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How Do You Know Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for These 5 Signs | Inc.com

Sometimes the only way you'll truly know whether a leader's skills are genuine is to measure the manager that made your life miserable against the one that had you thinking often, "This is too good to be true."<p>If you think your boss is some freak of nature and you're the luckiest person alive, I'll …

Leadership

How to Start a Conversation With Strangers at a Networking Event

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the best ways for entrepreneurs to socialize with colleagues, customers and potential clients is at networking events. Corporate gatherings, conferences, happy hours and cocktail parties provide an opportunity for you to meet new …

Networking

5 Timeless Leadership Roles To Help Navigate Change

If there’s one thing that’s constant today (and everyday, for that matter), it’s change. Whether it’s people or organizations, change is the one thing both can rely on that will emerge when it’s least expected—or desired.<p>While the business landscape is in a perpetual state of flux—and always will …

Leadership
Entrepreneurship

Science says these 5 daily rituals will make you happy

17%.<p>Via "The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work:"<p>Only 17% of the adult population is said to be flourishing, fulfilling their potential for happiness, success, and productivity.<p>Less than one in five. And the question that follows is, of course: <i>how do I become one of those …

Happiness

This is the Vulcan, Aston Martin's craziest car ever

Aston Martin's new Vulcan is aptly named. Like the Roman god it borrows its name from, the British car maker's new, limited edition supercar is, well, blazing hot. Oh, and it shoots flames out of its side-exit exhausts. This is the most extreme Aston Martin ever made since the One-77, and just 24 …

Sports Cars

The Art Of Building And Maintaining Authentic Relationships

Building genuine relationships takes time, mutual care, and interest. Here’s how to keep your interactions with new connections honest.<p>The best professional relationships I have ever formed have come from unexpected places. Clothing swaps. Birthday parties. Continuing education classes. The …

Relationships

Amazon has three rules for hiring the best people

<i>This post originally appeared at First Round Review.</i><p>“Good intentions don’t work.”<p>This is one of the most important things Anurag Gupta has learned from working at Amazon, where he is currently General Manager of Amazon Redshift and Amazon Aurora. It’s a counter-intuitive notion—after all, we all …

Management

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Opinion: Tony Robbins tells you how to make money like a billionaire

After watching the global financial system almost melt down, I began an amazing journey several years ago to find a way for individual investors to …

Surreal Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Our imaginations take us to grand and colorful places that we can not conceive as a reality. But what if those colors actually existed right here on Earth?<p>There are places right here on our planet that are absolutely extraordinary. They defy norms and go far beyond the beauty that a typical …

Travel

2015: Montblanc Just Got Smarter

Montblanc starts the New Year with a smart move: just two hours into 2015, the brand unveiled the new Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed e-Strap watch line.<p>Mind you, since Jerome Lambert (previously CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre) took over the helm of Montblanc in late 2013, we have seen many great …

Watches

The 16 Wisest Things Men Have Ever Said About Style

From the likes of Cary Grant, Tom Ford, Charles Bukowski, Ralph Lauren, and Charles Dickens<p><b>"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."<br>– Gore Vidal, Writer</b><p>"A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten …

Men's Fashion

50 Inspiring Motivational Quotes to Increase Your Confidence | Inc.com

• "The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you." <i>William Jennings Bryan</i><br>• "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." <i>Vincent Van Gogh</i><br>• "Always be yourself and have …

Motivation

9 Money Mistakes Parents Make -- Without Even Realizing It

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>It’s a classic scenario: You give your kid his allowance with the caveat that he won’t be getting more until the following week. The next day he blows it all during a trip to the mall.<p>Then when he begs and pleads for more money … you give in.<p>Of course, if …

15 Things Successful People Do on Monday Mornings | Inc.com

Monday mornings are the most critical time of the workweek, as they set the stage for the day and week ahead.<p>"Because you've stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the rest of the week," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of</i> …

Time Management

This Pop-Up Ring Box Will Seal The Deal On Your Engagement

Are you putting a $20,000 ring in a 2-cent box? There’s something wrong there.<p>Marriage proposals are horrifying, even if you know the answer is going to be yes. Where exactly do you do it? What exactly do you say? And . . . is there any way to hide this giant ring bulge in my pants? Seriously. A …

Engagement Rings

Padma Lakshmi's Favorite Romantic Restaurants Across the U.S.

Whether your guy is looking for a dreamy spot to pop the question or you're planning a a romantic dinner for two, it can be hard to find a truly special place with great food and atmosphere. Luckily, <i>Top Chef</i> host and tableware designer (find her new line at Bloomingdale's!) Padma Lakshmi knows a …

5 Ways The Internet Of Things Will Make Marketing Smarter

The Internet of Things (IoT) may sound like a business buzzword. In reality, it’s a technological revolution that will impact everything we do—a gigantic wave of new possibility poised to alter the face of technology.<p>First, some background: IoT is the interconnectivity between things using wireless …

Sales Pitching: Identify Your Unique Selling Proposition | Inc.com

<i>Editor's note: This article first appeared on Mark Suster's blog Both Sides of the Table.</i><p>In my first enterprise software company we developed a methodology for sales that we called PUCCKA, which I wrote about previously<p>Having a good sales methodology can help you ensure your company runs more …

Selling