Melvin Little

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Why we owe it to ourselves to spend quiet time alone every day

<i>Dola Sun</i><p>By not giving ourselves the minutes — or hours — free of devices and distractions, we risk losing our ability to know who we are and what’s …

Meditation

7 Things the 1% Do That the 99% Don’t

The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. Sad, I know. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You too can get rich, join the 1 percent …

Vulnerability in Leadership: a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Every day, one of my friends sends me a quote from a little book called <i>Live and Learn and Pass It On</i>, edited by H. Jackson Brown. Here is one I …

The 5 Non-Negotiable Disciplines of a High Achiever

Daily interruptions are inevitable. Acting on a fear of missing out, we allow the beeps, dings and vibrations to interject, to assure us that we’re …

How a Brain Dump Can Unlock Your Creativity

Trying to process less allows us to be more.For knowledge workers, entrepreneurs and creatives, generating new ideas isn’t just nice; it’s an …

There’s a biological reason you’re bored at work

At one point or other, we’ve all felt dulled by what we do at work—bored and creatively bankrupt. We’ve sometimes lost our zest for our jobs and accepted working as a sort of long commute to the weekend. An overwhelming majority of the workforce is not “involved in, enthusiastic about, and …

Employee Engagement

Airbnb takes on Booking.com and Expedia as it tries to woo hotels and B&Bs

Airbnb is making a direct pitch to boutique hotels and bed-and-breakfast (B&B) owners as it attempts to broaden the appeal of its own service and …

Holding plank for a long time is pointless, fitness professor claims

Holding plank for ever-increasing periods of time has become a staple of many gym classes. Fitness experts claim that staying at the top of a push-up builds core, strengthens back muscles, tones the arms and teaches endurance.<p>But one sports scientist suggests that holding the position for any …

The Chaos of Change: 3 Keys to Leading Through Transitions

We all know managing change is never easy, but you can do a better job of leading during transitions by tapping the strengths of the existing culture.<p>How often do change initiatives succeed? Not often enough. A 2013 survey of global senior executives by Strategy&/Katzenbach Center reveals that the …

Management

This Technique From Tony Robbins Will Help You Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

It's just three, simple but powerful questions that you can answer today.<p>New Year's Resolutions are broken. On Jan 1st, you set a resolution that says, I'll get up at 5am 5 days a week and go to the gym. Then it's cold out so you skip a day. And then another. By February your resolution is dead and …

Hedge Funds

The 14 Most Romantic Hotels in London

Strolling through Trafalgar Square, cozying up in dim pubs, and spinning around the London Eye at night are all wonderfully romantic activities in …

England

Divided We Lead

How to Manage an Employee Who Cries Easily

Most managers feel uncomfortable when employees cry during business conversations. Many of us may recall a time we’ve cried at work, but for some people it’s not a rare occurrence. Some individuals seem to react excessively to disappointment or challenge, with repeated bouts of apparent sadness or …

Emotional Intelligence

Productivity Tips for People Who Hate Productivity Tips

“Traditional approaches to staying focused don’t work for me.” “I know what I should do to be more productive, but I just don’t do it.” I hear sentences like these repeatedly from coaching clients. Many have read articles and books — and have even been trained in productivity methods — but still …

Productivity

How To Predict Which Of Your Employees Are About To Quit

You’ve got more data on how your team members are behaving, thinking, and feeling than you probably realize. Here’s how (and why) to tap into it.<p>“People analytics” may sound daunting, expensive, and difficult—something the ordinary manager can’t possibly concern herself with even if she’d like to. …

Employment

On St Patrick's Day, look beyond Guinness: the best Irish alcohol, from craft whiskey to posh poitin

Top, and indeed bottom of the morning to you, it’s good to be Irish. To be sure, there’s a lift in the Irish lilt, and we’re not talking about sales of totally tropical soft drinks because as Dublin helps haul the country from the economic mire, the Emerald Isle is enjoying a resurgent spirits …

Research: How One Bad Employee Can Corrupt a Whole Team

One bad apple, the saying goes, can ruin the bunch. So, too, with employees.<p>Our research on the contagiousness of employee fraud tells us that even your most honest employees become more likely to commit misconduct if they work alongside a dishonest individual. And while it would be nice to think …

Financial Planning

8 Surprisingly Effective Hacks For Getting That Negative Voice Out Of Your Head

Most of us are familiar with that negative voice in our head: The one that tells us we aren't good enough, that we should stop trying, that we aren't …

To Successfully Start Over, You Need These 5 Traits

Moving off of a linear career path shifts you toward having a less conventional career. That means you might need to take a less conventional, more …

Networking

Six Verbs That Make You Sound Weak (No Matter Your Job Title)

Sometimes it’s the smallest words and phrases that shape how you’re perceived around the office. Here are a few to watch out for at every level.<p>Your job title isn’t the only thing that determines how influential you are. Every word you use at work expresses your personal brand, from your confidence …

Language

Friction in machinery costs money. Friction in human relationships impoverishes both the spirit and the bank account.

Discord in any relationship often has unpleasant financial implications, but it is far costlier in human terms. When you are involved in a fractious …

8 Daily Habits to Build Your Mental Strength

One of the determinants for success and leadership is mental strength. To be a peak performer and attain excellence in any field, you need desire, …

7 Daily Habits of Exceptionally Successful People

When you see people who are capable of accomplishing extraordinary things, you can’t help but wonder, <i>What is it that makes them so different?</i><p>Numerous …

When You Have to Carry Out a Decision You Disagree With

One of the great frustrations of being a middle manager is that senior leaders make decisions that go against what you would have done had it been up to you. Sometimes you are part of the decision process, and other times the decision is simply handed down. Either way, you are now responsible for …

Management

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

Ever find that it’s noon and you haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.<p>I recently got to work an hour early. I had one goal in mind: world-domination, early-morning productivity. I made coffee, opened my email inbox, and the next …

Time Management

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work

We are creatures of habit and so are our brains. When we establish routines, we can carry out tasks faster since we don't have to think about the task.<p>Regardless of your job or industry, there aren't always enough hours in the day to get everything done. As a result, you constantly feel like you're …

Time Management

The UK Experienced Its 'Greenest Year For Electricity Ever' In 2017

Here's some news that will put a smile on your face.<p>The UK enjoyed its greenest year ever in 2017 in terms of how it produced its electricity, the …

Renewable Energy

If You Want to Get Promoted, Say So

Jason, a general manager at a Fortune 100 company, worked hard. His businesses were thriving and his team liked working for him. Given his successes …

Leadership

This 20-Minute Routine is the Laziest (but Most Effective) Workout Ever

By properly distracting yourself, this kind of exercise can actually be enjoyable.<p>Maybe you don't have time to exercise. Or, maybe instead of logging some miles on the treadmill, you tend to use your spare minutes shopping online or wasting time on Facebook. Whatever your excuse, you know that …

Exercise

Winter palace: Sweden's Icehotel opens its doors – in pictures

Founded in 1989, the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland is built from the snow up each year, using ice from the local river. The rooms are designed by international artists and this year feature spacemen and an ice queen

Hotels