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How Not to Suck as a Manager Comes Down to Displaying These 3 Rare Behaviors

We can learn a lot from the practice of servant leadership.<p>U.S. companies will literally spend billions of dollars annually on leadership development programs to strengthen its high-potential talent. Fact is, there's a drastic leadership shortage in the pipeline across industries, and executives …

10 traits that will make you a successful leader, according to Google's internal research

Twenty years ago, you probably would've laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What's a google?<p>But, as you know, Google's become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world. And it's giving you a glimpse inside its …

Want To Be Perceived As a Great Leader? Know This Know

Take control of how others define your reputation.<p>Our subconscious mind starts evaluating people the minute we meet them. Can I trust this person? Do they seem happy? Are they qualified? Reputation and how we're perceived is critical when navigating relationships and business ventures.<p>Want to …

Replace Micromanaging With Macromanaging For Leadership Success

A manager I once coached, who we’ll call Walter, was delighted when he was promoted to direct the technology team at his biotech company. He had been working with this group for years and was familiar with their strengths. Walter started his new role full of confidence, and he wanted to foster a …

Budgeting

America is not prepared for the next big earthquake

DENNIS RICHARDSON, Oregon’s secretary of state, brought his children up to be ready. “When a crisis arises, the time for preparation has passed,” he …

If You Do Any of These 19 Things Now, You're Way More Productive Than You Think | Inc.com

Ever wish you had more than 24 hours in a day to get more things done? As 2018 draws near, this is the time of year to start thinking about new habits, tools, and techniques that work to our advantage without us working ourselves to death.<p>Well, nothing you do in 2018 can make you more productive …

Time Management

This Elon Musk Email to Tesla Employees Is a Powerful Lesson in Authentic, Heartfelt Leadership | Inc.com

Elon Musk is one of the world's most popular entrepreneurs. As the guiding force behind Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI -- not to mention helping to found PayPal -- he tackles some of the biggest challenges.<p>That includes some of the biggest leadership challenges.<p>Who better to know that than Daniel Coyle, …

Tesla

Do Employees Understand Your Business Strategy? Use This Surprising Method to Engage Your Team | Inc.com

The most brilliant business strategy doesn't get you anywhere unless employees in your organization understand what the strategy means and know how to do their jobs to support it.<p>The problem is that most strategic plans are--appropriately--complicated. After all, smart senior leaders and …

Why Leadership Development Programs Don't Work (And What Does) | Inc.com

Companies in the United States spend more than $14 billion each year on leadership development. The market need is obviously there. But is any of this working? In some cases, yes absolutely, but more often than not, I see a lot of experts missing the mark.<p>Many people are named leaders and are …

Team Building

How to Help Someone Discover Work That Excites Them

Much has been written on a leader’s role in motivating, engaging, and bringing out the best in others. Yet research suggests there is still much more that could be done. Frequently cited is the 2014 Deloitte study that found that “up to 87% of America’s workforce is not able to contribute to their …

Team Building Toolkit-25 Tips!

Post Views = 5533Success is NOT achieved alone. If your team is not effective, your results will be poor. What team building activities have worked …

A 5-Year Study Reveals the Truth About What Each Generation Wants in the Workplace (It's Not What You Think) | Inc.com

In this diverse global economy, it's not uncommon to find five generations working under one roof:<p>Traditionalists (1928-1944)<br>• Baby Boomers (1945-1964)<br>• Generation X (1965-1979)<br>• Generation Y/Millennials (1980-1994)<br>• Generation Z (1995+)<p>If that depicts your company, it may spell trouble, as …

Employee Engagement

The Psychology of Productivity: How to Work Better, Longer, Faster

Tuan86 / PixabayProductivity is the defining word of the modern workplace.It’s nearly impossible to read any business-focused blog and not come …

Time Management

Small Talk Is an Overrated Way to Build Relationships with Your Employees

The relationships that you form with each of your direct reports are central to your ability to fulfill your three core responsibilities as a manager: Create a culture of feedback, build a cohesive team, and achieve results collaboratively. But these relationships do not follow the rules of other …

6 Simple Questions Managers Need to Ask so Employees Don't Quit | Inc.com

Yesterday, I published the latest findings in Officevibe's real-time "State of Employee Engagement" survey, which captures live data from hundreds of thousands of answers from employees all over the world about what they believe leads to an awesome employee experience.<p>The whole premise for this …

4 Ways Managers Can Create the Work Conditions for High Performance

One of the most important responsibilities we give to managers is employee performance. Organizations ask managers to set performance standards, …

5 Unusual Facts About Google's Odd (and Wildly Successful) Management Practices | Inc.com

One of the things I truly admire about Google's management approach is that, like the rest of Google, its HR leaders look at real-world data to engineer the company's people practices and guide their decisions.<p>Is it any wonder, as odd and counterintuitive as some of Google's practices may be to the …

Employment

Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others

As a leader, the most important part of your job isn’t your results. Your job is to inspire your employees’ results. Here’s how.<p>If you think your most important job as a leader is to write mission statements, set goals, or even increase revenue, you’re focusing on the wrong metrics. Your most …

1 Sign to Immediately Know Someone Has the Gift of Leadership | Inc.com

When you think of the word "transparency" in business and the workplace, what immediately comes to mind? Do you cringe at the possibility of being that open? That, perhaps, coworkers, direct reports, or even customers will perceive it as a weakness, and take advantage of you or your position?<p>Heck, …

Leadership

Gender Bias At Work -- Why Men Call Forceful Women 'Hysterical' And Try To Silence Them

<b>Part of the Series “Building A World That Works For All”</b><p>As many around the world have now seen or heard, Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California, was interrupted for the second time in a week by her male colleagues, and called “hysterical” for behavior that is clearly, undeniably not …

Sheryl Sandberg

7 Leadership Habits That Are Demoralizing Your Team Without You Realizing It | Inc.com

Every business leader realizes their primary objective is to motivate people to do what is required, yet all of us with any experience in business tend to remember most those times when we felt highly demotivated by our leaders.<p>Since I can't imagine any leader demoralizing their team intentionally, …

Leadership

2 Feedback Methods That Will Make You An Amazing Boss

What are the two dimensions to being a truly kickass boss?<p>Whether you’re in a new leadership position or you’ve been leading a team for years, giving feedback is always a difficult hurdle to overcome. Giving an employee criticism and praise is a delicate process, one that can be incredibly …

Self-help

This 17-Year-Old Sums Up in 1 Paragraph What Great Leadership Looks Like | Inc.com

If you follow my column, by now you're familiar with the ethos of servant leadership, which I often write about and firmly believe to be the best leadership philosophy on the planet.<p>But don't just take my word for it. The CEOs of some of the best and brightest companies in the world -- including …

A Five-Step Recipe For Strengthening Accountability In Your Culture

As a CEO, how many times have you scanned the room and asked, “Who is going to be accountable for this problem?” After an intense lingering silence, no one responds, and no one steps forward.<p>Accountability means accepting responsibility for one’s choices and actions. When things go wrong, this …

Leadership

What is Total Employee Experience?

The modern world of work will soon be characterized by flexi-work approaches project-based virtual teams and ‘always-on’ social communications. The …

Employee Engagement

How do you build a culture of engagement?

Developing an engaging culture in the workplace does not solely depend on the right technology, or having the right total rewards strategy, although …

Employee Engagement

Want to Lead a Passionate Team? Start With These Five Steps

Whenever someone enters a leadership role, they have dreams of building highly effective and passionate teams. They want their employees to look up …

This Famous Quote Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Leadership | Inc.com

Robert K. Greenleaf coined the term "servant leadership" in the modern corporate setting when he wrote these famous words in his legendary essay <i>The Servant as Leader,</i> published in 1970. He said:<p>The servant-leader <i>is</i> servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve</i> …

Team Building

The Top 10 Books Every Leader Must Read

Being a leader requires a strong drive to learn, something these 10 authors dwell on.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Were you to ask any great leader in the world for his or her secret to success, the answer would be simple: listening. That's because the best leaders …

18 Questions the Best Leaders Use to Develop, Engage, and Retain Their Staff | Inc.com

One of the primary reasons employees become disengaged is that they feel undervalued and that their manager is not taking an interest in their career development. When I ask the leaders I coach why they don't do this, they say it's because they lack the time, or there aren't that many opportunities …

Employee Engagement