Dr. Jeffrey L. Jackson

340 Flips | 3 Magazines | 2 Likes | 6 Following | 2,485 Followers | @BlacReign | Dr. Jeffrey Jackson is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York, United States).

The 2 Questions Steve Jobs Used to Get Brutally Honest Feedback

You can't get better if you don't know where you're going wrong.<p>Steve Jobs was legendary for a lot of things -- one was the value he placed on brutal honesty. That translated not only into him being sometimes painfully honest with those who worked for him. It also meant he demanded others tell him …

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The 6 Questions I Ask Before I Say 'Yes' to Anything

It's okay to value your time and energy -- in fact, it's important.<p>8 min read<p>When I started my business at 19 years old, I was so hungry to grow it that I said yes to just about any conference, any opportunity and anyone who would meet with me. Any idea I had was worth pursuing.<p>It worked out. I …

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3 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Southwest Airlines Pilot Tammie Jo Shults

Behind her in the cabin, 144 passengers wept, prayed and screamed, certain they were going to die.<p>Jennifer Riordan did, after a piece of shrapnel broke the window next to her, resulting in rapid cabin depressurization that sucked Riordan’s upper body out of the plane. After a few minutes, fellow …

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20 Executives Share Lessons They Wish They Could Have Told Their Younger Selves

Take some tips from high-achieving individuals keen on identifying their mistakes, learning from them, and growing into better human beings.<p>Ideally, with age comes wisdom. Nobody's perfect, but the highest-achieving individuals are keen on identifying their mistakes, learning from them, and growing …

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How Firing 1 Employee Nearly Doubled My Company's Productivity

One of my employees was regularly late to work. Sadly--but not surprisingly--she was late to her own firing, too.<p>Company culture is a strange thing: If you don't proactively work to shape it, it will shape itself. Two years ago, I had an employee who was consistently late to work. Alexandria was an …

A Simple, Surprising Way for Leaders to Increase Employee Engagement

In just a few minutes, leaders can make a big difference.<p>Every effective leader understands the importance of communicating with employees. But because most leaders concentrate on organization-wide communication like town hall meetings, email announcements and blog posts, they fail to take …

There Are 4 Types of Managers. One Is More Effective Than the Others

In a utopian corporate world, managers lavish a constant stream of feedback on their direct reports. This is necessary, the thinking goes, because organizations and responsibilities are changing rapidly, requiring employees to constantly upgrade their skills. Indeed, the desire for frequent …

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Employees Are 32 Percent Less Likely to Quit if They Get This 1 Thing From Their Boss (It's Not Pop Chips)

It isn't unlimited coconut water, and it isn't a raise.<p>There are a lot of reasons to hate a job: annoying co-workers; bad working conditions; long hours for too little pay; the stress level; and more.<p>But one of the worst things -- arguably <i>the</i> worst -- is having a bad boss.<p>When you don't feel seen, …

How to Increase Your Employees' Satisfaction Without Giving Them a Raise

It's not just about the money.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's a common misconception that money is the main driver of employee satisfaction. It is, after all, a fairly reliable measure of how much a company values its employees. Naturally, employers would think …

The Most Common Type of Incompetent Leader

A young friend recently remarked that the worst boss he ever had would provide him with feedback that always consisted of “You’re doing a great job.” But they both knew it wasn’t true — the organization was in disarray, turnover was excessive, and customers were not happy. My friend was giving it …

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To Avoid Making Bad Hires, Look For These 5 Things in Every Person You Interview

Bad hires happen when you don't know what to look for during the interview process.<p>I have been interviewing candidates and observing others interview for my businesses for over 40 years.<p>In a previous Inc article, I talked about how to effectively prepare for an interview. In this article, however, …

4 Questions Great Managers Ask Their Employees Every Week

The prerequisite for setting the stage for these questions to be asked (and answered) is transparency. Therein lies the problem for most bosses.<p>Readers of my column in management roles will often write to me asking about what they can do to improve their relationships with employees. It's not that …

Performance Reviews Are Dead: Here's What You Should Do Instead

The dreaded annual performance review is a relic of the industrial age. To manage people in times of fast change you need to do this.<p>Anyone who has had the privilege to lead has also had the responsibility of the dreaded annual performance review.<p>We've all been through them, but I've yet to meet …

Data Doesn't Lie: Shorter Meetings Can Make You 3X More Productive

More than 78 percent of people feel AI will improve their productivity by more than an hour a week.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Love them or hate them, meetings are part of life as an entrepreneur. The average professional spends 31 hours per month in meetings — …

Signs That You May Be Losing Momentum

It Doesn't Have To Be A Permanent Condition<p>Everyone thinks that growth is a positive, but unbridled or excessive growth can be a net negative if it limits your ability to innovate. It's almost a clich that as an organization grows it risks retreating into the tried and true and what worked before. …

Want to Be a Thought Leader? Here's How to Stand Out and Be Noticed

You may be tempted to play it safe. Here's why that's a bad idea.<p>You know the importance of being visible in your field, so you're raising your profile by writing blogs or articles, contributing to social media discussions and presenting at conferences. The term for that, of course, is "thought …

Ten Skills Every Manager Needs -- But 90% Of Managers Lack

Dear Liz,<p>I’m the Training Manager in a great firm. I have developed and delivered customer service training, communication skills training and several other courses, but now I have a new and bigger challenge. My CEO asked me to develop an in-house leadership development program. I’m very excited …

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Tom Brady Summed Up His Super Bowl Loss With One Word. You Should Steal It

Need someone to model? Do what Tom Brady just did on Instagram.<p>We're all great impersonators.<p>We see, we model, and then we do.<p>In an Instagram post today, the living legend we all know and love (that would be Tom Brady, in case you're wondering or live in Philadelphia) just posted a long tribute to …

Here's What Introverts Find so Annoying About What Extroverts Think

If you're someone who clearly identifies with being on either side of the personality fence, you know how challenging it can be living and working with people who can be so different from yourself.<p>Anywhere from a third to half of the population fits the definition of being introverted, meaning …

Why Brainstorming Groups Kill Breakthrough Ideas (and What to Do Instead)

In a nutshell, they simply don't work.<p>Over a half a century ago, Alex Osborne wrote an influential book called <i>Applied Imagination</i> that opined that "the average person can think up twice as many ideas when working with a group than when working alone." Managers must have been convinced because …

How Alicia Vikander Transformed Into Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft

This will be the closest you feel to any of your subjects,” says Alicia Vikander, telling me to grab hold of her waist if I get scared. We’re on a two-seater ATV somewhere outside Joshua Tree. We’ve just signed away our right to sue in case of sunburn, collision, hypothermia, and harm by wild …

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Lara Croft Is Ready For Action In New Tomb Raider Movie Posters

Lara Croft is one of the greatest video game characters ever created, but the two films based on the Tomb Raider games that were released in the early 2000s were extremely disappointing. Hopes are high that the upcoming movie reboot <i>Tomb Raider</i> will finally deliver on the promise of the games.<p>Two …

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What Tom Brady's Fumble Teaches Leaders About Winning in Business

Do you know what a win looks like? You might be surprised that 85% of employees don't.<p><i>By Marcus Nicolls, Senior Partner at Partners In Leadership; author and expert in change management and accountability.</i><p>In the fourth quarter of this weekend's Super Bowl, the Patriots were in position to take the …

Finding Your Preferred Leadership Style Will Make You a Better Leader. Here's How | Inc.com

We all have things we do well. We all have things we prefer. In fact, every so often someone writes a book about finding your inner strength and exploiting it. This might help some folks, but it's just about the worst advice you can give anyone leading a company.<p>See, peak performance leaders give …

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How to Immediately Win Your Employees' Trust (Even When They Are More Experienced Than You) | Inc.com

As a young almost-college graduate, I didn't think of myself as a leader. I was a performer. I did the work, but I wasn't a leader. Then after just five months, I was told to lead a sales team. All of the sales reps were much more experienced (eight to 12 years older) and knew the business much …

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10 things great bosses do every day

We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there …

15 Books Every First-Time Manager Should Read | Inc.com

<i>High Output Management:</i> Dickerson declares himself to be a "huge fan of this book, wish I had read it long before I did."<p><i>The Essential Drucker:</i> He's equally enthusiastic about this one, saying "absolutely love Drucker -- much of what he wrote 50 years ago is more relevant than anything you read …

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Is Your Company Viewed Positively? It Matters to Employees | Inc.com

Have you ever dated someone who you thought was a great catch, and then all of your friends and family members told you that they didn't like him or her? Even if you thought this person was the one, you started to have doubts and reservations about them. The same is true in the business world. If …

Employee Engagement

Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, and Richard Branson Stick to These 6 Rules When Holding Meetings | Inc.com

Trying to run a business is all consuming. Time gets sucked up by so many different things: staff, suppliers, finance, production -- the list goes on. But, above all, meetings seem to take up so much precious time and yet often seem to achieve very little.<p>Everyone has their own idea about what …

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