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10 tweaks to your morning routine that will transform your entire day

I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little boost in their energy and self-control.<p>Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published …

Self Control

Why I Encourage My Best Employees to Consider Outside Job Offers

Every day we get new reminders of just how tough the war for talent can be. It isn’t enough to attract the greatest employees — you have to retain them. That’s become a bigger challenge with “job hopping” on the rise. One survey found that 64% of workers, and 75% of those under the age of 34, …

The Workplace

Software as a craft, the product of a 10-year-old development manifesto

Taped precariously to a door frame at a small tech company’s office, the title on a yellowed piece of paper caught my eye. “Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship,” its title read. I had just left software development to train in leatherwork and upholstery. I wondered… could software also be a …

Project Management

The 9 most-annoying phrases to include in an email convey the *same* passive-aggressive message

These days, email is a prominent leading form of communication—especially at work. While the medium allows for expedited correspondence and being …

Myers-Briggs

The numbers are in and now it's official: Finance and tech bros drive fleece vest sales. Moosejaw CEO says purchases are up 700 percent in 3 years

It's become ubiquitous in Palo Alto and Wall Street, parodied on Instagram and memorialized by the wardrobe department on Showtime's fictional …

North Face

Why Mindset Is Driving The Age Of Agile

As noted in my last article here, Agile management, after living in the shadows from general management for 15 years, is now “eating the world” and even heralding a new age. A new age? I first heard the phrase “The Age of Agile” as the title of a talk by Professor Julian Birkinshaw of the London …

Agile Development

How To: The 5 Best Apps for Transcribing Lectures & Converting Speech to Text on Your iPhone

The transcribing app can be an invaluable tool, especially if you're a student or are in a profession that relies on audio journals or interviews. …

Apps

2018 TechComm Industry Survey

Annual benchmarking su​rvey of technical communication professionals conducted by The Content Wrangler.

Jeff Bezos runs Amazon with 14 defined leadership principles. Here's how a 23-year-old engineer leveraged 5 of them to land a job.

Amazon just hit $1 trillion in value. It's also where the most Americans want to work this year, according to a LinkedIn survey.<p>Led by Jeff Bezos, Amazon has 14 leadership principles for its employees. From "ownership" to "dive deep," these guidelines are designed to drive innovative thinking and …

Jeff Bezos

The Very Best Office Design, According to 42,764 Workers

Somebody finally bothered to ask the office workers themselves what THEY think will make them happier and more productive.<p>A recent Harvard study revealed that open plan offices stifle rather than encourage face-to-face collaboration. That finding, combined with numerous scientific studies, now …

It's Time To Ditch Performance Improvement Plans. Here's Why

Performance Improvement Plans, or PIPs, are used all over the world—ostensibly to address and improve the work of underperforming or unhappy employees. Unfortunately, they are often remarkably unsuccessful at achieving that outcome.<p>In most cases, PIPs are really used just to buy time before making …

Employment

The 10 rules found in every good remote work policy

All companies have standards for the office, but remote work can complicate those rules. Here are 10 guidelines to help you establish a professional …

This Study of 31 Million Employees Will Forever Change Your Approach to Hiring and Retention

Developing robust plans to attract and retain talent is a crucial leadership role. In case you needed more incentive, check out this shocking data.<p>Gallup's latest State of the American Workplace report is eye-opening, to say the least, if you care about hiring and retaining star talent. The …

The Books That Top Leaders Read Might Surprise You--Here's the Lowdown on Literature

It's no myth. Reading real literature can make you a better person--and a better businessperson.<p>As a business professional, your to-read book list might include recent bestsellers like "Tribe of Mentors," "Principles," or "When." Alternatively, you might be rereading "Good to Great" or "Lean In." …

This is Why People Leave Your Company

When Carly Guthrie was running HR for Per Se, one of the hottest restaurants in New York, the General Manager gave her a piece of advice: “You know, …

Managing an Employee with a Bad Attitude? Just Focus on What This Person Does.

An employee who complains is tolerable if you set guidelines for what is acceptable behavior.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I teach leadership programs all over the country, and one of the most significant questions I get from leaders and managers in my programs is how …

I Tried Jeff Bezos's PowerPoint Replacement at My Company--and It Actually Worked

Getting your team literally on the same page increases meeting productivity, keeps everyone engaged and allows for meaningful dialogue.<p>A few months back, a friend whose new boss used to work for Jeff Bezos at Amazon told me that the company actually banned PowerPoint presentations in favor of memos.<p>…

Kubernetes and microservices: A developers’ movement to make the web faster, stable, and more open

The four years that William Morgan spent as an engineer at Twitter battling the Fail Whale gave him a painful view into what happens when a company’s rickety web infrastructure gets spread too thin. But while Twitter’s instability was highly publicized, Morgan realized that the phenomenon existed …

Elon Musk Just Gave the World's Best Productivity Advice in a Single, Short Sentence

And we all owe him a debt of gratitude for pointing out the obvious.<p>Leave it to Elon Musk to get to the heart of the matter. In a recent memo directed to Tesla employees, Musk described a number of actions that he plans to take to improve the company's performance, particularly in regard to the …

Your Leadership Team Isn't Complete Without This Critical Role

Building your best team begins with investing in the right leader.<p>It's been exactly eight years since we launched this software company. Now that we're clocking in at just under 150 full-time employees, it has become plainly obvious that our senior leadership team is missing a critical seat on the …

Steve Jobs Said Follow Your Passions But What He Really Meant Was Do This Instead

Stop following your passions and consider your Zone of Genius when defining your career<p>Steve Jobs said "People with passion can change the world for the better." What he really meant to say was, people with purpose can change the world for the better. Steve Jobs was not passionate about technology. …

Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted to land an agent and a book deal you had two choices: spend a million dollars on postage cold-querying …

Writing

Remote work is reaching unprecedented levels of popularity, and that’s a good thing

According to a report on the state of the American workplace, those who worked remotely 80-100% of the time rose from 24% in 2012 to 31% in 2016. This surge in remote work may not come as a surprise, as it appeals to many in fields across the board, even unlikely ones. The benefit of being able to …

How You Should Upgrade Your Life In 2018, Based On Your Myers-Briggs Type

It sounds cliche to say that you want to improve your life in the new year, but that doesn't mean it's something to be ashamed of — part of growing …

7 Trends Marketers Need to Know About Translation and Localization in 2018

Brought to you by: Smartling<p><b>New research shows that marketers are investing more in localizing their content for international audiences -- here’s</b> …

How Tony Hsieh Transformed Zappos With These 5 Core Values

Tony Hsieh drove Zappos to success with his core values. Here's how they can help you too.<p>Back when Zappos was just starting out, I decided to give them a try and ordered a pair of shoes. Not long after my purchase, I received an email that said my shipment was upgraded to "overnight shipping" for …

Employees Trust Bosses Who Display Any of These 5 Successful Leadership Habits

Countless studies have confirmed that trust is the one human behavior you cannot afford not to have for your business to profit.<p>Tell me if you agree with this statement: For any human relationship to thrive, it has to be founded on trust.<p>If you agree, then know that it's really no different in the …

I break down my life into 4 'task buckets' — and it's helped me be great at everything I do

Great lives often include a collection of unbelievable stories. But they are not merely a collection of unbelievable stories. A great life is forged and created in the shadows of them. As Muhammad Ali once put it, <b>"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses</b> — behind the lines, in the gym, and …

People do not quit companies, managers, or leaders – they quit organizational cultures. Here’s why.

Over the summer, I caught up with Susan, one of my favorite college classmates, over brunch. Even though Susan and I never worked together, I always …