Julio Vidal Pradenas

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How to be smarter than people smarter than you

<i>Are you ready for this big secret?</i> Read.<p><i>— — —</i><p><i>Thanks for taking your time with this post! If you liked this, please hit the —</i><p><b>Just kidding.</b> I have more …

Money

How to Write the Perfect Business Plan: A Comprehensive Guide | Inc.com

Maybe you think you don't need a step by step guide to writing a great business plan. Maybe you think you don't need a template for writing a business plan. After all, some entrepreneurs succeed without writing a business plan. With great timing, solid business skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a …

Small Business

Stop Acting Like You're Going To Live Forever

Everyone knows someone who always appears to be frantically busy. Too busy sweating the small stuff. Too busy to take on new opportunities. Too busy to enjoy themselves.<p><b>“Busy” is not an indicator of success. “Busy” means ineffective time-management or poor prioritization.</b><p>The attitude of “it will be …

Time Management

What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Motivate Your Team

When I speak to large groups about leadership, one question I often ask is, “How many of you have ever received a compliment from your boss that actually offended you?” Without exception, more than two-thirds of the people in the room raise their hands. When I probe further on what people found …

Employment

The Simple but Effective Way to Stop Worrying So Much (It Sounds Ridiculous, But It Actually Works)

Science shows you can contain your worries to 30 minutes each day.<p>"I just can't shut off my brain. I worry so much I can't pay attention to what I'm doing." I hear comments like this in my therapy office on a daily basis. Whether you're constantly worried about money or you just can't stop …

Self-help

2 Career Derailing Behaviors That Might Surprise You

It isn't always the obvious behavioral challenges that can derail any good leadership career. Here are two less obvious things to watch out for.<p>There are a lot of reasons why careers of otherwise functional or technically competent leaders derail. Most of us know many of the obvious ones: …

Leadership

The BEST Landscapes Photography You Should Follow on 500px

1. Dylan Toh and Marianne Lim<p>In the past 10 weeks, these two have been the most popular photographers eleven times! Yeah, 11 times in 10 weeks. …

Landscape Photography

16 of the Best Apps for Landscape Photography

In this article, I’ll share my top 16 favorite apps that I use almost every time I have to plan a photography session, a photo trip, or a complex …

Apps

5 Tips on How to Process Light in Landscape Photography

You are into photography. This means you are a light chaser by definition. Because we all know: light makes or breaks a photograph. So how about …

Landscape Photography

5 tips for answering the trickiest job interview question

It’s a common interview question: “What’s your biggest weakness?” But for many of us, it can feel like coming up with an appropriate answer to this …

Employment

What Every CEO Needs to Know About Design

CEOs who are design thinkers now need to add 'design doing' to their toolkit.<p>"To personalize an experience in the context of the moment--to understand what makes a customer human--Reinventors don't just plumb lots of data, though they do that well. They're design thinkers. They approach problems …

Design

7 TED Talks That Will Help You Be A Better Leader

As a leadership and culture coach, I’m always on the lookout for new inspiration. Learning about other people’s experiences, strategies, and ideas about leadership can generate awesome insight!<p>Here are some TED talks that “package” what makes great leaders into concise, informative speeches.<p><b>1. John</b> …

Leadership

Your Goal Is To Find A New Job, But You Need To Implement A System To Make It Happen

Everyone concocts grandeur dreams designed to alter the entire trajectory of their lives.<p>Starting January 1, my New Year’s resolution is to hit the gym every day and get into the best shape of my life. I plan to lose 50 lbs before my trip to the islands and fit into the swimwear I wore on college …

Employment

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

These Brain Foods Have Been Found to Increase Your Focus, Help You Think More Clearly, and Give You a Longer Life

Eat walnuts, sardines, and salmon, and you're off to a fast start.<p>While drinking coffee is a necessary cultural norm that keeps us alert and productive throughout the day, a daily caffeinated fix can have spiraling effects that wreak havoc on the body.<p>Before lighting your torches and starting …

Wellness

Three Signs It's Time To Fire Someone (Even If You Like The Person)

One painful aspect of leading is firing people you like. It’s hard for many reasons. The employee may love working with you and for your company. It might be someone you are friends with outside of work. And they might just be a good person who is doing their best. Firing anyone isn’t easy but …

Leadership

3 Reasons Leaders Should Be More Specific

Whether things at your company are going well or poorly, it's always a good time to get down to the nitty-gritty.<p>No matter who you are, what kind of company you run, or how long you've been doing it, you'll never make the right calls 100 percent of the time. The only way to avoid making any …

Leadership

MIT's Mind-Blowing Solutions to the 9 Hardest Startup Problems

Deciding how big you want the company to be and change its strategy, organization, and processes while sustaining the culture.<p>If you aspire to be a successful startup leader, it helps to know how to solve the toughest challenges you'll face.<p>When I was a graduate student at MIT, professors …

Startups

The Enterprise Marketing Disconnect that Nobody Wants to Talk About

Enterprise marketing teams have a big problem that nobody wants to talk about; they have no idea if their cross-channel campaigns have performed well or completely failed. The dilemma comes from a fundamental disconnect between analytics and business intelligence (BI) tools and the thousands of …

Big Data

Bill Gates Reads 50 Books Per Year. But Only These 6 Leadership Books Made His List of Recommendations

Of all 186 books Bill Gates has ever recommended on his personal blog, six leadership books get special attention.<p>In a 2016 interview at the <i>New York Times</i>, Bill Gates said that reading is still the "main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding." He told <i>The Times</i> he reads about 50 …

Bill Gates

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

7 work-from-home jobs that pay over $100,000

More Americans are working from home than ever before, and the trend is radically transforming how workers make, spend and save their money.<p>According …

Employment

5 Tips To Help Develop Charisma

Have you ever wondered how a certain family member, friend or colleague never meets a stranger? They can just walk into a room, and easily make friends? People are not born with charisma and likability, like most skills they are learned. They are the product of thousands of conversations and …

Self-help

Just How Bad Is Business Travel for Your Health? Here’s the Data.

Checking into a hotel for a conference several years ago, I asked the receptionist where I could get some dinner. There was no restaurant in the hotel, I was told; my only options were ordering delivery from a fast-casual chain or a pizza joint. I went with the pizza, but my lack of choices was …

According to Harvard, This 1 Leadership Trait Separates Exceptional Leaders From the Rest

Better team collaboration, stronger employee commitment, and lower staff turnover are possible, if you can lead with compassion.<p>When researchers Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter looked at the factors that separated exceptional leaders from the pack, one trait stood out above the rest: …

Leadership

Assessment: Are You a Compassionate Leader?

Compassion has become increasingly recognized as a foundational aspect of leadership. One study from 2012 found that compassionate leaders appear stronger and have more engaged followers. Other studies have found that organizations with more compassionate leaders have better collaboration, lower …

13 cognitive biases that really screw things up for you

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of …

Psychology

10 ways to make yourself a more attractive human being

There are two basic paths to becoming more attractive.<p>Become a better human being (internal)<br>• Become a better looking human being (external)<p>Here are a …

Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”

“We have a great culture.” We have all heard it. We have all said it. But what does that mean?<p>Ping-Pong tables, free meals, and beer on tap? No.<p>Yoga, CrossFit classes, and massage chairs? I so need that, but no.<p>The promise of being part of a hip, equity-incentivized, fast growing team? Closer, but …

Team Building

10 habits of unlikeable people

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few — the good …

Body Language