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How Consultants Project Expertise and Learn at the Same Time

Young management consultants may be novices, but they’re sold as experts. Conversely, even experienced consultants, who legitimately present themselves as experts, still feel like novices when they embark on a new project.<p>The challenge with effective consulting is that it depends on in-depth …

Management

Want to Be Happy and Successful at Work? Stop Doing These 10 Things

Often we're so focused on doing more, when we should be focused on doing less.<p>With a world of advice on how to improve our working lives at our fingertips, it may seem ironic that the most simple things can often derail our productivity and our happiness--both as an employee, and as a leader. And, …

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

The most successful people in the world aren’t masters

As a teenager, Elon Musk read 14 books per week. At peak Olympic training, Michael Phelps spent six hours in the pool every day. Before they invaded America, The Beatles played eight-hour nonstop gigs in Germany, multiple nights a week.<p>Practice, so they say, makes perfect. And according to author …

Success

Can Secret To Staying Forever Young Be As Simple As Flicking A Switch?

“Aging has control knobs,” says cofounder of UNITY Biotechnology, which is working to develop medicines that may one day halt natural cell deterioration.<p>“These are siblings—-born within seconds of each other,” Ned David says of the two mice he shows in a video flashing on the wall. In mouse years, …

9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut Through the Small Talk

It all starts with having a genuine interest in the other person.<p>I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who …

A step-by-step guide to get richer, healthier, and happier in 31 days

If you don't yet have a plan for 2018, you might be in trouble.<p>Lucky for you, we've already made a plan for you. Above is our 31-day guide to starting off a healthy, wealthy, happy year. Each day is accompanied by a task, along with a quick explanation, below, of why it's important.<p>Read on to find …

Job Interviews

18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead - MIT Technology Review

<i>Azeem Azhar is a strategist, product entrepreneur, and analyst living in London. He is the curator of the weekly newsletter</i> Exponential View<i>, from</i> …

Innovation

Best of Art of Manliness 2017 | The Art of Manliness

Another year here at the Art of Manliness is in the books. 2017 was a big year for us at AoM. We launched a new book, dabbled with being a publisher …

Are You Having Trouble Focusing? These Simple Strategies Will Help

In today’s always-on, information-overloaded world, it can be hard to stay focused throughout the day. How often do you find yourself distracted by inner chatter during meetings? Or how often do you find that emails are pulling you away from more important work?<p>We’ve surveyed and assessed more than …

It's Not Magic: You Can Have Amazing Executive Presence

If you don't, it could be holding you back in your career<p>You're smart. You're educated. You have a resume packed with accomplishments. But you're not getting ahead.<p>As an executive coach, I often hear similar frustrations from many of my clients around the world. These leaders are ready to move up …

How To Succeed When You Don’t Have Access To A Professional Network

Sometimes, gaining access to a strong professional network means building your own.<p>I know now that a strong professional network is pretty much mandatory for career growth. But once upon a time, I didn’t have the same sense of pre-professionalism as many of my peers, let alone the network. As a …

How Amazon Is Changing Supply Chain Management

Amazon.com has changed the face of retail through its use of bold supply chain strategies and its deployment of innovative technologies. In this …

Why Bad Guys Win at Work

“Not all psychopaths are in prison – some are in the board room,” Robert Hare famously said during his aptly titled lecture, <i>The Predators Among …

7 Important Life Lessons Everyone Learns the Hard Way

It's better to look back on life and say: "I can't believe I did that" than to look back and say: "I wish I did that."<p>As elders are always telling younger people, experience is the best teacher. But if you can take in a life lesson without putting yourself through difficulty--if you can benefit …

Contribution Margin: What It Is, How to Calculate It, and Why You Need It

When you run a company, it’s obviously important to understand how profitable the business is. Many leaders look at profit margin, which measures the total amount by which revenue from sales exceeds costs. But if you want to understand how a specific product contributes to the company’s profit, you …

Moving To Blue Ocean Strategy: A Five-Step Process To Make The Shift

In 2005, <i>Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant</i>, a book by Professors W. Chan Kim and Rénee Mauborgne, launched a revolution in business strategy. After all, which firm would <i>not</i> to be operating in “uncontested market space,” …

Innovation

How to Help Your Kid Calm Down: An Age-by-Age Guide

Children need to feel their feelings, but too often, they become overwhelmed by them. When they’re visibly upset, that’s when parents tend to swoop …

How Walmart Could Make You Ditch Amazon

Hearsay? Or just good design?<p>It’s no secret that big-box retailers like Walmart missed the online revolution, and left a gap for Amazon to slither through and dominate. Toys R Us went bankrupt, Target is overhauling its stores, and shopping as you know it is shifting toward two extremes: …

How 2 young guys went from the brink of bankruptcy to selling their 'Shark Tank' business for $300 million

In the summer of 2011, after graduating from Harvard Business School and finishing active duty with the Marine Corps, Nick Taranto got a job at …

Google Just Gave Every Startup a Huge Gift With 1 Amazing, Free Website

Every startup wants the formula for success. Google just provided it for free.<p>Starting a startup isn't easy. Most startup founders struggle with juggling the myriad of success factors required to get things off the ground. Many new ventures fail.<p>It all just got a lot easier thanks to Startup with …

Psychologists studied 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — a short film reveals its key findings

The "Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth," or SMPY, has tracked 5,000 of the smartest children in America — the top 1%, 0.1%, and even 0.01% of all students — for 45 years. It's evolved from the lone SAT to include other IQ tests and college entrance exams.<p>A new short film from Vanderbilt …

IQ

The Pareto Principle Can Save You Time And Help You Achieve Your Goals

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