart Built-Ins

(Image credit: Fantastic Frank)<p>Thinking about renovating? Most people focus the lion's share of their budget on kitchens and bathrooms, but a little …

New Jersey

Before & After: 8 Bedroom Makeover Projects From Our Archives

The bedroom should be a haven, a place that makes you feel peaceful and happy when you land there at the end of your day. If that's not the case for …

Vintage

Cha-Ching: 5 Domestic Skills That Will Save You Money

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)<p>No matter how small your paycheck, you can always save money by doing things yourself that you would otherwise pay …

Personal Finance

5 Habits to Start & Keep Today to Be More Organized

Have you always dreamed of being a naturally organized person? Well, nature or nurture, it's not impossible to train even the most un-organized of …

Minimalism

Before & After: A Creative Solution for a No-Closet Bedroom

When you don't have a closet, it might make sense to fill your bedroom with big furniture so you can pack away your clothes and accessories, hiding …

Small Spaces

Space Savers for Small Bedrooms: 9 Sources for Modern Wall Beds

Whether you call it a Murphy bed or a wall bed, these folding sleeping quarters are great for small spaces. While there are plenty of options for …

Made in America

The Professional’s Guide to a Stress-Free Vacation

There’s lots of advice out there about how to disconnect from work and return to the office refreshed. But what’s the right vacation approach for you? Is it better to be completely out of touch? And how can you increase the chances that you’ll come back relaxed and revitalized?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …

Pushing the Limits of Personalization

Google’s newly acquired Nest thermostat tracks people’s movements around their house and “learns” how warm they like to keep the rooms. Facebook offers an app that turns on the microphone of a person’s device and listens to the sounds it picks up, apparently to better target music and TV choices. …

Case Study: Do Business and Politics Mix?

As soon as Harold Leeson, the CEO of Natural Foods, pulled into the parking lot of his company’s headquarters, his phone rang. It was Kenneth King, one of his board members. Harold braced himself before answering.<p>“This is a total mess,” Ken said immediately.<p>“I know,” Harold replied, exhaustion …

Profits Without Prosperity

Five years after the official end of the Great Recession, corporate profits are high, and the stock market is booming. Yet most Americans are not sharing in the recovery. While the top 0.1% of income recipients—which include most of the highest-ranking corporate executives—reap almost all the …

How Being a Good Manager Can Make You a Bad Innovator

What does good management look like? We teach what we think are good management principles in literally thousands of business schools around the world. Yet Scott Cook, founder and leader of Intuit told us, “When MBAs come to us we have to fundamentally retrain them—nothing they learned will help …

Should You Put World of Warcraft on Your Resume?

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are famous for their love of and prowess in bridge. Harvard has used high-stakes poker as a real-world game theory laboratory for strategic thinking. For sheer bonhomie and bonding, golf remains a global opportunity for American, Asian, and European executives to mix …

What People Are Really Doing When They’re on a Conference Call

If you’re reading this while on a conference call — perhaps even in the loo — you’re not alone. It turns out many U.S. employees would rather do just about anything rather than listen intently to their coworkers from a remote location.<p>According to InterCall, the world’s largest conference call …

Online Shopping Isn’t as Profitable as You Think

When I argue that e-commerce isn’t likely to destroy innovative omnichannel retailers, I typically receive passionate responses. Am I really suggesting that the growth of e-commerce will slow before it annihilates most physical retailing? And how could I possibly argue that the economics of …

Great Leadership Isn’t About You

The year 1777 was not a particularly good time for America’s newly formed revolutionary army. Under General George Washington’s command, some 11,000 soldiers made their way to Valley Forge. Following the latest defeat in a string of battles that left Philadelphia in the hands of British forces, …

Work + Home + Community + Self

<i>Take an assessment—produced in partnership with Qualtrics—of your Total Leadership skills, and learn how to strengthen them and about people who exemplify them.</i><p>Overcommitted. Distracted. Stressed out. Stretched too thin. This is how many of us describe ourselves today. I hear it from men and women; …

How to Present to a Small Audience

It’s easy to associate delivering presentations with standing in front of an audience and gesturing toward projected slides. However, many meetings or pitches involve fewer than ten participants in a room, where everyone remains seated and walks through the same slide deck together. This is quite a …

The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Great Ideas

That first mile—where an innovation moves from an idea into the market—is often plagued by failure. In fact, less than 1% of ideas launched inside organizations have any real impact on the bottom line.<p>The ideas aren’t the problem. It’s the process.<p>In his new book, <i>The First Mile: A Launch Manual for</i> …

The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore

A coaching client of mine is managing partner at a very large law firm, and one of the issues we’ve been working on is how to cope more effectively with the intense demands on his time—clients who expect him to be available, firm partners and other employees who want him to address their concerns …

Why it’s so difficult to raise kids — and save for retirement

My youngest daughter was born 21 years ago this week. At the time, I called an economist named Mark Lino from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who …