Tom Vanhout

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This Underused LinkedIn Tool Can Boost Your Networking Game

“Tap into your alumni network” is good but vague advice, but a great way to put it into action is hidden in plain sight.<p>How many times have you heard the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know?” Hundreds, right? Whether or not that’s your go-to philosophy, tapping your network can help …

Why Figuring Out the Right Business Plan is Crucial for Startups

<i>This guest column is by Mahesh Nair, Co-Founder PicsDream</i><p>There are several factors that determine the fate of a startup. Having the right business …

Slack's arch-rival Atlassian just beat it to the punch in a big way

It might seem small, but it speaks to a big trend in tech. And it's beating its rivals to the punch in a big way.<p>If you grabbed a random Silicon Valley entrepreneur by the shoulders and asked them about the next big thing, they'd probably tell you it's video.<p>(Well, they'd probably tell you to let …

10 Project & Task Management Tools To Try

a<p>If you find it difficult to manage your team and projects or find difficulty in keeping them at top productivity levels, then a project management …

5 Ways To Experience Flow And Get Crazy Productive

The average person has 70,000 thoughts each day, and if you don't learn to organize them, they have the potential to wreak havoc on your productivity.<p>When you succumb to the flurry of thoughts running through your head, your mind becomes disorganized, and the more you ruminate on intrusive …

Take the Lead in Reducing Workplace Stress

Consider two scenarios: At first, Sandra was glad about her long-awaited promotion to sales director. However, she soon felt the reality of her new, …

Are You a Transformational Leader?

The most popular theory of leadership today is transformational leadership. What is a transformational leader? Originally focused on leaders who …

Bill Gates reportedly talked Microsoft out of bidding $8 billion for Slack

According to that report, Microsoft Executive VP Qi Lu, the guy in charge of R&D for Bing, Office, and Skype, was the key figure in lobbying for the company to make a big bid.<p>But Gates pushed back, arguing that the cash could be better used investing in making its popular Skype app more …

A new study finds a key component of effective leadership is surprisingly simple

In fact, research suggests that extroversion is generally a strong predictor of successful leadership.<p>Yet a new analysis of 25 studies, led by Dana Joseph, Ph.D., at the University of Central Florida, complicates the idea that simply being outgoing is enough to make you an outstanding leader. Now, …

How to Know If You're Being Ambitious With Your Career or Just Impatient

There’s nothing wrong with setting a goal and hustling your tail off in order to reach it, but there’s a fine line between ambition and impatience …

David Allen Company

The David Allen Company, known for its revolutionary Getting Things Done method, is a global training and consulting company, and is widely …

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares 4 business books he thinks everyone should read

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh wants his employees to continuously explore new ideas. That's why there's a library of some of his favorite books at Zappos' Las Vegas headquarters.<p>Over the years he's recommended well over 20 business books— including his own, the 2010 bestseller "Delivering Happiness" — and …

15 Things That Make Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume Look Really Unprofessional | Inc.com

If you're serious about landing a new job, then you need a LinkedIn profile and résumé that looks just as serious and professional as you are. Remember: First impressions count, and your LinkedIn profile or résumé may be the only impression you get a chance to make. Don't blow it!<p>Here are some …

Employment

5 New Travel Startups Making Expense Reporting More Bearable

As loyalty slowly erodes among some travelers, combined with many who want to go outside their companies’ policies to book travel, expense reporting …

5 Brilliant TED Talks That Will Boost Your Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

Emotional intelligence is more than a hot topic or trending hashtag. The term describes an extremely important concept: a person's ability to recognize his or her own and other people's emotions, to understand the powerful effect of these emotions, and to use that information to guide thinking and …

Emotional Intelligence

11 Things the Most Likable People Always Do

And you can too.<p>Some people instantly light up a room. They make us feel important. They make us feel special. While we can't always define it, we know when someone just <i>has</i> it. The person is naturally likable.<p>But there's a flip side. Natural likability can also quickly lose its impact, especially …

Top 10 TED Talks That Could Change Your Life

There’s no time like the present to grow or refine ourselves a little bit more, and few resources are as helpful as TED talks. In that vein, here are …

Public Speaking

The Leadership Behavior That’s Most Important to Employees

For the last 20 years, I’ve studied the costs of incivility, as well as the benefits of civility. Across the board, I’ve found that civility pays. It enhances your influence and performance — and is positively associated with being perceived as a leader.<p>Being respectful doesn’t just benefit you, …

“Passion Isn’t Something You Have, It’s Something You Develop”

Passion is usually thought of as some intrinsic calling you either have or you don’t. It’s a frustrating way to think about passion if you don’t know …

15 Small Things Parents Should Do To Their Children Every Day To Make Them Feel Loved

Can you remember what made you feel loved as a kid? Think about it. Maybe you remember having a great time with your parents, holidays, being helped …

37 Words and Phrases That Immediately Increase Your Credibility | Inc.com

If you think choosing precisely the right words doesn't matter much, you're wrong. A single word can have amazing power to change human behavior, usually without our being aware of it. Which means those who know how to use powerful words convincingly have an advantage over everyone else.<p>Consider …

Body Language

33 business books every professional should read before turning 30

To help you figure out how to navigate the professional world and set yourself on the right trajectory, we've rounded up some of our favorite business books.<p>They include career guides, business memoirs, and academic research on how to maximize your time and network.<p>Here are the business books we …

Everything You Need to Know About the Art of Sushi, In One Graphic

The fine art of sushi isn’t something to take lightly—good chefs train for decades, and good sushi restaurants have customs all their own. This guide …

A top VC firm just put together a stunning presentation on the state of startups

A top NYC VC firm, First Round Capital, decided to poll more than 500 founders what it's like and, in an industry first, release data on the state of the startup industry, which they've let us republish in full here.<p>Here's how startups are feeling about everything from raising money (pessimistic) …

DocuSign for Outlook

Sign and return or get signatures on documents sent to you in seconds with DocuSign for Outlook! With this newest release, you can now access the …

The Best Free Add-ins for Microsoft Office

Ever wish Word had an encyclopedia you could tap, or Excel could generate some dummy numbers? Office add-ins provide this kind of added functionality …