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How to create an engaged workforce

What makes workers feel engaged? The quest to answer this riddle is becoming increasingly important for organisations, because employee engagement is …

The Real Reason People Won’t Change

Every manager is familiar with the employee who just won’t change. Sometimes it’s easy to see why—the employee fears a shift in power, the need to learn new skills, the stress of having to join a new team. In other cases, such resistance is far more puzzling. An employee has the skills and smarts …

Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Human beings are profoundly social — we are hardwired to connect to one another and to want to work together. Frankly, we would never have survived as a species without our instinctive desire to live and work in groups, because physically we are just not strong or scary enough.<p>Tons of research has …

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Bond With Your Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having a happy, healthy, engaged workforce goes far beyond providing free food, gym memberships and a ping-pong table. While those perks are sure to be appreciated by employees, they don’t do much in the way of motivating or retaining …

Employee Engagement

Why Attitude Is More Important Than Intelligence

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to success, it’s easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust. But new research from Stanford University will change your mind (and your attitude).<p>Psychologist Carol …

Self-improvement

What to Do When You Don’t Trust Your Team

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Do you trust the people on your team? It’s an uncomfortable question to ask, because as good leaders, we work hard to create a supportive environment and earn the trust of the people who report to us. But what if <i>you</i> don’t trust <i>them</i>? Again, as a good leader, you’d have to be able to have an …

Why Vegan Diets Suck

5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich<p>There is no one right way to eat for everyone.<p>We are all different and what works for one person may not work for the next.<p>I personally advocate consumption of both animals and plants and I think there is plenty of evidence that this is a reasonable …

Networking When You Hate Talking to Strangers

The power of serendipity is hot in business circles. Silicon Valley campuses have been constructed to foster more “random collisions.” One key to creativity, many thinkers say, is unexpected interactions. “Create spaces where you’re wandering around and exposing yourself to new people,” John Hagel …

The Top Complaints from Employees About Their Leaders

If you’re the kind of boss who fails to make genuine connections with your direct reports, take heed: 91% of employees say communication issues can drag executives down, according to results from our new Interact/Harris Poll, which was conducted online with roughly 1,000 U.S. workers.<p>In the survey, …

How to Give Feedback to Someone Who Gets Crazy Defensive

How do you handle giving unfavorable feedback to someone who will surely take it badly – and I mean <i>really</i> badly? Think: shouting, tears, defensiveness, accusations, personal attacks, revising history, twisting words — pick your nightmare.<p>Consider the case of Melissa, who was the team leader on a …

6 Ways Phenomenal Leaders Exude Power and Authority

Make these 6 simple changes to your behavior and body language and people will see you as the leader you truly are (or want to be).<p>Have you ever noticed that some individuals seem to “own the room” the moment they enter it? Even before he says something, even if nobody knows her, the room goes …

How to defuse a battle of personalities

At some point in any group or small team, there is the inevitable battle of personalities.<p>I have worked in numerous environments where this occurs, …

Workstations

Avoid These 8 Productivity Myths

With all the distractions competing for your attention, it's natural to fall back on time-honored ideas about productivity when trying to maximize your time. But what if those ideas weren't really quite right? Or what if you've been applying them wrong all along? We dispel certain productivity …

4 Reasons Millennials Are Telling Bosses Where to Stick Their Jobs

Some Millennials might not be taking to corporate life. Perhaps they have good reason not to.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>I tend to meet Millennials when and where they're at their happiest.<p>This could be described as bars, …

Headphones

7 Ways to Be Remarkably Happy, Backed by Science

Happiness isn't just a state of mind, it's also a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>We all want to be happy.<p>Yet relatively few of us are, especially people in their early 40s. (I’m no psychologist, but that’s probably about when many of us start thinking, “Wait… is <i>this</i> all there …

These 5 Phrases Will Make You a Better Leader

These small phrases can have big impacts on your leadership skills.<p>Carpenters work with wood. Composers' medium is sound. Business leaders like you, however, work in words.<p>Think about it--whether it's persuading a prospective client, laying out your vision for your company, or motivating your …

Feedback Without Measurement Won’t Do Any Good

The managerial feedback was excellent — crisp, clear, and constructive. Its tone was caring, compassionate, and compelling. Each criticism was consequently heard, acknowledged, and understood. Message received; next steps agreed. A potentially awkward and painful conversation became a bonding …

The Key to Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

Rich was a plant manager with a 10,000-person workforce producing a billion dollars of product per year. He was a pro at his craft and highly respected in his industry. I met with him and his team weekly as an organization development consultant for a couple of years. Someone from HR asked him to …

A 6-Part Structure for Giving Clear and Actionable Feedback

Robert was the head of an East Coast insurance company. His greatest asset was his large, extroverted personality. He was the classic glad-handing, backslapping, high-energy salesman. His problem was a familiar one, too: a great salesman – even one with charisma — doesn’t necessarily make a great …

What Companies Can Learn from Military Teams

When Gen. Stanley McChrystal took charge of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2003, he recognized that traditional tactics of warfare were failing in Iraq. Leading this inter-service team — which included Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and Delta Force — he needed to find new ways to …

Stop Using Employee Friendships to Measure Engagement

Here’s a question that has been touted by human resources consultants and practitioners for the better part of two decades as an important way to measure employee engagement: <i>“Do you have a best friend at work?”</i> While a principal of the polling organization Gallup, I prominently defended and helped …

10 Life Hacks That Create More Happiness

Tiny changes in your daily behavior can change your life for the better.<p>Conventional wisdom says that it's a huge effort to change your habits to make yourself healthier and happier. I respectfully disagree. The most effective way to create more happiness is through tiny changes in your daily …

17 Intriguing Books Entrepreneurs Recommend You Read

Looking for a long-read recommendation not suggested by an algorithm or off of the current best-seller list? After interviewing over 60 entrepreneurs, here's a list of intriguing suggestions to use to select your next read.<p>#Girlboss, anything by marketing guru Seth Godin and the Stephen Covey's …

Books

Is There an Antidote for Emotional Contagion?

Several jobs ago, I sat next to a colleague who wasn’t shy about expressing his by-the-minute emotions — particularly the negative ones. He aired his …

Psychology

35 Habits That Make Employees Extremely Valuable

Every employer wants employees who contribute to the overall success of the company. Here's how the best bring long-term ROI.<p>An employee doesn’t have to be a top salesperson to bring exponential value to a company. Amazing employees stand out from the crowd in many other ways. Simply put, their …

Leadership

7 Simple Techniques to Cut Your Workday in Half

Learn how to thrive with a demanding schedule and make time for yourself by being well organized.<p>We all want to know that we're doing our best to be successful, but too often we feel ourselves becoming less productive even while we're working longer hours.<p>Good news!<p>A new study finds that being …

Are you addicted to the Internet?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Internet addiction and the dangers that excessive computer gaming poses to children and adolescents are receiving fresh attention with the scheduled premiere of the documentary "Web Junkie" on PBS Monday.<p>The documentary highlights an alarming trend in China. There are similar patterns in …

Add a Flipboard Profile Badge to Your Website

Flipboard profile badges are now available for bloggers, partners and fans. You can choose from a variety of simple logos in different sizes, shapes and colors.<p>Visit https://share.flipboard.com/ to get started.<p>Scroll to the “BADGE” portion of the page. Select your preferred color and shape, then …

Social Media

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without …

Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team

Money wasn’t the only thing that enabled financier Cosimo de’ Medici to become <i>de facto</i> ruler of Florence for much of the Italian Renaissance. He exemplified a special leadership skill — the ability to get diverse teams of contending bankers, merchants, and traders to collaborate effectively. How? …