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Instagram now lets you record 60-second videos

Instagram is rolling out the ability for the average Joe to record and share a video of up to one minute, increasing it from the current 15-second limit.<p>While advertisers have been able to share these longer clips for a couple of months, it’s still going to take a little while for every regular …

Skype is getting Cortana and crazy bot messaging

You'll soon be able to use Skype to books trips, shop, and plan your schedule, just by chatting with Cortana. During its Build conference, Microsoft demoed how Skype users will soon be able to start a chat with Cortana and get things done just by having a conversation.<p>"Cortana is brokering the …

Chatbots

12 Clues That You Are a Micromanager

I’ve been around leaders of organizations for almost 30 years. In that time, I’ve never run into a leader who admitted, “I am a micromanager.” …

Self-awareness

Your smartphone could be your next passport

Forgetting your passport on the way to the airport is one of the banes of modern travel, but those days could soon be over.<p>De La Rue, the world’s biggest passport producer and the company that prints British banknotes, is working on technology that could store passports within mobile phones, …

Mobile

New Research Shows Having More Women Leaders May Improve Your Company's Reputation

A spate of recent research has shown how companies benefit from having more women on their boards, in the C-suite, and on teams. Now comes another reason gender parity is good for your company: Having more women in senior management may improve a company’s reputation and give it an edge in the …

Women Leaders

5 Ways to Know If an Employee is Toxic

The worst employee I ever had is the gift that keeps giving.<p>At the time it was a mess: I didn’t listen to the rumblings of the rest of the staff. I …

Why Developing Your Personal Brand Is Important

‘Personal brand’ are the current buzzwords. We never used to focus on our personal brand before, so what has changed in recent years that it is now …

Do You Fire Your Liar? The Brian Williams HR Dilemma

Late last night NBC announced Brian Williams’ suspension without pay for 6 months from his job as the anchor and managing editor of <i>NBC Nightly News</i>. …

The Simple Change That Attracts Great Job Applicants

Ever wonder why the best and brightest aren’t applying to work at your company? An experiment by researchers in Canada and the U.S. suggests that the problem may be as fundamental as the way job postings are written.<p>The vast majority of job ads tell applicants what the company wants, with laundry …

Employment

10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise | Inc.com

Contrary to popular belief, employees value many things more than the amount of money they're being paid. If they're treated right, employees will not only work for less, they'll be happier and more productive as they do so.<p>Based upon hundreds of conversations I've had about bosses and jobs, here's …

Employment

How to Use Google+ Communities for Business

Each of these communities are directly related to the interests of each company’s customer bases, which is why they are successful at engaging their users on Google+ within these communities.<p>Once you’ve chosen a topic, decide on a headline that will accurately express what your community is about …

Employment

5 Types of Employees Bosses Hate (and How to Fix the Problem) | Inc.com

Do your employees drive you up the proverbial wall? When you go home, do you inundate your spouse with stories of how awful they are? If so, you'll probably recognize these employees, and appreciate our solutions on how to fix the problems:<p><b>1. Doesn't respect your time.</b> This employee comes in late …

Employment

7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Know

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leadership is not in your DNA. There is no genetic code for becoming a chief executive or a business owner. We’re all born with a clean slate, more or less. What happens next – your childhood, your upbringing, your education, your …

Entrepreneurship

The Year Without Pants: 12 Thoughts on Leading Great Teams

I just finished the book <b>The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work</b>. The first thing I’ll say is Scott Berkun is a brilliant thinker …

Stop Being Micromanaged

No one likes a boss who excessively scrutinizes work and constantly checks in. Not only is this micromanaging behavior annoying, it can stunt your professional growth. If you have a controlling boss, you don’t have to suffer. By assuaging a micromanager’s stress, you may be able to secure the …

How CEOs Waste 70% of Their Time Each Day | Inc.com

More than half of your workday could be spent more effectively. While that's hard a hard pill to swallow, you're not the only one who can stand to gain from a little schedule revamping.<p>"Looking at the schedule of a typical CEO, a full 70 percent of that time is sub-optimal, and I'll back that up …

Time Management

Why Companies Shouldn’t Hire Creative People

“Creative people are a waste of time and money.” So said my new boss. We gave her six months. It was good that we did because by then she had already …

Fire all managers!

"Leadership is about people. Period. Great leadership is about inspiring people, serving people, caring for people, and caring about people. You have …

Southwest Airlines

Top 6 Facebook Recruiting Applications #TechTuesday

The recruitment industry is becoming increasingly reliant on social media for sourcing candidates and Facebook is something which a lot of companies …

Employee Evaluations – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Do people in high places think they are above us? Why is it that they can evaluate us and us not them!!!<p>I don’t mean 360 degree reviews I mean …

10 Ways to Power Up Your Networking Skills

Love it or loathe it, networking is a powerful way of learning, giving and relating to others.<p>However sometimes people feel they just don’t know …

What's Wrong With the Job Description, Anyway?

<b>By Dr. Tim Baker</b><p>Before we start analyzing performance, which is directly related to the next two conversations and indirectly related to the final …

What Do Employees Actually Think About Performance Reviews?

Employees think performance reviews at work are irrelevant and a waste of time – what are your thoughts?<p>Find out more in this infographic from …

Video Saturday: What Do Executives Think About Compensation?

Image Credit: <crenshawcomm.com><p>Check out this great video from <b>PwC</b> summarizing the findings of a recent survey where they asked executive’s questions …

Are You Recruiting Loyal Employees?

Earlier this month, New York City-based realtor firm Rapid Realty made headlines by offering their employees a 15 percent raise if they got a tattoo …