Gary Shoffner

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This Is My Secret To Giving Empathetic Criticism As A New Manager

This former media executive hated to give tough feedback, but she also didn’t want to be seen as a pushover. Here’s how she learned to find the right balance.<p>When I was 27, I took on my first managerial role at Coke. Some aspects of the job came more naturally to me than others. As someone who …

Positive Thinking

How to (actually) find your purpose

You know what I don’t like? <b>Advice that doesn’t come with instruction</b>.<p>For instance, “leadership gurus” often say, “You must do the work you’re …

High School

8 Steps for the Perfect Product Launch

Heighten your visibility, avoid costly mistakes and build buzz with these strategies.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You've created the killer product that will change the world. Now you need people to buy it. Top entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles share their …

Marketing

7 tips for better data-driven stories

Numbers stories can be intimidating for those of us without a background in statistics or mathematics.<p>Yet we lowly English majors, along with people …

Infographics

8 surprising things ultra productive people do every day

When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge — there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time; they …

Time Management

What Is Product Management — but Most Importantly, What Isn’t

After ten years working as a Product Manager, all I can say is that this career path has been one of the best decisions I have taken in my …

Product Management

24 Cognitive Biases You Need To Stop Making [Infographic]

Cognitive bias occurs when we make subjective assumptions about people or situations based on our own perception of reality. This can lead to …

Critical Thinking

5 Productivity Hacks You Need To Learn From High Performing Leaders

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

How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote

Remote communication isn’t always easy. Do you recognize yourself in any of these examples?<p><i>At 10 p.m., a corporate lawyer gets a text from a colleague and wonders (not for the first time) if there’s a protocol about work-related texts after a certain hour.</i><p><i>After a long and liquid client dinner, an</i> …

Management

Being a great boss comes down to knowing when to use two distinct skills

Leadership and management are fundamentally different things.<p>Which one you should practice depends not on you, but on your business.<p>Businesses go through phases in their lives, just as people do. What you need to grow today is different from what you needed to grow this time last year. Some days …

Leadership

A Groundbreaking Study of 5,000 Top Performers Identifies 3 Tactics Used by Great Communicators

A five-year study by an influential UC Berkeley business professor reveals the communication secrets that separate great leaders from average ones.<p>In a groundbreaking study of 5,000 successful employees and managers over a five-year period, UC Berkeley management professor Morten T. Hansen found …

UC Berkeley

How to keep growing as a professional despite the day-to-day, corporate grind

With so much on your plate during the average week, it’s entirely possible for your professional growth to slip through the cracks. Here’s how to …

3 Things You Need to Solve a Really Tough Problem | Inc.com

By the early 20th century, the world's great mathematicians knew they had a big problem. The very foundations of logic, held sacred since the time of Aristotle, were under siege after the discovery of troubling paradoxes by Cantor, Frege and Russell. It was unclear whether things could ever be set …

Eli Lilly

10 Questions to Ask Yourself if You Want to Have an Amazing Year | Inc.com

According to science, if you want to actually keep your New Year's resolution, it's better to start it February first. Why? Because the hubbub of celebrations and back-to-work chaos in January often gets in the way of thoughtful commitment to our goals.<p>Whether you take that advice or not, it points …

Self-improvement

9 small habits that can help you get more done

Do you want to manage your time better in the new year? Small habits can make a big difference. Try a few of these very doable strategies to make 2018 your most productive year yet.

Time Management

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Method Promises Maximum Productivity

It’s called the Ivy Lee Method.<p>When you’re writing your to-do list, it’s tempting to write down all the tasks you might <i>possibly</i> get done the …

Time Management

Your product isn’t done when you think it’s done

Too many people are working on catch-22 businesses and they don’t even realize it.In 2011, we had this interesting idea of what would be the next …

Posters

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 …

Time Management

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Because I teach a course on product management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “What is the role of a product manager?” The role of product manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply …

Product Management

Want to Become the Best at What You Do? Read this.

It doesn’t matter how good your strategy is, if you’re not skilled at what you do, that strategy won’t take you very far.<p>As Jason Fried and DHH have …

Running in Circles

Why Agile Isn’t Working and What We Do DifferentlyAgile started off as a set of values. Values are subtle and abstract, so as agile spread, what …

Project Management

The Difference between Data Science and Data Visualization and the Connection between them

Data Science and Data Visualization<p>The expression “<b>data science</b>” (initially used reciprocally with “datalogy”) has existed for more than thirty years …

Special Information Design and Infographics Tools for Pro and Beginners

Information Design and Infographics for Pro and Beginners<p><b>Information design</b> is the routine or process of presenting information in a way that fosters …

Research: If You Position Products as a Set, People Are More Likely to Buy Them All

It’s no secret that people like to finish things; there’s something deeply and inexplicably satisfying about crossing the last item off a to-do list or acquiring the final piece of a collectible set. But just how far are people willing to go to achieve “completeness”? Recent research I conducted …

Framing

13 mental models every founder should know

Mental models are to your brain as apps are to your smartphone.<p>Just like apps, there are a ton of mental models. They help you make decisions, solve …

Product Management

Why This Ancient Leadership Practice Is Suddenly All the Rage | Inc.com

The Founding Fathers of the American Revolution are commonly thought of as Stoics, in the sense that they were uncomplaining, long-suffering--and effective at achieving their goal.<p>George Washington, for example, did not relish his position as head of the Continental Army, and to many Washington's …

Success

What is Behavioral Economics?

Take a deep dive into Behavioral Economics with our course The Psychology of Online Sales .<p>Selling online isn't easy: 69% of users abandon their …

Why Lean Canvas vs Business Model Canvas? – Love the Problem

I often get asked why I created a different adaptation from the original Business Model Canvas by Alex Osterwalder. Lately, this question has bubbled …

Since You're No Steve Jobs -- 7 Proven Decision-Making Hacks For Product Managers

Steve Jobs was an iconic product genius. Many product managers want to be like Steve Jobs, but they’re not. And that’s not all bad. Aspiring to Steve’s amazing product vision is laudable. But luckily most product people are not abusive jerks. That is because unlike Steve Jobs, you are a product</i> …

Product Management

Start Every Day Better With These Simple 8 Tips for Better Sleep | Inc.com

I have long prided myself on my ability to function with only a few hours of sleep every night. For years, I even purposely deviated my sleeping routine so that my body and mind would not "depend" on going to sleep at a specific time or need a specific amount of sleep.<p>I have been living a lie.<p>Over …

Tropical Storms