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Successful bosses run their most effective meetings exactly like this

Once upon a time, I worked for a woman who was known as a star meeting facilitator. CEOs would call left and right, asking her to organize strategy …

CEOs

5 Tips to Save Money Booking Your Next Hotel Room

Why did you end up paying $100 more per night for that hotel stay than your friend, who was a guest at the same property just a few days earlier? It’s not uncommon, according to Mike Heflin, the senior vice president of the hotels division at Travel Leaders Group, a network of 50,000 travel …

Hospitality

How to Collaborate Without Burning Out

ROMUALDO FAURA<p><i>So many different people can get to you through different channels, and the pressure is enormous.”</i><p><i>“Constant e-mail, international travel, calls at all hours—I was exhausted. The collaborative demands eventually wore me down.”</i><p><i>“I always felt I had to do more, go further, save the day. I</i> …

5 ways to stay well on an airplane

Air travel can put a big strain on our bodies. Fortunately, when you’re flying on vacation, there’s time to recover. But if you’re traveling for work …

Wellness

Ask these 7 questions in a job interview to land the perfect candidate

How many quarters would you need to stack to reach the height of the Empire State Building? How many ping-pong balls fit in a school bus? How do you …

Career Development

20 Travel Hacks To Save You Time, Money & Stress

Experienced travellers know that everything from overpriced flights and foreign transaction fees to the dreaded middle seat can put a serious damper …

Beyond genetics: Lifestyle choices to slow the aging process

You know those people, the ones who are older than you but act decades younger? They embody the phrase “70 is the new 50.” Actually, in their cases, 70 seems to be the new 30 because they radiate so much youth and energy.<p>These folks may have A+ genetics, which undeniably contributes to their …

Wellness

I Learned I Have Sleep Apnea. It’s More Serious Than Many People Realize.

One of the lighter moments along my journey to receiving a sleep apnea diagnosis was learning that “heroic snoring” is a clinical term. It sounds more like an oddball super power — snores that can be clearly heard through walls. Many of us have such a snorer in our lives, and some endure the …

Sleep

Walk Briskly for Your Health. About 100 Steps a Minute.

Most of us know that we should walk briskly for the sake of our health. But how fast is brisk?<p>A helpful new study of walking speed and health concludes that the answer seems to be about 100 steps per minute, a number that is probably lower than many of us might expect.<p>Current exercise guidelines …

Walking

5 SMART Reasons to File for Social Security at 62

Social Security

8 Questions to Ask Someone Other Than “What Do You Do?”

We’ve all been in the awkward situation of meeting someone new and having to build rapport quickly — at networking events, industry conferences, charity events, dinner parties, and other social-professional situations. If you’re like many people — especially most Americans — you break the awkward …

Networking

How to Fall Asleep the Natural Way

The first step you should take to sleep better is to make an appointment with your doctor. She should review all of the prescription and …

Men, Are You Wearing Sandals This Summer? Read This First

Before flashing some toe, there’s some footwork to be done. Dr. Suzanne Levine, a podiatric surgeon at Institute Beauté, a medical spa on Park Avenue, wants men to change their minds when it comes to their feet.<p>“I’d like them to think about treating their feet the way they do their face,” she said. …

Skin Care

The Dangers of Belly Fat

If you do nothing else today to protect your health, consider taking an honest measurement of your waist. Stand up straight, exhale (no sucking in that gut!) and with a soft tape measure record your girth an inch or two above your hip bones.<p>The result has far greater implications than any concerns …

Diabetes

Let’s Get Real: What an Average Retirement Costs

The gray-haired couple sipping champagne on a beach at sunset. Grandpa teaching the grandkids how to fish at the family lake house. Are these scenes …

The Ivy Lee Method: A 100-year old, 15-minute routine for stress-free productivity

In the early 1900s, Charles M. Schwab, President of Bethlehem Steel Corporation — a steel and shipping company — wanted to increase the efficiency of …

Time Management

I Doubled How Much Exercise and Protein I Got For a Month to Lose Weight Quick (Here's How it Felt)

Dieting isn't supposed to be easy. Mine wasn't. But it worked and it motivated me to never have to do it again.<p>In a word: it made me feel very sloooow.<p>But it worked. The idea was to lose about a pound each week over four weeks to jump-start my training for a high-altitude trail marathon later in …

Fitness

Here’s the Maximum Social Security You Can Get If You Wait Until 70

Postponing Social Security can significantly increase your monthly Social Security check, even if you qualify for the maximum benefit.<p>Social Security …

Let’s talk about the Big Book: Everything your family needs to know when you die

Tax season is over. School is starting to wind down. Summer is coming.<p>Things have slowed enough to gather yourself and get organized.<p>We call it the Big Book in my family. Invented by my scrupulously detailed father-in-law, the Big Book is the index containing a road map to everything we own.<p>The …

Retirement

7 Gmail tips every emailer should know

Google overhauled Gmail with a new look and a host of new features including Smart Compose, and you can get the new Gmail right now. While the new additions are appreciated, Gmail has a number of oldies but goodies that you may have overlooked. Here are seven such features that make Gmail …

Google

A Doctor Lays Out the Perfect 12-Week Diet Plan to Lose Weight and Feel Amazing

For pretty much anyone on the planet, the hardest part about losing weight is changing your diet. There are so many different paths to cleaning up what you eat, and there's no one-size-fits-all rule. To help you navigate the weight-loss waters, we spoke to Dr. Luiza Petre, a weight-loss and …

Nutrition

You're Probably Sleeping Wrong. Try This Position Tonight For a Healthier Slumber

Researchers say most of us sleep curled up like a baby, but that doesn't always mean that we sleep like babies.<p>The odds are pretty good that you sleep like a baby. Either because you've found a sleep position that works for you or because you literally sleep in the fetal position, which is the most …

Sleep

You’ll Never Regret Painting Your Entire House in This Color

Take your neutrals game up a notch by painting your entire home in an unexpected hue. Our favorite of the moment is Farrow & Ball Pale Powder (No. …

The Science of Well-Being

Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, low carbohydrate diet, control blood sugars

Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution<p>Achieving normal blood sugars for diabetics with the aid of a low carbohydrate diet and exercise is the focus of Dr. …

How does the average American spend their paycheck? See how you compare

How much do people make (and spend)?<p>The average American household's pretax income is nearly $75,000, but not surprisingly, most of this amount gets spent. In fact, when you add up the money that's paid for goods and services or taxes, the average household spends more than 90% of their income.<p>With …

Personal Finance

Continuous Development Will Change Organizations as Much as Agile Did

In 2001, a new approach to technology development was created by a daring group of developers. Called Agile, the process put customers at the center of product development, encouraged rapid prototyping, and dramatically increased corporate speed and agility.<p>While Agile began as a product …