Martin Augier

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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 …

How To Make Money Without A Job

Before joining the staff of Forbes in July of 2011, I was happily self-employed for 23 years. For much of this time my husband and I ran two mostly unrelated home-based businesses. He worked in his office in the front of the house, while I was in mine across the hall. Our office doors were usually …

The Truth About Sleep, Science, And Productivity

Is five hours of sleep enough? Are you screwed if you get less than eight hours? And what about naps? Bridging the yawning divide on the way we rest now.<p>When the topic of sleep arises, two questions invariably follow:<p><i>What’s the perfect amount of sleep to keep batteries charged and stay</i> …

How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

My most recent book, “Choose Yourself!” sold 53,000 copies since it’s release on June 3 [update 2016 – over 500,000 copies], hit the Wall Street …

A Piece of Jimi Hendrix's Rainbow

How a calculating band of lawyers, promoters, cons and other vultures have plundered the grave of Jimi Hendrix<p><b>Part One: The Death</b><p>In the six years …

Why Every Email Should Be 5 Sentences Long

“Proper email is a balance between politeness and succinctness,” entrepreneur-investor-author Guy Kawasaki tells Entrepreneur.com. “Less than five sentences is often abrupt and rude, more than five sentences wastes time.”<p>In this way, the email is like poem. A sonnet maybe, with the way its …

Meet The PAC That's Already Mobilized Against Hillary Clinton For 2016

“Preparedness” was once a word politicians and their operatives reserved for talking about natural disasters. But in the current political campaign climate—in which former governor of New York Eliot Spitzer recently polled ahead in a race he hadn’t technically joined—it seems it’s never too soon to …

The Very Rich Are Different From You And Me? Yep, They Don’t Need Email

That’s probably not what Fitzgerald was talking about. But extreme wealth and power might just be the best email app ever. Apart from, you know, email.<p>While we set our productivity aspirations upon the ever-elusive inbox zero–and suffocate ourselves in the process–a handful of mind-bendingly …

How I Learned To Get The Most Out Of Every Week’s 168 Hours

Would you rather flip through a Pottery Barn catalog or train for and run a half-marathon? The secret to time management is all about priorities.<p>I’ve always loved the phrase “the truth will set you free.”<p>While I’ll admit that objectivity is hard to achieve, when you face reality as head on as …

How Delusion Makes You More Productive

The first step to getting something done is deluding yourself into thinking you can do it.<p>How do you get something massive done–like building a business or writing a book or learning how to dance–when you’re not sure if you can make it happen? A.J. Jacobs has the hack: self-delusion.<p>Jacobs, whose …

How To Start Your New Job And Not Get Fired

Congratulations on your new job! Now, how do you make sure that you keep it?<p>46% of newly-hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% will achieve unequivocal success, according to a study by Leadership IQ. Of those that fail, only 11% lacked the necessary technical skills. The …

Why You Need To Unplug Every 90 Minutes

You’re an organism. And organisms run in cycles. Here’s how to work with yours.<p>Since sprints get us to focus in and finish our tasks with crisp consciousness, we know they’re the most effective way of working. But what’s fascinating is <i>why</i> they make us work so well.<p>For Leo Widrich at Buffer, it’s in …

Google’s Futuristic Airport Billboards Are Interactive, Allow You To Download Content

Google is testing out a new Australian pilot campaign which lets users download media and Android apps from airport billboards. The new signs at domestic airports in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane were created for Google by agency Ooh Media and are part of a growing trend by airports to use NFC …

Exercise Doesn't Just Help Shed Fat — It Changes How Fatty Tissue Works

Exercise works its magic in many ways. It improves the power and efficiency of the heart; it boosts the release of certain neurotransmitters (the chemicals nerve cells use to talk to each other); and it stimulates cells' garbage-disposal machinery. Now a group of researchers led by Charlotte Ling …

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The Fastest Way To Grow Your Business

Sometimes we make business far harder than it is.<p>We over-think our strategy, complicate our product line, worry too much about our staff.<p>All of these are important issues to be sure, but they pale into insignificance compared to the one area of business that contributes most to success.<p>That area? …

Here's A Tool To See What Your Email Metadata Reveals About You

Earlier this week, Mike Masnick of Techdirt complained that anyone who dismisses the NSA’s collection of metadata around people’s phone calls and emails (as revealed in the Snowden Leaks) “because it’s ‘just metadata’ doesn’t know what metadata is.” The argument is that you can learn a lot about …

If You Want To Nail An Email Introduction To A Busy Person, Here's How

<i>By Chris Fralic, Partner at First Round Capital in New York.</i> <i>This is an updated and revised version of this post.</i><p>I’ve sent a total of more than 81,000 e-mails since 2007— and that’s not even counting my personal e-mail. Over that time, I’ve found that roughly 20% of my e-mails involve the word …

Use Tension and Conflict to Create Breakthrough Products

I’ve written before about the science that helps explain why and how constraints and limits, often in the form of intelligent, well-set stretch goals, result in more creative solutions.<p>Too often, though, managers set what appears to be a good stretch goal, only to discover that it did not produce …

Work Smarter with LinkedIn

Publication Date: <b>June 25, 2013</b><p>If you think LinkedIn is just for job hunting, you're missing out on the many ways you can take advantage of this social network to build the professional relationships you need to advance in your career. LinkedIn can help you initiate, strengthen, and use the very …

Mobile Payments and the ‘Wow’ Factor: Q&A With Square CFO Sarah Friar

While marketers strategize heavily around how to help consumers decide what to buy, how much time do they spend thinking about how they will pay? This area of innovation is where mobile payment companies want to play, especially in markets where such technology is less than ubiquitous.<p>San …

How Drucker Thought About Complexity

Throughout his life, Peter Drucker strived to understand the increasing complexity of business and society and, most importantly, the implications for how we can continue to create and deliver value in the face of complexity. I have long been influenced by Drucker’s work. In the 1960s and 1970s, he …

Ten Charts That Show We’ve All Got a Case of the Mondays

If you’re in a workplace in America right now, chances are most of the people around you are pretty checked out. You might even be plodding through the day yourself, counting down the hours until you can fly out the door. Or you’re doing your very best to make your unhappiness known to anyone …

IT in the Cloud Era

An interview with <b>Aaron Levie</b>, cofounder and CEO of Box. Follow him on Twitter at @levie.<p>JUSTIN FOX: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast, from Harvard Business Review. I’m Justin Fox, and I’m talking today with Aaron Levie, who is co-founder and CEO of the cloud storage company Box. Aaron also happens to be …

Should I Accept that LinkedIn Invitation?

That’s a question I am almost guaranteed to hear during any social media workshop, or indeed, in one-on-one conversations about social networking. Even committed LinkedIn users are often uncertain of which connection requests to accept, or which invitations to extend: Someone who regularly shares …

How Money Actually Buys Happiness

Warren Buffett’s advice about money has been scrutinized — and implemented — by savvy investors all over the world. But while most people know they can benefit from expert help to make money, they think they already know how to spend money to reap the most happiness. As a result, they follow their …

Lessons From My Father: Thinking Like An Entrepreneur In Everyday Life

My dream was always to become a lawyer. I used to believe that law was the most direct way to impact the world around me. I thought entrepreneurs were only concerned with small issues, while lawyers worked on solving the big problems in the world.<p>It didn’t take too long for me to realize that I had …

Google Fiber Could Reach 8 Million Homes By 2022

How much would it cost Google to become a significant broadband provider and how quickly could that happen?<p>Google’s steps to expand its superfast 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service to Austin, TX and Provo, Utah have prompted financial analysts to fire up their spreadsheets in search of an answer.<p>…