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11 apps that will make you smarter

Despite the constant hand-wringing that smartphones will lead to the downfall of society, there’s mounting evidence that your phone habit may not be so bad after all.<p>In fact, there are ways your phone might actually be good for you.<p>We’ve compiled a list of apps to boost your brainpower, hone your …

Seven habits that are sabotaging your productivity

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 channel the energy needed to do the things needed.<p>Creating a to-do list …

The Seven Imperatives to Keeping Meetings on Track

There’s nothing more annoying than a meeting that goes on and on and on. As a manager, it’s your job to make sure people don’t go off on tangents or give endless speeches. But how can you keep people focused without being a taskmaster or squashing creativity?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>The good news is …

Why women are leaving the tech industry in droves

When I moved to the Bay Area in 2007 to run the Wikimedia Foundation, the first thing that struck me was the eerie absence of women. I'd spent most of my working life at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where we used to joke that women took power when the men went off to war in 1939, and afterward …

19 Tiny Lifestyle Changes You Can Make To Get Healthier

The suggestions came pouring in. We've selected our favorite small lifestyle tweaks, which over time, should lead to larger personal changes.<p><b>1. Learn to drink your coffee black.</b><p>Coffee is good for you (in moderation). Eliminating milk, cream, sugar, or flavorings will cut calories and maximize …

10 Powerful Body Language Tips for your next Presentation

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5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

8 Ways to Energize Each Morning | Inc.com

Workdays are more productive when you hit the ground running. Here's how to make certain you've got the energy to start your day right, and keep it moving forward.<p><b>1. Inspire your body.</b><p>When you're sleeping, your muscles become sore so that waking leaves you groggy. Rather than shuffle through your …

Let Your Team Help You Manage Your Time

Good managers study time management techniques. They analyze their calendars and prioritize their to-do lists in an effort to eke out a few percentage points of extra personal productivity — which is all to the good. Great managers, by contrast, realize a fundamental fact: their time, not budget or …

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym …

The Four Secrets to Employee Engagement

How did you feel about coming to work this morning?<p>I’m sure many factors influenced whether you felt like digging right in, but one of the most significant was almost surely your boss.<p>It seems obvious: Direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, …

If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

Skilled managers have never been more critical to the success of firms than they are today. Not because employees can’t function without direction, but because managers play a vital role in talent management. Gone are the comprehensive career management systems and expectations of long-term …

Stop Basing Pay on Performance Reviews

If your company is like most, it tries to drive high performance by dangling money in front of employees’ noses. To implement this concept, you sit down with your direct reports every once in a while, assess them on their performance, and give them ratings, which help determine their bonuses or …

How To Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine You'll Actually Stick To

If getting active and staying healthy were easy, everyone would do it...but we don't. We come home after a long day of sitting in a chair to …

How to Win Loyalty From Other People

Although money is often seen as a prime motivator, ultimately the bonds that hold an enterprise together are psychological. Important data gathered …

25 Movies From The ’80s That Every Kid Should See

Many of your favorite movies from childhood aren't quite the same when you try to share them with the wired kids of 2013. These classics are the timeless exceptions that hold up nicely.

Three Tips For Overcoming Your Blind Spots

Ernst Cramer, the late, great editor-in-chief of the German daily <i>Die Welt</i>, once recounted how as a college student in America in the midwest, just after World War II, he questioned in a math class whether the textbook was not mistaken in a particular instance. The lecturer reflexively, and rather …

Innovation Isn’t Just About New Products

The innovation mindset isn’t just about product innovation.<p>Some organizations have focused on product innovation for so long they don’t know how to innovate in any other areas. For example, in 2010, Microsoft —one of the world’s best product innovators for the last two decades — launched a social …

How I Got My Team To Fail More

Business-school literature has long stressed the importance of taking risks and encouraging rapid failure. In the real world of quarterly numbers, though, embracing failure mostly remains a throwaway line in CEO speeches.<p>At PBS Digital, we went beyond corporate lip service and demanded failure from …

HR for Neophytes

It’s a worldwide trend that has been under way for nearly a decade: Responsibility for talent management is shifting from HR to frontline executives. The transition is driven partly by cost cutting—head counts in HR departments fell sharply during the Great Recession—but it is also fueled by the …

Don’t Sugarcoat Negative Feedback

The old rap against coaches and consultants: they borrow your watch to tell you the time.<p>And yet I’d bet anything that 90% of the coaches reading this hung out their shingles with an eye toward helping executives grow and overcome impediments to success. So why do they bear the stigma of being a …

The More Things Change, the More Our Objections to Change Stay the Same

One of the very first articles in the very first issue of <i>Fast Company</i>, a magazine I started 20 years ago with Alan Webber, is a smart and entertaining list compiled by E.F. Borisch, product manager at a long-established outfit called Milwaukee Gear Company. Borisch’s article was titled, “50 Reasons …

Customer Intimacy, Meet Operational Excellence

What is more important to company success, a strong external focus on customer experiences or an internal focus on effective and efficient operations?<p>Of course, it’s a false dichotomy — you need both. I described in an earlier post how Tesco worked for years to improve its supply chain …

Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

It was getting close to lunch time and the people seated around the table — the CEO and seven of his direct reports — were clearly getting antsy. But it wasn’t because they were hungry. In fact, they’d been eating snacks all morning, mostly out of boredom.<p>The COO was at the front of the room, …

The Most Important Negotiation in Your Life

Life is a series of negotiations.<p>You negotiate all day, every day, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep.<p>Contract terms and conditions. Hiring, managing performance, and firing. Defining deadlines, scope, and deliverables. Collecting fees. Seeking alignment about business strategy. …

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

Are you a certified organizational ninja? It’s okay, nobody is–so steal this idea from career kickstarter Amber Rae, who shares her “Work, Play, Fit, Push” framework for getting things done while staying inspired.<p>About four years ago I started working for myself. I wanted the freedom and …

9 Habits of People Who Build Extraordinary Relationships | Inc.com

Professional success is important to everyone, but still, success in business and in life means different things to different people--as well it should.<p>But one fact is universal: Real success, the kind that exists on multiple levels, is impossible without building great relationships. Real success …