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There’s a fatal flaw in your 5-year plan

Five-year plans and punishing morning routines are often perceived as being integral parts of the path to success. But the obsession over a perfect life can distract us from appreciating our days as they really are. A variety of experts and writers suggest appreciating the present as it is. Essayist […]
There’s a fatal flaw in your 5-year plan
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There’s one clear sign Jeff Bezos looks for to gauge how smart people are

Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder of Amazon, has a strategy for identifying smart people. The Amazon CEO shared his ideas about intelligence in a question-and-answer session with employees of Basecamp, a web-application company. According to Bezos, smart people are always “reconsidering” problems. In other words, the most intelligent people […]
There’s one clear sign Jeff Bezos looks for to gauge how smart people are
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Here’s how toxic workplaces feed the ‘impostor syndrome’

Research suggests that around 70% of people will experience an illogical sense of being a phoney at work at some point in their careers. It’s called the impostor phenomenon (also known, erroneously, as a syndrome). These impostor feelings typically manifest as a fear of failure, fear of success, a sometimes […]
Here’s how toxic workplaces feed the ‘impostor syndrome’
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5 reasons you why you should hire mature-age workers

Recently I saw the movie The Intern. Robert De Niro plays a restless, technophobe retiree who lands a job as an intern with a young online fashion retailer – seemingly with few relevant skills – but over time the character’s wisdom and experience prove crucial in the company’s success. Look […]
5 reasons you why you should hire mature-age workers
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A founder who built a multimillion-dollar company with her husband and brother says the company’s first Valentine’s Day taught her the secret to working with family

Drybar founder Alli Webb is no stranger to working with family. She opened Drybar, a brick-and-mortar hair salon for blow-outs, with her brother and husband in 2008. Webb said the first Valentine’s Day in the store showed her the importance of knowing her strengths and weaknesses – as well as […]
A founder who built a multimillion-dollar company with her husband and brother says the company’s first Valentine’s Day taught her the secret to working with family
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Restaurants are so desperate to make rent that they’re turning into part-time coworking spaces — and department stores and shopping malls are next

Empty stores, restaurants, and malls are being converted into part-time coworking spaces. A slew of startups like Spacious and Industrious have popped up in order to establish new coworking spaces. Some of these coworking space operations effectively provide existing stores with a side-hustle, while others have taken over vacated properties. […]
Restaurants are so desperate to make rent that they’re turning into part-time coworking spaces — and department stores and shopping malls are next
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5 lifestyle changes you should make to enhance your mood and mental health

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health. Even those who don’t have a mental health condition may still be looking […]
5 lifestyle changes you should make to enhance your mood and mental health
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4 ways businesses can close the gender pay gap

It’s more than halfway through 2018, and it feels as though it’s proving to be The Year of Women. With the rising prominence of campaigns championing women’s rights such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, feminism has reached a new level of public consciousness. There’s a renewed sense of global solidarity which, […]
4 ways businesses can close the gender pay gap
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‘What’s the purpose that brands have?’: The company behind Nabisco and Cadbury is making a major change to packaging after asking customers what they want

MondelēzInternational is the owner of billion-dollar snack brands like Nabisco and Cadbury. It announced Tuesday it will make all packaging for all of its brands recyclable by 2025 and will eliminate 65 million kg of packaging by 2020. This article is part of Business Insider’s ongoing series on Better Capitalism. […]
‘What’s the purpose that brands have?’: The company behind Nabisco and Cadbury is making a major change to packaging after asking customers what they want
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Former Navy SEAL commanders who have worked with more than 400 businesses teach leaders to be aggressive — but not in the way most people think

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin are former Navy SEAL commanders with a new book, “The Dichotomy of Leadership.” Their leadership consulting firm, Echelon Front, has worked with more than 400 businesses since its founding in 2010. They teach being “Default: Aggressive,” which means being proactive rather than passive or reliant […]
Former Navy SEAL commanders who have worked with more than 400 businesses teach leaders to be aggressive — but not in the way most people think
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A former Y Combinator partner realised the most successful founders don’t always look good on paper — there’s a much more reliable sign they’re destined for greatness

Harj Taggar is a former partner at Y Combinator, the tech accelerator that launched a number of successful startups including Airbnb, Dropbox, and Instacart. He’s currently the cofounder and CEO of Triplebyte. Taggar said he and his YC partners placed a high value on learning what applicants did in their […]
A former Y Combinator partner realised the most successful founders don’t always look good on paper — there’s a much more reliable sign they’re destined for greatness
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The CEO of Nasdaq shares her best career advice

Adena Friedman spent two decades at Nasdaq, the second-largest stock exchange, before being named CEO in 2017. Friedman gave tips on how to have a career like hers on an episode of Business Insider’s podcast “This Is Success.” Her best advice? Say yes to opportunities early in your career and […]
The CEO of Nasdaq shares her best career advice
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Here’s how your birth date influences success at school, and later in life

Whether you were born in December, January, August or September can have a significant and long-lasting impact on your life. Our new research shows your birthday month may also contribute to shaping your personality. In particular, we found people’s self-confidence can significantly differ because of their month of birth. The […]
Here’s how your birth date influences success at school, and later in life
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Keep your day job, move slowly, and don’t worry about building a unicorn: A New York ‘startup school’ eschews everything Silicon Valley ever preached

Many people wonder how to start a business successfully. According to Brian Scordato, the founder of Tacklebox Accelerator, the first thing to do is keep your day job. Tacklebox is a six-week program geared toward founders with full-time jobs. Scordato helps those founders bring their business concepts to fruition, slowly […]
Keep your day job, move slowly, and don’t worry about building a unicorn: A New York ‘startup school’ eschews everything Silicon Valley ever preached
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8 ways to navigate a difficult workplace relationship

One of the most common issues we see organisational leaders face throughout their careers is a relationship breakdown with someone in the workplace. Think back to a time when you have sensed a conflict with someone more senior to you, or a disconnect with a divisional colleague or team member. […]
8 ways to navigate a difficult workplace relationship
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The oldest college in every US state

The oldest college in each US state includes some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and several flagship state universities. The oldest college in the United States is Harvard University, founded in 1636. Meanwhile, the most recent state to get a college for the first time is […]
The oldest college in every US state
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The 35 best business schools in the US

The best business schools in the world are ranked each year by education specialists QS Quacquarelli Symonds. QS has released its 2019 Global MBA Ranking, evaluating 251 of the best business schools in the world, 109 of which are located in the United States. QS based its ranking on surveys […]
The 35 best business schools in the US
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A startup CEO who was turned down 100 times before raising $5 million says he suffers from ‘impostor syndrome’ — and he hopes it never goes away

“Impostor syndrome” is the phenomenon in which people don’t think they deserve their success and fear being exposed as frauds. Johnny Reinsch, CEO of fintech startup Qwil, said he’s had impostor syndrome since he cofounded his company in 2015. Reinsch said he hopes his impostor syndrome never goes away because […]
A startup CEO who was turned down 100 times before raising $5 million says he suffers from ‘impostor syndrome’ — and he hopes it never goes away
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Actress Elizabeth Banks spoke to a Dunkin’ Doughnuts exec about why the company is changing its name, and took away a career lesson anyone can use

Actress, director, and producer Elizabeth Banks recently hosted a series of podcasts and films featuring mid-cap companies that are re-inventing themselves in the face of business challenges. These spots were part of the series CrazyEnough2Work, created by State Street Global Advisors. The most valuable lesson she learned over the course […]
Actress Elizabeth Banks spoke to a Dunkin’ Doughnuts exec about why the company is changing its name, and took away a career lesson anyone can use
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These are the 25 US companies with the happiest employees in 2018

Everyone wants to be happy at work. Career site Comparably recently ran a survey to find out what large US companies have the happiest workers. HubSpot took the top spot, and a number of tech companies fared well in the rankings. Who doesn’t want to work in a happy environment? […]
These are the 25 US companies with the happiest employees in 2018
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5 things you can learn in a day that will make your life better

Many skills take long-term effort to perfect, and they might not necessarily make your life any better. Here, author Steven John describes five skills that you can learn in a single day to immediately improve your life. In a speech at the 2017 Insight Summit, Michael Lewis said: “People waste […]
5 things you can learn in a day that will make your life better
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6 CEOs and execs share the productivity apps they can’t live without

Productivity apps can be extremely helpful tools for managing your daily responsibilities. With so many apps designed to help with productivity, forming habits, and organisation, there are almost too many to choose from. However, some entrepreneurs, like founder of UGG boots Brian Smith, credit some of their success to their […]
6 CEOs and execs share the productivity apps they can’t live without
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These are the 10 US states where people are the most stressed out

Factors like poverty can increase how stressed you are. So can having a long commute, being in a population-dense space, or working too many hours. By looking at those criteria, the researchers at Zippia found the most stressed states in the country. Having a super-long commute and working too many […]
These are the 10 US states where people are the most stressed out
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When CEO Satya Nadella took over Microsoft, he started defusing its toxic culture by handing each of his execs a 15-year-old book by a psychologist

MicrosoftCEO Satya Nadella bought all the members of his senior leadership team a copy of the book “Nonviolent Communication” in 2014 when he took over the company. At the time, Microsoft was known for having a culture of hostility, infighting, and backstabbing. “Nonviolent Communication” preaches compassion and empathy in communication, […]
When CEO Satya Nadella took over Microsoft, he started defusing its toxic culture by handing each of his execs a 15-year-old book by a psychologist
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Atlassian turned its focus from diversity to belonging — here are 3 things the company learned and how to apply them to your business

Atlassian is done with diversity. Instead, the Australian technology giant wants to focus on building balanced teams and a sense of belonging. In its annual State of Diversity Report released today, Atlassian says that the word “diversity” is too commonly associated with underrepresented people and it was “getting in the […]
Atlassian turned its focus from diversity to belonging — here are 3 things the company learned and how to apply them to your business
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People think startup founders go on ‘Shark Tank’ for big-name investors and a pile of cash, but entrepreneurs who have done it say that’s not really the point

“Shark Tank” alumni, including the founders of Bombas and Coffee Meets Bagel, say their experience on the show was valuable even beyond getting an offer. For example, it forced the entrepreneurs to think about their business more carefully as they prepared for their appearance. Those founders who received offers say […]
People think startup founders go on ‘Shark Tank’ for big-name investors and a pile of cash, but entrepreneurs who have done it say that’s not really the point
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Trucking companies are usually based in the Midwest, but this startup is right in the middle of Manhattan — and the founder says there’s a ‘critical’ reason why

Transfix, an app for truck drivers to connect with shippers, is based in New York City. That’s unusual for most trucking companies, which are often found in cities like Green Bay, Wisconsin and Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 2013, Transfix CEO Drew McElroy said it was crucial for the company’s success […]
Trucking companies are usually based in the Midwest, but this startup is right in the middle of Manhattan — and the founder says there’s a ‘critical’ reason why
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3-day weekends could make people happier and more productive

Scientific studies have found a link between happiness and productivity. People tend to be happier when they have more time to do the things they enjoy. This bolsters an argument for a four-day workweek and three-day weekend, as it could give people more free time to do just that. But […]
3-day weekends could make people happier and more productive
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Winning over a hiring manager isn’t enough to land you a job at Amazon — there’s actually a ‘bar-raiser’ on every interview panel and their opinion may be even more important

Amazon‘s hiring process isn’t just about candidates interacting with hiring managers. VP of worldwide people operations Ardine Williams told Business Insider that each interview panel also includes a person known as a “bar-raiser.” The bar-raiser’s purpose is to hold the panel accountable and ensure that all candidates are a good […]
Winning over a hiring manager isn’t enough to land you a job at Amazon — there’s actually a ‘bar-raiser’ on every interview panel and their opinion may be even more important
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The US has a major truck driver shortage — but the co-founder of a trucking startup that’s attracted $80 million in funding says there are 3 other problems that are making the shortage seem worse than it is

The truck driver shortage has dominated America’s headlines in the logistics space this year. However, TransfixCEO Drew McElroy said the driver shortage isn’t the only thing that’s dragging the industry down. With billions of miles being driven empty every year and technology like GPS not being widely implemented, McElroy said […]
The US has a major truck driver shortage — but the co-founder of a trucking startup that’s attracted $80 million in funding says there are 3 other problems that are making the shortage seem worse than it is
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10 subtle signs someone is being passive-aggressive toward you

Dealing with someone’s passive-aggression can be a serious pain. Even those closest to you aren’t exempt from displaying the indirect behaviour at some point. Although it might be subtle when someone is giving you the passive-aggressive treatment, these signs will help you notice it so that you can address it. […]
10 subtle signs someone is being passive-aggressive toward you
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A US Marine Corps veteran who teaches people to be mentally strong says the biggest killer of success is a daily choice people make

A surefire way to sabotage your success is to act inconsistently. That’s according to Marine Corps veteran and mental toughness coach Andrew Wittman, author of the forthcoming “Seven Secrets of Resilience for Parents.” As a parent, it’s important to keep your promises and enforce consequences. As a manager, it’s important […]
A US Marine Corps veteran who teaches people to be mentally strong says the biggest killer of success is a daily choice people make
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The top 50 colleges in the United States, ranked

Harvard, MIT, and Yale are the top three colleges in the US. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education released its rankings for the best colleges in America in 2019. The ranking was based on 15 key indicators, including post-graduation salary, diversity of the school, and student instruction. The Wall Street […]
The top 50 colleges in the United States, ranked
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Promote your business with this Instagram marketing bundle

Social media marketing is a powerful tool, but it takes some know-how to use it effectively — especially if you’re not used to the visual elements that are necessary to make your Instagram ads pop. The Instagram Marketing Mastery Bundle teaches you how to leverage Instagram marketing and make your […]
Promote your business with this Instagram marketing bundle
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A ‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur who panicked and forgot her own name during rehearsals stayed up all night practicing her pitch for 12 hours, and ultimately landed a $250,000 offer

The day before she appeared on “Shark Tank,” Doddle & Co cofounder Nicki Radzely froze up and forgot her name during the final rehearsal. Radzely, who was pitching the Pop Pacifier, had to appear on the show alone because her cofounder, Janna Badger, had just given birth. Despite all the […]
A ‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur who panicked and forgot her own name during rehearsals stayed up all night practicing her pitch for 12 hours, and ultimately landed a $250,000 offer
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The 50 best MBA programs in the world, and how much they cost

The best business schools in the world are ranked each year by education specialists QS Quacquarelli Symonds. QS has released its 2020 Global MBA Ranking, evaluating more than 240 of the best business schools in the world. QS based its ranking on surveys of employers, academics, and business school programs, […]
The 50 best MBA programs in the world, and how much they cost