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12 Ways to Master Your Calendar and Manage Your Time for Maximum Results

Getting more done is all about assigning sufficient time to work without distraction on what is most important.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Charles Darwin once said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Some people, and …

5 Things Productive Leaders Do Differently to Achieve Results

If you keep doing the same things, you will only get the same results.<p>There have been many days where we wake up planning to have a very productive day. We start our day thinking of all the work that will get done on our to-do lists, only to find ourselves distracted and unproductive. It doesn't …

Time Management

5 Signs That Instantly Identify Someone With Bad Leadership Skills

If you work for such a manager, it may be time to move on.<p>Whenever I speak at events across the country, I break down leadership to its most basic and practical form: It's about meeting the needs of people and developing them to their fullest potential.<p>When employees don't get the tools, training, …

Leadership

Facebook's HR Team Discovered the Surprising Reason Why People Quit Their Jobs (and It's Not Because of Bad Bosses)

People leave managers, not companies. Right? Not so fast. Facebook research shows a different reason.<p>Raise your hand if you've heard the saying, "People leave managers, not companies." That should be the majority of us, as the research over the years keeps telling us this is a big reason for …

Employment

Want a Better Relationship with Your Staff? Ask Them this 1 Simple Question

Here's a simple but effective way to get to the heart of the issues on their mind<p>Meeting regularly with your employees one-on-one is an easy way to increase productivity and engagement. During this time, you're building your relationship and increasing mutual understanding of the work at hand, …

simplequestion

Stop Exceeding Customer Expectations: To Create Immediate Loyalty Do This Instead

Everyone wants to exceed customer expectations, maybe it is time to modernize your methods.<p>Churn kills business.<p>A few years back I was part a global account team and we were failing with a Fortune 100 client. We tried everything: we looked at all of their business requirements and then went above …

Customer Experience

6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day

Your life is busy. Work/life balance is a challenge. You feel like you’re spreading yourself so thin that you’re starting to disappear.<p>Most of us …

4 Secrets to Being More Productive, According to Ancient Philosophers

Everybody would like to get more of the right things done. But how does Stoicism fit into all of this?<p>The word “productivity” seems new and sleek and …

Want to Be a Great Leader? Follow Satya Nadella's 3 Rules for Extraordinary Success

The best leaders know that they must start the new game before the old game has finished.<p>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is one of the most transformative leaders on the planet. He understands that success doesn't happen overnight. Rather, you must think long-term, plant seeds for the future and start …

Satya Nadella

12 Critical Attributes You Should Seek When Hiring

The hiring process can be long and costly, involving months of job postings on numerous sites, talking with recruiters and going through far too many resumes. The technical aspects — such as their years of experience or skill sets — are easy enough to define. But what about the less obvious …

3 Unmistakable Signs of True Leadership, According to an Author Who Interviewed 525 CEOs

Popular The New York Times columnist Adam Bryant of "Corner Office" fame reveals what he found to be the best qualities of top executives from a decade of interviewing them.<p><i>The New York Times</i> journalist Adam Bryant has been dazzling readers of his Corner Office column for a decade. He says the …

CEOs

The Best Interview Questions We've Ever Published

Hiring is by far the biggest concern we hear from founders. Finding the right people to work at your company is high-stakes. Poor performers can take …

Employment

9 Phrases Bosses Should Say Often to Inspire and Motivate Others

Forty-five percent of employees say words of affirmation are the primary way they like to be shown appreciation in the workplace.<p>We hardly ever think about it, but a leader's words are a powerful means for motivating people at work. But where do you start with what to say, or even how to say things …

Employee Engagement

What One CEO Did When 45 of Her Employees Quit

Kristen Hadeed, entrepreneur and CEO of Student Maid, shares her biggest screwups from her early years and how they shaped her into the leader she is today.<p>If you're tired of reading cliché "fail forward" or "failing is succeeding" stories, you're in luck. This isn't one of those.<p>This is about the …

Leadership

It's Science, Baby! Proving the Power of Positive Reinforcement at Work

Motivating employees comes down to two methods: positive and negative reinforcement. Which is yours?<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Motivating employees comes down to two methods: positive and negative reinforcement. Leaders either warn employees about …

Employee Engagement

Don't Assume Employees Care About Your Company's Mission

Don't assume your employees automatically care about your company's mission. Help them understand what's in it for them.<p>Running a company without a strong mission statement is like launching astronauts into space without destination coordinates. If employees don't know where they're going, they …

Employee Engagement

4 Steps to Elevating Performance

The Critical Connection between Rabbits, Bubble Gum, a Magnifying Glass, a Stop Sign, and High-Performing Teams<p>It just happened again. I had a conversation with a CEO who expressed his frustration with pursuing too many initiatives and not making meaningful progress on any of them. I reminded him …

Rabbits

10 Simple Questions The Most Exceptional Leaders Ask Themselves (To Discover Their Values)

Values make and break leaders.<p>Each leader is unique. I've worked for and been inspired by a wide-range of leaders--some of whom were silent and led by example. Others who, through their display of confidence, put others at ease. And some who embraced their authoritarian values, ran a tight ship, …

Framing

The Secret to the Success of Southwest Airlines, Google, and Ritz Carlton: It's Not What You think

It all begins with answering a crucial question: What makes your business unique?<p>Southwest Airlines, Google and the Ritz Carlton are three of the most successful companies around. But what makes each of them so successful?<p>The answer is that all three of these companies have a crystal clear …

Southwest Airlines

Want Honest Advice? An Astronaut Taught Me the 3-Step Feedback Rule (and It's the Only One That Works)

It's about creating a culture where the best ideas and diverging opinions surface.<p>As a leader, I think it's really important to constantly get good honest feedback from trusted people smarter than you. That's because, as I've said before, I'm always growing and learning and trying to be better.<p>I …

Leadership

Want to Be a Better Leader? Ask Your Employees These 3 Questions

The smallest questions can make a big difference.<p>From professors to managers to mentors, I've had the opportunity to be inspired by some great leaders so far in my somewhat short professional life.<p>When thinking about what they have in common, it's easy for me to come up with some shared …

Leadership

8 Ways to Use Criticism to Inspire Your Employee

There's an art to respectfully guiding employees with directness, honesty and dignity. When done the right way, criticism can actually strengthen the relationship you share with your staff and generate positive results.<p>Any role involving the supervision of others requires ongoing feedback. …

Self-help

Why Empathy Is the Most Important Skill You'll Ever Need to Succeed

To do your job well (or even to get a job), technical skills are no longer enough. Of all the soft skills, empathy is the one you will need the most.<p>Henry Ford is quoted as having said, "Why is it every time I ask for a pair of hands, they come with a brain attached?" Starting with the industrial …

Customer Service

When Microsoft's CEO joined the company 3 years ago, he had an epiphany that has guided his role ever since

In his new business-book-slash-memoir, "Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone," Nadella recounts how, as a new CEO, he came to realize that the company's recent stumbles weren't due to failures of intellect, but of cultural cohesion.<p>In a …

This Is the Secret of Success, According to Self-Made Billionaire Jack Ma (Hint: It Isn't IQ or EQ)

At a recent event, the Alibaba founder explained the importance of "LQ."<p>Jack Ma, the founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (think of it as his country's Amazon), knows something about what it takes to succeed despite long odds. He grew up poor, failed his university entrance exams …

Jack Ma

The 3 most important lessons leaders learn too late in life, according to Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson has modelled an unconventional leadership approach that has attracted a cult-like following, as evidenced by some of his best-sellers -- <i>Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School</i> and, of course, <i>Screw Business As Usual</i>.<p>While his most valuable lessons are too …

3 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Leadership Skills Up to Date

Leadership changes and evolves like technology<p>Perhaps you've heard the term "digital immigrant" applied to a person before - it refers to somebody who was born before the widespread use of digital technology and therefore struggles with using it. But companies that have been around for a couple …

Innovation

How Leaders Influence Contribution And Commitment While Managers Direct Compliance

It takes two to tango and two to influence. Both the influencer and the person being influenced must want it to work and must invest in making it work. Consider the difference between leading and managing and different level of engagement before trying to influence anyone. In brief, leaders …

3 Questions the Smartest and Most Inspiring Leaders Ask Daily

Want to know how to stay on track with the highest form of leadership? Simple: Ask yourself these questions.<p>Let me ask you: What are some examples of the best leaders you've ever worked for over the years? Think about it -- what made them special? Did he or she display these qualities?<p>She didn't …

Leadership

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Just Gave the Best Leadership Advice in 7 Words

No wonder Amazon's Jeff Bezos tried to poach him.<p>Well, I have to admit one thing today:<p>I underestimated what Satya Nadella could do for Microsoft.<p>When he first became Microsoft's CEO, the tech giant was in a mess.<p>Not only was it losing to its biggest competitors, there was a lot of infighting.<p>But …

Satya Nadella