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Ten Powerful Lessons Learned from a Bad Boss

Successful leaders turn problems into opportunities. Your bad boss is an opportunity to develop ten essential leadership qualities.<p>Think of a bad …

Stop Trying to Control People or Make Them Happy

Whether you’ve heard of them or not, two gurus from the early 20th century still dominate management thinking and practice — to our detriment. It has been more than 100 years since Frederick Taylor, an American engineer working in the steel business, published his seminal work on the principles of …

32 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad | Inc.com

While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I often fall into a few word traps. For example, "who" and "whom." I rarely use "whom" when I should. Even when spell check suggests "whom," I think it sounds pretentious. So I don't use it.<p>And I'm sure some people then think, "What a …

Language

How to Manage a Team of Older Employees | Inc.com

Whether you've been hired into a leadership position at an existing business or are making a new wave of hires at your startup, you're bound to face a situation that can fill young managers with anxiety: you'll have to manage people older than you.<p>Whether it's just a few years' difference or you …

Employment

Should Employers Know Details of Employees' Medical Treatments: Vote Now | Inc.com

AOL chief Tim Armstrong's comments over the weekend about paying out millions in health insurance expenses for employees with sick babies brings up a plethora of questions for any business owner.<p>When Armstrong mentioned specifics about his employees' health situations, it gave many pause and …

Health Care

6 Powerful Communication Tips From Some Of The World’s Best Interviewers

Listening intently isn’t just for journalists. Here’s how to sharpen your interviewing skills to get the most out of your connections.<p>Everyone knows that particular feeling of dread that accompanies a lull in conversation at a party, networking event, or even a job interview.<p>You’ve already covered …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm …

Does Height Really Matter in Relationships?

Find out which gender is the most vertically biased<p>iStock/Thinkstock<p>Apparently size <i>does</i> matter: More women than men are picky about the height of their dates, according to a new study published in the <i>Journal of Family Issues</i>.<p>In the first part of the study, researchers looked at data from Yahoo! …

WARNING: Following your dreams can get lonely! | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

If someone told you that they were ‘following their dreams’ what would you say to them? Would you mock and laugh or would you encourage and support …

Motivation

8 Steps to Transform Negativity into Positive Results | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Think of the last time you embarked on a big project or maybe the thought of turning your wildest dream into a reality, were your thoughts about it …

How to Improve Your Social Skills in 2 Months

<b>Got this email from a reader yesterday, maybe you can relate:</b><p>“The things that are most difficult for me are: interacting with people/meeting new …

Life-Savers For The Naturally Disorganized | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Feeling overwhelmed by having too much time on your hands? This can happen easily if you are a solopreneur, working from home, a stay-at-home mom or …

Productivity

11 Things Extremely Confident People Do Differently

I remember my younger days when I considered myself lacking in confidence in almost every area in my life. I doubted myself all the time and always …

10 Ways Low Self-Confidence Shackles You

I know you.<p>You have dreams for your life.<p>You want to be amazing. You want to achieve something great. You want to wake up happy and enthusiastic …

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

How to Believe in Yourself

At times, it can be hard for you to believe in yourself, especially if you have developed negative feelings, like you have nothing to offer or are …

Self-help

How to Console an Upset Friend

There can be times when your friend may be sad and you feel like comforting them. But how do you? Consoling an upset friend can be tricky. When …

Self-help

7 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough

<b>“We can't hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.” ~Lori Deschene</b><p>Sometimes I am really terrible to myself and relentlessly compare …

Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

<b>Listen · 8:54</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>It was a rainy night in October when my nephew Lewis passed the Frankenstein statue standing in front of a toy store. The 2 1/2-year-old boy didn't see the monster at first, and when he turned around, he was only inches from Frankenstein's green …