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Essential Skills to Be an Effective Manager

Like most people, I've had good managers and I've had bad ones. But it wasn't until I started managing my own employees that I realized the challenges involved in keeping staff members motivated while leaving room for them to excel.<p>The good news is, managing workers effectively requires skills that …

Social Security

4 Mistakes You're Making That Can Jeopardize Your Reputation

Remember, your reputation precedes you.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We take our careers very seriously. We pour a great deal of energy into cultivating relationships and growing a network of professionals we either work with or hope to. We spend countless …

Leadership

5 Tools and Courses For Becoming A Better Project Manager

Learn how to become a well-rounded PM.<p>Part of being a project manager is continuously seeking ways to improve your company's processes, whether it's employing new methodologies to better meet objectives or utilizing new tools to increase efficiency. As the central driver of your organization, it's …

Project Management

The Four Most Important Words In Leadership

In 1954 J.W. “Bill” Marriott Sr., the founder of the Marriott Hotel chain, invited then U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to hunt quail on his family farm in Virginia. It was a cold, rainy day, with driving winds and freezing sleet.<p>The group – which included Bill Sr.; President Eisenhower; a …

Ronald Reagan

5 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life

It's best to learn these lessons while you're still young.<p><i>"What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?" originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Alyssa Satara, co-founder</b> …

Happiness

These are the 5 “super skills” you need for jobs of the future

Work is changing, so to stay ahead you’ll need to master these skills that you probably didn’t learn in college.<p>Chances are your job description has changed over the past five years. Or maybe your role didn’t even exist a short time ago. The workplace of today and the future looks quite different …

Indiana University

Want to Know What Emotional Intelligence Is All About? We Can Sum It up in a Single Sentence

References to this concept are everywhere, but what does it really mean? Here's a simple, practical definition.<p>Nowadays, you find references to emotional intelligence everywhere, along with advice as to how sharpening your "EQ" (emotional quotient) can dramatically increase your chances of …

Emotional Intelligence

10 Things Successful People Do to Become Experts - Lolly Daskal | Leadership

Many business owners, entrepreneurs and thought leaders want to position themselves as experts. They want to be known as key influencers in their …

7 Cancer-Causing Foods You Need to Stop Eating Now

Are you wondering if that burger you had for lunch increases your cancer risk? While the answer isn’t clear-cut, what you eat on a regular basis can …

Most Successful People Share These 4 Qualities

Definitions of success may vary widely, but the qualities needed to achieve it look pretty much the same.<p>Over the last few years, as I've worked to grow my company and made my way to entrepreneurship events and conferences around the world, I've met and worked with tons of entrepreneurs and people …

Self-improvement

Want to Remember the Notes You Take? Here's Why You Need to Write Them By Hand

Handwriting notes has been proven to solidify thoughts better than typing, helping us retain information.<p>It's the worst feeling. We get a call or an email suddenly reminding us that a project is due or an important meeting has passed by and we've totally forgotten it.<p>I'm no stranger to the pitfalls …

Productivity

The 7 Habits: Put First Things First | The Art of Manliness

<i>Welcome back to our monthly series that summarizes, expands, and riffs on each of the seven habits laid out in</i> The 7 Habits of Highly Effective …

Time Management

15 Ways Managers Can Stop Alienating Employees

As a manager, it is your responsibility to provide inclusiveness with your staff. You need to encourage, grow, and offer guidance when needed.<br>But oftentimes, well-meaning advice can actually work to alienate employees without your realizing it.<p>Finding ways to work with the diverse group of …

Leadership

Chief data officer: the role leading business transformation

The future of the chief data officer (CDO) is intriguing as there’s a transformational shift happening. Most sizeable companies will have a CDO by …

These 10 Skills Are Putting Top Freelancers In Hot Demand

Want to make sure you’re always busy as a freelancer? Then it’s important to offer the services clients truly need today.<p>Keeping an eye on the skills that are most sought-after on major freelance platforms can offer some guidance on where to focus your efforts to stay current. Upwork recently …

Machine Learning

The 7 Things You Need To Know To Thrive In The New "Gig Economy"

I’ve never had a real job.<p>I started writing freelance from a sailboat anchored offshore in Key West in 1994, running my 128 MB laptop off of solar panels and sending Compuserve emails through a Motorola flip phone at 100 kb per minute. Depending on the weather, it could take half an hour to upload …

Do These 4 Things With Your LinkedIn Profile to Be the Candidate People Want to Hire

Set your self apart by using these tips on your LinkedIn profile<p>Technology has shifted the way we interact with most things and recruiting is no different. Most job searches--if not all--is done online. Competition is tense, and sometimes getting your foot in the door can seem impossible. This is …

Employment

According to Harvard, This 1 Leadership Trait Separates Exceptional Leaders From the Rest

Better team collaboration, stronger employee commitment, and lower staff turnover are possible, if you can lead with compassion.<p>When researchers Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter looked at the factors that separated exceptional leaders from the pack, one trait stood out above the rest: …

Leadership

8 Books Every Manager Should Read to Become a Better Leader

There's a worthwhile book out there for whatever you need to move forward on your leadership journey.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is okay to admit that managing other people is challenging. It requires monitoring multiple emotional energies, …

Writing: A skill to be learned or an innate talent?

What does the science say about becoming a natural writer?Can you become a natural writer?Is writing a skill one is born with? Or is it a skill to be …

10 essential career lessons to embrace before it’s too late

Keep your head down and your nose to the grindstone—or so we’ve been taught.<p>Is that really the best career guidance?<p>People often take this sort of …

5 Simple Ideas to Turn into Part-Time Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship can be started and furthered right from the comfort of home. Check out ideas to turn entrepreneurs.<p><b>Turn freelance writer:</b> Undoubtedly, writing and blogging is a creative form of entrepreneurship to enrich both society and self. In the freelance mode, entrepreneurs can work right …

42 Percent of Startups Fail for This 1 Simple Reason (It's Not What You Think)

Close to half of the over 100 startups analyzed made this mistake -- and never recovered.<p>CBI Insights recently analyzed 101 startup post-mortems (reports they wrote after they failed). The researchers extracted the top reasons startups fail, including things like a pivot going wrong; legal …

Startups

How to Turn Your Career into One that Will Stand the Test of Time

Cultivating multiple professions could be your smartest strategy yet.<p>Do you want a rich, textured, and meaningful work life? In a future obscured by uncertainty -- there is a beam of light. And the path it illuminates is that of a modular career*.<p>Proponents of serial careerism can be traced back …

Career Development

The 6 Skills You Need to Be Financially Successful

While creating a budget is important, you need more than proficiency in math to manage your money successfully. You also need a handful of other …

How to Fill Yourself With Real Confidence (Instead of Just Pretending)

Real confidence means going beyond just standing straight and repeating positive mantras.<p>You know the standards like great body language and questioning the inner critic yammering in your head. Yet, your confidence still isn't as strong as you'd like it. What else can you do to feel capable of …

Self-help

How Can You Tell a Great Leader When You See One? Look for This 1 Uncommon Sign

This is the stuff of which legacies are made, careers advance, and companies ultimately flourish.<p>Many of us have to make decisions that define who we are. It's often arriving at the crossroads of choosing between towing the line or doing the difficult, unpopular thing. And sometimes, doing what you …

Diesel Emissions

15 Habits Of Well-Dressed Men

We ask some of menswear's leading experts to tell us what all well-dressed men have in common, and show you how to introduce these desirable habits …

The 2 Strategies Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Cannabis Startups

Growth can come from two strategies: vertical integration and horizontal acquisition. Recent multimillion-dollar deals in the cannabis industry show when to use each.<p>It's April 20th, 4/20, the date some celebrate as "Marijuana Day." Open any newspaper or news website today and you're sure to see an …

Startups

Doing These 4 Things Will Make You Happier, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …