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Your Strategic Plans Probably Aren’t Strategic, or Even Plans

It happens all the time: A group of managers get together at a resort for two days to hammer out a “strategic plan.” Done and dusted, they all head home. But <i>have</i> they produced a plan with a strategy?<p>At the start of my public seminars on strategic planning I ask attendees, who rank from board …

The Pros and Cons Of New Unconventional Leadership Styles

Company culture is changing, and some managers are experimenting with out-of-the-norm methods. Here’s what works and what doesn’t.<p>As companies become flatter with blurred boundaries, there is a greater push toward authentic leadership. As a result, a lot of unconventional leadership styles are …

8 Leadership Practices That Will Make You Memorable

Almost every employee or team member can remember that one special boss in their career who was the role model of a leader, always commanded respect, and was able to get the most voluntarily from everyone all the time. Every entrepreneur and business executive I know wants to emulate that boss, but …

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10 Ways to Become a More Confident Person (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Confidence. You’re not born with it. Well, probably not. Like muscle mass, you build it up over time. Many of us don’t, though. We sheepishly slog through life at half-strength, not even close to living up to our full potential, at work, …

4 Reasons Managers Should Spend More Time on Coaching

Steven Moore for HBR<p>There are managers who coach and managers who don’t. Leaders in the latter category are not necessarily bad managers, but they are neglecting an effective tool to develop talent. We’ve been researching managers who coach and what distinguishes them. What has stood out in our …

Have Trouble Delegating? 5 Bad Excuses to Drop Right Now | Inc.com

Do you have trouble delegating? Regular readers of this column know that I do. It turns out, that's a good sign. "Really talented people who have lots of ideas and are likely to become leaders tend to have trouble with delegation," says leadership expert Laura Gail Lunsford, Ph.D., assistant …

Leadership Tips: 8 Easy Ways to Be an Extraordinary Boss | Inc.com

A few years ago, I interviewed several dozen highly successful CEOs. In the post "The 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses," I provided a summary of what I learned. That post, however, was missing something important: the implementation plan.<p>With that in mind, here's where you start:<p>1. Encourage …

What's The Best Advice You've Had? (Here Are My Top 9)

I was recently asked about the best piece of advice I’ve ever received.<p>It was a great question. I was stymied—not because I couldn’t think of any good advice, but because I couldn’t limit myself to <i>just one</i>.<p>The question was part of the interview for the 2015 Corporate Counsel Awards. But my problem …

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How To Identify A Leader During An Interview

According to <b>Ron Ricci</b> and <b>Carl Wiese</b>, authors of the book, <b>The Collaboration Imperative</b>, high-performing teams have the following …

13 Habits of Exceptionally Likable People

Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely …

6 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Managing People

I first became a manager in my 20’s and, back then, I probably wasn’t a very good one. Nothing really prepares you to lead other people. There is, of course, no shortage of advice out there, but most of it is more myth and lore than anything else and not very helpful.<p>Henry Mintzberg wrote, “The …

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Want to Be a Better Leader? Kill the Attitude | Inc.com

I've read the books, surveyed the landscape, and interviewed the bright thinkers.<p>Over the past year, I've hyper-focused on this idea of what makes an excellent leader in business (and in life), and I've met with a few of them in person to pick their brain.<p>There's one clear trait that slowly …

How to Help Your Team Achieve More Than They Think They Can | Inc.com

You know your team is capable of greatness. You know they're able to achieve a lot more than they believe they can. How can you help them get there?<p>For Dan Schoenbaum, CEO of collaboration software company Redbooth and a former sniper in the Israeli paratrooper force, the answer lies in the …

7 Scientifically Proven Steps to Increase Your Influence

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I recently had a chance to interview Udemy.com instructor and Portland, Ore.-based Vanessa Van Edwards, who calls herself a behavioral investigator.<p>Her mission in life is to help individuals become the most memorable person in the …

Stop Calling People Out

Pretend that you occasionally lose your temper in meetings, and my aim is to get you to change. The next time I see you lose your cool, I say one of two things:<p><i>Hey, timeout. You just did it again — you lost your temper with Mario. This is the third time I’ve seen you do this in the last two days.</i> …

How to Turn a Good Hire Into an Excellent Employee | Inc.com

Over a recent breakfast meeting, a colleague, Marisa, was discussing her company's challenges in integrating newly hired people into their culture. She went on to describe candidates who aced every round of interviews and had buy-in from all levels of the company. In her opinion, such …

The 4 Habits You Need to Be Successful

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most successful people in this world maintain and master good habits. They realize what they do on a daily basis and where they direct their energy deeply matters when it comes to reaching their goals.<p>The habits you have picked up …

Motivate Your Employees in 3 Steps

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>One of the most difficult components of being an effective manager is not only learning to keep your employees organized and on task but to truly know how to motivate employees as well. Unfortunately, not all employees are naturally willing to go the …

The New Habit Challenge: Create A Better To-Do List

Making a simple list isn’t the best way to get things done. Next week we’ll test more effective approaches to organizing our days.<p>Tons of successful leaders laud the to-do list as the key to more organized, productive, and focused days, but is there a right way and a wrong way to do your to-do?<p>The …

What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes

As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share. While each of these experts sees the world in his or her own very unique way, and shares a special filter or perspective on life, progress and success, when you peel the …

Improve Your Productivity in 5 Simple Steps | Inc.com

One of the best things that you can do in order to make your business better as a whole is to increase your productivity. When your business is able to get more done, you are able to make more profits and hire more workers, improving your growth and overall future as a business. There are many ways …

10 Traits Of Great Business Leaders

Whether you’re a freelancer, small-business owner, or full-timer, to climb the ladder, you must know how to lead the pack. Are you destined to be the big boss or be bossed around? To find out, take a look at these 10 characteristics shared by great business leaders:<p><b>1. Persistence, Persistence,</b> …

Conflict at work: Why confrontation, not politesse, is essential

<b>Dear Annie:</b> I was recently transferred here from another part of the company and put in charge of developing a new product. It’s pretty exciting, or …

5 Ways to Host Better Meetings

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Meetings come in all shapes and sizes. There are board meetings, stakeholder meetings, staff meetings, sales meetings — the list is endless. But no matter the purpose, every meeting has one thing in common: how clients, customers and …

How To Spend The First 10 Minutes Of Your Work Day

If checking your email is the first thing you do when you get to work, you may want to reconsider your priorities. Strategy expert Dr. Ron Friedman suggests a better way in order to be the most productive throughout the whole work day.<p>For more strategy and workplace tips, check out his book: "The …

5 Things Life's High Performers Know and Master

In today's hyper-paced society it can be challenging to keep up with the rate of change. Especially if you are someone who is constantly looking to achieve high performance in life. In our quest to always be one step ahead and succeeding we often look for new and innovative ways to stay ahead.<p>One …

Lessons from One of the Most Influential Business Speeches of All Time | Inc.com

John W. Gardner, the secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson and later the president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, wrote many books and gave many speeches about leadership. But perhaps his most influential was delivered on November 10, 1990 in Arizona …

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9 Ways to Simplify Anything | Inc.com

Life sure isn't simple, especially in business. Technology is supposed to make things easier and in many ways it does, but at the same time change comes so fast and goals are so lofty that many people don't have the skills and knowledge necessary to tackle even everyday projects.<p>Well, the world is …

To Be A Boss, You Must Think Like A Boss

A lot of people like to be the boss, to have their own business. But very few make it. The rest become workers.<p>How can you be part of the first group? What does it take? Certain mentalities prepare you to be a successful entrepreneur.<p><b>1.Don’t be stuck in a comfortable routine</b><p>Many people get caught …

What Leadership Will Look Like In 20 Years

Let’s face it, most of us are addicted technology futurists. Who doesn’t enjoy speculating about what technology marvels will be commonplace in the coming decades? Will it be 3D printing? Artificial intelligence? “Singularity”? All are buzzwords of the emerging technology future.<p><i>But what about</i> …