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This 4-Minute Bedtime Routine Will Help You Sleep Soundly (It Might Even Change Your Life)

Follow this rather rigid routine at night, sans all gadgets. You'll sleep better and feel less stressed out.<p>I decided to stop cold. I needed to break the cycle. I was getting a little nervous about what's been happening to me lately, and this was a pretty drastic measure.<p>That's right, I have …

Productivity

Great Mentors Don't Give Advice, They Share Experiences. Here's Why

While giving advice might feel good, stepping back and sharing experiences can often be more helpful.<p>Business owners are often looking for advice on strategies, tactics, and key decisions. However, while offering straight up advice might seem like an obvious solution, in the big picture, …

Happiness

7 Rules to Follow If You Want to Live a Life Without Regrets

Live so that you feel you've left nothing on the table.<p>What do you think when a plane you're traveling on hits turbulence? Maybe you pray, maybe you mentally recite the excellent safety statistics of flying, or maybe you distract yourself with daydreams. But chances are excellent you don't have the …

Happiness

1 Brilliant Yet Often Ignored Communication Trick Will Help You Lead Your Team

Being a leader has nothing to do with charisma and everything to do with this one ability.<p>The team was present, but definitely not listening. I was floundering in my effort to help them understand why we needed to change our entire sales process. I thought I could handle it. I thought my leadership …

Leadership

10 New Gmail Add-ons You Can Use Right Inside Your Inbox

If you're one of the 1.2 billion people on the planet who use Gmail, you could be getting more done by using add-ons Google recently launched which let you complete actions right inside your inbox.<p>Chances are, you spend much of your work day immersed in email. But if you're one of the 1.2 billion …

Google

What Amazon Gets About Customers (That You Probably Don't)

The surprising thing? It's so crazy simple.<p>Let's say you order a PlayStation on Amazon, as a Christmas present for your son. This was delivered to your doorstep; your neighbor signed for it, and left it on your front porch.<p>But then it mysteriously vanished. Now you have to fork out a few hundred …

Customer Service

To Recruit the Best, Offer These 3 Perks Beyond Compensation

To compete for the top talent in your industry, you have to make your jobs about more than a paycheck.<p>Are you willing to do what it takes to hire top quartile talent for your team? Or will you be relegated to hiring the remaining available talent that your competitor decided wasn't good enough for …

Human Resources

How to Grow Your Business Using the Rule of 3 and 10

Knowing when to scale up or down is an important aspect of management that often gets overlooked.<p>Growing a business is much like growing a plant. Different stages require different ingredients for growth. Seeds need the right soil conditions to sprout, but wind isn't a problem. However, once a …

Small Business

A New Study Reveals 1 Surprising Fact About Leaders With High IQ

New research in the Journal of Applied Psychology finds startling evidence about what too much intelligence can do to your leadership skills.<p>Popular Wharton professor Adam Grant, author of bestsellers "Give and Take" and "Originals," once conducted a study involving hundreds of sales people that …

Emotional Intelligence

What To Do When Bitcoin Falls

The hidden warning In bitcoin's losses.<p>Bitcoin has been running through another of its volatile periods recently. After climbing from around $3,000 in September to around $7,850 more recently, the price of the currency fell back, reaching as low as $5,600. It's since recovered some of its lost …

Bitcoin

300 Million Facebook Entrepreneurs Say Wealth Won't Make You Happy: Here's What Will

Chasing business success, but still not happy? 300 million self-described entrepreneurs on Facebook show what's missing for many business people.<p>For this article, we used Facebook data to study entrepreneurs worldwide. Our question was simple. What makes entrepreneurs happy? Of 2 billion Facebook …

Entrepreneurship

A Simple Tip That Will Make Your Meetings Productive

It's an amazingly simple question that, if you ask at the beginning of the meeting, will change the tone and outcome of it.<p>In our politically correct culture, fraught with polarization, constructive conflict has been all but eliminated. Your ability to conduct constructive conflict depends on three …

Management

Science Finds Demanding Employers May Create Dangerous Employees

New research finds that setting ambitious goals for employees can backfire in a big way.<p>When Wells Fargo set nearly impossible quotas and stretch goals for employees, it led to an epidemic of unethical practices and fraud within the company. The result was $185 million in fines and widespread …

Wells Fargo

15 Signs Your Employees Might Be Depressed (and They Don't Even Know It)

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says depression causes 200 million lost workdays in the U.S. annually.<p>According to <i>Psychology Today</i>, an estimated 15 million Americans a year struggle with anxiety and depression. In the workplace, depression wreaks havoc with devastating …

Stuck In a Company-Wide Rut? Here's How To Inspire Your Team In 3 Steps

Big things can happen when you inspire beyond yourself.<p>One time, I had a job I didn't love. Haven't we all?<p>I remember dragging my feet to show up, every single day. I watched the clock like a hawk and barely put in my hours. Terrible, I know. These people had invested in me to help their company …

Leadership

Should Companies Build or Buy a New Feature? 6 Ways to Decide

Need new technology? Then your startup team must make a crucial decision.<p><i>By Steve Carter, co-founder of Candidate.Guru.</i><p>At our startup, we recently made a big decision: We bought Elevated Careers from the dating site eHarmony.<p>Every new project needs a technological solution to support it. If you are …

EHarmony

Why It's Essential to Know Your Competition

Tips that will help you explain your venture's competitive advantage.<p>It's been rumored that during the recording sessions of Thriller, Michael Jackson hung up posters of Prince. Michael was pushed by his contemporary to create the best work of art he could--because he knew his rival would be doing …

How 1 Man's Love of Dance Helped Him Create a World-Famous Fitness Company

Creator and co-founder of Zumba Fitness, Alberto Perez, remembers when he started to develop his passion for dancing when he was a kid in Cali, Colombia.

Setting Your 2018 Trade Show Budget? These 5 Investments Will Make Your Time and Money Worthwhile

Trade shows let you take your company on the road and showcase your value. These strategies ensure you bring much more home than just good memories.<p>It's the time of year when companies are forming their marketing strategies, and there's never been more competition for marketing dollars. Website …

Personality

Mashable and BuzzFeed Are More Bad News for Online Media

Big systemic structural problems will leave the sector with many challenges.<p>For online media, it's a double helping day of bad news. Mashable will get sold to Ziff-Davis for a fraction of the valuation it held even last year and BuzzFeed and Vice Media could miss their revenue targets by large …

Buzzfeed

The Resume is Dead, Says This Hiring Expert

The business world is evolving in a direction where the resume isn't always necessary, and certainly not the best method a company has for evaluating a potential hire.<p>Absolutely no one enjoys making a resume. It's a painful time-suck to come up with the best language with which to sell yourself, …

Employment

A Google Study Revealed That the Best Managers Use Emotional Intelligence And Share This 1 Trait

Cutting your employees some slack could be just the thing they need to increase their effectiveness.<p>Google's research on what constitutes a great leader revealed that employees appreciate managers who care for them both professionally and personally.<p>Whereas taking care of your people professionally …

Emotional Intelligence

This One Tip from Tony Robbins Will Help You Conquer Embarrassing Situations

Use this tip from one of the world's greatest life coaches to overcome shame.<p>Shame. Oh, how it gets the best of us. Shame is a character trait which can destroy the most successful of people and reduce them to an embarrassed version of themselves.<p>Trust me, there isn't a single person on earth who …

Tony Robbins

Trump Organization Value Plummets by 90 Percent: The Dangers of Branding

The problem with intangible property value is that it can drop as quickly as it can rise.<p>A new report shows that the Trump Organization has seen a massive drop in revenue, worth only 10 percent of what is was back in 2010. One lesson: Don't be satisfied with the value of a brand, as what is here …

Trump Administration

Pixar Shares 3 Storytelling Secrets That Take Your Pitch From "We'll Get Back To You" to "Approved!"

If your ideas are falling on deaf ears, try pitching this way.<p>If you want your biggest dreams to come true, at some point, you'll probably have to pitch them to someone. Maybe it's pitching a pit project to your boss. Or pitching your startup's business plan to raise money. No matter what future …

Storytelling

5 Habits You Need to Drop Immediately For a Successful 2018

What worked this year may not help you next year.<p>It's no secret that our world moves quickly. Start-ups launch at a rate of about 1240 per day in the U.S. alone. New technologies pop up faster than toadstools after rain and change the way we think about pretty much everything. Geographies …

3 Questions That Will Solve Any Problem Creatively

It was once said that the solution to any problem lies in asking the right question. Here are three.<p>As a culture, we became so polarized that we tend to offer extreme solutions, entrench in them, and not give up an inch from our positions. This is apparent in the way Congress creates laws, these …

Eric Ries

In Just 9 Words Elon Musk Shows Us How to Be Visionary Leaders

Whether you like Musk or not, there is no denying his perfect vision statement.<p>When you bring up the name Elon Musk with anyone that has any interest in technology or the future, it elicits's some form of a reaction. Some love him for paving crazy and innovative paths to our future with businesses …

Leadership

5 Secrets for Aspiring Leaders

Whether you're trying to disrupt an entire industry or simply spearhead a one-off project, these five secrets transform leaders from good to great.<p><i>By Craig Hickman (@HickmanCraig), Futurist and Senior Vice President of New Product Development</i><p>Visionary leaders believe in the employees whose efforts …

Leadership

10 Most Common Business Models to Make a Profit

One of the most critical elements of any sustainable business is achieving a positive cash-flow. Without that, even the best intentions will fail.<p>I was mentoring some graduate students at a local university recently, and I sensed that profit seems to be a dirty word these days to many aspiring …

Small Business