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How to Cultivate Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride on Your Team

As a leader, what traits should you cultivate in your employees? Grit – the ability to persevere in the face of challenges? Sure. A willingness to accept some sacrifices and work hard toward a successful future are essential for the members of any team. But I believe there’s another component that …

Happiness

18 Hacks That'll Get You Super Organised For Uni This Year

There's no better feeling than being completely organised and ready to go.

Productivity

4 Anti-Inflammatory Supplements Doctors Swear By To Get Flat Abs Fast

Shutterstock<p>Inflammation is one of the leading causes of weight gain, and it’s something that affects so many people without them ever realizing it! …

Fitness

Japanese ‘Ikigai’ Philosophy Could Be the Secret Formula to a Long and Happy Life

Many of us spend our entire lives trying to achieve happiness and the perfect life balance to leave us fulfilled. So what is the key to living a full, fruitful life? In Japan, a concept called <i>ikigai</i> is central to finding one’s satisfaction and meaning in life. In fact, <i>ikigai</i> translates to “reason …

Happiness

How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?<p>It’s nothing much to look at, but the tangle of pipes, pumps, tanks, reactors, chimneys and ducts on a messy industrial estate outside the logging town of Squamish in western …

Bill Gates

How To Manage The Four Strong Personalities You See In Meetings

We’ve all got our quirks, and most of us bring strengths and some weaknesses to the teams to which we belong. But there are four strong personalities that stand out for their ability, both positively and negatively, to impact team dynamics, especially when it comes to meetings.<p>There are the</b> …

Leadership

How Entrepreneurs Can Learn To Stay Positive, No Matter What

Entrepreneurship can be challenging, for founders as well as their team members. Clients, employees, investors and everything in between can, and often do cause terrible stress and anxiety.<p>The unconscious negativity that results from prolonged and persistent anxiety almost always has seriously …

Self-help

How This Founder Went From Zero To $100 Million By Thinking Like A Kid

To succeed in business and in life there's magic in discovering your inner kid.<p>What is it that enables entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg and Richard Branson to persevere through seemingly insurmountable challenges that at first seem to exceed their limits? Make a list of people you …

Sheryl Sandberg

Psychologists say there's a growing unhappiness epidemic — and smartphones could be the culprit

We'd all like to be a little happier.<p>The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in the world. …

Happiness

I spent a year and a half being a productivity machine — until I realized I'd been missing the point all along

Three years ago I set out to create my first blog. It was a lifestyle blog (I had about as much creativity as a bag of rocks back then) that was going to change the lives of millions and make me rich in the process. I knew that all I had to do was write consistently and not give up.<p>In my mind, …

Business Strategy

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Method Promises Maximum Productivity

When you’re writing your to-do list, it’s tempting to write down all the tasks you might <i>possibly</i> get done the following day. But where do you even …

Research Shows Employees Have Only 2.5 Hours a Day to Do Real Work. Here's How to Fix This.

To keep your team on track and working productively, follow this 3-step process for identifying and solving their time management issues.<p>As a leader, it's your responsibility to help everyone on your team do more of their best work. This means coaching them to prioritize their work, giving them the …

I Spent 80 Days Trying to Get Abs and It Ruined My Life

I lost 30 pounds and a quarter of my body fat and all it cost was my social life, my relationship, and any joy I had.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>There is a photo of Hugh Jackman that's been circling the internet for awhile. It’s a side-by-side shot comparing Jackman's physique …

Fitness

6 Simple Ways to Reclaim Your Time in 2018

The new year is a great opportunity to take your productivity to the next level.<p>Do you ever feel like time is slipping away from you? Well, you aren't alone.<p>Many of us wish we had just a few more hours every day to accomplish the things we need to get done. Sadly, there is no magical way to add …

How Working Smarter -- Not Harder Drives Motivation

There is a lot of research that says we have a limited pool of cognitive resources<p>I'm sure you've come across that old business axiom that says "work smarter, not harder." Whether you're a freelancer, self employed, small business owner, or working nine to five, we're constantly on the lookout for …

The 70-20-10 Rule

A simple principle for managing scarce resources<p>One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their …

How Can You Tell If Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Famous Study Narrows It Down to 1 Rare Trait

In 2001, this best-selling management consultant identified one leadership behavior found in the most successful CEOs. Some things just don't change over time.<p>In Jim Collins' landmark book <i>Good to Great (</i>published in 2001)<i>,</i> his research team spent five years examining 1,435 "good" companies and …

Leadership

The Best Managers Do These 6 Key Things Differently

Giving people credit after a job well done isn't a sign of weakness.<p>Effectively managing others is both a science and an art, just like programming or playing an instrument. Based on personality and past experiences, some people tend to naturally be stronger at leading and inspiring others. That …

Employee Engagement

26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Time-management skills can take a while to learn.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant, the author of "Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want," and the creator of a course to help entrepreneurs find their target market, distilled the lessons he wishes he'd known when …

Time Management

Learning From LEGO: Sustainable Growth Is Harder Than You Think

There's a difference between growth and sustainable growth.<p>Companies are praised for growth, touting stats like the number of jobs created or the amount of funding raised as the be-all and end-all of success metrics. But there's a difference between growth and sustainable growth -- a lesson that …

Sustainability

Why This Second Grade Handout Should Be Your New Creative Manifesto

Last week, I attended curriculum night at my daughter’s school. In discussing the things the kids will be learning this year, the teachers handed us …

Advertising Industry

Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn: ‘People are losing their minds. That is what we need to wake up to’

By taking the Buddhism out of the practice, Kabat-Zinn pioneered a meditative approach used all over the world to treat pain and depression. He talks about Trump, ‘McMindfulness’ and how a 10-second vision in 1979 led to a change in the world’s consciousness<p>The police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, …

The Journal Every Entrepreneur Should Be Using to Track Growth

Staying organized and tracking progress as an entrepreneur is challenging, but bullet journaling can help.<p>One of the biggest challenges of going out on your own as an entrepreneur is creating a system for efficiently managing and tracking every part of your business. It's easy to feel overwhelmed …

Productivity

Why You Should Charge Clients More Than You Think You’re Worth

One of the most challenging decisions freelancers, solopreneurs, and independent consultants face is how much to charge for their time and expertise. What if people complain that you’re overpriced — or, even worse, walk away from a deal with you entirely? But the answer isn’t swinging to the other …

Nonprofits

A Nine-Year Collaboration Has Just Shown How Sugar Influences Cancer Cell Growth

This is huge.<p>There's a long-known relationship between cancer and sugar, but figuring out exactly how it works has proven elusive. Now, thanks to a …

How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you’re not clear on what you’re …

18 Things Parents Can Do to Make Their Kids Successful

Children only spend half their waking hours in school during the academic year.<p>This means that much of the rearing is still done at home.<p>In fact, …

Leadership

8 Differences Between Strong And Weak Managers, Told Through Cartoons

A great boss makes all the difference in the world. Hopefully you’ve had my experience, where a great manager has elevated your work to the next level. Of course, not everyone is so lucky. As a manager, it’s important to remember your influence in the workplace. Are you making everyone better? Or …

Self-help

I ditched my financial advisor for an app, and saving money has never been easier

At the risk of sounding cliché, I'm a millennial with almost no investing experience. I have a 401(k) retirement account, but all my non-retirement savings has been stashed in a standard savings account from Bank of America.<p>With interest rates low and my savings not doing much, I decided it was …

Retirement