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How People Analytics Can Help You Change Process, Culture, and Strategy

It seems like every business is struggling with the concept of transformation. Large incumbents are trying to keep pace with digital upstarts., and even digital native companies born as disruptors know that they need to transform. Take Uber: at only eight years old, it’s already upended the …

Management

The Most Important Leadership Skill You Probably Never Learned

Complex problem solving is an essential leadership skill. Leadership consultancy Zenger Folkman recently surveyed over 300,000 managers and found it was the second most-important competency for effective leadership (next to inspiring and motivating others). The 2016 OECD Survey of Adult Skills …

Management

Want to sound smarter? Master these 7 grammar tips

As the executive editor of Avenue Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in New York City, I see the importance of proper grammar every day. …

Linguistics

How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You

When someone you work with annoys you, it’s tempting to avoid the person as much as possible. But this isn’t always feasible and often only makes the situation worse. You’re better off cultivating some empathy. How can you do that with a colleague who rubs you the wrong way? How can you foster …

Self-help

Track Employee Productivity with New Office 365 Workplace Analytics Add-on - Small Business Trends

There’s a new version of Microsoft Workplace Analytics available. The overhauled tool first launched in 2016 is the latest in a marketplace demanding …

Small Business

Servant Leadership Is Not What You Think: Ken Blanchard Explains

What is “servant leadership” and how can it make you a better leader?<p>Often in life and work, we become focused on tasks instead of people. If left unchecked, this “results first, team second” mentality can lead to low morale and even lower performances. However, by leading from the ground up and …

Leadership

3 Rules I Use to Stay Productive and Not Overwhelmed

I get 1,000 emails a week, but I only work 40 hours. Here's how I do it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To say my life is busy is an understatement.<p>I'm a father of three kids under the age of three. I have a portfolio of 40-plus startups I've invested in and actively …

Time Management

3 Tips for Presenting in English When You’re Not a Native Speaker

As a coach and international business school instructor, I have worked with hundreds of current and future leaders who are accomplished, bright, and capable — and who quickly lose their confidence and competence when making business presentations. For a subset of these leaders — those who need to …

8 Life Lessons From 8 Good Books That Everyone Should Read

These inspirational books can change your life if you let them.<p>CEO and Co-Founder of Impact Theory<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Humans are adaptation machines. We are literally designed to adapt to our environment and the stresses that it places on us (both physical …

Want to Be a Great Leader? The Smartest Ones Start by Doing These 4 Rare Things

If you want your employees to respect you and give you exceptional performance, adopt these four behaviors of the best leaders.<p>Do you work for a boss who has been defined as a "driver?" You know, he or she "drives performance" and "drives results." Maybe even, "drives people?" (maybe into the …

The Problem with Most Meetings Is That There’s Not Enough Debate

The modern workplace is awash in meetings, many of which are terrible. As a result, people mostly hate going to meetings. The problem is this: The whole point of meetings is to have discussions that you can’t have any other way. And yet most meetings are devoid of real debate.<p>To improve the …

How to Highlight Your Talents in a Job Interview Without Showing Off

In a perfect world, job interviewers would be able to gauge your talents with great accuracy, so that you wouldn’t need to engage in any form of boasting or self-promotion. But talents can be notoriously hard to judge, particularly in short-term interactions with other such as job interviews: there …

No -- I Won't Work Full-Time For Part-Time Pay

Dear Liz,<p>I moved to a new city last April. I telecommuted for several months after the move.<p>My previous employer was kind enough to let me work remotely but it just wasn’t a great arrangement for them or for me. We agreed that I would leave that job in August, and I started looking for a new job …

Employment

4 Ways Leaders Can Get More from Their Company’s Innovation Efforts

A recent McKinsey report found that while 84% of corporate executives think innovation is key to achieving growth objectives, only 6% are satisfied with the innovation performance of their firm. That’s quite a mismatch. It’s hard to imagine that a success rate that low would be tolerated in any …

Why People Really Quit Their Jobs

People don’t quit a job, the saying goes — they quit a boss. We’ve heard it so many times that when we started tracking why employees leave Facebook, all bets were on managers. But our engagement survey results told a different story: When we wanted to keep people and they left anyway, it wasn’t …

Try, Try And Try Again: Facebook And Google Plan New Partnerships To Break Into China

Breaking into China has long been a challenge for western technology companies, with policy mandates and fierce competition pushing out the likes of Google and Uber. But Silicon Valley isn’t giving up on the country, as it prepares to take another run at winning over Chinese consumers.<p><b>An ongoing</b> …

China

Could K-Film Ever Be As Popular As K-Pop In Asia?

We all know about the growing popularity of South Korean cultural products in Asia, first with K-drama, and then K-pop – which reached a new peak in 2017 thanks to boy band BTS. What’s next? It’s likely to be K-films.<p>In Hong Kong, for example, the South Korean film <i>Train to Busan</i> was the second-top …

Hong Kong

Customers Won’t Pay as Much for Digital Goods — and Research Explains Why

Every day, we interact with two kinds of goods. The first kind is acquired and shared instantly, is weightless, impervious to damage, easy to customize, and impossible to lose. Even a child can carry thousands of it at a time. The second kind requires travel to acquire or share, is difficult to …

Do You Think You Deserve a Raise? If You Have All 8 of These Traits, You Probably Do | Inc.com

Everybody wants to know when they can expect their next raise.<p>As a founder, it's something I didn't fully realize until I was on the other end of the desk--deciding employee salaries instead of asking someone else to pay me more. Raises are a key incentive, and certainly not something you should …

Employment

How to Win Over a Boss Who Just Doesn’t Seem to Like You

Chances are that at some point in your career, you’ll have at least one boss you just can’t seem to impress, or who tends to rub the wrong way.<p>Bosses like these don’t seem to trust you or to like working with you. And even a track record of stellar performance on the job doesn’t seem to help. The …

What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It)

Self-awareness seems to have become the latest management buzzword — and for good reason. Research suggests that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident and more creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively. We’re less likely to …

Leadership

22 Books I Read Before I Quit My Job to Pursue My Dream

These are must reads to add to your reading list.<p><i>by</i><p>I was recently visited by a good friend I went to university with. He’s still in the field of …

Self-improvement

The Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018 | Inc.com

It can take many frustrating hours to find a leadership speaker that's just right for your next conference or executive retreat. Who can match your requirements around content, diversity, and fees?<p>I'm in a fairly unique position to curate this list of leadership speakers. I've interviewed over 180 …

Leadership

Become a Better Leader by Improving Self-Awareness

When we think of leadership qualities, we generally think of the ability to rally the troops, a clarity of vision, and the willingness to coax to the …

10 Ways to Tell If Your Employees Actually Trust You as a Leader | Inc.com

Trust makes your job as a leader easier in just about every way possible. Your teams make decisions faster (and revisit them less often). People pro-actively admit to and learn from mistakes instead of scrambling to hide them.<p>It's easy enough to know your own level of trust in the people you lead. …

Leadership

5 Leadership Development "Must Reads" for 2018 | Inc.com

One of my New Year's resolutions is to read more. Leadership development is a demanding field, and my list of "must read" books for 2018 continues to grow. In fact, thought leaders like Simon Sinek, believe that individuals who read at least twenty minutes a day are more successful than those who …

Leadership

Pornhub data shows phones are our new masturbation stations

Every year adult content titan Pornhub releases its annual report to highlight some of the most popular and unusual trends it noticed on its website over the course of the past twelve months – and we finally have the rundown on what kept netizens excited in 2017.<p>The porn giant has revealed that it …

'Extreme Value' Discounter Grocery Outlet Plans 25-Store Expansion

You don’t hear any complaints about food deserts in the parking lots of Grocery Outlet stores. Originally a reseller of surplus military rations, Grocery Outlet is currently a chain of 270 privately owned supermarkets in five western states plus Pennsylvania.<p>Founded by James Read in 1946 as Cannery …

eCommerce

What Happened To Apple? Rising Stock - Bruised Image - Uncertain Future - Now What?

<i>What happened to Apple?</i> <i>What? Are you kidding?</i> <i>The stock has almost quadrupled since Steve Jobs died. What more do you want?</i> <i>What could possibly be wrong?</i> Lots, actually.<p><i>Image is (Still) Everything</i><p>Apple was a Silicon Valley darling – maybe the original darling – with rabid fans and investors who sold …

Innovation

How China's Tech Empire Is Being Used To Gather Data On Its Citizens

For decades, it felt like every product tag read “Made in China.” The country’s dominance of the global export manufacturing sector in the post-Mao era was staggering, filling homes the world over with cheaply assembled hats, lighters, and bobbleheads.<p>But as a country’s economy grows, so do labor …

China