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Run Meetings That Are Fair to Introverts, Women, and Remote Workers

In the ideal meeting, all attendees participate, contributing diverse points of view and thinking together to reach new insights. But few meetings live up to this ideal, in large part because not everyone is able to effectively contribute. We recently asked employees at a large global bank a …

5 Misconceptions About Networking

A good network keeps you informed. Teaches you new things. Makes you more innovative. Gives you a sounding board to flesh out your ideas. Helps you get things done when you’re in a hurry. And, much more (see my recent Lean In video on how networks augment your impact).<p>But, for every person who sees …

Networking

Learn to Love Networking

Rami Niemi<p>“I hate networking.” We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social …

A simple mental shift can help you feel less gross about networking

In 2014, researchers found scientific evidence of a phenomenon many of us had already experienced: Professional networking can make us feel dirty. But the more powerful you are, the less dirty you feel.<p>For example, the researchers surveyed lawyers at a North American business law firm. Results …

Keeping Meetings on Track When You’re Not in Charge

Meetings frustrate everyone. There are too many of them, they take too much time, and not enough gets done during and after.<p>It’s easy to blame this on others – the higher-ups who invite us, arrange the agendas, and chair the meetings. We just show up, make our presentations, and try to sound …

6 skills of self-made millionaires — and how to develop them yourself

1. Be able to identify fruitful opportunities.<p>Carlos Slim Helu, Mexican business magnate and philanthropist, said, "When there is a crisis, that's when some are interested in getting out, and that's when we are interested in getting in."<p>Learn to identify open doors when they appear, then consider …

Broncos’ Aqib Talib teaching the art of the interception

Aqib Talib knew the ending before the play clock started. Eight yards behind the line of scrimmage he stood, bent in his two-point stance as the …

George W. Bush has the most controversial Wikipedia page of all time — and the edits are fascinating

The world's most popular encyclopedia moves faster than traditional collections of "objective" knowledge, but it's involved in a constant war of small edits amongst its most passionate users vying to control how a subject will be portrayed to the world.<p>This is especially evident in the most …

The Post-It Note Approach to Time Management | Inc.com

In addition to the shortcuts I discussed in my last column, I want to introduce a new strategy that you can start putting into place at any time. This is a strategy I learned from coach Kevin Lawrence, and it has helped many leaders establish a new relationship with time.<p>The 5 D's are: "Do it, …

Time Management

If You Are These 5 Things, You Are Destined to Be a Leader of the Future | Inc.com

The business world is changing. The coveted leadership qualities of the past--being experienced, decisive, authoritative and focused on command and control--don't work with the changing world and increasingly diverse workforce. Innovation is critical for success in today's constantly expanding …

Leadership

Please Make This Your Sunday-Night Ritual | Inc.com

Want to gain an advantage over your competition?<p>Without advising anyone to work even more on the weekends, I can tell you there is an extremely valuable ritual you can do every Sunday night, before the week starts and the chaos overwhelms you. Life is too busy. Work life is even busier. By spending …

Gear & Gadgets

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 …

22 Techstars Mentors Share Their Advice for Startups

A startup accelerator will cost you a percentage of your company’s equity – or sometimes actual cold, hard cash – for one reason: mentors.<p>Last …

5 Tools to Retain Great Employees | Inc.com

Great managers recruit and retain great people. Employees stay with a manager when they can learn and grow. If you learn how to build an employee growth culture, you will retain more of your best employees. To understand how people learn, we need to look at Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy. …

Employee Engagement

Tech's Gender Gap Wasn't Always So Bad. Here's How It Got Worse

Robin Hauser Reynolds says her new film, a study of gender in Silicon Valley, was sparked by a call from her daughter.<p>This was about a year and a …

Texas Prison Program Aims to Produce Business-Savvy Inmates | Inc.com

Standing in a prison chow hall, Richard Chavez Jr. outlines his past: violent felon, former gang member, the fourth member of his family to go to prison. Then his future: owner of a mobile counseling youth service that goes where the troubled kids are.<p>Arching a tattooed eyebrow, Chavez credits an …

Counseling

Restoring Faith in U.S. Democracy

The Supreme Court's misguided 5-4 Citizens United v. FEC ruling authorized corporations to spend limitless amounts of money influencing elections. In the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court claimed "The appearance of influence or access will not cause the electorate to …

Using the 6 Clinically Proven Principles of Persuasion | Inc.com

In today's hyper growth business environment, most leaders are seeking out the "game changers", "paradigm shifts", and "strategic inflection points" that will put their companies on a more aggressive growth trajectory. Disruption is all but expected these days. That's why it was a huge relief to …

Body Language

Companies Have Always Struggled to Engage Young People

<i>A capable young manager in a financial services company returns from a month’s vacation. Formerly clean cut and conservatively dressed, he’s now sporting a beard and long sideburns. He also begins appearing at work in bright-colored sport-shirts and bell-bottom trousers. He resumes working with his</i> …

How to Hold a Weekly Team Meeting Without Wasting People's Time | Inc.com

Every Friday, 80 men and women gather over beer, wine, and snacks to chat about their week and their jobs. They talk about their successes, challenges, and what they're working on.<p>It sounds like your average happy hour, but the "Friday Afternoon Club" is actually a staple in the premium services …

Transparency

10 Ways to Be Confident, Ballsy, and Sexy as Hell in Bed

Now, we know it can be intimidating to make the leap from tame girl to sex goddess overnight, but a few small tweaks can make you feel wilder and more self-assured in bed. "There's a misconception that taking charge has to be something big," says Greer. But in reality, tiny acts can give you a …

10 Sex Tips for Every Erogenous Zone On the Male Body

10 Sex Tips for Every Spot On a Man’s Body<p>The top erogenous zones for guys—and what to do with each one<p>A new study identifies the most sensitive spots on the male body. And while his penis came out on top (no shocker there), there are plenty of other places he wants you to include in the action. …

What Is a Personal Legend—and Are You Living It?

One of the many profound lessons in Paulo Coelho's <i>The Alchemist</i> is that each person must discover his or her own "personal legend"—the unique path …

6 Tools That Will Help You Build a Website With Minimal Skills | Inc.com

Sometimes, your clients need to build a website to begin their online presence, but they simply don't have the budget to hire a web design company. You can suggest ideas, but it's not within your scope to do the work yourself. What should you recommend?<p>Here are six great ways to make a website with …

Web Design

Plan B Workouts: Get Fit Anytime, Anywhere

What are you making with your old jeans?

Before you go tossing out your family’s worn out denim, read this post to see if there is something better you can be doing with them.<p>Now, saving …

Leadville Trail 100, 2014 Edition

20 August 2014 - BoulderLeadville Trail 100, 2014 EditionLast weekend, I raced the Leadville Trail 100 for the second time. Last year's race was …

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 …

Transgender Children Today: Shifting the Responsibility for Change Away From Children and Onto Society

The first time a parent of a transgender child asked me for advice, I was thrown for a loop. Ten years ago, I couldn't quite fathom the reality that a family would actually <i>seek to support</i> their child. Limited as it was, my perception came from the notion that any of us desiring a gender transition …