Mike Szymanski

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5 Leadership Authors You Must Follow in 2016

Leaders are everywhere, and everyone can possess leadership qualities when they learn to take the lead instead of always following along.<p>A good leader is someone who creates solutions and supports the staff under them. A good leader is someone that listens. While some people are born with …

Extensive Renovation Reveals a Mid-Century Jewel in Seattle

Located in Seattle, Wash., <b>Broadmoor Residence</b> was recently upgraded and extended by the creative team at <b>David Coleman Architecture</b>. Opening toward an …

10 Mind-Blowing TED Talks On How To Be Confident, Gorgeous- And A Better Person

1. Your Body Language Influences the Way You Feel<p>In this video, social Psychologist Amy Cuddy discusses research that shows how body language shapes …

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Edward Snowden Slams Dropbox for Poor Security

Snowden called the cloud storage company "hostile to privacy," recommending its competitor SpiderOak instead.<p>NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden dropped his two cents on file storage security in an interview with The Guardian on Thursday.<p>He thinks Dropbox, the cloud storage firm with more than 200 …

How Companies Track People Without Becoming Big Brother

<i>Andre Lavoie</i> <i>is the CEO of</i> <i>ClearCompany</i><i>, the first talent alignment platform that bridges the gap between talent management and business strategy by contextualizing employees’ work around a company’s vision and goals.</i><p>Privacy is a huge buzzword in today’s digitally-connected world. Companies are …

Beats goes after runners, gym goers with new Bluetooth ear buds

Headphone maker Beats Electronics is launching a $200 pair of wireless ear buds that the company says would survive six days of sweaty, hour-long workouts without needing a recharge.<p>Athletes are already among the most prominent users of the earmuff-like, single-side-cord Beats headphones. It's hard …

Google, Magna, Alibaba: Unequal voting is here to stay

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. will be, barring an unlikely reversal in sentiment, the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history when it debuts later this year. Yet it might never have been on that list, as the Chinese Internet retailer's first preference was to list its shares on the Stock …

Hublo Is The Web Analytics Tool For The Rest Of Us

Meet Hublo, a recently launched analytics service that is easier to use than your average analytics tool. It works a lot like Mixpanel, KISSmetrics and others, but you don’t have to write a single line of code to make it work.<p>“Hublo is the Mailchimp of analytics,” co-founder and CEO Cyril Gantzer …

The Instant Exercise Upgrade You Must Try

Use this simple trick to make your favorite exercises more challenging<p>Few moves can equal the pushup's do-anywhere power, but it can be more effective if you place your feet against a wall, says B.J. Gaddour, C.S.C.S., CEO of StreamFit.com. Same goes for mountain climbers. "You'll engage your …

How SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson Is Growing The Internet Of Things

Alex Hawkinson is the founder of one of the leading Internet of Things startups. Here he tells us how he plans to make your home smarter.<p>Alex Hawkinson’s company, SmartThings, wants to be the hub of your smarthome–letting your wristband tell your coffeemaker and radio that you’re awake, so you can …

Hiring Rule #1: Slackers Need Not Apply

Total Quality Logistics has found a way to lure ambitious college graduates into the trucking industry. Hint: It involves money.<p>A career involved in shipping truckloads of lettuce across the country might not seem to be a natural draw for young strivers straight out of college. But Total Quality …

Why I Turned Down $5 Million in VC Funding

Not every start-up wants to be the next Facebook.<p>After weeks of gut-wrenching indecision, I turned down a dream offer. Today, I’m sharing the five critical questions that led me to make that call.<p>I had spent the last four weeks sweating over an unexpected offer from a fairly well-known East Coast …

3 Reasons to Eliminate Hierarchy in Your Company

A growing body of research suggests companies without a rigid chain of command perform better. Here's why.<p>Hierarchies seem like a logical way to structure a business. After all, if the initial idea was yours, why shouldn't you be at the top, telling everyone else what to do?<p>Actually, there are some …

To Grow, Focus on Quality Over Speed

LaSalle Network CEO Tom Gimbel advises entrepreneurs to slow down and focus on making quality hires in order to ensure long-term growth.<p>Video Transcript<p><b>00:10 Tom Gimbel:</b> I think what we did was, we actually took a step back, while we've grown fast and especially pre-recession, '05, '06, '07 when …

10 Surprising Success Tips from Amazing Sales Guru Tom Hopkins

Need a nudge toward success? Tom Hopkins has been training winners for nearly 40 years. Here are his 10 surefire tips.<p>In a recent column I found myself quoting a man I met nearly 30 years ago. I didn't just use one of his quotes, actually, I found I have been quoting him regularly without even …

Inside Dragon Innovation, a Kickstarter for Product Makers

A new crowdfunding service promises a lot more handholding for entrepreneurs.<p><i>It seems to happen over and over again: A budding entrepreneur creates a Kickstarter campaign to create a new product. Consumers get excited and fund said product. Then, for countless reasons--poor pricing, manufacturing</i> …

7 Easy Ways to Outshine the Competition

These technique ensure that your customers see you as head-and-shoulders above the crowd.<p>Want to win more business without dropping your price? Here are seven time-proven techniques to ensure that your customers alway think of you, before they even consider your competition.<p><b>1. Talk less about</b> …

Influential Leaders Ask These 6 Questions

Try 'zig-zagging' into these conversations to generate ideas and extend your influence.<p>The key to being a powerful leader isn't giving orders -- it's extending your influence. And one important way to do that is by spreading and soliciting new ideas.<p>As an influential leader, you are a conduit of …

Workspace Designs for Modern Offices

• 1 |<br>• Visualizer: Triple D<p>The ‘Alpha line of ergonomic office furniture from KEMBO offers the user full control over work position with both standing …

Evernote Office Interiors

• 1 |<p>Evernote’s office is open and airy with natural lighting and casual meeting and relaxation areas. Although there are a lot of unique spaces within …

15 Affordable Resources for Learning New Business Skills

Being a leader of a company or organization is certainly a difficult and often frustrating position – but it can also be tremendously …

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