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10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.<p>Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done.<p>Exceptional bosses do all of the above--and more. Sure, they care …

Employment

Don’t Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them

Is the role of the manager to make decisions, or to make sure that decisions get made? The answer, of course, is both — but many managers focus so much on the first role that they neglect the second. The reality, however, is that decision-making often is not a solo activity, but rather an …

Sky's NOW TV box. We put this tiny £10 Roku device to the test

Sky’s NOW TV service might not be as well known as others under its auspices, such as Sky Go, for example, but at under £10 for a little white box that promises to make your boring old TV an internet-connected one, it sounds like a no-brainer. Plus it introduces the option to pay for on demand …

This Is How You Pay Attention to Detail

The CEO of J. Crew just went above and beyond in listening to customer feedback.<p>A J. Crew customer who anonymously complained was floored after the CEO of the company took the time to call her.<p>Chris DeRose at Forbes wrote a personal essay about how his wife, Elizabeth, was frustrated with J. Crew …

J.Crew

10 Tips for Improving Your Memory

It's hard to recall every single little detail. Here are 10 tips to make remembering easier.<p>Yesterday I was readying myself to sit down and write this column, and I completely forgot what subject I had planned. I laughed out loud when I found my notes and saw the title. Perhaps I couldn't remember …

Productivity

If You're Always Giving Orders, You're Not a Great Leader

The best leaders spend five times more time teaching with questions than telling people what to do. What's your ratio?<p>Think about a leader and chances are your first image is of someone giving orders -- maybe it’s the quarterback in a huddle outlining the next play for his teammates, maybe it’s an …

Employment

5 Ways to Spot a Potential Leader

Not everyone has what it takes. Next time you're sitting in a meeting, look for these five obvious signs of a great leader.<p>As a leader, one of your key roles is to identify and develop potential future leaders.<p>For me, the most telling environment in which to assess leadership potential is that old …

Leadership

This Little Word Will Make You a Better Manager

Add this magic word to negative feedback to make it radically more effective.<p>Giving feedback is hard. VC Ben Horowitz named it one of hardest skills for executives to master. "Even the most basic CEO building blocks will feel unnatural at first," he writes, noting, that "giving feedback turns out …

University of Chicago

Make Better Decisions by Thinking as a Team

Group problem-solving almost always beats out individual problem-solving.<p>Successful entrepreneurs are always quick to credit their teams as a major factor in their success. As I recently wrote, great teams build great businesses.<p>But while there are many reasons that it’s important to hire well, …

Management

10 Things Leaders Must Learn to Do

You can get away with a lot and still make it in this world, but there are some corners you simply can't cut.<p>Business leaders don't exist in a vacuum. Success is always relative to the competition. You may have a great product, service, concept, strategy, team, whatever, but if it doesn't rise …

Leadership

Groopic for iOS review: The best way to take a group photo - CNET

<b>Groopic</b> attempts to solve the age-old problem when taking group pictures: that the photographer is always left out of the shot. But with this app, everyone can be in the picture. And if you're a little bit creative, you also can make some really funny shots.<p>Certain Android phones have dual-shot …

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Leadership Challenge: How Lovable Are You?

If you want to be an exceptional leader, warmth and approachability matter far more than competence. Here's why.<p>Most leaders emphasize strength, competence, and credentials at work, but, according to a recent <i>Harvard Business Review</i> article, that's exactly what you don't want to do.<p>Similar to <i>Inc.</i>'s …

Leadership

Big Presentation? 5 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

Every entrepreneur needs to present at some point. From apologies to information overload, a primer on what not to do.<p>As you grow your company, you will find yourself standing in front of an audience more often. After all, you are the best person to take your message to the masses: You feel the …

Public Speaking

8 Tips for Staving Off Inbox Insanity

Can your vacation be a vacation from your inbox, too?<p><i>Finding the time to take a much-needed vacation is hard enough for founders. What can be even more challenging, though, is trying not to be connected every second you are finally on that vacation--particularly by way of your inbox.</i> <i>We asked eight</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Leadership Secrets from Successful CEOs

How you lead is a reflection of your own strengths and weaknesses. Four CEOs share their top leadership strategies.<p>There's no one right way to be a good leader. One style of leadership might work well in one company, but not in another. Ultimately, leadership styles are a personal reflection of …

Leadership

Cracking the Tech Job Talent Crunch by Teaching Kids to Code

For all the parents losing sleep over their kids' prospects in such a tightfisted job market, I can see at least one recourse: teach them how to code. The earlier, the better.<p>One of the few positive trends born out by the U.S. economy in the last few years is the tremendous growth in tech jobs. …

Parents Need to Be Concerned About the Xbox One, coming in November for $499

For any parents watching Microsoft’s Xbox One press event at E3 today, there was a lot to be concerned about. Not just about the console itself, …

To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns On Bluetooth

As many as 300 million people around the world need hearing aids. The vast majority of the 7 million people who get them annually are in the U.S. and Europe.<p>One big reason is cost. On average, a set of hearing aids rings up a tab of about $4,000. Most insurance policies don't cover them.<p>A company …

5 Tips for Giving Really Amazing Presentations

Don't waste a presentation opportunity with foolish mistakes. Give it every chance of winning the day.<p>Some people live for making presentations; others consider it their worse nightmare. It could be five people in a boardroom or 500 in the audience, but if you are the presenter the spotlight is on …

Public Speaking

5 Ways Busy Executives Can Stay Fit

As a matter of fact, you do have the time--and the obligation--to stay mentally and physically fit. Your organization depends on it.<p><i>My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies.</i> -- Navy SEAL Creed<p>Young aspiring Navy SEALs always ask those that have gone before …

Work-life Balance

9 Subtle (and Effective!) Tips for Healthy Employees | Inc.com

Employees today value a healthy work-life balance as much as they value a promising paycheck. Not only does an offering like an employee wellness program provide a more positive work experience, but it can also boost camaraderie, morale and--best of all--productivity at the office.<p>What are the …

The No. 1 Way to Kill Productivity

You don't mean to do it, but in most offices it's hard to avoid. Bosses, don't give in to this time-suck.<p>Here's my nightmare scenario: I pull out my phone to call up my calendar for the next day, only to find that the entire day--we're talking 8 a.m. to 6p.m. (or later)--is booked solid with …

Time Management

Why Employees Stay (and Why They Go)

What makes employees stay for the long haul when they can get higher pay by jumping around? The answer may surprise you.<p>As business owners, do we reward loyal employees to stay the course, or is jumping ship the way to get ahead? And if it's the latter, is this a business model for success or …

Employee Engagement

Why Your Employees Need to Sign Their Work

Nothing keeps a person accountable like a signature. That John Hancock still carries the same weight it did back in 1776.<p>When the collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory killed over 1,100 workers last month--and eight more perished in a fire at another clothing factory soon after--astonishingly, …

Employment

Are You a Leader or a Manager? There's a Difference

The terms leadership and management are often used interchangeably, but there is a huge difference between a leader and a manager.<p>Leaders aren't always managers and vise versa. It is a rare individual that is both of these things. They have very different skill sets, both critical to success at a …

Leadership

Productivity Secrets of Super-Successful Entrepreneurs

Need to get more done? Take a cue from Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, and more.<p>Whether it's Mark Cuban, Richard Branson, or Barbara Corcoran, the world's top entrepreneurs have their own little tricks for being super productive. Good thing <i>Inc.</i>'s talked to plenty of them about everything from …

Entrepreneurship

Coaching: Beyond the Sports Icon | Inc.com

Knute Kenneth Rockne, of Notre Dame, is widely regarded as college football's greatest head coach. Ever. No head coach has been able to match his successes. From 1918 to 1930, Rockne attained a winning percentage of .881, the greatest of all time.<p>Sometimes leaders take their cues from Rockne and …

7 Ways to Motivate Without Money

It's easy to increase someone's paycheck. It's not so easy to reward without money, but these groups have figured it out.<p>Dear Evil HR Lady,<p>We're a small non-profit and we rely heavily on volunteers. How can we motivate them when we can't do the traditional things like give them paychecks or …

Employee Engagement

5 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated

Step one? Be a good boss. Here are five things to start doing now.<p>A motivated employee is a valuable employee--and also among the toughest to find. According to a study conducted by Dale Carnegie Training, disengaged workers outnumber engaged workers by a pretty significant margin. Only 45 percent …

Employment