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By Todd Dewett | Thursday, January 15, 2015

The 4 Skills You Need to Be a Better Manager This Year

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You’ve heard the saying: People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. In other words, it’s unwise to criticize others when you, too, are flawed. Many consider this sound advice, but the adage creates a conundrum for people in positions of leadership.

On one hand, holding others accountable is one of the core duties of leadership. It often involves delivering difficult feedback or making difficult decisions such as letting people go. On the other hand, holding people accountable makes everyone want to examine you and your work more critically. The higher you climb the ladder, the more this is true.

To survive life in the glass house—and in fact to be a better manager than you are now—you must develop a few skills that weren’t as critical early in your career. I’m going to tell you what they are and how to get them.

By Brad Batesole | Wednesday, January 14, 2015

So You Want to Learn SEO This Year. Here's How!

learn SEO in 2015

Every “Star Wars” fan knows that Jedis train relentlessly to master The Force. In some ways, learning to manage SEO can feel a lot like that. Without guidance, it can be overwhelming. And even when you start to make progress, you’ll feel like you have little to no control over the outcome.

Search engine optimization (SEO) isn’t nearly as complicated as the Force, but it does evolve quickly and it can’t be mastered overnight. While I’m no Yoda, I can get you started on your journey to learn SEO. Understand it you will …

By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, January 12, 2015

Cut the Clutter: 5 Ways to Go Paperless in 2015

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Imagine your office free of papers on the desk, and your file drawers almost empty. Yet you know exactly where to find all your important information; you can do it within seconds and with very little effort.

You’ve just imagined your paperless office.

The reason more offices aren’t paperless is because people simply don’t know where to start. If you’re ready to go paperless, or even just want to test the waters, here are the five essential areas to set up first.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 11, 2015

David Rivers Publishes His 100th lynda.com Course

David Rivers publishes 100th lynda.com course

There’s prolific and then there’s prolific. Beloved lynda.com author David Rivers just published his 100th course with us!

Beginning a dozen years ago with Word 2003 Essential Training, David has taught everything from Excel and PowerPoint to Captivate and Evernote.

Our new eight-minute video 100 Courses and Counting: David Rivers on Elearning gives you a glimpse into his recording process and reveals his passion both for teaching—and for the subjects he teaches. Plus you get to see him Rollerblading with his dog, and who’d want to miss that?

We know lynda.com fans have learned a lot from David. In the following Q&A, he tells us what he’s learned in his years of teaching.

By Bob McGannon | Saturday, January 10, 2015

5 Tips for Managing Remote Employees

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Earlier this week, we offered tips for setting up a workspace at home, and establishing routines as a remote worker. This article focuses on off-site team members from another perspective: Managing remote employees.

Managing people who work at home, in other office locations, or even in other countries is a reality many leaders face these days. It comes with some challenges, certainly—but when location isn’t a factor, you also have the opportunity to tap into the greatest mix of available skills to pull off your project objectives.

To help you be an effective manager with a far-flung team, here are five tips critical to your success.

By Garrick Chow | Friday, January 09, 2015

CES 2015: 'Smart' Thermometers, Keyless Locks, and More

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Although the vast and thronged expo floors of CES 2015 are brimming with a breathtaking array of electronic devices and gadgets, the majority have one thing in common: the ability to communicate with smartphones.

Integration with smartphones is something we consumers have come to expect and even demand from our electronic products. Nearly every pitch you hear at CES, whether it’s for a fitness tracking device, a camera, or a washer and dryer, follows the script of, “This product can do x, y, and z—and of course you can control it from your iOS or Android device.”

And if there’s one thing made obvious by spending a week at CES, it’s that there are a lot of things you can do when you pair your phone with the right device.

By Jess Stratton | Thursday, January 08, 2015

CES 2015: Using Your Phone to Make a 'Smart' House

Here's what's hot at CES 2015

I’m at CES 2015 with fellow lynda.com staff authors Nick Brazzi and Garrick Chow. Every year thousands of consumers head to the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to see what technologies vendors have been working on and what we can expect to see in the upcoming year.

Yesterday, Nick told you about his favorite stops on the show floor; now it’s my turn! If you’ve watched the lynda.com Home Techonomics series, you know that my passions lie with home automation—and I’m seeing some cool home tech tools at this show.

By Nick Brazzi | Wednesday, January 07, 2015

What's New at CES 2015? Solar Chargers and Smart Credit Cards

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I’m here exploring the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with my fellow lynda.com authors Jess Stratton and Garrick Chow. CES is a gigantic trade show that spotlights new technology and consumer products.

I’m looking for unique and unexpected gadgets to share with you. But with over 5,000 exhibitors on site, there’s no way to show you everything at CES 2015. So I’ll focus on a few items that should be particularly interesting to lynda.com users.

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