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End Your Workday Cleanly

You arrive home from work and completely forgot to stop at the bank, the store, the pharmacy, the _____. <i>How did I space that out?</i> You wake up at 2 AM …

5 Business Trends for 2017

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If You Can’t Empathize with Your Employees, You’d Better Learn To

Empathy—the ability to read and understand other’s emotions, needs, and thoughts—is one of the core competencies of emotional intelligence and a critical leadership skill. It is what allows us to influence, inspire, and help people achieve their dreams and goals. Empathy enables us to connect with …

Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don’t

Stress and burnout are not the same thing. And while we know that stress often leads to burnout, it’s possible to handle the onslaught of long hours, high pressure, and work crises in a way that safeguards you from the emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of confidence in one’s abilities that …

How to Manage Remote Direct Reports

Geographically dispersed teams are increasingly common in the modern workplace — perhaps you’re based in your company’s New York headquarters and your team works out of offices in Denver and Charlotte or maybe you’re in San Francisco and manage telecommuters in LA and a group of developers in …

Why CIOs should take mentor programs seriously

Bill Wood, CIO of bookstore chain Barnes & Noble, has always incorporated a formal mentoring and coaching program into his leadership style. "As I …

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

If you’re working in the kitchen of Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, best-selling author, and famed television personality, you don’t dare so much as boil hot water without attending to a ritual that’s essential for any self-respecting chef: <i>mise-en-place.</i><p>The “Meez,” as …

Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams

When tackling a major initiative like an acquisition or an overhaul of IT systems, companies rely on large, diverse teams of highly educated specialists to get the job done. These teams often are convened quickly to meet an urgent need and work together virtually, collaborating online and sometimes …

How to Make Better Decisions with Less Data

Maria, an executive in financial services, stared at another calendar invite in Outlook that would surely kill three hours of her day. Whenever a tough problem presented itself, her boss’s knee-jerk response was, “Collect more data!” Maria appreciated her boss’s analytical approach, but as the …

The Collaboration Imperative

Artwork: Julie Dodd, Blood Cells, 2012, print and wire, 5″ x 7″<p>“Business collaboration” is the great oxymoron of corporate sustainability. Countless efforts by companies to work together to tackle the most complex challenges facing our world today—including climate change, resource depletion, and …

How to Be More Interesting (in One Simple Step)

It's challenging in the beginning. But like everything, it gets easier with practice.<p>Jessica Hagy wrote the book on being interesting.<p>Literally.<p>It all started with a piece she penned for Forbes a few years ago, entitled, How to Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps). The article works not only …

5 Dysfunctions of Teams

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Make Strategic Thinking Part of Your Job

It’s a common complaint among top executives: “I’m spending all my time managing trivial and tactical problems, and I don’t have time to get to the big-picture stuff.” And yet when I ask my executive clients, “If I cleared your calendar for an entire day to free you up to be ‘more strategic,’ what …

8 TED Talks about the power of collaboration

Great things happen when we work together. Whether on the web or in the face of disaster, these talks reveal the undeniable strength of teaming up.

Leaders Can Shape Company Culture Through Their Behaviors

One business buzzword we hear almost everyday is “culture,” as in, our organization has a “strong” or “innovative” or even a “toxic” culture. But what do we really mean when we say this?<p>For me, an organizational culture is defined by how people inside the organization interact with each other. …

9 Best Motivational Leadership Videos Under 3 Minutes

There are a gazillion videos about leadership on YouTube, from Amway to Churchill to TED Talks, and beyond.<p>But if you just want to breeze through …

Emotional Agility

Sixteen thousand—that’s how many words we speak, on average, each day. So imagine how many unspoken ones course through our minds. Most of them are not facts but evaluations and judgments entwined with emotions—some positive and helpful (<i>I’ve worked hard and I can ace this presentation; This issue</i> …

The Right Way to Hold People Accountable

John* was doing his best to be calm, but his frustration was palpable. Jeanine was explaining that there was little chance her group was going to make the numbers for this quarter. “Honestly?” she said. “The numbers weren’t realistic to begin with. It was really unlikely that we were going to make …

The Global Leadership and Talent Index

The 1,263 executives surveyed work for a wide variety of companies around the world. We allowed only one respondent per company. Slightly more than …

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