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4 Simple Words That Will Make You a Better Critical Thinker

Few questions expose the limits of one's knowledge quite like these four words do.<p><i>How can we develop our critical thinking abilities? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Allen Lobo,</b> …

Critical Thinking

Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Self-improvement

Want to Improve Your Communication Skills? Stop Saying These 25 Words.

Stop saying these words in the office. You'll improve your communication skills and your coworkers will thank you.<p>For thousands of years, our most powerful tools to change the world and our surroundings have been our words. That’s still true today.<p>From the lines you hear on TV, the commentary you …

Communication Skills

Cyber security: Don't leave it to your tech team or you'll get breached, warns data protection chief

"If left solely to the technology teams, security will fail through lack of attention and investment," warns Information Commissioner.<p>A company can …

Cybersecurity

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

How Spontaneity Can Make Customers Feel Like VIPs

Create a culture where employees can leave impressions that last a lifetime.<p>We've all heard the term VIP, an acronym for very important person. But, here at Disney, we have a different idea of what it means to be a VIP. Every day at our parks and resorts across the globe, Cast Members strive to …

Customer Experience

Financial Advisors Warned About Common Overbilling Practices By SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission warned financial advisors about frequent overbilling practices today.<p>One of the most common sins is when advisors base charges on a percentage of a customer’s assets, the SEC said.<p>The agency said it found advisors calculating the fees on the market value of …

Financial Planning

10 Powerful Personal Assistant Apps To Make You More Productive

At some point all successful people have to face the truth – you can’t build a business alone. There are limits to what you can do in 24 hours and you shouldn’t waste your time on tasks that can be done by anyone else. The rule is simple: streamline everything you can.<p>While outsourcing is still one …

Apps

Track Your Time for 30 Days. What You Learn Might Surprise You.

It’s hard to know if we’re really making efficient use of our time. It seems like we’re working hard — and we’re certainly stressed out. But are we spending our time on the right things? That’s the question I set out to solve at the start of this year. I was feeling overwhelmed after spending the …

Time Management

Drive

• <b>Author:</b> Daniel H. Pink<p>Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of <i>To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others</i>) explains in his paradigm-shattering book <i>Drive</i>, the secret to high …

Ockham's Razor

William of Ockham (c.1287-1347)<p>Probably on April 10, 1347, English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher and theologian <b>William of Ockham</b> passed …

British Philosophy

Run More Effective Meetings With These 9 Questions

The average executive spends 23 hours of their week in meetings, and 71 percent say these meetings are unproductive and inefficient. Make better use of your time, and your team members’, by reframing your approach. Our eight questions below will help you.<p>Earlier in our series on good questions, we …

Management

Hackers Are Impersonating These 5 Companies (and Your Financial Accounts Could Suffer)

The thieves are treating mobile technologies like a wide open door in a shocking number of financial firms.<p>As Warren Buffet will tell you, you don't get rich by working hard for money. You have to let your money work hard for you, investing and keeping track of the funds well. Unfortunately, if …

Mobile Devices

Stop Ending Your Speeches with 'Any Questions' and End With This Instead

Don't let your audience decide how you're going to end your presentation<p>You have a big presentation to make to your client, your funders or your boss. You've spent hours developing a deck that's concise, crisp and visually stunning. You've practiced the delivery so that you speak with clarity, calm …

Public Speaking

If You Don't Do These 4 Things, Your Meetings Might Just Be a Complete Waste of Time

The truth that most leaders don't want to hear.<p>Have you ever stopped to do the math behind meetings?<p>Every time you bring 10 people together in an one hour meeting, you are basically trading 10 hours of productivity for one. That means you're sacrificing nine hours in the process.<p>Considering that …

Time Management

Against Busyness and Surfaces: Emerson on Living with Presence and Authenticity

On cultivating “the power to swell the moment from the resources of our own heart until it supersedes sun & moon & solar system in its expanding immensity.”<p><i>“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy,</i> …

Abraham Maslow and the Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Harold Maslow (1908-1970)<p>On April 1, 1908, American psychologist <b>Abraham Harold Maslow</b> was born. He is best known for creating Maslow’s …

Psychology

6 Ways to Show Your Employees You Appreciate Them -- Without Paying Them More

Valued employees are valuable employees. Show your people some love, and they'll respond with loyalty and higher productivity.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to retaining your best employees, more money isn't always the answer.<p>No one objects to a large …

Employee Engagement

Microsoft Office 365 Gets Built-in Ransomware Protection and Enhanced Security Features

Ransomware has been around for a few years, but it has become an albatross around everyone's neck, targeting big businesses, hospitals, financial …

Software

Master These 7 Grammar Tips To Instantly Sound Smarter

Poor writing can make others think you aren't intelligent. I'm the executive editor of a magazine and know firsthand how grammar can change the …

Linguistics

Microsoft adds ransomware protection and file restore to OneDrive cloud storage

Outlook.com also gets encrypted email support<p>Microsoft is introducing a new OneDrive feature this week that will make it easier to recover from ransomware attacks. Files Restore is making its way over from OneDrive for Business to personal OneDrive accounts. The catch is you’ll need an Office 365 …

Ransomware

The Motivation Myth

• <b>Author:</b> Jeff Haden<p><b>From Inc.com's most popular columnist, a counterintuitive--but highly practical--guide to finding and maintaining the motivation to achieve great things.</b> <b></b><br>It's comforting to imagine that superstars in their fields were just born better equipped than the rest of us. When a co-worker …

There's a Detectable Human-Made Barrier Surrounding Earth

We are changing space itself.<p>In 2017, NASA space probes detected a massive, human-made 'barrier' surrounding Earth.<p>And tests have confirmed that it's …

Universe

Best ways to de-stress: This 10-minute trick could make you more relaxed and successful

When you’re juggling multiple work projects, it can seem like a waste of precious time and energy to linger on old mistakes. Why dwell on the past, …

University of Pennsylvania

​Cloud computing: Don't forget these factors when you make the move

Neglecting some basic issues could leave your cloud computing project struggling.<p>special feature<p>Reimagining business for the digital age is the …

Globalization

3 Content Marketing Tips for Your Service Business

Find out what content marketing is and what types would work best for your service business.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Robert W. Bly’s book</i> The Digital Marketing Handbook. <i>Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | …

Marketing

Software Asset Management: A New Defense Against Cybersecurity Threats

To combat cybersecurity threats, companies are spending millions of dollars in malware protection, firewall solutions, and security consulting. Yet even with these expensive measures, most are unaware of their greatest vulnerabilities.That’s because cyber criminals are opportunists who seek the …

Eastern Europe

What Steve Jobs, Venus Williams, and the Dalai Lama Have to Say About Focus (Hint: It's Really Important)

Is your mind wandering off again? This will inspire you to find your focus again and get going.<p>Anytime is a good time to spring into action. But making the decision to get work done, start that project, or pursue that dream is only half the battle. You will need a deep reserve of commitment and …

Motivation

5 Powerful Examples of How Core Values Can Drive Every Business Decision

Feeling conflicted about a decision? Don't like an employee's behavior? Your solutions are as clear as your core values.<p>A CEO client mentioned to me that an employee had been disrespectful to her in an all-hands meeting. He called her out in public for being late to a meeting, and challenged her …

Leadership