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Signs your aging parents need help managing their finances

It's inevitable. As we age, our bodies and our brains change, and not always like fine wine. Cognitive skills decline as part of the normal aging process and in turn, so do some of our financial management skills.<p>Research shows that financial decision-making peaks around age 53, and by age 60 our …

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How To Use Facebook, Twitter, And YouTube To Change Your Career

It’s all about using social media to establish your credibility in a new field. And no, that doesn’t mean becoming an “influencer.”<p>Ten years ago, I was graduating law school and going to work in a mid-size law firm in Atlanta as a real estate finance attorney. If you had told me then that I’d go on …

These Six Clever Gmail Add-Ons Will Make You Infinitely More Productive

Feel like your inbox could use an upgrade? Give Gmail new productivity powers with practical, efficiency-enhancing add-ons.<p>Gmail may be the de facto standard for web-based email—but sometimes, the service can start to feel a teensy bit stale.<p>After all, Google’s younger Inbox app is the where the …

10 Questions For Getting To Know Your New Direct Reports Faster

Just get promoted into a managerial role, or take a job where you’re inheriting someone’s team? This can help.<p>When you hire a new team or inherit someone else’s, your first instinct as a manager might be to assess the situation for the best way to move forward–and fast. But if you aren’t careful, …

7 Myths Keeping You From Writing Your First Book

Don't let these common beliefs hold you back from sharing your story and expertise with the world.<p>Whether you work with a publisher or opt to self-publish, having a book is the ultimate calling card. It can helps you gain notoriety, increase your credibility, drive more business leads and gain …

10 Inspiring TED Talks That Will Help You Overcome Your Fears

There are three natural responses to fear: fight, flight, or freeze. These talks will give you the confidence you need to fight onwards.<p>What are you afraid of?<p>This question is one that holds back many people from their ultimate potential.<p>Whether you are an entrepreneur who is fearful of taking the …

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Insights from Google's new study could forever change how teams are assembled.<p>Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data, and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of the company's most interesting initiatives, Project Aristotle, …

4 Ways To Interview The Company That’s Interviewing You

Let me start by acknowledging it’s hard to stay choosy on a long job hunt. You’re tired of searching. You’re ready for an offer. You’re sick of the …

Here's the Cold LinkedIn Message That Prompted a CEO to Give the Sender a Job

You're sure to get a response with this tactic.<p>Kathryn Minshew, cofounder and CEO of the career advice and job listings site The Muse, hadn’t been …

25 Great Questions To Ask At The Job Interview

Dear Liz,<p>I almost always run out of questions at job interviews.<p>When the interviewer asks me “Have any questions for me?” and I don’t have any questions, I can see the disappointment on their face.<p>Sometimes I have questions prepared but the interviewer answers them before I have a chance to ask.<p>Can …

Employment

My Biggest Career Mistake? Failing to Leave When It Was Time

I had a chance to leave, but I took the counteroffer instead.<p><i>What has been your biggest career mistake? 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 Dandan Zhu, Top Billing Headhunter, Career</b> …

Always Tired? Eat These Energy-Boosting Foods ASAP

Is it a struggle to peel yourself out of bed in the mornings and start your day? Do you feel yourself sinking into an afternoon slump shortly after …

9 Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2017

Read these business books in 2017 to stay ahead of the curve (or at least keep up).<p>At the end of 2016, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman's book <i>Thank You for Being Late</i> opened our eyes to the accelerations of technology and globalization happening in the world today--accelerations that will …

How to Build Your Business Relationships Like An Introvert

By taking control of her networking fears, women & money financial expert Manisha Thakor has built a vibrant investment advisory firm.<p>Contrary to popular belief, introverts make great networkers and can have incredible success building business relationships. During the course of writing my book …

6 Things You Must Have In Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn, once your online resume, has morphed into your opportunity to introduce yourself to others and attract the attention of those who need to know you. However, mindsets are slow to shift, and those who still consider LinkedIn nothing more than a digital resume are missing out on some of the …

Remote Working

5 email templates that you can use to reach out to people you admire

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone by speaking up in a meeting full of important people you don't know is another.<p>And putting yourself out there and extending a "Hello, hi, you're awesome" note to someone you admire is yet another one completely.<p>Sometimes, though, it's the practice part of …

25 Tiny Changes That Will Make You a Happier Person

Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.<p>Most of us spend over half our waking days at work. And too many of us consider it a necessary sacrifice, something we're required to do to provide for ourselves and our families and make it possible to enjoy the time we have for …

Comprehensive List of Product Management Tools

These tools will help you design better products. Most of them have free trial versions. Some tools are great for small teams (less than 10). Some …

Web Applications

The Most Effective Way to Keep Star Employees From Leaving

For starters, let's look at what the best companies on the planet do.<p>Gallup has been tracking employee engagement over the past 17 years, and its research reveals that roughly 30 percent of U.S. workers are considered "engaged" in their jobs.<p>Translation: They are inspired by, involved in, …

9 Things Good Leaders Never Do When Running a Meeting

Sometimes, what you don't do matters even more than what you do.<p>Successful leaders know that meetings, while important, are also incredibly expensive.<p>The next time you're in a meeting, mentally add up the hourly rates of everyone in the room.<p>Then factor in the opportunity cost for what every person …

4 Effective Networking Techniques You Can Try Right Now

Often if someone reaches out to me, even if I respond years later, it's another node in my network.<p><i>What is the single most effective networking strategy you have ever used? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better</i> …

Networking

Six Steps For Avoiding Never-Ending Email Threads

Before you hit “send,” quickly scan that email–since that’s what the recipient will do. Does it still make sense?<p>Chances are there’s more than one horrifyingly long, convoluted email thread sitting in your inbox right now. Sometimes that’s unavoidable–big projects often do take a lot of …

Design Your Workplace Culture To Go Beyond Engagement And Fuel Trust

The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer doesn’t mince words: “trust is in crisis.” Across the board and around the world, the general population’s trust in our biggest institutions – including business – is down.<p>So it’s no wonder that by far the top things organizations ask me to solve for when they seek …

Hiring Tip: Ask About the Candidate, Don't Talk About the Position

If someone applies to work for you, you don't have to try to sell them in the interview.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As the COO and a co-founder of After School, a large part of my job is making hiring decisions. It’s one of many responsibilities, but there’s nothing …

Employment

Panda Focus Mode

Panda Focus Mode - Enter your daily tasks, see them when you open a new tab. (Firefox Extensions, Web App, and Note) Read the opinion of 7 …

Nail Your Career Pivot With This 4-Step Method For Smooth Transitions

It’s no fun when you feel like you’ve hit a roadblock in your career. It’s scary, it’s stressful, and it might even make you wonder if something’s wrong with you.<p>Jenny Blake—author, entrepreneur, keynote speaker and business strategist—knows the feeling.<p>“When I was hitting my head against the wall …

How to Structure Your Day Like a CEO

When I go to sleep, feeling satisfied and excited to share my ideas the following day.<p><i>How do CEOs who sleep for only 4-5 hours daily manage to function and run multi-million dollar companies for years? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn</i> …

5 TED Talks to Listen to on Fridays

Want to start your weekend off on the right foot? Make some time to listen to one (or all!) of these inspiring and interesting TED Talks.<p>You did it--you finally made it to the end of the workweek. Want to end things on a high note and head into the weekend with a fresh perspective?<p>Watch one (or, if …