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How To Master The Fine Art Of Small Talk

Move beyond the weather to make small talk less painful and more productive. Here are five things that great conversationalists know.<p>Small talk gets a bad reputation. To avoid this allegedly meaningless drivel, people skip networking events. Or, almost as bad, they attend, but talk to the three …

How to Make People Like You: 6 Science-Based Conversation Hacks

So you want to know how to make people like you? It’s easier than you think.<p>A while back I posted about how to master conversation skills. Here are 6 …

Productivity Hacks: Tap into the Sharing Economy

Over the past year, I have been enjoying a plethora of on-demand services that have popped up in the Bay Area, including my own company, Sidecar. We …

4 Habits Of Punctual People

Those people who are always on time? How to they do it? If you are part of the 20% of Americans who are chronically late, get ready to change everything.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Plan any event and chances are one in …

Be A Leader In Your Industry: Help Others

Think about the qualities that define industry leaders. They are knowledgeable, well-connected, credible, and amiable — among other things. And, because of these traits, they’re always in a position to help others in the industry. (Whether they actually do or not is another story.)<p>It’s this …

This Post Will Make You A More Effective Communicator In 90 Seconds

<b>I've recently been doing a bit of research on space exploration.</b> The hunt has inevitably led me to stories about SpaceX founder (and billionaire …

"The Four Hour Work Week": My Life Management Bible

Some scary things I had to work out:<p>Healthcare: COBRA of my existing plan would last for 18 months.<br>• Living costs: I cashed in some stock and options …

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”: I Transformed Myself Into a Fact Finder

<i>This post is part of a series in which Influencers describe the books that changed them. Follow</i> <i>the channel to see the full list</i><i>.</i><p>In 1990, I discovered …

The Tiny Adjustment That Could Change The Course Of Your Next Interview

<b>Ever heard the phrase 'fake it 'til you make it'? Turns out there’s some truth to it. Here’s a simple tip to make your next job interview, speech, or</b> …

Charisma

Want to be Extremely, Wildly, Radically Successful?

Whichever adjective you select for the success you’re seeking – extreme, wild, radical – is it really possible that a few tweaks could be all you …

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Had His Top Execs Read These Three Books

At the beginning of the week I flew up to Seattle for a rare on-camera interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for CNBC. (You can view the full …

Jeff Bezos

Three Things I’ve Learned From Warren Buffett

I’m looking forward to sharing posts from time to time about things I’ve learned in my career at Microsoft and the Gates Foundation. (I also post …

Best Advice: What I Learned From Jack Welch Hanging Up on Me

That’s what he said. I had just left a decade-long run in media to hop to the corporate side of things at GE, working with Welch on communications …

Are You Making This Mistake at the End of Your Meetings?

A well-formed request demands a clear response. There are only three possible answers:<p>Yes, I commit.<br>• No, I decline.<br>• I can’t commit yet because, <br>a. I …

Why I Cheer When My Employees Leave

Some companies are at their most vindictive when their employees are at their most ambitious. And when I say ambitious I mean the worker is …

The Secret to Putting Together an Insanely Successful Team

What are 13 of the most common words that keep companies from realizing their full performance potential? (Hint: They are 13 words that are very …

Helicopter Managers: The Helping Hand Strikes Again

We all know helicopter parents, who are always hovering overhead to make sure that their children are thriving. In one survey of 725 employers hiring …

The Essential Hallmarks of a Good Leader

Over the years I have written about the importance of strong leadership in business and the essential qualities a leader must have. These qualities …

There's heavy demand in all sectors for ‘lean’ specialists

When Sun Life Financial goes to market to bolster its growing team of "lean" business specialists, it faces wide-ranging competition – jostling on job boards with companies as varied as Telus, Bombardier, Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, Shoppers Drug Mart, Kraft Foods and the City of …

7 Ways to Manage Email So It Doesn't Manage You

I'm always struck by the number of people who complain about the amount of email they receive and how much they despise their inbox -- not because …

Time Management

Genesis modernizes car buying with online convenience

Despite the explosive growth of e-commerce, there are few products that consumers are not able to purchase online. Today, people can order a range of …

Rallying Roots: STI vs Evo

A dirty job – we test these two turbocharged homologation specials on soil, not asphalt.<p>We owe it to motorsports for creating some of the most celebrated street machines in existence. Competition spurs innovation with the interest of stretching a vehicle's capabilities within a narrow set of …

By: Frank

Sadly I was thinking the same as Matt. It would have helped if the author explained how he built his use of Evernote into his routine. I have yet …

The First Thing You Must Do On Monday Morning

Take five minutes -- better yet, take ten. Sit at your desk, on the porch, or on the floor. Have tea or coffee in hand (I find finishing a cup is the …