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Public Speaking 101: Lessons From a 9-Year-Old

Jack Stahlmann | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Jack Stahlmann

In the vast sea known as award season it would be easy for a vessel like the Critics' Choice Awards to get lost. But not this year, my friends. This past weekend the show was stolen by 9-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay who won the award for Best Young Actor for his work in the indie film, Room.

Lifelong Learning: An Essential Ingredient for Entrepreneurs Eyeing Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

It seems as though we wouldn't need to mention the importance of continuing our entrepreneurial education. Sadly, we see each and everyday that many businesses are failing--failing to stay informed, failing to stay up-to-date, failing to remain powerful and inspired.

A New Twist on the Old Story About What's Holding Women Back

Ellevate | Posted 05.31.2015 | Business

Women get boxed into the role of implementer, executing someone else's agenda. Successful corporate women excel at minding the details and getting things done--the ideal person to have reporting to you. The trouble is she gets seen as the reliable doer but not strategic enough to lead across the enterprise.

Why Fit In? Stand Out and Win in Business

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Jimmy Nguyen

Let's face it, many professionals have good skills. So it helps to be memorable -- whether your goal is to win clients, get promoted in your organization, or rise to the top of an industry.

5 Negotiation Tips to Increase Your Salary in 2015

Ellevate | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business

Regardless of our experiences with negotiation, it's quite different approaching this conversation when your relationship with your boss and the opportunity to increase your earnings are at stake. Therefore, it's important to have a solid strategy to ensure you approach the topic with confidence and skill.

"Achieving The American Dream Is Hard": How One Nonprofit Is Helping Underserved Women "Move Up"

Ravishly | Posted 04.12.2015 | San Francisco

As most millennials can attest, the job market is rough. Attempting to navigate it is, at best, an enervating challenge. And that's for Americans who speak the language and understand the job searching tools at their disposal.

Employers Care About Soft Skills (You Should Too)

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
Yasmina Blackburn

These soft skills that employers talk to me about every single day -- that I strive to locate to add to their candidate pools -- are not skills that are necessarily taught in college. Many of these skills are inbred. Some are learned and honed. And they can make or break your career.

The Easier it Gets to Apply for a Job the Harder it Is to Get One

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Sharlach

When I read about people who say "I've sent out 1,000 resumes over the past two years and didn't get one response," I feel sorry for them.

My Business-Triggered Breakdown and Lessons Learned

Leanne Faulkner | Posted 11.17.2014 | Small Business
Leanne Faulkner

Despite reminding myself that I was a smart, invincible, solutions-driven entrepreneur I could feel that failure was headed my way. Sales had dropped significantly and profits dried up. I found myself crying every day in the car on the way to work.

Don't Ditch Your Business Cards

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Sharlach

Think business cards are a thing of the past? Don't give up that increasingly rare chance for person-to-person interaction. And don't worry about coming up with something to say: you can always reflect on how amazing it is we're still handing one another small pieces of paper in 2014.

The "Do Your Own Work" Ethic Is a Thing of the Past

Sandy Malone | Posted 09.06.2014 | Business
Sandy Malone

For those who haven't carried their own weight before, it's going to be an ugly reality check when they get to their first real jobs and are expected to "do your own work." Since universities are telling them to share everything, it's up to parents and businesses to disabuse them of that notion.

Joan Moran: 7 Creative Skills That Can Make You More Successful in Business

Red Room | Posted 07.17.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Red Room

I believe that you can be more successful in business if you apply these creative skills. It may be a bit out of your wheelhouse at first, but try it. I guarantee nothing less than success.

Joan Moran: 7 Business Skills That Make Your Personal Life Successful

Red Room | Posted 06.19.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Red Room

Do you ever wonder why some people are successful and accomplished in business but not very successful in their personal lives?

How To Survive Your Business's Darkest Hour

CNBC | Marcus Lemonis | Posted 07.31.2013 | Small Business

CNBC Camping World CEO and serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis of CNBC Prime's new reality series "The Profit" shares the truth about his darkest ho...

Gestures to Avoid in Cross-Cultural Business: In Other Words, 'Keep Your Fingers to Yourself!'

Gayle Cotton | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Gayle Cotton

People from every culture, including various country leaders and several U.S. presidents, have been guilty of unintentionally offending people from different cultures through the use of inappropriate gestures.

Dream Big

Debbie Messemer | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Debbie Messemer

In the 2012 Catalyst census data, women made up 14.3 percent of Fortune 500 executive officers and 16.6 percent of the board members, a small improvement over 1998. So, the question remains: Is there a better way to identify and advance women who have the desire and skill to rise to the opportunity?

You Can Be Constipated on LinkedIn but Not Happy

Adam Pervez | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Adam Pervez

I started wondering what other skills I could find listed on LinkedIn if something as basic and universal as happiness wasn't available.

Introverts vs. Extraverts

Wassim Israwi | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
Wassim Israwi

We have been made to believe that extraverts are the best leaders in the business world. Extraverts generally possess dominant alpha traits that give them leverage and visibility enabling them to get promoted and hired faster than other candidates.

Baseball and Business

Debbie Messemer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Debbie Messemer

As the San Francisco Giants and the Bay Area celebrate their second World Series victory in three years with a parade just a couple of blocks from our office, I can't help but think of the characteristics that made the Giants great and how they can be applied to business.

Motherhood Memo to Marissa Mayer: Parenting Skills Provide an Edge in the Workplace

Kathy Woods | Posted 10.02.2012 | Parents
Kathy Woods

Yahoo Inc.'s new CEO Marissa Mayer is about to add another valuable skill to her leadership toolkit: motherhood.

A New Degree for Generation Startup: Master's in Management

Amy Hillman | Posted 07.09.2012 | College
Amy Hillman

The Master's in Management degree gives this generation -- whether they want to start a business or work for an existing company -- the ability to gain competitive skills relevant to their chosen profession.

What's Your Business Social Style: Hand Shaker, Back Slapper or Smoocher?

Judy Farah | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business
Judy Farah

I confess. I am a hand shaker, a hugger and a smoocher. I've been to social events all over the country and learned this is part of the protocol. I am comfortable with it but now realize others are not.

About Leadership: Chairing

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

We have all seen people do a really poor job at chairing a meeting. Have you seen this happen? Have you done it yourself? Do you have someone who will tell you if you are guilty of these errors?