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Google Employees Weighed In on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager (Technical Expertise Came in Last)

Is it possible to engineer the perfect boss? Google was up to the task, and found data that will forever change the keys to getting promoted.<p>Google is widely known as an advocate of data-based decision making. So, it came as no surprise when it looked to its statisticians to help decode the secret …

Leadership

Ashdown - Where It Hurts

5 Characteristics of a Great Leader

Here are five critical qualities of great leaders and how they can help you be a great leader -- or colleague, or family member, or friend -- as well.<p>…

5 Expert-Approved Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Be it a nasty rumor, an unsightly blemish, or a bad case of the Mondays, we all have those moments when our self-confidence plummets. And, while it’s …

Self-help

Watch Queen’s Stunning Live Aid Performance: 20 Minutes Guaranteed to Give You Goose Bumps (July 15, 1985)

“The last people anyone expected to come out of that gig as being the memorable ones was Queen,” said Bob Geldof in an interview, looking back at the …

How to Hack the Genes That Impact Weight Loss & Metabolism

Something that never seemed fair: Two people can eat the same diet, but one gains weight, while the other doesn’t. Why?<p>Gynecologist and aging and …

I became a more peaceful parent by letting go of distractions and ‘perfection’

<b>That was two and a half years ago—two and half years of scaling back slowly on the excess and electronic distraction in my life...two and half years</b> …

The 11 Powerful Habits of Truly Happy People

Happiness isn’t an accident—it’s a habit.<p>When we think of happiness, we typically think of things that bring us immediate pleasure—a decadent meal, a …

Happiness

How To Use Your Energy Levels To Be More Productive

You're reading How To Use Your Energy Levels To Be More Productive, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're …

Productivity
Psychology

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Manga

How to read a book a week

In February, I read Belle Beth Cooper’s <i>Fast Company</i> piece “How I became a morning person, read more books, and learned a language in a year,” which listed the four steps to assuming a new hobby: set small goals, focus on one new thing at a time, remove obvious barriers, and build the new routines …

22 Brilliant Shirts Every Introvert Needs In Their Closet

"We're here, we're uncomfortable and we want to go home."<p><i>If you’d love to stay and chat but you’re lying, sign up for our introvert-loving Lifestyle newsletter.</i><p>Being an introvert is exhausting. After a long day at work, all you want to do is curl up with your pet and a good book to recharge. But …

Customer Experience

Help Employees Innovate By Giving Them the Right Challenge

Companies trying to create a culture of innovation often seem to rely on office decor like ping-pong tables or multi-colored bean-bag chairs, or one-off events like hackathons. But most of us who want to be more innovative would like to do so in our day-to-day work. What should we be focusing on?<p>In …

Learning to Love Again After an Affair

Is it possible to rebuild trust after your partner has been unfaithful? The loss of the relationship you envisioned can cause intense rage, jealousy, …

What Working for a Pointless Manager Taught Me About Great Leadership

<i>The MPW Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions</i> …

How The Emotional Affair I Have with a Man I'm Twice Older Than Saved My Marriage

It’s New Year’s Eve and glitter sprinkles the space between my brow and lids. I have two teen boys at home and I’m retiring from a 22-year marriage …

How can I find love? The answer may be in a five-year plan

Modern life is full of catch-22s. Having a partner can ease the daily grind, but exhausting routines can make dating feel like just another chore. …

A Messy Environment Makes It Harder for You to Focus on a Task

In an experiment, people who sat by a messy desk that was scattered with papers felt more frustrated and weary and took nearly <b>10% longer</b> to answer questions in a color-and-word-matching task, in comparison with those who were seated by a neatly arranged desk, say doctoral candidate Boyoun (Grace) …

10 Rules to Live By for Those Who Want to Live a Positive Life

<b>1. Be comfortable in your own skin.</b><p>The first step to becoming happy is to feel comfortable in your own skin. Everyone was born with a flaw. No one is perfect. Accept yourself with what you're born with whether it be your background, your skin, your nose, your eyes, your hair, your freckles, your …

How to Focus: 5 Research-Backed Secrets to Concentration

A question a lot of us are struggling with these days is “how to focus.” Concentration seems hard. Why does everyone joke about having ADD? There’s a …

You Don't Have a Productivity Problem, You Have a Priority Problem

You’ve been working 70 hours a week, you’re constantly on the go, and you still feel like you’re behind in your work. The problem may not be that …

Time Management

3 subtle ways you're stealing time from yourself every day

Suddenly, you realize you're not nearly as far down on your to-do list as you planned to be.<p>You think: <i>Ugh, who's stealing all my time?</i> But let's get real: No matter how busy you are, the only person sapping your productivity is <i>you</i>.<p>The truth is, it's easy to get into routines where you mindlessly …

Productivity

How to Make the Next 30 Minutes the Most Productive of Your Week

One small adjustment to how you work could make every 30 minutes twice as productive.<p>Constant connectivity is both a blessing and a curse for productivity.<p>On the one hand, the ability to carry out tasks and answer work-related emails on the move, wherever and whenever, is incredibly powerful. Your …

Most Productive People: 6 Things They Do Every Day

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?<p><b>Know how many days per week you’re actually productive?</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; …

5 Productivity Tips You Haven't Heard a Million Times Before

Tired of the same old productivity advice? Give one of these fresh tips a try.<p>When it comes to making each day more productive, you're used to hearing the same tips over and over again. Resist the temptation to continuously check your email. Wake up earlier. Craft a powerful and compelling to-do …

7 Effective Ways to Improve Your Relationship’s Emotional IQ

When I first started dating my boyfriend (now fiancé), the chemistry was off the charts—but, because of how differently we communicated and handled …

5 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem and Make It Stick

Source: racorn/Shutterstock<p>John was 25 when he came to see me for psychotherapy. The previous year he had quit his “boring office job” and moved back …