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Why the World Still Needs Adults | The Art of Manliness

When I explain the Art of Manliness to other people, I often describe it as a site about growing up well, aimed at men. Our mission is to help young …

3 Characteristics of an Educated Person | The Art of Manliness

What defines an educated man? The number of degrees he has? The size of his vocabulary? How many books he’s read?<p>The qualities that constitute an …

Knocking Down a Door | The Art of Manliness

Alright, let’s get this out of the way first: kicking down a door is not the best option for opening a locked door. It will damage the door and cost …

An Exercise to Become a More Powerful Listener

Listening is often considered the softest of the soft skills. So the idea of being a <i>powerful</i> listener can seem like an oxymoron. And yet, my work with executives has taught me that when they really listen to discover what is essential, the impact can be astonishing. It’s one of the most important …

How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Back to Work

At times, it seems like procrastination is an actual affliction. It sneaks up when we least expect it, undermines our productivity and then diminishes our ability to get anything done. In the end, we're left feeling defeated and wondering why we can't get motivated to tackle the things we know we …

The One Thing About Your Spouse’s Personality That Really Affects Your Career

Here’s something that’s obvious, but at the same time not: We’re all a lot more than we appear to be at work.<p>We have other dimensions that are invisible to our companies, supervisors, direct reports, and most of our colleagues, and those invisible dimensions have a deep impact on our work.<p>A couple …

Quit Your Job

The surprising benefits of taking your 20s to use the labor market as a laboratory, rather than commit to the first company that happens to hire you<p>My friends sometimes approach me with career anxieties, under the false impression that writing about economics makes somebody a good career advisor. …

Learning Is the Most Celebrated Neglected Activity in the Workplace

When I am invited to “teach leadership” to managers in corporations, I use the first few minutes to address the issue of where and how one learns to lead—and what gets in the way. I usually begin with a confession and a question.<p>My confession is always the same. That I am hoping to learn something …

25 Skills Every Man Should Know: Your Ultimate DIY Guide

These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to do yourself. Study our master list with step-by-step tips from the experts, and test your DIY aptitude each step of the way.<p>These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to …

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The Drive to Win

In my family, board games were serious fun. In one particularly hair-raising fight over Memory, my brother nearly came to blows with a family friend after accusing her of whispering answers to her little sister. During an epic argument over a game gin rummy on a ferry, I grabbed my brother's …

Customer Experience Controls Business Growth Today

Many startups and mature businesses have not yet adapted to the fact that customer satisfaction in this “always connected” age is more than product and service quality. It’s more about which customers broadcast their pleasure or unhappiness to others. With incredible ease, they can influence …

Five Really Good Reasons To Quit Your Job

Everyone has bad days at work. We all have cycles when our jobs are boring, frustrating, or too stressful. We can start to ponder quitting, even checking out job sites or Linked In to see what’s out there. It ends up being a very tough judgment call — when is the time right to move on?<p>There’s no …

What Mobile App Developers Know About Designing Great Customer Experiences

As sales of smartphones have exploded, the price for the apps that run on these phones is quickly trending toward zero, thanks to low barriers to entry and intense competition. Nonetheless, savvy developers are driving revenue by rethinking the user experience and carefully designing the payment …

How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match

Why do people who consider themselves good communicators often fail to actually hear each other? Often it’s due to a mismatch of styles: To someone who prefers to vent, someone who prefers to explain seems patronizing; explainers experience venters as volatile.<p>This is why so many of us see our …

The gender gap in gaming (and how to fix it)

<i>Mariya Yao is a mobile product designer and founder of Xanadu.</i><p>When you think of typical gamers, you probably conjure up the image of hordes of teenage boys holed up in a basement, staring blanking at a TV screen for hours on end. If this is the case, you’re dead wrong about the gamer population. …

The Bonus Employees Really Want, Even If They Don’t Know It Yet

Ask your employees this: “How would you like to be rewarded for your efforts and performance, in addition to your fixed salary?” They will likely respond by asking for a cash reward in the form of a raise or bonus, which they can then spend on themselves. They might even convince you that spending …

How LucasArts Fell Apart

In June of 2011, then-LucasArts president Paul Meegan spoke publicly about his plans for turning the company around.<p>“In recent years, LucasArts …

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How to Test Your Internet Speed with a Terminal Command

You probably know about the internet speed tests that can be performed from your browser. However, Make Tech Easier shows us that you can do the same …

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

Community Tested<p>Do you love peanut butter? Do you love cookies? Here is a recipe to make a nice batch of peanut butter cookies. It will leave you …

When It’s in Your Interest Not to Be Self-Interested

“I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good,” Adam Smith wrote in <i>The Wealth of Nations</i>. “It is an affectation, indeed, not very common among merchants, and very few words need be employed in dissuading them from it.”<p>What truly promoted the public good, …

Top 10 Computer Tricks Every Geek Should Know

We’ve talked before about the things every computer user should know how to do, but we geeks are special: we want to go above and beyond, to explore …

How to Cool Yourself Without Air Conditioning

Summer without air conditioning can make excessive heat feel uncomfortable. To stay cool and comfortable without air conditioning, you can try …

Cold Water Shaving: The Benefits and Pleasures of a Splash of Cold Water | The Art of Manliness

When I watched the HBO series <i>Band of Brothers</i>, I was struck by how the soldiers, ill-supplied, freezing, and wearily dug into the snowy trenches of …

Conversational Narcissism: How to Avoid It | The Art of Manliness

Last month I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in forever to have lunch. Having both read and written about how to be an effective and …

Save Money and Shop Smart: Know the Style Pyramid | The Art of Manliness

Let’s just be honest: style, for men, is a hard thing to grasp. It’s especially hard when buying new clothes. We always forget our sizes, we don’t …