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Email

Ashton Kutcher’s simple, yet brilliant, email strategy

On a recent episode of The Thrive Global Podcast, Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington sat down with television and film actor, venture capitalist, philanthropist, producer and — the role that matters most to him — father Ashton Kutcher. In a wide-ranging conversation, Huffington and Kutcher spoke about everything from family, social media and privacy to sleeping, time management and what it means to truly relax.

career change

What we can learn from Meghan Markle … about updating a resume

We are only a few days away from The Royal Wedding there is so much information out there about anything and everything having to do with the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. From her dress to the food being served at the wedding to the flowers in her bouquet but we want to focus on something really sexy: how Markle will be updating her resume as she transitions from being an actress to an official Royal person. This is what everyone has been dying to know!

Productivity

7 career lessons you can learn from TV pilot season

Every year, about this time, the networks announce the new TV lineups and listings of shows that will debut in the fall. And every fall, the majority of those pilots disappear without as much as a whimper. Believe it or not, there are a lot of career lessons to be learned from the best and worst TV pilots.

Commencement Addresses

Chadwick Boseman to Howard’s Class of 2018: ‘Take the harder way’

Here are excerpts and video of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman's commencement speech to Howard's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Lady Antebellum to UGA’s Class of 2018: ‘You can take a big risk’

Here is the full transcript of the commencement address by Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood to Georgia’s Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

William Shatner to NEIT’s Class of 2018: ‘The real world is both beautiful and ugly’

Here excerpts from William Shatner's commencement address to New England Institute of Technology's Class of 2018.

Office Life

Words of wisdom from 8 fictional heroines to help you kill it at work

These eight fictional heroines below have incredible words of wisdom that can help you become the best you can be in life, and especially in your career.

Interview

How to answer the ‘sell me this pen/pencil’ question in a job interview

I've been on both sides of this question, both interviewing people and interviewing for sales jobs. It can be awkward. And as highlighted in The Wolf of Wall Street you don't want to start talking about how sleek the pen is or more generally listing all the properties of the pen.

Salary

Study finds that ‘very unattractive’ people make more money

A study from the Journal of Business and Psychology of 20,000 young Americans, interviewed the subjects at home at age 16 and then three more times before they turned 29-years-old. The researchers looked at the correlation between attractiveness and income of the participants based on a five-point scale of physical attractiveness from "very unattractive" to "very attractive." They found something very interesting when it came to looks and earnings...

boss

Study: Hurting a voodoo doll that represents our bad boss makes us feel better

To figure out what drives employees to the extremes of retaliation, a new experimental study sought to give employees haunted by abused supervisors an outlet for their frustrations without having them resort to fists. Researchers recruited 229 employees and asked them to take their job frustrations on an online voodoo doll representing their abusive boss. Apparently, when your boss is a pain in the neck, sticking pins into a doll's neck that represents our boss soothes us.

News

Scully on ‘The X-Files’ has helped more women pursue careers in STEM

If you are a woman whose formative years took place between 1993 and 2002 and you now work in the STEM, there is a good chance you probably were a fan of 'The X-Files.' The concept of Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully as a no-nonsense, strong and kickass medical doctor, forensic pathologist and FBI agent inspiring a generation of young women to pursue career in sciences has always been rumoured, but there was never any concrete data to back it up....until now.

Productivity

10 fictional career mentors whose advice you need to take

If you’ve always wanted your own mentor to help you take on the workforce there are countless books that can bring you timeless career advice.

Inspiration

How Chance the Rapper put himself a position for success and what we can learn from it

Whether Chance The Rapper knows it or not, he’s a brilliant marketer. Here's what lessons can you can learn from him and his unique strategy.

News

The power of using an inclusion rider in your next employee contract

Frances McDormand's Oscar night inclusion rider shout-out sparked a national discussion on the little-known contract clause, and how it could be used to increase the representation of minorities in Hollywood and beyond.

News

What Frances McDormand’s Oscars speech can teach us about sharing success with others

When Frances McDormand invited other women onto the pedestal with her during her acceptance speech for her Oscar for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” she showed that Hollywood has a huge amount of potential to go around — whether you're an Oscar recipient or not.

Inspiration

From Negan to Voldemort: Career lessons from classic celluloid baddies

Why are awful fictional characters so incredibly appealing? And more than that, is there anything we can actually learn from them?

News

What Fergie’s National Anthem disaster (and response) can teach us about embracing failure

Fergie didn't shy away from the spotlight after her National Anthem performance. Instead, she embraced the moment and took full responsibility for how her rendition went.

Advice

What to do when the workplace ‘Omarosa’ has choice words about your company

Here's what to do if an "Omarosa" is badmouthing your company after being let go.

Salary

4 tips on salary negotiation from the $20-million-plus star of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo, the star of Grey's Anatomy, is the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama on TV. Here's her secret about how she went into the salary negotiation that made it happen.

Advice

11 celebrities’ best advice to their younger selves

Here are the best pieces of life and career advice celebrities and leaders like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey would give their younger selves, so that we can learn along with them, and hopefully learn to see a pitfall before we fall into it.

Advice

6 management lessons from an Oscar-nominated filmmaker

Her bulleted list of tips was directed toward a colleague but her practical advice is useful for any first-time manager.

Job Interview

New show lets you experience the stress and panic of a job interview from the comfort of your couch

CNBC’s new series 'The Job Interview' televises what usually happens behind closed doors: the dreaded job interview. Here's how it all plays out.

Advice

5 reasons to be more like Larry David at work

Sometimes, your inner curmudgeon is your best asset.

Pop Culture

The stars of ‘Million-Dollar Listing’ share their secrets to success (and tell you to love your haters)

Love your haters.

Success

7 signs Sean Spicer missed his declining influence. Are you doing the same?

Keep your eyes and ears open.