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10 Unusual Books Mark Zuckerberg Thinks You Should Read

The CEO of Facebook is known to be a bit weird around the edges, and so is his 'recommended reading' list.<p>In previous posts, I provided must-read suggestions from some of the most famous entrepreneurs in the world. If I were to generalize, each reading list would have the following …

5 Books That Inspired Billionaire Elizabeth Holmes

The founder of Theranos has often turned to the classics for lifelong lessons.<p>Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was named No. 1 on Business Insider's Silicon Valley 100 list this year due to her remarkable rise to success.<p>Since dropping out of Stanford at age 19 to found her …

Do These 5 Things to Stay on Task All Day

Workdays are full of distractions. Here Inc. columnists share their best tips to stay on task and productive.<p>Some days I am easily distracted. Perhaps it's because of nice weather, a personal problem that is demanding attention, or work overload. Sometimes I am just too tired to focus. Still the …

An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day

Yesterday started with the best of intentions. I walked into my office in the morning with a vague sense of what I wanted to accomplish. Then I sat down, turned on my computer, and checked my email. Two hours later, after fighting several fires, solving other people’s problems, and dealing with …

6 Books Bill Gates Recommended for TED 2015

Bill Gates, long an avid reader, attended the TED conference again this year and continued his tradition of recommending books to fellow attendees.<p>1. …

Get People to Listen to You When You’re Not Seen as an Expert

One of the most powerful forms of influence, according to psychologist Robert Cialdini’s famous analysis, is authority — often derived from perceived expertise. When a doctor advises us to exercise more, or a Nobel Laureate raises questions about a certain economic policy, we’re likely to pay much …

How to Extract a Confession...Ethically

Last December a Senate Intelligence Committee report revealed how two psychologists were involved in shaping the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” …

The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome

When an employee fails—or even just performs poorly—managers typically do not blame themselves. The employee doesn’t understand the work, a manager might contend. Or the employee isn’t driven to succeed, can’t set priorities, or won’t take direction. Whatever the reason, the problem is assumed to …

How to handle toxic people

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create …

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

We all can agree that we have too many meetings. From the one-off event to the weekly check-in with an employee, meetings are taking an increasing amount of time in our daily work. But removing meetings from your calendar isn’t always the best way to take back your time.<p>When faced with an onslaught …

What To Do When the Boss Gives You Baseless Feedback

Suppose you’re a customer service manager and you’re getting chewed out by your boss, the head of customer service. He’s heard from a key customer who’s unhappy about answers he’s received to a request for product modifications. Naturally, he’s not pleased to be on that end of the call. He probably …

10 Life Lessons to Excel In Your 30s

A couple weeks ago I turned 30. Leading up to my birthday I wrote a post on what I learned in my 20s.<p>But I did something else. I sent an email out to …

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry

Nature as R&D Lab<p>What’s missing is a systematic way of capturing nature’s creativity, says Janine Benyus, a biologist, "innovation consultant" and …

Want to manage your time successfully? Use this simple Google investment trick

There are many great definitions of product management. There’s universal agreement that the best PMs are utility players who have a range of skills that lets them jump into almost any role so they can do whatever it takes to ship products faster. Between diving into details and reacting to …

Google News

What Are 5 Books That Can Change Your Life?

Little, Brown<p>Bloomsbury Publishing<p>Alfred A. Knopf<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Harper & Brothers<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Jonathan Cape<p>Viking Press, Dell …

Books

The Price of Admission: Dan Savage on the Myth of “The One” and the Unsettling Secret of Lasting Love

<i>“What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in a letter to her then-lover, Henry Miller. And yet that acceptance is a “dynamic interaction” which we seem to be increasingly unwilling to acquiesce, going to excessive lengths in our stubborn quest to avoid …

Managing Two People Who Hate Each Other

Managing people is never easy, but when the animosity between two of your direct reports escalates to the level of hatred, how do you minimize the drama and keep your team on track? Before you call for a professional mediator, remember that this is a fundamental part of your job as a manager. If …

7 Interview Questions To Help You Hire Superstars

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re a two person startup still operating in your garage or a 500-person corporation, one thing should remain consistent: your focus on hiring superstars.<p>When my co-founder Eddie Machaalani and I started our commerce platform …

Employment

How to Develop Sherlock Holmes-Like Powers of Observation and Deduction

If there's one spy skill we all envy, it's the Sherlock Holmes-like ability to quickly read a situation and come up with a theory that explains it …

To Stay Focused, Manage Your Emotions

A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their <i>focused attention</i>. Time merely passes, while focused attention makes things happen. When we’re able to gather and direct our attention toward a particular task or interaction, we can have a significant impact in a minimal amount of …

Compatibility and Chemistry in Relationships

Most dating advice glosses over the concepts of compatibility and chemistry, assuming most people have an intuitive grasp of what they are and why …

Feeling energetic? The definitive guide to Hong Kong's best running trails

<b>For outdoors types who love nothing more than a brisk morning run, Hong Kong is a haven. No matter where you are in the city, within minutes you can</b> …

Hong Kong

Six Tips on Disciplining Children from an Experienced Teacher

Have you noticed how kids behave differently at school than at home? As an early education teacher, one of the most common questions I get from …

8 Annuity Tips: How To Buy Them

A lot of retirees and others are in the dark about annuities.<p>At their most basic level, annuities are simply insurance contracts for guaranteed …

Retirement

Some people really are better at predicting the future, and they have these traits in common

Humans are inherently bad at predicting the future. It’s a defect all too apparent in the corporate world, and in the business of managing complex geopolitics.<p>But some people have better track records than others, and the ways in which they think about questions and arrive at their projections …

University of Pennsylvania

How mistakes can save lives: one man’s mission to revolutionise the NHS

After the death of his wife following a minor operation, airline pilot Martin Bromiley set out to change the way medicine is practised in the UK – by …

The Mistake Most Managers Make with Cross-Cultural Training

Mark is an HR director looking to improve his company’s cross-cultural skills, especially in Germany where his company is doing an increasing amount of business. After considerable research, Mark hires a firm to deliver a training solution that seems like just what the doctor ordered. It’s a tool …

Seven Things Great Employers Do (that Others Don’t)

For most people, paid work is unsettling and energy-sapping. Despite employee engagement racing up the priority list of CEOs (see, for example, The Conference Board’s CEO Challenge 2014), our research into workplaces all over the world reveals a sorry state of affairs: workers who are actively</i> …

DO NOT GET MARRIED Unless You Ask Your Partner These 15 Questions. Or Else You'll Wish You Had.

The Wedding Specialists<p>We often hear friends wondering where they're making the right move in marrying their significant other. The New York Times …