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Delegate Like Branson: Hire People Who Are More Talented than You

In the middle of starting a new business the idea of delegation seems counterintuitive. Taking a step back and letting someone else take some responsibility? No way.<p>As the founder you’ve nurtured the new business from inception, overseen its early growth, and in spite of having built a small team …

Entrepreneurship

How to Have Friends at Work When You’re the Boss

Girish* is a client of mine who runs a 500-million-dollar business. He gets stellar reviews and is seen as a high potential successor to the CEO.<p>But he has a friend problem.<p>Several of his direct reports are close friends and he doesn’t hold them accountable in the same way he does his other direct …

10 Surefire Ways To Build Your Wealth In 2015

<i>Be sure to check out the related story, 10 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Productivity in 2015.</i><p>A new year brings renewed energy to strive for one’s goals and dreams. And key to that pursuit is money.<p>Whether you’ve set your sights on launching a business, taking a trip to Patagonia, or buying a house, …

Personal Finance

Essential texting acronyms every parent needs to know

Sometimes it feels like parents and teens don’t speak the same language. When it comes to texting, chatting and emailing, that's literally true. If you've looked at any teen's communications, you'll see them sprinkled with acronyms and shorthand that make no sense.<p>Those letters and numbers are an …

The Right Way to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

Thomas Jefferson once said that “honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”. Though truth-telling abounds in grade school platitudes, it seems scarcer the older we get. But this decline in honesty — let’s call it <i>dishonesty</i> — isn’t necessarily innate. Dishonesty can be taught. In my …

Managing Up Without Sucking Up

When I hear the phrase “managing up,” I reflexively think of the seemingly spineless J. Pierrepont Finch who rises from window washer to president of Worldwide Wicket Company in <i>How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying</i>. By lying: he tells the head of HR that the CEO said to give him a job …

17 online slang terms every parent NEEDS to know

Parents who think they’ve beaten the internet because they can ‘speak’ text lingo such as LOL and ROFL should think again.<p>The rise of social networks …

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your …

'Almost Famous,' 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Troop Beverly Hills': What's New on Netflix in December

It's Dec. 1 and that means Netflix has started adding a ton of great titles to check out. So get comfortable, you're going to be glued to your …

Beverly Hills

8 Netflix Tricks You Just Can't Live Without

One of the main reasons Netflix is so popular is because of its simplicity. It’s painfully easy to queue up a movie on your laptop, video game …

20,000 Interviews Later: A Lesson in Hiring Top Executives

View online: 20,000 Interviews Later: A Lesson in Hiring Top ExecutivesFew individuals can claim to have conducted 20,000 interviews (yes, that is …

Employment

How Customers Get Hooked on Products

“I’m endlessly loyal,” my wife said, staring straight into my eyes. But she wasn’t talking about our marriage — she was pledging her allegiance to a piece of software.<p>“I’ll never quit Office,” she told me. “It does too much for me to leave it.” For a moment I wondered if I had engendered the same …

Hell in the Hot Zone

As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the …

The Art of Creating a Secure Password

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>How do you balance the necessity of highly secure passwords with the utility of easily recalling them all?<p>It’s a question I mull each and every time a security breach happens. When the Heartbleed vulnerability was discovered last spring, the mandate …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Trying To Manage Millennials? Give Up and Lead Them Instead

Don't even try to manage Millennials, the largest generation in the workforce. Lead them. Yes Virginia, those born just before the turn of this last century are different. They cannot be managed the way other generations have been managed. They must be inspired and enabled through BRAVE …

Leadership

19 Reasons Why This Is An Excellent Resume

Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume before they make the initial decision on candidates, according to research conducted by TheLadders, an online job-matching service for professionals. That means you have to win them over fast.<p>To get a better idea of what makes a resume …

Employment

The Secrets To Career Contentment: Don’t Follow Your Passion

“Do what you love” has become a career mantra, but is it a formula for real success?<p>“Follow your passion,” might be the most common career guidance, but it is actually bad advice.<p>The theory that following your passion leads to success first surfaced in the ’70s, and in the intervening decades it’s …

Will new ATMs make your bank branch obsolete?

Your ATM will soon be more than just a cash dispenser—in fact financial executives and analysts say the technology may soon be able to replace some …

Death To The Open Office Floor Plan!

This week the <i>New Yorker</i>‘s Maria Konnikova methodically broke down the reasons open offices destroy productivity. Namely, they’re too noisy or too …

The Workplace

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Zipcar’s Philosophy On The Power Of Profuse Apology In The Face Of Customer Complaints

“Why did this happen?”<p>Lesley Mottla, executive VP of product and member experience of Zipcar, knows this question–a question that no business executive wants to hear, but certainly will.<p>So how do you respond to tough questions when a service has gone wrong? Be frank, according to Mottla, and then …

A system for a safe PIN you won't forget

Our consumer expert explains a useful system for remembering your bank account PIN<p>While some people can reliably remember their bank account number along with the sort code and even their National Insurance number, others, just as intelligent in other ways, struggle to recollect their four-digit …

Identity Theft

Death To Core Competency: Lessons From Nike, Apple, Netflix

In a world of rapid disruption, the idea of having a core competency–an intrinsic set of skills required to thrive in certain markets–is an outmoded principle. Apple, Nike, and Netflix have better ideas.<p>Known for decades as a shoe company, Nike is undergoing a digital revolution. In recent years, …

8 Job Interview Red Flags That You Need To Watch Out For

Is your interviewer late, or asking personal questions? Why can’t anyone describe the job you’re applying for? Yeah, you might want to rethink that offer.<p>Sure, job interviews are nerve-racking–especially if it’s a role you really want.<p>But when you’re in the throes of printing out résumés, …

3 steps to successful digital marketing

With the onset of the Internet era, consumers are turning to the web for product and service information, reviews of like-minded people and user …

Marketing

How to pitch your business to VC investors

For any startup looking to scale out globally, obtaining funding is one of the most critical challenges. There are several key factors to take into …

Venture Capital

Forget banks and venture capital: Raise the money yourself

Historically, banks have always been the organisations to turn to for business funding; to start a business or to inject capital for expansion. In …

Venture Capital

Marketing masterclass: How a 2% effort can create a 127% return

Really effective marketing, by which I mean marketing that delivers actual and sustainable sales results, looks at this sort of stuff last. The very …