Susan Decker McLaughlin

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What Is the 80/20 Rule? The Pareto Principle Explained

The 80/20 rule (or Pareto Principle) can help you boost your productivity by doing what really moves your goals forward.<p>Episode #512<p>play …

Time Management

Infographic: Current presentation design trends and tactics

Presenting with aplomb puts you in prime position to take the workplace cake.<p>Words, delivery, confidence and body language are just part of the …

Public Relations

Essential Classroom Management Advice: Listen For The Emotions, Not The Words

Atul Gawande writes a lot about the medical field, and a lot of what he says can be applied to education. You can see many previous posts where I’ve …

5 Résumé Writing Tips From Experts That Will Help You Refresh The Heck Out Of Your Job Search

Thinking about finding yourself a new 9-5? It can be hard to figure out what exactly you can do to make your résumé stand out in a crowd of other, …

How To Get Rid Of All Your Stuff — For $$

We tend to forget just how much junk we’ve stashed away in closets and drawers until we start digging into our nearly forgotten boxes of winter gear. …

Here’s how to work from home and make $100K

Working remotely as a chief marketing officer or senior software engineer can earn you some serious money<p>Some people assume that the perk of working …

The Pope's Long Con

one<p>Welcome To Pope's House<p>On a Saturday afternoon at the fellowship hall, the stereo blares Southern rock anthems for a flock of Harley riders in …

Crime

Why placing students in difficult high school classes may increase college enrollment

Spokane has used outside nonprofits to help its students search for and apply to colleges. In May, one organization, College Success Foundation, held …

How to Have an Authentic Experience in any City You Travel to

When visiting a city as a tourist, it's easy to get caught up in the commercial side of the place. And while it's fun to see some of the postcard-type landmarks that you've heard about for years, there's something to be said for pushing your way into the belly of the beast and seeing the city in …

Not a Public Speaker? Use These Tips from the Top TED Talks to Command Attention at Work

End the dread of leading your next team meeting. Bring the best practices of successful TED talks to the boardroom.<p>You call a meeting--everyone groans and trudges to the conference room, already absorbed in their smart phones. Wouldn't a creative and engaging meeting be a nice change? Will that …

5 communication tricks Warren Buffett and other successful leaders use to get ahead

Legendary investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett realized an important career lesson early on: Without the right delivery, even the …

Want to Nail a Job Interview? You Need to Know This About Yourself

Learning this about yourself makes getting hired that much easier.<p>Ask ten different people for interview tips, and you'll likely get ten different answers. Even though they mean well, however, their advice might actually keep you from getting the job. The key to getting hired isn't paying attention …

Do You Have Executive Presence? 10 Factors That Recruiters Assess

At a recent workshop I led on interviewing for executives, one participant asked about what “executive presence” actually means. Is there a checklist of factors that recruiters use to evaluate this? Does it mean the ability to use humor or wit – i.e., do you need to be particularly clever during …

15 Traits of the Worst Leaders (Avoid at All Costs)

Success becomes a lot harder if you have any of these toxic traits.<p>Take a second to think about the best and worst bosses you've ever had. Think about the difference in how you feel thinking about one versus the other. Now that you're the leader, what feeling are you giving your team?<p>It's no …

20 of the best Earth and space documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

Humans have been gazing up at the stars since before the dawn of civilization. We intrinsically seek to know the unknowable and discover the …

Universe

Competencies vs. Skills

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century. The ensuing conversations have provided an …

Pedagogy

15 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people

Success doesn't crop up overnight. All self-made millionaires had to start somewhere.<p>Much of their transformation from ordinary to seven-figure status can be attributed to "rich habits," a term coined by Thomas C. Corley, who spent five years researching the daily habits of 177 self-made …

Self-improvement

20 iPhone Tips and Hacks to Improve Your Life

The iPhone tricks that will change how you use your handset.<p>Sure, there's plenty your trusty iPhone can already do, even if you've not upgraded to the shiny new iPhone 7 yet. It can help you find your way home, settle pub debates and, heck, even make the odd phone call or two. At a pinch you could …

21 psychological tricks that will help you ace a job interview

Although in the moment they might seem larger than life, interviewers are people just like you.<p>That means they're susceptible to the same …

4 No-Nonsense Ways to Eliminate Friction between Management and Employees

And Make Your Company Run Right<p>I had a favorite cafe where I used to like to go to write these articles. It had a nice ambience, healthy foods, and good service. Then one day, it all changed. The tables were the same and the menu as well, but the smiling servers, the quick table service, and the …

4 Steps To Building A Compelling Value Proposition

<i>(In my first article here on Forbes, I suggested how entrepreneurs might get started. Once you’ve found a worthy opportunity, building a compelling value proposition is often a great next step.)</i><p>As an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, I enjoy collaborating with innovators on their planned …

I live in fear that my daughter will inherit my depression

By Jeanne Sager<p>She was curled up on the floor beside my bed, playing with the dog so she didn’t have to look me in the eye when she asked. “You and Daddy have depression. Am I going to have depression, too?”<p>My daughter is 11, all hormones and aching joints. Her body and her whole outlook on life is …

Living Rooms

5 Things You (Probably) Never Knew About Kickstarter

Could this small crowd-funding company be the new "growth engine of the American economy"?<p>Here's a bit of trivia for you: Over its lifetime, the …

Crowd Funding

10 Things Confident People Don’t Do

As usual, Yoda was right—and science backs him up.<p>In “The Empire Strikes Back,” when Yoda is training Luke to be a Jedi, he demonstrates the power of the Force by raising an X-wing fighter from a swamp. Luke mutters, “I don’t believe it.” Yoda replies, “That is why you fail.”<p>As usual, Yoda was …

Self-improvement

The Secret Fear That Causes Bosses To Micromanage

You’re sitting at your desk, intensely focused on writing that big report, when you start to feel a weird tingling on the back of your neck. You try to refocus, furrowing your brow and redoubling your efforts, but you can’t shake the disquieting sense that you’re being watched. Finally, you give up …

Leadership

How to Lead Versus Manage, to Improve Your Team's Success

To engage workers, step back from the day to day and focus on proactive, inspiring leadership rather than reactive, putting-out-fires management.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article is included in</i> Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership<i>, a new book</i> …

Employment

10 Pro Tips for Creating The Perfect Whiteboard Animation Video

Are you familiar with whiteboard animation videos?<p>If not, this is a process in which <b>a story is told using drawings on a whiteboard</b>. The artist draws …

Whiteboards

4 Habits of Highly Profitable Entrepreneurs

Being profitable doesn't come easy, though from the outside, it may seem that way.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with Hurdlr so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Being a profitable entrepreneur requires a …

Small Business

8 Life Choices That Will Make You Instantly Likable and Respected

The ability to earn respect often comes down to the choices you make.<p>Respect is such a lost value in today's culture, especially since the most recent presidential campaign. Its polarizing nature has brought out the worst in humanity.<p>Studies have been telling us that there's immense power in …

Self Control