Andrew Turner

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Seven Things Great Employers Do (that Others Don’t)

For most people, paid work is unsettling and energy-sapping. Despite employee engagement racing up the priority list of CEOs (see, for example, The Conference Board’s CEO Challenge 2014), our research into workplaces all over the world reveals a sorry state of affairs: workers who are actively</i> …

The Trouble with Leadership Theories

Several years ago a client of mine, Rob, fell in love with Jim Collins’s book <i>Good to Great</i>. Within a month he had given copies to everyone on his team. Soon after, language from the book made its way into Rob’s everyday speech.<p>One idea he especially loved was Level-5 leadership. “If we want to be …

How We Built a New Company Culture

Too often, any thought of changing a culture, never mind rebuilding it, seems like a Sisyphean task; the weight of the status quo ultimately rolls back and crushes such efforts.<p>I learned this while leading a turnaround of NPS Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company that now specializes in creating …

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Turning Stress into an Asset

You constantly hear how bad stress is for you: it’s damaging your health, jeopardizing your relationships, and hurting your performance. While these risks are real, recent research is showing that work strain, when managed correctly, can actually have a positive impact on productivity and …

How to Discuss Pay With Your Employees

Talking about money with your employees can be uncomfortable. Even when you’ve got good news to share — a generous bonus or a well-deserved promotion — assigning a number to the value of someone’s work is tough. It’s especially difficult if you’re not the one calling the shots (most managers don’t …

When Your Boss Is Too Nice

Yes, it can be pleasant to work for someone who is kind and thoughtful but there’s a difference between bosses who are pleasant to work for and those who avoid conflict at all costs. Managers in the latter category don’t give tough feedback, shy away from going to bat for their teams, and give in …

Become More Data-Driven by Breaking These Bad Habits

Becoming data-driven is a big, profitable deal, as recent academic work shows. I am delighted to see that more and more companies are looking to become more “data driven,” and that the term is penetrating the lexicon ever more deeply. But not every manager is jumping on board with data. Many are …

Your Brain at Work

When Apple fanatics lined up to get the new iPhone in 2011, the New York Times published an op-ed titled “You Love Your iPhone. Literally.” It described an unpublished experiment in which the author scanned the brains of 16 people as they heard and watched audio and video of ringing or vibrating …

Top 10 Things I've Learned at Work | Inc.com

The other day my eight year old son asked me: "What did you learn at work today?" He was, of course, mimicking my daily question about what he learned at school. Even so, his question got me thinking: "What HAVE I learned at work?" Not just today, but every day.<p>So I sat back and thought about it …

Lose Better: 3 Leadership Lessons From a Total Screw-up | Inc.com

Last week I competed in Swim with the Sharks, a fundraising pitch contest run by the local New York Entrepreneur's Organization. Five finalists went head-to-head in front of a panel of judges and a live audience of 300 entrepreneurs, similar to the ABC hit show Shark Tank.<p>I had rehearsed several …

Why Successful Companies Stop Growing

We’ve all seen examples of unstoppable companies that suddenly hit the wall. Growth slows down, stock prices start to decline, shareholders get nervous, and the press starts to speculate that something is wrong. In some cases, like P&G and Starbucks, the board brings back a former CEO who can …

How To Be A Corporate Entrepreneur: Employee Edition

If you think the headline is oxymoronic, you are:<p>a) Not alone.<p>b) Not completely wrong.<p>To understate things just a tad: Large organizations are not particularly receptive to entrepreneurial thought and action.<p>So, what should you do if you want to start something new inside your company?<p>First, accept …

The Zen of Entrepreneurship

<i>Rizwan Virk is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and film-maker. He was co founder of Gameview Studios, maker of the popular Tap Fish mobile game, which was downloaded over 30 million times, and was an angel investor in Tapjoy, Pocket Gems, Funzio, Telltale and Iddiction. The second edition of his</i> …

How To Be A Corporate Entreprenur: The Manager's Edition

The short answer to the implicit question in the headline is this: You are going to have to think differently about how you perform your job, if you want to foster entrepreneurial thought and action inside your organization.<p>To show just how much you have to change, consider four elements of a good …

18 Business Lessons I Learned in 18 Years

Do you remember where you were when you saw the Internet for the first time? I do. I was working at Henry Holt and an assistant asked me to check out …

8 Ways to Be Re-Inspired at Work | Inc.com

Doing the same thing day in and day out can grow tedious and make you feel stagnant. Often you may feel in a rut. Even entrepreneurs get bored and lose the spark they had with what was once an exciting adventure.<p>Well, just because the thrill is gone doesn't mean you have to quit and move on. There …

8 Ways Managers Sabotage Themselves | Inc.com

It's amusing to watch employees straight out of college (or from particularly large corporations) come to work at my company. They've had these "how to act at the office" lessons drilled into their brains, which may make great sense in theory, but they often backfire in practice.<p>Here are a few …

8 Ways to Be a Truly Memorable Boss | Inc.com

I remember all of my bosses. Some were bad. Most were good.<p>But only one was truly <i>memorable--</i>in the best possible way.<p>Memorable bosses possess qualities that may not always show up on paper but do always show up where it matters most: in the hearts and minds of the people they lead.<p>Here are eight …

How to Really Understand Someone Else’s Point of View

The most influential people strive for genuine buy in and commitment — they don’t rely on compliance techniques that only secure short-term persuasion. That was our conclusion after interviewing over 100 highly respected influences across many different industries and organizations for our recent …

The “Sandwich Approach” Undermines Your Feedback

Have you ever used the “sandwich approach” to give negative feedback to your direct reports? You sandwich the negative feedback between two pieces of positive feedback. It’s a common method, but the sandwich approach may be undermining both your feedback and your relationships with your direct …

6 Actions of Great Managers | Inc.com

How would you measure yourself as a manager? There are plenty of good business leaders out there, but what separates the good from the great? Every situation is different, but we have consistently seen six qualities--all of which must be juggled simultaneously--that great managers demonstrate.<p><b>1.</b> …

The Ten Golden Rules on Living the Good Life

What is good life? What is happiness? What is success? What is pleasure? How should I treat other people? How should I cope with unfortunate events? How can I get rid off unnecessary worry? How should I handle liberty?<p>The answers to all these questions are condensed in a little book, The Ten Golden …

My Boss is a Jerk! Three Reasons Why Leaders Succeed and Bosses Fail

We all know that every leader is a boss, but not every boss is a leader. We can break down the fundamental differences between a boss and a true leader in terms of opposites. Do you talk, or listen? Do you demand, or motivate? If you are a boss, you are followed because of authority. If you are a …