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How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work. Your senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do? How do you decide whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should …

Leadership

Want to be a Millionaire Entrepreneur? It’s Time to Stop These 7 Practices

Looking to make it to millionaire status? Simply do as the rich do. You’ll never find these seven qualities in millionaires — here’s why.What Not to …

5 Tricks for Learning a New Language as an Adult

Children can pick up new languages like it’s no big deal, but adults have to really work to get even the basics. While it may seem daunting, it’s not …

Feeling stuck in life? How to take your life from stuck to awesome

It sucks to feel stuck.<p>You’re in a rut, and you can’t get unstuck.<p>You’re convinced that something must change, whether in your work or personal life. …

Motivation

FYI: English isn't the official language of the United States

<b>(CNN) —</b> Aaron Schlossberg, a lawyer in New York, was the subject of a viral video last week after he was caught on camera berating staff members of a restaurant for speaking Spanish with customers.<p>It might be news to him that nothing in the Constitution or any federal law supports his comment that …

Language Learning

Do Leaders Want To Be Drivers Or Inspirational?

When motivating others, are leaders more effective at pushing (driving hard for results) or pulling (inspiring and motivating others)? To determine the answer, I examined Zenger Folkman’s global data and discovered 77% of leaders in our database were rated by others as being more effective at …

Inspiration

6 Habits of The World’s Richest People Who Are Humbled.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) What do Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson and Apple CEO Tim Cook have in common? They are some of the wealthiest people on …

Why “Dumb” Questions Are Key to Innovation

Rocket scientist Ozan Varol says that “dumb” questions are the starting point for innovation.<p>During the first few years of my academic career, I’d …

Why you should write — and how you should.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing “— Benjamin FranklinWhat was the last time you wrote about something? <i>Could be</i> …

Why Tenacity Is More Important Than Brilliance for Entrepreneurial Success

Lots of people are smart enough to succeed as entrepreneurs, but few have the tenacity to work through the inevitable failures.<p>5 min read<p>Entrepreneurs succeed in proportion to the number of problems they solve. So if you’re an entrepreneur, or think you’re destined for entrepreneurial greatness, …

How Can You Tell a Great Leader When You See One? Look for This 1 Uncommon Sign

This is the stuff of which legacies are made, careers advance, and companies ultimately flourish.<p>Many of us have to make decisions that define who we are. It's often arriving at the crossroads of choosing between towing the line or doing the difficult, unpopular thing. And sometimes, doing what you …

Diesel Emissions

In Just 11 Words, Billionaire Richard Branson Gives His Best Career Advice (It Came From His Mom)

Mother knows best.<p>Richard Branson is a force of nature.<p>In addition to being an actual knight, he is the founder of the Virgin Group, which now controls more than 400 companies. His net worth is $5 billion, which puts him seventh on a list of the wealthiest British billionaires. Plus, he's known for …

Immune System

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Washington University in St. Louis

People are struggling to guess how many triangles are actually in this viral photo — see if you can figure it out

If you're a fan of brain teasers, you'll love the latest one sweeping the Internet.<p>On Monday, journalist Jitesh Pillaai shared a black-and-white drawing of several triangles hidden within one triangle and asked social media users to identify just how many of them they could find.<p>The brain teaser …

13 things that will happen when you ‘level-up’ as a person

Every next level of life will demand a different you. — Leonardo DiCaprio<p>According to meta-analytic data, confidence isn’t what leads to success. …

Self-improvement

4 simple tactics that can help anyone get more done, according to a minimalist

Lately I've been procrastinating a bit more than normal, and of course it doesn't feel great.<p>The truth is, though, that there are a number of good reasons for my procrastination:<p>So if it's not such a bad thing, my procrastination, and I shouldn't beat myself up about it … problem solved, right? Or …

Minimalism

A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

The problem isn’t your social skills<p>It is rarely helpful to tell a shy person to “just be yourself!” Riffing on that frustrating exchange, clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen has written a book that she hopes will answer the question the anxious person usually asks in return: How?<p>Hendriksen …

6 Smart Habits That Will Lead to a Fulfilling Life

Whom do you surround yourself with? This may be your first lesson toward a life of success.<p>Do you ever lay in bed at night in a state of insomnia and look back over your choices in life and think, "I wish I did that differently?"<p>Perhaps it's feeling like you should've made that transition into a …

Self-improvement

15 Uncomfortable Things High-Achieving People Aren't Afraid Of

Successful people have a high tolerance for discomfort.<p>We tend to think of success as a place to which we arrive where life is a bit breezier and things flow with more ease. However, getting there is a matter of grit, and doing so takes a threshold for being uncomfortable that most people don’t …

Self-improvement

These are the verbs that should never appear on your resume — and what to use instead

Your resume isn't a place for modesty; it's a chance to show companies all the awesome things you've done — and what you can do for them if given a chance. Take the opportunity to liven things up a bit. Weak, vague or overused verbs can actually diminish the excellent work you did at your last job, …

5 Reasons Why Your Startup Should Hire A Teacher

As a former classroom teacher and academic advisor who has worked with three startups over the past two years, I’ve come to realize that I consistently use many of the skills today that I developed while working on the ground floor of education. The skills and traits I’ve acquired during those …

Pedagogy

11 First Sentences That Guarantee the Rest of Your Email Won't Get Read

Even if your intentions are professional and sincere.<p>Imagine you get this email. You don't know the sender, but you open it anyway. How long would you keep reading?<p>Dear Jeff,<p>I hope you're having a great President's Day! I definitely am. Even though I'm spending a little time at work right now, I …

Top 10

What Kind of Leader Do You Need to Be to Create Change and Shape the Future?

Theory U offers a framework for leading from the future as it emerges (Part 1)<p>Have you ever wondered why we are stuck in so many quagmires as we attempt to make major change in business, organizations and even society itself? We might find an explanation from Einstein through his well-known …

Leadership

Top CEOs Agree: Hiring People on Intelligence and Talent Alone Without This Other Trait May Be a Huge Mistake

CEOs prefer this revered quality over talent or IQ when interviewing job candidates. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked.<p>If you were interviewing for an important job, and the CEO of the company asked you this question point blank (which has <i>one right answer</i> for getting you that job offer) what …

Leadership

Wealthy People Do These 4 Things Differently

Let's take a look at a few smart actions wealthy people take.<p>It's easy to look at wealthy people and think to yourself, "They must be really lucky." And while there are certainly instances of people who "lucked" into wealth, they are few and far between. In most cases, these individuals become rich …

Self-improvement

7 Ways to Remain Motivated Even if Everything Is Falling Apart Around You

I was told I would never walk again.<p>Let's not sugarcoat this. Life can be a royal pain in the ass. One day you're on top of the world and the next you're scrambling to find your next dollar.<p>At some point we all experience this roller coaster ride known as life.<p>I've had a couple setbacks in life. …

Motivation

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

The Right Answer To "What Is Your Biggest Weakness?"

Discover your weakness and you'll find your strength.<p>What's your biggest weakness?<p>If you've ever had a job interview, for any position from flipping burgers to running a PLC, there's a good chance that you'll have been asked that question. And there's a good chance too that you'll have answered it …

Startups

9 Signs You Are Genuinely Confident, Without Seeming Cocky at All

The best confidence is quiet confidence. Here's how to know if you have real confidence -- and if not, how you can develop it.<p>Like most people's, my confidence level ebbs and flows. I'm what I call situationally confident. Depending on the setting, sometimes I'm extremely assured. Other times I'm …

personaldevelopment

9 Best 1-Minute Life Hacks From Mark Zuckerberg, Arianna Huffington, and Oprah Winfrey

We can learn a trick or two from three of the world's most successful business icons.<p>We all love those useful positive psychology and neuroscience mind hacks that help us use our brains more effectively. Yeah, it's a thing -- books and blogs have been written about mind hacks.<p>We can also learn a …

Oprah Winfrey