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7 books that can supercharge your personal growth this summer

Feeling burned out and jaded? Invest some time and energy into your personal growth. Dougal Waters/Getty Images The following article was first published by The Next Big Idea Club and has been republished here with permission. Diving into an impactful book is a great way to kick off a journey of personal growth. if you'd like to invest some time and energy into personal growth, these 7 books are an excellent place to start. See more stories on Insider's business page. Over the last...
Tags: Books, Advice, India, America, Trends, Strategy, Development, Reading, Self-help, Personal Growth, Nordic, Eric Weiner, Adam Grant, Pappas, Alexi Pappas, Contributor


7 phrases leaders should use more often to show vulnerability and build trust with their team

As a leader, recognize that your tone can shift the energy in the room. Getty Images The tone and attitude of leaders can influence the psychological safety in their workplace. Speaking honestly and openly can help you build a high-performing, engaged, and inclusive team. Use phrases like 'I appreciate you' and 'I'm sorry' more often to build trust within your team. See more stories on Insider's business page. As a leader, your energy has a profound impact on your t...
Tags: Leadership, Trends, Strategy, Communication, Company Culture, Honesty, Apology, Leader, Nordic, Welcome, Don, Inc, Contributor, Katie Burke, Contributor 2019


Shark Tank's Daymond John shares his process for creating a powerful mission statement for your brand

Daymond John. Gus Ruelas/Reuters Daymond Johnson has a process for creating a mission statement that's clear and easy to digest. Reach out to your customers to share the first draft of your mission statement and ask for feedback. Have them explain the mission back to you, and center your brand around their most used words. See more stories on Insider's business page. When it comes to mission-driven companies, sometimes customers care more about the mission than the company itself -...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Mission, John, Branding, Shark Tank, Nordic, Personal Brand, Mission Statement, Daymond John, Inc, Barbara Corcoran, Contributor, Bombas, John What, Contributor 2019


2 social scientists explain how childcare insecurity is hurting caregivers across the US

Not having childcare affects mothers' interpersonal interactions and quality of life. Gerald Herbert/ AP Childcare insecurity, or limited or uncertain access to adequate care, is a public health issue. The pandemic caused a spike in need that impacted the well-being and mental health of caregivers. Biden has proposed policies to address the issue, but economic constraints aren't the only cause. See more stories on Insider's business page. Childcare insecurity is a term we'v...
Tags: Parenting, Children, Opinion, US, Trends, Strategy, Childcare, Joe Biden, Biden, Caregivers, Nordic, Daycare, Texas State University, RAND Corp, Gerald Herbert, Contributor


3 trends to adopt for your post-pandemic business marketing strategy

People appreciate their homes and backyards even more after being confined to them for a year. Shutterstock/Flamingo Images As we prepare to enter the 'new normal,' it's clear that many pandemic-era changes are here to stay. Marketers can tap into these newfound interests to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. We care more than ever about our homes, work-life balance, and health - use this in your messaging. See more stories on Insider's business page. From e-commerc...
Tags: Marketing, US, Trends, Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Nordic, Marketers, Inc, Contributor, Business Advice, Lockdown, Pandemic, Michelle Manafy, Contributor 2019


Many colleges dropped their SAT and ACT requirements during the pandemic - here's how it affected admissions

Many colleges around the US made the SAT and ACT optional for fall 2021 applicants. Eva-Katalin/Getty Images The pandemic left many in the high school class of 2021 without an SAT or ACT score to submit. In response, more than 600 schools switched to test-optional for the 2020-21 application season. Without a test requirement, schools from Ivies to the UC system saw massive spikes in applicants. See more stories on Insider's business page. Clara Chaplin had studied. She was ready. A ju...
Tags: Education, California, Senate, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Strategy, Bank Of America, Chicago, Netflix, Harvard, Iowa, Testing, College Admissions, Bill


4 common mistakes to avoid as a first-time business founder

Don't hire your friends unless you're willing to risk losing the friendship. Getty Images Heather R. Morgan is a tech entrepreneur, surrealist artist, and investor in SaaS companies. While scaling her company to success, she says she learned what mistakes founders should avoid. Be prepared for the hard work to continue, bolster your personal brand, and don't hire friends. See more stories on Insider's business page. When I was only 23, I started my company by myself, with n...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Startup, CMO, Mistakes, Time Management, Prioritization, Firing, Hiring, Founder, Nordic, Don, Inc, Contributor, Startup Founders, Heather R Morgan


How the pandemic has impacted the world's most vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income economies

In Sierra Leone, 87% of rural households reported food insecurity, nearly double the median value. REUTERS/Joe Penney Northwestern researchers asked 30,000 people on three continents how the pandemic affected them. Households reported drops in income, as well as increases in food insecurity, and little support. One of the most promising tactics for moving past the pandemic's effects is mobile money transfers. See more stories on Insider's business page. The COVID-19 crisis has been...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Nigeria, Africa, US, Trends, Strategy, Poverty, Domestic Violence, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Kenya, World Bank, South America, US Treasury, Togo


Private equity firms will be back in action over the next year - here's what investors should expect

For PE funds looking to invest, deals may not necessarily be easy to come by - and competition for the best companies will be fierce. Marianne Ayala/Insider Private equity deals have been down about a quarter over the past year, but they're rebounding. Private companies looking for funding or an exit now will have a wealth of options. In addition to big competition for deals, PE firms will also face challenges gauging their quality. See more stories on Insider's business page. Last...
Tags: Opinion, Finance, Investments, US, Trends, Investing, Unilever, SEC, Private Equity, Biden, Wall Street Journal, Bain, Nordic, Schneider, Kellogg School, PE


6 strategies for creating a robust, multifaceted approach to improving diversity at your organization

Create opportunities for coworkers of all backgrounds to gather and talk openly to bring about a more inclusive culture. Getty Images Diversity trainings are only the tip of the iceberg for improving diversity in the workplace. Organizations need to move beyond implicit bias trainings by following up on their trainings. Treat diversity as a real goal, measure it, and create dedicated spaces for underrepresented groups. See more stories on Insider's business page. The racial reckoning o...
Tags: Work, Trends, Strategy, Workplace Culture, Diversity, Implicit Bias, Cornell University, Nordic, Kellogg School, Contributor, Dei, Malik Ducard, Kellogg Insight, Contributor 2019, Susie Allen, Neil A Lewis Jr


The US birth rate is down, and it could lead to future labor shortages

Economists estimate that a family will spend on average $233,610 per child before they are 18 years old. Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd/Getty Images From 1950 to 2021, we saw a 50% decline in US birth rates, from 25 births per 1,000 people to 12. Sociologist Ann Oberhauser says the decline is tied to progress in areas like reproductive medicine and access to education. Lower fertility rates could translate to possible future labor shortages in many sectors of the economy. See more stories on...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Kids, Education, Parenting, Opinion, Babies, US, Trends, Strategy, Iowa, Italy, Population, Birth Control, Census, New England


Economic uncertainty and expanding opportunities for women have lowered the US birth rate - and it could lead to future labor shortages

Economists estimate that a family will spend on average $233,610 per child before they are 18 years old. Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd/Getty Images From 1950 to 2021, we saw a 50% decline in US birth rates, from 25 births per 1,000 people to 12. Sociologist Ann Oberhauser says the decline is tied to progress in areas like reproductive medicine and access to education. Lower fertility rates could translate to possible future labor shortages in many sectors of the economy. See more stories on...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Kids, Education, Parenting, Opinion, Babies, US, Trends, Strategy, Iowa, Italy, Population, Birth Control, Census, New England


7 ways for women to overcome imposter syndrome and climb the ranks at work

Lean into anything uncomfortable and use your voice whenever possible. alvarez/Getty Images Women are staggeringly absent from upper-level leadership positions in the American workforce. To break through the glass ceiling, figure out what's blocking you, let go of it, and take risks. Consider hiring a coach or mentor to push you forward and help overcome imposter syndrome. See more stories on Insider's business page. Women hold less than 5% of CEO positions in the US and Europe, ac...
Tags: Europe, Leadership, Women, US, Entrepreneur, Trends, Strategy, Kpmg, Glass Ceiling, Financial Times, Nordic, Don, CEOs, Imposter Syndrome, Contributor, Working Women


New research shows that labor unions can help reduce the risk of poverty

Participants carry signs during a march and rally by labor union supporters in Los Angeles. Phil McCarten/Reuters Belonging to a labor union lowers the likelihood that you'll fall into poverty, new research shows. Living in a state with higher unionization rates even if you're not a member also helps. Had union membership not declined since the 1970s, we could expect poverty rates to be lower today. See more stories on Insider's business page. Belonging to a union or living in ...
Tags: Unions, France, US, Trends, Strategy, Poverty, United States, Wages, Norway, Workers Rights, Middle Class, Nordic, University of Minnesota, David Brady, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Contributor


Kickstarter is transitioning to a 4-day work week in 2022 - here's how it's shown to improve output and work-life balance

The Kickstarter office in Brooklyn. Madeline Stone / Business Insider Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter said it will be moving to a four-day workweek in 2022. CEO Aziz Hasan told Axios the pandemic inspired the transition for its 90 employees. Companies that have already tested it, like Microsoft Japan, saw a huge productivity spike. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kickstarter is launching one of its most interesting projects yet: a four-day workweek for its employees. The...
Tags: Work, Productivity, London, Boston, US, San Francisco, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Unilever, Spain, Balance, Brooklyn, Philippines, New Zealand, Kickstarter


How to market skills from an entry-level job and display them on your resume for a potential employer

Any job can teach you valuable skills that will make you a better candidate in the future. Getty If you've had a job like lifeguarding or fast food service, you likely picked up valuable skills. To showcase them on your resume for future employers, emphasize the soft skills, like communication. Being able to put out fires and staying organized under pressure are also impressive to employers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Are you worried that your entry-level job just...
Tags: Jobs, Resume, Office, US, Trends, Strategy, Job Interview, Nordic, Don, Donnell, NACE, Contributor, Resume Tips, Soft Skills, Contributor 2019, HerMoney


5 books that made me a better CEO and helped me strengthen my business

Heidi Zak. Hollis Johnson Heidi Zak is the cofounder and CEO of ThirdLove, a multi-generational women's lifestyle brand. These are the books she read over the past year that had a strong impact on her life and business. The list includes "Rituals Roadmap," "Humor, Seriously," and "The Creativity Leap." See more stories on Insider's business page. As much as I love watching shows, movies, and documentaries, reading a book is a very different experience. It forces you to slow down an...
Tags: Books, Leadership, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Advice, Trends, Strategy, Reading, Jane Cunningham, Nordic, Inc, Heidi Zak, CEOs, Jennifer Aaker, ThirdLove, Erica Keswin


3 ways leaders can help ease workplace stress and avoid employee burnout

Employees who feel they can bring their whole selves to work perform the best. Luis Alvarez/Getty Images Reports of burnout, stress, and loneliness levels are high as employees continue working from home. Improving these conditions and rebuilding psychological safety will require leaders to step up. Show gratitude for your employees, check-in frequently, and build resilience into the workforce. See more stories on Insider's business page. The crisis is subsiding, but its wounds run dee...
Tags: Google, Work, Leadership, US, Trends, Strategy, Management, Stress, Burnout, Ibm, Nordic, Workplace Safety, Inc, People Operations, Contributor, Marcel Schwantes


How to ask your boss if you can keep working from home as offices reopen

There are benefits to working from home, but make sure you don't just want to escape. Justin Lewis/Getty Images As business leaders call teams back to the office, many employees are hesitant to give up WFH. If you want to ask your boss for a flexible work schedule, be clear about how it will benefit you both. Also consider if staying home is really what you want - and what's best for your career advancement. See more stories on Insider's business page. The email from your boss ...
Tags: Work, Work From Home, US, Trends, Strategy, Remote Work, Negotiation, Flexibility, Nordic, Cummings, Underwood, Contributor, WFH, Contributor 2019, Justin Lewis Getty, HerMoney


Salaries are on the rise in police departments across the US, despite protests and calls to defund the police

NYPD officers stand guard on April 4, 2021 in New York City. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images The 2020 median salary for a police officer in the US was $67,290 - the median for all jobs was $48,769. Despite ongoing calls to defund police departments, officer salaries are only getting higher. Police forces are growing, too, with incentives to join such tuition reimbursement and signing bonuses. See more stories on Insider's business page. Police work can be one of the best-paid professions in t...
Tags: Mississippi, Minneapolis, California, Opinion, Police, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, US, Careers, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Law Enforcement, Austin, Bureau of Labor Statistics


4 of the best strategies to use when negotiating for a new job offer

Negotiating a job offer is all about business, so don't shy away from asking for what you want. Pekic/Getty Images If you've been given a new job offer recently, take time to consider the overall compensation package. Be ready to prove your value to an employer when negotiating for higher pay or additional benefits. Understand that negotiation is a compromise, so don't take low offers personally and stand up for what you're worth. Visit the Business section of Insider for m...
Tags: Work, Jobs, Trends, Strategy, Compensation, Negotiation, Nordic, Don, Contributor, Job Offer, WFH, Lindsay Tigar, Christine Cruzvergara, Contributor 2019, Pekic Getty, HerMoney


Why your brain may need time to readjust to social gatherings after the pandemic, according to a neuroscientist

We've been lonely for a year, but going back to normal socialization could be more difficult than expected. Don Ryan/AP 36% of adults in the US and 61% of young adults reported "serious loneliness" during the pandemic. Nearly half of Americans also reported feeling uneasy about returning to in-person interaction. Neuroscientist Kareem Clark says it may take time for some to reset their 'social homeostasis,' or need to socialize. See more stories on Insider's business page....
Tags: Science, Isolation, US, Trends, Anxiety, Netflix, Loneliness, Nordic, Antarctic, Contributor, Pandemic, Schitt, Don Ryan, The Conversation, Social Distancing, Reopening


This advertising expert grew an audience of 500,000 followers on his own media platform - here's what he says is key to staying consistent and going viral

Jack Butcher says prioritizing and maximizing his time and creativity helped his business to grow. Jack Butcher Jack Butcher is the founder of Visualize Value, a $1M per year product business and media platform. During a live Q&A with readers of The Profile, he discussed new fatherhood and growing his business. As a creative, he says it's important to find people to collaborate with and be inspired on daily basis. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jack Butcher spent 10 y...
Tags: Media, Interview, Advertising, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Jack, Fatherhood, Q&a, Founder, Nordic, Dieter Rams, NFT, CEOs, Celia, Contributor


I'm a 30-year-old whose student loan balance increased by more than $20,000 in 6 years, despite making every payment. It's enough to make you question your sanity.

Ashley Strahm says her original student loan balance increased by over $20,000 in six years due to interest rates. Ashley Strahm Ashley Strahm, 30, is a content strategist, activist, and writer in Durham, North Carolina. She went to college at age 16 and took out $60,000 in student loans by graduation, which ballooned to over $82,000 thanks to interest rates. Even after refinancing her loans she still owes $44,000, and it's often "the first thing I think about when I wake up," Strahm s...
Tags: College, America, Trends, Strategy, Debt, United States, Student Loans, South America, Loans, Medium, Nordic, Debt Repayment, Durham North Carolina, Stafford, Strahm, Contributor


3 things entrepreneur should consider before hiring in the current gig economy

Companies like Lyft and Uber were major developments in the gig economy. Mario Tama/Getty Images Almost all industries are evolving or being affected in some way by the growing gig economy. Because of this, entrepreneurs should expect it to get easier and cheaper to outsource work functions. When hiring in-house, don't be in a rush and focus on expanding with employees that add value. See more stories on Insider's business page. The so-called "gig economy" is here to stay. It's...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Entrepreneur, Trends, Strategy, Ibm, Gig, Outsourcing, Hiring, In-house, Gig Economy, Nordic, Industries, Contributor, Mario Tama Getty, Per Bylund


11 things you should do to make your workplace more LGBTQ+ inclusive

Showing that you care about LGBTQIA+ rights will make your coworkers feel heard and seen. Thomas Barwick/DigitalVision/Getty 46% of LGBTQ workers say they're still closeted at work because of a multitude of fears and issues. You can make their work environment more inclusive by not making assumptions and being considerate. Treat the LGTBQ community the same as everyone by asking about their partner, but don't be nosy. See more stories on Insider's business page. The LGBTQ commu...
Tags: Google, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Trends, Strategy, Workplace Culture, Levy, Lgbtq, Discrimination, Glazer, Coming Out, Nordic, Don, Chapman, Huffman


4 practices for onboarding remote workers to make sure they feel included and prepared

Open communication is key for a remote team to operate smoothly. Getty Images Onboarding remote workers in a way that makes them included and productive is essential. Ensure that everyone on the team is warm and welcoming, and schedule regular hangouts and check-ins. Improve communication by having non-work discussions, and make the remote worker feel appreciated. See more stories on Insider's business page. As a consequence of the past year-plus, more than half of workers now say they...
Tags: Verizon, London, Entrepreneur, Trends, Strategy, Communication, Remote Work, Team, Remote Jobs, Onboarding, Nordic, Contributor, WFH, Contributor 2019, David Partain


How to deal with negative feedback as a business owner and use it to improve your leadership skills

As a business owner, it's important to see negative feedback as constructive and motivating. Westend61/Getty Images As a business owner, you need to be prepared to handle negative feedback from clients as well as colleagues. When vocal disapproval is aimed your way, show emotional and professional intelligence in your response. Pay attention to how other leaders handle negativity, learn from their mistakes, and have a plan. See more stories on Insider's business page. Negative perc...
Tags: Leadership, Instagram, Entrepreneur, Trends, Strategy, Criticism, Negativity, Perception, West Coast, Feedback, Nordic, Critique, Contributor, Contributor 2019, Michael Toebe


3 templates for answering 'What are your career aspirations?' in a job interview

Before you can answer questions about your career aspirations, you'll need to figure them out for yourself. Sturti/Getty Images An interviewer will ask about your career aspirations to see if they're in line with the company's needs. Be sure you hit on what your goals are, why they're your goals, and how this job relates to them. When you're talking about the why, don't be afraid to make it personal - and be honest. See more stories on Insider's business page. W...
Tags: Work, Jobs, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Job Interview, Muse, Career Advice, Smith, Nordic, Don, Goodfellow, Athena, Jennifer Smith, Contributor, The Muse


5 marketing strategies to implement if you're considering opening a franchise

By routinely donating to the Boston Marathon, Dunkin' has become the face of the event. tupungato/iStock Marketing and publicity can make a huge difference in success as a franchise owner. These five marketing strategies can help you get the attention of new customers and boost revenue. Ask for input from consumers, be consistent, and leverage your brand to get you into the press. See more stories on Insider's business page. Franchising can be a great opportunity to gain capital qu...
Tags: Hong Kong, Business, Texas, Boston, Marketing, Entrepreneur, Trends, Strategy, Cotton, Boston Marathon, Bmw, Terry, Kfc, Nordic, Franchise, McDonald