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10 Questions For Getting To Know Your New Direct Reports Faster

Just get promoted into a managerial role, or take a job where you’re inheriting someone’s team? This can help.<p>When you hire a new team or inherit someone else’s, your first instinct as a manager might be to assess the situation for the best way to move forward–and fast. But if you aren’t careful, …

Leadership

The 27 most important finance books ever written

With that in mind, we've highlighted 27 classic works that every Wall Streeter should read.<p>Many of these books show up time and again in lists of books recommended by the pros themselves.<p>Topics covered include everything from the most important principles of investing to inside stories of the worst …

The Top 10 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

These S&P 500 stocks offer handsome yields and stability, sure. But many of them pack a total-return punch, too.<p>With the market not far off all-time …

Investing

4 Social Security Rules to Live By

Millions of seniors rely on Social Security to provide a dependable income stream in retirement. And while there's a lot to learn about Social Security, here are four rules that could help you make the most of your benefits.<p>IMAGE SOURCE: GETTY IMAGES.<p>Workers with enough lifetime credits can begin …

How to Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance

<i>By Christine DiGangi</i><br>If you want to buy a house but can't pay 20 percent of the cost upfront, a lender will want you to have private mortgage …

The Warren Buffett Guide to Making Money

I once went to a Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. I met a guy who told me how in 1976 he bought 200 shares. “After a year the stock had doubled so …

9 Money Lessons from Baseball

Just like on ball field, financial planning involves optimizing for past results and probabilities.<p><i>From time to time we bring you posts from our</i> …

Retirement

Top Salary Negotiation Tactics of the 1 Percent

CEOs are making more than ever, and if they don't settle for less, neither should you. Here's how to make sure you'll be paid what you're worth.<p>A top CEO could be making 300 times your salary, and it's not because she's a more productive employee; it's all thanks to her skills at the negotiating …

Employment

What Steve Jobs Stole From Ritz-Carlton (and You Should Steal From Apple)

The Apple CEO went to an unlikely source to develop one of his best ideas.<p>When late Apple CEO Steve Jobs and then-retail-golden-boy Ron Johnson were getting ready to open the first Apple stores (a story I detail in my latest book, <i>High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service</i>)<i>,</i> they asked around Apple …

Customer Service

3 brilliant LinkedIn summaries that will inspire you to update yours

Like your resume and your cover letter, you know that a LinkedIn profile is must-have in your job search. It's not only a great platform for job …

Employment

Why Millennials in the Workplace 'Don't Care,' and 4 Things You Can Do

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m 30, an ex-corporate executive (at BlackBerry) and now the CEO of a business-collaboration tech startup. I know a thing or two about millennials at work because I am one; and I’ve managed several. If you are struggling with …

The Workplace

These 5 Steve Jobs Keynotes Will Inspire You to Better Sell Your Ideas

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A Steve Jobs keynote was a tightly choreographed and relentlessly prepared presentation, according to the new book <i>Becoming Steve Jobs,</i> by Brent Schlender.<p>Jobs turned the product launch into an art form. He also leaves a legacy …

Cover Art

15 secrets from recruiters on how to get hired

• “It is important for candidates to have passion. No matter which department you’re in, your passion for what you do is essential. The more you love …

The Men’s Health Golf Workout

Improve your performance on the course with this 4-week training plan<p>Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have proved that ripped abs and a killer golf game go hand-in-hand. Now, everyone from PGA pros to weekend hackers knows that in order to lower your handicap, you need to get in shape.<p>But you can’t …

The Not-to-Do List -- 7 Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Productivity and Happiness

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You've probably read plenty of posts about what to do to improve your productivity and go about things better. But have you ever stopped to think about what not to do?<p>By being conscious of things to avoid, you’ll automatically …

Productivity

9 Ways to Top a Baked Sweet Potato, from Marshmallows to Cashews and Lime

Your baked sweet potato deserves so much more than mini marshmallows (although we love those too).<p><b>Despite their most frequent appearance under toasted marshmallows</b>, baked sweet potatoes are endlessly versatile. Roast them whole, then let your imagination run wild with toppings. <b>Jessie Damuck</b>, <i>Bon</i> …

Hidden gems: 3 under-the-radar wineries just a short drive from Austin

The popular wineries clustered along U.S. Route 290 and near Fredericksburg regularly draw big crowds to their tasting rooms. While these wineries …

Wine

12 Month Guide to the Biggest Austin Events

Austinites are an active bunch and like to have fun. But with hundreds of fun activities on the calendar, it’s hard to decide which ones to attend.<p>We …

Texas

What Biggie Smalls's Accountant Taught Me About Life

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The more I smoke, the smaller the Phillie gets, room 112, where the players dwell. And, stash more cash than Bert Padell, inhale, make you feel good like Tony Toni Tone (feels good). -- <i>112 featuring Biggie Smalls and Mase, "Only</i> …

Russell Simmons

8 Ways Not to Manage Your Email (and 5 and a Half Tactics that Work)

In 1635, England’s Charles I expanded the island’s mail delivery service to the public — with postage paid by the recipient and based on the weight of the letter. If Great Aunt Henrietta wrote you a 10-page letter asking why you weren’t married yet, throughout most of the country you paid for the …

A Checklist for Someone About to Take on a Tougher Job

Careers involve numerous transitions when we “step up” into a new role, typically one with greater rewards, bigger responsibilities, and higher stakes. We’re well aware that these opportunities come as the result of effort and diligence in our previous role, but we can fail to appreciate how much …

Management

Prospect Capital And The Best Stocks For 2015

<i>This piece is part of InvestorPlace’s Best Stocks for 2015 c</i><i>ontest. Charles Sizemore’s pick for the contest is Prospect Capital Corporation.</i><p>I have a reputation to redeem. After winning InvestorPlace’s Best Stocks contest in 2011, coming within a hair of winning in 2012, and then winning it all in …

6 Mobile Apps to Kick-start Your 2015 Productivity

A serial entrepreneur shares his top picks for a more productive 2015.<p>Many of us are making a point to be more productive in 2015. Here are some of the best apps available for iOS and Android to help you this year insanely productive:<p>1. Contactually<p>For years I've been a huge fan of Contactually, …

Apps

6 tech trends for 2015 that will change our future

Technology and innovation can be frustrating to watch in action. That’s because there usually isn’t much action — just incremental change with …

Here Are The 5 Best Books Bill Gates Read In 2014

Bill Gates just revealed the five best books he read this year, and since they range from an economic look at Asia's rise to a laugh-out-loud novel about a New York City couple, there's something to suit all different tastes.<p>Here's what made the cut:<p>1. "<b>Business Adventures" by John Brooks</b><p>This is …

Target Date Funds Are Setting Up Millennials For A Stock Market Shock--And Some Don't Even Know It

Here’s a statistic that ought to concern Millennials and those who care about their financial well-being, including their Baby Boomer parents. At the end of 2013, 65% of 20-somethings had more than 80% of their 401(k)s invested in stocks, up from the 48% who were so stock heavy at the end of 2007. …

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code

Even if you think the buzz around "learning how to code" is overkill, you have to admit it's here to stay.<p>Just like it's easier to learn a foreign …

What To Bring To The Job Interview

The hardest part of getting a job is getting the job interview. Once you’re invited to a job interview, your chances at getting the job improve dramatically — from about one in a hundred applicants to one in six or seven. That’s a huge difference!<p>A day or two before the job interview, make a test …

7 Smart Year-End Tax Moves To Prepare For 2015

The end of the year often serves as a reminder to evaluate our lives and set goals for the future (even if we don’t call them resolutions). For many, this includes putting a magnifying glass to their finances.<p>There is no better time to think about your investments and budgets and to make a plan for …