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Forget The “Praise Sandwich”: Five Better Ways To Give Good Feedback

Stop reaching for unrelated compliments to sweeten your critiques. Here are some better options.<p>Giving criticism–whether by email, over the phone, or face-to-face–can always be awkward. Even if the message is basically the same, the way you deliver it plays a huge role in how well (or badly) it’s …

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Almost 70% of CEOs now expect CMOs to lead revenue growth

A decade ago marketing leaders could be Don Draper. Today, the three-martini lunch and afternoon golf is off the table, and replacing it is an expectation that marketing will lead top-line revenue growth.<p>Goodbye brand ambassador, hello performance marketer.<p>“Being a chief marketing officer is not …

Colors, caps and logos: 113 years of Cubs uniforms

When the Cubs officially became "The Cubs" in 1903, the team's uniforms were the plainest of plain: white, standard fold-down collar with a pocket on the left breast and simplified old-English C adorned the pocket of the gray road uniform. Since then Cub threads have seen myriad alterations. The …

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Promoting Value in the Multigenerational Office

The rising age of retirement and labor shortages in many industries have created a multigenerational workforce for the first time in history. Not only does the workplace span four generations, there is a very good chance that Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z will find …

Notre Dame announces collaboration with AT&T for online master’s degree in data science

In a data-driven economy, industry leaders rely increasingly on skilled professionals who can see the significance in data and use it to solve …

The 15 best day trips from Chicago

Photograph: John Karpinsky<p>Milwaukee, WI<p><b>Good for culture lovers</b> <i><br>1 hr 30 mins by car or train</i><br>Getting to the Cream City requires a painless drive, but if …

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The Psychology of Logo Color in How Consumers View Your Brand

Your logo says a lot about your brand. Are you sending the right message?<p>Across the U.S. and around the world, billions are spent each year by …

How Linkedin Blew Its Chance to Take on Salesforce.

Linkedin vs. Salesforce<p><b>NOTE: this article was originally published on May 10th before it was announced that Microsoft will acquire Linkedin for</b> …

Salesforce

3 sales tricks I learned from dating

When I was 12, I briefly acquired a girlfriend called Maria. I’m not sure how it started, but I am sure how it ended: badly.<p>In high-school I dated Eylem, a Kurdish girl. Everything was great when we were alone, but she was distant in public. It took me many years to understand where both …

The best Chicago staycation ideas

Hotels<p>Geek out at Hotel EMC2<p>You may have spent the night in a hotel with a theme before, but you probably haven’t been to one that takes its premise …

Wall Art

73 Questions to Ask Employees During an Interview

When hiring a new employee, it’s important to ask the right questions.There are some interview questions that are a given; we all know how to put a …

7 things you can do to become a better leader today

Maybe you're aiming to lead an initiative, been chosen to lead a team project, or given the opportunity to apply for a management position.<p>As a Forbes, Business Insider and ELLE Magazine "30 Under 30" recipient as well as the Founder and CEO of Mogul, an award-winning worldwide platform connecting …

4 must-have skills for leaders to manage change

To survive and thrive, every organization—from for-profit to non-profit to governmental—has to know how to navigate change. But sadly, 75% of change …

Yoda's top 10 quotes highlighted in new 'Star Wars' video

As part of an ongoing video feature, the editorial staff of StarWars.com occasionally gets together to compile top 10 lists for the "Star Wars" YouTube channel. Previously they've rounded up the best villains, the best battle scenes and the best aliens, monsters and droids.<p>In the most recent …

Before You Respond to that Email, Pause

Someone sends you an email message or a text, and you’re unsure how to respond. It’s about a complex negotiation, or a politically sensitive situation. Or maybe it’s just from a person who unnerves you.<p>For a moment, you pause. But for most of us, most of the time, that pause doesn’t last long. …

Meditate and Change Your Life

We live in a time when we tend to look so far ahead into the future that we may lose sight of what's going on in our lives at the moment. I know I used to find myself running so far and so fast that I missed an entire year here and there.<p>All that changed when I began meditating.<p>Meditation stills …

Zombie-proof log cabin has 10-year anti-zombie guarantee

You hear the horrifying groans. Decaying hands scrabble at the door, trying to find a way in. They want to eat you. You sit down on the sofa, kick your feet up and open a can of Spam. No worries. You're inside a Zombie Fortification Cabin from Tiger Log Cabins. All you have to do now is wait in …

Uniti wants to be the ultimate stand for all your Apple devices

Particularly with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite set to make all your Apple devices work together better than ever, it’s important to have a neat way of keeping your iPhone, iPad and Mac in close proximity.<p>Looking to solve the problem of messy desktops, a new Kickstarter project aims to create the first …

How Speakers Can Minimize Their Stress

In a blog post last week, I discussed a recent study that showed that we leak our stress levels to other people. As I pointed out, if stress is contagious and we leak our emotions, then speakers need to concern themselves with their emotional states before and during their speeches. A stressed-out …

8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google Drive

Google Drive Tips and Tricks<p>1. Crop photos<p>2. Experiment with add-ons<p>3. Check out your Drive activity<p>4. Look at your revision history<p>5. Use …

SimpliSafe Home Security review: Simply a better way to secure your home - CNET

<b>The Good</b> For such a multifunctional system, <b>SimpliSafe</b> is incredibly easy to set up and use. Their contract-free packages are highly customizable and thoughtfully designed for better, smarter home security.<p><b>The Bad</b> SimpliSafe packages don't include video cameras, and you won't be able to connect with …

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The Twelve Sales Metrics that Matter Most

Sales is both an art and a science. It is the skillful combination of emotion and logic, people and process, free-thinking and organization. I recently conducted an extensive research project involving more than one-hundred vice presidents of sales at top technology companies (software, cloud, …

Leaders Who Can’t Forgive

I had a CEO in one of my leadership coaching seminars recently who seemed to be quite bitter about life. Whatever suggestion I would make, he would put a negative spin on it. Curious about his remarkable negativity, I asked him to tell more about himself. After a little bit of prompting, he was …

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Emotional Agility

Sixteen thousand—that’s how many words we speak, on average, each day. So imagine how many unspoken ones course through our minds. Most of them are not facts but evaluations and judgments entwined with emotions—some positive and helpful (<i>I’ve worked hard and I can ace this presentation; This issue</i> …

The Eight-Minute Test That Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a Leader

How can I determine if I am a good leader, or perhaps even a great one? What are my strengths, and do any rise to the very highest levels? I know I have some weaknesses (as everyone does), but are any of them so appalling as to derail my career?<p>Many people have asked us those questions over the …