9 Reasons You Should Take an Annual Vacation

Give Yourself Permission to Relax

When there are a million tasks piling up on your to-do list, taking your annual vacation shouldn’t be an option anymore. It should be mandatory. With jobs getting harder, free time vanishing, and family life constantly demanding attention, taking a vacation might be more needed than ever. Check out our reasons you should take a vacation every year.

A Crash Course in Delegation for Managers and Leaders

Delegation 101

It’s not easy to ask someone else to do your work, especially if you feel an obligation to do it all by yourself. But as an executive, you’re going to have to learn the art of delegation eventually. When you fail to delegate, projects begin to go unfinished. Task lists become unmanageable. And time management gets thrown out the window.

The 5 Best Social Networks for Executives and Managers

Expand Your Network

Social media networking is essential. There’s no way around using it, and it’s not going to fade out any time soon. Millions of people are logging on to one social media network or another and connecting with individuals and businesses. As an executive it’s in your best interest to join the social networks that will give you the best results.

5 Outstanding Organization Techniques for Executives

Improve Your Processes

Getting organized is no easy task, and it’s certainly not something that is going to happen overnight. It takes time to develop a system, will to stick to it, and effort to maintain it. There’s something to be said about the ability to multi-task and remember every single event, task, and project that needs to be completed. But for the rest of us, organization is a must.

5 Benefits of Chauffeured Transportation in Winter

Winter Business Travel Tips

We’re in the middle of a bitterly cold winter, and while the warmer temperatures are in sight, there’s still a stretch of cold weather to get through. With temperatures dropping below freezing quite often, the North is facing a long few months.

But business won’t stop, and neither will corporate travel. There’s always going to be another meeting, another appointment, and another presentation.

Time Management Hacks From Productivity Experts

Productivity for Professionals

There’s always something to occupy our time. There’s another meeting, another project, and another power lunch to attend before jet setting across the country on a business trip. How do you manage all the tasks put on your plate in a timely manner? There are many tips and tricks, which are listed below, but ultimately it’s up to you to implement them.

7 Ways to Be a More Effective Manager

Improve Your Leadership Skills

Being a manager is difficult. Not only do you have to face irate or unreasonable clients at times, you also face all the challenges leading a team entails. You have to keep employees motivated and happy while also making decisions that may not be popular with the group. Negotiating these responsibilities can be tricky. So how do you balance your authority with being a good manager?

The Most Inspiring Books for CEOs and Decision-Makers of 2012

Read These in 2013

Many of the world’s most effective CEOs are really just lifelong students. Steve Jobs, described by The Atlantic as the most effective decision-maker of his generation, was notorious for an unbridled intellectual curiosity. It’s not easy to find the time to read, which is why staying focused amidst chaos has become a professional goal for so many leaders.

Best Valentine’s Day Dates in Chicago

A V-Day to Remember

It’s that time of the year again. The single day that strikes fear in the hearts of all spoken-for men across the country. That single day when the flower and candy industries are allowed to raise prices on items that were already overpriced to begin with. The single day where money doesn’t really matter because it’s all about showing the one you love how much you love them.

The 5 Sharpest Business Resolutions for 2013

Improved Development

2013 has been thrust upon us whether we like it or not. With the current economic climate still not providing a lot of stability, it’s important that you set goals for your professional career. Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of a professional career, instead focus on the positive one. It’s better to build on what you’re already doing well.