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4 Questions Great Managers Ask Their Employees Every Week

The prerequisite for setting the stage for these questions to be asked (and answered) is transparency. Therein lies the problem for most bosses.<p>Readers of my column in management roles will often write to me asking about what they can do to improve their relationships with employees. It's not that …

Employment

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

Employment

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

The Desire to be Perfect in a Russian Ballet Academy

Raised in Israel and trained as a dancer from a young age, the now NYC-based photographer Rachel Papo, decided to revisit the experience of being a …

Pinterest’s Subtle New Headquarters Are The Opposite Of A Typical Tech Office

Here’s what happens when your cofounder trained as an architect.<p>Before Evan Sharp cofounded Pinterest in 2010, he was an architecture student at Columbia University. So in 2014, when it came time to build a new headquarters for the growing company of about 400 employees, the choice of an architect …

San Francisco

5 Top Designers On How To Create The Ultimate PowerPoint Presentation

Slide presentations usually suck–but a good designer can turn that around. Here are four tips for selling your ideas.<p>PowerPoints are awful. Long and uninteresting, they are the corporate drone of visual media–synonymous with endless meetings, academic conferences, and corporate retreats.<p>For graphic …

Public Speaking

How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

We’d all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …

Body Language