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The Only Type of Investor that Matters

Stay away from glorified payday lenders and let your customers take the lead.<p>A recent article on companies that eschew venture capital got my attention, both because of the topic and the photos accompanying it. There on the page was a U.S. mattress factory in all its foam- and fiber-filled glory, …

26 Emotionally Intelligent Words From Around the World You Really Need to Know

You know, like when you suffer from ringxiety.<p>Have you ever felt an emotion that you wish you could express in words, but couldn't figure out quite how?<p>Tiffany Watt Smith can help. I recently came across a podcast interview on the Brian Lehrer show, where Smith talked about her new book: <i>The Book of</i> …

7 Mindset Shifts That Will Make You Radically Successful Today

How to make small mindset tweaks to achieve massive success<p>More than anything, your mindset determines your success.<p>If Oprah had a negative mindset, her empire would've never gotten off the ground, and Steve Jobs would've been yet another burnt out and fired Founder if it wasn't for his determined …

LinkedIn Reveals the Schools Desired by Top Companies

Have you ever wondered how much the college or university you attended matters to prospective employers? Here's one answer.<p>Have you ever wondered just how much the college or university you attended matters to prospective employers? A new study of LinkedIn pages of colleges and universities …

The Important Skill You Might Be Overlooking in Your Branding

Donald Miller is a New York Times best-selling author, the founder of StoryBrand, and a master at building brands. Find out his secret to helping companies create a brand that customers can truly relate to.<p>When you think of unforgettable stories, which ones are they?<p>When you think of powerful, epic …

5 Mind-Blowing TED Talks You Need to Experience

Head of TED Chris Anderson shares the 5 talks he's learned the most from.<p><i>What are the top 5 TED talks you learned the most from? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Chris Anderson, Head of TED,</b> …

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Create a Happy Virus Inside Your Company

A thriving business culture allows workers to be fully human. Learn how to get the most from your people.<p>Productive business cultures allow employees to be fully human. Let's start this journey with an unconventional source of wisdom for business, the great Persian poet Hafiz:<p>"The Happy Virus<p>I …

The Top 10 U.S. Cities for Millennials

Does your city have what it takes to attract and earn the loyalty of millennials?<p>As millennials increasingly dominate our population--and our workforce--this youthful generation is wielding increasing clout in the marketplace. With a total of 83.1 million people, millennials are currently the …

This Is the Only TED Talk You'll Ever Need to Watch

In a riveting performance, one man expresses everything the perfect TED talk should be.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>This is about knowledge.<p>It's about style.<p>It's about creativity.<p>It's about legitimacy.<p>It's about how to dress …

5 Common Emotions You Never Knew Had Names

That cozy feeling you get when it's raining out and you're indoors? There's a name for it.<p>Emotional life is far richer than the vocabulary we have to describe it. Sadness, joy, exhilaration, regret, fury, etc., bleed into each other, creating unique blends in which one emotion is tinged with …

The 2 Words That May Be Holding You Back From Success

You might think hearing this would be a good thing.<p>"Good job."<p>This is the driving concept behind the main character's success in the hit movie <i>Whiplash</i>.<p>The main character is an average drummer, at best. But he connects with a mentor who, rather unconventionally, takes him under his wing and pushes …

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You Would Never Hire Alexander Hamilton, and That’s a Problem

Everyone loves Alexander Hamilton, but in our unforgiving culture, would he have a shot today?<p>Last night, Lin-Manuel Miranda's <i>Hamilton</i> won just about everything it could at the 2016 Tony Awards-11 awards, only one short of the record of 12. It seems that everyone is enamoured with the story of a …

The Science of Instagram: How It Actually Makes You Happier

Grab iPhone. Snap photo. Enjoy each experience more.<p>Annoyed by your friends who always insist on snapping the perfect Instagram-worthy photos? They may be on to something.<p>Now that everyone carries a camera in their pocket, everyone's a photographer. It's easy to snapshot any given moment. There's …

How Amazon's Jeff Bezos Made One of the Toughest Decisions of His Career

His way of approaching this truly tough call can help anyone make life-altering decisions.<p>Unsurprisingly given his many later accomplishments, Jeff Bezos was a pretty successful guy even before he founded Amazon. As a Princeton-educated computer scientist, Bezos spent the early part of his career …

3 Surprising Leadership Qualities You're Probably Missing

Ready to unlock a higher level of leadership? Start embracing these out-of-the-box traits.<p>Certain traits leaders demonstrate--honesty, confidence and creativity, for instance--should come as no shock. If you're looking to truly set yourself above the pack, though, you've got to go beyond these …

Welcome to Strategic Planning 2.0

Re-imagining today's often stale and numbers-based strategic planning process as a platform for change and a road map for flawless execution<p>As a strategy consultant, I have had the opportunity to review a lot of strategic plans over the years. It's been truly amazing to discover just how many major …

Disrupting the Everyday: How Enterprises Use Digital to Innovate

Embracing technological change can prevent your business from going extinct.<p>Is your company a mammal--able to adapt to change--or will you go the way of the dinosaurs? The answer lies in your response to technological change.<p>Digital disruption is the asteroid of modern enterprise, which happens any …

This Is How Microsoft and LinkedIn Plan to Take Over the World

The biggest deal in years will transform the way we work for years to come.<p>I knew I should have bought those LinkedIn shares.<p>Early this morning, Microsoft, the dominant player in professional software and cloud services, announced its plan to acquire LinkedIn, the leading professional social …

Why Microsoft's $26 Billion Bet on LinkedIn Is Brilliant Business

Microsoft just bought LinkedIn. Discover why it's a win-win, game-changing move for both parties--and professionals worldwide.<p>I've been saying for some time now that LinkedIn is serious about becoming a one-stop shop for professionals worldwide.<p>Now it has a $26 billion check to prove it.<p>The news …

Why Content Marketing Works and What Can Help You Do It Right

Traditional outbound marketing methods are not enough anymore.<p>The main question most marketers or business owners are asking themselves on a daily basis is, what type of outreach will help to keep their business alive and thriving?<p>If you think about the constant flood of advertisements and …

How to Make the Most of Your Time With Warren Buffett

A man bids a lot of money for lunch with the great investor. This is how he should spend that meal.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>It's a unique opportunity, as your overly-dressed realtor might say.<p>You're going to have lunch …

What Leaders Can Learn From Lin-Manuel Miranda's Moving Tony Acceptance Speech

The Hamilton playwright won a Tony Award for Best Original Score on Sunday evening. His acceptance speech paid tribute to the victims of a recent terrorist attack in a Florida, and sent a message that everyone can learn from.<p>The 70th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday evening were clouded in tragedy. The …

How to Know It's Time to End a Chapter of Your Life

You have to place a period in a sentence before you can start a new sentence.<p>Life is a bit like writing a book.<p>It has a beginning and an end, and in between, there are chapters that catapult you from one event to another. You go to college, you get married, you have kids. Each section of this books …

The 20 Best Employee Perks From Google, Facebook, and Other Giants

Here are the top-rated benefits, from improv classes to 'yay days.'<p>Most of us spend a majority of our waking hours at work, so it's only natural that we want to enjoy our time in the office as much as we can. And perks help -- a lot.<p>According to career siteGlassdoor, more than half --57% -- of all …

19 Things You're Doing Wrong on LinkedIn

Here are the most common mistakes made on the social networking site.<p>Microsoft just announced that it's buying LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion, and it's as good a time as any to remind yourself that there are some things you just shouldn't do on LinkedIn.<p>Kim Brown is an assistant director for …

How This Company Launched a Product on Social Media and Sold Out in 75 Minutes

What's BECCA Cosmetics' secret? Customer collaboration may have something to do with it.<p>If you scour the internet, it's pretty hard to find any concrete statistics about how many sales are directly generated by social media each year.<p>I've done a lot of posting and asking around and while most …

LinkedIn Deal Shows Social Media's Golden Era Is Over

The heyday of standalone social networking companies may already be in the past.<p>Trumpeting his company's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn Monday morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella offered no shortage of rationales for the deal. LinkedIn's vast trove of data showing who in the corporate world …

Why an MBA Isn't Worth as Much as You'd Think

Peter Drucker's misconception about sales and marketing continues to cause confusion and failure.<p>I recently received an advance copy of a new book, Peter Drucker on Consulting: How to Apply Drucker's Principles for Business Success by William A. Cohen.<p>When I cracked it open, my eye fell (entirely …

10 Cities Where You Can Live Well for Less Than $45,000 a Year

Want a comfortable lifestyle on a startup salary? Consider moving to one of these towns.<p>Can you afford to start a new company? The answer may depend on where you're located. In San Francisco, arguably the hottest startup town in the U.S.--but far and away the costliest--it takes income of just …

Why 'Fake It Till You Make It' Is So Effective, According to Science

Research helps explain why, when it comes to work, "sincerity" beats "authenticity."<p>It took me a while before I started calling myself an author.<p>I've been writing this column for almost two years, and have reached an audience well into the millions. I'm about to finish my first book (which I've …

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