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You’re never going to be Steve Jobs—but you could be Steve Ballmer

Type “How to be Steve Jobs” or “Steve Jobs lessons” into Google, and you’ll get page after page of tips. One trite homily after another explains how to imitate a few of the great dictator’s tics. But swap out “Jobs” for “Ballmer,” and you get almost nothing.<p>I bet you could learn a lot from former …

Business Strategy

Intelligence is meaningless if you can’t recognize your own mistakes

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>It’s good to be smart. After all, intelligent people earn more money, accumulate more wealth, and even live longer. On the surface, being smart looks like easy living. But there’s another side to the story.<p>Intelligent people have a …

Self-improvement

Asking for a Raise When You’re Afraid To

Much has been written about how to negotiate for a better salary. But what about when you’re not sure you deserve a raise in the first place?<p>As an executive coach for more than 30 years, I’ve worked with many top leaders who appear extremely successful externally, yet struggle with their …

PayScale

The 10 Slides Every Killer Pitch Deck Needs

Evan Baehr and Evan Loomis have raised more than $50 million from investors for various startups. In their new book, they spill their fundraising formula to founders. Step 1 is a masterful pitch deck.<p>Longtime friends Evan Baehr and Evan Loomis are the kind of entrepreneurs who learn lessons not …

Peter Thiel

How to plan—and pull off—a career pivot

Today, Americans average about 4.4 years in a job, a dramatic departure from yesteryear’s 25 to 30. For younger generations, that job duration tightens to a mere 2.5 years. The idea of climbing the corporate ladder has been pushed aside by the concept of career pivot.<p>Business Talent Group founder …

Employment

To get the most out of your day, manage your attention not your time

<i>…in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention</i> …

Time Management

5 Habits of People Who Always Get Promoted

Chances are, the people you watch getting promoted aren't just lucky or best friends with the boss. They have a plan.<p>We all know those people who seem to breeze their way up the corporate ladder. They're the ones who get promotion after promotion, seemingly seamlessly, and who leave everyone else …

Leadership

35 Habits That Make Employees Extremely Valuable

Every employer wants employees who contribute to the overall success of the company. Here's how the best bring long-term ROI.<p>An employee doesn’t have to be a top salesperson to bring exponential value to a company. Amazing employees stand out from the crowd in many other ways. Simply put, their …

Employment

What You Can Learn From Alibaba's Battle With the Google of China

By shutting out one of China's biggest search engines, Alibaba took a huge risk--and it paid off.<p>As technology platforms scale, their ecosystems tend to overlap with other, potentially competitive platforms. The platform that wins is often the one that builds the strongest network effects and uses …

eCommerce

10 Superfoods That Increase Productivity

From dark chocolate to avocado, here are some foods that will keep your brain humming all day long.<p>You've probably heard how the most successful people in the world look for productivity boosters in the form of exercise and a strict schedule. Did you also know that the foods you eat could have a …

Nutrition

7 Ways the Most Productive People See Life Differently

Getting more of the right things done can often be achieved simply by changing your perspective.<p>Some people are more successful than other people -- a lot more successful.<p>Sure, they work hard. And they work smart. But they possess other qualities that make a major impact on their performance:<p><b>1.</b> …

Motivation

10 Tips on Giving a Killer Presentation

Here's how to stand out from the crowd when you're in front of the room.<p>As presentation software goes, PowerPoint has long been ubiquitously chosen by presenters, but other good options exist, depending on what you want to communicate and how you're putting it all together. For example, Google …

Public Speaking

Has Your Brain Already Peaked?

New research from MIT suggests that mental decline begins far younger than is typically thought<p>Your brain might be going fuzzy faster than you think: If you’re over the ripe old age of 18, some of your cognitive skills have already headed south, according to new findings from Massachusetts …

10 Ways to Prove Your Superior Intelligence in Any Business Situation

Because every businessperson needs an arsenal of catchphrases to save meetings--and save face.<p>Tired of colleagues rolling their eyes impatiently while you speak during meetings?<p>Always feel like you're saying the wrong thing or have nothing valuable to contribute?<p>Fear not! What you need is a pocket …

Business Strategy

The Right Answer to 'What Is Your Greatest Weakness?' And Why It Matters

You really only need to answer this question for one person. Guess who?<p>It's the most reviled interview question of all time:<p><i>What is your greatest weakness?</i><p>But whether you're a job seeker sitting in an interview for your dream job, or an entrepreneur running your own business, there's a lot you can …

Employment

5 Thinking Habits of the Mega Successful

Recalibrate your thinking to that of super successful people and start improving your performance right away.<p>Self-defeating thoughts can derail a career whether it's leadership, selling, entrepreneurship... you name it. Wildly successful individuals leave clues from which we can benefit. To reach …

Self-improvement

The 4 Magic Words That Will Rapidly Improve Your Conversations

Choose your words wisely and you can save time, improve your relationships, and spark your creativity.<p>Words are powerful, but often misused.<p>In this post, I'll share four words to help you rapidly improve your conversations.<p>"Specifically"<p>The word <i>specifically</i> is kryptonite to jargon, buzzwords, and …

Self-improvement

New Year's Resolution: Update Your Exit Strategy

Even if your 2015 plans don't include the sale of your business, take some time to review your exit strategy on an annual basis. By doing so you will be ready for any unexpected circumstances that might necessitate a sale, and you could also uncover some new ways to boost your business value.<p>As the …

Small Business

Take it from a software engineer: learning code can be a nightmare

I was just a guy in a suit in an office with a vague startup idea. Then I decided to learn to code.<p>I overheard some guy at a happy hour bragging about how easily he was able to automate his office workflows by using a language called Ruby. I thought, “huh, Ruby.” I went home, googled it, and within …

Google Search

How successful people stay productive

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow Travis here.</i><p>TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). The hallmark of emotional …

Emotional Intelligence

Still Leaving Money on the Table? Use These 5 Tips From a Negotiating Pro

Some people struggle with negotiation. Top Sports Agent Molly Fletcher shares her best tips for getting as much as you can while leaving everyone at the table happy.<p>I think I am a decent negotiator. I negotiate with my clients, my contractors, my vendors. And I do a fair amount of negotiation with …

Employment

How to Brainstorm With Introverts

Not everyone is enthusiastic about those spitballing sessions. Here's how to make sure the meetings suit everyone's style.<p>If you're one of those people who perks up at the thought of a brainstorming session, it can be hard to empathize with those whose hearts sink as soon as they receive the …

Celine Dion

The 8 Principles of Customer Delight

Delighting customers is about more than just meeting their needs in the moment. It's about building authentic relationships that stand the test of time.<p>If a customer complains or is unhappy with your product or service, don't be discouraged. If they cared enough to share their feedback, you have …

Customers

How to Get People to Like You (Heck, Even Love You)

14 techniques to make yourself more likable.<p>We all care about what others think of us and want to be liked (despite what rebellious 15-year-old you might have said). The basics of getting people to like you are obvious--be nice, be considerate, be a decent human being. Those things are all true. …

Self-improvement

Talk Is Cheap: How to 'Walk the Walk' as a Mission-Driven Company

To be perceived as a credible media outlet, your company must walk the walk to show customers and stakeholders that it's dedicated to its mission.<p>"Walking the walk" as an entrepreneur can be as challenging as staying upright on a balance beam when the ground is shaking all around you. You start …

Leadership

Why Entrepreneurs Should Listen to Alibaba's Jack Ma

Jack Ma's unique business model helped Alibaba become the massive company it is today.<p>The two options for Internet startups, all entrepreneurs know, have long been B2C (business to consumer) or B2B (business to business). But in his speech at Softbank World 2014, Jack Ma, Alibaba's self-made …

Microtransactions

This Invaluable Lesson Will Keep You From Making Catastrophic Hiring Mistakes

The intensity of a person's experience predicts their performance, not the quantity of it. We need to hire people the same way.<p>I was driving up First Street in San Jose, CA, last month and drove past the building of a client from long ago. At the time, I was a full-time recruiter, and the client …

Employment

Sexy Is the Last Thing You Want in a Business Idea

The case for not competing against the best and brightest entrepreneurs in the trendiest industries.<p>I know a guy who made a fortune selling ice cream to supermarkets. He doesn't make the high-end, it-costs-you-your-entire-paycheck-per-ounce-stuff. It's classified as premium, but you and I would …

Drugstore

Business Process Best Practices: Achieving Growth by Pursuing Quality

To unlock growth for your company, adopt these best practices in business process improvement<p>DOWNLOAD NOW<p><b>1. Introduction: Delivering Quality</b><p>Yes, in a competitive business environment, it's always helpful to find an edge. The search for that edge is driving business owners to pursue everything from …

Small Business

5 Ways Successful People Keep Calm

Think the most successful people spend their days frantically running? Think again. Here's how to keep as calm as high performers.<p>If you spend much of your day being frantic in your pursuit of success, you should know that research shows that the vast, vast majority of high performers are actually …

Emotional Intelligence