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Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Self-improvement

What Best Motivates You at Work? When 200,000 Employees Were Asked, This was Their No. 1 Response

Hint: It's not about the money, money, money.<p>When you're motivated, you feel energized. You're ready to take things on, get things done, push things forward. Projects get moved along; emails get answered; you move along with pep in your step.<p>When you're unmotivated, it's hard to get started. You …

Employee Engagement

What is a project manager responsible for? Here's everything you need to know

In the next few years, you may find yourself either working with a project manager, or taking on a role in this growing field. This quick guide will …

Project Management

19 Interview Questions That Cut Through the BS to Reveal a Great Hire

Employee turnover is downright costly. A great way to avoid it is to ask the right questions in the interview process.<p>I hate to start on a grim note, but it's necessary. Bringing in a few bad apples because of a lack of due diligence in the hiring process can be very costly (and inexcusable). Check …

Employment

How To Gain Respect As A Young Leader Without Having Years Of Management Experience

Motivating and managing people toward a common goal is rarely easy, regardless of whether it’s leading a group of employees, coaching players on a sports team or leading troops on a battlefield.<p>People inherently want to be led by someone they trust, who has a strong vision of where the organization …

Leadership

U.S. dollar outlook darkens as trade war looms | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar could face headwinds if President Donald Trump’s proposals to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminium imports are enacted, with the biggest risk stemming from the possible flight of capital flows needed to finance ballooning U.S. deficits.<p>FILE PHOTO - U.S. …

Economy

Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking

“Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my bureau — 50 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious — costs around $177,000 …

Design

7 phrases that will make you seem less confident at work

<b><br>Hey, I'm not sure if you have the time right now, but it would be great if you can read my latest column. Is that OK?</b><p>…said the weakest communicator ever.<p>Confidence is a powerful tool to gain respect and get stuff done.<p>As you compose emails/documents (and in conversation too), remove these …

Employment

What B2B Buyers Really Care About

It’s Saturday, and a chief operating officer who last week negotiated a multimillion-dollar deal for a fleet of vehicles for her company is feeling pretty good. To reward herself, she’s shopping for a convertible sports car to enjoy on weekends. Surely the price-value calculation she makes for a …

Customers

4 Toxic Leadership Phrases You Probably Say Daily

They might seem harmless, but these words and phrases tell employees that you're not a people-focused leader.<p>As leaders, our language defines us. Literally.<p>In a new report, the behavioral analytics platform Mattersight analyzed at least 10 minutes of public speaking engagements from well-known …

Leadership

When Joining a Development Team

Here are a few team building activities you can try with your team. These activities are ideal when you form a new team, when the team has …

Want to Be a Great Boss? Master the 4 Stages of Leadership | Inc.com

Most businesses get started because someone has a great idea and leverages their own knowledge and passion to lay the groundwork for success. They bring in mentors and hire talented people so they can hit the ground running. Yet they still fail.<p>So what happens? More often than not, these failed …

Employment

What enterprises will focus on for digital transformation in 2018

Up until this year, organizations could often afford to overlook the bigger picture for various digital upgrades, improvements, and modernization. In …

Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation? Experts Say These 5 Techniques Will Work | Inc.com

You walk into a room at a social event where people are mingling and networking near the bar. In one corner of the room, something catches your eye. You notice a small crowd of people gathered around one individual.<p>She's not doing much talking, yet it appears that people are gravitating to her …

George Mason

Mountains of US recycling pile up as China restricts imports

After you collect your cans, bottles and paper, then put them out by the curb, do you ever think about where everything goes after the truck picks things up? Largely, it goes to China.<p>Every day, nearly 4,000 shipping containers full of recyclables leave US ports bound for China. China sends the US …

China

What Are the Best Ways to Build Candor on a Small Team? | Inc.com

<i>What are the best ways to build candor on a small team? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Mills Baker, Product Design Manager, on Quora:</b><p>A first point: nothing you do will be effective …

This amazing visualisation shows how the world's ships move goods around the globe

Shipping is vital for the global economy, with roughly 90% of all goods moved across the world by ships.If shipping stops, so does the world economy.<p>Global trade has been the subject of much scrutiny in the past year or so, with Brexit and the Trump presidency both seen by many as threats to the …

Natural Gas

How to Run an Efficient Meeting--Without Being Bossy or Taking Over | Inc.com

Of course you are going to run the meeting. You probably know the most about the subject and care most about it. Why would you not run the meeting? Because subject matter experts and leaders should rarely, if at all, run meetings.<p>When subject matter experts and leaders run meetings they typically …

Visualize your budget with a Sankey diagram ~ Get Rich Slowly

There’s a new fad in the financial independence subreddit, one that might be fun for Get Rich Slowly readers to play around with. People have …

Finding the Right BI Tool for Your Business

Data visualization is a great way to understand the numbers that matter better. We process images 60,000 times faster than text. This is one reason …

1 Brilliant Yet Often Ignored Communication Trick Will Help You Lead Your Team | Inc.com

The team was present, but definitely not listening. I was floundering in my effort to help them understand why we needed to change our entire sales process. I thought I could handle it. I thought my leadership skills were better than this. I was in my third month as a newly appointed sales manager, …

Leadership

Tesla Semi stands to shake up the trucking industry

The "Beast" is real. Elon Musk has unveiled the Tesla Semi and immediately pushed the trucking industry into a new dimension of technology and efficiency.<p>If your semi-trailer breaks down in Death Valley while hauling a load of produce, that's potentially a very expensive problem.

Tesla

How to Allocate Resources When Everything Is 'Priority 1'

You're used to prioritizing tasks based on their urgency and importance, right? That's doing it wrong.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the hardest parts of being a leader is making critical decisions when multiple projects and tasks are competing for your …

Time Management

Are You Really a Leader? This Simple Test Lets You Know | Inc.com

We have all worked for really bad bosses at least once in our life. My worst boss ever was both clueless, and mean. Not only did she think she was some sort of incredible leader, but in reality, no one trusted her nor liked working for her. She once gave me an assignment that should have taken a …

Leadership

How to win an argument, even when you're wrong

I taught him a technique that I have found incredibly powerful. So powerful, you can even use it to great effect, with evil intent.<p>I'm not suggesting that you'd do this, but I do love a good debate. It's possible there may have been times, at a dinner party or two, where I've used this approach to …

Recruitment

Turning High-Potentials into Successful Leaders

Organizations around the world are failing on one key metric of success: leadership development. According to research from the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), 66% of companies invest in programs that aim to identify high-potential employees and help them advance, but only 24% of senior executives …

Human Resources

5 Tricks to Make Meetings With Your Employees Much More Efficient | Inc.com

No matter how you slice it, the most effective form of communication to this day between managers and their employees involves one-on-one meetings done in person.<p>I know what you're thinking: "How am I going to find the time for this? That's what email, Slack, and texting are for!"<p>I hear you. The …

Employment

How to figure out what's worth your time and money — and what isn't

There are many parallels in running a business and running your life— especially when it comes to deciding whether to throw time or money at solving a problem. The there is a catch in knowing when and how to value your time over money.<p>For example, when you're young and you don't have a lot of …

Entrepreneurship

4 Signs Your Star Employee Will Be a Good Leader | Inc.com

"The first step in wisdom is in the correct naming of things.<i>"</i> -- Confucius<p>Whether you're looking to move up in the ranks of your organization, or you're considering team members for promotion, being clear on what it means to be a leader is critical. The noun "leader" simply describes what a person …

Leadership