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Bill Gates Reads 50 Books Per Year. But Only These 6 Leadership Books Made His List of Recommendations

Of all 186 books Bill Gates has ever recommended on his personal blog, six leadership books get special attention.<p>In a 2016 interview at the <i>New York Times</i>, Bill Gates said that reading is still the "main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding." He told <i>The Times</i> he reads about 50 …

Bill Gates

5 Questions Truly Exceptional Bosses Ask Their Employees

Why performance evaluations suck.<p>Performance reviews suck. Why?<p>Well, doing these reviews is like trying to drive forward, while keeping your eyes trained on your rear view mirror. You won't get anywhere. And you might just get into accidents!<p>Here's what I mean: you're hoping that your employees …

We Locked Four Experts in a Room Until They Solved Immigration

Your move, Congress.<p>It’s a problem that has eluded top statesmen for nearly two decades: what to do with the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors—children who grew up in the U.S. going to American schools, living in American cities and towns and otherwise living more or …

Immigration

The most outrageous numbers of 2017

Number inflation was rampant in 2017, as the figures that dominated news stories just got bigger and bigger. Data stored, stuff bought, years lived, the great scoreboard of human existence clicked over with digits never seen before as the world population edged ever closer to 8bn.<p>Many of the …

Space

The Brilliant, Honest Way This Governor Handled the Hurricanes Is the Best Leadership Lesson of 2017 | Inc.com

I was born on St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, my father survived both hurricanes--Irma and Maria--on the island. One of his biggest takeaways? The leadership displayed by the governor of the Virgin Islands, Kenneth Mapp.<p>Leading well is always challenging, but it's especially hard …

Leadership

Why This Type of Intelligence You Probably Haven't Heard of Might Be the Most Important | Inc.com

It used to be that cognitive intelligence was the king of the hill in terms of importance. Then emotional intelligence showed up. But now Cornell University's professor of human development, Robert J. Sternberg, says "successful intelligence" likely matters more than all the other intelligence …

Emotional Intelligence

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in patches through the windows. Cobwebs coat the wrenches, the cans of spray paint and the rungs of an old wooden chair where Matt Peters used to sit. A stereo plays country music, left on by the renter who now uses the shop.<p>“It smells so …

Mental Health

3 Tips to Sound Smart When Someone Puts You on the Spot | Inc.com

Public speaking can be terrifying, but at least you tend to have time to prepare.<p>Speeches and presentations are scheduled well in advance so nervous speakers have plenty of opportunity to read up on public speaking tips, dig into the psychology of taming your nerves, or even go the Malcolm Gladwell …

Public Speaking

The Project Management Tool You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Branding. Usually only marketing teams think about brand building and how to create an atmosphere around a product or service.But that’s …

7 Powerful Quotes That Will Make You a Better Leader This Weekend | Inc.com

There isn't a one-size-fits-all canvas for what leadership looks like--nor for how it needs to be executed on a daily basis. Leadership is a journey which is something I'm learning each day. Building a business, creating a great culture, overseeing the well-being of your company, and making an …

Motivation

Communication Techniques That Motivate Others To Become Better | Inc.com

As someone in a leadership position, motivating your team is one of your most important tasks. After all, motivation boosts productivity, workplace morale, and reduces turnover. That's a win-win-win if you ask.<p>One of the most overlooked ways to motivate your team is through communication. Through …

Employee Engagement

Here's The Top Emotional Need of Employees (And Why You Should You Really Care) | Inc.com

No helicopter leaders need read this (unless you want to change your tactics).<p>I'll get right to the bottom line.<p>An employee's primary emotional need is..... acceptance.<p>Now you know.<p>The big question is what do you do with this information.<p>Some background first.The biggest surge of workers at this …