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The 3 Toughest Conversations You Will Ever Have At Work

As July 1 looms many of us will also be forced to tackle tricky conversations under the midyear microscope. Whether it's an emotionally-charged discussion around a job termination, company restructure, performance review or another colleague's behaviour, the common denominator is that all of these …

Self-help

What 12 Super-Successful People Wish They Knew At 22

Maybe you wish you could rewrite your past. Or perhaps you're content with the decisions you made at that time in your life. Either way, there are probably a few things you wish you knew then that you know now.<p>That's exactly what LinkedIn asked its network of top minds across all fields to write …

Self-improvement

Sandra Bullock's 8 Inspiring Life Tips For The Class Of 2014

Bullock opened her speech by saying that someone recently asked her, "If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what would you say?"<p>The "Gravity" actress said she then realized, "What I tell my 4-year-old son is what I wish someone would have told me before I stepped out in the world."<p>She …

Psychologists Discovered How To Make People Like You

It's natural to want to be liked. Now science has unlocked some answers for us on how to make it happen.<p><i>Produced By Matt Johnston.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

Science

3 Rules Of Success That Made Nasty Gal A $100 Million Business

<i>Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, which has grown to a $100 million-plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees in just eight years. The following is excerpted from her new book, #GIRLBOSS.</i><p>I never started a business. I started an eBay store, and ended up with a …

This Simple Technique Can Supercharge Your Productivity

This practice went on to become one of the most written-about and practiced productivity hacks of the past few decades. His "Pomodoro Technique" gets its name from the Italian word for "tomato," because Cirillo used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer as he worked.<p>His time management hack has been …

These Are The 2 Most Important Interview Questions, According To One Advertising Executive

According to Hannah Paramore, president of Paramore, a Nashville-based interactive advertising agency, information about when you started your first job and why you left your last one is far more telling.<p>The New York Times' Adam Bryant recently interviewed Paramore about leadership, management, and …

Here's The Single Biggest Problem For Introverts In The Office — And How To Fix It

Yet a third of us work in loud, distracting open offices. And that's especially a problem for introverted workers.<p>"Everybody functions at their best when they're at their optimal level of stimulation," says Susan Cain, author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking." …

7 Stupid Ways Smart People Sabotage Their Success

A group of Quora users drew from their experiences to address the question, "What are some stupid things that smart people do?" The answers provide ways to overcome some of the common ways intelligent people unknowingly undermine themselves.<p>We've highlighted a few below.<p>"Because thinking comes so …

6 Tricks For Keeping Employees Productive Over The Summer

But you may find it difficult to keep those employees focused and productive in the weeks leading up to — and following — their time off.<p>Gulick suggests these six tricks to avoid the summer slack off:<p><b>Offer flexible schedules.</b> Consider allowing employees to leave early to take advantage of the …

10 Ways Rich People Think Differently

Corley, who spent five years monitoring and analyzing the daily activities and habits of people both wealthy and living in poverty (233 wealthy and 128 poor, specifically), isolated what he calls "rich habits" — and many of them are simply patterns of thought.<p>"I found in my research that wealthy …

11 Simple Tricks That Will Make You Happier And More Productive

You can change your life in 10 minutes — if you take that time to learn a life-changing technique.<p>In a Quora thread, users answered the question, "What can I learn right now in just 10 minutes that could be useful for the rest of my life?"<p>Here are a few of our favorite takeaways that will save you …

Nine ways to overcome creative burnout

We have all experienced it: That disconcerting moment when you sit down at your desk and you're overcome by an uncertain, disorienting fog. I'm not talking about the gray mist outside your bedroom window, but rather that murky brain fog that wafts around your head and won't easily lift. Some call …

Determining Your Entrepreneur Style and Getting Past Your Business Blind Spots

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are leaders who can see into the future with inspired vision, championing highly competent teams to make the seemingly impossible possible. That is the intent at least. There <i>are</i> times when you may feel overwhelmed, work …

Staying Resilient Through the Ups and Downs

This story originally appeared on melaniespring.com<p>Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. <i><br>- Psychology Today</i><p>My …

Advisory Boards: Getting Your Business To The Next Level

For a startup, an advisory board can be extremely helpful with boosting your operating team. “Advisors often have more scar tissue and can help avoid land mines,” said Ranjith Kumaran, who is the founder of PunchTab. “But they can also broaden strategic thinking and certain advisors have access to …

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The Case For And Against Stressful Deadlines

Deadlines, when managed well, can be a motivation–but when abused, can set you back.<p>I have a thing for deadlines. I don’t like to miss them.<p>I once turned in a book manuscript 11 days after giving birth, which may sound extreme, but really isn’t. I had nine months of warning on both the baby and the …

12 Things Successful People Do Over 3-Day Weekends

"Successful people recognize how important it is to take advantage of a long weekend to refuel their passions and recharge their batteries," says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work."<p>They work extra hard the days leading up to …

14 habits of exceptionally likable people

One thing that will never change in business is the advantage charisma offers. The ability to form lasting relationships built on genuine empathy will always beat out a cold-blooded Machiavellian approach in the long run<p>The writer Napoleon Hill recognized this as a young business journalist and …