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How Business Owners Can Make A Big Difference In The Lives Of Their Employees

Experts disagree about whether there’s a retirement-savings “crisis” in the US as a whole. We’re not economists, so we won’t attempt to resolve the dispute. They also disagree about what should be done to boost people’s savings for retirement. We’re not policy experts, so we won’t try to untangle …

Retirement

8 Creative Ways to Make Money with Your Photography

Photography doesn’t just have to be a hobby, in fact, it can be a brilliant way to gain some extra money – and quite a lot at that! I’ve put together …

How to Use the Histogram in Photoshop

The post How to Use the Histogram in Photoshop appeared first on Phlearn.How to Use the Histogram in PhotoshopThe histogram is a graph that displays …

Tutorials

Instagram Will Be a $3 Billion Business This Year: Analyst

If early reports and analyst estimates are any indication, Instagram is shaping up to be an impressive business for its parent company, Facebook (FB).<p>…

8 Tips For Starting a Photography Business

I am often asked for advice by those starting out in the photography industry. And if there’s one thing I have no shortage of, it’s advice. So with …

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Virtually all leaders believe that to stay competitive, their enterprises must learn and improve every day. But even companies revered for their dedication to continuous learning find it difficult to always practice what they preach.<p>Consider Toyota: Continuous improvement is one of the pillars of …

To Become a Leader, Think Beyond Your Role

The world is full of people with opinions. Television, radio, and other media are brimming over with commentators making suggestions and offering seemingly authoritative advice to government officials and corporate executives about what they ought to do. At dinners and cocktail parties — and around …

Ferguson’s Formula

Photography: Sean Pollack<p>Some call him the greatest coach in history. Before retiring in May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson spent 26 seasons as the manager of Manchester United, the English football (soccer) club that ranks among the most successful and valuable franchises in sports. During that time the …

10 high-paying jobs you can do on the side

Brie Reynolds, the director of online content for FlexJobs, an online service specializing in telecommuting and remote work, says "side jobs" are defined as anything part-time, including freelance, temporary, short- or long-term, work-from-home, or in-person flexible gigs.<p>To qualify for the list, …

Employment

Changing an Organization’s Culture, Without Resistance or Blame

One of the biggest challenges a company can face is changing people’s behavior — getting them to collaborate and be humble, for example, or put the company’s long-term interests first. Most behavior-change initiatives accomplish little, at best.<p>So when we faced such a challenge at Lear Corporation, …

Persuasion Depends Mostly on the Audience

Dale Carnegie once noted that the only way to get someone to do something is to get that person to <i>want</i> to do something. Thus all persuasion is ultimately self-persuasion. Even if I put a gun to your head, you are still free to decide what to do, albeit admittedly somewhat constrained.<p>Scientific …

Developing Employees Who Think for Themselves

When we talk to managers about what their workers are lacking, we hear a common refrain: “We need employees who can think, not just follow orders.” The complaint is usually followed by an observation about how the world is changing too quickly to predict customers’ demands, or that competitors are …

How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Power a Career Transition

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>Are you raring to change careers? Break into a whole new line of work that makes you leap out of bed, happy to go to work every day? Parlay personal passions into professional endeavors? Or focus on a different clientele, type of product, or service?<p>We all know the power of …

How Allergies Change over Your Lifetime

<b>Why Do You Get Allergies Anyway?</b><p>No one’s born with allergies, says Donna Sharpe, M.D., of Duke Otolaryngology in Durham, North Carolina. But mom and dad do pass down a trait called atopy, or the genetic tendency to develop allergies.<p>If you’re one of the lucky recipients, your first encounter with …

How companies motivate employees when there are no promotions to hand out

Sure, the satisfaction of doing a good job can sometimes be enough to push employees to work hard. But often it is the lure of that next good job—a promotion, and the raise and bigger office that come with it—that drives them to excel.<p>The opportunity for advancement, as any employee or manager …

Employee Engagement

The rules of Street Photography

When you get in contact with other street photogtaphers, there's a big chance that you also get in touch with the different "rules" surrounding the …

Acorns is an 8-month-old app that makes investing spare change dead simple, and it just raised $23 million

Yes, you read that right: An app that's only been live for eight months is already on its third round of financing.<p>That's because the company was actually founded in 2012 and an Acorns spokesperson says the app has seen "incredible growth" since its mobile debut in 2014.<p>The new funding, co-led by …

5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job

Regardless of your age, background, or accomplishments, you have probably fantasized about the possibility of a new career at some point in your life – those who haven’t are the exception.<p>LinkedIn reports that of its 313 million members, 25% are active job seekers, while 60% can be considered …

101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …

Your Employees Want the Negative Feedback You Hate to Give

Would you rather hear positive feedback about your performance or suggestions for improvement?<p>For the last two weeks, we’ve been compiling data on this question, and on people’s general attitudes toward feedback, both positive and corrective. So far we’ve collected it from 899 individuals, 49% from …

Portrait Tutorial Feast

How to Take Photos in Low Light

Images of night scenes never fail to impress. Night-time images have great ambiance, something which is often absent in flat, bright, daylight …

The 15 Worst Corporate Logo Fails

There was Yahoo's disappointingly minor change following a month's work of prospective new designs, and the bizarre, "hip" twist made by professional services giant Ernst & Young.<p>But while these changes were certainly unfortunate, they don't come anywhere near the completely ridiculous fails …

The Case for Paying People More

McDonald’s and Walmart, the two biggest private-sector employers in the U.S., don’t pay their workers much. This more or less eternal truth is making one of its increasingly frequent appearances in the news this week. McDonald’s is catching flak for a “sample monthly budget” for employees that sets …

The Problem with Procurement

Back in 1983, in a Harvard Business Review article, Peter Kralijc called for the procurement function to take on a larger and more strategic role in managing the supply chain. Thirty years on, sales people in most large companies are still being trained in ways to actually bypass procurement folks …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

How to Drive Value Your Way

The advent of the PC, in 1981, famously resulted in the wholesale reorganization of the computer industry. Within a few years value in that industry migrated from the manufacturers that assembled and marketed the computers to the suppliers upstream of two key components: the operating system, owned …