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10 TED Talks that will make you smarter about business

Thought leaders from around the world discuss how to be a more effective leader, how to motivate yourself and your employees, and how to launch a successful business.<p>Each one challenges conventional notions about the way we work.<p>We rounded up 10 talks that will make you a smarter, more curious, and …

26 habits of exceptionally successful people, according to a journalist who studied 500 millionaires

Self-made industrialist Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man on the planet in the early 20th century and was a student of what it takes to achieve greatness. In 1908, he met with the journalist Napoleon Hill and decided that Hill would be the vehicle for sharing his strategies with the …

9 things you can do every day to improve your life

So how can you make sure you're getting better every single day?<p>We sifted through Quora responses to the question, "What can I do to improve myself every day?," and did some research of our own.<p>Here are some of our favorite suggestions.<p>Each morning, choose a word that will guide the remainder of …

9 TED Talks to watch when you're feeling totally burned out

If this sounds like you, odds are you're burned out.<p>Burnout isn't just the greatest challenge to the global health system or a drain on the American workplace — it's wreaking havoc on your well-being.<p>But with the help of TED's expansive online library of presentations, you can quickly learn what …

9 ways to become a more interesting person

The honest answer is that you're probably perfectly fascinating — but you can always become more so. It's a question of collecting new skills, knowledge, and experiences and learning how to share them with others.<p>To find out how to do that, we checked out the Quora thread, "How do I become a more …

15 Great Interview Questions That Measure Emotional Intelligence

"Emotional intelligence is the key to being really successful," he told Business Insider's Jenna Goudreau.<p>Perhaps that's why more and more companies are asking interview questions that are designed to measure a candidate's emotional intelligence— which is the ability to perceive, control, and …

8 Signs That You're An Amazing Leader

What kinds of amazing leaders draw and develop the best talent? Generally, they possess many of these qualities.

10 ways to improve your emotional intelligence and become a better leader

It was my technical skills that had gotten me the job, not my leadership skills, as these had barely had the chance to develop.<p>I remember my first day in this new role, one of my direct reports came to see me, and she said she wanted to talk to me urgently.<p>So trying to be a good boss, I took her …

19 ways to slowly destroy your career

Bad habits, such as giving curt responses to emails or keeping to yourself all day, could be hurting your reputation — whether you realize it or not.<p>Here are 19 bad behaviors that will slowly erode your credibility and cost you in the end.

7 things hiring managers want to see in your cover letter

They give a glimpse into your personality in a way that a list of accomplishments can't.<p>Cover letters can be intimidating though, and it can be tricky to know where to start.<p>We turned to career expert and founder of career consulting firm Résumé Strategists, Alyssa Gelbard, to find out how to write …

What to say when the interviewer asks, 'Why should we hire you?’

With help from Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," we've answered the following: <b>"What should I say when an interviewer asks why the company should hire me?"</b><p>Taylor says this …

After I finally worked up the courage to interview Warren Buffett, he shared 6 of the wisest success tips I've ever heard

The idea for "Getting There" was that leaders in a broad variety of fields would share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top, so I of course desperately wanted Buffett to participate.<p>I had already sent a request to his office and been rejected, however, and the prospect of …

'Shark Tank' investor Lori Greiner explains the 7 elements of a perfect pitch

With more than 400 inventions and 120 patents to her name, as well as a hands-on approach to a diverse portfolio of investments in small businesses, Greiner has worked to become a reliable salesperson to some of the world's biggest retailers, like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. And as the "Queen of …

9 surprising tips for getting ahead in your career

Cliché career advice gets old, and ultimately loses it's significance, so we turned to a recent Quora thread that asked users for advice that no one ever mentions.<p>Here are 11 of our favorites that you don't hear every day:<p>Research shows that people who make the most money are those switching …

15 smart questions to ask at the end of every job interview

So, when the tables are turned and the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" take advantage of this opportunity. It's the best way to determine if you'd be happy working for this employer, and whether your goals are aligned with theirs.<p>"The very process of asking questions …

This Is An Ideal Resume For A Mid-Level Employee

Having a ton of experience under your belt doesn't necessarily mean you have an "impressive" resume.<p>"You can have all the experience in the world — but if your resume doesn't stand out, if you don't present that information in a well-organized manner, or if it doesn't tell your story, nobody will …

12 ways to be more persuasive, from the classic book 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'

Whether you're looking to become a better team manager or just convince your cable company to lower your bill, you can learn something from the greatest marketers and leaders.<p>About a century ago, Dale Carnegie recognized the demand for communication and leadership training and developed a …

4 things you should never do in an interview

In a recent LinkedIn post, recruiting manager John Kirschner shared the 10 "nevers" of interviews. Here are four of our favorites:<p><b>1. Never show up without good questions.</b> "Interviewing is like a sales call; you uncover a need and try to fill it," writes Kirschner. "Find the real need by asking good …

7 Bad Speaking Habits That Turn People Off

Speaker and author Julian Treasure gave a popular TED Talk last year that explained how anyone can speak effectively, whether in a conversation or in front of a crowd. How well you influence others is as much about you do say as what you don't.<p>Here are the bad habits you need to avoid if you want …

This One Quality Signals That You're Leadership Material

Having gravitas — a serious manner that commands respect — communicates that you have what it takes, says economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett. "You need to be seen as someone who knows their stuff cold and can go three to four questions deep in the their domain."<p>Hewlett came to this finding as part of …

17 things you should never put on your résumé

They don't have the time or resources to review each one closely, so they spend approximately six seconds on their initial "fit/no fit" decision.<p>You may be <i>perfect</i> for the job, but if your résumé has just one typo, if it's formatted poorly, or you use the wrong font, it could easily end up in the …

Rocket Journal: My (More Robust) Bullet Journal

I prefer a hard-cover Moleskine for this – specifically the large, ruled version. I’m currently using a red one; while I generally prefer black …

Productivity

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.<p>When I first left my parents’ small farm at eighteen to move to “the city” for …

7 Key Habits For Building Better Relationships

For a better relationship with anyone in your life, practice these seven tips.<p>While individuals may be highly brilliant and talented, few of us work in a vacuum; therefore our ability to develop relationships with others determines how successful we will be in our workplaces and in our …

Emotional Intelligence

7 Steps to Becoming a Happy Person Others Wants to Be Around

Several months ago, my wife, Gail, and I attended an industry mixer at a conference we were attending. Almost immediately, I was cornered by an …

How to Discover Your Calling in Life

<i>This article originally appeared on Live in the Grey.</i><p>We’ve all heard it before: “Do what you love.” “Follow your passion.” “Find a job that you would …

Employment

The three personal development goals successful people pursue habitually

If you Google "daily habits of successful people" you'll find almost every business-focused media outlet represented in the results. But if you're looking for a guaranteed roadmap to success, don't get excited just yet. If you read all of those articles, or even a few of them, you'll soon realize …

How to be more assertive at work

Have you ever admired a co-worker who’s able to navigate challenging situations with ease and professionalism, no matter the politics and difficult …

The 5 C's That Every Great Leader Needs to Succeed

The third letter of the alphabet is an excellent guide to some of the simple habits of today's best leaders.<p>What is it that separates leaders who are just getting along from those who are truly great? Great leaders have a tremendously positive impact on the companies they work for--and on the …

Leadership

14 habits of exceptionally likable people

One thing that will never change in business is the advantage charisma offers. The ability to form lasting relationships built on genuine empathy will always beat out a cold-blooded Machiavellian approach in the long run<p>The writer Napoleon Hill recognized this as a young business journalist and …