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10 Essential Online Tools You Should Be Using | Inc.com

Is your workflow stuck in the past? Check out the following tools to make your business more efficient:<p><b>1. Manage and collaborate more easily:</b> <b>Blossom</b><p>Blossom lets you drag to-do items from one list to another in an intuitive way, using an interface that feels like rearranging Post-it notes on a …

Customer Service

Employee Training: One Old Movie Every Entrepreneur Should See | Inc.com

From <i>The Godfather</i> to <i>Wall Street</i>, many movies teach valuable lessons about the fundamental elements of business--loyalty, team building, greed, power struggles, leadership.<p>One great example that isn't often talked about is <i>Twelve O'Clock High</i>, which was released in 1949. It stars Gregory Peck as …

Leadership
Employment
Self-help
Productivity

Most Audacious Companies: 72andsunny | Inc.com

When 72andSunny landed Samsung as a client in 2011, the ad agency went straight after the 800-pound gorilla in the smartphone market: Apple.<p>72andSunny developed a string of ads that poked fun at die-hard iPhone fans who wait hours to buy the latest version of the device. In the commercial series …

Die Hard
Employment

How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal

No one likes review time. For many, self-appraisals are a particularly annoying part of the process. What can you say about your own performance? How can you be honest without coming off as arrogant, or shooting yourself in the foot?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b><br>Dick Grote, author of <i>How to Be Good at</i> …

Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People

Moody, erratic, eccentric, and arrogant? Perhaps — but you can’t just get rid of them. In fact, unless you learn to get the best out of your creative employees, you will sooner or later end up filing for bankruptcy. Conversely, if you just hire and promote people who are friendly and easy to …

Don’t Let Your Strengths Become Your Weaknesses

Perhaps the biggest fad to sweep through management in the last decade was the strengths movement. Its message was that you should build on natural talent to maximize strengths rather than try to improve weaknesses. It was the brainchild of Donald Clifton, the late grandfather of Positive …

Project Managers Should Share Their Stress

Project managers tend to hold their cards pretty close to the vest. Sure, they may post or circulate some sort of general progress chart. But the telling, nitty-gritty details — percent complete, cost overruns, and so on — usually stay on a private little spreadsheet, safely tucked away in the PM’s …

Handwritten Notes Are a Rare Commodity. They’re Also More Important Than Ever.

When I was a college student interning in Washington, D.C., a senior manager, Bridgett, made a habit of treating each intern to lunch over the summer. When my turn rolled around, it was no surprise that Bridgett proved an adept conversationalist and an excellent host.<p>Several weeks after I’d …

You’re Probably Wrong About How Others Really See You

You may think you already know how others view you — as a skilled communicator, or an incisive numbers guy, or a manager who always brings out the best in her team. But then again, you might be surprised. One modest, self-deprecating executive was shocked to learn, after engaging an executive coach …

The Key to Choosing the Right Career

Choosing a career path (or changing one) is, for most of us, a confusing and anxiety-riddled experience. Many will tell you to “follow your passion” or “do what you love,” but as Cal Newport argues in <i>So Good They Can’t Ignore You</i>, this is not very useful advice. When I graduated from college, I …

Your Least Engaged Employees Might Be Your Top Performers

Some of the most engaged employees in your organization are your worst performers. And some of the least engaged are your highest performers.<p>This conclusion comes from new research by the consulting firm, Leadership IQ. The study “matched engagement survey and performance appraisal data for 207 …

Email Is Not Free

My job description does not include managing email flow. Yours probably doesn’t, either. But it’s increasingly a big part of the work we do. In fact, in a single week last fall, I received 511 emails and sent 284. Almost 160 emails a day is ridiculous. Even if I was efficient and processed each …

Why You Should Take the Blame

I was at a party in Greenwich Village in New York City. It was crowded, with about twice as many people as the space comfortably fit. There was a dog in the mix too. But it was a casual event and we all spent a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning.<p>I was at the sink washing dishes when I …

Change Management Needs to Change

As a recognized discipline, change management has been in existence for over half a century. Yet despite the huge investment that companies have made in tools, training, and thousands of books (over 83,000 on Amazon), most studies still show a 60-70% failure rate for organizational change projects …

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Super-powered battery breakthrough claimed by US team

<b>A new type of battery has been developed that, its creators say, could revolutionise the way we power consumer electronics and vehicles.</b><p>The University of Illinois team says its use of 3D-electrodes allows it to build "microbatteries" that are many times smaller than commercially available options, …

University of Oxford

Caste and entrepreneurship in India

<b>The story of India's economic surge is dominated by two conflicting narratives.</b><p>The sceptics insist that growth has been largely jobless and deepened inequality in an already hierarchical society.<p>The optimistic refute this gloomy thesis and believe that the rising tide has lifted all boats.<p>As an …

India

The Boston Marathon bomber: Caught on film?

<b>More personal videos are being shot now than ever before, and such footage could help identify the Boston marathon bomber. But how is that footage processed - and could civilians really solve the crime?</b><p>There was the marathon runner closing in on the finish line, and the businessman with offices in …

Los Angeles

Investigators look for India Bangalore blast clues

<b>Federal investigators are looking for clues at the site of Wednesday's explosion near the office of a political party in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.</b><p>The blast, which took place near an office of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), left 16 people injured.<p>The police suspect …

India

Boston bombings: Muslim Americans await bomber's ID

<b>As the investigation into who was behind the Boston bombings goes on, Muslim communities are braced for a backlash should the perpetrator share their faith.</b><p>The day after the Boston Marathon bombings, Yusef was treated differently.<p>The 10-year-old went to his Ohio school and was surprised by a …

Extremism

Texas Waco fertiliser plant blast search for survivors

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/971000/971245_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522716097_de2d5d43def03428d11fd448ce1bd1d3<p><b>Emergency services are still searching for survivors after a blast at a US fertiliser plant that police say killed up to 15 people.</b><p>More than 160 people …

Barack Obama

Ireland overhauls insolvency rules

<b>New plans to deal with personal debt have been announced by the Irish government.</b><p>A new state insolvency service has been set up to try to broker deals between debtors and lenders.<p>That could force those in mortgage trouble to give up their cars, private health insurance and holidays and feed …

Finance

Pervez Musharraf's doomed homecoming to Pakistan

<b>Since his return to the Pakistan last month, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has stumbled from one problem to another.</b><p>His difficulties have gone from bad to worse.<p>Days after he ended his self-imposed exile, he suffered the insult of having a shoe thrown at him in a crowded corridor of a …

Pervez Musharraf

Your views: Are targeted online adverts too intrusive?

<b>At the beginning of the financial crisis the orthodoxy was that businesses like advertising would be the worst hit.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessThe bra designed to shock attackersThe man behind the PowerPoint presentationsAdvertisers create products from thin airBringing train times up …

Digital Advertising

Who, what, why: Why build a ship tunnel?

<b>The Norwegian government has backed an ambitious plan to create the world's first ship tunnel. But why has nobody tackled this engineering feat before?</b><p>At 45m high (148ft) and 36m (118ft) wide, the 1.7km (one mile) long Stad Ship Tunnel will be the only one of its kind - a passage through solid rock …

North Sea