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How to Be More Assertive (Without Being a Jerk)

The Distilled Man - Actionable Advice for the Everyday GentlemanLearning how to be more assertive can massively improve your quality of life.All of …

Self-help

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling…

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life<p>In Japan, millions of people have <i>ikigai</i> …

Happiness

Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why Incompetent People Think They Are Superior

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. …

Psychology

The 8-hour sleep myth: How I learned that everything I knew about sleep was wrong

I’ve always been at odds with sleep. Starting around adolescence, morning became a special form of hell. Long school commutes meant rising in 6am …

Virginia Tech

5 Smart Ways to Do More in Less Time

To beat the competition in half the hours, increase your output and your impact by working smarter.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Generally, high-energy people enjoy a competitive advantage, but if there’s one thing I learned while researching and writing my first …

Social Media

How Narcissists Really Think

We often hear the term “narcissist,” but in reality, what does that mean? Does it merely describe someone who likes to be the center of attention, or …

Psychology

This is why our phones are making us miserable: happiness isn't the same thing as pleasure, and our brain knows it

People trying to sell you a new car, a fancy phone, or a bigger home might like you to believe that money can buy a whole lot of happiness. But your brain knows that's not true. Money can buy you pleasure, but happiness has to come from somewhere else.<p>If you're confused between happiness and …

Happiness

6 Common Mistakes Even the Most Professional People Make at Networking Events

You have limited time to make an impression at networking events. It is your job to maximize that time.<p>If you have attended a tech event or any event in which people are networking, you have most definitely encountered some of these mistakes, you may even be guilty of a few of them. I know I …

Networking

How the World’s Oldest Company Reinvented Itself

The decline in demand for paper hit Stora Enso hard. By 2011 the pulp and paper giant — the world’s oldest corporation, dating back to 1288 — had laid off over one-third of its 30,000 employees. Though profitable again, the company needed to transform itself into a global renewable materials …

Management

Relationship experts say these are the 8 red flags to look out for when you start dating someone — and some are surprisingly common

Any new relationship is full of challenges. You're getting to know someone, and there's no telling when something might happen to burst the bubble of your new romance.<p>In general, it's fun learning all there is to know about someone who used to be a stranger. But sometimes, there will be signs that …

InterAct

6 Meeting Hacks (And 1 Weird Tip) That Instantly Boost Your Credibility | Inc.com

This is it: the Big Meeting. You've brought a conference room's worth of people together to make an important decision, close that huge sale, or kick off a new strategic initiative. Trouble is, most of these people barely know each other. And some of them barely know <i>you</i>.<p>You'll need to build trust …

Productivity

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work | Inc.com

Regardless of your job or industry, there aren't always enough hours in the day to get everything done. As a result, you constantly feel like you're always behind. And that's just not good for your productivity or your health.<p>So, what's the answer? Work more hours?<p>Not necessarily. As Bob Sullivan …

Time Management

15 ways to make people respect you immediately

There's a difference between being liked and being respected. Ideally, you'll be both.<p>But according to Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," being respected is at least partly about …

Self-improvement

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – …

Self-help

This 4-Letter Acronym Will Revolutionize the Way You Think About Leadership | Inc.com

She walked into my office and slumped into a chair.<p>"You don't have a clue do you?" she asked in an exasperated tone, with a few extra "colorful" words thrown in for emphasis. I didn't quite follow her line of reasoning. I was managing a large team of designers, writers, and usability experts. We …

Mentoring

At My First Startup, I Lost $120,000 and Couldn't Meet Payroll. Here's What I Learned About Staying Afloat | Inc.com

It was early on a Monday morning when I received the call. It was Marcy, one of our consultants, and she sounded a bit concerned.<p>"Adam, I didn't get paid today."<p>I told her that I'd investigate and get right back to her. When the customer service rep from my payroll provider told me that the bank …

Business Strategy

How to Neutralize Your Partner’s Defenses

Relationships can be challenging, especially intimate ones. It’s not like courtship where, instinctively, you both put your best foot forward, …

Psychology

The Most Useful Life Skill Only Takes 1 Second to Learn (and It Will Instantly Change Your Life) | Inc.com

My favorite topic to write about is how to develop a growth mindset, because I believe that the major changes we make in life actually happen instantaneously in our minds.<p>But although it can take less than a second to have a mental shift, that mental shift can have huge ripple effects over the …

Self-improvement

The Results of Google's Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams | Inc.com

It's no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company's execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company often turns its eye inward, analyzing information …

InterAct

In Just 8 Words, Uber's New CEO Gave a Master Class in Leadership | Inc.com

If many of Uber's high-profile problems -- the sexual harassment claims, the bullying, the intellectual property lawsuit -- are attributable to former leader Travis Kalanick's brash take-no-prisoners, admit-no-errors leadership style, then the company's newly named CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, might be …

Leadership

7 Interview Questions That Cut to the Heart and Reveal Someone's True Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

Organizations looking for an edge in hiring high performers with emotional intelligence should take note of a recent report called "Emotional Intelligence at Work," published by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing company.<p>The findings came from a survey they conducted with more than 600 HR managers and …

Emotional Intelligence
Philosophy

How to Overcome The 6 Most Toxic Employee Behaviors

Identify, prevent, and get rid of the most toxic of workplace behaviors forever.<p>The old adage that <i>“People are hired for their talents and fired for their behavior”</i> is true. People often fail at work by exhibiting patterns of behavior that are toxic to the organization. The following six varieties …

Human Resources

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Never Do Any of These 9 Things | Inc.com

If you're less than happy with your life -- either personally or professionally -- the problem isn't education, upbringing , a lack of opportunities, being held back by other people, or even bad luck.<p>If you're unhappy, the problem is you. While approximately 50 percent of your happiness (your …

Self-improvement

Be the Most Persuasive Person in the Room: 9 Things Highly Influential People Always Do, According to Science | Inc.com

Every successful person I know is extremely good at persuading other people. Not manipulating or pressuring, but genuinely <i>persuading</i>: Describing the logic and benefits of an idea to gain agreement.<p>When you think of it that way, everyone needs to harness the power of persuasion: to convince other …

Self-improvement

10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to …

Mindfulness

Five Signs Your Boss Is A Weak Manager

Since corporations and institutions started cutting training budgets twenty years ago, leadership training has become a rare and precious thing for those managers lucky enough to experience it.<p>Years ago every company of any size had a fancy training center and trainees zipping in and out of …

Employment

How to attract good luck: 4 secrets backed by research

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don’t mean …

Charisma

Can You Blend in Anywhere? Or Are You Always the Same You?

There are those people — you know who you are — who always know just what to say, and how to behave, and what to wear, no matter where they are or …