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How The Wealthiest Families Are Positioned Internationally -- Part 4

In the first installment of this series, we saw that the advancements in travel and communications and the decline in their respective costs since the end of World War II have made living and doing business in other countries a practical reality. In the second, we discussed the issues that family …

Michael Jackson's Career Earnings, 1979-2009

Michael Jackson helped create a fundamental shift in the monetization of fame, and that’s the notion at the core of <i>Michael Jackson, Inc</i><i>,</i> the first business-focused biography of the King of Pop. He earned an estimated $1.1 billion during his adult solo career—nearly $2 billion when adjusting for …

The Most Bizarre Ad You'll See All Week

(Video Link)<p>Genki Sudo's techno musical group World Order is noted for its videos of Japanese men in business suits moving in lockstep, often out of …

13 Insanely Simple Ways to Be More Likable

Everything from how you stand to what you say influences how people see you<p>It can take as little as 100 milliseconds for people to make up their minds about you, research has shown. That’s literally less than the blink of an eye. With that little time, everything from what you wear to what you do …

Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?

The U.S. delivers roughly three times as many mammograms, two-and-a-half times as many MRI scans, and a third more C-sections per capita than the average OECD country.<p>Despite the news last week that America's healthcare spending will not be rising at the sky-high rate that was once predicted, the …

The Bible's a mess, but a designer is fixing it

'Bibliotheca' is one man's quest to make the Good Book better<p>Although many consider Christianity’s message a thing of beauty, the typical Bible is an ugly thing. Most editions are a mess of numbers, notes, translucent pages, and invariably tiny type. While the traditional arrangement makes for a …

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Living With Less

Two advocates of a minimalist lifestyle discuss what it means to them and how it has changed them as people.<p>Americans tend to have a lot of stuff—closets full of shoes, garages cluttered with gear, basements stacked with boxes of who knows what. But for about as long as Americans have been stocking …

How the 25 Richest Americans Failed Miserably

Resilience may be more important than luck to your success. One thing these multimillionaires have in common is the ability to bounce back.<p>It's common knowledge that most entrepreneurs fail at some point. Sometimes it's a colossal failure that results in a startup closing its doors.<p>Other times, …

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella needs an editor

Satya Nadella’s latest message to the troops—and to the world—is disquieting. It lacks focus, specifics, and, if not soon sharpened, his words will worry employees, developers, customers, and even shareholders.<p>As I puzzled over the public email Microsoft’s new CEO sent to his troops, Nicolas …

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The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

The 10 Most Costly Home Selling Mistakes -- And How To Avoid Them

After years of bad housing news, most of America’s markets have begun to turn around. In fact, the latest Trulia Price/Rent Monitor shows that year-over-year, asking prices are up 10% nationally and are rising in 97 of the 100 largest metros.<p>With the trifecta of increasing prices, historically low …

How Millennials Are Changing Travel

A disillusioned, recession-battered generation is investing in overseas experience—and hoping the bet pays off.<p>In the summer of 2012, at age 24, I left home to travel the world. In just over a year, I backpacked through South America, South Asia, Western Europe, and the western United States. I …

How India can keep startups from moving to Singapore

Many Indian startups have faced this dilemma at some point—stay home or head for the country top-ranked in “ease of doing business.”<p>Home, for what it’s worth, ranks 134th on that list, put out by the World Bank.<p>And so, many leave. In 2013:<p>Mobikon, a cloud-based customer engagement platform for …

Online 'nanodegrees' boost your career without requiring time off

Climbing the career ladder can be daunting. You frequently need new skills to move ahead, but it's not always practical to take time off just to get some new credentials. However, AT&T and Udacity may have just solved this conundrum by unveiling "nanodegrees:" short online courses that are designed …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

Afraid Of Being 'Found Out?' How To Overcome Impostor Syndrome

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “One of these days people will realize I don’t know as much as they think,” then you are in excellent company!<p>Liz Bingham, managing partner Ernst & Young, once thought to herself: “What are you doing here? What do you think you’re doing? You’re going to be found …

Are You a Holistic or a Specific Thinker?

It was Friday afternoon in Paris and I had spent the morning teaching a group of Chinese CEOs how to work effectively with Europeans. I asked the class: “What steps should the team leader in this case study take to manage different attitudes towards confrontation on the team?”<p>Lilly Li, a bird-like …

Demystifying Mentoring

When people think of mentoring, they often think of an older executive counseling a young upstart. The senior leader advises the junior employee on his career, how to navigate the world of work, and what he needs to do to get ahead. But mentoring has changed a lot in the last few decades. Just as …

The Ultimate Networking Cheat Sheet

Often, the hardest part of networking is getting started. Here's a manageable way to change your perspective and begin building fruitful relationships in the next 30 days.<p>You have one month to land financing. Or recruit a mission-critical hire. Or find a new position. Whatever the deadline, you …

Get Immediate Value from Your New Hire

There are many theories on how to correctly “onboard” someone to an organization or a team. Most focus on how to provide the new hire with the information and skills she needs to succeed. But that can only take her so far. She will need connections and an understanding of the inner workings and …

Know What Kind of Careerist You Are

Executives who combine work and family emphasize the importance of defining success for <i>themselves</i>. In our last blog post, we talked about objective versus subjective success — the difference between your quantifiable, Wikipediable list of accomplishments and your day-to-day emotional and …

Ask yourself if your office needs more MBAs—or grownups

• All businesses need adult supervision.<br>• You find adult supervisors where adults are supervising things.<br>• Do not judge people by how old they are but by how adult they are.<b></b><p>Find someone who is complaining about their job.<br>• Ask to see their boss.<br>• Tell their boss to fire the complainer and hire you.<br>• Do the …

Business Administration

How To Deal With Copy Cat Competitors: A Six Point Plan

If you come up with a good idea for a new product for service, you are going to be copied.<p>The same holds true if you “only” improve an existing product or service. People are going to be quick to do the same thing.<p>Of course it isn’t fair. You put in the time and effort and took the risk to pave the …

Introverts: Know Your Strengths, And You Can Flourish At Work, Too

In American business culture, we often favor extroversion. Yet the latest research suggests introverts make up one-third to one-half of the U.S. population. Author Susan Cain’s recent book, <i>QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking</i>, shines a positive light on us more modest …

Why Ben Horowitz doesn’t like hiring rich people

Andreessen Horowitz is one of the largest and most prestigious venture capital firms in the world. With more than $2 billion in assets under management, it has invested in dozens of successful companies including Facebook, Groupon, Zynga, Twitter, and Jawbone. Its founding partners are wise enough …

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You’ll never have a sink full of dirty dishes if you follow Toyota’s productivity secret

The Industrial Age has given way to the Information Age. Typing away in our open offices, we <i></i>are now the factory workers, manufacturing “content.”<p>Unlike machines on the factory line, I am constantly overwhelmed … by the emails, meetings, scheduling conflicts bombarding me all day long. To see if I …

Nonprofits

Leadership Skills: Turning Snap Judgments Into Questions

<i>TjePassing judgments of others and ourselves hampers our ability to learn. By asking questions differently, we can learn more and make better decisions</i><p>I recently set off for a business trip to India. When I boarded my flight at New York’s JFK airport, I arrived at my seat and saw that my seat-mate, …

Are You Boring? Here's Help!

Setting: a sunny office in Boulder, Colorado. <i>Magic</i> the dog sleeps on a pillow. <i>Liz</i> is drawing with a black Sharpie when the phone rings.<p><b>RRRRRRING!</b><p><i>Liz</i> puts down the Sharpie and picks up the phone.<p>LIZ: Liz Ryan!<br>MICHAEL: I have Colin on the line. Should I put him through?<br>LIZ: Sure, thanks!<br>COLIN: Hi, …

Which Pivotal Decisions Can Make (Or Break) Your Career?

Leadership, it’s been said, is the capacity to translate vision into reality.<p>Of course that assumes a willingness to make decisions. Not just any decisions, but the kind that make a positive and lasting difference.<p>Leadership consultant and coach Julia Tang Peters has made a career of studying such …