Eugene Chew

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What Working for a Japanese Company Taught Me

Back in the late 1970s, as a consultant to several Japanese computer giants, I read everything I could about Japanese business. It was all very interesting—interesting, but not particularly useful. When I became a line manager in 1981, I realized how little of what I’d read had any practical value. …

Management

The Morning Routines Of The Most Successful People

Does your morning look like Margaret Thatcher’s, or Ben Franklin’s? These routines might inspire you to create your own.<p>Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, we all start our day at some point. And we all seem to start it differently.<p>Some of us hop online to check social media, others …

Time Management

How To Think Critically

<i>"Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man."</i><p>"Principles of Social Reconstruction" by Bertrand Russell …

Bertrand Russell

The science of great visuals on social media

If you’ve been looking to supercharge your social media strategy, you probably know <b>a lot</b> about the benefits of using images.<p>But, how much do you know about actually creating <b>scientifically shareable images?</b><p>Turns out, there’s tons of actionable, research-backed advice on how to create social media …

12 Life Lessons To Teach Your Kids That Might Make Them Billionaires Someday

Even the best MBA programs teach you how to go to work for that guy rather than be that guy.<p><i>What are good ways to prepare my kids to become billionaires? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Charles Tips, venture entrepreneur, on Quora:</b><p>I once had a venture …

High School

How to Handle Negative Feedback

There’s no shortage of advice about how to react to negative feedback. Whether the critic is a boss or a co-worker, the same familiar guidance is consistently presented: Listen carefully, don’t get defensive, ask for time.<p>There’s nothing wrong with these three suggestions, of course. But at the …

Self-help

Brené Brown on Empathy

Positive Thinking

Jenny Lee: A guiding star in the world of tech start-ups

It was all mapped out in the stars.<p>Ms Jenny Lee was transported from a sheltered life in Toa Payoh to New Zealand as a 14-year-old Girl Guide on her …

This 10 Minute Video Teaches You Exactly How to Persuade Others--Proven by Science | Inc.com

Whether it's seeking new investors, interviewing for our first job, or proposing marriage, all of us are in the persuasion business. If you want to convince me to take some type of action, what's the best way to present your case?<p>A little over 30 years ago, psychologist Robert Cialdini set out to …

Research

One Quality That Makes a Leader Truly Great | Inc.com

I was a relatively new supervisor when I came up with what I thought was an awesome plan to improve overall productivity by moving a crew to a different shift on an open production line. The inconvenience to the crew was considerable, but the payoff seemed worth it.<p>They disagreed. They didn't want …

Leadership

7 Science-Based Reasons to Use Emoticons at Work

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Do you remember seeing your first emoticon?<p>The first documented use of “:-)” dates back to 1982, when Scott Fahlman proposed that it be used as a “joke marker” on a message board for Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. Here’s his …

Work-Life Balance Is a Myth

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Clicking through the most-read stories of any business or entrepreneurship site, you’ll find a few common thematic elements: business ideas, growth strategies, and, inevitably, strategies for achieving work-life balance as an …

Entrepreneurship

The 8 Worst Business Books of All Time | Inc.com

In previous columns, I've reviewed the best motivational books, the best business books, the best sales books, and best marketing books of all time. I've also reviewed the most intriguing books, best books for entrepreneurs and books that every boss should read.<p>As you can probably gather, I've read …

Books

13 personal finance experts share their favorite money-saving tricks

That's why it's helpful to find out what the experts say are the best ways to save and earn more.<p>GOBankingRates put the question to 13 experts on everything personal finance, business, and entrepreneurship:<p><b>"In your opinion, what's the easiest way to save money or to make money?"</b><p>From how to save …

Personal Finance

Make a Good First Impression by Assuming Someone Already Likes You

First impressions can be a lot of pressure. The goal is usually to get the other person to like you, and being nervous can have the opposite effect. …

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — …

Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Follow-Up Skills

No matter how successful a coaching session feels while it’s underway, if it doesn’t lead to change after it’s over, it hasn’t been effective. Unfortunately, too many managers don’t adequately follow through and thereby squander the important time they’ve invested in coaching. You can make the …

Management

Get More Done During Your Commute

By now, we all know multitasking doesn’t work. Our brains are incapable of focusing on more than one thing at a time. We might think we’re multitasking as we scan our email while on a conference call, but we’re not. We’re actually switch-tasking – quickly shifting attention from one thing to …

Time Management
Positive Thinking

Is Seeking Angel Investment a Realistic Goal for Your Startup?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is your startup a good candidate for angel investment? If you can't answer yes to the four questions here, then it probably isn't.<p>Angel investors are individuals who invest their money to get a return on their investment. And these four …

Small Business

6 Lessons From the Boldest Launch in Startup History

Jet.com's launch is going to be huge. Here's what you can learn.<p>Obsessed.<p>That's how I've felt about Jet.com and their audacious launch plan since I learned of it a little over a week ago. Considering that I'm raising a family, running a fast-growing startup and writing a book, it takes a lot for me …

eCommerce

10 People Who Will Destroy Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want to build a great business, you have to be very deliberate about whom you let into it.<p>Emotions and behaviors may circulate through social networks in patterns similar to what’s seen in epidemiological models of the flu virus. …

Flu

How to Avoid the 6 Biggest Financial Mistakes Young Entrepreneurs Make | Inc.com

Consult any experienced entrepreneur, and they'll likely talk your ear off with stories of mistakes, failures, and lessons they were forced to learn the hard way in early business ventures. The pain that results from financial mistakes is not something that any entrepreneur easily …

Small Business

How to Handle Stress in the Moment

You hear a lot of advice about how to reduce stress at work. But most of it is about what to do over the long term — take up yoga, eat a healthy diet, keep a journal, or get more sleep. But what do you do when you’re overcome with stress in the moment — at your desk, say, or in a meeting? Perhaps …

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking

We all know networking has the potential to dramatically enhance our careers; making new connections can introduce us to valuable new information, job opportunities, and more. But despite that fact, many of us are doing it wrong — and I don’t just mean the banal error of trading business cards at a …

10 Trends for 2015 You Better Pay Attention To | Inc.com

Every large business in the world keeps a close eye on customer trends and demographics--they have to if they hope to be selling the right products and services to the right customers at the right time.<p>Ford Motor Company recently published its 2015 trend report, and no matter what size your company …

Generation Z

How My Company Made $10 Million Selling Ugly Sweaters

Spurring innovation through hackathons and quarterly idea bashes doesn't always work. It usually takes a culture, built around daring employees and a CEO who lets them soar.<p>Thirteen months ago, Michael Lewis, founder and CEO of Forever Collectibles, didn't even know that ugly sweaters were a thing. …

Business Strategy

6 Secrets of Top Performing Work Teams

Don’t just throw the best people together. How members get along is far more important than their capacities as individuals.<p>What makes for smart …

Psychology
Leadership

5 Secrets to Clicking With People

How can you make a good first impression?<p>First impressions matter even more than you think. They’re the most important part of any job interview. And …

Self-help