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Can Awkward Conversations Make for a Stronger Corporate Culture?

Embracing the small moments that make us squirm can offer surprising benefits for our work and personal lives.

Wharton School

GM Has a 2 Word Dress Code and It's Actually Brilliant

It used to be 10 pages. Now it's just two words. Here's why they made the change.<p>This story is about three things: dress codes, leadership and common sense.<p>It's about a $62 billion company with roots going back 100 years--the kind of giant, legacy organization you might think would get bogged down …

Leadership

The Fountainhead: Crimes Against Architecture

The life, death and rebirth of Pennsylvania Station.

Architecture

Tips for Reading the Room Before a Meeting or Presentation

In every conversation at work, there’s the explicit discussion happening — the words being spoken out loud — and the tacit one. To be successful in most organizations, it’s important to understand the underlying conversations and reactions that people in the room are having. But if you aren’t …

How Tumi is using AI in marketing campaigns, online and in stores

To break out of a one-note marketing strategy centered on flash sales, promo codes and basic retargeting, Tumi turned to artificial intelligence.<p>Over …

How to Increase Your Influence at Work

To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position. So, what’s the best way to position yourself as an informal leader? How do you motivate colleagues to support your initiatives …

Debunking common blockchain-saving-advertising myths

Like with any overhyped topic, the buzz around blockchain and cryptocurrencies is blurring the lines between fact and fiction.<p>Ongoing problems like …

These Two Simple Exercises Can Help You Radically Rethink Your Career

Reverse-engineer your way into a career change you never would have considered possible.<p>You’re feeling stuck in your job, so you do the obvious thing: You sit down and brainstorm all the other positions you’re qualified for. It doesn’t go well. No matter which way you cut it, your options look …

The Most Effective Way to Sell, According to Research | Inc.com

Relationships are the backbone of any successful business. Businesses need to prioritize building sustainable relationships with prospects from the point of the first contact. According to a recent survey by TOPO, it now takes at least 18 sales and marketing touches to connect with a single B2B …

Customers

Ten Questions Recruiters Shouldn't Ask -- And You Shouldn't Answer

Dear Liz,<p>I’m job hunting. I’m getting a fair amount of interest from recruiters but I have to say I’m very put off by the questions they ask me.<p>These recruiters are total strangers. They write to me on LinkedIn to say “Let’s talk” and their emails are very friendly, but the minute we get on the …

Here’s Why Strategy Chiefs Succeed or Fail

Why is it that some companies have great heads of strategy who make an outstanding contribution to their companies, while others don’t? To answer this question, we evaluated 55 heads of strategy, and looked more closely at 11 who were particularly successful and 10 who were at the other end of the …

Advice On Living The Dream From Digital Nomads Who Make Over Six Figures

These professionals have figured out how to see the world while making a comfortable living. Here’s what they say is the key to success.<p>When you’re procrastinating on a deadline or trying to keep yourself from nodding off in yet another meeting you weren’t needed at, thumbing your way through …

Entrepreneurship

A Hudson Valley Home's Renovation Is Guided by its Best Midcentury Feature

High on the east bank of New York's Hudson River, a special midcentury home receives a stunning renovation inspired by the strength of its initial design.<p>Originally designed by Roberta Thrun, one of the first women to graduate with a degree in architecture from Columbia University (and also the …

Number One Habit You Need To Develop To Become A Great Leader | Inc.com

If you want to be a great leader then you need to have great leadership qualities such as authenticity, integrity, humility, etc., and you need to deliver.<p>At the end of the day, great leadership is all about getting results.<p>That doesn't mean the <i>end justifies the means</i>, but it does mean that if you …

Leadership

The Best Places to Walk in Paris

In her new book, “Flâneuse,” Lauren Elkin expands the concept of the <i>flâneur</i> — that aristocratic bohemian man strolling the city streets, possibly with a top hat or some other touch of the dandy — to include women wanderers from Virginia Woolf to Sophie Calle (one of whose works will be featured in …

France

When a Vacation Reduces Stress — And When It Doesn’t

I thought it was simple: Vacations are fun, Americans are stressed, and happiness raises productivity and sales. Therefore, people should take more vacations, right? But research doesn’t hold that line of thinking up. Not every vacation is equal.<p>According to a 2013 report by the Center for Economic …

Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life

Artwork detail: Liliana Porter, Man with String, 2009, string and pencil lines on paper, 12 3/4″ x 15 3/4″<p>Work/life balance is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth, today’s senior executives will tell you. But by making deliberate choices about which opportunities they’ll pursue …