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Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack says 10 years of working with celebrities like Pitbull and Nicki Minaj has taught him the most important trait for anyone in business

Afrojack is among the world’s most popular DJs and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in pop music. He said that the biggest lesson he learned from his collaborations is celebrity cannot become an excuse for becoming self-important. He believes that the egotism that can come with celebrity […]
Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack says 10 years of working with celebrities like Pitbull and Nicki Minaj has taught him the most important trait for anyone in business
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Retired 4-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal tells a story about a battalion commander in a backward T-shirt to illustrate his top 2 pieces of leadership advice

Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star general in the US Army who led America’s Joint Special Operations Command and NATO forces in the war in Afghanistan. McChrystal said the two greatest attributes a leader can have are empathy and self-discipline. An anecdote from his time on the battlefield shows how […]
Retired 4-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal tells a story about a battalion commander in a backward T-shirt to illustrate his top 2 pieces of leadership advice
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Retired 4-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal says handing his resignation letter to President Obama taught him a profound lesson about failure

Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star general in the US Army who led America’s Joint Special Operations Command and NATO forces in the War in Afghanistan. McChrystal handed in his resignation to President Barack Obama after a critical Rolling Stone article portrayed McChrystal’s aides as being disrespectful to Vice President […]
Retired 4-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal says handing his resignation letter to President Obama taught him a profound lesson about failure
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Online dating has had a side effect no one saw coming

Dating apps haven’t ruined happy marriages or our ability to commit, according to The Atlantic. But experts say online dating has a perhaps unexpected side effect: It may make it easier to leave an unfulfilling relationship. Instead of deliberately going to a bar and looking for someone else, you can […]
Online dating has had a side effect no one saw coming
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57% of Americans pronounce ‘merry,’ ‘marry,’ and ‘Mary’ the same, and it highlights a fascinating quirk of the English language

Americans vary in how they pronounce the words “merry,” “marry,” and “Mary.” A majority, 57%, of Americans pronounce all three words the same. The divide highlights something fascinating about American English. You’re probably going to hear the phrase “merry Christmas” a lot over the next few days. But depending on […]
57% of Americans pronounce ‘merry,’ ‘marry,’ and ‘Mary’ the same, and it highlights a fascinating quirk of the English language
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The best business books of 2018

It was hard to keep up with all the great books published in 2018 – but a few stood out as insightful, entertaining, and helpful. We’ve defined “business books” as reporting on businesses and the economy, as well as career and finance guides. Highlights include “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou, […]
The best business books of 2018
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Graduates who flock to Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and big law in search of prestige might be in for a harsh wake-up call only a few years later

People dream of working for big-name companies like Goldman Sachs or Google … so why would anyone ever leave such a prestigious job? Many workers quit high-paying jobs at impressive companies because, as their careers progress, prestige feels less important than it did when they were younger. Other factors, like […]
Graduates who flock to Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and big law in search of prestige might be in for a harsh wake-up call only a few years later
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An HR exec who’s worked at Facebook and Amazon says top tech companies are hunting for candidates with a quality you’d probably expect them to hate

Former Facebook and Amazon HR exec Bharath Jayaraman says top tech companies value people who can collaborate effectively. That means knowing how to argue and disagree respectfully. It’s critical that your coworker should never question your commitment to the team or the product during the conflict. Netflix prizes employees who […]
An HR exec who’s worked at Facebook and Amazon says top tech companies are hunting for candidates with a quality you’d probably expect them to hate
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A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist says the most successful decision-makers know how to use their gut feelings in a way the rest of us don’t

To make a good decision, delay your intuition until you’ve gathered all the necessary information. That’s according to Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman. At the World Business Forum in New York, Kahneman said that if you rely on intuition first, you’ll just waste time looking for evidence that supports your […]
A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist says the most successful decision-makers know how to use their gut feelings in a way the rest of us don’t
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Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian says we need to move past ‘hustle porn’ and have a more realistic understanding of what it takes to be successful

Entrepreneur and investor Alexis Ohanian spoke against the popularity of an online “success” culture promoting constant exhaustion. He said his experience building Reddit and working with his cofounders taught him successful businesses require mental and physical well-being. He said his wife, Serena Williams, taught him that while periods of intensity […]
Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian says we need to move past ‘hustle porn’ and have a more realistic understanding of what it takes to be successful
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A 27-year-old entrepreneur who built a million-dollar business with clients like Drake and Lil Wayne says a game he played at age 10 taught him 2 lifelong lessons about money

Larry Morrow is a well-connected entrepreneur in New Orleans. From booking Floyd Mayweather to Mary J. Blige, he handles everything from party and performances to his new restaurant, Morrow’s. The 27-year-old says he learned to take big risks as a young kid shooting dice behind a barbershop. At 27 years […]
A 27-year-old entrepreneur who built a million-dollar business with clients like Drake and Lil Wayne says a game he played at age 10 taught him 2 lifelong lessons about money
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The Daily Beast CEO Heather Dietrick once had to tell 200 people that Gawker was going bankrupt, and she says that ‘wartime’ leadership style serves her just as well when everything is at peace

Heather Dietrick is the CEO of the Daily Beast. She was the president of Gawker during the Hulk Hogan lawsuit, which brought down the company. Dietrick says she’s embraced risk taking, and it’s led to unusual job opportunities that have paid off. When Heather Dietrick came to the Daily Beast […]
The Daily Beast CEO Heather Dietrick once had to tell 200 people that Gawker was going bankrupt, and she says that ‘wartime’ leadership style serves her just as well when everything is at peace
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What it’s really like to attend an Ivy League school

Life at an Ivy League school isn’t as glamourous as Hollywood would have you think. While it’s true Mark Zuckerberg graduated from Harvard, the dorm room from which he started Facebook was no more luxurious than a dorm room at any other top school. When it comes down to it, […]
What it’s really like to attend an Ivy League school
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A business school professor who studied 20,000 startup founders says ‘going ugly’ can be the key to a successful partnership — or marriage

Most of us try to avoid tough conversations, but the most successful people tackle awkward subjects head on. A professor who studied 20,000 startup founders said “going ugly” and addressing uncomfortable issues can help you both in the business world and in romantic relationships. From planning for the departure of […]
A business school professor who studied 20,000 startup founders says ‘going ugly’ can be the key to a successful partnership — or marriage
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Yuengling, America’s largest independent brewery, is a sixth-generation family company run by 4 sisters who have figured out how to work with family without losing their minds

Four sisters run Yuengling, the oldest family-run brewery in America producing more than 2 million barrels of beer annually. Each sister brings a different skill set to the company, which helps keep the brewery flowing. If the sisters have a new idea, they run it by their father, Dick Yuengling, […]
Yuengling, America’s largest independent brewery, is a sixth-generation family company run by 4 sisters who have figured out how to work with family without losing their minds
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Reese Witherspoon says she’s a ‘terrible’ driver and her daughter might be ‘bad’ at basketball — and experts say brutal honesty can be critical to success

Reese Witherspoon says she’s brutally honest with her kids about what they’re bad at. She once told her now 19-year-old daughter she might be bad at basketball. Witherspoon’s husband appears to be equally honest with her about her weaknesses. Experts say being honest with others – and with yourself – […]
Reese Witherspoon says she’s a ‘terrible’ driver and her daughter might be ‘bad’ at basketball — and experts say brutal honesty can be critical to success
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Fast-food companies like McDonald’s struggling to find workers should take a page from the playbook of places like Disney and Target

The unemployment rate in the US has been falling, and fast-food CEOs have reported that they’re having trouble filling open positions. However, writes Morris Pearl, they haven’t tried the most effective tactic: raising wages. Major companies like Amazon, Disney, and Target have announced significant pay raises, and found people were […]
Fast-food companies like McDonald’s struggling to find workers should take a page from the playbook of places like Disney and Target
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The sisters behind Yuengling, America’s largest independent brewery, didn’t realise strangers knew their name until they left their hometown for college

D.G. Yuengling & Son started producing beer in 1829 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, making it the oldest family-run ;brewery in America. The four Yuengling sisters who run the brewery today did not realise the significance of their last name until they went to college. Working with family can be difficult at […]
The sisters behind Yuengling, America’s largest independent brewery, didn’t realise strangers knew their name until they left their hometown for college
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An HR exec who’s worked at Starbucks and Coach was recently asked a surprising question by a job candidate that rocketed them to the top of the list

Asking some interview questions about how you’ll fare at the company, given your relative strengths and weaknesses, can be helpful. That’s according to Traci Wilk, senior vice president of people at The Learning Experience and a former HR exec at Starbucks. A recent job candidate asked Wilk about the challenges […]
An HR exec who’s worked at Starbucks and Coach was recently asked a surprising question by a job candidate that rocketed them to the top of the list
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Entrepreneurs who launched their $50 million company in a dorm room say the biggest benefits of going on ‘Shark Tank’ had nothing to do with money

The founders of Kitu Life appeared on “Shark Tank” pitching Super Coffee in February 2018. They didn’t land an offer, but they say going on the show helped them prepare for future business meetings. They also discovered new types of customers they hadn’t anticipated. Three years ago, the DeCicco brothers […]
Entrepreneurs who launched their $50 million company in a dorm room say the biggest benefits of going on ‘Shark Tank’ had nothing to do with money
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‘It was probably the worst sales pitch they’d ever heard’: The CEO of multibillion-dollar Pinterest made a major mistake pitching investors in the early days

Image sharing site Pinterest was founded right after the financial crisis, which made it difficult to fund. When pitching to investors, Pinterest cofounder and CEOBen Silbermann wouldn’t over-promise what the company could do. After going through several pitch meetings with venture capitalists, Silbermann learned that he needed to do more […]
‘It was probably the worst sales pitch they’d ever heard’: The CEO of multibillion-dollar Pinterest made a major mistake pitching investors in the early days
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More than 2,600 companies, like Danone and Patagonia, are on board with an entrepreneur who says the way we do business runs counter to human nature and there’s only one way forward

After Jay Coen Gilbert sold AND1, the basketball-apparel company he cofounded, he created B Lab in 2006. B Lab certifies companies for “B Corporation” status, which publicly holds them accountable to stakeholders beyond shareholders, like employees and the environment. There are now more than 2,600 B Corps around the world. […]
More than 2,600 companies, like Danone and Patagonia, are on board with an entrepreneur who says the way we do business runs counter to human nature and there’s only one way forward
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