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15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently

I recently interviewed over 200 ultra-productive people including seven billionaires, 13 Olympians, 20 straight-A students and over 200 successful entrepreneurs. I asked a simple, open-ended question, “What is your number one secret to productivity?” After analyzing all of their responses, I coded …

Time Management

3 Simple Habits of Extremely Effective Leaders | Inc.com

We all know leaders who work hard at their craft, and many are really good at what they do. However, some leaders go above and beyond simply being good--they are truly great leaders.<p>But how exactly can you bridge the gap between being a good leader and a great one? The good news is that leadership …

Employment

5 TEDx Talks that will help you strike up a conversation with anyone

I thrive on alone time and constantly find myself holding up the wall at parties, only interacting with people I've met before.<p>Being in a new city where I only know a handful people, I'm slowly beginning to wean myself off of the wall — with the help of TEDx Talks.<p>Though I watch them all alone and …

Research-Based Ways to Win at Work in 2016

Do:<p>Be good <i>and</i> fast.<p>Praise your team often.<p>Be the boss stars love to work for.<p>Help your team be creative. Or at least execute better.<p>Take your vacation time.<p>Help people change.<p>Cultivate generosity.<p>Use your persuasive powers — in fact, paint a picture employees can believe in.<p>Make yourself immune to …

This psychological phenomenon explains why you can spend all day at work without getting anything done

How is it possible that you spent eight (or more) hours at your desk, didn't even goof off on Facebook, and <i>still</i> made no progress on the day's goals?<p>Perhaps the problem is less a lack of conscientiousness and more that you're losing sight of your top priorities. Instead of organizing your workday …

The Best Way to Run a Startup With a Full-Time Job

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

The 3 Biggest Leadership Ideas You Need to Know About in 2016 | Inc.com

Some principles of great leadership never change--but others do, in response to evolving technology and work force demographics. Here are three timely leadership tenets to keep in mind for the new year.<p><b>1. Innovate relentlessly around your value proposition.</b> You're thinking: Yeah, I already know …

Leadership

A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

Can Fintech Fix Financial Services?

Lawrence Uebel Contributor<p>Lawrence Uebel works in credit risk at Alliance Data.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The land that kills its tinkers<br>• Intelligence Should Recruit Like Google<p>A review of the new Michael Lewis movie <i>The Big Short</i> describes a scene during the 2008 financial crisis in which …

Your Favorite HBR Articles of 2015

Here are the 20 articles you and your fellow HBR readers spent the most time reading in 2015. I’m biased, of course, but I think it’s a particularly good list this year. And as usual, it reveals a lot about what managers around the world are thinking and worrying about right now. A lot of us are …

Why business faces a reckoning on data privacy

After years of negotiations, European Union officials this month unveiled the Data Protection Reform, a uniform legal regime for data collection and sharing that will replace the various data privacy laws of its individual member countries by 2018.<p>The imminent passage into law of this massive new …

A former Google exec explains how he evaluates his senior leadership team

On a recent Monday morning, I was preparing for my weekly staff meeting. Item #1 on the agenda was a discussion about an upcoming review cycle, where everybody at Upstart would receive a performance score based on feedback from their peers and manager.<p>Though I had yet to begin the process of …

9 powerful habits to develop in 2016

Success is also subjective; if one chooses to live within one's means and owes no debts, he or she may consider him- or herself successful, whereas another may see success in the numbers in their bank account.<p>Regardless of the definition, when we think of successful people, what attributes …

Negotiate a Higher Salary With This Simple Formula

Asking for a raise isn’t easy for most of us, but a few tips and tricks can help along the way. When it’s time to hit your boss up for a raise, make …

Career Development

The Leadership Behavior That’s Most Important to Employees

For the last 20 years, I’ve studied the costs of incivility, as well as the benefits of civility. Across the board, I’ve found that civility pays. It enhances your influence and performance — and is positively associated with being perceived as a leader.<p>Being respectful doesn’t just benefit you, …

4 easy ways to attract recruiters to your LinkedIn profile

• LinkedIn has 396 million members, according to Statista.com, a data and statistics portal.<p>• It lists approximately 3 million jobs, according to LinkedIn's 2014 earnings report.<p>• Among recruiters, 87% use LinkedIn, according to a 2015 survey from Jobvite, a recruiting platform.<p>• The average …

How to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>One of the greatest predictors of your happiness at work is your relationship with your manager. So when you’re considering a new job, it’s important to know how you’ll get along with your new boss. This can be hard to assess in an interview when you’re working hard to demonstrate why <i>she</i> …

Trim seeks out and destroys awful monthly subscriptions

In the age of Netflix, Spotify, and unwanted LinkedIn Premium subscriptions, it can be difficult to keep track of where your money is going on a monthly basis. Trim, a San Francisco startup from former venture capitalists Thomas Smyth and Dan Petkevich, wants to ensure you never end up paying for …

'Shark Tank' investor Barbara Corcoran reveals the productivity trick every entrepreneur should use

Since Barbara Corcoran made her fortune building and then selling one of New York's premier real-estate firms, The Corcoran Group, she has been a full-time investor on the popular reality show "Shark Tank."<p>In the past six seasons, Corcoran has made deals with about 30 of the entrepreneurs who have …

Ledger Nano - Secure and smart Bitcoin hardware wallet

Secure and smart Bitcoin hardware wallet<p>Ledger Nano is a Bitcoin wallet on a smartcard device, small format and low weight. Comfortable and simple to …

Bitcoin's 'blockchain' tech may transform banking

Although bitcoin and related virtual currencies are limited to a small set of transactions and are often associated with the underground economy, the so-called blockchain technology is gaining currency in the financial world.<p>A blockchain is essentially a shared, encrypted "ledger" that cannot be …

Photographer David Orias Makes the Pacific Ocean Look like Rainbows and Gold | Colossal

<p>Photographer David Orias relies on slow shutter speeds, precision camera movement and the rich light of dawn or dusk to capture these amazing images …