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Google's Eric Schmidt has these 9 rules for emailing

<i>This post is in partnership with Time. The article below was originally published at Time.com.</i><p>By Eric Schmidt<p>Communication in the Internet Century …

How to Be the Kind of Influential Leader That You Would Like to Follow | Inc.com

Leadership is not about titles. Leadership doesn't necessarily imply having a position at the highest executive level within a company, or being the boss. There are any many types of leadership, and they can occur at any level in your organization. However, the essence of leadership is influence. …

Google eyes British partnership to buy firm behind Tesco's Clubcard

Google is considering teaming up with British private equity firm Permira to launch a bid for the business that runs Tesco’s Clubcard.<p>The US technology firm is believed to be on a longlist of 10 parties considering a bid for Tesco unit Dunnhumby next month.<p>The longlist, whittled down from about 40 …

Tesco

Simplify Your Analytics Strategy

While the interests in analytics and resulting benefits are increasing by the day, some businesses are challenged by the complexity and confusion that analytics can generate. Companies can get stuck trying to analyze all that’s possible and all that they could do through analytics, when they should …

Wal-Mart CEO reveals the company's 8 biggest problems

With sales in the US lagging, Foran has traveled to Wal-Mart stores across the country in search of ways to improve customers' experiences with the retailer.<p>Foran shared what he learned during his travels in a meeting with investors on Wednesday. Here's what he said:<p><b>1. Many Wal-Mart stores lack</b> …

Do You Earn Too Much To Qualify For College Financial Aid?

College aid formulas expect parents to contribute up to 47% of their after-tax income to college costs each year. Will your income throw your child out of the running for college aid? Use my EFC Quick Reference Table to estimate your aid eligibility based on income. Don’t take someone’s word on …

Four Ways To Blow Your Kid's Chances Of College Aid

If you have saved for college and retirement in all the wrong places, your income spikes, you get bad advice or make mistakes on the college aid forms, there’s a good chance you could blow your child’s chances of receiving college financial aid and have to pay a lot more than you should.<p><b>Spikes In</b> …

DIY Factory Cart Coffee Table

I’m so excited to share this coffee table with you guys today! I love, love, love factory cart coffee tables but they aren’t exactly budget friendly. …

The Best Management Article Of 2014

Good news: Harvard Business Review has announced that Bill Lazonick is the 2014 HBR McKinsey Award winner for the best HBR article in 2014 for his brilliant, hard-hitting piece, “Profits Without Prosperity” (September 2014 HBR). Lazonick is a professor of economics at the University of …

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a …

Goodbye Carrot, And Goodbye Stick!

We are coming out of the age of mechanized work. We are evolving past the Industrial Age mindset that people can operate like machines, or that it would even be smart to want people to do that. People have a lot more to offer the world than computational power or the completion of rote tasks. We …

Self Promotion Is A Leadership Skill

Despite the fact that most women understand the importance of self-promotion for their advancement, they do not intentionally use it. We have been conditioned to take the back seat and wait to be recognized. As a consequence, we often have this inner argument about how to proceed with …

Leadership

The Best Way to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Workday | Inc.com

How you deal with the initial 10 minutes of the workday largely can determine how effective and productive you will be the remainder of the day.<p>Below is a list of 10 things the most successful individuals do within the initial 10 minutes of the workday:<p>1. They reflect.<p>Accomplishing your top goals …

A Simple Brain Hack for Wiser Decisions | Inc.com

Wisdom is a very valuable trait but also an elusive one. While you can study to get smarter, or perhaps meditate to get calmer, most of us don't know any way to get wiser other than to live, experience, and learn from our errors. Wisdom, in other words, doesn't seem to lend itself to hacks or …

Psychology

5 Mind-Blowing Lessons From the Most Popular TED Talks of All Time

The 20 most popular TED talks ever are likely to make you question just about everything.<p>What does it take to be happy? How do you motivate the people who work for you to do their best? How do you know what is and isn't real in the world around you?<p>You may think you know the answers to all these …

10 Apps To Download Before A DIY Project

These days, the most invaluable tool for inspiring and organizing any home design project fits in your back pocket. Whether you want to compare and contrast new potential paint colors for your den, find a coffee table that fits in your living room <i>and</i> your budget, or plan a complete kitchen …

Home Decorating

Leadership Lacking? 3 Fast Fixes To Boost Brains (And Hearts)

2015 is off to a bang—is your brain and business? Is your team?<p>There are 3 things that will make all the difference for your company this year. Read on, and optimize your 2015.<p><b>1. Assess, Track, Increase Leadership At All Levels</b><p>Our clients find it helpful to set numbered levels for leadership …

Leadership

9 Surprising Ways to Be More Valuable to Your Employer | Inc.com

For a business to succeed, it has to recruit, hire, and retain talented people who consistently bring value to the organization, and to its customers. The more value you bring with you to your job, the more valuable you are to your employer. Not only will you command a higher salary and be given …

Recycled Christmas Card Craft: Magnets | DIY Projects for the Home

Christmas is over (can you believe it?) and it’s almost time to start the cleanup, including deciding what to do with all those Christmas cards. Of …

15 Genius Storage Solutions To Make Your Whole Life Easier

Is your home overwhelmed with clutter? Here are 15 projects to help you wrangle the mess.<p>Is your home overwhelmed with clutter? Here are 15 projects to help you wrangle the mess.

Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon

A new book tells the tale of how the rise of Amazon and e-commerce threatened the success of Big Box stores—until they learned to get in on the new …

Why Brick-And-Mortar Stores Might Have The Edge Over Amazon After All

With all the talk of Amazon crushing brick-and-mortar chains, can the online giant, or any pure-play e-commerce merchant, ever really compete with physical stores when it comes to the instant gratification of leaving a store with a purchase in hand?<p>Amazon’s launch last week of Prime Now, a speedy …

The Holiday Gift Your Employees Will Value

Each holiday season I am struck by the way lights, trees, and colorful decor can enhance a lonely street or a simple room. The investment and time my remarkable wife takes to transform our home brightens the season and makes a difference. Likewise, a leader’s job is to enhance the performance of …

The value of share buybacks

Companies shouldn’t confuse the value created by returning cash to shareholders with the value created by actual operational improvements. After all, …

Investing

Do You Suffer From These Leadership Blind Spots?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As the year winds down, it's time to look in the mirror at ourselves as business owners. It's an opportunity to look back and evaluate how well we've done as business leaders in the past year. As former New York Mayor Ed Koch used to ask …

Is Walmart's New Mobile App The Bridge To Real-World Search?

It seems like every business in the world has an app, but most of them seemingly exist solely so the company can advertise the fact that it has an app. These apps are usually just reiterations of a website with an updated design, particularly in the case of online retailers.<p>Walmart, on the other …

A Year of Leadership Lessons--in 5 Minutes | Inc.com

Often called one of the most influential business gurus and leadership thinkers of the modern era, Peter Drucker spent 26 years working with Joseph Maciariello at Claremont Graduate University. After Drucker died in 2005, Maciariello garnered access to a trove of Ducker's consultations with …

16 Best Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership Articles of the Year | Inc.com

Learn how to transform your life for the better with 16 of the Web’s favorite entrepreneurship and leadership articles from this year. Guaranteed to encourage and inspire, these popular posts are absolute must-reads.<p>Mental fortitude is essential for entrepreneurship, and in this wildly popular …

Entrepreneurship

Amazon's Pricing Strategy Makes Life Miserable For The Competition

During the Christmas shopping season we will see Amazon change prices on as many as 80 million products during a single day. That is amazing since companies like Walmart, Best Buy and Toys “R” Us have already announced that they will not be undersold and will match any competitors’ prices in a …