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  • 14 things bosses say that are complete nonsense

    14 things bosses say that are complete nonsense

    It’s one thing if you’re the boss and you use a few words incorrectly and look kind of dumb. But when you say things to your team that are nonsense, pure and simple, it can do a lot more damage. Here are 14 examples: 1. “I would like to give you a raise, but (insert any old nonsense here).” Imagine...

  • What you should put in a disaster pack

    What you should put in a disaster pack

    My family survived Hurricane Irma, then Maria on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Then, I was sitting on my couch when a small earthquake struck in Los Angeles. I likely am not the only one with disaster prep on my mind. If you want to be prepared, there are some key things you should have...

  • Get the most from a 529 plan

    Get the most from a 529 plan

    A 529 plan, also known as Qualified Tuition Programs, is a way to help a son, daughter, grandchild or friend’s child pay for college. In short, 529 plans are investment tools designed to help families pay for future expenses associated with college or other qualified post-secondary training for...

  • The Minimalists want to declutter your world

    The Minimalists want to declutter your world

    Let’s talk simplicity. Now you may love all your stuff, and that’s fine, but keep an open mind. The truth is that we really don’t need much to be genuinely happy. Possessions, while sparkly and pleasing in the moment, shouldn’t be assigned too much meaning or attachment, and being unattached to...

  • What one co-founder looks for when promoting employees

    What one co-founder looks for when promoting employees

    One of the most common questions that ambitious employees ask their boss — along with “Can I get a raise?” — is “What can I do to get promoted?” For some bosses, the answer to getting promoted is obvious: Complete important tasks, gain a certain amount of experience or simply be the next in line....

  • Not confident? Not a problem

    Not confident? Not a problem

    Self-help authors, life coaches and executive workshop leaders all share the same goal: to help you be more confident. But what if confidence just isn’t in you? What if the slightest misstep causes you to quake in your boots? Does that mean you’ll never be a successful entrepreneur? Not at all....

  • 3 myths that need to die about women at work

    3 myths that need to die about women at work

    At a recent tech conference event on diversity and inclusion, one man explained why women don’t hold more positions of power in Silicon Valley. His reason was simple: Women don’t band together and support each other in the tech industry. Immediately, Christa Quarles, CEO of OpenTable, spoke up....

  • Mid-year reviews reap benefits

    Mid-year reviews reap benefits

    With summer comes vacations, sunny days and plenty of other distractions from work. While the summer months are a great time to take days off to recharge and gain perspective away from work, entrepreneurs and company leaders should also see it as a time to take stock of employee productivity and...

  • 'Shark Tank' investor says there's no black and white in business

    'Shark Tank' investor says there's no black and white in business

    In March 1989, Daymond John launched an apparel business by selling hand-sewn hats on the streets of Hollis in Queens, N.Y. Since then, his company, Fubu, has notched more than $6 billion in global sales, and he's landed a seat as a star investor on the hit ABC series “Shark Tank.” In this interview...

  • Ways introverts can succeed as leaders

    Ways introverts can succeed as leaders

    Do you prefer to work alone, skip Friday happy hour and avoid public speaking at all costs? Then you’re likely an introvert. However, that doesn’t mean you’re not a natural born leader. Introverts and leadership may not seem like an obvious combination, but often these types of personalities excel...

  • Lessons from a terrible job

    Lessons from a terrible job

    Two years ago, I worked for a company that did STEM summer camps for kids. It sounded like a great job; I’d attend a 2-week, in-depth training session, then work four one-week camps in four cities across the U.S. It ended up being the worst job of my life, and it had nothing to do with the campers....

  • Look for a little inspiration -- Here's how

    Look for a little inspiration -- Here's how

    Whether you work in the arts, science, technology, medicine or business, creatives constantly have to use their abilities to invent. It would be pretty nice to be able to turn on creativity like a faucet and effortlessly solve every problem that comes up in an instant, but unfortunately it doesn’t...

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