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A famous scorecard taught at Harvard Business School can help you improve your life and relationships

I’ve always known that I’m addicted to achievement. But it’s only in the past few years that I’ve realized that can be a bad thing.<p>Every year, when New Year’s Eve rolled around, I used to set resolutions like “run 13 half-marathons in 2013” (because #medals). That particular year, I hit the goal. I …

Management

10 Steps to Starting a Side Business While Working a Full-Time Job

We are living at a time of unlimited potential. Never before have we experienced such a rapid growth in the number of young entrepreneurs who’ve …

15 Ways to Display Art Without Putting Holes in Your Walls

It makes moving pieces around so much easier.<p>A hammer and nails are a dangerous combination when you don't know how to patch up a hole. That's why sometimes it's safer to use a less intrusive technique — especially if you live in a rental. Try one of these genius ideas if you want to keep your …

Home Decorating

How To Get Into An Analytics Career Without Spending A Fortune

Many people are considering careers in analytics, and attracted to graduate degree programs as the key to success.<p>When I wrote “4 Reasons Not To Get That Masters In Data Science,” I knew there was some interest in the topic because I had received quite a few letters asking what I thought of these …

Big Data

10 Stylish Online Home Stores to Help Kick Your Ikea Habit

With the New Year upon us—and with any luck, some holiday cash in your pocket—it's a good time to update your home with something other than an Ikea shelving system (although, if you need one of those, so be it). The trick to having a stylish, thoughtfully appointment pad is to know where to shop …

Home

These 7 Free Podcasts Will Save You $100,000 On a Wharton MBA | Inc.com

I had a great experience studying for my MBA at Wharton. I learned about subjects I had never studied at college or picked up in my first job as an account manager at an advertising agency: Finance, accounting, marketing, organizational theory, operations, business law, negotiation strategies, and …

Entrepreneurship

How I Learned To Love Statistics — And Why You Should, Too

I always hated statistics. I mean really, really, <i>really</i> hated it.<p>Recently though, I've had a change of heart about the subject. In response, I find statistics changing my mind, or at least changing my perspective.<p>Let me explain.<p>When I was an undergraduate physics major, lab classes were mandatory. …

Mathematics

5 Simple Steps for Getting Started With Gantt Charts

Before you start a new project, it helps to have a roadmap, some kind of clear overview of all the necessary steps and the order in which those steps need to occur. That's essentially what a Gantt chart is. It doesn't matter if the project is a personal one, like adding a deck to the back of your …

The 11 Midcentury Modern Furniture Pieces Worth Investing In

You might have noticed a serious trend happening at your favorite furniture store, and it's one that has been around for half a century. The style is called midcentury modern, and it was a movement in the middle of the 20th century that brought furniture's functionality together with sleek, …

Why the Best Work Gets Done With People You Enjoy Being Around

Be aware of people's energy. It's crucial to your success.<p>Do you ever notice how quickly work gets done with people you enjoy being around?<p>And on the flip-side, do you ever notice how painfully grueling the exact same work can seem when you are around people you just can't seem to vibe with?<p>There …

Self-improvement

New From Target And Dwell: Chic, Modern Furniture For $400 Or Less

Modern design finally within reach?<p>Today Target and the the shelter magazine <i>Dwell</i> announced a 120-piece furniture and home accessories line. Available in late December, the collaboration is a marriage of the brands’ strong suits: <i>Dwell</i>’s aesthetic and Target’s ability to mass-produce products most …

Industrial Design

Making data analytics work for you--instead of the other way around

Does your data have a purpose? If not, you’re spinning your wheels. Here’s how to discover one and then translate it into action.<p><b>The data-analytics</b> …

Management

Text Mining in R and Python: 8 Tips To Get Started

Do you want to get started on text mining, but most of the tutorials you start, get pretty complex very quickly? Or you can’t find a proper data set …

Data Science

DIY Furniture Knock Offs: CB2, West Elm, Pottery Barn

Once upon a time there used to be a fairly definitive line between what a person should buy and what was possible to DIY. This is not the case any …

West Elm

Do less in SQL, more in R, if you want to understand your data better

As I discussed in this post “SQL is not for data analysis, but dplyr is”, SQL was not originally designed to do data analysis, but rather…Continue …

Data Science

12 Business Metrics That Every Company Should Know

<b>HOW DO YOU</b> measure your company’s performance?<p>The way <i>not</i> to do it is by following your gut feeling. Running a successful business requires a thorough …

5 Ways to Pick a Killer Name for Your Company

1. Call the Company What Everyone Else Does<p>If no one is actually using the name you picked, take it as a hint—and pay attention to what people are …

Hung Up

Forget What You Know About Marketing Funnels and Do This Instead

Are you still following the traditional marketing funnel? Here's why you need to rethink that.<p>If you've been using the traditional marketing funnel, you may have noticed that it doesn't work as well as it used to.<p>Maybe it's all the marketing and advertising noise that bombards us from …

Marketing

How Automated Narratives Are Now Helping Tableau Users Gain More Insights From Data Visualizations

Graphs and data visualizations are great ways of bringing data to life and communicating key insights at a simple glace. However, unless graphs, charts and dials are extremely well designed many still are at risk of being misinterpreted and often require significant efforts to fully understand. …

Data Visualization

5 Tips From A Millennial On How To Become A Millionaire Amazon Seller

5 steps that could help make you a millionaire.<p>28-year-old Greg Mercer is one of the new breed of Millennial Entrepreneurs who understands how to launch a successful start-up that generates sales quickly. In less than two years he has gone from being a solo entrepreneur earning a few thousand per …

eCommerce

How Debt-Ridden Millennials Can Afford to Become Business Owners

Student loan debt is creating serious challenges for twenty- and thirty-somethings launching their entrepreneurial careers.<p>Millennial entrepreneurs are drowning in student loan debt.<p>The Federal Reserve estimates that Americans owe approximately $1.3 trillion in student loans. The millennial …

Personal Finance

10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Bedside Shelves with Drawers

The key to living in a small space is thinking vertically, using available wall space to add to your square footage and keep floors uncluttered. Take …

Furniture

Free data visualization with Microsoft Power BI: Your step-by-step guide

Microsoft has jumped into the free, self-service data analysis space with Power BI.<p>Power BI offers basic data wrangling capabilities similar to …

How To Use Color To Prove Your Point, From A Data Viz Expert

The importance of color theory is a well-explored topic in art and design. But what about when it comes to information design?<p>When working with large amounts of data, precision is key. The same is true of the art of data visualization: size, shape, shade, hue–the tiniest details of a visualization …

Data Visualization

How CEOs Can Keep Their Analytics Programs from Being a Waste of Time

Despite billions of dollars invested in big data and analytics, the simple truth is that most projects and programs fail to meet expectations. And we have figured out why: analytics forces changes on the C-suite that the CEO has to anticipate and manage, but many don’t.<p>From how we choose presidents …

Big Data

13 Ideas For Creating A More Manly Masculine Bathroom

Although men typically don’t spend as much time as women do in the bathroom, it doesn’t mean that the bathroom shouldn’t cater to their design needs …

Interior Design

The 4 Mistakes Most Managers Make with Analytics

There is a lot of hype surrounding data and analytics. Firms are constantly exhorted to set strategies in place to collect and analyze big data, and warned about the potential negative consequences of not doing so. For example, the Wall Street Journal recently suggested that companies sit on a …

Big Data

The secret to productivity isn’t working faster—it’s doing things in the right order

It’s not easy getting work done in outer space. Astronauts have to rotate between dozens of complex projects vying for their attention. If they mess up, an experiment years in the making could be ruined. Worse, people could die.<p>“The time spent in space is precious and the work you do is critical,” …

Time Management

How To Jumpstart A Lucrative Career In Data Science

Data science has been dubbed the sexiest career of the 21st century, according to Harvard Business Review. The discipline involves using a variety of tools and analytical methods to compile and interpret data, usually to help companies gain insights and make predictions.<p>According to Glassdoor, the …

Data Science

12 things every home should have

These are essentials, classics and key ingredients that make up the foundation of a good home, and if you are just starting out they make a useful checklist for setting up in a new space.<p>Could you add to this list? You sure could, but 12 is a nice even number for the purposes of this post.

Dining Rooms