No matter what industry you’re in, it will happen: You get invited to a social function--and worst of all, you won't know anyone on the guest list. But there's a way to make any awkward social gathering into a productive evening of networking. You just need to practice this one tactic, Inc. Editor-at-large Kimberly Weisul says.

Introduce yourself to pairs of people who are already engaged in a conversation. Either they came together and are glad that you’re helping them to mingle, or they just met, too, and will gladly welcome another to the conversation. Weisul swears it works, and even went as far to say that she now enjoys networking receptions. Read more. 

Let Your Employees Know You Have Their Backs  

Research suggests that your employees are willing to go the extra mile for the company if they trust you. What’s one of the best ways to let them know that they can? Make their success your No. 1 job. Read more.  

Resumes Are About to go the Way of the Dinosaur 

Think about all of the information you can get out of an easily scannable, ever-changing LinkedIn page -- as opposed to a static one-page paper. When you're considering candidates for a new job, you should be able to browse their LinkedIn page for several minutes. The site gives them the opportunity to portray the most complete picture of their professional work possible. In addition to work history, look for past presentation slides, published works and recommendations. Try finding all of that on an 8.5 x 11’’!  Read more.   

Here’s How a Breakthrough Idea Happens

The five stages of a breakthrough idea are elation, exploration, doubt and fear, failure and -- finally --breakthrough. Throughout the cycle, you’ll need a good amount of patience and endurance. Mentally prep yourself for the highs and lows. If you’re truly aware of what you’re in for, then you’ll be more likely to stick it out long enough to hit a breakthrough. Read more.

LinkedIn Sponsored Updates Best Practice 

LinkedIn Sponsored Updates, which are ads that are integrated into the LinkedIn newsfeed, Can be a great way to deliver content to your target audience. But resist the temptation to use sponsored updates to sell. Instead, display information and helpful content, and your readers will thank you. Read more.