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2018 IRS Federal Income Tax Brackets Breakdown Example (Married w/ 1 Child)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changed up the personal income tax brackets, exemptions, and deductions. Here is an updated graphical breakdown of a …

Retirement

How to convert a Windows laptop to a Chromebook

Chromebooks are wonderful for schools and businesses, provided you primarily use Google services. But a brand new Chromebook doesn't make an existing …

Google Play

Here's How Your Kids Can Build Lego Models Digitally and Then Buy Their Own Creations

The best way to get your kids into Legos is to hand them a tub of Lego bricks and say, “Here, go wild.” But eventually, they may want to think even …

Lego

How Leaders Undermine Their Company Culture

OpenClipart-Vectors / Pixabay<p>What’s the most important ingredient in company culture? There are several possible answers, perhaps, but for me the …

Leadership

How To Propel Employee Engagement To Sky-Rocketing Levels

Often leaders are focusing so intensely on growth that we miss that our team’s emotional experience is suffering.<p>And when they’re suffering, they’re in their Critter State versus their Smart State. Why? Most likely because safety, belonging or mattering are missing. But how do you know who needs …

Employee Engagement

IRS Unlocks The 'Door' For High-Income Savers

For years, there’s been a debate raging in the financial planning community surrounding something that’s colloquially become known as “The Back-Door Roth IRA.” Some practitioners (including myself) have been advocates of the planning strategy, which involves a two-step process that effectively …

Retirement

You make or break your life between 5-7 a.m.

While serving a humanitarian and ecclesiastical mission at the age of 20, I learned potentially the most important lesson of my life. How you spend …

Motivation

This Couple Went From Having $150,000 in Debt to $1.5 Million in Savings. Here's How

16 years ago, they had $150,000 in debt. Now, they have $1.5 million in savings.<p>When Al and Lesia Riddick got married 16 years ago, they had about …

Personal Finance

This CEO Stopped Managing Results and Started Focusing on People, and Everything Changed

Traditional wisdom says you should manage your business based on results, turns out its bad advice.<p>When Jason Lippert became CEO in 2003, Lippert Components (LCI) a manufacturing company was assumed to have peaked while hovering at $100 million in sales.<p>With many companies outsourcing shipping …

lippert

How to Focus on What’s Important, Not Just What’s Urgent

Do you get to the end of the day and feel that you’ve met your most pressing deadlines but haven’t accomplished anything that’s fundamentally important? You’re hardly alone. In a series of studies recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people typically chose to complete tasks that …

Time Management

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

7 Simple Ways to Tell a Compelling Story

You have meaningful, important stories to tell. Here's how to do so.<p>You tell stories all the time to friends, family and coworkers. Stories about your vacation. About how your daughter scored the winning goal. About how your brother drank way too much beer at the family reunion and then what …

compellingstory

How I’m getting richer every day: 4 ways to increase wealth

I’m not hungry for money. Compared to several years ago, when I had less money, I still have the same life.<p>I wake up, drink my freshly brewed coffee, …

Personal Finance

9 Money Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Does the thought of a financial podcast summon images of your college accounting professor droning on and on in a too-warm lecture hall?<p>Well, it is time to ditch the flashback. Because these top podcasts won’t put you to sleep at the wheel. I’ve rounded up the best money podcasts that are as …

Self-improvement

The 20 Ways You’re Doing the Wrong Thing for Your Lawn

Maintain your lawn by learning how to avoid common mistakes.<p>Taller grass means a healthier lawn. It shades the soil surface, keeps the soil from …

A Big Overlooked Risk in Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

There are plenty of arguments for and against paying off your mortgage early.<p>One of the big arguments that favors investing over paying down your …

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

15 Cleaning Secrets Only Car Detailers Know

Save hundreds of dollars and detail your car yourself in half a day. Get professional results using these tips from experienced detailers.<p>If you hit …

60% of parents could be making a big college savings mistake

Americans are doing a good job of putting money away for college, but how they're doing it could use some improvement.<p>Americans are doing a great job of saving for college overall. Six out of 10 parents are actively saving for college costs, and 86% of parents with a college savings goal feel …

How to make the right decision: Ask this question

<i>Stuck making a decision?</i><p>You are not alone. Making decisions makes most people afraid. Even leaders fear the consequences of making the wrong call. …

Self-improvement

The Best LinkedIn Summaries And Advice On How To Make Yours Shine

Over the past decade, I have probably read tens of thousands of LinkedIn profiles as part of the work I do to help companies maximize the value of LinkedIn. Your profile is so important to your career success (it is often people’s first impression of you) that you should make more than a cursory …

Employment

Warren Buffett: If you invest this way, 'you can't miss'

When Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett makes investing decisions, he focuses on one thing only: the facts.<p>"You have to be able to play out your …

Investing

People who are good at building wealth tend to be the same, no matter how much money they have

Most of us have a very good sense of our physical health. But when it comes to our financial health, the picture often gets a bit unclear. This is unfortunate, especially since it's becoming increasingly accepted that financial health and physical health are directly related. And the state of each …

10 Signs You Aren't As Clear As You Think You Are

Increased clarity is the best option for improving profits, performance, and engagement. The reason more leaders aren’t pursuing greater clarity is they don’t recognize the lack of clarity that permeates their organizations and consumes their profit. A good part of that problem starts with the …

Management

5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

We all want to be fearless public speakers. We dream of confidently striding onto the stage to give a speech or presentation, breaking the ice with the perfect joke, captivating the audience with compelling stories, handling the most difficult questions with ease, and exiting to cheers and applause.<p>…

If you’re too busy for these 5 things, your life is more off-course than you think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the …

Self-improvement

Both My Parents Knew They Would Die Before I Turned Nine

This is how they helped me prepare for life without them.<p>The movie theater was empty except for the two of us. As the credits rolled, we made the room into our playground: We danced in our seats, cut cartwheels down the aisles, and laughed until the lights turned on and the clean-up crew arrived.<p>I …

The small behaviors that create excellence at work

Tom Peters is a leading business mind and the bestselling author of sixteen books, including <i>In Search of Excellence</i> (with Robert H. Waterman, Jr.), …

How to Create a Strong First Impression as a Leader

Lead with authenticity, and these tips will help you communicate the rest to make the best first impression as a leader.<p>5 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>You’ve likely heard this saying: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And it’s true. You …

4 Examples That Will Confirm You Were Born to Be a Leader

Do you have a natural bent for people and relationships? That's a good starting point.<p>Ever wonder if you're true leadership material? Perhaps you've been told you are, but the question is, <i>by what standard</i><i>?</i> Thousands of leadership books are written each year, many of them with marketing agendas to …

Leadership