Quy Jordan Nguyen

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Your Nice Boss May Be Killing Your Career

Chris spent years working for a supportive, encouraging manager at a major technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley. In fact, his boss raved about him. His manager gave him top ratings in his performance evaluations, space to do his work, and had never been controlling. He was, according …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

If You Want to Raise Prices, Tell a Better Story

Ask a CEO if they want to spend a pile of money on an analysis of their company’s story, and they’ll probably throw you out of their office. But if you tell them that you have a powerful insight that can help them raise the prices on all of their products, they might ask you over to their house for …

Your Company Is Only as Good as Your Writing

Good writing: Businesses claim to practice it, support it, and value it. But more often than not, their money isn’t where their mouth is. Poor grammar and jargon-riddled writing are rampant. We’re great at inventing terms — the instruction manual for my toaster refers to the lever that pops up the …

Sugar Rush: Paris Baguette's 'Tiramisu Pastry,' a Cream-Filled, Chocolate-Dusted Croissant

On a recent visit to Paris Baguette, I came across an interesting looking pastry simply called "tiramisu pastry." The funny part, and the aspect that made it interesting, is that it looks absolutely nothing like a tiramisu—or any other well-known pastry for that matter. As it turns out, it was the …

Want to Know What Really Makes You Happy? Try Tracking It

Throughout our careers and lives, the big decisions we have to make usually lead back to a single, overriding concern: What really makes me happy? Too often we try to answer these questions without knowing or understanding the real data from our lives. Our self-analysis devolves into speculation or …

How Brit Morin, Maven Of The Maker Movement, Made Good On Building Her Brand

Her lifestyle site, Brit + Co., has some 3 million followers, and just raised $6.3 million from investors such as Morin’s former boss, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer. How big can she get in Etsy Nation?<p>Brit Morin has wanted to be her own boss since she was a little girl.<p>In an age when wunderkind …