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Why gamification is broken (and how to fix it)

Gamification was not long ago the darling of business talk.<p>Successful initiatives like Volkswagen’s campaign The Fun Theory proved that incorporating elements of games can help achieve tangible goals while increasing customer enjoyment. At some point, when Foursquare had its glory days, it seemed …

UI Design

Building a culture that lasts: experiments with people, culture and productivity at SocialCops

Companies are not sprints; they are marathons. The problems you solve will change, your products will evolve, but the one thing that will remain the …

50 Free Apps To Make You An Incredibly Productive Person

Communicate with ease, tame your schedule, and get things done with these great tools.<p>You’re running a million miles an hour, trying to hold down a tight schedule full of tight deadlines on a tight ship. From messages to meetings to managing meddlesome minutiae, these 50 apps can help you work …

How to tell if your tech’s worth an investment: 6 tips from a VC CTO

As investors, we want to choose winners.<p>We want to put our money on an excellent team and superior technology that’s addressing a lucrative market with a unique offering. But how do we know if a team is excellent and if its technology is indeed superior?<p>When we first meet a team of entrepreneurs, …

How the invention factory at Quirky almost imagined its way out of business

In February of this year, the staff of the New York startup Quirky gathered at the company’s headquarters on the West Side of Manhattan. Hundreds of community members also tuned in to a live stream of the event. Normally, these Town Hall meetings were a celebration of the company’s growth, a chance …

Startups

11 Things To Remember When Your Startup Tackles A New Market

<i>Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.</i><p>Getting customers in the door is a challenge that all entrepreneurs face. But even if you’ve been successful with one business model to date, targeting a new customer base—whether through expansion or a new venture—can feel …

5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions

<i>This post originally appeared on Crew blog.</i><p>It’s hard to accept that what holds us back from reaching our potential is all in our head.<p>While it may be a bit of a cliche, we really are our own worst enemies.<p>Maintaining a growth mindset isn’t a matter of walking up a staircase one small step at a …

How to Completely Dominate Your Inbox | Inc.com

What’s the <i>right</i> way to manage your inbox? There are plenty of tips to organize email and be more productive, but I’ve learned that what works best for me is specific to my situation–just like a playbook is specific to the game.<p>I’ve been asked many times about how I manage my tasks among running …

Time Management

5 time-saving strategies that are actually making you less productive

But as you might imagine, not all of these time-saving tricks are reliable ways of saving time.<p>In fact, some of them can actually sabotage your productivity, putting you in a worse position than when you started!<p>Take, for example, these five strangely common time-saving work tricks and habits, …

6 Surefire Methods for Overcoming Procrastination

Many of us have goals -- a set of deep-down desires that we ultimately want to see realized. Yet, with each passing day, we can't find the energy to move forward. And, as the deadline approaches and passes for achieving our goals, we're no further ahead than where we started. Often, we might even …

3 Reasons Your To Do List Is Stunting Your Growth | Inc.com

Pull out your To Do List and let's take a look at why this simple tool is stunting your growth. I know it may feel a bit like heresy, as you've been trained to write down the things you want to accomplish. After all, you're an achiever and you take pride in crossing items off that list. So let me …

Time Management

Get Organized With These 6 Tips That Lead to More Productive Days

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs live hectic lives -- long days at the office can be attributed to a never-ending list of responsibilities, and extended office hours means less personal and family time.<p>While every entrepreneur has the same number of hours …

A new study offers a brilliantly simple way to beat procrastination

The reason goals are so hard to reach, many psychologists think, is because each person believes they are really two people: Present Me and Future Me. And to most people, Future Me is <i>much</i> less important than Present Me. Present Me is the CEO of Me Corp, while Future Me is a lowly clerk.<p>"Instead of …

Virtual Whiteboard Deekit Online App Available For Free

Teams that need to collaborate and share ideas in the digital world may be interested in a new virtual whiteboard application called Deekit, that is …

10 Simple Secrets You Need to Know to Increase Employee Engagement

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>By some accounts, an epidemic of worker disengagement is raging in this country. In its most recent “State of the American Workplace” report, Gallup Research found that 70 percent of U.S. workers were either not engaged or were actively</i> …

If You're Not Delegating as a Manager, You're Not Doing Your Job

Managing others means you have a lot of extra duties. If you're not effectively delegating tasks to those best suited to doing them, however, you're …

Hung Up

Could this app allow you to read War and Peace in a day?

A new app called Spritz claims to be able to increase users’ reading speed to as much as 1,000 words a minute. Will it revolutionise how we read?<p>Spritz, a new speed-reading app, claims to allow users to take in up to 1,000 words per minute – more than three times as much as the average adult …

How Can I Best Absorb Information While Reading?

<i>Reading a good book can be a rewarding experience, but it can be frustrating when the information just floats through your head without sticking in</i> …

This summer, you can learn Linux free & online from Harvard & MIT

Want to learn Linux? The Linux Foundation announced today that it will be offering its $2,400 “Introduction to Linux” course for free through edX, the Harvard/MIT online learning platform that supports massive enrollment.<p>“EdX is a natural partner,” Linux Foundation vice president Amanda McPherson …

Treat Failure Like a Scientist

I recently had a wonderful conversation with my friend Beck Tench. During our chat, Beck told me about an interesting shift in thinking that occurred …

Self-improvement

Everyone In Management Is A Programmer

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Adam Evans is the co-founder and CTO of RelateIQ.</i><p>When it comes to the task of finding and nurturing great engineering managers, misunderstandings at startups are all too common. It seems that many people assume great engineers don’t want to “give up” coding to take on leadership …

Develop Emotional Intelligence by Learning How You Sound to Others

Sometimes what we say doesn't go over very well, regardless of our intent. There's a difference between what we mean when we say something and how it …

5 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Being creative is the latest Big Thing. Businesses want people who think different. Break rules. Use their imagination to come up with a little bit …

Give Yourself a "Life Audit" to Focus on Goals

We all have goals and more often than not, we have so many that's impossible to actually achieve any of them. Speaking with Fast Company, blogger …

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Spring Semester 2015

Your education doesn't have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when …

Learning