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51 Free Web Design Resources Guaranteed To Help You Design Better

Creating a unique and user-friendly website quickly and effectively can be a stressful and cumbersome task. There are endless possibilities in the …

GPS for indoors? The smartphone tech that guides you inside big buildings

Italian startup Nextome has patented a technology that promises to make it easier and cheaper to deploy Bluetooth-based indoor geolocation …

19 tricks stores use to make you spend more money

From supermarkets to department stores, retailers employ clever techniques designed to get you to spend more.<p>Stores are carefully engineered, and every aspect of the design has a highly specific purpose — from the background music to the interior wall color.<p>To become more of a savvy shopper — and …

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These 10 work apps have gone bonkers in the last few months

Cloud security company Okta works with 4,000 of them, helping big companies manage employee passwords for them.<p>By analyzing the data from its 2,500 enterprise customers in 185 countries, it discovered the 10 apps that are growing the fastest among business users last quarter, from April 2015 to …

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Signs That You’re Being a Pushover

If collaboration is key to succeeding in organizations today, doesn’t it pay to play nice in the sandbox? You have to get along with others to get things done, right? Yes, this is true — to a degree. You want to be a cooperative colleague but you don’t want to be seen as an ineffective pushover. …

Only a Fraction of Apple Watch Orders Have Shipped So Far

Only 22% of Apple Watch orders have shipped since the device officially launched on Friday, according to a new survey of shipment receipts.<p>An …

What to Do If You Feel Stuck in the Wrong Career

If you’re midway through your career and feeling stuck, you are not alone. Maybe work doesn’t feel meaningful anymore, or your industry has drastically evolved, or your values and interests have changed. No matter what, your 40-something self is a very different person from the 20-something you …

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without …

Big retirement mistake: Boomers with no estate plan

Many Baby Boomers are neglecting a key part of their retirement plans — creating an estate plan.<p>And while death is not a pleasant thing to think about, death without an estate plan can create havoc for your surviving family members, financial planners warn.<p>"I think that on a list of things to do, …

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Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

Let Your Customers Segment Themselves by What They’re Willing to Pay

The late Sir Colin Marshall, when he was CEO and chairman at British Airways (BA), knew that success in his business came down to superior value capture. In a 1995 interview with <i>HBR</i>, he summed up the opportunity brilliantly: “You’re always going to be faced with the fact that the great majority of …

Is Your Employee Coachable?

As a manager, you provide some level of coaching to all your direct reports, helping some attain higher levels of professional achievement, and helping others improve their performance to fulfill their current roles. But while every manager should have the capability to coach, you also need to have …

7 Whiskey Drinks That Could Help Cure Your Cold

Here, seven whiskey cocktails to help dilate your blood vessels and put you on the path to recovery.<p>When you’re stuffed up and sick, there’s nothing …

Project Manage Your Life

More and more companies are adopting software and product development frameworks like Agile, Scrum, and Kanban — which promote quick, iterative, lean production — to deliver higher quality products, faster. These methods help teams produce rapid, continuous improvements, via daily face-to-face …

4 Dangerous Assumptions That Could Hurt Your Retirement Plan

As inveterate watchers of sitcom reruns (and a real-life Felix/Oscar combination), my sister and I loved The Odd Couple while we were growing up. One …

What Is Strategy?

This article has benefited greatly from the assistance of many individuals and companies. The author gives special thanks to Jan Rivkin, the coauthor of a related paper. Substantial research contributions have been made by Nicolaj Siggelkow, Dawn Sylvester, and Lucia Marshall. Tarun Khanna, Roger …

Tips for Working Under a Type-A Boss

Many of us have worked under a Type A boss. These leaders, while driven, successful, creative, and full of passion, can also be tough to work with. As I previously wrote, Type As have a tendency to dominate, to be demanding, and to be distracted – and this can frustrate and demotivate subordinates. …

A Primer on Measuring Employee Engagement

Much has been studied about the impact of employee engagement on company performance, and there is general agreement that increased engagement drives results: Gallup, for example, suggests a 20% or better boost to productivity and profitability for companies with high engagement. Such companies, …

Managing People on a Sinking Ship

When your business is facing declining sales, a potential buy-out, or even certain closure, how do you manage people who are likely panicking about their future? Can you keep your team’s motivation and productivity up? The short answer is yes: Even when it’s clear that a company’s in trouble, there …

The First Step to Being Powerful

“I am such a big failure. I can’t believe that I’ve made this mistake and it’s cost me months and months of time. I might never recover…What an idiot to not see that one coming.” On and on, he went. In distress, my colleague was clearly suffering because of a recent fiasco.<p>Seeking counsel, he had …

Hospitals Are Finally Starting to Put Real-Time Data to Use

In the past few years, health care organizations in the United States have spent tens of billions of dollars on IT. Much of this investment has been in response to the “meaningful use” section of the American Investment & Recovery Act of 2009 and provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which …

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 …

How to Handle Stress in the Moment

You hear a lot of advice about how to reduce stress at work. But most of it is about what to do over the long term — take up yoga, eat a healthy diet, keep a journal, or get more sleep. But what do you do when you’re overcome with stress in the moment — at your desk, say, or in a meeting? Perhaps …

To find a job, start speaking like an employer

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>I know myself, and employers know what they want to hire, but how do we explain that to each other efficiently and accurately? The marketplace for people and jobs is broken, especially for the small businesses that create the bulk of …

Find the Best Local Markets to Drive Growth

As families settle back into school, parents start to worry about the viruses that naturally spread when children cluster together in classes. My colleague Tim Joyce and I have found a similar viral phenomenon with superconsumers — our term for people who buy big volumes of a product or service, …

How to Prioritize Your Innovation Budget

Here’s the scene: A problem has come up with one of your supply chain vendors, threatening to delay timely shipment of your product. At the same time, a potential opportunity appears that, with some exploration and investment, could lead to a new generation of products down the road. Which do you …

You Can Create The Perfect Password. Here's How

Are you one of those people who's still using "baseball" or your home address for all your passwords? We shouldn't have to tell you this, but having super simple login information is one of the easiest ways for hackers to get access to everything from your Netflix account to your bank account.<p>We …

Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help

Is there someone on your team who you’d like to coach, but resists your help? A high-performer who could reach further? A hard-worker who could grow faster? The best managers know to coach their employees, but what if someone doesn’t want your help? How can you convince a hesitant employee that …

Workers Don’t Have the Skills They Need – and They Know It

How do workers feel about the adequacy of their skills? Until now, few studies have examined their views. Today, a survey of employees is being released that provides strong confirmation of the notion that employees need better skills to do their jobs well, especially skills related to …

Use Google's new panel in security settings to keep your account safe

The settings aren't new, but the wizard-like presentation is a new addition. It walks you through five important security settings for your Google account.<p>Just how secure is your Google account? For example, have you set up two-step verification? Do you know which apps you've allowed to access your …