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To Improve Your Storytelling Skills, Use Abraham Lincoln as Inspiration

The Gettysburg Address follows a structure that will work for you, too.<p>Time magazine lists it as one of the 10 greatest speeches of all time. It is a poignant expression of the travails of a troubled nation. And it contains an opening line that most Americans can still recite years after they …

3 Things You Need to Solve a Really Tough Problem

Innovation is never about individual nodes. It's always about networks.<p>By the early 20th century, the world's great mathematicians knew they had a big problem. The very foundations of logic, held sacred since the time of Aristotle, were under siege after the discovery of troubling paradoxes by …

Want to Increase Your Presence? Start by Telling One of These Stories

Here's how to grow your influence, boost your impression and make a powerful impact.<p>Leading business schools, from Stanford to Wharton, teach storytelling as a business communication strategy. The ability to tell an engaging, compelling, and persuasive story is a hallmark of effective leadership …

Facebook's VP of Product Says This Is the Most Important Skill Any Manager Can Have

Managing a team of 400+ and working on the world's biggest social media platform comes down to one skill.<p>For any business owner or leader, it's too easy to fall into the trap of saying "I'll do that" to anything that comes up. But it happens. And before you know it, you're juggling more than you …

25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers

Whether you're looking for gift ideas or suggestions for your own reading, TED speakers have you covered.<p>Back in May, just after the main TED event, the TED blog rounded up an incredible list of all the titles recommended from the stage this year. It was enough to fill up most people's to-read …

7 Uncomfortable Conversations You Hate Having With Your Boss (And How to Have Them Anyway)

Strategies for making the awkward less awkward.<p>In today’s multigenerational workforce, life tends to come at you faster than ever—and with that, …

How To Reshape Your Brain and Improve Your Life in Just 5 Minutes a Day

<b>Everyone from Google to the NFL is using this practice, and you should too.</b><p><i>How do you typically start your morning?</i><p>For many of us, starting off on "the right side of the bed" involves almost immediately checking a smartphone or email, and then diving headfirst into a day of hyper-connectedness and …

Mindfulness

7 Steps to a Perfectly Written Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every business needs to have a written business plan. Whether it’s to provide direction or attract investors, a business plan is vital for the success for your organization. But, how do you write a business plan?<p>SBA.gov recommends that a …

Small Business

Checklist: 7 Questions Every Advisor Should Be Able to Answer

Whatever your priorities, this can help you find someone who understands you and has the resources to help you manage your financial life

4 Ways to Overcome a Bad First Impression

We’ve all been there — accidentally alienated a new coworker with a bad joke, underwhelmed the new boss by botching our first assignment, or had a client we didn’t just click with. The trouble is that initial impressions are hard to shake.<p>In a psychological phenomenon known as the “fundamental …

You are here, an EM pain roadmap

2016-02-18T12:00:35.000Z<p>By: David Keohane<p>Do click to enlarge, any complaints to UBS, where credit also resides:<p>The biggest piece of that map revolves …

Leading Across Cultures Is More Complicated for Women

<i>JENNIFER MARAVILLAS FOR HBR</i><p>More and more U.S. companies are discovering the appeal and opportunity of talent in emerging markets. Smart, ambitious women make up the majority of this talent pool, but time and time again, these women are being overlooked when it comes to assigning leadership …

Not All M&As Are Alike—and That Matters

We know surprisingly little about mergers and acquisitions, despite the buckets of ink spilled on the topic. In fact, our collective wisdom could be summed up in a few short sentences: acquirers usually pay too much. Friendly deals done using stock often perform well. CEOs fall in love with deals …

Bringing Science to the Art of Strategy

Photography: Sylvain Deleu<p>Artwork: Nuala O’Donovan, Teasel, Exposed Interior, 2011, porcelain, unglazed, 57 x 35 x 25 cm<p>Strategic planners pride themselves on their rigor. Strategies are supposed to be driven by numbers and extensive analysis and uncontaminated by bias, judgment, or opinion. The …

480: Become a Better Listener

How to Write a Great Business Plan

Few areas of business attract as much attention as new ventures, and few aspects of new-venture creation attract as much attention as the business plan. Countless books and articles in the popular press dissect the topic. A growing number of annual business-plan contests are springing up across the …

The Essential Guide to Crafting a Work Email

You, like me, probably rattle off emails quickly, all day (and sometimes all night) long. And that means the people receiving your emails are doing exactly the same thing. Whether this is good or bad for us, generally speaking, is an open question. But until we all get better at dealing with email …

The Condensed Guide to Running Meetings

We love to hate meetings. And with good reason — they clog up our days, making it hard to get work done in the gaps, and so many feel like a waste of time. There’s plenty of advice out there on how to stop spending so much time in meetings or make better use of the time, but does it hold up in …

Time Management

The Focused Leader

A primary task of leadership is to direct attention. To do so, leaders must learn to focus their own attention. When we speak about being focused, we commonly mean thinking about one thing while filtering out distractions. But a wealth of recent research in neuroscience shows that we focus in many …

Affordability the key driver for New Normal success - Chemicals & The Economy

Change is always unwelcome and usually uncomfortable. But it also provides us with Opportunity, as the Chinese character for Crisis highlights.<p>The …

The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust

When I took over as CEO of Intralinks, a company that provides secure web based electronic deal rooms, the company was hemorrhaging so much cash that its survival was at stake. The service was going down three times per week; we were in violation of the contract with our largest client; our chief …

What High Performers Want at Work

A high performer can deliver 400% more productivity than the average performer.<p>Despite this, when most managers look at workforce statistics, all employees tend to be lumped together into a category so broadly defined that it becomes difficult to take meaningful decisions. If your average employee …

Passing the buck: What would happen if greenbacks weren't top dollar?

Washington’s brush with default this week has renewed debate about the future of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reigning currency – a position the greenback has held for nearly 70 years.<p>Any American who has stocked up on pesos before a trip to Cancun might not realize the extent to which the global …

You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls

Photography: Jared Leeds<p>As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is …

Do Your Kids Need More Competitive Capital?

<i>“When I was interviewing [job candidates] at Morgan Stanley, if I got a female candidate — because it’s banking and you need to be aggressive, you need to be tough — if she played, like, ice hockey, done. My daughter’s playing, and I’m just a big believer in kids learning to be confidently</i> …

Back to the future: Is India heading towards another balance of payments crisis? | Financial Times

The rupee is tumbling once more – and for those with long memories, this all looks rather familiar.<p>In 1991 investors deserted India as turbulence …

Think Big Data Is All Hype? You’re Not Alone.

When a phrase enters the tech industry lexicon in a big way, and has a good way of crystallizing a seemingly overarching trend, it’s usually not long …

Relax Already! 6 High-Tech Stress-Reducers

Technology is stressing us out. We stare at a screen endlessly, living in the virtual realm of Facebook and Twitter, isolated from actual human contact. Not to worry: Technology is here to save the day too, reminding us to take a break and offering a digi<p>Technology is stressing us out. We stare at …