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Gay, straight, bi or none of the above? How to describe your sexuality

Fourteen people describe their sexual preferences, history and beliefs, and plot themselves on the Kinsey heterosexual-homosexual rating scale<p>Some of us can easily describe ourselves as gay, straight or bisexual, but other people find these static labels inadequate. A recent YouGov survey found …

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

A few weeks ago, we were asked to analyze a competency model for leadership development that a client had created. It was based on the idea that at different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills. For example, in their model they proposed that …

6 Secrets of Brands That Cater to the Rich and Famous

Learn the psychological tricks luxury brands use to sell their products at huge margins.<p>Luxury brands defy rationality.<p>Paying tens of thousands of dollars for a handbag or millions of dollars for a car isn't a financial or functional decision. It's an emotional one. These brands understand the …

Ten must-read YA novels you've probably never heard of

Children and teenagers,Teen books,Books,Culture,Poetry (children and teens),Teen romance (childrens and teens),Historical fiction (children and teens)<p>Just like adult fiction, popular YA books such as The Hunger Games or Divergent are not representative of the sheer diversity of titles and authors …

Books

How Pinterest plans to spend its new millions and why it only hires nice employees, according to its cofounder

That brought the startup's total funding to $1.3 billion with an $11 billion valuation — In other words, boatloads of money for the five-year-old company.<p>Business Insider talked to Pinterest cofounder Evan Sharp not long before the company closed its latest funding.<p>During our interview, he talked …

Social Media

15 Easy Ways to Boost Your Writing Productivity

Sometimes time and energy seems inversely proportional to the work done. We all have experienced it – unfinished projects pile up while your …

How to Show Trustworthiness in a Job Interview

Most advice about job interviews is about how to assess a candidate’s skills, if you’re the interviewer, and how to demonstrate your skills if you’re the candidate – so that you will come across as smart and motivated. And there, right out of the gate, we’ve got a problem. Because the most …

Why I’m Pessimistic About the Future of Small Business

WAYNE RIVERS: Small and family-owned businesses are going to look very, very different 25 years from now for two primary reasons: demography and dysfunction.

Small Business

Legendary investor Ben Horowitz on how an ‘accidental’ investment led to a startup now worth $2.8 billion

Before becoming a VC, Horowitz was the cofounder and CEO of Opsware, a data center software company acquired by HP for $1.6 billion in 2007.<p>With that kind of success, you would think Horowitz would be the type that tracks every metric down to the wire, making sure every move is calculated.<p>But it …

Venture Capital

Marketing Your Business: It's Not All About Facebook

Having a business development strategy that incorporates Facebook, and other social networks, in your small business marketing plan makes sense in …

Ten ways to keep your brand fresh

As one of the founding members of DavidsTea, I was able to see the tremendous growth of the brand that started seven years ago with a simple idea. Here are some ways you can ensure your brand always stays fresh and relevant:<p><b>1. Hang on to your talent.</b> One of the best early decisions we made was to …

18 Brilliant Books You Won't Want To Miss This Summer

The year 2015 has already given us a new Toni Morrison masterpiece and a brilliant sophomore opus from Hanya Yanagihara, as well as a few dazzling debuts, but the summer ahead looks no less promising. We've compiled a few of the enticing reads we're most excited for in the next few, hopefully …

Books

Tactics for Asking Good Follow-Up Questions

Whether you are looking to hire someone, decide whether to trust someone, or enter a business partnership, the better you are at judging people, the better off you will be. Unfortunately, most people are just plain bad at reading others. Several decades of research among psychologists has indicated …

The 4 Types of Small Businesses, and Why Each One Matters

America loves small businesses. A 2010 poll by The Pew Research Center found that the public had a more positive view of them than any other institution in the country – they beat out both churches and universities, for instance, as well as tech companies. As Janet Yellen pointed out in a speech …

30 Startup Lessons

• Rejection, not failure, is the default state of startups (from market, family and investors).<br>• Entrepreneurship is learning to live in a constant state …

How to Market Your Business on a Small Budget

Looking to learn how to market your business without spending a thousands of dollars on ads? I’ve gotchu!<p>Whether you’re just starting out in business …

30 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. …

5 Time Management Tips For Lazy Entrepreneurs

Admit it, building a business is tough.<p>You have a million different things to do, and you must prioritize from a list as long as the Nile.<p>It drives …

Richard Branson on the 3 questions you need to ask yourself before launching a startup

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>Entrepreneur.com</i><i>.</i><p>By Richard Branson, …

The Remedy for Unproductive Busyness

Raise your hand if you feel busy. Keep it up, still, if you think the busyness is hurting your productivity. If your hand is still up, then you should keep on reading.<p>It’s very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive: It is the way our brains are wired. …

10 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed

I had just read an early version of a new book and decided to do a quick survey during a speaking engagement. I asked the audience, "How many of you …

Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team

Around 11 p.m. one night, you realize there’s a key step your team needs to take on a current project. So, you dash off an email to the team members while you’re thinking about it.<p>No time like the present, right?<p>Wrong. As a productivity trainer specializing in attention management, I’ve seen over …

The skills gap is widening - but here’s how you can close it

<i>Rosie Allabarton is a writer who lives in Berlin. Her journalism specializes in technology, education, employment and women in technology. She works as a tech writer and content manager for CareerFoundry, an online educational platform that provides training in web development and UX design,</i> …

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

Culture: Why It's The Hottest Topic In Business Today

Last year Merriam Webster’s dictionary stated that ”culture” was the most popular word of the year. Well, it has now become one of the most important words in corporate board rooms, and for good reason.<p>We have a retention crisis. New Deloitte research shows that culture, engagement, and employee …

How to Get Your Team to Coach Each Other

No one grows as a leader without the support of other people. Effective peer-to-peer coaching can offer the encouragement people need to overcome the fear of starting something new. Peer coaches, like professional coaches, can also hold their “clients” accountable for moving in a new …

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