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Starting a project? Follow these 7 essential steps for successful requirements gathering

Thorough requirements gathering provides the foundation for effective project execution. Follow these seven steps to ensure all your project …

Project Management

7 Truths All Executives Need To Know About Coaching (and Real Self-Development)

If it's easy, you're doing it wrong.<p>I get it.<p>You're paid and admired for your ability to get results. To put out fires. To think in innovative ways to solve problems that make most people's heads spin.<p>And you're very good at it.<p>Like most successful individuals, entrepreneurs and executives are …

10 Simple Steps To Highly Effective Listening

Talk less, listen more.<p>Most of us move through each day engaging in conversations with friends, co-workers, and family members. But the majority of the time, we aren't listening.<p>We're often distracted by things in our environment--both external things like televisions, cell phones, cars, and other …

4 Habits That Will Help You Stay Inspired All Year Long

Call them resolutions, but they're really powerful little tweaks<p>I don't make new year's resolutions. I figure I'm a work in progress all year long. And I'm already dedicated and disciplined as evidenced by my 5 a.m. daily exercise routine alone.<p>As I look ahead to 2018, I'm excited for what's in …

How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Got any serious bad habits? The extra-strength ones with the FDA warning. The kind you really beat yourself up about — but still engage in all the …

6 morning routines that are hard to adopt but will pay off for life

The early birds will inherit the earth.<p>At least that's what a 2009 University of Leipzig study found. The researchers concluded that "morning people …

The 10 best free graphic design courses online

Want to learn new skills, or refresh the fundamentals of your graphic design knowledge? We’ve previously brought you some great graphic design …

Graphic Design

A neuroscientist who studies decision-making reveals the 6 most important choices you can make

Turns out, humans are pretty lousy decision-makers. We fall victim to bias, let emotions cloud our judgment, and tire of making choices pretty quickly.<p>But Cerf has also learned that making a handful of really smart choices at the right moment can eliminate the need to make hundreds of smaller, …

Self-improvement

10 Hard Things to Start Doing for Yourself

In 1911, two explorers, Amundsen and Scott, embarked on a race against each other to become the first known human being to set foot upon the …

Hiking

11 Habits of Remarkably Likable Bosses

Practice any of these and watch your employees' loyalty skyrocket.<p>Are leaders born or made? That's the age-old question. Since that question is above my pay grade, why don't we ask a bonafide psychologist to rest this case?<p>Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and …

Peter Drucker

Number One Habit You Need To Develop To Become A Great Leader

It's not just about being authentic, showing integrity and humility.<p>If you want to be a great leader then you need to have great leadership qualities such as authenticity, integrity, humility, etc., and you need to deliver.<p>At the end of the day, great leadership is all about getting results.<p>That …

Leadership

I asked a series of execs how they spend the weekend — and the same phrase kept coming up

It won't come as a surprise to many readers that, of all the New York City-based execs I interviewed recently, most said they work on the weekends.<p>It didn't come as a surprise to me — these are busy people; their companies are growing; the business world doesn't stop just because they'd rather …

Time Management

8 Things the 1% Do That the 99% Doesn't

Success is not a coincidence. It is achieved on purpose<p>Success is not a coincidence. It is achieved on purpose.<p>The difference between what makes some people successful and others not successful is that the highly accomplished have learned to do what the majority of people do not.<p>Let's look at the 8 …

Self-improvement

Free Online Photography Courses

These free online photography courses can help you adjust your lens, frame your subject, fix your lighting, and edit your photos. Whether you're …

Willpower Doesn't Work. Here's How to Actually Change Your Life

If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you there.<p><i>"Many people think that what the addict needs is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth."  -- </i>Arnold Washton, PhD<p>If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you …

Self-improvement

Want to Become a Multimillionaire? Do These 14 Things Immediately

Don't just wait around and wish for luck--become the kind of person equipped with the skills and abilities to do brilliant things.<p>"The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire." </i> …

Self-improvement

31 Simple Marketing Cheat Sheets For Business Owners That Don't Understand Marketing

Marketing your business can be tough, and it helps to have excellent resources to keep you up-to-date and effective.<p>This list covers 31 of my favorite guides, checklists and cheat sheets that cover the basics of marketing: everything from SEO, to email marketing, to social media, to blogging. Add …

Marketing
Self-improvement

Learning These 7 Tough Skills Will Immediately Improve Your Entire Life

<b>These essential skills are never</b> <b>taught</b> <b>in school, but they will</b> <b>pay dividends</b> <b>for</b> <b>your entire life.</b><p><i>“Anyone who stops learning is old whether at 20 or</i> <i>80.Anyone</i> <i>who</i> <i>keeps</i> <i>learning stays strong.” — Henry Ford</i><p>We often focus only on learning skills that are directly pertinent to our jobs during the busy …

20 Tiny but Powerful Ways to Accelerate Your Personal Growth

Small shifts lead to big results.<p>When it comes to self-development, it's the small stuff that often makes the biggest difference.<p>Too often, people think about big changes in terms of big decisions. They think it's a sweeping action that moves the needle, when really it's the incremental steps made …

Self-improvement

People Who Do These 5 Things Seem More Professional

When you’ve finished spring-cleaning that overflowing closet of yours, shift your attention beyond the sweater you’re ready to part ways with. “You …

What mastering a new skill every 30 days has taught me (part one)

I am a workaholic. I have also been fortunate enough to do jobs I have very much enjoyed (and still enjoy) and work with incredible people making …

Now you can take Pixar’s ‘The Art of Storytelling’ course for free

Have you always wanted to be Pixar animator? Now that process is a tiny bit easier. The animation studio recently made a number of courses available on the Khan Academy website to help you start your journey — and they’re free.<p>The group of courses are called “Pixar in a Box” and include short …

The 10 Hottest Productivity Tools of 2017

These productivity tools, tips, and strategies are the gifts that keep on giving.<p>Tools--hardware, software, apps, etc.--come and go. That's the nature of progress. But what never goes away is knowledge. Once you know a way to be more efficient and effective--a new approach, a new mindset, a new …

Time Management

Your Cheat Sheet To Negotiating These Five Perks With Your Next Job Offer

If they aren’t budging on salary, here are five other perks to ask for–and how to ask for them.<p>So you finally landed that big job offer. Congratulations! But don’t break open the bubbly just yet. It’s time to gear up for the tricky negotiation phase that often takes place before the deal is …

6 Powerful Ways to Build Unbreakable Self-Discipline

If you look at your life right now, what is the reason you are not as successful, happy, or healthy as you could be at this point in your life?<p>Apart …

Motivation

5 killer productivity hacks: How to work faster and finish early every day

Between meetings, deadlines that require quick turnaround, more meetings, hitting your goals (and even more meetings) it's easy to feel like you're …

Harvard Has a Free Online 12-Module Digital Photo Course

Want to learn photography from Harvard? (Yes, that <i>Harvard</i>.) It turns out you can easily do so, even without being a student. The oldest institution …

You Only Need 3 Months To Become A Brand New You (With This Self-Improvement Approach)

You’re sitting in your living room watching a new Tony Robbins motivational documentary about changing yourself. By the end, you’re so excited about …

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