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Proper parenting isn’t easy in the digital age. There was once a time, prior to the internet, when a social network strictly referred to you and your …

The Right Way to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

Thomas Jefferson once said that “honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”. Though truth-telling abounds in grade school platitudes, it seems scarcer the older we get. But this decline in honesty — let’s call it <i>dishonesty</i> — isn’t necessarily innate. Dishonesty can be taught. In my …

Why business schools charge so much and pay their teachers so little

You and I know why business schools charge so much for an MBA.<p>Because they can.<p>But why do they pay so little to everyone except their superstars?<p>It’s not just because they can. I think the <i>real</i> reason is much more <i>sinister</i> than that.<p>Once upon a time—before starting my MBA at NYU in the early 1980s—I …

Business School

Achieve Your Goals in 2014 — Here’s Research That Can Help

1. Successful people do nine things differently than everyone else.<p>2. The rest of us hold ourselves back in five major ways.<p>3. But don’t stress! Just change the way you think about stress.<p>4. To spot new opportunities, imagine yourself in the future.<p>5. And act like a leader before you are one.<p>6. …

Sell Your Product Before It Exists

There’s crowdfunding and then there’s crowdfunding. While most startups who set up pages on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or a host of other crowdfunding sites are looking to hit a specific goal and then get started making their project a reality, a new crop of businesses are using the platform for as a …

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

9 Branding Rules to Live By | Inc.com

In an effort to succeed in this challenging economy, small business owners must effectively manage their brands. Remember, for many of them, there is little difference between your personal brand and the brand of their business. This is especially true of the launch phase, when the old adage rings …

Marketing

Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO’s Leaders

People often ask us how they can become more creative. Through our work at the global design and innovation firm IDEO and David’s work at Stanford University’s d.school, we’ve helped thousands of executives and students develop breakthrough ideas and products, from Apple’s first computer mouse to …

Alan Mulally Explains How He Turned Around Ford

It's been so impressive that he's a leading candidate to take over at Microsoft after current CEO Steve Ballmer leaves. In a recent interview with McKinsey Quarterly, Mulally pointed out a few unique elements of his leadership and management style that have helped change Ford's culture. It's a hint …

The Rise Of Social Commerce, And How It Will Completely Transform The Way We Shop On The Internet

Social commerce is all about inspiration and product discovery. Sites like Pinterest, Wanelo, OpenSky, and others are more like digital catalogs or virtual malls where shoppers can browse and connect with people interested in the same products and brands. But entrepreneurs and retailers are anxious …

eCommerce

Newsela gets $1.2M to bring daily news & personalized learning to kids

Newsela is a website with hundreds of news articles targeted to schoolchildren, and it has raised $1.2 million in venture financing to bring even more information to kids.<p>Remember when you were at school and learning to read or master a new language? Reading daily news articles is fun, informative, …

4 Tips to Build a Greener Kitchen

After years of spilling, slicing, cabinet slamming, and cooking slipups, the kitchen might just need a makeover. While you're at it, turn the kitchen into the most eco-friendly room in your house.<p>After years of spilling, slicing, cabinet slamming, and cooking slipups, the kitchen might just need a …

How to Plant Grass Seed for a New Lawn

If you'd like a lush new lawn next spring, then start planting grass seed now.<p>If you'd like a lush new lawn next spring, then start planting grass seed now. Autumn provides the right combination of sun and water to quickly germinate grass seed and the cooler temperatures help to kill off crabgrass …

How to Paint a Car

A DIY car paint job could save you thousands of dollars.<p>If your car's paint is looking dingy and faded or you're just looking for a change of color, a DIY car paint job could save you thousands of dollars. Good prep work and being systematic in your approach will have your car looking like new in …

Ten Ratios To Make You Money In Stocks

Evaluating stocks to buy and sell can be a tricky business, even with all of the data available at your fingertips. Out of the dozens of ratios and metrics that give clues to the financial health of a company, a few of them are extremely useful for their simplicity and effectiveness.<p>Here are ten …