Inc. Magazine

  • Are you moving at the pace of change?

    Are you moving at the pace of change?

    We’re on the cusp of some radical changes in how and where we’ll be working, driven largely by the introduction of new players and suppliers, new business models, new automation technologies and new connectivity tools. Together, they are changing the face, the composition, the size and the future...

  • Company Christmas gifts that will be met with good cheer

    Company Christmas gifts that will be met with good cheer

    Studies show that in 2016, 44 percent of companies rewarded their employees with gifts or cash during the holidays. It’s traditional to reward loyal employees for a job well done at the end of the year. And cash isn’t the only option, although it likely is the gift most preferred by employees....

  • How to fire someone

    How to fire someone

    Back in 1991, I was working at a startup that provided ambulance dispatches. I was the IT/product manager guy, keeping the software running and letting the developers know how it could be improved. Then, one of our offices shut down and I took over managing the call center. Suddenly, in my mid-20s,...

  • How to tell if your employees respect you

    How to tell if your employees respect you

    Respect is one of the most important qualities in a workplace. Mutual respect means better communication, higher morale and greater conductivity to teamwork and long-lasting professional relationships. Without respect, no organization can remain standing for long. As an employer, respect is even...

  • How to defuse a hostile crowd at a meeting

    How to defuse a hostile crowd at a meeting

    Leading a meeting or making a presentation in the best of circumstances can be nerve-wracking. From making sure that the technology works, to confirming that your stories resonate and that you actually remember what you had planned to say, speaking to a group can make even the most confident leader...

  • Science says it's OK to have fun before doing your work

    Science says it's OK to have fun before doing your work

    Somewhere along the way, most of us learn we have to eat our broccoli before we can dive into the M&Ms. This, we’re told, is the responsible way to do things. This attitude — that the work, as it were, must always come before the fun stuff — follows us into adulthood, turning us into frantic stress...

  • Why it's easier to concentrate in a coffee shop than an open office

    Why it's easier to concentrate in a coffee shop than an open office

    Harvard Business Review recently posted an article exploring why a coffee shop might be more conducive to focus than working in an open-plan office, even though both environments can be noisy. The article cites research showing that people tend to be more creative in the presence of noise rather...

  • 12 things you can do right now to help women in the workplace

    12 things you can do right now to help women in the workplace

    Over the past couple of weeks, I have received hundreds of emails from women across all industries. They thought it was important that, as a coach, I know how they are being treated in the workplace. The widespread #metoo hashtag on social media reinforces the point that women are still too often...

  • 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...

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