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The Evolution Of Strategy

When we think of great strategists in history, from Sun Tzu to Alexander the Great to Napoleon to Patton, we think of master chess players, leaders who personify timeless principles and can think two or three moves ahead.<p>Strategy is the sexy part of business, where boring Word documents and endless …

3 Simple, Powerful Things Leaders Can Do To Inspire People To Do Great Things

Lately I’ve been thinking about the simple things leaders do, or fail to do, that have profound impact on their employees’ perception of them, and on their employees’ commitment and productivity.<p>Then recently I was speaking with someone who mentioned how a leader in her organization had recently …

Small Tweaks To Make Your Work And Life Better

Years ago, author and consultant Cali Williams Yost used to try to talk to executives about ‘work-life balance.’ That all changed when one senior leader pulled her aside. “He said, ‘I’m going to take pity on you and tell you what’s going on. Every time I hear ‘work-life balance,’ I hear ‘work …

20 Rules For Succeeding In Business, By The Conqueror Of American Iconic Brands

You may not have heard of him, but Jorge Paulo Lemann is certainly the most successful Brazilian abroad, ever. Thanks to his controlling stakes in traditional American companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, the maker of Budweiser beer; Burger King and H. J. Heinz Company, which he bought through …

5 Things The Best Managers Do And Don't Do

Excellent managers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be loud and quiet, extroverted or introverted, Type A or calm. Their management style can be as unique as personalities. But while elements of personal style may vary, there are absolutes one can point to about management substance. …

The Evolution Of Work

Work is clearly evolving which means that we are seeing new technologies and behaviors enter our organizations. These new behaviors and technologies are largely being fueled by the consumer web and now organizations are struggling to adapt. Over the past few months I explored the Five Trends …

Why We Buy: The 3 Social Selling Factors That Make Or Break A Sale [Infographic]

Image Credit: Steve Mann<p>How are impressions formed? What motivates a person to buy?<p>We used to think the act of buying was a fairly logical process. A product engaged our attention, we gathered info about it, determined our interest level, and then bought or not. But now we know better…<p>What <i>exactly</i> …

No Strings Attached: Why Big Brands Are Getting Into The Music Business

On a Tuesday night at the Mercury Lounge, the small, dimly lit venue in New York’s Lower East Side, known for being where A&R reps are prone to get their first taste of soon-to-be massive acts like Mumford & Sons, four young guys from Canton, Ohio who go by the moniker Hey Monea! took the first set …

The Six Rules of Personal Success

Of all human abilities, one stands out, the ability to see the <i>Big Picture</i>, the things that are important in life, and not to be distracted by small, trivial, and irrelevant things; the intelligence to separate the message from the background noise.<p>‘The Big Picture’ is about the grand goals; the big …

7 Ways To Keep Your Employees Happy (And Working Really Hard)

It doesn’t matter what you build, invent or sell; your organization can’t move forward without people. CEOs, company founders and managers the world over know that keeping the teams beneath them moving forward together in harmony means the difference between winning and dying.<p>Prof. Leonard J. …

Want To Build A Successful Company? Give Up Control

Given how hard it is to create anything, and how much passion is required to overcome the inevitable obstacles you are going to face, the last thing you want to do is get in your own way. But I guarantee you will be tempted to.<p>Let me explain.<p>Invariably, people who start companies assign themselves …

The 28 best typography apps

From iOS to Android, Windows to web apps, the app world is brimming with ways to improve your typography skills and make working with fonts quicker …

Patrick Dempsey's Malibu Drive

The road sign reads 35mph, but the part flashing YOUR SPEED in yellow lights might as well say, “Holy *#@!”<p>On a cloudless afternoon in the hills above Malibu–where he is giving me a personal tour–Patrick Dempsey is defying the laws of the state of California and modern physics behind the wheel of …

How Healthy Is Your Business? 6 Ways To Take Its 'Temperature'

When 1 in 10 entrepreneurs work 70 hours a week, it’s a safe bet that business owners have a lot of issues competing for their attention. Making a great product, generating sales, building customer relationships and managing employees are often the most pressing issues for business owners.<p>It can be …

Simple Ways To Keep Your Network From Growing Cold

You’ve put a lot of time into building up a huge network of people by going to conferences, attending industry events, and reaching out to people you admire. Great!<p><b>RELATED:</b> <i>6 Ways to Upgrade Your Networking Skills</i><p>But if you simply store these contacts in your address book, only reaching out when …

14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends

Spencer Rascoff is only 37. Yet the Harvard grad and father of three has already accomplished so much.<p>He cofounded Hotwire.com and served as a VP for Expedia; he held the roles of CFO, vice president of marketing and COO at Zillow; and in 2008 Rascoff was promoted to chief executive of the popular …

Gorgeous Gothenburg Maisonette Exudes Stylish Scandinavian Charm

Not too long ago we showcased the inimitable Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel in the city of Gothenburg. Here is another beautiful architectural find …

Add Character To Your Kitchen With Industrial Pendant Lights

The industrial style has well-defined lines and characteristics which don’t always suit a comfortable and inviting home. However, some influences …

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How To Hire An Investment Advisor

If you manage to save up enough money to worry about it — and I hope you have this problem — you eventually wonder if you need to hire an investment advisor.<p>First, a disclosure. I am an investment advisor. Yet I offer this advice now with no ulterior motive. You might hire me or someone like me in …

31 Twitter Tips: How To Use Twitter Tools And Twitter Best Practices For Business

For years I have wondered what the value of Twitter is for sales and business. Everyone knows the indisputable value of LinkedIn for B2B sales, marketing, B2B prospecting, and entrepreneurs in general. But Twitter is finally gaining traction in B2B.<p>This article shares some of the latest Twitter …

How To Identify Your Workplace Strengths

At some point in your career, you’ll likely be asked: <i>What are some of your greatest workplace strengths?</i> Maybe your boss will pose the question in your next performance evaluation; perhaps a hiring manager will ask in a future job interview. Whenever it happens, you’ll want to be able to identify …

16 Things You Should Do At The End Of Every Work Day

Last week when I laid out the 16 things you should do at the start of every work day, I said the first few hours in the office can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight. But in order to successfully accomplish your morning routine, you’ll have to end the …