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How to Remove Sweat Stains From White Shirts

When your crisp white dress shirt or favorite tee starts yellowing around the collar or under the arms, don't sweat. Removing those unsightly stains is easier than you think with the help of natural ingredients that will leave that article of clothing looking fresh. And this eco-friendly cleaning …

Cleaning

52 Amazon Products With The Highest Ratings That You Never Knew Existed

Amazon is like a never-ending infinity pool of surprising and unexpected products. Wade through its waters long enough and you’ll find a whole new …

Skin Care

61 Random Products On Amazon That Are SO Legit

When it comes to buying products on Amazon, you want to make sure that the stuff you're spending money on is legit. And I'm not just throwing out …

Shopping

Beyond Positano: This Is Where Italian Locals Go to Escape the Crowds

Picture the ultimate summer: Zipping around the Italian coastline on a Vespa, learning to make pasta in the quaint olive grove–lined farmhouses, …

Putting some kid-friendly touches on a finished basement

THE CHALLENGE<p>Anita Beckles recently finished the large basement of her Upper Marlboro home but needs help completing the bar area. She also wants suggestions on how to create a space that will serve as a comfortable retreat for family and friends, including her ­<br>7-year-old twins. They need room for …

Not Being a Lousy Manager Comes Down to Displaying These 3 Rare Behaviors

We can learn a lot from the practice of servant leadership.<p>U.S. companies will spend literally billions of dollars annually on leadership development programs to strengthen their high-potential talent. Fact is, there's a drastic leadership shortage in the pipeline across industries, and executives …

Leadership

No Requirement For Banks To Tell Customers Their Info Was Hacked In New Breach Notification Bill

There’s no requirement for banks and other financial companies to tell customers their information has been hacked in the draft of a new data breach notification bill in Congress.<p>Instead, large operations including merchants, telecom companies and some non-profits would be the only operations …

Financial Services

The Single Most Powerful Tool For Assessing Other People

Assessing other people as you interact with them is one of the most important tools you can utilize in your professional life. It’s to your great advantage to learn how to interpret and then use your subjective reactions to people.<p>Knowing how to read yourself and then what to do with you the …

blunder

9 Ways Curtain Rods Can Solve Your Life's Problems

Curtain rods are more useful than one would think. Their primary function is obvious — cover windows to block light and gain privacy — but there are …

A recent shift in Trump's inner circle seems to confirm the 'bloody nose' strategy against North Korea is real

While nuclear tensions between the US and North Korea have ratcheted up to crisis levels, the US still doesn't have an ambassador to South Korea.<p>The Trump administration reportedly rejected the leading candidate in a move that seems to confirm the worst fears of many on President Donald Trump's …

Here's what an effective LinkedIn profile looks like in 2018

Hate to break it to you, but if you're treating LinkedIn like an old-fashioned Rolodex, you're doing it wrong.<p>Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management. So your …

North Korea is not building nuclear weapons to destroy the US — the real reasons are much more surprising

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been called many things — crazy, mad, insane, and "rocket man" — because of his program to build nuclear bombs and missiles capable of launching the weapons to the US.<p>But experts say he is not crazy to want a nuclear arsenal. And Kim doesn't necessarily want …

5 Things Decorators Never Spend Money on (and 3 Things They Splurge on)

When it comes to decorating an entire home, the cost of furniture, rugs, dishes, and throw pillows can quickly add up. But if you try to save some …

Home Decorating

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from <i>doing</i> to <i>leading</i>. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities …

Management

A retired Marine and elite fighter pilot breaks down the OODA Loop, the military decision-making process that guides 'every single thing' in life

<b>• Elite fighter pilot and retired Top Gun instructor David Berke says the loop can be used for any decision.</b><p><b>• It consists of four stages that repeatedly feed into each other: observe, orient, decide, and act.</b><p>American fighter pilots dominated their enemies in the Korean War.<p>Their planes — the F-86 …

When to Solve Your Team’s Problems, and When to Let Them Sort It Out

After careful review of her harried work life, Charla, an IT manager, discovered that 20% of her time over the previous two months was spent managing escalations. It seemed that each interaction with her team ended with her feeling a need to exercise her authority to rescue them from a crisis. For …

Management

15 Must-Read Business Books on Leadership and Personal Development From the Past 5 Years

Science and positive psychology point the way to the future of leadership.<p>The problem with producing any "top" business book list is the elimination process. Over the last five years, there have been numerous publications by top authors worthy of mention.<p>For this list, I have focused heavily on …

Leadership

You Don't Need to Force Culture. Just Listen to Your Employees

Stop trying to force corporate culture. Instead, realize that if you have great people who are the right fit for the problem being solved, great things and a wonderful culture will happen naturally.<p>Culture is one of those buzzwords that startups love to talk about, praise themselves for, and use to …

Team Building

The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

One of the best innovation stories I’ve ever heard came to me from a senior executive at a leading tech firm. Apparently, his company had won a million-dollar contract to design a sensor that could detect pollutants at very small concentrations underwater. It was an unusually complex problem, so …

Innovation

How to Write Email with Military Precision

In the military, a poorly formatted email may be the difference between mission accomplished and mission failure. During my active duty service, I learned how to structure emails to maximize a mission’s chances for success. Since returning from duty, I have applied these lessons to emails that I …

Former Navy SEAL commanders explain why 'there are no bad teams, only bad leaders'

When Leif Babin became a Hell Week instructor for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S), he had already served as a Navy SEAL platoon leader in the most decorated special-operations unit of the Iraq War.<p>Still, he learned a profound lesson about leadership: "<b>There are no bad teams, only</b> …

24 Easy Ways to Empower Everyone Around You

Here are simple habits that will help create a culture of empowerment.<p>When our teams become empowered, they take ownership and their commitment to success increases. It allows us to tap into all of their resources and expertise which can lead us to achieving amazing results.<p>Empowered teams should …

Everything About Great Leadership Comes Down to This Essential Question

If you think you're a good boss now, this may change your perception.<p>I'm going to let the cat out of the bag. If you haven't noticed yet, this column is heavily slanted toward promoting a best-in-class leadership philosophy the business world has yet to fully discover. It's as if I were writing …

Idealism

These 5 apps could help you land your dream job

Whether you're fresh out of college or mid-career, searching for a job can be stressful.<p>But luckily, there are a few apps that can make the process significantly easier, from perfecting your interview skills to polishing your résumé.<p>Here are some of the best apps to help get you hired.

17 IKEA Hacks That Will *Totally* Revamp Your Kitchen

When it comes to upgrading your kitchen into the cooking space you’ve always wanted, a few IKEA hacks here and there can get the job done in no time. Considering how popular some of these IKEA items are, don’t be surprised if you own more than one of these already (which means these DIYs will save …

Why Does Top Talent Leave? New C-Suite Study Offers Surprising Answers

It’s the bane of executives everywhere: the loss of top talent you can ill afford to lose.<p>I’m used to seeing studies that place the blame for such “brain drain” on lack of career opportunities, on lack of development and training, on excessive company politics… or some variant thereof.<p>Which is why …

The Workplace

15 Designer Approved Easy Ways to Make Your Home Decor Look Original

One of the best things you can do to decorate your home is to make it look original and personal, make it really about you. The best compliment you …

Why BAE Systems Scored Big On The Air Force's Secret Bomber

The U.S. Air Force is building a “long-range strike bomber” designed to hold at risk targets anywhere in the world — including deep inside heavily armed countries such as China and Russia. In order to safely penetrate defended air space, the bomber will combine radar-evading low-observable …