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What 6 Executives Learned From Going On 'Undercover Boss'

Just look at what dozens of senior executives have learned on the "Undercover Boss" TV series, which has franchises around the world.<p>The finale of season 4 on CBS featured some of the most "epic" encounters from past episodes, all of which spurred executives into making real changes.

3 Questions That Top Candidates Ask In Job Interviews

Kathy Rapp's recent recruiting article on Fistfuloftalent.com embodies this spirit of constructive criticism. She critiques a post on Recruiter.com titled "7 Questions Great Candidates Ask" and then offers an improvement, or"3 Questions Freakin' Awesome Candidates Ask."<p>Her questions are tough ones. …

Employment

12 Of The Shrewdest Business Maneuvers Of All Time

A recent thread on Quora asked users to name the "the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business."<p>We've broken out some of the best answers, including critical decisions by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Henry Ford.

Heroes And Psychopaths Have Similar Personalities

The finding may seem incongruous, given that lack of empathy for others is a key trait of psychopathy, which is also marked by impulsivity, superficial charm and lack of remorse. But some personality traits of psychopaths may be, in some situations, positive, said study researcher Scott Lilienfeld, …

How 5 Women Broke Into And Succeeded In Male-Dominated Fields

We're all too familiar with the stats showcasing the uneven gender divide in the business world.<p>For instance, only 20 of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Women hold only 14% of executive positions, and just 16% of board seats. Women earn $0.77 for every dollar earned by men.<p>But with all the …

6 Common Mistakes That New Managers Make

Managers, especially new ones, are often unprepared for the job they are so used to being an individual contributor and not responsible for other people. The hardest skills in business (and life) are working with other people because everyone has different motivators and a different view of how …

One Of Goldman Sachs' Veteran Recruiting Execs Explains What It Takes To Get Hired

Edith Hunt, Chief Diversity Officer and former Head of Talent Management at Goldman Sachs has been helping the bank figure out who gets to join its ranks since the 1990s.<p>In an interview for Open Door, a video series from leading finance career site OneWire, Hunt explains how she creates a diverse …

The People You're Closest With Aren't The Ones Who Will Get You A Job

Last time you really needed help, who did you ask? My bet is that you went to one of your strong ties—someone you know well and truly trust. Whether you're looking for a new job or some good advice, it makes sense to go to your closest friends, family members, and colleagues. After all, those are …

Google HR Boss Explains Why GPA And Most Interviews Are Useless

In an interview with The New York Times' Adam Bryant, Google's Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock explains that some of the biggest stalwarts of the hiring and recruiting world, the interview, GPA, and test scores, aren't nearly as important as people think.<p>Google doesn't even …

Employment

5 Steps To Achieving Great Things

Problem is, days go by, then weeks, months--maybe even years--and you're still cranking out good. You've yet to design that unbelievable product, write that great novel, dominate that market. Everyone admires you, but you've a growing sense of disappointment in yourself.<p>How do you change that …

Why 100 Employees Might Be The Magic Staff Number For Startups

Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman has been working on getting people offline and having them meet face-to-face in real life for over 10 years now, and he has built up his company from a tiny team to around 100 people.<p>"It's nice to have a company where everyone knows each other's names, and where we can …

4 Ways To Be More Relevant

The tsunami of change is hitting everyone:<p>Gen-Y unemployment is approaching a staggering 25 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>Gen-X is "on track to be the first generation to do worse in retirement than their parents," according to NPR.<p>Baby boomers are more likely to remain unemployed …

Google Has Started Hiring More People Who Didn't Go To College

In an interview with The New York Times, Google's Senior Vice President for People Operations Laszlo Bock revealed that the number of degree-less hires has trended upwards as they've stopped asking for transcripts for everybody but the most recent graduates.<p>"What's interesting is the proportion of …

You Need This One Dull Skill To Become A Successful Manager

The exemplary manager is often shown delivering a rousing speech that inspires her troops to achieve ever greater heights. But the truth is a lot less exciting than that.<p>To three highly effective and successful executives, a boring, often-overlooked ability is one of the most vital skills you can …

You Need Different Leadership Qualities To Change A Company Than You Do To Start One

It takes someone with specific skills to lead a company. Even founders don't always make the best CEOs for their companies.<p>So which leadership qualities do CEOs need to have? Do you need different skills to start a business than you do to help one pivot? Wharton professor and author of "The …

10 Qualities Of Exceptional Interviewers

Maybe they assume the burden of greatness lies solely with the employee. ("Hey, it's his job to impress me.") But that's short-sighted and, well, stupid.<p>To find the best employees you possibly can, you must be the best interviewer you possibly can.<p>Here are the key qualities of skilled</b> …

Lean Principles That Make You More Efficient

Most of our processes don't start out this way, but over time, small changes occur and workarounds are developed rather than going through a complete overhaul. Sometimes work is pieced together out of necessity and nobody really gives it any strategic thought or considers how it will affect the big …

7 Foods That Reduce Stress

Most people struggle with balancing life demands with work commitments. But for entrepreneurs, finding balance can seem near impossible. The pressure of getting everything done can be overwhelming. And, if left unchecked, that stress can lead to other issues, including high blood pressure and …

Can Women Entrepreneurs Make Bureaucracy A Word Of The Past?

Sometimes entrepreneurs show up in the most unexpected places.<p>On a recent visit to a refugee camp in South Sudan, Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Elizabeth Gore found an environment flourishing with micro enterprises and small businesses. Most of them led by women.<p>“You wouldn’t think …

Hacker Shows How To Attack An Airplane’s Systems–Using A Phone

A German security researcher has demonstrated how easy it can be to hack into the digital systems of an airliner in flight using the right coding knowledge and hardware that’s not hard to get–including a Samsung smartphone.<p>Hugo Teso presented at the Amsterdam security conference The Hack In The …

Pinterest: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Pinterest is an online pin board of visual inspiration founded in 2009 by Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp, and Paul Sciarra. Covering everything from travel to home renovation projects, it is a unique social platform that gives its users a place to express what they want in the future. Every idea is …

Amazon: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Amazon is a cloud computing giant and the largest American e-commerce company. It was founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos.<p>Originally known for selling books through its website (and later digital versions via its Kindle e-reader), Amazon has built up a customer service, inventory, and shipping empire …

The Recommender: Cia Bernales, Web Producer And Owner Of Atticus, The Giant Rottweiler

The three best things Fast Company‘s Web producer found on the Internet (and elsewhere) this week.<p>Cia shows off her standing desk.<p><b>Name</b>: Cia Bernales <b><br>Role at Fast Company</b>: Web producer <b><br>Website</b>: Writing with My Mouth Full <b><br>Instagram</b>: @ext212 <b><br>Twitter</b>: @ciaEATS <b><br>Titillating fact</b>: Cia has crossed 37 countries …

Party Positively: Andrew WK On the Career and Life Benefits Of Saying Yes to Everything

Hard-rocking multihyphenate Andrew WK found his career exploding in many different directions when he started saying yes to everything offered his way.<p>There’s a good chance that, as you read this, Andrew WK is next-level tired and nursing a sore arm. The musician and gonzo motivational speaker very …

Andrew W.K.

Matthew Weiner’s Creative Solution For Eliminating Doubt

Matthew Weiner discusses his process for writing Mad Men and the particular form of collaborating that allows him to get through a large volume of material–even if it sometimes feels like cheating.<p>TV is a famously collaborative medium. And yet, the best TV shows are considered the product of a …

Mad Men

What A Pioneering Photog Taught Us About How We Sleep

Ted Spagna’s time-lapse pics provided information and visuals that sleep researchers had never seen before.<p>In an era when big data and sensors are at the forefront of technology, it feels like we have a measurement for everything: What we ate, how many likes, who bought what. But when it comes to …

Photography

46 Things We've Learned From Facebook Studies

Facebook is an ideal environment for studying human behavior. Every click, like, friend acceptance (or rejection), and peek at an ex’s profile is tracked for millions of people every day. Back in 2007, the New York Times reported on Facebook’s value as a “petri dish for the social sciences.”<p>“We’re …

UK tobacco prices 'almost double Europe's'

Britons are paying a high price for their vices, with tobacco prices almost double the European average and alcohol prices 43pc higher, according to research.<p>Figures from the Office for National Statistics and Eurostat show that tobacco prices in the UK last year were 94pc above the European Union …

Human Geography

Gigaom | The past can’t buy the future for newspapers, says Digital First CEO John Paton

Advertisement<p>Calling your company Digital First Media makes it fairly obvious where you think the future of the industry lies, and Digital First CEO …

HSBC customers' cards fail as website crashes

HSBC customers were denied access to their cash due to technical glitch on Friday.<p>Frustrated HSBC customers were blocked from accessing their money when the bank's website crashed.<p>The bank, which apologised to customers, confirmed that the site was down for about half an hour this afternoon before …