Here Is the Best Time to Ask for a Promotion

It’s not when you think. July 24, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Thinking about asking for a promotion? Visier, a people analytics solution provider, set out to find the best time to ask for a career  upgrade. Based on their aggregated database of 3.5 million employees from roughly eighty U.S.-based companies, Visier discovered the ideal times, and circumstances, to receive a promotion. If you’re waiting for cooler weather to ask for a promotion, think again. The research showed summer was the best season to ask for one. In fact, employees were least likely to get a promotion in the fall. Related: Everything Women Need to Know About Asking For A Raise Visier found that the best time in your career to ask for a promotion is during the third year at your company. And company commitment doesn’t always equal promotion. People who have […]

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A Classic Piece of Advice on Being a Good Boss Is Just as Useful Today as It Was When It Was Originally Published in 1974

An effective boss lets employees tackle problems on their own, according to a classic article in the Harvard Business Review. July 23, 2018 4 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider One of the most widely read pieces of management advice published by the Harvard Business Review has to do with a monkey. Specifically, the monkey on your back. If you’re a people manager, you likely have (at least) one on you right now. The monkey is a metaphor for a burden that one of your team members has, ever so subtly, transferred to you. The HBR report was initially published in 1974, by the late William Oncken, Jr., who was chairman of the William Oncken Corporation, and Donald L. Wass, who heads the Dallas-Fort Worth region of The Executive Committee. When HBR republished the article, it noted that it has been one of the publication’s two best-selling reprints ever. […]

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5 Podcasts That Are a Must for a Productive Workday

Podcasts are the new pop music. July 20, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.   In the Women Entrepreneur Series Up Your Game, we scope out the best products, apps and services to help make it easier to take your game to the next level.    If you’re getting tired of you’re daily playlist, and the radio isn’t cutting it either, podcasts are a great way to wake you up and keep you entertained on a long — and sometimes stressful —  commute to work. They’ll distract you from all the traffic and keep your road (or subway) rage in check. But they can do more than just make your morning travel more enjoyable; they can get your brain juices flowing, too. Here are five podcasts to listen to on your commute to prep you for a productive work day and give your brain a […]

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The 4 Keys to Asking Better Questions

One of the best ways to learn and improve is by asking good questions. July 18, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Everyone asks for the keys to success, but few realize one of them is in the question itself. According to research conducted by Harvard Business School, the majority of us don’t ask enough questions, and consequently miss opportunities to learn something new, form strong relationships and excel in our careers. Little do entrepreneurs know, questions are the best way to uncover your next big venture. If you’re looking for an idea to start a business or a way to take your career to the next level, just start asking. You never know when you’ll find the answer to your problems. Related: 6 Questions I Ask Before I Say ‘Yes’ to Anything According to Harvard Business School research, people shy away from questions […]

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How to Accomplish More in 4 Days Than Most People Do in 4 Weeks

Practice and self-control are key. July 16, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We all know that it takes hard work to achieve our goals. And in the world of business and entrepreneurship, we often hear how we must be willing to sacrifice weeks, months, even years of slaving away to suceed. But what if we’re all just doing it wrong? What if there was a way to accomplish a huge to-do list in less than half the time it would normally take? Barring the discovery of a time machine or a wormhole, you might say this is impossible. But with a little practice and self-control, it’s possible to get to the finish line before most people even start the race. Related: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less 1. Use the 80/20 rule. The Pareto principle is a universal truth that can help us recognize where to focus our […]

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9 Daily Rituals to Boost Your Performance at Work (Infographic)

In a rut? These daily rituals can help lift you up. July 14, 2018 2 min read Some rituals might seem like nonsense, but it turns out, they can be helpful when it comes to productivity and job performance. Studies have shown that rituals can help us take on tough challenges at work, boost productivity and even decrease anxiety. How do you know what type of ritual is right for you? Here are some ideas. Related: 7 Steps to Peak Performance in Business and in Life Instead of starting your day with a hot shower, try opting for a cold one. Cold water increases blood circulation and releases endorphins, which can boost a person’s mood and make them more productive. Another helpful ritual is shutting down distracting devices. For example, turn your smartphone on airplane mode for a few hours so you can hone your focus on a single task until its full […]

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5 Tips for Working Well Under Pressure

Don’t view pressure as a negative, but rather embrace it and see it as an opportunity. July 12, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate In today’s professional world, we all work under pressure. Good companies care for their employees’ well-being, but it’s also important that their employees know how to handle pressure well in order to cope with market pressure and stay healthy. It is also key to any professional woman’s future success. Related: 3 Keys to Future-Proofing Your Business In general, pressure is a sense of urgency that we all must endure at varying levels throughout our careers and day-to-day tasks. It mostly exists to push us to execute more with less time. In my own field of construction, one is expected to manage and coordinate different tasks from land and lease signatures, execute contracts with vendors, and handle requests for proposals to mobilization, execution, testing and handover. In any role, and at any […]

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Finally Stop Procrastinating With These 4 Simple Steps

Jeff Rose breaks down the main reasons we all procrastinate — and what is waiting for us when we get things done. July 11, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Are you frequently putting things off until the last minute? You may be a procrastinator. This sort of behavior is frequently associated with college students — though many older adults end up regularly putting things off, as well.  For Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose, procrastination prevents productivity and living life to the fullest. For Rose, taking steps to set a time to start a task and the amount you want to finish is a great start. This decision is equal to showing commitment — a great start of moving away from procrastination. Furthermore, when you add things to your calendar and make an effort towards something on a frequent basis, this can not only help […]

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4 Ways Managers Can Support Women’s Leadership Development

How exactly should managers show employees — particularly women — that they support their development into effective leaders? Here are some tips. July 9, 2018 4 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate “The zeitgeist is changing,” Sallie Krawcheck wrote last November, “from women working to be successful individually to working to be successful together.” Recent research on the gender leadership gap confirms the benefits of women supporting women. Both male and female survey respondents were more likely to perceive that they had access into informal leadership development opportunities when they saw that their managers supported their development. However, that manager support was significantly more impactful on female respondents. Related: 6 Steps We Can All Take to Narrow the Gender Pay Gap So, how exactly should managers show employees — particularly women — that they support their development into effective leaders? Here are some tips. 1. Assign women to special projects or roles. Research tells us that […]

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How to Overcome Stress and Own the Day

Here are some tips on how to take control of stress in your life. July 8, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress in my life lately. Then, I get wrapped up in it and tell myself (and others) how stressed I am. This mentality ends up breeding even more stress, and it’s honestly not healthy.  As I listen to others around me, I’ve come to realize this is the norm. Despite all of the technology we have and all of our luxuries, we consider ourselves to be the most stressed generation. That’s why I decided to bring you another great mashup talking about this stress from Amanda Enayati, Todd Kashdan, Lissa Rankin and Arianna Huffington. Stress, more than anything, is a mindset. It’s something we create ourselves in order to try and protect ourselves. We even become stressed about the unknown. The […]

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Want to Schedule a Productive Workday? Follow These 4 Really Simple Strategies.

If you’re the type who stops to view every new email, one word: STOP. July 5, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There are some days in the life of an entrepreneur when it seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything that needs doing done. OK, make that more than some. Related: Simple Tools You Can Use to Manage Your Time and Increase Productivity In light of this fact, the key to being more productive may be not to work harder, but to work smarter. A recent study from Vouchercloud showed that in the course of an eight-hour workday, the average worker studied was productive for only two hours and 53 minutes. If this sounds like you, how can you make the most of your work time in order to be more productive? While no one productivity hack is going to make […]

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11 Ways You’re Wasting Time Instead of Doing What You Need to be Successful

When was the last time you found anything on social media that moved your life forward? July 4, 2018 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s the end of another busy day, and you look back and wonder “Where did the time go?” Most likely, part of your time was eaten up with those little distractions that take away from the tasks that really matter. It’s important that you attach value to your time. How you use your time has a huge impact on your ability to succeed. Increasing productivity and using your time wisely means you will have more time to do things that matter to you, like exercising, spending time with family and friends, having a hobby or pursuing other projects. Set yourself up for success by cutting these 11 biggest time wasters from your life, and you may find you have more […]

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Tesla Made 5,031 Model 3s in a Week

Elon Musk’s ambitious targets have been met, half a year after he said they would. July 2, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Tesla’s ultimate fate, and Elon Musk’s reputation, has hinged on being able to produce 5,000 units of the Model 3 in a single week. Once that goal was hit, the company could finally shrug off the accusation that it was a billionaire’s plaything, out of its depth and unable to compete with Big Auto. Now, at the end of its second financial quarter, the company has confirmed yesterday’s rumor that it produced 5,031 Model 3s in seven days. Back in July 2017, Musk said that he expected to be able to produce 20,000 Model 3s a month by that December. Unfortunately, numerous production hell issues — some of which were attributed to Musk’s overly ambitious timelines — scuppered the plan. And, every few months since, the company has said it would meet its 5,000-a-week milestone, only for it to be delayed once again. According to Tesla, […]

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How to Use Weekends to Catch Up, Get Ahead or Recharge

Evaluate how you spend your weekends so you can maximize your time. June 23, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Which suits you the best? Do you use weekends as a chance to catch up, get ahead or re-charge? There is no wrong answer. However if you consistently find yourself playing catch-up you may want to reevaluate your ability to say no. Related: Why You Should Take 10 Minutes a Day to Do Nothing Knowing when and how to say no can allow you to focus on your priorities and do the things that help you stand out in your career. This is not a post to ding anyone on how they spend their time on the weekends. That is 100 percent up to you. How you spend you days is (for the most part) up to you. However, this is a post asking you to take a moment […]

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From Scientific Research Come 6 Moves You Can Make to Boost Office Productivity

Who knew plants were anything more than a decorative touch? (Tip: Start with Gerbera daisies.) June 18, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In any company, no matter how big or small, time is money. Mastering the art of getting things done (a.k.a., productivity) thus proves very important to creating and maintaining success. Related: How Getting up at 5 a.m. Has Improved My Health and Productivity Both the physical environment and culture of a business play a role in how motivated and effective people feel at work, for better or worse. Luckily, science is no stranger to this important concept. The areas below offer a few research-backed ways to make a positive impact on your workplace’s productivity. Introduce some greenery. While most jobs, unfortunately, can’t be conducted on a beach-front veranda, adding a touch of nature to an indoor office space offers some perks. One […]

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4 Pitfalls to Avoid When Choosing Tech for Your Business

When you’re chasing new tech for your business, consider these four tips to finding the right technology to propel your business forward. June 17, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology is often thought of as the antidote to business woes. Once you get the right tech in place, the thinking goes, you’ll start doing whatever it is you do much faster, better and more efficiently. The thing about technology, though, is that new advancements hit the market daily. Just think about how much artificial intelligence has advanced in a very short period of time. We went from Microsoft’s now-iconic Clippy to Google unveiling a chatbot with humanlike tendencies, Apple releasing an augmented reality upgrade to counter smartphone addiction and researchers from Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania developing an autonomous robot that can complete high-level tasks by sensing its surroundings. Innovations such as these aren’t just fueling competition in the […]

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7 Ways to Get Better at Working With Others

Clarity and kindness go a long way. June 12, 2018 4 min read Success is impossible without communication and collaboration. While your business idea might begin in your head, in order to scale your company you’re going to need other people to help realize and execute your vision. But even if you’re still in the corporate world, working on your side hustle, teamwork is an essential skill. Here are seven ways to get better at working with others. 1. Provide clear and constructive feedback. Group working situations can be fraught, especially when it comes to deadline pressure. But to avoid fights that will only take time away from the task at hand, use this strategy when you come up against a conflict. It’s OK to disagree with someone’s take, but rather than only emphasizing the negative, bring an actionable solution to the table that helps move things forward. That way, […]

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An Army Scientist Is Working on a Formula for Optimal Caffeine Intake

Setting a schedule can make all the difference in how much caffeine you actually need and how it affects you. June 6, 2018 2 min read For those with demanding schedules that frequently infringe upon a full night’s sleep, chugging coffee or energy drinks is often the cure to drowsiness. You’ve probably poured yourself a third, fourth, fifth cup of joe at some point and thought, is this even helping? You might associate coffee binges with office workers or business leaders rushing from meeting to meeting, but members of the military also run on the stuff. That’s why U.S. Army researcher Jaques Reifman has set out to crack the code of how much coffee we truly need when we’re sleep deprived — and at what intervals. His research, summarized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, shows promise for optimizing caffeine intake, taking into account metabolic or other physiological differences from […]

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The Best Headphones to Tune Out Distractions and Get Things Done

These five top-rated picks can block ambient noise and up your focus. June 1, 2018 6 min read In the Women Entrepreneur series Up Your Game, we scope out the best products, apps and services to help make it easier to take your game to the next level.  “Destructive interference” isn’t just a good band name — it’s also the key to how noise-cancelling headphones work.  Flipping the “on” switch prompts your headphones to start producing new sound waves. That may sound counterintuitive for a noise-cancelling feature, but these sound waves are designed to cancel out ambient noise — your coworker’s loud chewing, your boss’s involuntary sighing or even the nagging hum of the overactive office air conditioning. The secret? These types of headphones create sound waves with crests and troughs that are opposite those of the intruding sounds — resulting in a reduction in ambient noise by 70 percent. If […]

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Feeling Stretched Thin With Your Side Hustle? Here Are 5 Ways to Make Your Time Work for You

Maintain your passion and get mastery over your schedule. May 29, 2018 3 min read If you’re working on a side hustle but not ready to make it your full-time job, join the club. According to a 2017 study from financial services platform Bankrate, 44 million people in the United States have developed an entrepreneurial second or even third revenue stream. But there only so many hours in the day to put in your best at your day job and then make the most out of your passion projects. So what can you do to make sure that you’re maximizing your time without spreading yourself too thin? Utilize tools that do the leg work for you. Focus on the aspects of the business that you love and try not to let logistics, especially if you’re a one-person operation, be a drain on your energy. Use Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule […]

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