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Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley: 10 Great Performances

Sleze, “False Alarm” (Lakeside School, 1985)<p>Though he actually started out as a drummer, Staley shifted to lead vocals in 1984, when he joined Sleze, …

Music

How to Teach Your Employees to Be Good Leaders

Is each member of your team learning and growing? Here are a few things companies can do to raise leadership skills.<p>Organizations around the world are struggling with the daily reality of developing their leadership strength. That's assuming they've identified high potentials to groom for …

Team Building

This Simple Change in Your Daily Routine Will Help You Work Less (and Do More)

Want to boost your productivity? Become a morning person.<p>The age of the eight-hour workday is long gone.<p>It emerged as a direct result of industrial-era workers' coalitions lobbying to limit the amount of manual labor they were required to perform each day.<p>But as our economy pivots away from factory …

Time Management

The Future Of Leadership And Management In The 21st-Century Organization

The leadership and management needs of today’s successful companies have changed. Here’s why.<p>In slower moving and less complex business environments the old hierarchical model that depended mostly on only a few people at the top for leadership simply doesn’t work anymore. In today’s more volatile, …

Why We Procrastinate And How to Stop Procrastination

We are all guilty of procrastinating from time to time—there’s <i>always</i> something more interesting than the work in hand. We usually think it’s no big …

17 Little One-Minute Hacks That'll Improve Your Life Instantly

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The Most Effective Way to Keep Star Employees From Leaving

For starters, let's look at what the best companies on the planet do.<p>Gallup has been tracking employee engagement over the past 17 years, and its research reveals that roughly 30 percent of U.S. workers are considered "engaged" in their jobs.<p>Translation: They are inspired by, involved in, …

Employee Engagement

Stuck? We've Got 50 Secrets Motivated People Use to Get Things Done.

Put yourself in the right frame of mind to achieve your goals.<p>13 min read<p>You have your plan, you know what you want to accomplish, but after awhile, the novelty of your goal can start to wear off, and it becomes more of a struggle to get started every day.<p>We’ve all been there and we want to …

Motivation

50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time

50<p>Wanda Sykes<p>The title of Wanda Sykes best special to date – 2009's <i>I'ma Be Me</i> – gives a sense of exactly what people can expect from her. A veteran …

Comedy

How I Set Aside Two Days Each Week To Work On Just One Thing

You already know about time “batching,” but when those batch periods slide all over your schedule, they aren’t much good to you.<p>My company recently surveyed more than 350 U.S. business owners on the biggest time-wasters in their workdays. The results weren’t much of a shock, with email coming up on …

Time Management

The 20 Minute Morning Routine That Relieves Anxiety

The 20-Minute Morning Routine That Relieves Anxiety<p>Ben Jones<p>Fitness Coordinator Read full profile<p>Anxiety. I call it a brick wall.<p>I want to enjoy time …

With These 7 Tools, Your Life Would Be Much Easier And Happier

We live in a high-speed world. Everything is automated and automatic. We have access to information on everything imaginable in the palm of our hand …

5 Reasons Why You Should Man Up and Start Taking Cold Showers

It’s currently 5:25 AM and I’ve just started working. My alarm, a motivational speech, woke me up at 5:00 AM and I immediately got out of bed and …

Motivation

Psychologists Explain Your Phone Anxiety (and How to Get Over It)

Sure, the voice-calling function on your phone may now be one of the least important things on there — somewhere behind texting, Google, Facebook, …

7 Simple Hacks That Will Radically Improve Your Productivity

Detach from technology, and you'll be amazed what you can accomplish.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Just nine percent of us are successful in following through on New Year’s resolutions. That low number suggests that maybe, just maybe, creating a resolution …

Productivity

The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time

<b>PARTY IN MY MIND: THE ENDLESS HALF-LIVES OF IDM</b><br>By Simon Reynolds<p>At the outset, it needs to be said that “Intelligent Dance Music” is—ironically—kind of a stupid name. By this point, possibly even the folks who coined the term back in 1993—members of an online mailing list mainly consisting of Aphex …

Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime

After more than a decade of being fetishised and then written off, grime now dominates British pop culture. To understand why, you need to understand the man who created it<p>Wiley, perhaps the most influential musician working in Britain today, has a habit of self-sabotage. In 2010, a few weeks …

La Vie Est Trill: A Guide to the French Rap Scene

In the three decades since the genesis of hip-hop in France, it's grown to be more diverse, more mature, and to include a wide array of subgenres.<p><i>Over 30 years ago, rap music made its way through France. At first, it was considered as a tacky fad for 4th graders—if you'll recall H.I.P.H.O.P., the</i> …

10 Sex-Filled Foreign-Language Films You Can Stream on Netflix

If you think watching a half-naked woman or man whisper sweet nothings into their lover's ear is sexy, imagine how much <i>sexier</i> it is when those sweet nothings are in French. Foreign cinema isn't afraid to bring on the heat when it comes to romance and eroticism, and lucky for us, Netflix is full of …

Use These Six Simple Decision-Making Metrics To Kill Meetings And Emails

Leadership and management are largely about judgment and decisiveness, so it’s no surprise a Bain & Co study found that decision making drives 95% of business performance.<p>The real surprise is that decision making is one of the most poorly tracked business activities. Think about it: your company’s …

Management

13 podcasts that will help make you a better human

The humble podcast has finally come into its own. Apple first added the format to its iTunes suite back in 2005 – but it probably wasn't until 2014, when Serial’s explosive first season captivated an audience of 40 million listeners, that the medium's potential became clear. Since then, the podcast …

7 Things the Smartest Leaders Do at the Start of Every Year

Hint: It's not about you.<p>When we look at the major priorities and initiatives for growing your business in 2017, we need to take a cue from the Global Leadership Forecast study, conducted by DDI and the Conference Board.<p>Their crystal ball is clear: Leaders just aren't ready to lead. In the …

Leadership

13 things you're doing wrong from the moment you wake up

If your daily routine were a college assignment and you submitted it to your professor the scientist, chances are it would come back with a whole lot of red ink.<p>That is to say, you're probably making a <i>ton</i> of mistakes every single day that can sabotage your productivity and happiness. Think drinking …

10 Things Confident People Don't Do

When people believe in themselves and their abilities without bravado, there are certain things they simply don't do.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In <i>The Empire Strikes Back</i>, when Yoda is training Luke to be a Jedi, he demonstrates the power of the Force by …

Self-improvement

The Worst Way To Engage Millennials With Feedback And How To Avoid It

The annual review is dead.<p>Once a staple in corporate America, the annual review is quickly fading from memory. Maybe you went through your annual review last month and experienced this all too familiar scene:<p>Your supervisor f out the Annual Review form from HRills<br>• You awkwardly sit in your …

What’s The Best Leadership Advice You Ever Received?

Wise words on rejecting popularity, seeking advice, inspiring people, and more.<p>We invited attendees of <i>Fast Company</i>’s recent Innovation Festival to share the most essential lessons they’ve learned so far in their careers.<p>“Leadership comes in many forms. Figure out how your quietness strengthens your …

Leadership

The Simple Way to Give Difficult Feedback (Without Hurting Feelings)

Learn how to balance honesty with compassion for maximum impact<p>Whether you're a leader or a peer, part of your responsibility is to give people feedback. Having been raised in a culture that often dances around the truth and tiptoes near insecurities, you may lack the skills required to balance …

Self-help

This Comedian Is Bringing Psychedelics to Middle America

Shane Mauss is about the furthest you can get from a stereotypical psychonaut—and as psychedelic medical research prepares to take off in 2017, that's a great thing.<p>"People aren't going to listen to some person with dreadlocks tell them about psychedelics. They're just not," Shane Mauss tells me. …