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Self-improvement

5 Tips on Being an Inspiring Leader | Inc.com

Regardless of your confidence and ambition, without a handful of traits it's hard to get people to follow you. That's according to CEO and founder of Carats & Cake, Jess Levin. At 32, she worked for nearly four years in venture capital rubbing elbows with driven entrepreneurs and founders before …

Leadership

How liberal Christians can turn the Democrats into the party of God.

In late November of 1973, about 50 evangelical leaders convened at a shabby YMCA hotel in Chicago for what they hoped would be a generation-defining …

Religion

10 Ways to Style Your Very Own Vegetable Garden

I’m convinced that growing things is good for the soul. So when you’re considering what you plant and pour your love and effort into, you have to …

10 Ways to Build Genuinely Great Relationships in Business | Inc.com

Let me vent for a minute. I promise there is a potential huge pay off for you.<p>About a month ago, I got an email out of the blue from a semi-big deal guy I had never met. He said he admired my work and had an intriguing project that would be right for me. He was going to be in New York for …

Relationships
Happiness

Why Your Email Sign-Off Is More Important Than You Think

'Best regards,' 'Thank you,' 'Talk soon.' You'd be surprised how much you can say in a couple of words.<p>About a year ago, I read a very interesting article by Matthew Malady, about his hatred for (and subsequent revolt against) email sign-offs.<p>Malady argued that these "ridiculous variations" are …

Guy Kawasaki

3 Surprising Leadership Lessons From Nuns | Inc.com

<i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>People make a joke when I tell them that Catholic nuns are some of the best managers and leaders I have ever met.<p>"Because they rule with an iron ruler," one colleague guffawed at me. …

Leadership

Great Bosses All Have These Personality Traits in Common (Infographic) | Inc.com

Being a great boss can prove challenging for entrepreneurs of all stripes. Managing employees effectively without micromanaging is a balancing act that doesn't always come naturally.<p>The infographic below from OfficeVibe shows how business owners can get the most from their workers without ruling …

Personality

Why good leaders make you feel safe | Simon Sinek

Sebastian Junger: Why veterans miss war

How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box'

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine. Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United …

Time Management

How Your iPhone Weakens Your Will

Want to be assertive in your next meeting? Then put down your device, step away from the touch screen, and fix that posture, says Harvard Business School research.<p>What are our devices doing to us?<p>We already know they’re snuffing our creativity–but new research suggests they’re also stifling our …

working knowledge

fivestones: Holy Conferencing

I was at Annual Conference last week with two thousand of my closest friends. <br>The real work of Annual Conference happens in the hallways. Its where …

DIY... TREE TABLE. (o

Beautiful Desktop Trays To Corral Your Office Tools

Computers have rendered the need for desk accessories all but obsolete. Gone are the stacks of paper piled high in actual, physical inboxes and outboxes! So long to the staplers and binder clips! Farewell, sweet, stretchy rubber bands! Despite the fact that most of our important info exists on hard …

Bands

Palette it – Recycled Pine Wood Coasters

This set of four miniature Euro pallet coasters is suitable for all kinds of drinks; hot and cold. Each pallet is a exact replica of its big brother, …

QUAD Trivet by Dewa Bleisinger

Berlin-based product designer Dewa Bleisinger‘s QUAD Trivet adjusts to a handful of sizes and patterns to accommodate any size pot you place on it. …

Furniture

Edi Multifunctional Desk Lamp by Valsecchi 1918

Designed by Tommaso Bistacchi for Valsecchi 1918, this desk lamp holds more than a light bulb. Created from a single block of walnut, the base of the …

Furniture

Customizable Multifunctional Bookshelf: Fusillo

Fusillo isn’t your ordinary wall shelf. In fact, it’s more than just a shelf, it’s a coatrack, a bike rack, and bookends, too.<p>Handmade in Italy and …

Furniture

3 Signs You're Too Busy to Be Brilliant | Inc.com

The last five years have produced an increasingly fevered body of business-speak that has achieved almost cult-like status. Expressed variously as 'always be shipping', or 'fail fast', the people who promote this approach would have us believe that leadership--indeed, the very act of creation--is …

Fail-Fast

11 Tips & Hacks for Using LinkedIn | Inc.com

<i>LinkedIn is a powerful social network--not just for making connections, but for sharing content, recruiting talent, and keeping customers in the loop. We asked 11 successful founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council to divulge their favorite hacks to get more out of LinkedIn.</i><p><b>1. Join Key LinkedIn</b> …

Hacking

3-2-1: Only the Suffering of the Wealthy Counts

<i>(Associated Press)</i><p>Brilliant. <i>The Daily Show</i>’s Jason Jones interviews right-wing radio host Wayne Allyn Root, who says the IRS targeting of …

Political History

The Megachurch vs. Minichurch: Do Popularity and Growth Really Matter?

“God is doing amazing things!” is the Christian way of saying, “Look, we’re popular.”<p>The idea that faithfully following God’s will is associated with …