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LinkedIn is so much more than a business networking tool. While it’s great for forging new business connections, and strengthening existing ones, its content can often be a source of motivation and learning. Submitted by business leaders around the world, it’s not uncommon for articles to be authored by revered business figures such as Bill Gates and Richard Branson, as well as highly successful published writers and speakers.

If you’re seeking a dose of inspiration, looking for a new goal or stimulus, or needing help with a current business challenge, LinkedIn can be a great place to browse. This comes with a note of caution though: it is very easy to get sucked in, and the one article you planned to read can quickly end up being 10! A great place to start is the ‘Top posts of all time’, or the ‘Top posts this week’. Or alternatively, you can set up a personalised news feed based on the news topics and insights which intrigue you the most.

In order to get you started, or to suggest some essential reading material for those already familiar with LinkedIn content, we’ve picked out the top 10 posts of 2015 (so far) for you. You’ll notice that several of the most popular contributors and LinkedIn influencers appear several times within this list.

1. 7 Lies Employers Use To Trick You Into Working For Them by J.T. O’Donnell
Have you ever been lied to by a new employer, particularly during the recruitment process? Unfortunately it happens a lot and there are some common lies or false claims companies make in order to attract the best candidates. This article gives you the low-down on what to watch out for, and how to use “reverse behavioural interviewing” to play companies at their own game.

2. The One Interview Question Most People Are Not Prepared For! By Bernard Marr
If you’re seeking new employment, one increasingly popular interview question to be prepared for is a variation of “tell me something I wouldn’t know from looking at your CV,” or “tell me something no one else knows about you.” Author and speaker Bernard Marr helps to unpick the intentions behind such a question, and offers some useful tips on how to answer it.

3. 10 Sentences Good Managers NEVER Say – EVER by Bernard Marr
We’ve all had the ‘wrong’ thing said to us at some point in our career. This quick read offers a helpful reminder of some of the phrases managers would do well to avoid.

4. The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, Part 2: Your top 8 questions by Laszlo Bock
The first part of this article received over 2m views and over 3,500 comments, which inspired Bock of Google to write a follow-up. If you’re in the process of putting together a new resume/CV, this post is a must-read. I never knew that large organisations use keyword scanning software to sort and filter through CVs, so if the important keywords aren’t in there, your CV will end up on the scrap heap.

5. 7 Sentences You Shouldn’t Say to Your Boss – EVER by Bernard Marr
If there’s a problem or issue at work which you want to discuss with your boss, this article offers some pointers on rhetoric to avoid. Sometimes it’s worth thinking through the language you use, before the conversation takes place.

6. 20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb by Dr. Travis Bradberry
English grammar can sometimes be tricky. The written word is so powerful in business though, and those who have good command of it will always be on the lookout for misused words and phrases. This article offers up some common mistakes in order to avoid getting spotted, although be aware it is written from a US perspective.

7. Don’t Take a Picture on the Plane Until You Read This Story by Christopher Elliott
If you’re a frequent flyer, or even just setting off on a summer holiday soon, this is a thought provoking and useful read. It will make you think twice about taking photos while you’re flying.

8. 10 Phrases Successful People Avoid (But Losers Use) by Bernard Marr
I recently read an article about the word ‘just’ and how women use it a lot more than men, to marginalise the impact of what they have to say. It made me realise how often I use the word and I have since tried to remove it from my vocabulary! Similarly, this article sets out the words and phrases we should eliminate from our dialogue in the workplace, because of the negative associations they carry.

9. Why Leaders Lack Emotional Intelligence by Dr. Travis Bradberry
This article introduces the idea of why emotional intelligence (EQ) is important in a leader. Based on data, it analyses EQ against management title, and offers some EQ-boosting strategies for those in senior positions.

10. Why You Need Emotional Intelligence To Succeed by Dr. Travis Bradberry
In a similar vein to the above article (written by the same author), this post explains further the difference between IQ, EQ and personality, and rationalises the impact EQ particularly can have upon performance.

If you come across a great LinkedIn article, which you feel is worth sharing, please let us know below.


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