Sean Rooney

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The Key to Better Cybersecurity: Keep Employee Rules Simple

It’s a common adage that employees are the weak link in corporate cybersecurity. But I believe they are also the best defense, <i>if</i> they are given policies that are easy to follow and not too numerous and complex. Employee security training and best practices need to be user friendly and simple to be …

OK, panic—newly evolved ransomware is bad news for everyone

Crypto-ransomware has turned every network intrusion into a potential payday.<p>There's something inherently world-changing about the latest round of …

Cybersecurity

Cyber fraudsters reap $2.3 billion through email wire-transfer scams

<i>BOSTON (Reuters)</i> — Businesses have lost billions of dollars to fast-growing scams where fraudsters impersonate company executives in emails that order staff to transfer to accounts controlled by criminals, according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.<p>Losses from these scams, which are …

Delivering an Effective Performance Review

It’s performance review season, and you know the drill. Drag each of your direct reports into a conference room for a one-on-one, hand them an official-looking document, and then start in with the same, tired conversation. Say some positive things about what the employee is good at, then some …

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 …

People and Security: Understanding the Psychology of Information Risk

Over the past few decades, organizations have spent billions of dollars on information security and risk awareness activities. The logic behind this …

How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips

Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting.<p><b>We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done.</b> I certainly …

This 10-Minute Strategy Can Help You Stop Procrastinating

<i>"What can I learn right now in just 10 minutes that could be useful for the rest of my life?" appeared as a question on Quora. Below we are printing one of the top answers.</i><p>Taking 10 minutes to learn why you procrastinate can be extremely helpful.<p>I was a very bad procrastinator for a very long time, …

Procrastination

5 Simple Questions that Will Make You 5 Times More Successful

<i>Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.</i><p>There’s nothing more disheartening than a perfectly healthy, reasonably …

Self-improvement

5 Tips to Help You Stop Being a People Pleaser

<b>“One of the most freeing things we learn in life is that we don’t have to like everyone, everyone doesn’t have to like us, and it’s perfectly okay.”</b> …

Self-help

Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time

One of the biggest frustrations many of us feel is having too much to do, and not feeling like we have enough time to do it. We are overwhelmed.<p>Of …

Minimalism

The real reason you can’t focus at work

<i>MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for:</i> …

10 Effective Ways To Make You A Faster Learner

The importance of learning cannot be underestimated. Learning empowers us to fulfill our ideas and realize our full potential. The speed of gaining …

Becoming Powerful Makes You Less Empathetic

Last year, I worked with a senior executive — let’s call him Steve — who had received feedback from his boss that he was wearing the power of his new title in an off-putting way. Steve’s boss told him that he had developed a subtle way of being right in meetings that sucked all the oxygen out of …

Cybersecurity: Defending 'unpreventable' cyber attacks

<b>Businesses should stop worrying about preventing intruders getting into their computer networks, and concentrate instead on minimising the damage they cause when they do.</b><p>That's the view of James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies …

Cybersecurity

How Your State of Mind Affects Your Performance

Don, a senior vice president for sales at a global manufacturing company, wakes up late, scrambles to get showered and dressed, has an argument with his teenage daughter over breakfast, then gets stuck in traffic on the way to work and realizes he will be late for his first meeting.<p>Donna, a …

How to Stop Procrastinating in 3 Minutes With One Simple Question | Inc.com

Ironically, I had decided yesterday that I was going to write about procrastination and ways that I have overcome it in my life.<p>So how did I start writing this today and how are you reading it now? I used a simple little technique that has pulled me out of many time-wasting slumps in the past and …

Procrastination

The Emotional Boundaries You Need at Work

To develop meaningful and mature relationships at work or at home we need to develop <i>two</i> filters. The first filter protects you from other people. The second filter protects other people from you.<p><i>Filter 1: protect yourself from others.</i> I once worked with a manager who gave blunt feedback in …

How Introverts Can Network Without Changing Their Personalities

Meeting new people in social situations doesn’t have to be the most painful thing ever. Here’s how to network and stay true to who you are.<p>Introverts are making a lot of progress at work. Companies have begun recognizing the advantages introverts bring to the table and introverts are starting to …

Networking for Introverts

The night before a conference where I was scheduled to speak, I found myself in a crowded bar just south of Greenwich Village. The organizers had arranged a VIP reception, and — having just moved to New York — I figured I should attend. Indeed, I had good conversations with four interesting people …

6 Things to Do If You Work for a Jerk

I recently had a sit-down with a colleague -- call him Frank -- who was notoriously hard to work with -- rude, dismissive, sarcastic and impatient. His meetings were hand-to-hand combat. He was known to start arguments in the elevator. Frank is also brilliant.<p>I asked him why go through your work …

5 Tips for Off-the-Cuff Speaking

If it’s true that many people fear public speaking more than death, it’s equally true that businesspeople are condemned to a thousand small deaths in client pitches, in boardrooms, and on stage. And that death can turn slow and torturous when you are asked to speak unexpectedly with little or no …

Most Productive People: 6 Things They Do Every Day

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?<p><b>Know how many days per week you’re actually productive?</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; …

How to Give a Stellar Presentation

Speaking in front of a group — no matter how big or small — can be stressful. Preparation is key, of course, whether it’s your first or your hundredth time. From preparing your slides to wrapping up your talk, what should you do to give a presentation that people will remember?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …

Being powerful literally changes your voice, science says

If you don't have a big stick, don't bother speaking softly.<p>A recent study from the Columbia School of Business found that when people were put in …

7 Daily Mantras To Boost Your Productivity

Being more productive means first learning what and how to manage on a daily basis.<p>There is no lack of conversation about what drives productivity. Do we drink more coffee? Should we take multiple short breaks? Do we need to have longer lunch breaks?<p>I think productivity comes from a combination of …

20 Time-Management Lessons Everyone Should Learn in Their 20s | Inc.com

When you're just starting your career, you need all the help you can get managing your time. Even when you're working hard, you could be wasting a tremendous amount of time either by trying to multitask or by focusing too much on minute details.<p>Montreal-based designer Étienne Garbugli has struggled …

Time Management

Memory: Why cramming for tests often fails

You may think you know your own mind, but when it comes to memory, research suggests that you don't. If we’re trying to learn something, many of us study in ways that prevent the memories sticking. Fortunately, the same research also reveals how we can supercharge our learning.<p>We’ve all had to face …

The Brain

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

High School

Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes

How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in 1/3 or 1/5 the time?<p>Increasing reading speed is a process of …