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Oprah Winfrey Uses the Same 3 Sentences to Get Every Meeting Off to the Perfect Start

Many meetings limp to a start. The group sits waiting for people to straggle in late. Others want to keep chatting about "important" but unrelated topics: The dreaded "since I have you here" move that turns the group's agenda into a personal one. Still others keep texting and emailing while the …

Protecting Company Culture Means Having Rules for Email

A new study out of Virginia Tech University confirms something that just about every knowledge worker already knows: Dealing with after-hours emails produces anxiety that is damaging not only to the worker, but to their family.<p>One particularly striking finding of this study is that it’s not just …

Yes, Team Building Is A Waste Of Time--But Trust Is Essential

In his recent <i>Harvard Business Review</i> article, “Stop Wasting Money on Team Building,” Carlos Valdes-Dapena opens with a stark assertion: “Most corporate team building is a waste of time and money.”<p>He’s right, of course. At least, he’s right insofar as the absurd and pricey experiences that are often …

As he nears retirement, Anaheim fire chief warns firefighters must adapt to a changing role

As Anaheim Fire Chief Randy Bruegman’s retirement approaches, he discusses the future of firefighting and allows that if departments fail to change …

This Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole is Beige Comfort Food at its Best

Hello, and welcome back to <i>Will It Casserole?</i>, the column where I take your delicious concepts and re-imagine them as tasty casserole creations. Today …

3 Questions to Help You Get the Most From Your Next Negotiation | Inc.com

Negotiations can be stressful and emotionally draining. This is especially true when the stakes are high, you're negotiating with someone challenging, or you aren't feeling prepared. Achieving the right balance between the amount of effort you put into a negotiation and the benefits you expect to …

Homemade Doughnuts So Simple, You'll Actually Make Them

<i>A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big, BIG everything else: flavor, ideas, holy-cow factor. Psst: We don't count water, salt, pepper, and certain fats (say, olive oil to dress greens or sauté onions), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we're</i> …

The Simple Truth No Boss Will Ever Tell You

Bosses come in all shapes and sizes and widely differing skill levels. Some bosses are TMI; others laconic as clams. Some are naturally devious; others straightforward. Some honest; others full of it.<p>However, there is one simple truth that no boss will ever tell you, even though it's vital both to …

The Simple Phrase That Will Help In Almost Every Negotiation

Thug Life<p>I had a high school wrestling coach who loved to throw hypothetical scenarios at us during practice. They had nothing to do with wrestling. Instead they were life lessons that he tried to impart by way of asking us to unravel difficult problems, while we were bordering on passing out from …

Barack Obama's Former Speechwriter Has 3 Important Tips for Making Your Next Talk Memorable | Inc.com

<i>How can I become a good speaker? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by David Litt, Former Obama speechwriter, and author of Thanks, Obama, on Quora:</b><p>There are lots of technical details …

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 …

The disconnect between Baby Boomers and Millennials when it comes to work ethic

Baby Boomers sometimes believe Millennials are entitled and lazy, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.<p>Millennials have entered a professional …

The 37 most inspiring leadership quotes I know

No one can deny the power of a good quote. They motivate and inspire us to be our best.<p>Here are 37 of my absolute favorites:<p>1. “<b>I alone cannot change</b> …

How to write an out-of-office email that works

The out-of-office email response is an employee’s final defense against nagging coworkers and persistent clients. You want there to be no hard …

This Successful CEO and Former Navy SEAL Knows How to Turn Fear Into Success | Inc.com

Most people face fear at some point in their lives. A threat can come from something physical, emotional, financial, or many other sources. However it arrives, fear can stop you in your tracks and alter your path dramatically. It's the most basic human reaction: fight or flight. Left un-checked, …

9 revealing job interview questions top CEOs ask – answered

CEOs are notoriously eccentric, but they got where they are by picking the brightest people to join them. When it comes to either job interviews, why …

Don’t Try to Be the “Fun Boss” — and Other Lessons in Ethical Leadership

Just becoming a leader is enough to exacerbate some people’s unethical tendencies. But power does not corrupt everyone. Our research suggests that key personality characteristics predict unethical leadership behavior.<p>We collected personality data and supervisor ratings of ethical behavior (e.g., …

If You Don't Bother To Do This With Your New Hires, You're Throwing $10,000 Down The Drain. | Inc.com

Hiring is a long, hard process.<p>You're not Google. Neither are you Apple. A-players aren't fighting tooth and nail for a chance to work on your company. So it's up to you to attract them with a kickass job description and a great company culture.<p>But here's the thing:<p>Hiring isn't just about …

Cop who lives with parents deemed unfit for Port Authority

To the NYPD, he’s the Finest, but to the Port Authority, he’s an irresponsible dullard who still lives with his parents and isn’t worthy of a …

How to make Alabama's famous white BBQ sauce

In the United States of BBQ, four regions reign supreme: Kansas City, Memphis, Carolina and Texas. But there are quite a few regional BBQ styles that …

Flush Away Fat and Feel Your Energy Soar With a 'Liver Reboot' Detox Diet

After Mehmet Oz, M.D., revealed his latest weight-loss breakthrough on a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, many women immediately dove into the diet …

How to Tell Your Team That Organizational Change Is Coming

From time to time, every leader has to deliver news that is hard for employees to hear. Even when businesses are doing well, organizational and structural change is to be expected, and acquisitions, reorganizations, or policy changes can affect people’s jobs in ways that create feelings of fear, …

The New Direct-to-Consumer Furniture Brand You Should Know

Kevin Lehrer and Jon Allen know a thing or two about quality furniture. As interior design veterans, the duo has schemed up furniture for a bevy of …

DirecTV Now channels: The complete list for every live TV package

One look at the complete lineup of DirecTV Now channels and you’ll understand why it’s the most comprehensive live TV streaming service on the …

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When Leadership Changes, Some Employees Are Bound to Quit. Here's How to Prepare for the Worst

Offers of training and stock in their new employer weren't enough to keep four out of his five staffers when Dennis Chow sold his information technology firm in 2016.<p>Chow and the buyers learned one of the hard lessons of a business sale -- despite their best efforts, some employees will leave. …

Crack Chicken

This is our most dangerously addictive sauce EVER. Once you start, you literally can't stop. We can almost guarantee you'll be hooked after making it …

The Most Popular Garage Organization Systems And How To Build Them

The garage is probably the most cluttered and least organized space in the house and that’s because nobody really focuses enough on this area or on …

Responsibility: Not apologizing when you succeed or complaining when you fail

“The greatest form of maturity is at harvest time. This is when we must learn how to reap without complaint if the amounts are small and how to reap …

Elevate Your Chocolate-Chip Cookies

It takes me forever to get anywhere in Paris. It’s not the traffic, or the strikes — which are almost as reliable as the church bells tolling the hours — or the weather, or the bumpy cobblestone streets. It’s the pastry shops: There are so many of them, and I can’t keep myself from lingering in …