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Think You Drink Too Much Coffee? Science Says You Should Probably Drink More, Not Less

It turns out there's a perfect amount of coffee to drink, and it's more than you think.<p>Do you start the day with a mug of coffee, followed by a second mug, and then a third around 3 pm to help you make it through the afternoon? And do you sometimes worry that you're consuming too much caffeine and …

Want to Win an Argument? Science Says Stop Doing This 1 Thing

Once you start yelling, your listener will struggle to process what you say rationally.<p>Things don't always go smoothly in life, and when you encounter a bump, the temptation to yell at others can explode. Don't do it--a raised voice is one of the biggest swords you can drive into the stomach of …

The neuroscience of creativity: How the brains of innovators are wired differently

We've all heard the simplistic adage that left-brain thinking is logical and analytical while right-brain thinking is creative and innovative. It's …

3 Simple Steps To Hold People Accountable | Inc.com

There is a common theme that many leaders struggle with: they don't know how to hold their people accountable. Even if they are great at hiring A players, many leaders still are left with that feeling that their people could be doing more or better work.<p>Rather than first finding fault with the …

Employment

How the Best Leaders Resolve Workplace Conflicts | Inc.com

Disagreements among people in a workplace are common. When they're on your team, those disagreements have the potential to escalate into conflict between coworkers, creating a distracting, unproductive, and negative working environment. And if you're in charge, your staff's problems are your …

Leadership

If You Don't Have Money In the Bank, Something Is Off in Your Business

Some entrepreneurs are so focused on the future they don't seem to realize they are broke right now.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you think about the stats on how much money the average American has in savings, it's a little scary. If you look at the 2017 …

The 1 Thing Every Great Leader Does, Each and Every Day | Inc.com

Granted, every CEO is ultimately measured by his or her ability to increase compass earnings, profits, and stock values. Everything else -- crafting bold visions, building a vibrant corporate culture, striving to make a difference in the community, etc. -- is, depending on your point of view, …

Leadership

4 Tips To Become A Consultant For Your Second Career

<i>(The following is adapted from</i> The Consulting Economy: How to Manage Your Career in the Coming Workforce Revolution <i>by Jonathan Dison, published by Lioncrest.com.)</i><p>I’ve had the same conversation hundreds of times with different professionals. It’s the one in which I convince them that not only are …

Employment

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from <i>doing</i> to <i>leading</i>. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities …

Want Your Best Employees to Never Leave You? Successful Leaders Do Any of These 4 Things Daily | Inc.com

Whenever I deliver keynotes on leadership topics, I make sure to touch on the most important aspect that a leader needs to become truly exceptional: valuing his or her people.<p>If that has triggered your own thinking about whether your employees are truly valued, there are proven ways you can raise …

Employment

How Google’s Pixel Buds compare to Apple’s AirPods

Wireless earbud fight!<p>Yesterday, Google announced the second round of its very own Pixel phones, but it also expanded its small universe of “Made by Google” hardware. One of the new products under that umbrella, and a first for Google, are the Pixel Buds. They’re around-the-neck wireless earbuds …

Tech Trends

Imagine How You'll Feel on January 18 (if You Start a 100-Day Goal on October 10) | Inc.com

Recently, I wrote about how 100 days is the perfect amount of time to achieve a key life goal. It's enough time to accomplish something big--but short enough to be able to see the finish line from the start, and to discourage procrastination.<p>I've done these kinds of 100-day challenges a few times: …

Motivation

China Billionaire's 24-Year-Old Wife Boosts JD.com's Fashion Growth

She has no official title at China e-commerce giant JD.com, but 24-year-old Nancy Zhang, the wife of billionaire chairman Richard Liu, is the “chief fashion adviser” and “closely involved” in the luxury business of the Nasdaq-traded company, according to a new profile in Hong Kong Tattler.<p>Zhang …

China

BoxFox Aims To Help U.S. Retailers Sell $250 Billion Worth Of Surplus Inventory

When brick-and-mortar retailers find themselves in possession of surplus inventory that’s been taking up shelf space for months, they only have a few options for dealing with it. After trying to sell the items on clearance or return them to vendors, they’ll probably resort to donating the remaining …

eCommerce

Why Only You Have the Power to Shape Your Life

It's time to take responsibility for everything in your life.<p>This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>It's time to take responsibility for everything in your life. Tony Robbins once said, "The quality of your life is the quality of the meaning you give to everything in your life."<p>This idea is …

Lights Out: 7 night-time rituals that will make you happy and more productive

Everybody talks about morning rituals to get the day started right. (Even I have.) But <i>ending</i> the day right can be even more important. Why?<p>Because …

Why Do Employees Really Quit Their Jobs? Research Says It Comes Down to These Top 8 Reasons | Inc.com

I've done a lot of research over the years to drill down to the most likely reason for employees to quit and answer the question, "How do you stop the bleeding?"<p>As in bleeding money. The cost of employee turnover is exorbitant, with some recent estimates putting the price at $45,000 to $150,000 to …

Employment

3 New Things Science Says You Should Do to Become Happy | Inc.com

The field of Positive Psychology has given us plenty of clues about the better path toward happiness and fulfillment.<p>Whether it's being exposed to experiences of "awe" (yes, it's a thing) so you can live longer, practicing positive thinking so you can reduce anxiety, or releasing more oxytocin in …

Happiness

Eight great tricks for reading people’s body language

Body language provides an amazing amount of information on what other people are thinking <i>if</i> you know what to look for. And who hasn’t wanted to read …

The One Set of Skills Every Leader Needs (but Many Lack) | Inc.com

What makes a good leader?<p>The answer varies widely depending whom you ask. Whether you're talking to researchers or practitioners, there's not a lot of consensus. But there's one trait that most agree can mark the difference between a good leader and a great leader.<p>Strangely enough, it's also a …

Leadership

6 Secrets to a Happier Life

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> The Science of Happiness<i>, which is available at Amazon.</i><p>Whether you’re a web designer, …

To Be Happy, Give Up These 10 Habits

The real key to happiness is actually giving up certain perspectives and behaviors.<p>This story originally appeared on Due<p>How can you introduce a little bit more happiness into your life? You may need to give up several things to become happy. To become happier, most people focus on adding things.<p>The …

5 Ways to Create a Culture of Responsibility (With True Team Leadership) | Inc.com

Creating work environments that are conducive to producing good, high-quality work is trickier than it might appear at first sight. In workplaces where employees take responsibility for their actions, however, leaders can expect much higher levels of productivity--especially if team members are …

Team Building

Tired of Ending Your Emails With 'Regards'? Here Are 69 Other Options | Inc.com

I have an embarrassing confession: The vast majority of the time, I sign off my emails with "Thanks!" It doesn't matter if I have anything to show appreciation for or not--it tends to be my default signature.<p>When I'm not busy expressing my gratitude for absolutely nothin'? I go with a standard …

Handy

Want to Grow Very Fast? Get Mentors and Read Lots of Books | Inc.com

<b>Editor’s note:</b> Jordan Kasteler's articles have been removed from the Inc.com archive because his relationship with Inc. has been terminated.

Books

Apple's HomePod firmware spills more details on the smart speaker

Apple unveiled its Siri-powered HomePod speaker hub at WWDC back in June, and despite a hefty $350 pricetag and the inevitable comparisons to Alexa devices, it actually sounds pretty good. In the lead up to its release this December, Apple pushed out the hub's firmware, revealing that it runs on …

Apple

Google tests vacation rental filter alongside hotel search results

Last year, Google issued some updates that made it easier to track down flight and hotel deals and it has recently been testing an option that would bring up vacation rentals when users search for hotels. The new feature shows up under the "Accommodation Type" category alongside other filter …

I Am Blown Away By How This Genius CEO Is Growing Her Business | Inc.com

Liz Maida -- who I interviewed this month after being contacted by her company -- is a brilliant solver of technical problems. Is she as great at solving business problems? I am blown away by how she hopes to grow her 10-person Manhattan-based company -- because it's a simple idea that ought to …

Financial Services

Gujarat floods: Narendra Modi announces Rs 500 crore interim aid as toll rises to 83

The prime minister said 10 additional helicopters will be pressed into service and special Central government teams will assess the extent of …

Apple's iPhone 8 Has Already Beaten Its Competition

No matter the forthcoming sales figures, no matter the appearance (or not) of augmented reality, no matter the delays between announcement and shipping, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 has already won 2017’s battle of the smartphones.<p>It’s fair to say that the presumptively titled iPhone 8 has not had an …