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Warren Buffett thinks working just to beef up your résumé is like 'saving up sex for your old age'

And so when it comes to career advice, Buffett somewhat predictably thinks that you too should love your job too.<p>In a lecture at The University of Florida's business school in 1998, Buffett told students to stop thinking about their damn resumes and just think about what they want to do.<p>And then …

Warren Buffett

Becoming the Boss

Even for the most gifted individuals, the process of becoming a leader is an arduous, albeit rewarding, journey of continuous learning and self-development. The initial test along the path is so fundamental that we often overlook it: becoming a boss for the first time. That’s a shame, because the …

12 books you should read to impress your boss

Not only that, it improves your vocabulary, expands your world, and generally makes you a more educated and interesting person to be around.<p>Below, 12 entrepreneurs from YEC suggest books that they themselves have loved and passed on to their employees.<p>Read just one and you'll find yourself ahead of …

Self-improvement

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

When the Customer Is Stressed

Fredrik Broden<p>Customers’ assessments of quality and value, decisions about what and where to buy, and recommendations to others are all influenced by emotions. But too often companies don’t adequately anticipate those emotions and therefore can’t mitigate negative ones in the design of their …

Do You Have A Mellow Music Brain Or An Intense One?

Cognitive style linked to preference in pop music<p>You truly believe that Kanye is the best musician on the planet. Is it simply a matter of taste, or is something else going on?<p>Although there’s no doubt that music preferences change over time and are shaped by social factors like what our friends …

GE’s Real-Time Performance Development

As managers in a large, complex organization at GE, we face a daily challenge: ensure that our employees collaborate, make quick and effective business decisions, and provide our customers with superior products and services. But like at other companies, our teams and departments tend to focus on …

Four Tips To Make You A Better Negotiator

You’ll never get what you want if you don’t ask. Here’s how to go about it the right way.<p>At the center of every business deal or salary negotiation you’ll ever be a part of, there’s a rock-solid truth: If you don’t <i>ask</i>, you most likely won’t <i>get</i>. Everyone at the table is looking out for themselves. …

Donald Trump and Our Obsession With Narcissistic Leaders

Americans are obsessed with narcissistic leaders, or at least they have an ambivalence between the ones they like and the ones they promote.

Leadership

Case Study: Is a Promotion Worth Hiding Who You Are?

Cliff Mills<p>“I have some news,” David Lee told his team member Mark Brown. David was the president of the U.S. division of the Korean conglomerate Hanguk Industries, where Mark, a vice president of technology, reported to him.<p>“Good news?” Mark asked.<p>“That depends, I guess,” David said, looking a …

The Myth of the Top Management Team

Companies all across the economic spectrum are making use of teams. Self-directed work teams, product design teams, sales account teams, cross-functional teams, process redesign teams—you name it, you are likely to find it. And you are just as likely to find the group at the very top of an …

Why Cybersecurity Is So Difficult to Get Right

It seems like hardly a week goes by without news of a data breach at yet another company. And it seems more and more common for breaches to break records in the amount of information stolen. If you’re a company trying to secure your data, where do you start? What should you think about? To answer …

Why You Should Watch Out for Your 5-Year Job Anniversary

Most of us begin a new position with energy and a desire to impress. Our effort is high. Our passion is infectious. Our enthusiasm helps us to excel quickly.<p>But for some, work becomes mundane and repetitive. They lose some of their passion, and their work can begin to feel like a chore. Eventually …

If you want your children to succeed, teach them to share in kindergarten

Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills, according to a new study.<p>Kids who get along well with others also are less likely to have substance-abuse problems and run-ins with the …

Psychology

8 Books Warren Buffett Tells Millionaires to Read

The billionaire icon's must-reads will make you deeply skeptical about Wall Street, and more confident of your own investment abilities.<p>I've previously posted reading recommendations from Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, all of whom are legendary high tech entrepreneurs. Warren Buffett is a …

Warren Buffett

Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

New research confirms what they say about nice guys.<p>Smile at the customer. Bake cookies for your colleagues. Sing your subordinates’ praises. Share credit. Listen. Empathize. Don’t drive the last dollar out of a deal. Leave the last doughnut for someone else.<p>Sneer at the customer. Keep your …

Leadership

Fooled by Experience

We rely on the weight of experience to make judgments and decisions. We interpret the past—what we’ve seen and what we’ve been told—to chart a course for the future, secure in the wisdom of our insights. After all, didn’t our ability to make sense of what we’ve been through get us where we are now? …

Tactics for Asking Good Follow-Up Questions

Whether you are looking to hire someone, decide whether to trust someone, or enter a business partnership, the better you are at judging people, the better off you will be. Unfortunately, most people are just plain bad at reading others. Several decades of research among psychologists has indicated …

Stalk Everyone You Know With Crystal's Eerily Accurate App

Crystal, a new app that analyzes public data to tell you exactly how to communicate with people, has had us all at TNW looking up our friends and family today (as well as ourselves, of course) to find out what it knows about us.<p>What’s surprising is that it’s often eerily accurate. The app touts …

Apps

Why Do We Get So Emotional About Brands?

Honestly, it’s puzzling that an inanimate, imaginary thing such as a brand should seem to have gender.<p>But obviously brands do send out gender signals, and sometimes they’re quite strong. In fact, recent research shows that the more intense the gender signals, the greater the brand value — so not …

Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job

When we think about the value of exercise, we tend to focus on the physical benefits. Lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, a more attractive physique. But over the past decade, social scientists have quietly amassed compelling evidence suggesting that there is another, more immediate benefit of …

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

Psychology

How the dollar store war was won

<b>By Shawn Tully</b><p>Illustration by Matthew Woodson for Fortune<p>April 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST<p><i>Above illustration by Matthew Woodson</i><p>The inside tale of how Carl …

How to Help Someone Develop Emotional Intelligence

If you are one of the unlucky people who must deal with a clueless colleague or a brutish boss, you’re not alone. Sadly, far too many people at work lack basic emotional intelligence. They simply don’t seem to have the self-awareness and the social skills that are necessary to work in our …

Self-improvement

Why So Many of Us Experience a Midlife Crisis

A mid-career crisis can happen to anyone. It can hit even those who objectively have the most fulfilling jobs. When it does, it inflicts pain on the individual suffering it and causes productivity losses for employers. Yet, the phenomenon remains stigmatized and under-researched, leaving crucial …

The Unexpected Consequences of Success

Everybody loves a winner, right? No, unfortunately, not always. In my coaching practice, many executives and entrepreneurs vent their frustrations with the unexpected negative consequences of their success — such as their anxiety over being able to maintain their winning streak, the fear that they …

Want to Be a Better Leader? Kill the Attitude

Having a "big bad boss" attitude about leadership will only get you so far before people run and hide. And quit.<p>I've read the books, surveyed the landscape, and interviewed the bright thinkers.<p>Over the past year, I've hyper-focused on this idea of what makes an excellent leader in business (and in …

Leadership

5 Ways People Kill Their Career Potential...And May Not Realize It

As researchers who study appreciation and value creation in the workplace, it would be easy for us to write an article about killing career potential (both yours and your coworkers) by being a jerk at work. But, that’s not the only thing that kills potential.<p>We were curious about the opposite of …

Inside The Near-Future World Where All Our Data And Machines Are In Constant Communication

Intelligent, predictive, and adaptive, a network of robotic minds will soon start changing every aspect of how we live.<p>The insurance drone skims above the roadway, humming softly as it tracks your car. Multiple failed login attempts caused by an out-of-date token have prevented the vehicle from …

Robotics