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If You Want to Be a Great Leader, You Should Stop Using These Phrases Now

Your words have the power to either inspire or discourage your employees<p>When you're a manager, your employees are constantly watching to see how you behave and what you say. As a result, it's important to be intentional about your choice of words in any setting.<p>As the boss, there are certain things …

A CEO and former Googler shares the one question she thinks every job candidate should ask

Not only does she work with college students applying for jobs every day — but she also regularly interviews job candidates applying for roles at her own company, WayUp.<p>After working at Google for two years, the now 26-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate left to cofound WayUp, a site used …

Employment

19 psychological tricks that will help you ace a job interview

That means they're susceptible to the same psychological preferences and cognitive biases that affect the rest of us. Simple tweaks to the way you speak and hold yourself can make you seem much more likeable, competent, and hireable in their eyes.<p>With that in mind, we rounded up a list of easy …

Will grad school improve your finances?

Graduate school is not cheap. It’s a decision that will cost you both time and money, so you want to make sure it’s the right call before signing on …

7 Things Wildly Successful People Do Before 7:30 a.m.

Successful people come from all walks of life, yet they all have one thing in common: where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome.<p>Their confidence in the face of hardship is driven by their ability to let go of the negativity that holds so many …

Time Management

Is Your Employee Ready to Be a Manager?

You have an ambitious team member who’s asking to be promoted to manager. He’s great at his job, but is he really ready to lead? How do you judge his skills and experience? What’s the best way to measure his potential?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>As a manager, you’re always on the lookout for the next …

27 books that can change your life forever, according to my coworkers

Books can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think.<p>They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever.<p>I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share …

Why Young Bankers, Lawyers, and Consultants Need Emotional Intelligence

Early in your career — whether it’s in banking, law, consulting or accounting — you will discover that all of your colleagues are as smart and hard working as you. You’ll learn that the key to being successful must be something else. Over my 40-year banking career, I’ve learned that the critical …

How to Know If Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager

When you’re hiring a new manager, the stakes are high. You need someone who can effectively lead people, manage a budget, liaise with upper management — and, usually, do it all from day one. But what if a potential hire doesn’t yet have a track record in doing all of the above? Would you hire or …

15 Successful Entrepreneurs Share The Best Advice They Ever Got

For the entrepreneurs who make it, the difference between giving up and persisting through the toughest times can be getting advice from people who have done it before — and being smart enough to listen.<p>From billionaire Mark Cuban's dad telling him that there are no shortcuts to Lululemon founder …

How To Be A Great Manager If You're Shy

Recently, Muse career expert Melody Wilding talked about how to manage shy employees—which got me thinking about the flip side: What about when the boss is shy?<p>It seems like a contradiction. Managers are supposed to be authoritative, bold leaders. And shy people tend to hold back, avoid social …

Portfolio Rebalancing: Theory and Practice

Volatility has returned to the markets in recent months. The Russell 2000 Index of small-company stocks corrected by 13% between March and October 13. In the third quarter alone, commodities, as measured by the Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index, slumped 11.8%, while the US Dollar Index surged …

9 Books Billionaire Warren Buffett Thinks Everyone Should Read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he says. "We want to …

4 Finance Formulas All Excel Geniuses Know

Whether you’re looking to get ahead in business or simply keep better track of your bank accounts, knowing your way around a Microsoft Excel …

JPMorgan says data breach affected 76 million households

(Reuters) - Two U.S. states are investigating the theft of 83 million customer records from JPMorgan Chase & Co in a massive cyberattack uncovered over the summer, and more may soon join, Reuters learned on Friday.<p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she has launched a probe into the hack on …

The 5 Most Common Investor Mistakes

When investing, the stakes are alarmingly real: If we screw it up, we lose money.<p>In his book "The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes And How To Avoid Them," Peter Mallouk outlines some of the most common investor errors he's seen over the course of his career as a wealth manager.<p>His firm, Creative …

Investing

10 Ways to Tick Off Your Boss Without Even Knowing It | Inc.com

Smacking gum, co-workers interrupting conversations, your cube mate always having the last word; everyone has his or her own office pet peeves. But some behaviors and work habits can have a truly negative effect on your relationship with your boss.<p>As a CEO, I offer the following 10 Don't Do's:<p><b>Say</b> …

Project Management

The Social Security Mistake Even Its Reps Are Making

The rules surrounding claiming requirements are so complicated that the official source of information doesn't always get them right. Here's some …

Great Mutual Funds You Can Own for Just $100

Your investment options are limited if money is tight, but these three picks should help get you started on a shoestring budget.<p>If you think it's …

Here's The Best Way To Buy Stocks If You Fear A Market Crash

The S&P 500 has roared almost 200% from its March 9, 2009 low close of 676 to its high of 2,011 on September 18.<p>With today's big market selloff, some are worrying that we've seen the market peak. This obviously would make investors extremely hesitant to buy stocks for fear of a big decline or …

Stock Market Crash

MPI/Getty Images<p>For the past year, I have been worrying out loud about US stock valuations and suggesting that a decline of 40% to 50% would not be a surprise.<p>I haven't <i>predicted</i> a drop like this, though I certainly think one is possible. I also haven't made a specific timing call: I have no idea …

Stock Markets

15 Ways Millennials Can Shine At Their First Job

You finally get the chance to prove yourself, but there's more room than ever to mess up.<p>Lauren Berger, founder and CEO of InternQueen.com, knows the latter well. Despite feeling prepared with 15 internships under her belt, Berger says she struggled through her first job, getting behind on email …

Most Productive People: 6 Things They Do Every Day

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?<p><b>Know how many days per week you’re actually productive?</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; …

30 Smart Answers To Tough Interview Questions

Whatever the reason, you'll want to be prepared.<p>In her book "301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions<p>"You could be competing against someone with three times your experience, or conversely, against someone who can do the job at half your salary level," she says.<p>One of the best ways to stand …

How to Give a Flawless Elevator Pitch | Inc.com

Most people confuse elevator pitches with sales pitches, but they're completely different. A sales pitch is a formal presentation. An elevator pitch is a segue that takes place within a casual conversation.<p>Proverbially, the elevator pitch is supposed to take place in an elevator but that rarely …

Public Speaking

Here's The Difference Between A Financial Advisor And Certified Financial Planner

Sometimes there isn't one.<p>"Financial advisor" is a broad term that is generally used to refer to most any professional advising you on your finances, up to and including certified financial planners (CFPs).<p>Certified financial planners, on the other hand, have to be certified by the Certified …

7 Hard Lessons Everyone Needs To Learn About Success

But the truth is that life is a whole lot more complicated than that.<p>Taking a well-tread path to success doesn't mean you'll have an amazing career, and even if you're lucky enough to have one, it doesn't guarantee you'll be happy.<p>On Quora, users addressed the question: "What is the most difficult …

Self-improvement

Here's What Hiring Managers Really Want To Know When They Ask Why You're Leaving Your Current Job

This may seem like an easy interview question. You probably have 100 reasons for wanting to pursue a new role — and can easily defend each one. But career expert Lynn Taylor says your response to this query can be an absolute deal breaker.<p>"This question, or any variation of it, is extremely …

How I Became Rich Before 30 and How You Can Too

If there is one universal truth, it’s that everyone is looking to get rich quick. This probably explains why so many people are willing to believe …