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10 Dumbest Salary Review Comments | Inc.com

Want to feel good about your management skills (or those of your boss)? No matter what happens, you probably won't say (or hear) anything as stupid as these real-life comments made during real-life salary reviews:<p><b>10.</b> "Yes, I know you are my best employee and you train all our new employees. …

Communication Skills

Bill Gates: Good Feedback Is the Key to Improvement | Inc.com

Bill Gates, who recently reclaimed the title of the richest man in the world, took to the stage earlier this month for a TED talk on one of his pet causes: improving the quality of education. Specifically, the Microsoft creator focused on the need of quality feedback for teachers.<p>"We all need …

Bill Gates

3 Super-Cheap Marketing Tactics | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur running a bootstrapped company, marketing is not likely at the top of your to-do list. Bootstrapped companies are by definition lean, so founders don’t usually spend much on formal marketing. After all, great products sell themselves, so why bother?<p>Unfortunately, if you’re not …

Marketing

7 Foods That Boost Your Brainpower | Inc.com

Most entrepreneurs are accustomed to long days and hectic schedules. But if you want to make smart decisions for your company, what you put in your body matters almost as much as how many hours you put in at the office.<br>Here are seven foods you should add to your regular diet if you want to keep …

Nutrition

The One Word That Shouldn't Exist in an Entrepreneur's Vocabulary | Inc.com

No.<p>The one word the best entrepreneurs never accept.<p>I said it.<p>Now let me walk you through a broader story because avoidance of the word in and of itself will seem cliche. Stay with me.<p>When I was little I had a role model for entrepreneurship - my mom. She was a natural leader. She was president of …

Crossword Puzzles

Is Work the Only Thing You Do These Days? Time to Stop | Inc.com

I got kidnapped one weekend last month. My husband and daughter pretty much frog-marched me out of the house, into the car, and out of town. I didn't know where I was going but was promised I could be back at my desk in 48 hours.<p>I found it wonderfully soothing that I didn't know where we were going …

Kidnapping

Will Planning Less Help You Do More? | Inc.com

Have you tried about a dozen different productivity systems but failed to see long-term results?<p>Computer scientist and professor Cal Newport empathizes. After noticing he had more research ideas than he could possibly turn into papers, he "launched at least six different plans aimed at increasing …

Time Management

3 Reasons I Lead From the Weeds | Inc.com

You often hear the phrase "in the weeds" in restaurants referring to a server who has fallen behind, but in this post I'm going to use the phrase to mean being involved in the day-to-day details.<p>As the CEO of my online marketing company VerticalResponse, you might imagine that I spend my days in a …

Internet Marketing
Startups

Personal Productivity: Keep Up the Self-Scrutiny--or Try This | Inc.com

As a business owner, you're critical--by nature and by profession. You hold yourself to high standards, and are rarely satisfied with the status quo. You have a tendency to focus on what did not get done, when it should have, what could have been done better, and what still remains to be done to …

Self-Criticism

Charlie Hamilton: Most Successful People Worked When They Were Young | Inc.com

Charlie Hamilton, a serial entrepreneur and champion of Lemonade Day in Lubbock, Texas, knows all about running a successful business. But when it comes to raising successful kids, he realizes you sometimes just have to say "no."<p>“Successful adults often worked when they were young," he writes in <i>The</i> …

Success
Entrepreneurship

5 Lessons From Warren Buffett’s Office Hours

How does Warren Buffett paint the canvas of Berkshire Hathaway? He gave an Office Hours interview unpacking the how and the why.<p>It’s easy to have a mentor-crush on Warren Buffett: He’s worth $50 billion, he’s had friendships that have lasted decades, he leans in. For an hour this afternoon, the …

Self-confidence

3 Reasons You Don’t Realize You’re Getting Sidetracked When You Are

Over-confidence, over-comparing, and over-focus. Are you ready to be so over it all?<p>Does the following remind you of anyone?<p>“Most people want to behave in ways that are consistent with their self-image as competent, effective, and honest human beings,” Francesca Gino tells <i>Forbes</i>. “Yet, even when …

Leadership

Stressful Workplaces And Shrinking Paychecks Makes Fraud More Tempting

Corruption is an ongoing problem that many in business acknowledge is all around them.<p>Ernst & Young's annual international fraud survey, which covers Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa, found that 42% of board directors and senior managers are aware of some sort of irregular financial …

Employment

Charitable People May Be Smarter Than The Rest Of Us

His company, Stevens Aviation, had been advertising with the slogan "Plane Smart." Unaware that Stevens had a copyright on the slogan, Southwest Airlines launched an advertising campaign with the tag line "Just Plane Smart."<p>At the time, notes Harvard professor Robert Bordone, neither company was …

Southwest Airlines

Tips For Spotting A Liar During A Negotiation

A practiced liar can be extremely difficult to detect, which can have a big impact on negotiations that goes unnoticed until it's too late.<p>In a recent paper written up at Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, the University of Wisconsin's Lyn M. Van Swol and Michael T. Braun, and Harvard …

Harvard Business School

The Best Way To Win Fans Is By Excluding Almost Everyone

Everyone thinks you have to move to the big music cities. But Mihkel Raud in Estonia sold thousands of albums, 100% independent, without leaving Estonia. Go to sabbatum.com to see how he created an album so unique that word-of-mouth sold thousands, with hardly any promotion.<p>Everyone says you need …

Music Industry

What Eating Lunch At Your Desk Every Day Does To Your Body

But recent research suggests zoning out in front of the computer during lunch might actually lead to overeating [1]. So stop checking those status updates (c'mon, fess up!) and consider focusing on that yummy salad or sammy instead!<p><b>Gimme A Break: The Tip</b><p>Americans spend an average of 8 ½ hours a day …

Text Messaging

Another Reason to Love Your Pet—He Could Make You Live Longer

As someone who is actually considering adopting a dog—even though she already has three cats that she adopted about six months ago (I mean, can we get an intervention going here? Also, <i>please</i> don't tell my husband!), this is really, <i>really</i> good news. The American Heart Association just released a new …

Why Compromise Never Works (And What to Do Instead)

What if everything you thought you knew about compromise was wrong?<p>We've long been told that "good" people to meet in the middle.<p>Refusal to compromise is widely considered to be the root cause of political polarization, business battles, and divorce wars.<p>But refusal to compromise isn't actually the …

Leadership

Nutty finding: Olive oil, nuts can protect your brain

It might seem against all logic, but adding a little olive oil or a handful of nuts to your diet each day may help keep your mind clear, researchers reported on Monday. It’s the same diet that’s also been shown to reduce deaths from heart attacks and strokes.<p>The researchers found that people who …