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4 Questions Great Managers Ask Their Employees Every Week

The prerequisite for setting the stage for these questions to be asked (and answered) is transparency. Therein lies the problem for most bosses.<p>Readers of my column in management roles will often write to me asking about what they can do to improve their relationships with employees. It's not that …

Employment

Sheryl Sandberg Mastered 3 Presentation Skills in 3 Minutes. And You Can, Too | Inc.com

When it comes to making a persuasive presentation, there are several elements that are core to making it a success. As Aristotle said eons ago, persuasion requires appealing to ethos (trust), logos (intellect), and pathos (emotions), no matter who your audience is. From sharing your company's …

Public Speaking

Breaking Down Silos Is a Myth, Do This Instead | Inc.com

Nobody likes a silo. Or a stovepipe for that matter. These insular structures restrict the flow of information, which makes it hard to coordinate action and adapt to change. In some cases, it can even lead to disastrous consequences like the General Motors ignition switch scandal. So it should be …

Management

When to Solve Your Team’s Problems, and When to Let Them Sort It Out

After careful review of her harried work life, Charla, an IT manager, discovered that 20% of her time over the previous two months was spent managing escalations. It seemed that each interaction with her team ended with her feeling a need to exercise her authority to rescue them from a crisis. For …

Management

This Is the Job That Best Prepares You for CEO Success

Best training ground for the C-suite isn't glamorous, just crucial.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many paths lead to the CEO chair, but one individual role best prepares people to be a CEO -- product manager. This job is a great training ground for chief executives, at …

Product Management

3 Habits of Exceptionally Productive Leaders

How to lead without being a boss and how to be productive without getting everything done.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Productivity isn't about getting <i>more</i> done, but about getting <i>what matters most</i> done. With this in mind, here are three habits productive leaders do …

Time Management

4 People You Should Turn to When You Need Career Advice

<i>The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s</i> …

Leadership

Ten Things Great Leaders Do To Get People On Board With Change

Change isn’t easy. Even change for the better. Great leaders know this and don’t pretend otherwise. Yet they also know that embracing change with the right mindset - one that is open to learning and “unlearning” on-the-go – is paramount to creating an environment where change isn’t just a once in a …

Marriott International

Career Coach: Build your confidence by asking yourself these five questions

Confidence. It’s a state of mind, a way of being and a belief in one’s self. We know it when we see it. It’s courage, energy, self-assuredness and a comfort in one’s own skin.<p>Lack of confidence can stem from a number of factors—lack of knowledge, lack of experience, aversion to risk or change, or …

Self-improvement

6 Things Good CEOs Always Do to Connect With Employees | Inc.com

A CEO I reported to back in my corporate days suffered from a condition I call invisible executive syndrome.<p>He dwelled in the safety and comfort of his office most of the 50-plus hours he put in per week. It was safe because, at the time, turnover had reached an astounding 60 percent. His open-door …

Employee Engagement

Here's How Amazon's Jeff Bezos Makes Great Decisions, Super Fast | Inc.com

Amazon is a remarkable company. It's no surprise that it was built by a remarkable mind.<p>The brilliance, philosophy, and quirks of founder and CEO Jeff Bezos are deeply baked into Amazon, which is what makes his pronouncements about his approach to business so fascinating. Each utterance offers …

Management

Top 25 Recipes of 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! I decided to take advantage of this “holiday hangover” day to compile my very favorite recipes …

Cooking

23 Small Things You Can Do Every Day That Will Make You Happier

According to a happiness expert.<p>We asked a happiness expert for some easy ways to feel great that don't involve buying a fifty grand watch, going to the Maldives, or dating a supermodel.<p>Step forward Andy Cope—a happiness expert and co-author of <i>The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence: How to</i> …

Happiness

What We Learned About Management in 2016, in 19 Charts

The 1% and the Asian middle class have gained the most from globalization. The U.S. lower middle class, not so much.<p>In many cases, Millennials and Baby Boomers want the same things out of a new job. And Boomers are slightly more likely to want to work somewhere fun.<p>People who are both in demand by …

Demographics

The Total Idiot's Guide To Doing Basic Motorcycle Repairs

I’ll be honest: I’m a terrible mechanic. I’ve got a scar on my forearm from the last time I changed the brakes on my Mini. Any repair work I’ve ever …

Time I

Grow Potatoes in Pots or Growing Bags

Given the underground nature of tubers, you might think you need a lot of space in your garden where you can dig deeply if you want to successfully …

Gardening

How to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable, According to a Green Beret

7 steps to acclimate yourself to extreme situations so you can excel at every level.<p>I've been an entrepreneur for seven years. Midway through the fourth year, things were coming to a head. I wasn't getting enough sleep. I wasn't exercising, and I wasn't keeping my mind clear with meditation.<p>In the …

Self-help

This $99 Gadget Turns Your Smartphone Into A 3D Printer

3D printers have been set for big things for a long time. But as rapid as their recent boost in popularity has been, they’re pretty clunky machines …

50 Hearty (And Easy) Chili Recipes

Cooking

10 Houseplants That Ease Stress, Purify Your Home, And Are Impossible To Kill

Houseplants are a truly delightful addition to any home. They're a great decoration, but they also have profound impacts besides just looking good. …

Save Surprising Kitchen Scraps To Grow Infinite Food

If you want to put homegrown fruits and vegetables on the table, you don't have to go out and buy seeds; you can generate all the food you want with …

Gardening

41 Cheap And Easy Backyard DIYs You Must Do This Summer

Go outside! You look like you need a little sun.

Landscaping

10 Affordable Outdoor DIY Projects

Can you tell I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors lately? I sure have enjoyed giving my yard a makeover this spring. Kate here, and if you read …

How To Pack Like A Pro For Every Occasion: The Guys' Edition

More travel light tips.

32 Awesome DIY Backyard Ideas

7.) Make a giant Scrabble set.<p>8.) Build a fire pit in the back yard.<p>9.) And if you don’t want to spend too much money, try this cheap fire pit.<p>10.) …

30 of The Most Extraordinary Beautiful Kitchen DIY Pallet Projects

In the kitchen everything should be bent to out desires and lifestyle. Here we should relax at the end of the day, disconnect entirely from the busy …

Chemicals

14 Simple Ways To Make Your Home More Awesome

These DIY projects aren't just pretty—they'll make your home snazzier and more awesome.<p><b>1. Wine Cork Trivet</b><p><i>Alyssa & Carl</i><p>If you're a wine-drinker who likes to save your corks, figuring out what to do with the leftovers can be a dilemma. Luckily, Alyssa & Carla have a great idea for a dead-simple …

20 Indoor Plants for the Small-Space Gardener

All of these beauties are easy to keep alive.<p>If your home wasn't blessed with tons of square footage, that doesn't mean you can't flex your green thumb. All of these plants take up minimal space, require little sun (a <i>must</i> when you only have a few windows to work with), and are basically made for …

The 10 Soothing Paint Colors That Will Change Your Life

We're feeling more relaxed already.<p>Color has the power to heal your spirit: It can be soothing, healing and make you feel reborn. So we asked 10 interior designers to share their favorite feel-good colors. Will one make it to your home?