Dev Raaj Shanmugam

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6 Mental Traps That Keep You From Making Smart Decisions

Decisions: We all make them, and we all want to make better ones. Science to the rescue!<p>Why do we sometimes regret a decision we've made?<p>The main problem is that we are all, to use the title of Dan Ariely's great book, predictably irrational. We're people. That's why markets aren't always rational. …

Critical Thinking

Leaders Need To Make Employees Less Busy And More Productive

A public holiday might seem a strange time to be considering productivity. There again, maybe it is not. After all, sometimes you need to escape the hurly burly of the here and now to gain a clear sight of what needs to be done. This is especially true when it comes to that great issue of our time, …

These 5 TED Talks Will Inspire You to Be a Better Leader

Need some inspiration to up your leadership game? These thought-provoking TED Talks should do the trick.<p>Leadership. It's a simple concept -- but, not such an easy skill to master. In fact, being an effective and inspiring leader requires some serious thought, consideration, and (believe it or not) …

Leadership

The Best Way to Build a Successful Team

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

7 things financially successful people refuse to do

The truth is, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. But it's not just what they choose to do that matters, it's what they refuse to do that matters as well.<p>Let's take a look at some things enormously successful people refuse to do.

10 Coaching Skills Every Leader Should Master

As more and more companies realize the benefits of hiring a coach, they also realize the benefits of incorporating a coaching methodology into the management style of their leaders. After all, there’s a difference between simply telling employees what to do and working with them on professional …

11 Mental Habits That Will Improve Your Business Savvy

Want to become a savvier entrepreneur? Follow these tips.<p>Psychology and business success go hand in hand. It's been well documented that people like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Richard Branson all have unique mindsets that have contributed to their success.<p>Thoughts become words, words become …

personaldevelopment

How Withholding Can Lead to Divorce

Withholding, what is it? Well it is a defined as an emotionally abusive behavior or tactic, a form of denying, refusing to communicate or do something for your partner as a punishment.<p>Here are some "withholding" behaviors with some practical tips on how to stop this, it is never healthy in any …

10 Thinking Habits Successful Leaders Avoid Like the Plague

If you want a positive work atmosphere and great relationships, you will definitely want to avoid these common thought patterns.<p>Making good leadership decisions can be tough for entrepreneurs suddenly tasked with managing people and enterprises. Our brain doesn't develop neuropathways at the flip …

Self-help

Which of the 6 Leadership Styles Defines You?

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A few weeks ago I attended a multi-day training session, along with roughly 20 other individuals from across our organization.<p>It was an honor because we were told we were handpicked from the more than 15,000 employees …

Leadership

Cutting down the number-one stress factor for small business owners

The thrill of starting a business is a tantalizing prospect, and pursuing a passion often means that a job doesn’t feel like work. The dream of …

How Great Leaders Manage Underperforming Teams

Congratulations! You’ve earned a reputation as a highly effective leader. Now, your organization has thanked you by giving you a challenging new assignment that no one else can seem to figure out.<p>You’ve been assigned to lead a team that has a track record for underperforming, and it’s your mission …

Leadership

10 Signs You Really Are a Leader (and Might Not Know It)

Usually, the people who influence us the most aren't even aware of it.<p>We often feel that to be a leader you need to be born a leader, or be drawn to leadership, or have a leader-ly position.<p>We think of leadership as a title that has to be deserved or earned.<p>But leaders are rarely, if ever, born. If …

Leadership

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global …

Leadership

This Entrepreneur Discovered Martin Luther King Jr.'s Top Leadership Secret

The answer to fulfilment and happiness at work is forming deep connections with others.<p>Have you ever woken up and wondered how you can change the world?<br>• How will your life help to change and inspire those around you?<p>One man did just that....His name is Jake Ducey.<p>Not Your 'Typical' Entrepreneur<p>Tired …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Research Shows Why Focus On Teams, Not Just Leaders, Is Key To Business Performance

Deloitte just launched a study of people challenges in business, Deloitte Human Capital Trends 2016, and the results were striking. Among the 7,000+ companies who responded (in over 130 countries), the #1 issue on leaders minds is “how to redesign our organizational structure” to meet the demands …

Human Resources

7 Tools Every Product Management Team Needs

Product managers have mostly been ignored by software vendors. Historically, there were very few purpose-built tools available for them to set strategy, define requirements, plan releases, and create visual roadmaps. This has only recently changed as modern, collaborative, tools have been developed.<p>…

The Best Marriage Advice EVER

When Ashley and I got married thirteen years ago, we were young and in love, but we were also pretty clueless (me especially)! Along the way, we've had so many people share wise advice and life experiences with us, which has helped guide our family through good times and hard times.<p>Through the …

How to Boost Your Team’s Productivity

We all have too much to do and too little time to do it. As a boss, you may have already learned how to plan, prioritize, and streamline your work. But how can you help your team members do the same? Should you dictate the processes and tools they use? How do you keep people from taking on too much …

Time Management

4 Ways to Impress Your Boss (and Elevate Your Career) in 2016

The Things Exceptional Employees do that Make Them Irreplaceable<p>Every boss has favorites. And usually with good reason. Exceptional employees make life much easier, and I've found those type of employees have a few things in common you can emulate to impress your boss and improve your career in …

Project Management

Here’s the Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day

All too often, productivity tips are a dime a dozen. Some even <i>conflict</i> with each other. What we need is a system.<p><b>What schedule do the pros use? What</b> …

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Sexual Satisfaction

• People who have regular orgasms live longer, seem to have less stress and enjoy lower rates of heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and …

Why you should worry about cheap oil

Millions of Americans are laughing their way to the gas station. But should they be?<p>Sure, the stunning crash in oil prices below $30 a barrel seems great for consumers because it's driven gas at the pump below $2 a gallon. And the thinking is that it should help boost the U.S. economy, with people …

10 topics your business plan must include

Late last year, a CEO who is currently looking to build out a new product line for his business approached me to get some help on a business plan. He …

19 lessons I learned during my first year as a Product Manager

2015 was a big year for me professionally. I transitioned from coding to product management. While I’m constantly learning and have a long way to go, …

Leadership: Be Yourself

One of the best memories of my MBA at Stanford is the class called Leadership Perspectives, led by the incredibly inspiring Joel Peterson and Chris O'Reilly. I heard from CEOs of some of the world's most iconic companies and from equally motivated and inspiring classmates on their leadership vision …

33 Fast Facts About Love

• In every interaction, we're all asking the same question: "Will you show me what real love is?"<br>• Whether we're creating a special dinner or starting an argument, we're looking for an opportunity to share love.<br>• If we don't love ourselves first, no one else will -- not because we're not lovable, but …

The Innovative Power of Criticism

The business world is awash in ideas for new products, services, and business models. Thanks to powerful ideation approaches such as design thinking and crowdsourcing, it has become incredibly easy and relatively inexpensive for companies to obtain a vast number of novel concepts, from both …

Innovation

To Get More Creative, Become Less Productive

There is a fundamental tension between productivity and creativity, and managers won’t get more of the latter until they recognize it.<p>Productive people move through the tasks they have to accomplish in a systematic way. They make steady and measurable progress toward their goals. They make …

Creativity

What Kind of Thinker Are You?

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>We all aspire to work better together. Technology is making some of that effort easier. But digital tools are only part of the answer. It’s people who ultimately make the difference.<p>The problem is that technologies for collaboration are improving faster than people’s ability to learn to …

Management