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To Make Tomorrow Great, Start It Today | Inc.com

Mornings are the most productive time for people--especially highly successful people. The best way to maximize your mornings is to spend an hour at the end of each day prepping for the start of the next. Here are the 7 steps that will help you do just that.<p>1. <b>Write down the most important things</b> …

8 Things Great Leaders Say in Times of Tumultuous Change | Inc.com

Change is one of the few certainties an entrepreneur can count on in business. It comes in many different forms--whether hiring a new employee or moving to a new office or merging with another company. I've encountered all of these and more in my own company. For an entrepreneur, even a minor …

How to Get Big Success With 'Little Data' | Inc.com

The term "big data" is practically synonymous with large-scale software projects and enterprise-wide implementations. The more you read about it, the more you might believe that such pricey, pain-in-the-neck endeavors are the only path to useful insights.<p>But as David Meer points out in a recent …

Digital Royalty's Amy Jo Martin on How to Humanize Your Brand | Inc.com

"People connect to humans--not logos," Amy Jo Martin said defiantly onstage at <i>Inc.</i>'s 2014 Growth conference in Nashville.<p>That's the message that the founder and CEO of social media education and consulting company Digital Royalty hammered home in a speech titled "Digital Dialogue: How to Humanize …

Hitting the Mark: 2 Metrics Every Tech Startup Must Know | Inc.com

Gauging your business's performance is not new--income statements and balance sheets are as old as capitalism, after all. But today’s businesses have a few new measurement tools at their fingertips: CAC (customer acquisition cost) and LTV (lifetime value).<p>Bear with me; I know your eyes are probably …

Science Says Overconfidence Key to Success | Inc.com

Most people assume overconfidence is a negative character trait that creates failure through hubris and overreach. Science, however, has long known that entrepreneurs are consistently overconfident. If they weren't, they wouldn't launch startups.<p>A recent issue of The New Yorker described a series …

Self-improvement

21 Super Inspiring Quotes for Leaders | Inc.com

No one ever said that leading a business is easy--it's not. In fact, it can be frightening, exasperating, challenging, harrowing, and exhausting. When you feel like your leadership batteries are running low, turn to these words of wisdom for a quick boost.<p><b>1.</b> "The key to successful leadership today …

Motivation

Capital city home values surge to record levels

The Reserve Bank has looked beyond record property prices by letting the official cash rate remain on hold at 2.5 per cent. It comes as home values …

Tasmania's latest export: the best whisky in the world

At a bus stop painted in bright rainbow stripes, we turn left down a long road, dodge a few roaming chickens, and shrug off surburbia. We are headed for William McHenry & Sons, where the heady scent of gum trees is cut with an unmistakable sweet, briney tang. This collection of sheds and barns …

Better Data, Better Results

Draw Your Elevator Pitch

When it comes to a good elevator pitch, brevity and memorability are everything. Most elevator pitches are neither.<p>One of us (Liza) is a staff cartoonist for the <i>New Yorker</i>, while the other (Deb) is a mentor to many start-up founders. We got to talking about the problem of crafting a brief, …

Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Gallup has found that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager. Yet our analysis suggests that they usually get it wrong. In fact, Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time.<p>Bad managers cost …

The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool

It’s not often that you hear Budweiser and Shakespeare mentioned in the same breath. But according to new research from Johns Hopkins University, the Bard’s deft application of storytelling techniques featured prominently in the beer company’s Super Bowl commercial.<p>In “Puppy Love,” a perfectly …

Dramatic structure

<b>Dramatic structure</b> is the structure of a dramatic work such as a play or film. Many scholars have analyzed dramatic structure, beginning with …

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Winning as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The maid-of-honor was consoling the bride, desperately trying to keep her makeup from liquefying. The yacht was perfect, of course, and most of the bridesmaids were there as planned. So what was the problem? No pictures. The photographer was a no-show. Well, the bride would make sure that he never …

How to Give a Killer Presentation

A little more than a year ago, on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, some colleagues and I met a 12-year-old Masai boy named Richard Turere, who told us a fascinating story. His family raises livestock on the edge of a vast national park, and one of the biggest challenges is protecting the animals from …

A Presentation Isn’t Always the Right Way to Communicate

We rarely think about whether presentations are the <i>best</i> way to express our ideas; we just blindly create and deliver them. By some estimates, 350 presentations, on average, are delivered every second of every day.<p>Unfortunately, presentations can’t be the Swiss Army knife of communication. Though …

Get Your Virtual Team Off to a Fast Start

Whether you’re a virtual team leader or team member, there’s no honeymoon period anymore. The pressure to be productive from Day 1 is enormous.<p>We can certainly do a better job of on-boarding people to teams, especially when teams are not co-located. Too often on-boarding plans consist of a dozen or …

Minute Manager Series)

Publication Date: <b>March 11, 2014</b><p>Feeling stressed about your upcoming presentation? Whether you're nervous about how you'll organize your thoughts or how you'll articulate them on the big day, Presentations provides the quick guidelines and expert tips you need to: (1) Craft your message, (2) Prepare …

15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer

Job-offer negotiations are rarely easy. Consider three typical scenarios:<p>You’re in a third-round interview for a job at a company you like, but a firm you admire even more just invited you in. Suddenly the first hiring manager cuts to the chase: “As you know, we’re considering many candidates. We …

When to Act on a Correlation, and When Not To

“Petabytes allow us to say: ‘Correlation is enough.'”<p><i>– Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine, June 23, 2008</i><p>The sentiment expressed by Chris Anderson in 2008 is a popular meme in the Big Data community. “Causality is dead,” say the priests of analytics and machine learning. They argue that given enough …

The Crisis Management Lesson from Toyota and GM: “It’s Our Problem the Moment We Hear About It”

Delay in confronting crises is deadly. Corporate leaders must have processes for learning of important safety issues. Then they must seize control immediately and lead a systematic response. Crisis management is the ultimate stress test for the CEO and other top leaders of companies. The mantra for …

Don’t Let Patent Law Hold Back Interaction Design

Patent law is a powerful tool for encouraging innovation, but it’s also temperamental. As recent efforts to discourage patent trolls have shown, it’s not enough to simply enforce the rules; they must also be updated and fine-tuned to respond to the technology and economy around them. This is why …

Fixing a Weak Safety Culture at General Motors

On Monday, GM CEO Mary Barra apologized for 12 deaths and 31 accidents linked to the delayed recall of 1.6 million small cars with a defect in the ignition switches, saying the company took too long to tell owners to bring the cars in for repairs. The switches could, if bumped or weighed down by a …

Malaysia Airlines Managers Could Have Had Better Data at Their Fingertips

Unprecedented disasters nearly always yield 20/20 hindsight, and lead to narrowly-conceived, “never again” style reforms. But sometimes the lessons are more broadly useful. In the case of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the most impressive fact few reporters choose to explore in any depth is that the …

The Boeing 737 Technical Guide

• <b>Author:</b> Chris Brady<p>An illustrated technical guide to the Boeing 737 aircraft. Containing extensive explanatory notes, facts, tips and points of interest on all aspects of this hugely successful airliner and showing its technical evolution from its early design in the 1960s through to the latest 737 …

12 Weeks to Your Future Physique

• <b>Author:</b> Kris Gethin<p>12 Weeks To Your Future Physique is a masterpiece of simple health and fitness strategies that have helped thousands of real life people from around the world. Much of the first part of the book is centered around how to gain motivation before providing you with the tools of …

Use Email Auto-Analytics to Tame Your Inbox

What percent of your work day do you spend on email?<p>If you guessed 10% or 20%, sorry: Studies of office workers peg the average at 28%.<p>Maybe that’s average but that’s not me, you say? No need to guess. These days there are a number of auto-analytics tools that not only help you quantify how much …