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Writing Your Résumé When Your Job Title Doesn’t Reflect Your Responsibilities

You’re ready to make a career move, up to a higher level or into a different industry or an entirely new field. But your current title doesn’t match the titles on the job postings that most excite you. How do you avoid your applications getting tossed by HR or automated filters? How do you use your …

Replacing The User Story With The Job Story

I’ve written about the problem with user stories before. At the time, I found it better to just have the team talk over proposed changes to the …

4 Big Investing Trends You Can Bet On for the Next Several Years

Here's where to look for big shifts, and how to bet on them.<p>Exchange-traded funds are beloved for the ease and speed with which they can be bought …

Why This Former Googler Thinks Performance Reviews Are Useless

Russ Laraway is a tech veteran who’s worked for Google and Twitter. Here’s the conversation he says not enough managers are having.<p>The fog of war envelops every battlefield. When the plan breaks down amid the chaos and ambiguity, how do young marines know what to do next? How can they take relevant …

6 Ways to Screen Job Candidates for Strategic Thinking

Every organization needs strategic thinkers. In a 2013 Management Research Group survey, when executives were asked to select the leadership behaviors that were most critical to their organization’s future success, 97% of the time they chose being strategic.<p>This is because people who are able to …

A 12-Step Program for Recovering Product Managers

I frequently hear from Product Managers that want to break the vicious cycle of the Feature Factory. You know it’s wrong for your team, and your …

An Introduction to Modern Agile

Key takeaways<p>Learn what is “modern” about Modern Agile<br>• Understand Modern Agile’s Four Guiding Principles<br>• Learn ways to implement Modern Agile<br>• Understand …

What is Continuous Improvement?

Continuous Improvement Defined<p><b>Continuous improvement, or Kaizen,</b> is a method for identifying opportunities for streamlining work and reducing waste. …

Project Management

What Is A Product Manager? | The Quick Guide To Product Management

Product Management

3 Ways Great Product Managers Prioritize Feature Requests

Product managers are busy people. And while meetings with marketing, sales, engineering, design, and support teams may fill their weekly calendars, it is the work of managing ideas and feature requests that most commands their attention.<p>To offer maximum value to customers, great product managers …

How to Develop Your Product Intuition

<i>This post is primarily directed to people trying to get into product management, but the broader suggestions apply to all product team members</i> …

Why Product Thinking is the Next Big Thing in UX Design

<i>This column is by Nikkel Blaase, Product & Interaction Designer at XING</i><p>When thinking of User Experience, we often think of a simple, beautiful, and …

An economics professor shares the career lesson he's taught 20,000 students

I caught up with Smith in between his classes at Ontario's University of Waterloo to talk about his new book, "No Fears, No Excuses."<p><b>Smith believes that having a passion for what you do isn't just nice to have; it's a requirement for having a great career.</b><p>"If you want to achieve a great career and …

Communication Skills

What’s Your Life Goal? Success or Significance?

<i>Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?</i> <i>—Bob Marley</i><p>In my forties, I was unhappy with my career and where it was …

10 Of The Best Business Travel Tips From The Experts

From people who travel for a living, here are the best tips, tricks and services for a seamless business trip<p>I love traveling for business. I am so much more productive while I'm in the air or at the airport - no distractions! I've traveled more frequently than ever this year between work, weddings …

The Number 1 Rule to Get Things Done

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the biggest struggles millennials face is wading through the information overload to figure out what we should be doing with our time.<p>Can you really blame us?<p>Every time you look at your phone, dozens of pings, notifications and …

Time Management

The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?<p>They read. A lot.<p>In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, "Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. …

Success

The Millennial Work-Or-Life Myth: 4 Goal-Setting Steps To Achieve Both Happiness And Success

As we plan our careers and seek the most effective, fulfilling combination of work and life, many millennials wonder: will success make me happy? Some of us worry that ambition and well-being are mutually exclusive.<p>Researchers, meanwhile, are divided on the relationship between high achievement and …

Goal Setting

How Getting up at 5 a.m. Has Improved My Health and Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve always been a "morning" person: I never had a problem waking up early in high school, and college was no different: I could party all night and still wake up like a champ, making it on time to my classes while my roommates remained …

What are the Habits of Wealthy People

Someone asked this on Quora. I answered. I am sorry to say that some of what I’ve written below, I’ve written before. Some of you have read it.That’s …

Self-esteem

I became a millionaire overnight — and quickly realized that extreme wealth is overrated - Vox

I grew up lower middle class on the outskirts of Copenhagen. Anywhere outside of Scandinavia, the socioeconomic label would probably have been "poor," but Danish safety nets and support systems did their best to suspend the facts and offer better.<p>Today I'm a millionaire. I helped start a company …

Doctors still working in Iraq face violence, tribal justice

BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly three months, anesthesiologist Bashar Taha lived in fear of deadly retaliation.<p>Taha, 38, was part of a team that performed …

100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter, Better, and Wiser

Listen to these 100 podcasts and you will become wiser, smarter, and better at business and life.<p>Podcasting is a great way to learn and be inspired. It's a new use of technology that hearkens back to the original social medium, storytelling.<p>If you have an interest in entrepreneurship, tech, …

Best Buy CEO on how to lead a corporate turnaround (without making employees hate you)

Exactly three years ago, as Hubert Joly, the then-new CEO of Best Buy, prepared to meet Wall Street for the first time to unveil his plan to rescue …

Shifting from Star Performer to Star Manager

You’ve always been a high achiever—top of your class, captain of your sports teams, star performer at work. Now, you’re going to be managing a team of high-performers in a division of your company that everyone’s buzzing about. You’re confident that you can navigate this new challenge with …

What Makes Uber Run

The transportation service has become a global brand, an economic force, and a cultural lightning rod.<p>Jordan Kretchmer remembers what Travis Kalanick was like before Uber was Uber.<p>Kretchmer was a 25-year-old college dropout with a lot of ideas, and Kalanick had even more. He was in his early …

Millionaires Don't Use To-Do Lists (They Use This Instead)

Do you really think Richard Branson and Bill Gates wrote long to-do lists and prioritized items as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and on and on?<p>In my research into time management and best practices for productivity, I've interviewed over 200 billionaires, Olympians, straight-A students and entrepreneurs. I …

Time Management

Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team

Around 11 p.m. one night, you realize there’s a key step your team needs to take on a current project. So, you dash off an email to the team members while you’re thinking about it.<p>No time like the present, right?<p>Wrong. As a productivity trainer specializing in attention management, I’ve seen over …