Inc. Magazine

8 of 10 Self-Made Millionaires Were Not 'A' Students. Instead They Share This Trait

Since most self-made millionaires didn't get great grades in school, what is the secret to their success?<p>Listen to most teachers -- and most parents -- and it's easy to assume that getting good grades in school is a requirement for professional success.<p>Um, nope.<p>Tom Corley, an accountant and …

Happiness

This 1 Tweet from Richard Branson Will Change Your View On Tardiness Forever

Time is money, and just by showing up on time for meetings you'll save thousands of dollars a minute for your business and clients.<p>It's ok. You can admit it. We've all done it.<br>There's probably some meetings sitting on your calendar right now that you don't know why they're there, or that you aren't …

Richard Branson

A 70-Year Study of More Than 3 Million Patents Reveals These Simple Steps to Problem Solving

David Conley ran Intel's worldwide innovation program. Now he's teaching you a simple method to overcome the obstacles that plague your business<p>David Conley found himself on a team of experts who were attempting to design satellite superstructures, a challenge not specifically covered while earning …

Innovation

How a Tiny $50 Gadget Is Thwarting Hackers in 160 Countries

A Swedish product designer built the go-to cybersecurity device for companies in Silicon Valley--and across the globe.<p>When Stina Ehrensvard opened an account with an online bank and was issued a user name, password, and complex security software to be installed on her computer, what the bank didn't …

Security

Lots of Good Stuff for Product Managers

<b>By Ken Norton</b> <br>September 21, 2017 · 3 min read<p>When I started this newsletter I aimed to maintain a few-times-monthly pace, and I did quite well …

Product Management

You Don't Have to Wake Up at 5 a.m. Do This Instead to Be Productive

Author Andy Molinsky explains the 'boomerang effect' that people fall for while looking to achieve their work-life balance.

Productivity

Y Combinator Says It Will Give Free Money to 3,000 People a Month for Up to 5 Years

What would you do with a monthly supply of free, no-strings-attached money?<p>Y Combinator, the largest and most prestigious startup accelerator in Silicon Valley, has announced new details of its upcoming experiment to give Americans free money.<p>YC will select 3,000 people across two states and divide …

Basic Income

This 1 Simple Tool Is The Key To Better, Happier Relationships

Fact: we're always communicating (but not effectively).<p>People are always communicating, but typically not well. Most people aren't aware that their body language, tone, and even their silence sends loud messages to others. And when don't realize that not doing the dishes may be interpreted as "you …

Mindfulness

With 1 Brilliant Email, Netflix Showed How to Deal With a Legal Issue

You've never read an email quite 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>Big companies can be a touch inhuman, despite Mitt Romney's insistence that they're people too.<p>They have rafts of lawyers who want companies to behave …

Netflix

This Founder Used a Classic Project Management Technique to Engineer Her Week--And It Worked

Here's what happens when you tie passion to purpose.<p>Most entrepreneurs are made when they face a challenge and then vow to work relentlessly to get to a solution. Vicki Mayo, founder and CEO of the Touchpoint Solution, is no different.<p>Mayo developed a device called Buzzies to calm her …

Project Management

New Research Shows How Damaging Your Company's Bureaucracy Is. Do This 1 Thing to Counter

Eye-opening research drills into just how unhelpful your company's bloated standard operating procedures are. Drill back with this one power tool.<p>The layers of management. Are. Killing. You.<p>At least, that's how you felt about your company's infuriating bureaucratic ways until reading this …

Management

Google's Topnotch Culture Boils Down to These 3 Principles, Says Former Google Executive

In times of difficulty, revisiting your organization's core beliefs can provide direction.<p>It doesn't matter whose report it is; Google has consistently dominated the lists of best company cultures. It's become so popular, that many think of nap pods, free food, and complimentary laundry services …

Leadership

Jack Ma Made A Fool of Himself Last Week. S

Smart move.<p>Jack Ma is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, the giant ecommerce company. He's reportedly the richest man in China. His company employs more than 50,000 people and is currently worth more than $420 billion - a valuation that rivals (and some predict will soon exceed) …

Jack Ma

A Lack of Empathy Cost This Company Almost $1 Million. What's It Costing You?

Who needs empathy when you can fake it, right? These leaders didn't understand the true meaning of empathy and here's what happened to them.<p>Lacking empathy doesn't just hurt company culture, and it's definitely about more than "just feelings." Ask technology and business writer Shea Drake, who …

Empathy

A 5-Step Process To Actually Accomplish Your Goals

Setting a goal properly, and defining a process to achieve it, is key.<p>John Lee Dumas is a productivity expert. He's the host of the EOFire podcast, and has successfully launched two action-oriented books on productivity; "The Freedom Journal," which helps you accomplish a single goal in 100 days, …

Happiness

6 Richest Self-Made Billionaire Women (You've Probably Never Even Heard Of)

We've all heard of Bill Gates and Jack Ma, butthese impressive women also built their own giant multibillion-dollar empires.

Wealth

5 Handy Tricks to Truly Achieve Balance Between Your Life and Your Work According to Top Entrepreneurs

When your work/life balance is off, it can be disastrous. Here's how to overcome that.<p>Summer can be a time of early finishes, long lunches and vacations. Summer is also now over. Everyone's work is going to be cranking over the next few weeks, so how can we keep that balance between achieving our …

Handy

Need to Find Inefficiencies? 1 Simple Way to Do It Now

Business models can uncover performance constraints and opportunities and direct the team's energy to critical areas of focus.<p>"We can build any deck we can draw." My friend Mark told me that the day I asked him to help me build a deck off my first house. That was back in 1983. The drawing allowed …

Peter Drucker

Why Bill Gates Should Never Cut His Own Lawn (And the 1 Reason Why He Should)

Bill Gates' success is in knowing where he is the most productive, but sometimes wasting time is the best strategy. Here's how to know the difference<p>Maximizing your time is one of the tenants to success. It is the reason why you hire other people to do things outside of your most productive areas. …

Success

Hiring Managers at Google and Facebook Never Obsess Over This Detail

Don't worry about which programming language you learn.<p><i>Which programming language should you learn if you want a job at Google, Amazon, Facebook or any big software company? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better</i> …

Employment

3D Printing Makes Cheap Plastic Valuable. Here's How.

Value is in the eye of the beholder.<p>We're surrounded by cheap plastic things. They're stamped out at low cost, easily broken, and invade our lives everywhere from Happy Meals to coat hangers to phone cases. For many startups looking to deliver bespoke or high quality products, plastic is out of the …

3D Printing

Employee Turnover Can Be a Good Thing--Depending on Your Answers to These 3 Questions

Avoid the devastating impact of losing your highest value team members<p>Many leaders stumble when someone on their team decides to quit. They either hesitate and their top talent gets away, or they throw money at the problem and end up retaining the wrong employees. Both can have a devastating impact …

From $30,000 to $100 Million: The Ingenious Design Strategy That Transformed This Brand

Thanks to brilliant design, this business brought in $100 million last year. Now, they're reaching for more.<p>Bold. Curvy. Beautiful.<p>Nope, I'm not talking about a person. I'm talking about water bottles. S'well water bottles to be exact.<p>People can't get enough of the chic, fashionable bottles that …

9 Tips You Can Use to Work After Hours and Survive

Burning the midnight oil doesn't have to be an unbearable task.<p>When you signed on to your job, you weren't expecting to have to work after hours. In fact, you chose that specific industry or company <i>because</i> you wanted to go home every night without having to drag your to-do list home with you.<p>But …

Productivity

Can This Boss Forbid Employees From Posting Their Resume Online?

3 tips for conducting a stealth job search.<p>Recently, I got the following message via email:<p>"I'm a manager at a mid-sized company. My boss has forbidden employees from having a searchable resume on any of the job boards. I have made the difficult decision that it is time to move on. Most every job …

Employment

Instead of Peeing Your Pants, Subscribe To This On-Demand Bathoom Startup

When you gotta go, you gotta go. Luckily there's an app for that.<p>Have you ever been walking around in a city, suddenly needed a bathroom, and had trouble finding one? Of course you have. We've all anxiously spent $2.50 at Starbucks just to get that restroom key. Relieving yourself is a basic human …

Startups

How to Rethink Personal and Professional Relationships

Relationships are the basis of a strong company, and rethinking relationships based on changes in the workplace can define a company's culture and set them apart from the competition.<p>Just like technology, office spaces, and work schedules are changing with the future of work, so too are …

Define

Why Your Startup Doesn't Need Venture Capital

Advice on what to consider in growing your startup venture.<p>With the popularity of entrepreneurial shows like Shark Tank and the influence of tech news headlines, there is a growing misconception that to succeed as an entrepreneur, you must seek venture capital. Contrary to popular belief, this is …

Venture Capital

10 Lessons You Learned in Kindergarten That Can Teach You Everything About Social Marketing

Many of social marketing's toughest challenges can be tackled if marketers hearken back to the best basic rules and lessons of early childhood.<p>The dawn of social media was a trip, even to experienced digital marketers. By 2006 we were already zeroed in on earning money by "leveraging social."<p>From …

Social Marketing

5 Things You Should Steal From Jimmy Kimmel To Instantly Improve Your Messaging

The late night talk-show host makes an irresistible appeal to viewers that goes viral and puts traditional marketers to shame<p>Just as the U.S. Congress was looking to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Jimmy Kimmel's newborn son had to have open heart surgery. The experience made him wonder what …

Jimmy Kimmel