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7 Traits of Super-Productive People

Is there someone on your team who seems unusually productive? Someone who gets a huge amount done — without working longer hours?<p>Super-productive people are in every industry. The most productive software developers write nine times more usable code per day than the average developer, according to …

Time Management

These 3 Persuasion Tricks Have Been Used for Over 2,000 Years

Having trouble closing deals? Use the oldest trick in the book.<p>Over 2,000 years ago Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle cracked the code to persuasion. Aristotle is most known for his knowledge and ideologies surrounding abstract, political and rational topics.<p>Aristotle often dealt with the …

Public Speaking

These Are the Most Important Soft Skills for Employees to Have, According to Hiring Managers | Inc.com

We all know that hiring is hard. Sure, any intelligent individual can pass your tests, psychological interview questions, and social media checks. But, how do you know who is going to be the best fit in the long term? When the going gets hard or when they are left unsupervised, how will they act?<p>It …

Human Resources

Microsoft veteran Julie Larson-Green is known for building successful teams — here's how she does it

Julie Larson-Green had a storied 25-year career at Microsoft where she worked on everything from Windows to Microsoft Office to Surface devices.<p>She left Microsoft in November and landed at Qualtrics, the Provo-Utah based startup valued at $2 billion that offers survey software. She's taking on the …

Microsoft Office

3 Crucial Lessons from an Entrepreneur Who Just Sold His Company for $340 Million | Inc.com

Then they started to use data. They stopped relying on their guts to make decisions, but rather to base all decisions off of data. The data-driven decision will usually win.<p>They focused on making many, many tiny bets rather than big, single bets. Those little bets that paid off were then magnified …

Entrepreneurship

I'm a therapist, and I always tell clients it's okay to live a 'good enough' life — here are my 5 top tips

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5 Winning Examples of Sales Emails Done Right | Inc.com

According to Tellwise, the average consumer gets over 100 emails per day, but opens just 23% and clicks on only 2%. When you're sending a sales email, you need to be part of that 2%.<p>But how do you get someone to not only read your email but take action from it? The key is to write a killer sales …

Marketing

26 Books to Help You Succeed in Business and Life | Inc.com

Highly successful people typically work hard, practice the right habits every day and strive for self-improvement, with the latter often coming in the form of a book. If reading is something you're willing to do to sharpen yourself, take some suggestions from more than two dozen executives who have …

Self-improvement

SEO Is Simpler Than You Think. 5 Things Every Beginner Needs to Know to Get It Right | Inc.com

As a non-tech founder, I understand the resistance that comes with doing anything that makes you feel stupid. For me, that includes web design, HTML, and search engine optimization (SEO). This was particularly embarrassing since SEO is one of the most foundational digital marketing tools in the …

Digital Marketing

You Can Become Highly Productive If You Start Keeping a 'Defensible Calendar' | Inc.com

Most executives I work with who struggle with productivity complain that their schedules are overloaded and they can't "find" the time to work on their key priorities. They show me calendars which are full of meetings and phone calls scattered across the day.<p>While I have infinite understanding, I …

Time Management

This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Describes What Great Communication Looks Like | Inc.com

Throughout the years, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has demonstrated the art of masterful communication.<p>The following is a perfect example: It's a copy of a previously unpublished email Musk sent to Tesla employees a few years ago. Sent with the subject line "Communication Within Tesla," it …

Tesla

25 Top Podcasts That Will Spark Your Entrepreneurial Vision

Listening to a podcast while going to and from work is a rare example of successful multitasking.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever heard anyone say that the trend is your friend? Sure, if something is getting a lot of attention, you probably should examine it …

Entrepreneurship

How Brands Use Instagram Stories [Infographic]

Instagram Stories turned one recently, and influencer marketing platform Klear analyzed 149 brands across eight industries to see how brands are …

Marketing

Stress Leads to Bad Decisions. Here’s How to Avoid Them

A senior sales executive I’ll call Daniela was frustrated. She’d been working on delegating more to her team. To her dismay, many were struggling to take on the levels of freedom she’d offered — even though they’d asked for more responsibility. Exasperated, she vented to me, “I thought delegating …

Management

These Portland Breweries Are Killing It on Instagram. Here Are 5 Tactics You Should Learn From Them | Inc.com

It's clear that craft beer is taking over America and other parts of the world. According to the Brewer's Association, in 2016, craft beer accounted for 21.8 percent of all American beer sales, which is up 6.2 percent from 2015.<p>With this meteoric increase in competition, many breweries have taken …

Marketing

Asking These 3 Questions Every Day Will Make You Incredibly Productive (and Successful) | Inc.com

With so many competing demands for our attention at work, and in our personal lives, it can be a real challenge to focus on what matters most and stay productive.<p>Our to-do lists seem to get longer each day, each week, and each month. We have so much to do, it never really feels like we've completed …

Time Management

The One Set of Skills Every Leader Needs (but Many Lack) | Inc.com

The answer varies widely depending whom you ask. Whether you're talking to researchers or practitioners, there's not a lot of consensus. But there's one trait that most agree can mark the difference between a good leader and a great leader.<p>Strangely enough, it's also a skill that many leaders …

Leadership

The nun who prayed and made me walk

<b>Life with a disability can sometimes give rise to unspoken questions and sensitivities, but amid the awkwardness there can be humour.</b><p><b>The following is an edited version of a monologue by Abigail Brown who has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease.</b><p>It was the summer of 2011, and …

BRIT Awards

18 Ways to Nudge Your Google Ad Higher Without Paying a Cent Extra

Few small companies can spend their way to the top of Google rankings, but none really has to.<p><b>Campaign Structure:</b> Target ad groups that only contain related keywords.<p><b>Speedy Load Times:</b> Many aspects can result in longer load times. Many blogs are image-heavy, and that can be what slows the load time.<p>…

AdWords

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think | Inc.com

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>The reason for this phenomenon is quite simple -- through air traffic control and the inertial guidance system, pilots are constantly …

Self-improvement

The Best SEO Tools of 2018

We test 10 search engine optimization (SEO) tools to help you get your website to the top of the world's leading search engines.<p>What Is Search Engine …

Sergey Brin

13 Motivational Quotes (and Proven Strategies) to Dramatically Improve Sales | Inc.com

Sales are the lifeblood of any business -- but selling is hard. When you're struggling to find new prospects, it's easy to get down. When you're struggling to turn prospects into customers, it's easy to get discouraged. When that happens, you need to get yourself -- and your sales -- back on …

Motivation

How to Split Test Your Way to Facebook Ads Success

Want to lower the cost per conversion of your Facebook ads? Wondering how to serve the right ad to the right audience? In this article, you’ll …

Facebook Ads

Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem

Photography by Joe Munroe<p>Paul,* the CEO of Maxreed, a global publishing company, was having trouble sleeping. Publishing is an industry that’s changing even faster than most other fast-changing industries, but Paul wasn’t awake worrying about his strategy. He had a solid plan that took advantage of …

Management

Want Your Employees to Respect You? Give Them the 1 Thing Most Bosses Never Do | Inc.com

A signature trait of the most likable leaders -- a trait that leads to uncommon loyalty in employees as well as business results -- is one that's extremely hard to pull off: humility.<p>But fair warning: If you're in charge of people, and you think you've arrived at the top of the humility mountain, I …

Leadership

Time, not material goods, 'raises happiness'

<b>Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness, a study says.</b><p>In an experiment, individuals reported greater happiness if they used £30 ($40) to save time - such as by paying for chores to be done - rather than spending the money on material goods.<p>Psychologists say stress over lack of …

Happiness

Science Says This 5-Second Rule Will Make Your Brain Stop Procrastinating (Thomas K.) | Inc.com

I've been meaning to write this column for some time. The reason I'm finally getting to it is because it's an excuse to avoid doing something else.<p>Let's face it, few of us, if we're honest, wouldn't confess to occasionally procrastinating. Our lives are busy, with lots of competing priorities, so …

Self-help

How Productive Are You? Here Are 8 Ways to Find Out.

There's a difference between being busy and being productive.<p>This story originally appeared on Due<p>There’s a difference between being busy and being productive. While it’s true that both are able to check items off of their to-do-lists, productive check off the right items. Instead of just doing …

Time Management

British & Irish Lions third Test: What makes the All Blacks great?

<b>When the British and Irish Lions run out to face New Zealand in Saturday's decisive third Test, they won't just be facing an iconic team who have transcended their sport, but also a family that has dug deep into Maori culture and contemporary psychology in order to create an environment geared to</b> …

New Zealand All Blacks

The snacks boss with an appetite for success

<b>Many of us can remember a key moment that transformed our lives, but it doesn't usually involve tasting snack foods.</b><p>Yet that is what happened to Anthony Fletcher back in 2009, when at work one day he tried some nuts, seeds and dried fruit that had been delivered in the post by a new company called …

Princeton University