22 clothing items every man should own before he turns 30

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When a man turns 30, he turns around and looks back at his life. But he should also turn around and look back at his wardrobe because, chances are, it’s been neglected.

We’ve rounded up 22 of the most important essentials that every guy should have by the time he turns the big three-oh.

If you’re approaching or over 30, it might be time to go shopping.

Click here to read more by Dennis Green @businessinsider.com

11 surprising things that your physical appearance says about you

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Everybody judges.

Within a few seconds of seeing someone — whether on a date or at the grocery store — we decide on numerous things about them, from how smart they are to how likely they are to commit a crime.

Surprisingly, our first impressions can be remarkably accurate in some instances. In others, they can be wildly off base.

Here are a few of the things we determine about people based on how they look.

Click here to read more by Erin Brodwin @Business Insider

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

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Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.

The basics of team effectiveness were identified by J. Richard Hackman, a pioneer in the field of organizational behavior who began studying teams in the 1970s. In more than 40 years of research, he uncovered a groundbreaking insight: What matters most to collaboration is not the personalities, attitudes, or behavioral styles of team members. Instead, what teams need to thrive are certain “enabling conditions.” In our own studies, we’ve found that three of Hackman’s conditions—a compelling direction, a strong structure, and a supportive context—continue to be particularly critical to team success. In fact, today those three requirements demand more attention than ever. But we’ve also seen that modern teams are vulnerable to two corrosive problems—“us versus them” thinking and incomplete information. Overcoming those pitfalls requires a fourth critical condition: a shared mindset.

Click here to read more by Martine Haas & Mark Mortensen @ hbr.org

Meet this Pakistani Entrepreneur who Got Google Funding with Her First Pitch

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Entrepreneurs usually don’t strike gold when it comes time for them to pitch their business idea to investors. But Umaima Mendhro, a Pakistani entrepreneur, is one of the lucky ones who got a bigwig venture firm (and at Google Ventures no less) to fund her business idea on the very first try.

It seems like a fantastic story that’s too easy to believe. But there’s a lot more to Umaima’s ‘first pitch’ than just catching a lucky break. It was a pitch that was the result of her childhood ambition.

This is the story of that pitch.

Umaima Has Always Loved Building Things

Ms. Mendhro has always had this dream of building a reputable multi-national company that she could one day call her very own. She always had big Ivy-League styled plans and aspirations from a very young age.

Click here to read more by Samir Yawar at propakistani.pk

Here’s what it was like to be Mansa Musa, thought to be the richest person in history

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African King Musa Keita I is thought to be the richest person of all time — “richer than anyone could describe,” reports Time.

Literally. His fortune was incomprehensible, Time’s Jacob Davidson writes: “There’s really no way to put an accurate number on his wealth.”

He ruled the Mali Empire in the 14th century and his land was laden with lucrative natural resources, most notably gold.

“His vast wealth was only one piece of his rich legacy,” reports Jessica Smith in a TED-Ed original lesson. Read on to learn more about the legendary king and see what it was really like to be the richest person in history:

Click here to read more by Kathleen Elkins

A CEO shares 4 strategies for improving your leadership skills

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In business, that translates into motivating employees to achieve your company’s goals and mission.

Instilling this motivation in employees, however, is one hundred times harder than anyone thinks.

Running my own business, I’ve realized that leading is much more than just letting people know their responsibilities.

Whether you’re leading an entire company or even just one department, strong leadership is critical to maximizing human talent.

To get the most out of people, I’ve discovered that you need to work on four C’s:

Click here to read more by Solomon Thimothy

9 Things to Take Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume from Good to Great

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You only have one chance to make a first impression when you’re looking for a new job — make sure it’s a good one.

Whether or not you’re looking for a new job, it’s always a really good idea to make sure your LinkedIn profile and resume are always up to date and as professional looking as possible. Take it from personal experience–you never know when the job you’ve got today just might not be around tomorrow.

Here are 9 things you can do right now to make your LinkedIn profile and resume really stand out.

Click here to read more by Peter Economy – The Leadership Guy Twitter @bizzwriter

 

Here’s how much work your brain can handle before needing a break

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The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.

The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor that workers were forced to endure on the factory floor.

This breakthrough was a more humane approach to work two hundred years ago, yet it possesses little relevance for us today.

Click here to read more by Travis Bradberry, LinkedIn