Alin Pratidina

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Ask Three Questions Before You Jump Into That Hot ICO

ICOs are the new, new, new hot thing. They are powered by blockchain technology. Entrepreneurs are teeing up offers, money is flowing, and some early investors have made a killing. Should you jump in? Here are three questions to consider before you click to invest.<p>ICO stands for “initial coin …

Want Your Employees to Respect You? Give Them the 1 Thing Most Bosses Never Do

This is a signature trait of the best leaders. It's also a rare commodity and extremely hard to pull off in a business setting.<p>A signature trait of the most likable leaders -- a trait that leads to uncommon loyalty in employees as well as business results -- is one that's extremely hard to pull …

Get Smarter in 2017. Here Are 5 Places to Educate Yourself Online (for Free)

Knowledge is power.<p>What do you want to learn more about this year? Nanotechnology? Virtual reality? Bitcoin? How to protect democracy?<p>According to neuroscience professor Ken Kosik, adult education, or specifically engaging in challenging new learning experiences, encourages brain plasticity. And …

A 29-year-old hedge fund manager reveals why he loves hiring liberal arts majors

Daniel Rasmussen is the founder of Verdad Fund Advisors, and he's calling BS on needing a BS.<p>Rasmussen, who was recently named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" finance list, majored in history and literature at Harvard University. He is also the author of "American Uprising," a New York Times best-seller …

What You Need to Stand Out in a Noisy World

For years, I’ve been grappling with the question of how professionals in an increasingly noisy and frenetic world can ensure their expertise is recognized.<p>In the course of researching my book <i>Stand Out</i>, I interviewed more than 50 top thought leaders across a variety of different fields to elicit …

3 Things You Should Know About the Solar Sector

The solar sector can be an enticing and risky space for investors. There's tremendous growth in the industry and trillions of dollars in potential revenue, but companies come and go rapidly as the landscape changes. Before jumping in, here are three things every investor should keep in mind.<p>Image …

Why CEOs Must Be Silo-Breakers (and 6 Ways to Do It)

As the one executive responsible for managing performance across the entire company, the CEO must proactively tear down barriers between groups. Here are 6 ideas for mastering that skill.<p>Do the following things ever happen in your company?<p>The marketing team creates beautiful collateral that doesn't …

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.<p>…

Nobel Prize Winner Wants You to Stop Treating Bonds Like Stocks

Ignorance is not just bliss. It's a necessary, structural feature of money markets.<p>That's the counterintuitive conclusion from Nobel Prize winner, …

What Great Managers Do

“The best boss I ever had.” That’s a phrase most of us have said or heard at some point, but what does it mean? What sets the great boss apart from the average boss? The literature is rife with provocative writing about the qualities of managers and leaders and whether the two differ, but little …

The real reasons you procrastinate – and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia …

4 Ways to Be More Effective at Execution

Most people recognize that execution is a critical skill and strive to perform it well, but they may a) underestimate how important it is to their career advancement or b) not realize that you can improve on execution without working longer hours.<p>On the first point, bosses place a premium on …

Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool

HBR STAFF<p>“What do you think?”<p>I ask this question a lot. My team knows that when they come to me with a question, this is likely the question I’ll come back with first. Sometimes I even preface it with, “I don’t know.” As leaders in our organizations, it’s up to us to coach colleagues and our …

Want Your Audience's Attention? Make Them Care

<i>By: Debbie Fay</i><p>Image Source: ThinkStock<p>Let's face it; sometimes we've been in our business too long. We're so well-versed, so immersed, so totally completely "in it" that we can't remotely remember what it was like pre-obsession/thought leader/expert. While it's great to be super knowledgeable and …

The Happiest And Most Successful Professionals -- 8 Ways They Think Differently

In my work as a career success coach, I regularly survey thousands of professionals each year. These surveys and studies allow me a special lens into the deepest thoughts and beliefs of people who are building careers that excite and inspire them, as well as those who are despairing and …

Here Is Why Confidence Will Always Trump IQ

Having a high IQ is great, but confidence is a much more potent trait when it comes to success in the workplace and in life.<p>Why is it that the smartest person you know and the most successful person you know are not always the same person? Given the emphasis placed on IQ by society today one would …

Albert Einstein

Time is Your Most Valuable Asset - Don't Waste It

Whatever you do for the next 2-3 years will affect the next 5-10. Make sure you do something important.<p>I've been working with a bunch of interns and twenty-somethings of late. As I pondered their strengths and weaknesses - some want and need some direction and guidance, others won't take it - I …

The Three Rules Of Behavioral Economics That Can Lead To Success

Entrepreneurs know there’s little room in the startup process for error, and these three principles can help minimize it.<p>As just about every entrepreneur, business leader, or even ordinary job seeker knows, the success often comes with very thin margins of error. Look back on that big job you …

Reigniting Growth

Most successful companies eventually face a predictable crisis that we call <i>stall-out</i>—a sudden large drop in revenue and profit growth or a collapse of once high shareholder returns to well below the cost of capital. Stall-out occurs when the growth engine that powered a company to success stops …

Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>It can be tough enough to manage your own stress. But how can you, as a manager, help the members of your team handle <i>their</i> feelings of stress, burnout, or disengagement?<p>Because work is getting more demanding and complex, and because many of us now work in 24/7 environments, …

10 skills that are hard to learn but pay off forever

The best things in life may be free, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take time, sweat, and perseverance to acquire.<p>That’s especially the case when …

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

“I am pleased to share some good news for people and planet,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said to a packed room of press delegates. The good …

Sustainable Development Goals

6 critical things great leaders do differently

Great leadership can be a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a …

When Will This Bubble Burst?

American consumers have about $14 trillion in debt and a net worth of over $80 trillion according to the Federal Reserve. Net worth is the sum of the values of all assets, real and financial, that consumers own, less their debt, including mortgage debt, leases, credit cards and the like. The wealth …

10 Habits Of People Who Are Good With Money

I generally don't like to make generalizations, so at first I hedged my answers. But the more I talked with the reporter, the more I realized that I <i>do</i> see differences in the way people handle money. I thought about the people I know who are always broke, including my brother. These folks seem to …

Success

The bad habit that makes leaders less effective

When you make a mistake at work, there’s always the temptation to dodge the bullet by blaming someone else or explaining why factors outside your …

Why successful people leave work early

So many professionals believe the more hours they put in and the later they stay at work, the more successful they’ll be.<p>But a study published in the …

15 interview questions to measure emotional intelligence

Earlier this year, Container Store CEO Kip Tindell said one of the most important things a leader can have is high emotional intelligence.<p>“Emotional …

12 habits of exceptionally likeable leaders

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good …