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Our Brains Love New Stuff, and It’s Killing the Planet

Your brain contains almost 100 billion neurons, each of which, on average, is connected to about 10,000 other neurons. The 1.5 kg marvel we inherited from our ancestors has unparalleled computational power and analytic skills. These have been shaped over hundreds of millions of years by the forces …

The Science Behind Smiling

You're reading The Science Behind Smiling, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please …

Mental Disorders

Better or Bitter? You Can't Control What Happens, But You Can Control How You Respond.

Your thoughts determine how you respond to any given situation and therefore your outcome. If you want to be different, you need to think different.<p>As entrepreneurs, we'd like to believe that we are in control. We desire predictability so that we can build our business based on pre-determined …

7 Scientific Self Help Books That Will Transform Your Life

I’m one of those weirdos that prefers reading non-fiction books over fiction books any day of the week — especially when it comes to books about …

5 Simple Ways to Get Better at ANYTHING Fast!

I want it and I want it now! We say this to ourselves every single time we demand instant gratification, quick results, or fast progress at …

How To Rewire Your Subconscious Mind in 3 Easy Steps

Years ago, when I was just starting my career as a physical therapist, I worked with stroke patients at a major rehabilitation hospital in New York …

The Power of YOU!

If you want to be a great leader, you need to be more intentional about how you are with other people.<p>Whether you recognize it or not, you shape the outcome in your company. You are the single most important pivotal element in your organization. I find I have to constantly remind myself of that, …

5 Top Entrepreneurs and Their Signature Body Language Moves

The best leaders know how to communicate without even speaking. Here's what you can learn from their habits.<p>Being a great leader isn't just about what you say. It's also about how you say it.<p>That's why successful founders are also masters of body language: Whether it's a positive gesture like …

Home Habits: 21 Days to Becoming an Early Riser, Part 2

I posted recently about the beginning of my attempt at becoming an early riser. Many of you commented with input about how to help get good sleep and …

Multitasking Physically Shrinks Your Brain: Study

New research finds that looking at multiple screens at once can actually alter a key brain structure.<p>Science has already proven that multitasking doesn't make you more productive (in fact it makes you dumber--there's even a test you can take to prove this to yourself if you'd like). But new …

Social Selling: The Old Era vs. the New Era (Infographic)

As social circles move from the real world to the online world, social selling takes on an entirely new form.<p>The movie Glengarry Glen Ross premiered on this very date, in 1992, with a stellar cast that included Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, and Ed Harris. While it was not a …

Selling

Power Cues: New Science on Influencing Others

How leaders communicate has a tremendous impact on their ability to lead and influence others, and on their personal success. Yet unknown by many is that most communication is unconscious.<p><b>Nick Morgan</b>, communications expert and author of <i>Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading</i> …

To Sell is Human: The New ABCs of Moving Others

Do you sell the same way you did a decade ago?<p>In the classic movie Glengarry Glen Ross Alec Baldwin tells a group of salesmen that the key to selling is, “A-B-C. A – Always; B – Be; C – Closing. Always be closing.”<br>But this steamroller approach is now a relic.<p>According to bestselling author <b>Dan Pink</b>, …

People Cheat More if a Task Is Harder than Expected

In a trivia-test experiment, people were more likely to break the rules by peeking at the answers if they had been misled to believe that the test was easy, says a team led by Celia Moore of London Business School. Those who had expected the task to be easy provided about <b>7%</b> more correct answers …

What New Team Leaders Should Do First

Getting people to work together isn’t easy, and unfortunately many leaders skip over the basics of team building in a rush to start achieving goals. But your actions in the first few weeks and months can have a major impact on whether your team ultimately delivers results. What steps should you …

How to Tame Your Email and To-Do List

Work is messy, but that doesn't mean that you have to be a hot mess at work. This week, as a part of Money Talking's first management conversation, WNYC's business editor Charlie Herman speaks with two experts from the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> on getting organized and maximizing your productivity at …

Visual Customer Service in the Social Age

The Visual Customer Service in the Social Age infographic created by Gryffin for TollFreeForwarding.com, describes the different social media …

How to Grow a Business Like a Millionaire

There's no one proven path to making a million dollar business--if there was, no startups would be struggling and those mom and pop diners would be massive, successful chains in no time.<p>Sometimes the unorthodox approach works better, sometimes all the traditional advice has to be ignored, and …

7 Acts of Generosity That Help Leaders Grow Great Businesses

Improve your team leadership by putting gratitude in all your actions. Don't be afraid to show your heart and help others.<p>Generosity comes from the heart. It needs to be in all your actions, especially when your company is small and even if you feel that you don't have a dime to spare. I started my …

This Sentence Will Change Your Life

The secret to your success lies in knowing when and how to ask for help.<p>It's the advice I give most, and the advice that's most difficult to follow. Simply say the sentence, "I need your help, please."<p>There are a lot of reasons why people don't ask for help, but the reality is, we need to overcome …

How to Design the Best Website Possible (Infographic)

Building a website from scratch? Here's a blueprint that will help take you from the planning phase all the way to launch.<p>Designing a website that will really pop with visitors is a juggling act that requires equal attention to appearance and functionality.<p>Your goal should be to create a polished …

10 Opening Phrases to Use in Your Next Email

Need to get someone's attention by email? Try leading with one of these phrases.<p>I process email for a living, or at least it seems that way most of the time.<p>Hundreds of new messages arrive on a daily basis, some of them so dull and uninformative they make me want to go find a pencil and jam it into …

8 Steps to Stop Making Excuses and Start Achieving

Would-be entrepreneurs make excuses simply because they have no idea how to turn their idea into a business. Here's how to get moving.<p>Anyone can be an entrepreneur--if you have the ambition and drive, that is. So many people make excuses for not following their dreams. We've heard them all:<p><i>But I</i> …

Entrepreneurship

40 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Gratitude

Sometimes, a totally different perspective can be found in a few simple words of wisdom.<p>Whatever your definition of success (everyone's definition of success is and should be different), we all want more. That desire for more can blind us to what we already have--and should be grateful for.<p>Here are …

Motivation

How to Harness Power Like a Celebrity

Three strategies of the stars that business professionals can use to make a difference in the world and do things that truly matter to them.<p>In the mid-1990s, Apple ran a series of insightful ads entitled "Power Is," featuring several celebrities describing what power meant to them.<p>Spike Lee said …

These 3 Customer Service Horror Stories Show Why A Thick Skin is Crucial to Your Business

As any customer service rep will tell you, sometimes swallowing your pride and staying silent in the face of a difficult person is the best thing for your company and your peace of mind.<p>Not all lessons have to be learned the hard way. In fact, when it comes to customer service, it's best to let …

7 Life Lessons Millionaires Would Tell Their Younger Selves

Everyone has regrets--even millionaires and billionaires.<p>Making mistakes is how we learn, but you can look back on your younger (much dumber) self and roll your eyes with embarrassment. If only you knew then what you know now. It's even more disturbing to think that in the future (maybe just five …

11 Commandments of Outstanding Client Service

Building deep client relationships is challenging. Follow these 11 commandments of client service and you'll build enduring and trusting relationships with them every time.<p>If you're looking to run a successful business that takes great care of its clients, there are 11 commandments of client …