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Want to Be a Great Leader? Then You Better be a Reader

Can you read your way to leadership excellence? You can with these titles.<p><i>Adam Witty</i> <i>is an</i> <i>Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)</i> <i>member in Charleston, South Carolina, and</i> <i>founder and CEO of</i> <i>Advantage | ForbesBooks,</i> <i>the authority marketing specialists in working with business professionals to elevate brands</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Smartphone photography tips: 16 handy tricks you should know

Smartphone cameras have improved dramatically in the last few years, owing to better sensors and smarter image processing. Heck, the multi-camera revolution has also yielded better zoom and depth-of-field effects hitherto unknown to smartphone photography.<p>Nevertheless, having a great camera is only …

Mobile Photography

When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture

When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture. It’s the old 90-day rule. And we know too many talented individuals who have stumbled in their new company because they failed to read the cultural tea leaves. This happens because most organizations don’t …

Management

Effective Management Requires Good Metrics. Here Are 11 Types You Need to Know

To properly manage a business you need to know what's happening. These 11 types of metrics that will give you the insight and awareness you need.<p>They say you can't manage what you can't measure. Quantifying your business allows you to see patterns, set targets, and measure progress. However, many …

Analytics

The Ins and Outs of Buying Long-Term Care Insurance

Think about this coverage not just as insurance for long-term care, but for your retirement nest egg itself. With that in mind, here are some tips.<p>I …

Retirement

It’s Time For CEOs To Be the New Leaders of the World

America has a love affair with the moonshot. Our country, built by pioneers and fearless adventurers, has always maintained the frontier ethos that …

10 CEOs Share Their Leadership Goals For 2017

CEOs across industries share the leadership lessons they learned in 2016 and the leadership goals they plan to pursue in 2017.<p><i>Fast Company</i> asked CEOs across industries—social good, sexual health, beauty, tech, and more—about how they would like to bolster and improve their leadership style in 2017. …

Leadership

4 Ways to Improve Your Strategic Thinking Skills

If you’ve ever received feedback that you “need to be more strategic,” you know how frustrating it can feel. To add insult to injury, the feedback rarely comes with any concrete guidance on what to do about it. One of my coaching clients, Lisa, a vice president of HR, was in this situation and …

The best lenses for iPhone photography

<i>By Erin Lodi</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After more than 16 hours …

Retirees: Do The Math And Combine The Strategy Of 'Homemade Dividends' With High-Quality Dividend Stocks

Given that only 25% of Americans aged 55 and over have saved more than $300,000, it is worth considering ways to better manage the money at …

HR Can’t Change Company Culture by Itself

A strong culture is vital for organizational success – as evidenced by the relationship between culture and leadership, employee commitment, customer satisfaction, and innovation. But “strong” doesn’t mean fixed. As the organizational goals and strategy change over time, so too should culture …

Employee Engagement

Why asking job candidates how they overcame failure is the wrong question, according to an ex-Facebook HR exec

The focus on weaknesses, however, isn't always the best way to find a candidate for a job, according to the Oxegen Consulting team founded by early Facebook HR execs, Sara Sperling and Stuart Crabb.<p>Sperling says the better question to ask instead is <b>"When do you get lost in what you're …

Arnold Palmer: 10 Rules For A Golf Life

Here's what we learned from Arnie, on and off the course<p>Arnold Palmer didn't leave behind a tutorial on how to live the perfect golf life. Which is just as well, because his life and golf game could never be copied by rote anyway. To play the game as well as he did and look so good doing it, to be …

Golf

How To Retire Comfortably With Just $500,000

Most financial advisor hacks are dead wrong. You CAN comfortably retire on a modest $500,000 investment portfolio.<p>Of course you’ve heard the warnings that retirement is getting harder – and they’re true. With U.S. Treasuries paying paltry returns, it is harder to find a risk-free income stream for …

7 things Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger want new graduates to know

2 Cheap Dividend Growers To Buy For Retirement

If you’re one of the many investors counting on a 7% average yearly return from your portfolio—or better—you’re putting your retirement at risk.<p>You’ve probably heard this 7% figure before. It’s gospel for many financial planners, and even Warren Buffett brings it up from time to time. It’s the S&P …

The 10 Best Food Documentaries On Netflix Streaming Right Now

<b>Last Updated: April 5th</b><p>Eating and drinking are essential parts of life, right up there with breathing and sex. We’ll count on you to research the latter two items on your own, but when it comes to food and alcohol we’re here to help.<p>Below are the 10 best food documentaries on Netflix right now that …

Streaming

How To Take Professional Photos With Your iPhone – iPhoneography

Professional iPhone photography tips abound on the internet, not a week goes by that I don’t see an article with “5 ways to improve...

10 Italian destinations frequented by the super rich

To find out where the rich travel when they go to the European nation, RoutePerfect.com has shared data for the most popular Italian destinations booked by wealthy travellers on a luxury budget, who spend an average of £13,900 ($20,000) on their overall trip.<p>The ranking is based on over 150,000 …

The Hedge Fund Manager From "The Big Short" Owns Apple, Bank of America, and Citigroup

If you've read the book or seen the movie <i>The Big Short</i>, then you know that Michael Burry is a pretty darn good investor. The doctor-turned-hedge-fund-manager made gobs of money during the financial crisis by betting against subprime mortgages. He closed his hedge fund in the wake of the crisis, but …

The warning signs for a crash are beginning to pile up

Today, however, what passes for analysis is the dissection of every syllable that comes out of Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi's mouths. I never thought I'd see the day on Wall Street when linguistics was more important than things like revenues and profits.<p>I still, however, believe in the basics of …

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global …

Leadership

10 Motivational Books You Must Read To Strengthen Your Leadership Skills

Leadership skills aren’t learnt in a day; it takes time and experience to understand and develop those skills and project them in your professional …

Facebook's HR chief explains how the company does performance reviews

Facebook conducts performance reviews every six months to formally collect insights from an employee's managers and closest colleagues.<p>If there is anything at all surprising in one of these reviews, then "something has gone terribly wrong," Facebook's VP of People Lori Goler told Business …

A 22-year veteran of Microsoft HR describes the best and worst advice she ever received

<b>L. V. Anderson: Did you get any advice when you were growing up that stuck with you?</b><p>Bridgett Paradise: Some of the best advice I got was from my dad, who was in a nontraditional profession. I grew up in Southern Virginia, and he had the equivalent of an eighth-grade education. His rule of thumb is: …

20 dividend stocks that Wall Street loves the most

Investors love dividend stocks, even during times of turmoil. Some focus on current income, while others track the correlation between dividend …

Investing

Why Culture Is More Important Than You Think!

Your company culture is the unique collection of values that defines for your organization, what is and is not tolerated, accepted, and lauded. If corporate transformation sounds difficult, that's because it is. According to research done by The Boston Consulting Group, PwC, and my own research, …

5 Best Business Books

Celeb CEO pick<br>Uncontainable, by Kip Tindell<p>Illustration by Martin Laksman<p>The Container Store (TCS) has fans as avid as Apple’s (AAPL) and a workplace …

What I learned from studying Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's schedule for a year

Amidst the growing numbers of tasks, relationships, and operations to manage, ecommerce leaders still only have the same number of hours in a given day.<p>Through my work at Exact Media, I've worked with some of the brightest leaders in the ecommerce space.<p>To better understand them, their needs, and …

Why You Should Never Turn Down a Risky Job Offer

<i>The MPW Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions</i> …