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Use These Five Tricks To Never Forget Something Important Again

“We all have a good memory; the problem is no one taught us how to use it,” says four-time USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis.<p>Forget to send that email? Return a call? Meet a deadline? If you chalk up memory mishaps to having too much to think about, you might be making excuses. “We all have a good …

Six Verbs That Make You Sound Weak (No Matter Your Job Title)

Sometimes it’s the smallest words and phrases that shape how you’re perceived around the office. Here are a few to watch out for at every level.<p>Your job title isn’t the only thing that determines how influential you are. Every word you use at work expresses your personal brand, from your confidence …

The Management Formula Every Leader Should Know (In One Easy Chart)

Obsessive micromanaging has never worked, but calling shots over task execution used to. Not anymore.<p>For years, one of my VPs always got the highest employee-review score of any manager in my company. The second-highest score usually went to one of the direct reports he’d personally trained.<p>I …

How To Recognize And Prevent Burnout Before It Hits You

Burnout is neither a badge of honor nor a sign of courage. Here’s how to recognize the symptoms before it hits you.<p><i>This</i> <i>piece</i> <i>originally appeared on</i> <i>Shine</i><i>, a free daily motivational text, and is reprinted with permission.</i><p>Close your eyes and imagine yourself sprinting while holding your breath.<p>Sounds …

5 Ways To Make Sure Your Meeting Will Be Productive

Don’t accept another meeting invite without making sure it meets all of these criteria.<p>Meetings can be the bane of working life, but they don’t have to be a waste of time if you ask yourself a series of questions before every meeting, and only attend meetings that are really necessary. So before …

You Need To Make Slower Decisions–Here’s How

Don’t confuse difficulty with urgency. You can usually buy yourself 12 to 24 hours to gather intel and mull over a tough choice before you make it.<p>Difficult decisions are part of being a leader, managing a team, or running a business. Their difficulty often leads to a sense of urgency: You’re …

Want To Build A Culture Of Innovation? Master The Design Critique

Fifteen years as a design educator has taught Jon Kolko the right–and wrong–way to critique design work. He shares his process here.<p>The ability to give and take criticism effectively is a crucial part of the design process. And as companies increasingly embrace design, not just as a feature, but, …

How Letting Go Of These “Good” Habits Can Make You More Successful

Getting smarter means identifying the things you no longer need to know or do.<p>Learning new things is an important part of career growth, and 87% of millennials say professional development opportunities factor into their job decisions, according to Gallup. Acquiring too much information, however, …

This Impact Investing Platform Was Set To Be A Game-Changer. So Why Did It Fail?

In order to scale, impact investing needs a platform that will make it easier for investors to connect with vehicles for their funds. ImpactUs promised to do that–but its failure shows that the space wasn’t quite as ripe for innovation as its founders had hoped.<p>Launched in April last year, the …

How To Build An Entrepreneurial Culture: 5 Tips From Eric Ries

The Lean Startup author sits down with Ideo U’s Suzanne Gibbs Howard to discuss how to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in any company, whether a startup, a design studio, or a corporate giant.<p>If you’ve ever been a part of a startup or a new business unit, you know the enormous amount of …

Four Great Reasons To Rip Up Your To-Do List

Here’s one: You won’t get closer to your team, your boss, or your clients by crossing items off a list.<p>There are lots of great ways to reorganize your to-do list in the name of productivity, but I don’t use any of them. In fact, I’ve stopped writing to-do lists altogether and find my workday is …

Time Management

This Startup’s Artificial Star Is For All Humanity, Whether Humanity Wants It Or Not

That shooting star you just wished on? It might have been a satellite.<p>Just in case anyone had forgotten that we live in an era when tech companies get to make decisions that impact every human being on Earth, there is now a shiny new object shooting across the night sky to remind you of it.<p>Rocket …

Want To Design Great Digital Experiences? Start Working With Architects

Hans Neubert was chief creative officer at Frog and Huge. Here’s why he jumped ship for the largest architecture firm in the world.<p>We’re sitting at a hip hotel restaurant in Chicago, and Hans Neubert has commandeered all of the creamer. In fact, he’s assembled a small china cabinet of coffee cups, …

Leadership Lessons From 11 Years Of Running Fast Company

The editor-in-chief bids farewell.<p>For the past 11 years, I’ve had the good fortune to be the editor of <i>Fast Company</i>. It has been a passion project much more than a job. I’ve met CEOs, movie stars, and presidents. I’ve been on big stages, inside boardrooms, on TV news shows. I’ve gotten to learn from …

5 Common Reasons Why VCs Decide Not To Invest

Investors tend to say “no” a lot more than they say “yes” to founders. Here are some of the top reasons why.<p>It’s no surprise that venture capitalists say “no” to requests for investment more often than they say “yes.” However, they’re not always explicit about <i>why</i> they pass on a deal. Here are a few …

These Seven To-Do List Mistakes Could Be Derailing Your Productivity

Why you shouldn’t write your list in the morning, and the items you should leave off completely.<p>When it comes to getting things done, sometimes the simple productivity methods are the best. Case in point: the to-do list. This handy tool keeps you on track by putting tasks top of mind . . . unless …

Time Management

The Harsh Truth Of Being Promoted You Probably Didn’t Think About

Being a manager involves a lot more than a change in title.<p>Early in my career, all I ever wanted was to become a manager.<p>I had my fair share of jobs outside my field, but landed my first “real” job as an editorial assistant after graduating college. It was my foot in the door to kick off my career, …

Feeling Stuck? Here Are 4 Exercises To Boost Your Creativity

We can’t choose to turn creativity on or off, but we can do our best to help our brains get unstuck.<p>Steve Jobs famously said that creativity is just connecting things. But anyone facing a creative block knows it’s a lot harder than grabbing ideas out of thin air.<p>Creativity is a complex process. …

5 Lessons We Learned Working In Design’s Wild West

Smart Design’s Efrat Weidberg demystifies one of the biggest design challenges for brands today: voice UI.<p>Conversations: They reflect one of our most basic human instincts. As infants, learning to talk is one of our first acquired skills, and verbally communicating with others quickly becomes a …

On This Blockchain-Based Version Of Airbnb, There’s No Middleman

The crypto world is taking aim at platform companies, with the idea of creating true peer-to-peer networks. They just need users first.<p>Yes, Airbnb just reached cashflow profitability and could be heading to IPO promised land. But, in the long-term, could the technology that gave rise to bitcoin and …

How To Manage Your Money In The Gig Economy

LearnVest.com founder Alexa von Tobel offers up personal finance tips for the ever-growing number of workers taking on freelance, gig, and contract jobs.<p><i>Half of Americans no longer receive a steady paycheck, thanks in part to the rise of ride sharing and other gig economy opportunities. But most of</i> …

No One Should Care This Much About A Corporation’s Logo

I’m as guilty as anyone. But it’s time to think harder about what we get mad about.<p>After 100 years of the same thing, Lufthansa did something drastic. Horrible. Unthinkable. Did it beat up someone for refusing to leave their seat? Worse. Lufthansa changed its logo.<p>I know. Even typing that gives me …

This Is The Real Reason Leaders Fail In A Crisis

Everything from your gut instinct to legions of disaffected employees might be telling you to move fast to fix what’s wrong. You should perhaps do the opposite.<p>Doug Conant has had what some might call a dubious honor, not once but three times. First at Nabisco (1992), then at the Campbell Soup …

This Is How To Thrive In The Gig Economy

Love it or hate it, the traditional job landscape isn’t coming back anytime soon.<p>If you listen to your parents or grandparents talk about their work history, you’ll probably see an alarming trend–they didn’t go anywhere! They stayed at the same company year after year, often decade after decade. …

Stress Is Making You Micromanage, Which Is Making Everything Worse

Ask yourself these four questions to break the vicious cycle.<p>Are you a micromanager? You will probably say no. Maybe you self-deprecatingly call yourself a “control freak.” Or just “hands-on.” You just “care too much.”<p>And it’s true: You do feel a certain need for a sense of control over your work. …

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I Used Design Thinking To Reinvent My Career—Here’s Why It Worked

A former lawyer explains how the methodology led her to try out life as a pastry chef before getting a master’s in psychology.<p>In 2009, my law career stalled. I was burned out and ready to make a professional change, but I had no idea where to start or what my next step should be. Should I continue …

I’ve Interviewed Over 300 Entrepreneurs–Here’s Their Most Counterintuitive Advice

This podcast host shares four of the most surprising things she’s learned by speaking to hundreds of startup founders.<p>Three years ago I started a startup podcast because I thought founders were crazy. Why would a sane person willingly endure such intense risks? Part of my curiosity was personal: As …

Self-improvement

The Stupidly Simple Way To Avoid Bombing On Your Biggest Goals

You have more leeway to adjust the timeline or scope of your goals than you probably think–and still ultimately get them done.<p>When I was a freshman in college, I wanted to try out for the football team. Given my 5 ‘7″ soft frame, this makes complete sense. You can’t keep a tiger out of the jungle. …

3 Signs You’re A High Performer At Work, Even When Your Boss Doesn’t Tell You

Praise doesn’t always come naturally.<p>It’s a boss’s job to point out areas for improvement and to help you grow. And so, if you’re on the wrong track or falling short of expectations, you expect them to let you know.<p>But, of course, constructive criticism is only one kind of feedback.<p>Positive …

5 VCs Share The Worst Ways Founders Botch Their Pitches

From offensive lingo to off-base metrics, investors have heard it all.<p>Here’s a riddle: What takes a tenth of a second to occur and can make or break your startup? No, it’s not the computation performed by your tech product’s proprietary algorithm. It’s a first impression, and the Princeton …