Inc. Magazine

  • What your employees need from you

    What your employees need from you

    In the quest to crack the code on employee engagement, some companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on wasted efforts to “develop” their leaders. Because leadership development is broad, it needs to be clearly defined for business outcomes. The common denominator is teaching...

  • Pack like a boss

    Pack like a boss

    Whether your business trip is taking you away for one night or out of the country for a couple of weeks, it’s essential to pack only the necessities. So how do you know what you can leave behind without getting a case of separation anxiety? Eliminate worries and look professional with these simple...

  • Avoid these cellphone deadly sins

    Avoid these cellphone deadly sins

    Cellphone courtesy month is here, and not a moment too soon. We can thank Jacqueline Whitmore, a business etiquette expert from Palm Beach, Fla., for creating National Cell Phone Courtesy Month in 2002. People using one of the most intrusive devices in history should be courteous all year, of course....

  • What to know about taxes and the gig economy

    What to know about taxes and the gig economy

    It’s called the sharing economy, the on-demand economy, the gig economy and more, but whatever the label, the businesses that drive it have changed the way people travel, commute, rent vacation homes and even deal with household chores. The sharing economy has been growing rapidly over the last...

  • Take your vacation and everyone benefits

    Take your vacation and everyone benefits

    Are you one of the millions of Americans who’s married to your job, taking only a few days off every year because of your many important responsibilities? If so, research suggests you aren’t doing yourself or your employer any favors. Not only that, you’re becoming outmoded. Many Americans are...

  • What you say, how you say it can make or break you

    What you say, how you say it can make or break you

    In my work coaching executives and entrepreneurs, communication issues are common and annoying problems in their organizations. Too much of it, not enough of it, wrong messages being sent through nonverbal communication, communication that affects work morale, employee engagement, branding strategy...

  • Bad habits that kill productivity

    Bad habits that kill productivity

    Nothing sabotages your productivity quite like bad habits. They are insidious, creeping up on you so you don’t even notice the damage they’re causing. Bad habits slow you down, decrease your accuracy, make you less creative and stifle your job performance. Getting control of your bad habits is...

  • How to combat social media envy

    How to combat social media envy

    We all have our insecurities and moments of feeling inferior to others who appear to have it all. If your friends’ status updates and photos of their seemingly exciting lives filled with great jobs, romantic engagements, fabulous vacations, extravagants gifts from boyfriends, adorable moppet children...

  • How the best managers handle problematic employees

    How the best managers handle problematic employees

    Discipline is a cornerstone of highly productive companies. Without it, employee performance is at risk. Negative feedback certainly isn't fun, but try not to see it as a negative. If conducted with a constructive, future focus, it provides consistency, guidance and valuable feedback both to and...

  • Warning signs for freelance writers

    Warning signs for freelance writers

    If you are new to the world of freelance writing, you may find yourself confused about what to look for when applying for writing jobs. You want to start earning money as soon as possible because, presumably, you have bills to pay. I get it; I’ve been there. But be careful — your nervousness about...

  • Tips for landing first job out of college

    Tips for landing first job out of college

    With limited education, skills and connections, young people have a hard time finding summer employment or landing that first job right out of college. A study cited by the White House found that 46 percent of students who applied for a summer job last year were turned down. I remember how difficult...

  • Ask smart questions to motivate teams

    Ask smart questions to motivate teams

    Great leaders don’t just provide great answers to questions; they also ask great questions. You can learn so much by asking great questions, and this is an important habit to develop. As well as helping you to increase your knowledge and understanding, it also makes your teams feel more involved,...

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