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How To Get Your Point Across To These Five Personality Types

Not everyone thinks the same way. Here’s how to repurpose a three-decade-old management theory to tailor your message to just about anybody.<p>The VP of finance for a major multinational company recently came to me with a problem. “I’ve been trying to start a conversation with the VP of marketing, and …

Public Speaking

8 Questions to Ask Someone Other Than “What Do You Do?”

We’ve all been in the awkward situation of meeting someone new and having to build rapport quickly — at networking events, industry conferences, charity events, dinner parties, and other social-professional situations. If you’re like many people — especially most Americans — you break the awkward …

Nonprofits

How to Ask for a Promotion

Asking for a promotion can be nerve-wracking. But when you think you’re ready for the next step, it’s important to say so. How do you prepare for that conversation with your boss? What information should you have at the ready? And how exactly do you make your case?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b><br>“Asking for a …

Leadership

The Art of Strategy is About Knowing When to Say No

When HubSpot was in its earliest stages, I used to say yes to almost anything: new features, new initiatives, new ideas. It empowered my team to move fast and get things done. I prided myself on being a “yes” man. We were working hard on getting product-market fit right, so anything we could do to …

Product Management

6 Ways to Take Control of Your Career Development If Your Company Doesn’t Care About It

We are now in the era of “do-it-yourself” career development. Companies less frequently offer formal training – a trend that has been on the decline for years. This may be because employees change jobs so frequently (job tenure now averages about four years) that firms don’t see the value in …

These Post-It Note Pads Reveal Tiny Hidden Sculptures As You Use Them

An empty pad of Post-Its leaves nothing but sadness, a void of emptiness on your desk. Hope those ideas were good, Mr. Idea Man, because they cost a very small, very sticky stack of paper its life.<p>A project from the Japanese architectural company Triad, highlighted recently by <i>Spoon & Tamago,</i> offers …

Paper Craft

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

ABOUT THE EVENT<p>All executives know strategy is important. But they fear developing a strategy that involves placing bets and making hard choices. So …

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

The Workplace

When Depression Hurts Your Relationship: How to Regain Intimacy and Reconnect with Your Partner When You’re Depressed

When you are feeling depressed, having a loving, supportive relationship with your partner can help you in your path towards healing and creating a …

When you lose weight, your fat cells don't just let go of fat

Belly flab is like a storage unit for the rest of your body.<p><i>Every January, fat's in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations. What’s fat good for? How do we get it to go where</i> …

Magic Mushrooms Do The Opposite of Anti-Depressants, But That May Be Why They Work

"I felt so much lighter, like something had been released."<p>Psychedelic therapy is going through something of a revival right now, and we may now know …

If Your Spouse’s Work Life Is Stressful, Design a Healthier Home Life

Watching someone suffer from stress and burnout — and feeling powerless to help — is an awful experience. But it’s a reality for many married professionals who see their spouses staggering under the weight of constant demands from the office. In our work with professionals at many of the Fortune …

The Secret To Teamwork Isn’t Managing Personalities

Stop trying to turn everyone into “team players.” Here’s how to set a baseline that everybody can commit to–no matter how different they are.<p>When I started out as an illustrator and designer, I focused way too much on myself. I thought I was only expected to do the work I was skilled at, figuring …

Online graphic design startup Canva is now worth $1 billion

Canva is Australia's first unicorn of 2018, after raising $40 million (AUD$50.9 million) to push the design startup's value over $1 billion.<p>Now …

Venture Capital

5 Habits That Let Emotionally Intelligent People Adapt To Anything

The ability to stay flexible and open-minded in uncertain times isn’t just a personality thing. It also depends on what you do.<p>Adaptability has always mattered in the workplace, but with automation on the march and many industries experiencing major upheavals, it may be a more crucial skill now …

Warren Buffett Says If You Hire People on Intelligence but They Lack This Other Trait, Don't Bother

Hiring people on this trait will make leaders sleep well at night.<p>Warren Buffett gave some great advice a few years ago on key attributes to look for when considering job candidate<i>s.</i> He narrowed it down to three, but one is purely non-negotiable. Buffet said<i>:</i><p>You're looking for three things, …

How To Deliver Your Presentation In Half The Time You’d Allotted

Talking faster during a presentation is a bad idea. Here are a few better ones.<p>It’s the day of your big presentation. You’ve spent the last few weeks fine-tuning every detail. You rehearsed last night, and you were flawless. You’ve never felt more prepared.<p>But then you hear something that makes …

The 3 Essential Jobs That Most Retention Programs Ignore

For more than a decade, leading human resource strategists have hit on a recurring theme: You want your star players working in the roles that matter most to the business. For example, in 2009 professors Brian Becker, Mark Huselid, and Richard Beatty estimated that in most companies less than 15% …

How Adweak Uses Savage Humor To Create Engaging Content

Let’s face it. Most e-newsletters are boring, uninspiring and just plain spammy.<p>So how can you inject some life into your content? With raw, unfiltered humor.<p>One example of this is Adweak. They caught my eye last year because of their no holds barred humor. Their unique brand of comedy has garnered …

Writing

Why Agile Is Eating The World​​

In 2011, Marc Andreessen wrote his famous essay, “Why Software Is Eating the World,” in The Wall Street Journal, leading to the cliché that “every company needs to become a software company.” (A useful update by Jeetu Patel on the situation in 2016 is here: “Software is still eating the world.”)<p>In …

Agile Development

This Small Device Could Silence the Maddening Symptoms of Tinnitus

Millions of Americans suffer from a medical condition known as tinnitus, a disorder that can be so tormenting that it makes Edgar Allen Poe’s …

10 Credenzas to Compliment Your Mounted TV

There is one thing about owning a television that is always a nuisance and that is that you never own just one black box. There’s the TV, which is a …

6 modern interior ideas to remodel your bedroom

Thinking of renovating your home but don’t know where to begin? What about starting from the bedroom? When it comes to remodelling, people usually …

10 amazing cabinet ideas to utilize the corners of the bedroom!

You do not need the insight of room decorators and interior designers to appreciate the indispensable practicality of cabinets for home spaces like …

Netflix tips you've never heard of: The best tips and tricks to try on the streaming service

Netflix currently has 81 million paying users and has launched in 130 new countries around the world since January 2016.<p>Among its most popular series …

Asking your coworkers two uncomfortable questions is the key to getting ahead in your career

How do the people you work with see you?<p>However you answered that question, you're almost certainly wrong. It's surprisingly difficult for most of us to understand how others perceive us — we think we're being inclusive as managers and others see us as weak and indecisive (that happened to me). Or …

Self-improvement

To Find Meaning in Your Work, Change How You Think About It

A wonderful <i>New York Times</i> article from 2007 recounted the 20th annual “Operator’s Challenge” — aka the “Sludge Olympics” — a competition for New York sewage treatment workers. The participants compete to show skill in their work, and often do so with great passion. Emily Lloyd, the commissioner of …

Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov on what happens when machines 'reach the level that is impossible for humans to compete'

LISBON, Portugal — Garry Kasparov knew as early as 1997 — 20 years ago — that humans were doomed, he says. It was in May of that year, in New York, that he lost a six-game chess match to IBM's Deep Blue, the most powerful chess computer of its day.<p>Today, it seems obvious Kasparov should have lost. …

Artificial Intelligence

This cash-strapped school sends kids to Harvard

Videos of brothers Alex and Ayrton Little finding out they were accepted into Stanford and Harvard were watched by a million people online.<p>But behind their academic success is the story of an unusual school in small-town Louisiana. We spoke to Tracey and Mike Landry, the founders of TM Landry Prep …

Trends

The Best Mobile Board Games of 2018

Free yourself from physical boards, counters, tokens, dice, cards, and rule books with these top-notch game titles for Android and iOS.<p>PCMag reviews …