Valerie Wan

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9 Things That Separate You From Successful People

By Albert Vaisman,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/19A8Jvb<p>Success begins on the inside right under your skin – forget about the outfit you wear but …

Our Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition

Rebecca, a tech entrepreneur, would love you to equate her company’s expansive press coverage with real value creation. “Yesterday, we got written up in TechCrunch and LA Magazine, and we all had dinner at Nobu to celebrate!” She will, however, conveniently forget to mention that her startup has …

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.<p>Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done.<p>Exceptional bosses do all of the above--and more. Sure, they care …

Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive

Storytelling is the most effective to way to get your point across. Here are some expert tips for doing it right.<p>Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, there was a salesman who traveled the countryside, peddling his wares. Everyone loved his product except the evil king, who wanted to do away with …

After the Interview

October 2, 2013<p>Often, the first thing you do after a job interview is come down off of an adrenaline high. Then, you freak out about all of the …

7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

Sometimes you absolutely have to make your point. Here are 7 tips on how to do it effectively with style and grace.<p>While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade …

The Soundtrack To Every Step Of Your Break-Up

By Rob Fee,<p>Breaking up sucks. We’ve all been there and all experienced it, but that doesn’t make it any easier. If you’re anything like me, every …

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Reduce Your Stress in Two Minutes a Day

Bill Rielly had it all: a degree from West Point, an executive position at Microsoft, strong faith, a great family life, and plenty of money. He even got along well with his in-laws! So why did he have so much stress and anxiety that he could barely sleep at night? I have worked with Bill for …

Performance Management and the Pony Express

Microsoft has decided to dump the practice of rating individuals’ performance on a numerical scale – a decision I applauded in a recent post. I argued that such rating systems don’t accomplish the task managers expect from them, which is to accelerate the performance of their people. At best, they …

A New Model for Innovation in Big Companies

It seems we’re all racing to get more entrepreneurial. Increasing creativity and innovation is not only on the priority list for start-ups; it’s also a strategic goal for CEOs of small, medium, and large-sized companies. Despite this growing obsession, however, big companies are still not very good …

Five Ways the Advertising Industry Is About to Transform

Technology has prompted tremendous change in the advertising industry—change that would have been inconceivable even a decade ago. People are accessing, consuming, and sharing content in more varied ways than ever, and marketers have scores of new opportunities to understand, reach, and engage with …

70 Bachelor Pad Living Room Ideas

Beautifully decorated bachelor pads often tend to evoke images of slick leather surfaces, stylish gadgets, automated systems and an iPad or two …

Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Interior Design Firm

<b>Interior Design</b> is – there’s certain glamour to it all. And, for those who have a natural aptitude towards the arts and design this may indeed be a …

The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision Making

At some point most executive teams will make a bet-the-company decision. Sometimes they’ll make the right one and will be handsomely rewarded. Southwest’s decision in 2007 to hedge against increases in the price of jet fuel proved remarkably prescient. But sometimes the big decision will go …

Understanding Chinese Consumers

After spending 15 years in North America, I returned home to China and found some fascinating phenomena. A bottle of 2006 Penfolds Bin 389 cabernet, which costs $37 in the U.S., is about $77 in Beijing. Huggies diapers cost about the same in the U.S. and China, but the ones in China are of lower …

Top 10 Most Important Lessons I Learned Interning At Google, The White House, And Microsoft

By David Perez,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1bs5OIF<p>1. DON’T BOTHER LOOKING AT ACCEPTANCE RATES. FOCUS ON YOUR STORY.<p>Not applying for something …

Marrying an Entrepreneur

And then there was one bread winner in the family: me.<p>This week my husband announced that he is leaving Path to start his own company with a close friend and co-worker. In Silicon Valley, an announcement like this is expected, the norm, no big deal. It is exciting, and talked about, but definitely …

Articles about 10 smart small spaces on Dwell.com - Dwell

Small but mighty, these compact dwellings prove that limited square footage doesn't preclude great design.<p>Dwell's June 2009 issue just landed on our desks and it looks great! We're excited for it to hit your mailboxes and newsstands in...<p>It’s All About Custom From an NYC Perspective (or...<p>This time …

Small Spaces

50 Bloggers Making a Difference in Fitness, Health, and Happiness

The Internet is a beautiful thing. Everyone and anyone can have a slice of the pie, which means there are hundreds of thousands (if not millions!) of …

Open-Mindedness

Party Cheat Sheets: Entertaining Infographics for Holiday Event Planning

You know how they say “There’s an app for that?" Well, chances are good there’s also an infographic. Just in time for this season’s entertaining, …

Infographics

Book Review: Just Listen by Mark Goulston

As we approach the end of the year, we are all going to start to reflect on the year we've had and what major events have impacted us. While the list is endless and certainly contains such impactful events as the Boston Marathon Bombing and the U.S. government shut down, one event that sticks out …

The First Step to Being Powerful

“I am such a big failure. I can’t believe that I’ve made this mistake and it’s cost me months and months of time. I might never recover…What an idiot to not see that one coming.” On and on, he went. In distress, my colleague was clearly suffering because of a recent fiasco.<p>Seeking counsel, he had …

Getting Buy-In for Innovation that Doesn’t Fade at the End of the Quarter

You’ve prepared a business plan for a promising new entrepreneurial venture. You’ve got funding and the blessing of your CEO and Board to go ahead with this high-profile “experiment”. Your venture could be a growth engine for your corporation’s otherwise large but slow and steady core business.<p>Then …

The Real Battle Line on Gender? Men Versus Men

“I put my neck on the line for her, and now she’s coming whining into my office saying she’s not sure she can do the job??!” My friend, one of the most senior businesswomen in her country, is irate. She is the only woman on the Executive Committee of her global company, and has just worked hard to …

How to Pick Your Battles at Work

You hate that people consistently show up to meetings late. You find your company’s maternity policy woefully inadequate. You think the company’s IT system is out of date. It’s normal to be bothered by work issues like these, but when do you move from complaining to taking action? How do you decide …