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Crucibles of Leadership

As lifelong students of leadership, we are fascinated with the notion of what makes a leader. Why is it that certain people seem to naturally inspire confidence, loyalty, and hard work, while others (who may have just as much vision and smarts) stumble, again and again? It’s a timeless question, …

How to Coach People Into Leadership Roles

This post was first published on CoderHood as How to Coach People Into Leadership Roles. CoderHood is a blog dedicated to the human dimension of …

1 Brilliant Yet Often Ignored Communication Trick Will Help You Lead Your Team

Being a leader has nothing to do with charisma and everything to do with this one ability.<p>The team was present, but definitely not listening. I was floundering in my effort to help them understand why we needed to change our entire sales process. I thought I could handle it. I thought my leadership …

The 8 Rules of Leadership by Jack Welch

Leadership is best taught by example. Follow these eight indisputable rules directly from the playbook of the former head of GE.<p>Leadership is all about growing others. It's about your team and its welfare. It's about your direct reports and their performance.<p>Leadership is a tough act. It's a daily …

Leadership

Your Strategy Has to Be Flexible — But So Does Your Execution

Peter Drucker said: “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” <i></i>This and a slew of similar maxims reflect a common view of strategy execution: that it’s distinct from strategy, harder to pull off than defining a strategy, and therefore more critical to success …

A 2×2 Matrix to Help You Prioritize the Skills to Learn Right Now

So much to learn, so little time.<p>The world is bursting with learning. There are several million business books, 3,000 TED talks, 10,000 MOOCs, hundreds of thousands of e-learning courses, and millions of self-published articles on platforms such as LinkedIn and Medium. The article you’re reading …

Learning

22 Bad Habits to Give Up If You Want to Be Successful

What does it truly take to be successful?<p>People love to depict success as a single colossal goal; a mountain they have to surmount. But the truth is, that mountaintop doesn’t even exist if you can’t succeed at the small tasks that are right in front of you. Success isn’t the result of one home run. …

Self-help

4 Surprisingly Effective Methods for Influencing

Shutterstock<b>Influence</b> is a concept that exists at the very core of effective leadership. The use of management controls and standard operating …

Leadership

Tony Robbins Reveals the Secrets to Ultimate Happiness

Being grateful is the key to happiness, says entrepreneur, philanthropist and New York Times Best-Selling Author Tony Robbins in an interview with …

Happiness

What to Do When Work Stress (Literally) Makes You Sick

Alyson was 35 when she had a stroke.<p>The ambitious attorney awoke one morning unable to move, the left side of her body paralyzed. She was due in court later that day, so before calling for help, she reached for her phone and dialed her assistant.<p>The stroke was the match in the powder barrel. For …

11 Little Mental Health Tips That Therapists Actually Give Their Patients

The goal of therapy is to give you the tools and strategies for navigating whatever is going on in your life—from stress or relationship issues to …

The Best Managers Do These 6 Key Things Differently

Giving people credit after a job well done isn't a sign of weakness.<p>Effectively managing others is both a science and an art, just like programming or playing an instrument. Based on personality and past experiences, some people tend to naturally be stronger at leading and inspiring others. That …

The Problem with Being a Top Performer

The top performers in their fields—from LeBron James to Oprah Winfrey to Bill Gates—seem to have it all. Through a combination of talent, drive, and …

Luxury Lifestyle

Calming Your Brain During Conflict

Conflict wreaks havoc on our brains. We are groomed by evolution to protect ourselves whenever we sense a threat. In our modern context, we don’t fight like a badger with a coyote, or run away like a rabbit from a fox. But our basic impulse to protect ourselves is automatic and unconscious.<p>We have …

Mindfulness Is More Than A Buzzword: A Look Behind The Movement

The popularity of mindfulness in the western world has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s on the cover of magazines and appears on the evening news. Celebrities swear by it, scientists study it, monks still practice it and business leaders use it to thwart burnout.<p>As mindfulness becomes a buzzword …

Mindfulness

Here's the Method Master Coaches Use to Create Trust

Today I was on a coaching call and I was scared. It was the first five minutes of the conversation and I had this feeling that I've had before: this feeling that I have no idea what I'm doing.<p>As I sat there I could feel the fear coursing through my body. I watched the thoughts rise and fall. I …

Meditation

10 ways to survive constant stress at work

The world is groaning for authentic, powerful, compassionate, and wise leaders. No matter what your ranking on the corporate ladder, you can make a …

8 surprisingly easy things you can do today to be happier

As you hustle your hardest at work, you may sometimes forget to stop and ask yourself: "Am I happy?" Doing so is not only good for your physical and …

The Richness of Everyday Life

Before you read further, pause and consider your circumstances. Chances are you’re in a comfortable, safe setting, with access to virtually unlimited …

Mindfulness

The demoralized mind

<b>John F Schumaker</b> asks how we can treat our sick culture and make ourselves well.

Without Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness Doesn’t Work

Mindfulness has become the corporate fad <i>du jour</i>, a practice widely touted as a fast-track to better leadership. But we suspect that not all the benefits laid at its feet actually belong there. Our research and analysis has revealed a complicated relationship between mindfulness and executive …

Emotional Intelligence

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 …

How to Build Resilience in Midlife

Much of the scientific research on resilience — our ability to bounce back from adversity — has focused on how to build resilience in children. But what about the grown-ups?<p>While resilience is an essential skill for healthy childhood development, science shows that adults also can take steps to …

Creative Leadership

<b>From 2010 ...</b> | and from 2016, visit the new Design.blog<p>This is the result of a conversation I had with Patti Brennan about the nature of creativity …

Burnout at Work Isn’t Just About Exhaustion. It’s Also About Loneliness

More and more people are feeling tired and lonely at work. In analyzing the General Social Survey of 2016, we found that, compared with roughly 20 years ago, people are twice as likely to report that they are always exhausted. Close to 50% of people say they are often or always exhausted due to …

Good managers give constructive criticism—but truly masterful leaders offer constructive praise

Getting feedback from your coworkers is scary. A leader at one of my previous jobs once said that my emotional stability fell somewhere between that of a squalling infant and pubescent teen. (Cool, cool.) Now research shows that not only are most managers bad at giving constructive …

How To Master The Art Of Zen Leadership

There is no shortage of books, courses, and columns like this that purport to share the secrets of success and leadership. If the concept of leadership has been so closely analyzed, scrutinized, and proselytized, why then are good leaders so rare? I believe the answer can often be found in our …

Want to Be A Better Leader? Then Adopt These 9 Habits!

Great leadership works everywhere and with teams of all sizes<p>Over the course of my career, I must have spent over 3000 hours reading leadership books, attending training sessions, and studying leadership. From this I learned a lot of things which have worked, many that didn't and several I should …

11 Tweets From the Dalai Lama Every Businessperson Needs to Hear

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. But his tweets sound more like practical business advice than ancient Buddhist philosophy.<p>Business is inherently competitive. We know that to succeed, someone must win, and someone must lose. We fight for market share. We battle for a …

Hinduism