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10 books Richard Branson thinks everyone should read

Over the years he has offered up dozens of titles that have kept his attention and helped him grow as a businessman.<p>We can't guarantee you'll follow in the entrepreneur's footsteps, but the books could certainly set you in the right direction.

Books

15 books world-famous CEOs think everyone should read in their lifetime

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There's a reason the most successful people in our society are often the most voracious — or dogged — readers.<p>Think about how many new ideas …

Warren Buffett

Raising A Child With An Old Soul Is A Humbling And Amazing Experience

“All of my friends are having a massive playdate today, and they’re bringing their Nerf guns and everything!” my son told me excitedly the other day.</i> …

Being an 'Elephant Mom' in the Time of the Tiger Mother

It's okay for parents to nurture, protect, and encourage their children, especially when they're very young.<p>I still remember the first time someone spoke to me about grit. It wasn’t when I lost my dad and saw my mother fall apart.<p>It wasn’t when my mother died, and I felt like I was falling apart.<p>It …

The Only Time You Are Actually Growing Is When You’re Uncomfortable

If everything is too good, you’re probably stuck not being awesome.<p>Don’t join an “easy” crowd. You won’t grow.<p>Many people are so comfortable they’re miserable.<p>Breaking a habit, trying something new, taking a risk, making new connections, or putting yourself in a totally new situation won’t be easy, …

Best (and Worst) Words to Include in Your Resume

Resumes don’t necessarily have to be a single page long anymore, but that real estate is precious, no matter what. The last thing you want to do is …

Rewiring the Brain to Bounce Back from Setbacks Faster and Easier

<i>By: Debi Silber</i><p>According to Linda Graham, psychotherapist and author of <i>Bouncing Back</i>, resilience is: “The capacity to respond to pressures and tragedies quickly, adaptively and effectively.”<p>So why do we need to be resilient?<p>It’s inevitable that in our lifetimes, circumstances will come along that …

Want to Raise Healthy, Happy Kids? Science Says Stop This Dangerous Habit Right Now

The technology has spread so fast that we're not prepared to deal with it.<p>Parents want the best for their children. Yet, most of us are oblivious to a universal, looming hazard that is literally rewiring our kids' brains and putting them at risk.<p>The danger? It's our kids' constant use of mobile …

Mental Health

Want Your Employees to Respect You? Give Them the 1 Thing Most Bosses Never Do

This is a signature trait of the best leaders. It's also a rare commodity and extremely hard to pull off in a business setting.<p>A signature trait of the most likable leaders -- a trait that leads to uncommon loyalty in employees as well as business results -- is one that's extremely hard to pull …

Leadership

5 Ways the Best Leaders Leave Unforgettable Legacies

How your legacy can last at work.<p>Most leaders don't leave a legacy. They are never mentioned again when they leave an organization, especially if they die or get fired.<p>Then there are the ones who leave a negative legacy. You know, the leader who had the going away party...but they weren't …

18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs …

Lessons on Interviewing for Product Manager Roles

Note: The following piece was originally published in a few months ago in FastCompany’s Leadership section, where I also have a new post on …

Employment

Product managers for the digital world

The role of the product manager is expanding due to the growing importance of data in decision making, an increased customer and design focus, and …

Product Management

A Product Manager Communication Survival Guide – Startup Grind

Or, how to tame information overload<p>It’s all you, baby.<p>Or, more accurately, it’s all <i>on</i> you.<p>The burden of communicating among teams, in between …

Product Management

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Oprah all use the 5-hour rule

In the article "Malcolm Gladwell got us wrong," the researchers behind the 10,000-hour rule set the record straight: different fields require …

Creating a Culture Where Employees Speak Up

All of us aspire to work for leaders who truly value our input. We’re looking for a “speak-up culture”—the kind of workplace where we feel welcome and included, free to express our views and opinions, and confident that our ideas will be heard and recognized. But it’s not just employees who benefit …

A Facebook Product Design VP Has This Advice for Women in Tech

Get to the point where you feel confident that the team, even if it isn't diverse today, really does value you and will listen when you raise issues.<p><i>What advice would you give to young women who want to pursue a career in tech? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where</i> …

10 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Become a #Girlboss Leader

Even though there’s still an abundance of sexist double standards at work, we’ve interviewed tons of inspirational businesswomen who are crushing the glass ceiling and becoming their own bosses. From Sandy Rubinstein, the CEO of one of the hottest digital advertising agencies, to Komal Minhas, the …

Self-improvement

This is the real reason young women leave their jobs

New York magazine’s Ann Friedman recently offered advice for employers who’d like to attract and retain top female talent:<p>“Pay us enough that if you …

Demographics

New Rule: Cheer No Evil | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Bill Maher

7 Rules for Raising Sons Who Respect Women

My father taught me these simple rules that I wish some politicians had learned.<p>In the wake of Trump's odious bragging about sexual assault, a number of Trump supporters and Trump himself has insisted that it's just "locker-room talk."<p>For the record, I have never heard men in private say anything …

Understanding Humanism

FREE ONLINE COURSE<p>Explore life's big questions with Sandi Toksvig in our new massive open online course (MOOC) Introducing humanism<p>Planning guidelines<p>…

MOOCs

I just spent a day in a mindfulness program developed at Google and left with 5 key lessons

It was a fitting start to a day of mindfulness training.<p>Search Insider Yourself (SIY) is a two-day program that teaches participants skills around mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and resilience. It was originally developed at Google, by the company's 107th employee, Chade-Meng Tan (a.k.a. the …

Mindfulness

This Woman’s Idea For Stopping Public Tantrums Is Going Viral Because It’s Brilliant

It takes a village, and one woman has a great idea for using that village to stop your kid’s public tantrums<p>No parent is a big fan of someone else …

Meditating With Kids: It’s Not As Weird As You Might Think

Last school year, my son surprised me by saying that his teacher was teaching the whole class how to meditate — and even more than that, he liked it, …

Mom Teaches Son Chores So He Knows They Aren’t ‘Just for Women’

Mom vows her son will “never be too ‘manly’ to cook or do chores”<p>Loading the dishwasher, washing the towels, and making a grilled cheese are just a …

How To Discipline Your Kids Without Being An A**hole

One of my least favorite parenting tasks is disciplining my kids. If it were up to me, my kids would just behave all the time, listen to what I say, …

10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert

When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. At TED2014, David Epstein created a clean, informative slide deck to support his talk on …

Public Speaking

A former FBI hostage negotiator says there's one question you should ask when you can't get the salary you want

At some point, the hiring manager may tell you that, yes, you'd be a valuable asset, but they just can't go any higher.<p>Assuming you really want the job, it's tempting to accept their answer and leave feeling like a pushover.<p>Don't.<p>There's a more important question you should be asking than how much …

Employment