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8 Questions to Ask Someone Other Than “What Do You Do?”

We’ve all been in the awkward situation of meeting someone new and having to build rapport quickly — at networking events, industry conferences, charity events, dinner parties, and other social-professional situations. If you’re like many people — especially most Americans — you break the awkward …

Six Verbs That Make You Sound Weak (No Matter Your Job Title)

Sometimes it’s the smallest words and phrases that shape how you’re perceived around the office. Here are a few to watch out for at every level.<p>Your job title isn’t the only thing that determines how influential you are. Every word you use at work expresses your personal brand, from your confidence …

18 Resolutions That Will Skyrocket Your Career

With the New Year upon us, it’s a great time to take an honest look in the mirror and make changes that can help you reach new professional heights. Instead of coming up with a list on my own, I decided to survey my team at Vanderbloemen Search Group for eighteen resolutions that will make your …

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Coworking Is Not About Workspace — It’s About Feeling Less Lonely

Working remotely has many benefits: flexible hours, no commute, and autonomy and control over how you work, to name just a few.<p>But as any remote worker will tell you, there are also considerable challenges. According to a variety of studies, isolation and loneliness are among the biggest …

How I Stopped Hustling and Started Succeeding

If you think hustling all the time is required for success, you are mistaken.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I'm an entrepreneur with a few profitable online businesses in the fitness industry. I also work on a strict 9-to-5 schedule to ensure that I spend plenty of …

Why Design Thinking is the Future of Management

Why companies and leaders should reconsider their current philosophy of project management and why they cannot afford to ignore the value of Design …

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Because I teach a course on product management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “What is the role of a product manager?” The role of product manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply …

Jony Ive Dishes On Apple Rumors And His Design Team In Rare Interview

The most famous designer in the world didn’t hold back when he spoke at the Hirshhorn Museum last week.<p>Jony Ive helms the most secretive design lab in the world at Apple. But aside from the top secret mystique, the soft spoken Ive is notoriously private, often giving just one interview a year.<p>Last …

5 Ways to Design Products Customers Love

As a teenager, Mike Pfotenhauer loved to hike, but he hated how uncomfortable he felt carrying the backpacks then on the market. So, at age 16, he created his own, sewing all the pieces together himself. He went on to design and deliver customized outdoor equipment to clients who’d heard of him …

Studies Show that Restraints Are a Major Creativity Booster | Inc.com

Despite what our left brain really knows, we still have skewed impressions when it comes to creativity. Anyone who's ever been hired by a client and given full "creative freedom" to produce what they want knows what a Trojan horse that old chestnut can be. Your sketch, draft, or plan comes back …

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Is Your Company Actually Set Up to Support Your Strategy?

How do banks switch customer relationships from branch offices to mobile phone screens? Why is one multinational consumer goods company organized by category, while another organizes by region? Why is one insurance company deep into an agile transformation while another is experimenting with it …

How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution

For decades, we’ve often thought of leadership profiles in unique buckets—two popular varieties were the “visionaries”, who embrace strategy and think about amazing things to do, and the “operators”, who get stuff done. We intuitively knew that there must be leaders that span these areas, but in …

The 6 Simple Steps Elon Musk Uses to Solve Any Problem

You learned these steps in elementary school, but do you ever actually use them?<p>Associate Editor, Contributed Content<p>There were all sorts of fascinating tidbits in Neil Strauss's fantastic <i>Rolling Stone</i> feature on Elon Musk -- hints about the Tesla Truck, the man behind the genius and more.<p>But for …

12 of the Best Business Books of 2017, According to the Stanford Business School | Inc.com

A good book is like food for the soul. When you want to curl up by the fire with a truly great one, look no further than this list furnished by members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.<p>If you've got an entrepreneur or two in your life, these might make good holiday gifts, too:<p>1. Good to …

Self-improvement

Beyond The Cult Of Human-Centered Design

The design industry’s reigning paradigm is in crisis. It’s time to evolve from human-centered design to humanity-centered design, write Artefact’s Rob Girling and Emilia Palaveeva.<p>On the eve of a historical election, last year’s Fast Company Innovation Festival was about hope and potential. In the …

Good Strategy Execution Requires Balancing 4 Tensions

Putting strategy into practice is notoriously difficult. In our experience, the primary obstacle to strategy execution is a failure to balance the inherent tensions that characterize any major execution effort. Successful strategy execution calls for skillful orchestration of sometimes opposing …

The Top Reasons Startups Fail [Infographic]

Down through the years, some startups really struck gold. When Accel Partners invested $14.8 million in a website called “thefacebook.com” back in 2005, they made a return of $5.6 billion – 378 times their original outlay. More often than not, however, startups tend to fail brutally. According to …

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How to Launch a Product Without Starting a Business | Inc.com

There has never been a better time to pursue a product idea.<p>I really believe that.<p>You don't have to drain your savings account or quit your day job to get a concept off the ground. You don't need co-founders, investors, or even to write a business plan.<p>From the advent of rapid prototyping and …

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Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap Means Focusing on What Employees Think, Not What They Do

When you embark on a new strategic journey to sustain and grow your organization in an uncertain world, what do you prioritize? If you’re like most of the leaders we know, you start with organizational structure and processes.<p>This would be a mistake.<p>In 2016 we asked 80 senior executives from 20 …

The 100 greatest innovations of 2017

Technology<p>The year's most transformative products and discoveries.<p><b>WE COULD BRAG. We could say our 30th annual list of the most transformative products and discoveries required trucks full of experts, hours of toil, and countless friendship-ending debates. That's true, but you just want the good</b> …

Winners And Losers As Airbus Bails Out Bombardier's C-Series

We all value time, and this is a time-sensitive moment. Let’s keep this simple: the winners and the losers in the new Airbus C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership deal.<p><b>Biggest winner: the C Series.</b> There was always the feeling that Bombardier had bitten off way more than it could chew, but this is …

Aviation

A Short Guide to Strategy for Entrepreneurs

It sometimes appears that the traditional rules of business are being upended by today’s mega-trends of multisided platforms, big data, machine learning and AI, crowdsourcing, the internet of things (IoT), and more. These trends have transformed the world of business immeasurably. But they have …

4 Conversational Habits That Successful People Always Practice | Inc.com

<i>How do I become well spoken? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Jane Chin (陳盈錦), President, Medical Science Liaison Institute, on Quora:</b><p><b>The first key to being well spoken is making</b> …

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6 ways highly emotionally intelligent people deal with anger

Most of us don't like confrontation — but it's a fact of life we can't run from forever. We have to assert ourselves, our boundaries and our needs — and others have to do the same with us.<p>There are a million terrible ways of expressing your frustration. Here's how to do so with better emotional …

Why Tesla Solar Roof Is Unlike Any Previous Tech

Tesla wants to redefine solar panels.<p>Elon Musk has big plans to change the future of solar. The Tesla solar roof, fully unveiled in August, combines …

3 scientists just won the Nobel Prize for discovering how body clocks are regulated — here's why that's such a big deal

The thing that makes you a "morning person" or a "night owl" isn't an arbitrary preference or tendency. It's something that's fundamentally part of your biological makeup — and something that we ignore at our own peril.<p>On Monday, Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young were awarded the …

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How to Find Anyone's Business Email Address

If you live in the world of marketing, you've likely wanted to find someone's contact information but had no idea where to start looking. Whether …

Solar now costs 6¢ per kilowatt-hour, beating government goal by 3 years

Cost goals met, the DOE is moving on to address grid reliability in solar.<p>On Tuesday, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that utility-grade …

4 Strategies For Staying Innovative In a Regulated Industry | Inc.com

Except for a brief period of deregulation in the 1980s, the number of regulations on the books has been steadily increasing for decades.<p>According to statisticians at George Washington University, regulation reached its highest level ever in 2016, topping out at nearly 100,000 total pages of Federal …

The world’s largest lithium-ion battery installed after the Aliso Canyon gas blowout has become a test case for the grid storage industry<p>On a paved expanse next to an electrical substation in Escondido, 30 miles north of downtown San Diego, sits a row of huge silver boxes. The site resembles a …

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