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4 ways to climb the ladder – it’s not what you think

If you’re a woman with an eye on C-suite career goals, it’s not enough to be the smartest person in the room. What may be as important is knowing how …

How to Create More Opportunities for Your Female Employees

Try these three tips to prepare more women for leadership roles in your startup.<p><i>This story first appeared on Women2.com.</i><p>Today, women make up nearly one-half of the labor force and it's increasingly more common for us to hold executive positions. Large companies typically have big budgets for female …

9 Work Habits You Need to Stop Today

Author Tim Ferriss suggests some common bad habits you should definitely add to your not-to-do list.<p>Perhaps you've heard of a "not-to-do list." CEOs and productivity experts recommend the idea highly as a huge productivity booster that will help you free up time and headspace for all the things …

15 Things Successful People Do on Monday Mornings

Those first few hours after the weekend are critical. Start your week off right.<p>Monday mornings are the most critical time of the workweek, as they set the stage for the day and week ahead.<p>"Because you've stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the …

About to Lose It? Try These 18 Unusual Stress Busters Right Now

You don't have to be a victim of the stress you feel. Take charge of it now.<p>If you are on the verge of losing it due to stress, chances are you are probably experiencing such things as lack of concentration, frequent colds, nervous habits, nausea, poor judgment, unexplained aches and pains--and …

Warren Buffett gets into the car business

Warren Buffett is getting into the car business.<p>Berkshire Hathaway announced on Thursday that it is buying the nation's fifth-largest auto dealership group, Van Tuyl Group — and likely won't stop there.<p>"This is just the beginning for Berkshire Hathaway Automotive," says Buffett, CEO of Berkshire …

50 Inspiring Motivational Quotes to Increase Your Confidence

Sometimes a quick boost of self-confidence can be found in a few simple words of wisdom.<p>While some people seem naturally confident (and some people are remarkably confident in a very good way), most of us are not.<p>And that's okay, because self-confidence can be developed. <i>Anyone</i> can be more confident.<p>…

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5 Underrated Pillars of Masterful Emailing

Business emails are difficult to master, but adhering to these pillars can help you stand out from the pack.<p>It might be one of the least sexy skills on the planet, but the ability to weave a flawless email is an enviable trait. Because so much of communication is derived from nonverbal cues such as …

Leading The Life You Want

<i>A guest post by Stephanie Denning, who writes about leadership issues from a Millennial perspective.</i> <i>The views expressed here are her own.</i><p>We all struggle with Work-Life balance. Among my own Millennial generation, I have yet to see someone work a true 9-5 job. The new 9-5 of today means 9-5 in the …

Could a makeover save your career?

<b>"It feels like since I saw her that things have changed for the better," a 42-year-old female senior sales executive tells me.</b><p>The "her" in question is not a doctor or psychiatrist, but an image consultant. The sales executive, who works for a well-known blue chip firm, didn't choose to go - her …

How to Succeed in Business Without Becoming a Workaholic

I watched Wolf of Wall Street recently, which inspired several flashbacks to my days in finance, working in the pit for a large bank. Seeing those …

Scared of Public Speaking? 7 Tips to Up Your Game.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" --Maya Angelou.<p>It was only a couple of months after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. I had spent five years as a Navy SEAL with combat tours in …

10 Huge Time-Wasting Mental Habits

To free up time and get more done, stop indulging in these completely futile mental activities.<p>All of us seem to feel as though we don't have enough time, but few of us consider that we're indulging in behaviors that suck up our time for no possible purpose. Here are 10 common time wasters that we …

What You Should Be Doing on LinkedIn Every Month, Week, and Day

You’ve heard it hundreds of times before (and probably will hundreds of times again): You need to be on LinkedIn.<p>But once you’ve created your profile, what’s next? If you’re not actively job searching, it can be easy to throw your information up there and leave it alone until you need to reach out …

3 Tips to Put an End to 'Productivity Theater'

If your team makes a big production out of trying to look busy, try these simple changes for higher productivity and happier employees.<p>You may not know the term "productivity theater" but you almost certainly know the behavior it describes. It's the employee who quickly switches tabs from a YouTube …

33 Tricks That Make Presentations Memorable

A collection of shortcuts that will make your presentation easier to remember and thus more likely to drive the decision you want made.<p>In the past, I've explained in detail the dos and don'ts of slide-making as well as how to give great presentations. This post summarizes my very best advice for …

5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week. But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits and ill-designed time management, we're only churning out high-quality work a portion of …

8 Practical Steps To Getting Over Your Impostor Syndrome

If you feel like a fraud, you’re not alone. Follow these eight steps to reverse the cycle of self-doubt.<p>Impostor syndrome is much more common than you’d think–over 70% of people have experienced it at one time or other in their lives.<p>It is known that lots of entrepreneurial and high-achieving women …

Falling used-car prices roil the auto market

Used-car prices are sliding, a boon to penny-pinchers, but troubling for new-car sales.<p>The auto industry sales recovery in recent years means millions of used cars, many coming off lease, are starting to flood the market. The result is a decline in used-car prices that zoomed sky-high after the …

The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day

New research reveals exactly how much downtime you should be taking.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>You know that taking frequent breaks is good for your productivity, focus, and creativity, but you just never seem to get …

5 Essential Communications Skills to Catapult Your Career

Developing great communication skills is a key to professional success.<p>Communication skills have always been instrumental for senior leaders. But they’ve become equally important for aspiring leaders.<p>Professionals today are expected to show polished “executive” communications skills earlier in …

In meetings, female executives struggle to hit the mark

Meetings matter. While many of us dismiss them as a waste of time and energy, a team of career coaches report that meetings are vital for presenting yourself to others and establishing your leadership credentials. In particular, meetings matter to women, because women are less proficient than men …

America's Car Capital Will Soon Be ... Mexico

Everything you need to know about the future of the global auto industry is printed on the business cards of Carlos Lozano de la Torre, governor of Aguascalientes, Mexico, a central province named for its abundance of hot springs.<p>Seated at an enormous round table inside the ornate 17th-century …