Shukoor Ahmed

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3 Strategies for Projecting Success and Confidence as a Leader

Develop the heart of a servant but the confidence of the well-prepared.<p>An old friend called me yesterday. We hadn't spoken in a while, and when I asked him about his job, he said, “I can’t believe the idiots I have to put up with at the office.”<p>“Well," I responded without too much thought, "you can …

Leadership

Your Brain Has 2 Ways of Finding Answers. Which Is Best?

Fascinating study compares flashes of insight with careful analysis.<p>Think about the last time you solved a business problem, such as coming up with a new product idea, formulating a new marketing plan, or deciding which job candidate to hire. How did you do it. Did you sit down with the facts and …

Creativity

Chamath Palihapitiya wants to change the world

How the son of Sri Lankan immigrants grew up poor in Ottawa, became buddies with Mark Zuckerberg, made a fortune at Facebook, and set out to solve the problems of the 99%<p>“The most important thing in my job is to write down what you believe in,” he has said, “and to use money to amplify your moral …

Silicon Valley

Pope: It’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic

Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of “many” …

Mark Zuckerberg Is Running A Political Campaign, Just Not For Elected Office

Mark Zuckerberg has frequently spoken of his unflinching conviction that Facebook – with its mission of making the world more open and connected – is a force for good. His idealistic vision, however, has clashed with reality with increasing frequency, and the result is a growing tide of user …

Facebook

Incubating innovation

City officials worldwide are bursting blood vessels trying to figure out how to create their own version of Silicon Valley. From the Silicon Hills in Austin, Texas to Silicon Alley in NYC, the Silicon Docks in Ireland’s capital city to Silicon “Wadi” in Israel, potential new global tech hubs are …

Innovation

An SAT tutor who charges $1,500 an hour explains what everyone does wrong preparing for the test

The SAT is one of the most high-stakes standardized tests high-school students can take. A high score can bolster the chances of securing a seat at a top college.<p>However, students hoping to get top scores often hurt their chances by focusing on the wrong material, Anthony-James Green, a …

Education

Mark Cuban Says This Will Be the No.1 Job Skill in 10 Years

It's not coding.<p>Study after study has shown that millions of jobs are at risk of becoming automated in the coming years.<p>And the U.S. is not prepared, …

Employment

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Watch Netflix's Documentary Series 'Abstract'

Being an entrepreneur is as much art as it is science.<p>If you haven't touched a crayon since elementary school, Netflix's new documentary series <i>Abstract: The Art of Design</i>, probably isn't at the top of your queue. But as an entrepreneur, you may want to watch it anyway. Through eight episodes, the …

Entrepreneurship

These are the 248 Ivy League courses you can take for free online

Online learning website <b>Class Central</b> has compiled a list of the 248 online courses currently being offered for free by the world’s Ivy league …

College & University

The Price of Happiness: Horizontal vs. Vertical Wealth

With over 85 million books sold in a lifetime, Terry Pratchett was a millionaire many times over.<p>But after his <i>Discworld</i> booksbecame an international …

Wealth

Sales Is Not Easy - And Neither Is Finding Good Salespeople

Salespeople are the lifeblood of any good business. They provide the fuel that ignites the rocket ship of growth. Yet speak to any entrepreneur and they all seem to share a common challenge: finding, hiring and motivating great salespeople. It feels like a never-ending quest, one as frustrating as …

Leadership

4 Steps to Cultivating an Innovation Mindset in Your Organization

Transforming an organization from innovation-averse to forward-thinking isn't always an easy road to navigate.<p>In my work as a marketing consultant, I’m exposed to organizations of all sizes and manners of thinking.<p>Over time, I’ve developed a pretty keen sense of whether or not my efforts will be …

Innovation

6 Principles for Communicating a Powerful Change Vision

A great vision for change is only as good as how and when it's communicated.<p>As a Navy SEAL, effective communication was tantamount to success in chaotic environments. Similarly, when you're faced with the inevitable adaptive challenges an organization encounters throughout its lifecycle, …

Leadership

FeedMe food-delivery aggregator launched by former HBO and Porch technology leaders

There are plenty of services that provide food delivery from a variety of restaurants. Choosing between them and sorting out delivery times and …

Logistics

Bill Gates shares the secret to being more like him — and Warren Buffett

Billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates aren't just at the top of their respective industries — Buffett in finance and Gates in software — they're …

Warren Buffett

Steve Jobs and the Profound Question That Will Transform Your Career

Transform your business by answering this empowering question Steve Jobs brought up in a famous keynote.<p>At the conclusion of his last major public presentation, Steve Jobs paused and said, "It's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that make …

Steve Jobs

An Open Letter from an Entrepreneur Dad to His Kids on How to Find Success

I have no idea if they will be entrepreneurs like me, but I think these lessons matter regardless of what path they take in life.<p>I became a dad more abruptly than most. After illness and much too early deaths in my family, three pre-teen girls have come to call my home theirs. And while I was …

Success

How Thinking About Death Can Make Your Life Better

It’s so important to live your life fully, in the now, aware of everything you have. Author Wayne Dyer said that in order to appreciate the beauty of your time here on earth you have to "die while you are still alive."<p>What does that mean, exactly? It means letting the knowledge of your imminent …

Self-improvement

25 Profound Quotes From The Dalai Lama That Will Make You Rethink Love, Life and Happiness

The spiritual leader of Tibet and widely seen as the human embodiment of peace and love, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama is a powerful example to …

Buddhism

3 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Becoming An Entrepreneur

Starting a business will always be trade-off for entrepreneurs. The key trade-off usually is leaving a secure job for an uncertain future with uncertain pay. It’s a scary step – too scary, for most. My trade-off when I started SyndicateRoom was deliberately unusual. The problem of leaving a …

Success

Leadership Comes From Everywhere

For years I’ve been working on structuring an interview for assessing leadership. How do you figure out if someone has leadership skills in an …

Did Betsy DeVos Make You Want To Run For School Board?

Early one morning, the week before Betsy DeVos' confirmation as education secretary, 23-year-old Allison Kruk was dropping her boyfriend off at the Philadelphia airport when she decided to swing by the office of her U.S. senator and give him a piece of her mind.<p>Kruk was a Hillary Clinton supporter, …

Education

Zen Philosophy Explains Why Attachments Lead to Suffering (and What You Can Do About It)

Attachment, clinging, desiring…I’m sure you’ve heard these words spoken about negatively by Zen masters before.<p>If you grew up in the west, most of us …

How 9/11 Prepared Muslims for Trump

The mass mobilization of lawyers and protesters after the travel ban appeared spontaneous, but it was the result of long-term coalition building and interfaith organizing.<p>In the days and weeks after 9/11, Debbie Almontaser was escorted to work by a neighbor, as were many Muslim-Americans who feared …

Islamophobia

The One Email Every Founder Should Know How To Write To Investors

You have to keep your investors in the loop, even when you aren't fundraising. Here's how.<p>So you raised your first round of funding. Good for you! Seriously, it takes a tremendous amount of work to close a round, so you should feel great about that. But regardless of the size of your round or the …

Investing

The most important skill for middle class workers isn’t being taught in American schools

US students are judged by how well they score on math, reading and science tests. US educators are assessed by their student’s improvement on those tests. The US labor market, however, is increasingly placing a premium on pleasant personalities. Schools that focus narrowly on cognitive skills …

Education

All Successful Startups Begin With This Checklist—an Expert Explains Why

<i>At MyDomaine, we know how challenging it is to turn your passion into a thriving business. Making that leap of faith takes courage and confidence,</i> …

In a Difficult Conversation, Listen More Than You Talk

When Jared walked into a meeting to discuss a new marketing approach for a product, the conversation didn’t play out well. Five minutes into the dialogue, the product manager, Françoise, started interrupting him with questions he was planning to address later in the pitch. As the conversation ran …

Leadership

These 3 Ideas Will Completely Change How Education Works

Underemployment may be a thing of the past.<p><i>How will education change in the next 10 years? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy, on Quora:</b><p><b>Mastery</b> …

Education