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The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

How Not To Behave At The Office Party

What a stressful year. Congressional gridlock so severe that the government shut down for 16 days. Obamacare’s massive glitches. Continuing high unemployment and an economy that remains shaky. You’d think that at the office holiday party you could grab a glass of bubbly, let your hair down and …

Creative Arts Emmys: HBO and Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Big Winners

Creative Arts Emmys: HBO and Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra' Big Winners<p>The 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place last night at the …

Tony Awards

Development Is Shortsighted: Interpersonal Skills #1 Reason Frontline Leaders Fail

<i>Guest post from</i> <i>Rich Wellins</i><i>, SVP DDI:</i><p>If one word could describe the job of being a frontline leader today, it would be “harder.” Growing<p>demands for …

"This is not a money-changing-hands kind of deal." http://bbc.in/17xdFmc Google is calling the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat. The news comes as a surprise as the firm had previously indicated version 4.4 of the OS would be Key Lime Pie. The decision to brand the software with the name of Nestle's chocolate bar is likely to be seen as a marketing coup for the Swiss food and beverage maker. Photo courtesy of Google.

Why can’t Generation X get ahead at work?

Gen Xers ... are a technology savvy, self-reliant group that doesn’t require the constant guidance.<p>Lauren Leader-Chivée knew it would probably take years to reach a senior position at her employer Credit Suisse — or at any major company for that matter.<p>She wasn’t sure she wanted to wait. So as her …

The right way to get noticed in your career

There are many ways to get noticed in the workplace these days. Some of them bring positive attention, others draw the ire of bosses and recruiters, and some attention-getters are entirely accidental.<p>Getting noticed is a topic a number of LinkedIn Influencers weighed in on recently, from the bad …

The crucial skill new hires lack

Employers have put business schools on notice ... they don’t want to hire people who can’t talk.<p>Millennials would rather send an instant message than walk a few feet to speak directly to a colleague. They spend hours texting and playing games on smartphones, but regard voice calls as intrusive …

Management Lessons from Henkel's CEO

How to Be an Extraordinary Sales Manager

Sales managers must play many different roles to ensure that the entire company succeeds.<p>Because selling is the most essential function of every company, there is no job more important than that of sales manager. Extraordinary sales managers play multiple roles, all of which are crucial to a firm's …

Four Principles For Great Sales Forecasts

To say that forecasting is the bane of existence of most sales managers and leaders is a bit of an understatement. For most representatives, the choice between working on the forecast and getting a root canal would lead to a trip to the dentist. And yet, most organizations rely heavily on the …