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How To Wow Everyone In A Meeting And Leave Them Wanting More

In fact, meetings, with their committee mentality and tendency to perpetually defer decisions, were invented in large part to thwart new ideas, says Al Pittampalli, author of "Read This Before Our Next Meeting." "That doesn't mean it's impossible to sell your ideas. But you will need some courage …

'Eat, Pray, Love' Author Elizabeth Gilbert Gave A Fascinating TED Talk On The Dark Side Of Success

The book — "Eat, Pray, Love" — was a global success. It sold over 10 million copies, was translated into more than 30 languages, made it into the Oprah Book Club, and was adapted into a film starring Julia Roberts.<p>To her surprise, that success had a dark side. Gilbert worried that everyone who …

5 Brilliant Strategies Jeff Bezos Used To Build The Amazon Empire

The Gazelle Project. That's what Amazon called its initiative to cajole book publishers into giving them better deals. According to The New Yorker, CEO Jeff Bezos said "that Amazon should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle."<p>A cheetah can sprint 70 miles …

7 Books Every Leader Should Read, According To A Harvard Business School Professor

I hadn't heard of two of these, which I picked up.<p>I think we've all heard of this one. Bazerman says:<p>This is another one I think most of you have heard of but it's a classic. I once used this book as the foundation to make the case to a management team for hiring a group of behavioral …

3 Psychological Strategies Every Leader Should Use

Sherven explains in a recent LinkedIn post that while there are "numerous books, courses, and online trainings for improving your managerial skills, seldom do they address the psychological underbelly of wise and wonderful management."<p>She says that understanding and incorporating the following …

8 Ways To Manage Someone You Don't Like

If these employees have proven their worth, then you're going to have to adjust your management style for your sanity and your team's overall productivity.<p>Here are eight ways you can establish a better working relationship with even the most annoying employee.<p>Understand that there is a line between …

Here's What I Learned About Leadership When I Bumped Into A Legendary Adman

My main job responsibilities were to plan and manage TOG's global cash position, bank relationships, and credit facilities, as well as perform and coherently distill in-depth analysis of our competitors; not to gloss over special projects frequently tossed my way by mentor, Chairman/CEO, Bill …

This Is The Worst Mistake New Managers Make And Why People Don't Take Them Seriously

Probably, since that's what it's been your whole life — or at least what it <i>was</i> until you found yourself in a managerial role, says executive coach and author Jim Sniechowski, Ph.D., in a recent LinkedIn post.<p>But many new managers "don't recognize their new state of being and have trouble …

7 Brilliant Strategies Marissa Mayer Used To Shake Up Yahoo

In 2012, former Googler Marissa Mayer came on as CEO, amid much fanfare and a few photo shoots. Beyond the publicity, she quickly executed several smart strategies that have shaken up Yahoo.<p>Here's how Mayer taught the company new tricks.<p>As we've reported on before, Yahoo leaders have wanted a …

Taco Bell Made 2 Changes That Transformed The Brand

The brand was once called Taco Hell and known for cheap food with poor quality.<p>But Taco Bell has become a social-media sensation in recent years. Customers, many in high school and college, proudly post photos of their Taco Bell meals to Twitter and Instagram.<p>We spoke with Taco Bell's chief …

Here Are The Major Differences Between Successful And Unsuccessful People

A few weeks ago, Dave Kerpen, author and chief executive of Likeable Local, received a postcard that illustrated the traits and behaviors of successful and unsuccessful people.<p>The card came from fellow Entrepreneurs Organization member Andy Bailey, the chief executive of Petra Coach. Although the …

Delta Created A Program For Networking In The Air

Here's how it works: Find a Delta flight that offers "Innovation Class," apply for a seat through LinkedIn, and if you're chosen, fly for free while squeezing in some quality networking time.<p>"We have customers flying with us who are big thinkers and innovators and are changing the world," Mauricio …

Here's Why Conflict Is Actually Good For Business

But, as it turns out, conflict can be a good thing for your business. "It can even be great," says Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue Airways, in a recent LinkedIn post.<p>Peterson says workplace conflict is inevitable; it arises in every office. Employees argue over creative differences; squabble …

8 Power Poses That Will Make You More Successful At Work

Power posing: The act of taking a posture of confidence, even when you don't feel so confident, to make yourself more dominant.<p>Social psychologist Amy Cuddy struck a chord in the business world at TEDGlobal 2012 when she gave a talk about the scientific evidence behind power posing. Her research …

Here's Why Hiring A Star Performer Lifts Up An Entire Organization

New research suggests that these "stars" boost the productivity of entire teams by attracting uber-talented new recruits.<p>The NBER working paper by University of Toronto researcher Ajay Agrawal and his colleagues John McHale and Alexander Oettl comes to this conclusion after analyzing 255 …

Sheryl Sandberg Is Right — Women Are Called 'Bossy' More Than Men

Last month, she and other prominent women, like Condoleezza Rice and Beyonce, collaborated to launch Ban Bossy, a campaign that claims the word disproportionately describes young women, damaging their confidence and desire to pursue leadership positions.<p>"When a little boy asserts himself, he's …

Here's The Trick To Saying 'No' To Your Boss

So how are you supposed say "no" to your boss?<p>A young corporate lawyer — who works in an industry notorious for crushing amounts of work— recently advised us that the key is to appear open to new assignments while conveying how busy you are.<p>"No one knows how busy you are better than you do, and you …

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Honest In Your Exit Interview

The purpose of this meeting is for your company to gather information about why you're departing. A tremendous amount of time, effort, and money is invested in hiring and training employees — so it is important for companies to ascertain what might be causing the turnover, says Teri Hockett, chief …

Everyone Should Follow This Legendary Marine General's Advice On Leadership

The short answer is to listen, according to retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, the former commander of Central Command who led troops for more than 40 years.<p>Following a talk at the University of California-Berkeley last month where he lectured on a variety of topics, I asked the general what advice …

9 Tips For Staying Motivated When You Work From Home

That's part of the reason why the number of people who work from home at least one day per week rose from 9.5 million in 1999 to 13.4 million in 2010, according to the U.S. Census.<p>But, for many, the increased freedom of working from home can also be demotivating. Without a boss around, it can be …

How To Tell Your Coworkers That You're Dealing With A Personal Crisis

Maybe you were just served divorce papers, or recently learned that your child is struggling in school. Perhaps you have an ailing parent, or your spouse was suddenly laid off.<p>If and when you're faced with these types of personal crises, they'll most certainly affect your performance at work.<p>That's …

11 Major Rebranding Disasters And What You Can Learn From Them

Every company is defined by a few things: its name, logo, and brand identity. Successfully executing a change in any of those three areas can change the face of a company, whether freshening up the brand or signaling a new direction. Fail at that task, however, and you will likely have a public …

12 Ways To Be Happier At Work In Less Than 10 Minutes

If you ask bestselling author Sharon Salzberg, she'll tell you that it's a combination of knowing what you're doing in the moment and feeling like your work is meaningful.<p>At the intersection of that in-the-moment awareness and overall meaning is <i>mindfulness,</i> Salzberg argues in her new book, "Real …

9 Things Successful People Do On Sunday Nights

In fact, a 2013 poll conducted by Monster.com found that a whopping 78% of surveyed adults worldwide experience the "Sunday night blues" on a regular basis.<p>Sundays are the dreaded conclusion to a relaxing reprieve from our chaotic workweeks — and many of us get a twinge of melancholy just thinking …

Why Incentives Don't Actually Motivate People To Do Better Work

You would think that rewarding people for being good at their jobs would make them better at them.<p>But social science shows that it doesn't, for a number of reasons.<p>The go-to cliché for motivation is <i>the</i> <i>carrot and the stick,</i> with the carrot being the sweet reward and the stick the thwapping …