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The 3 Things Employees Really Want: Career, Community, Cause

Strike up a conversation about work values, and it won’t be long before someone brings up a pyramid — a famous psychologist’s best-known theory. Abraham Maslow’s big idea was that we all have a hierarchy of needs: once our basic physiological and safety needs are fulfilled, we seek love and …

Three books Stanford asks every new student to read

Fresh off the excitement of gaining acceptance into the most competitive university in America, Stanford University incoming freshmen will likely …

12 books Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and other moguls think everyone should read

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates reportedly reads 50 books a year. Oprah Winfrey has called reading "her personal path to freedom."<p>Gates and Winfrey, along with a number of other successful people, have made book recommendations over the years. Here are some of the titles that could help mold the …

When Someone Asks You for a Reference

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>A colleague opens up to you and says that he’s interviewing for a new job. He asks you to be his reference. Should you say yes? And if you do, what can you say to a potential new employer to best convey the applicant’s skills and expertise?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Providing a reference for a …

Employment

How to Write a Résumé That Stands Out

The resume: there are so many conflicting recommendations out there. Should you keep it to one page? Do you put a summary up top? Do you include personal interests and volunteer gigs? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right.<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …

5 ways to maximize retirement savings in your 20s and 30s

Saving for retirement in your 20s and 30s can feel a lot like trying to build a three-story house with toothpicks. You may have dutifully signed up …

8 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2015

Guest Writer<p>Entrepreneur, Executive Coach, Author, Speaker<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My dad always used to tell me that the difference between the “you” now and the “you” 20 years from now will be the places you visit and the people you meet. I would also add …

Entrepreneurship

Rats Can Be Smarter Than People

<b>The study:</b> Ben Vermaercke and his colleagues at KU Leuven gave two cognitive-learning tasks to lab rats and students. With both tasks, the subjects were trained to distinguish between “good” and “bad” patterns and then tested on their ability to apply that know-how to new types of patterns. In the …

University of California

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

10 Must-See Videos on Business, Creativity and Success

13 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On the unpredictable road of entrepreneurship, it can be immensely helpful to receive guidance and advice from those who have traveled those roads already.<p>Their experiences, distilled into teachable information, can help the …

Leadership

18 Characteristics Of Exceptional Employees

Some people believe that winning isn’t everything, that effort is more important than walking away with a “W.” To a degree, they’re right. Winning may not be everything, but the will to win definitely is.<p>The will to win exceeds all else because it is defining. Focus, drive, steadfastness and all …

Do You Really Need To Hold That Meeting? 4 Steps To Stop The Insanity

Several years ago, my boss called me into his office. <i>“Lisa, I need you to do something for me,”</i> he said as he handed me a sheet of paper. <i>“See that list of meetings? I need you to attend each of them and then let me know if you think the meetings are necessary.”</i><p>I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. …

The Secrets To Becoming A Great Leader Revealed

Our company survived over a decade of ups and downs in the business world because our team is made of the “right stuff.” It’s not DNA. You don’t have to be born with it. You don’t have to graduate from a prestigious institution or inherit a trust fund. Leadership is a skill we can all learn and …

Leadership books for the beach

With summer vacation season in full swing, many of you are probably on the lookout for good beach reads. While you may be tempted to search out fiction and seek total escape, there are a number of engaging books that can help you become a better leader.<p>These books offer federal leaders practical …

17 Personal Finance Books You Need to Read This Year

Many people are hitting the gyms hard in January — but have you considered your financial fitness plan for 2014? To help you bulk up your finances …

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Performance

I choked.<p>It was just a middle-school tennis match against a manifestly worse player, but I became overwhelmed with anxiety. Before we’d started, the most important thing was to win. But during the match, I just wanted to get off the court <i>fast.</i> Burping uncontrollably, afraid of throwing up, I hit …

To Optimize Talent Management, Question Everything

Should you hire as if your workforce will stay a month, a year, or their entire career? The answer makes a big difference in the qualifications you set, how well candidates must “fit” with the job, the team or the organizational culture, and the “deal” you offer. A traditional employment model may …

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

It’s always tempting at this time of year to try to make a definitive list of the best ideas from the past 12 months. But then we end up debating what counts as best — important? useful? original? all three? — and compiling extremely long lists, struggling to shorten them, and over-thinking it all, …

The Perils of Self-Promotion

When Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success landed on my desk last September, I groaned. Did the world really need it? Don’t we have enough ambitious workers leaning in so far that they’re toppling out of their desk chairs? Enough “thought leaders” selling dubious credentials and …

8 Unconventional Christmas Films to Watch This Holiday Season

It’s hard not to be a sucker for the classic Christmas films that have practically bonded themselves to our genetic makeup. The sentimental comfort …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Increase the Odds of Your Start-Up’s Success

While traveling between India and the U.S. these past few months, I spent some of the long hours in the air looking back at my professional life and the lessons I learned along the way. Each phase of my career offered different challenges, successes, and lessons, but my most exhilarating moments …

10 Inspiring Career Quotes From 10 Inspiring Authors

E<b>ntrepreneurship</b><p>“Somehow over the years people have gotten the impression that Wal-Mart was…just this great idea that turned into an overnight success. But…it was an outgrowth of everything we’d been doing since [1945]…And like most overnight successes, it was about twenty years in the making.” Sam …