Inc. Magazine

This World-Famous Airline Appears to Have a Problem That's Really Hurting Passengers

Why does this keep happening?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Many airlines are struggling to maintain a positive image these days.<p>That's what happens when you're a little too obvious in your pursuit of cash.<p>Still, I'm especially …

Airlines

Body Clocks and Productivity

Efficient Self Management<p>18th century French physician and philosopher Julien Offroy De La Mattrie said, "The human body is a machine that winds its own springs."<p>One of the reasons I write this column every week is to simply slow myself down, to pause for reverie.<p>Writing weekly for Inc. Magazine …

Star Trek

The Biggest Problem With Venture Capital In the U.S.? Turns Out There's 3

Co-founder of America Online, Steve Case, explains where venture capital is concentrated in the U.S. -- and why does it matter where you live

Venture Capital

Do Social Media Posts from Brands About Social Issues Affect Consumers?

Recent survey shows that brand posts on social issues can have an affect, but it may not be what marketers think.<p>Social media has dramatically changed the way people interact with the business and brands they buy. Unhealthy ingredients, environmental impacts, gender issues and more can affect a …

Social Media Marketing

McDonald's Just Learned It Has A Shocking New Competitor (How Will It React?)

Of all the potential challengers, this one is slightly unusual.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>The Burger Wars seem to have going on longer than any war England and France managed to wage.<p>As soon as one burger chain creates a …

McDonald's

How to Spot a Lie, According to Science

If your answer to most of these questions is "YES," then you're probably being gaslighted.<p>Most people believe that they can tell whether a person is lying by looking them in the eye. In fact, people who attempt that method are less accurate than a coin flip at discovering whether somebody is …

Cheat

12 Online Marketing Tactics You Should Be Using in 2018

Here are 12 online marketing tactics where you should be allocating your marketing budget this year.<p>The internet has changed business marketing forever, allowing companies to reach a large group of potential customers with a relatively small amount of money. But with so many platforms available, it …

Marketing

6 Sure Ways to Tell if You Work for a Toxic Company

If you're coming home complaining to your spouse about your miserable work, it may be for these unfortunate reasons.<p>Ever feel like you're walking on egg shells at work? Your opinions don't matter, you're afraid of making mistakes, and the culture is one of fear and intimidation.<p>Most likely, if …

Delta Air Lines Just Revealed It's Making a Lot of Money From People You'd Never Expect (And Delta Never Expected Either)

Your mind may boggle.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>There was a time when businesses understood that if their employees were flying on behalf of the company and the flight was a long one, those employees should fly in First or …

Airlines

What Small Business Owners Need to Look Out For in 2018

Consider these 5 business challenges as you set your 2018 strategy.<p>Just a few weeks into the new year, there's never been a better time to plan ahead for 2018. But what issues need to be on the radar of small business owners everywhere? Here are five in particular I'm keeping my eye on.<p>1. The …

Small Business

Research Just Revealed the Real Problem With Facebook's News Feed (and It's Ugly)

Oh, how society is in trouble.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to change.<p>But is it change we can believe in?<p>Should you have been ensconced in your panic room for the last week with only burgers, the …

Fortune 500

3 Ways to Give Constructive Feedback That Actually Works

Are your employees learning, or just following?<p>Effective feedback is vital. The easy part of feedback--ignored by many--is giving regular pats on the back. The hard part--ignored by many more--is giving effective constructive criticism.<p>I saw this when a young daughter of mine simply quit piano …

Leadership

7 Truths All Executives Need To Know About Coaching (and Real Self-Development)

If it's easy, you're doing it wrong.<p>I get it.<p>You're paid and admired for your ability to get results. To put out fires. To think in innovative ways to solve problems that make most people's heads spin.<p>And you're very good at it.<p>Like most successful individuals, entrepreneurs and executives are …

Psychology

It's Time to Drop the 'Fail Fast' Mantra. Here's What Should Take It's Place

Put on your life-long learner hat and get ready to experiment.<p>From blog posts and articles to event banners and office posters, we're constantly being told to "fail fast." Well, count this as the one article against the practice.<p>Failure is inevitable when we're experimenting and trying to innovate, …

Incorporated

A New FOMO to Fear This Year--and 3 Tips to Manage It

A new 'fear of mind overload' is pervasive in business offerings but sometimes less is more.<p>Having worked in the travel industry for years, FOMO, or "the fear of missing out," has become a staple in my vocabulary. Behind the walls of any travel-centric company, there's never a shortage of excited …

Why Your Business's Growth Potential Isn't in the Net New

Do you already have everything you need for rapid growth? Why new customers may not be your golden ticket.<p>In business, we're conditioned to constantly be chasing the net new when it comes to growth. Just look at the number of how-to articles, templates, books, and webinars focused on lead …

Derive

Want to Know If Someone Is a Psychopath? Listen for How Much They Discuss These 3 Topics

Psychopaths are also way less likely to discuss other common subjects, research reveals.<p>How do you know if you're talking to a psychopath? For a definitive answer, you'd need to evaluate a suspected psychopath on a long list of scientifically validated traits, such as egocentricity and lack of …

Voicemail Is Now Officially Dead. Here's What Killed It

We never really liked it anyway.<p>I have a confession to make. I have not actually listened to a voicemail message in over two years. I know what you're thinking. What about all of those phone calls from people trying to reach me about a new insurance plan or to get directions to my house to help …

Voice Mail

A Flight Attendant For a Big Airline Just Revealed the Startling Way To Get an Upgrade

And you thought that it was almost impossible these days.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Airlines have one goal.<p>Fill every seat on the plane and charge as much as you can for each seat.<p>So when it comes to upgrades, it's easy to …

Airlines

6 Common Mistakes Speakers Make When Using Slides

When used correctly, slides can really elevate a presentation. When used incorrectly, they can make a presentation tank. Avoid these common mistakes so your presentations get a round of applause every time.<p>As a professional speaker who delivers over sixty talks per year, I know firsthand how …

Should You Pay Your Sales People Commission or Salary? Here's How to Decide

There's more than one way to pay sales people. Here are the two key questions you need to answer before you decide which model to choose.<p>If you ask ten CEOs how they compensate their sales people, you'll probably get eleven different answers. Everyone has a different plan and has changed it more …

SaaS

With Just 1 Facebook Post, Mark Zuckerberg Lost About $3 Billion Friday

The smallest move Mark Zuckerberg makes now results in giant ripples in the digital economy.<p>Last night, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced via a Facebook post that Facebook is changing how News Feed works. In short: more posts from friends and family, less reach for publishers and brands.<p>Now, …

Fortune 500

Want to Be a Better Communicator? Write Stronger Subject Lines.

No more bad subject lines.<p>It's easy to get lost in our inboxes. How many times have you been in the middle of responding to one email when another, seemingly more urgent, one comes in? Or how many times have you filed away an email to handle it later, only to find that you can't remember the …

Success

4 Companies That Didn't Invent Their Industry, But Now Own It

The companies first to market are not alway the ones that end up owning it.<p>The last time you searched for something on the internet, what service did you use? More than likely you used Google. Why didn't you use Yahoo? Ask Jeeves? Or Go.com? How about any of the 20 other web search engines that …

Trends

Never Use this Dumb Technique in Your Emails

While it's easy to trick people into opening your cold emails, it always backfires in the end.<p>I haven't written about email marketing in a while, so here goes. Earlier today, a reader forwarded a cold email that illustrates a emailing technique that seems effective but which actually reduces the …

American Airlines Just Introduced a Stunning New Way of Calming Passengers Down

You might even like this.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>It's easy to get frustrated when you're flying.<p>In fact, from the minute you have to spend hours online trying to find the right flight -- and, just as you're completing …

Airlines

5 Trends From CES That Will Define Tech in 2018

Driving, sleep and home sensors were among the breakout product categories at tech's biggest convention.<p>Each January, the technology industry, or at least a healthy slice of it, gathers in Las Vegas for a glimpse of the future. CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, draws more than …

Define

Want to be Truly Successful? Start By Lowering Your Expectations

Think big, not perfect.<p>Business leaders drink the advice to think big like morning milk. Innovation, so the idea goes, depends on eyeing the impossible. But as you reach for what's never been done, don't fall into the trap of letting unrealistic expectations dictate your decisions and behavior. …

Self-improvement

This Is What We All Get Wrong About Data in Business

Stop throwing away your data!<p>Data is the new social media. What do I mean by this? Back when companies were first jumping on the social media bandwagon, every entrepreneur was obsessed with creating Facebook pages and Twitter accounts for their business. What these entrepreneurs didn't understand …

Analytics

Why Achieving Your Big Goals Might Actually Make You Sad (And How to Start All Over Again)

Professional guide and climber Adrian Ballinger achieved his biggest feat ever when he summited Mount Everest without oxygen. Yet afterwards, he says he felt lost.

Mount Everest