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17 Journeys By Train That Will Change Your Life Forever

Take a slow and stunning journey by train across some of the world's most beautiful landscapes.<p><i>This photo essay is part of a series of stories about travel.</i>

Trains

12 Simple Habits That Will Make Your Professional Life and Personal Life Better

Nice guys (and gals) don't finish last.<p>I'd be the first to admit that as a young entrepreneur, I was in it for myself. Credit? Yep, I'll take some. Money? I could always use more of that. Attention? Sure, put the camera on me.<p>It's sad and strange to think about now. Over time, I've been fortunate …

Work-life Balance

Want To Be a Better Listener? Avoid Doing These 3 Embarrassing Things

Effective listening is a practice (and an art).<p>Listening is a lost art and an underappreciated practice. Most people prefer to talk. And living in a world full of mindless chatter makes everyone feel unheard.<p>The reason most people don't feel appreciated is due to poor communication. More …

4 Questions Great Managers Ask Their Employees Every Week

The prerequisite for setting the stage for these questions to be asked (and answered) is transparency. Therein lies the problem for most bosses.<p>Readers of my column in management roles will often write to me asking about what they can do to improve their relationships with employees. It's not that …

This 1 Habit Will Make Your Sunday Less Stressful, And Your Monday More Productive

That's not such a difficult habit, is it?<p>People who don't make progress toward their goals all share 1 thing in common:<p>They never sit down and reflect on what <i>isn't</i> working.<p>Instead, unproductive (and often times stressed-out and unhappy) people stay caught in a vicious cycle of always looking to the …

9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

Entrepreneurship

Why Asking This 1 Question Will Get You a Job Much Faster

Finding a new job will be faster and easier when you take this important first step.<p>Hillary spent seven months in 2017 looking for a job. She didn't get any interviews. She was convinced there was something wrong with her. Her career confidence dwindled. I don't blame her for feeling this way. The …

You can now book incredibly cheap flights with a new app that lets you bid on unsold airline seats

If, like 24 per cent of Britons, you are a chronic procrastinator - we may have found the perfect travel app for you.<p>Air Ticket Arena is a new UK-based start-up which launched on February 1 and gives you the opportunity to bid for last-minute plane tickets.<p>All you need to do is download the app and …

This Amazingly Simple Technique Lets You Learn Anything in 5 Minutes and Remember It Forever | Inc.com

If you're struggling to master a complex topic, a new language, or anything else that seems to strain your brain, Michael Nielsen has a suggestion for you: Try flashcards. Nielsen is a scientist and a research fellow at Y Combinator, and he's written books on such brain-straining topics as quantum …

Language Learning

The 4 Rituals That Will Make You an Expert at Anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

Self-improvement

15 Homemade Pancakes That Will Make You Skip Diner Brunch

It may seem <i>totally</i> necessary to hit up brunch every Sunday, right when that mad pancake craving hits you like clockwork. But before you know it, you’ve had too many mimosas, your bill is up to $40 and somehow it’s 3PM and you’re wondering where the heck the day has gone. The simple solution to this …

How to Know If You Talk Too Much

You may have heard the saying, “When you’re in love, smoke gets in your eyes.” Well when you’re talking, smoke gets in your eyes <i>and</i> ears. Once you’re on a roll, it’s very easy to not notice that you’ve worn out your welcome. You may not even realize that the other person is politely trying to get a …

25 Best Personal Finance Books for Your Summer Reading List

<i>By Laura Woods, Contributor</i><p>While you relax in the sun by the pool this summer, make the most of your free time by checking out 25 of the hottest, newest and best-selling personal finance books. Learn how to catapult yourself to success and better manage your funds so that you can have even more …

Understand the 4 Components of Influence

We’ve all encountered people who say less but what they say matters more; people who know how to use silence to dominate an exchange. So having influence means more than just doing all the talking; it’s about taking charge and understanding the roles that positional power, emotion, expertise, and …

7 Exercise Apps For People Who Hate Working Out

Looking to get in shape for summer? Fitness may be its own reward, but these seven apps can sweeten the deal by prodding, encouraging and even paying …

A social psychologist explains how to recover from making a horrible first impression

"I wish I could take some of the pressure off people when it comes to making first impressions, but the reality is that they are really important, mostly because they are so difficult to change and because they're made remarkably quickly — usually within seconds, before you've even said a word," …

Psychology

All the Charts, Tables, and Checklists You Need to Conduct Better Meetings

The ripple effects of too many meetings can be astonishing. Take this quick and horrifying interactive: It shows how a weekly excom meeting at one company generated a total of 300,000 person hours per year to support it:<p>But there’s hope! While a whole host of cultural changes need to take place to …

The Best Movies On Netflix You Haven’t Yet Seen

A Serious Man<p>Directed by: Ethan Coen, 2009<p>A Serious Man is an almost inexplicable and philosophically dark comedy from the Cohen Brothers. Its …

Robin Williams

The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader

Everybody loves self-improvement. We want to get smarter, network better, be connected, balance our lives, and so on. That’s why we’re such avid consumers of “top 10” lists of things to do to be a more effective, productive, promotable, mindful — you name it — leader. We read all the lists, but we …

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Teaching Smart People How to Learn

Any company that aspires to succeed in the tougher business environment of the 1990s must first resolve a basic dilemma: success in the marketplace increasingly depends on learning, yet most people don’t know how to learn. What’s more, those members of the organization that many assume to be the …

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

A Second Chance to Make the Right Impression

Romualdo Faura<p>Years ago a friend of mine, Gordon, interviewed for a position at a prominent university. During his daylong visit to campus, he had lunch with a senior faculty member (let’s call him Bob) who had final say over the hire. After their food arrived, Bob said of his meal, “You know, this …

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

Self-improvement

9 things successful people do right before bed

Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their mental and physical health, which is almost entirely dependent upon their getting enough sleep.<p>That is why bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them — and why the very last thing most successful people do before …

Books That Can Enhance Your Career Prospects

By Nathan R. Furr and Jeffrey H. Dyer, Harvard Business Review Press, Available: September. Adapt a start-up mindset—regardless of your …

Cover Story: Mark Ulriksen’s “Coney Island”

To celebrate summer, the artist Mark Ulriksen chose to depict the titular beach of this week’s cover, “Coney Island.” Ulriksen, who lives in San Francisco, says, “Around here, one rarely goes to the beach in the summer because it’s so foggy, windy, and cold. You’d never go in the water unless …

What Gets in the Way of Listening

As your role grows in scale and influence, so too must your ability to listen. But listening is one of the toughest skills to master — and requires uncovering deeper barriers within oneself.<p>Take, for example, our client, Janet, a successful principal in a management consulting firm. She recently …

How to Master a New Skill

We all want to be better at something. After all, self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead at work. But once you know what you want to be better at — be it public speaking, using social media, or analyzing data — how do you start? Of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the …

May 6, 2018<br>5:55 PM<p>Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, sought to withdraw her nomination after some White House officials raised concerns about her ties to the CIA’s controversial interrogation program set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to the Washington Post on …

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