Fiona Douglas-Wilkinson

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Pinterest And Your Personal Brand: 7 Steps To Pinning Your Life, Work, And Way To Success

Think what you do professionally doesn’t lend itself to a visual platform? Think–and pin–again.<p>Whether you’re a real estate agent, an advertising executive, or an up-and-coming blogger, now is absolutely the time to start using Pinterest to build your personal brand.<p>Although the image-based social …

Younger and older Brits spell big opportunity for UK start-up business drive

New research, analysed by Professor Marlow and compiled into the ‘<i>Avon Get Started Report</i>’, examined the attitudes of 2,000 women and men under 25 …

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"We think three or four snoozes are the equivalent of an extra 30 or 40 minutes of rest, but the patchy, interrupted sleep of snooze is worse than no sleep at all. Instead of the natural sleeping then waking, the snooze drags us into unhealthy, unsatisfying fits of trying to sleep and trying to rise, but failing to do either." Your snooze button is a deceitful bastard. http://f-st.co/hCDOryD

How to deal with employee absence due to bad weather

As the nights draw in so does the weather. With adverse weather affecting most of the UK this week, employers are likely to face the first of many …

Why it pays to be an ethical company

Are ethics just for wimps? Too many business leaders still regard running an ethical business as unhelpful. It’s taking time to penetrate the higher …

Human resources people worry a lot about worker productivity and "engagement," a.k.a. happiness. But are the world's happy workers the most productive? Do they work a lot or a little? The U.S. is happiest, with 30% of its workforce engaged, while its GDP per hour is a high $63. http://onforb.es/181AADI

Leaning Back: The Power Of Introverts

Have you noticed? There has been a lot of buzz about introverts lately, and the more we learn about introverts, the more we understand the power of introverts to lead and influence others. There is no doubt that the workplace tends to be biased toward those who are more charismatic and outgoing. …

Managers Can't Be An Employee's Friend

This is one of the challenges Katia Beauchamp, co-founder of Birchbox, figured out very early on.<p>Her challenge was "trying to figure out the balance of caring about somebody and managing somebody. I guess it's what being a parent feels like — you care about your child, but you still have to ask …

The World's 12 Most Powerful Entrepreneurs Of 2013

On Forbes’ annual list of the 72 World’s Most Powerful People, you’ll find a panoply of names, from CEOs and cofounders to billionaires and bureaucrats. While these people all have the influence to change the world, within the ranks is an even more elite subset that is crucial to the spirit of …

The World's Nine Most Powerful Women 2013

This year there are nine women on FORBES’ list of The World’s Most Powerful People, representing 12% of the ranking — in stark contrast to being 50% of the world’s population. Both 2011 and 2012 featured six women leaders. The year previous had five and the inaugural list from 2009 included only 3 …

The power of intermittent fasting

<b>Scientists are uncovering evidence that short periods of fasting, if properly controlled, could achieve a number of health benefits, as well as potentially helping the overweight, as Michael Mosley discovered.</b><p>I'd always thought of fasting as something unpleasant, with no obvious long term benefits. …

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How To Game Ticketmaster And Get The Concert Seats You Really Want

Unless you want to pay insanely marked-up prices on re-sale sites like StubHub and TicketsNow, buying tickets at face value on Ticketmaster is usually your only option.<p>For events in high demand, the odds are strongly against you getting great seats at a reasonable price. We have a few tips on how …

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How To Get The Salary You Really Want

Only 41% of Americans report that they've asked for a raise. Get the salary bump you've earned by taking the time to prepare and following these steps.<p><i>Produced by Justin Gmoser.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

How To Know If Someone Is Lying To You

At work and at home, we want to know honesty when we see it. Here are some scientifically proven ways to know what you're looking at.

12 Simple Tricks For Saving Time On Email

Cal Newport, author of "So Good They Can't Ignore You," argues that this is terrible for your career.<p>While sending emails might feel productive, he says, it doesn't help you grow your professional skill set.<p>With that in mind, we gathered these time-saving hacks.<p>If you're always sending the same …

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The 11 Worst Body Language Mistakes Professionals Make

Excellent nonverbal communication skills tell your audience that you're confident, energetic, engaged, and honest, says Tonya Reiman, author of "The Power of Body Language."<p>Someone with poor nonverbal skills, however, may give off an impression of low self-esteem and a lack of interest, she says. …

Here's What Successful People Do On The Weekend

Everyone wants more time in a weekend. Taking a look at how these successful people use the time might give you a few ideas.<p><i>Produced by Robert Libetti. Originally published in August 2013.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

Here's What Successful People Eat For Breakfast

15 Things Successful People Do On Monday Mornings

"Because you've stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the rest of the week," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job."<p>"They …

Never Hold A Hot Cup Of Coffee When You're Negotiating

While we love coffee — worldwide, we drink 500 billion cups a year— holding a hot beverage has strange effects on our willingness to accommodate the person we're talking to.<p>A 2008 study by Lawrence Williams of the University of Colorado and John A. Bargh of Yale sheds light on why.<p>Researchers asked …

How To Use Excel Pivot Tables To Analyze Massive Data Sets

Excel pivot tables are incredible tools that allow you to analyze large data sets many different ways in seconds.<p><i>Produced by Sara Silverstein.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

These Penguins Need You to Knit Them Sweaters. Seriously

Once in a while, it's nice to stop and remember that fashion isn't just for humans—sometimes animals like to participate in looking cute too!<p>Like these penguins:<p>The Penguin Foundation in Australia is currently accepting donated penguin sweaters to help in its penguin rehab.<p>"As most of you know, …

7 Phrases Employees Want to Hear from their Boss

I was coaching a real ‘high flyer’ the other week and she felt that the trust between her and the owners of the business she runs (in the UK) had …

6 Things You Must Do to Be a Great Mentor

Mentoring is fundamental to being a successful leader. That, in my opinion, is unequivocal!<p>I have witnessed far too many leaders who do not invest …

You Don’t Need a Survey to Know if Your Employees are Engaged

With a veritable army of scientific researchers, the Gallup Organization spent decades developing their famed Q12 Survey.<p>They now package and market …

How to Be an Effective Manager in 7 Simple Steps

Being a good manager is all about running the show while producing effective results. You are not only seen as a leader but are also expected to be …

3 Relationship-Building Strategies of Successful Leaders | Inc.com

"It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a <i>Mad Men</i> episode."<p>When President Obama made this statement in his 2014 State of the Union address, he was referring to gender pay inequality. But I couldn't help but think the message rings true for leadership strategies as well.<p>The rise …

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5 Skills Every Workplace Leader Needs

What skills do managers need?<p>This infographic from nec.edu outlines 5 every manager must have.<p>Takeaways:<p>Leaders need to cultivate strategic thinking …