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5 Ways Leaders Must Build a Family Environment to Achieve Excellence

At a time when organizations are looking for new ways to build high-performance teams, perhaps they should be considering a family approach to business that emphasizes trust and values. A team work environment where camaraderie means having each other’s back and not judging one another. A workplace …

What Does it Mean to be a Great Leader?

Congratulations! You’ve worked hard to be a leader in your company. But don’t think you can sit back and relax from now on because great leaders …

The 5 Secrets of Great Bosses

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you think of your best boss ever, what did he or she do that created an inspiring work environment for you? How did he or she act to enable your high performance and high engagement each day?<p>I’ve asked thousands of people in my …

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid.<p>Never, ever, ever feed someone a …

Why good leaders make you feel safe

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a …

7 Body-Language Mistakes You Never Want To Make

"You may have heard that you only have a few seconds to make a first impression," says Bernard Marr, an author and global enterprise performance expert, in a recent LinkedIn post. But the truth is, the other person's brain has made up its mind, so to speak, about you "within just …

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5 Habits That Guarantee You're Living The Life You Really Want | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Each day you get up and wonder, “Am I living the life I want?”<p>It’s a good question, possibly the best question you could ask yourself. After all, you …

8 Things The Happiest People Have In Common

Via The How of Happiness:<p>They devote a great amount of time to their family and friends, nurturing and enjoying those relationships.<p>They are comfortable expressing gratitude for all they have.<p>They are often the first to offer helping hands to coworkers and passersby.<p>They practice optimism when …

14 Ways To Manipulate Your Mind For Success

Have you ever wanted to manipulate your mind for success?<p>Well, as humans we are constantly driven by underlying habits, and it’s almost like we are …

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20 Public Speaking Tips of the Best TED Talks

Concrete ways to be a better speaker ... and some great TED Talks, too!

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times

Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace. With the change management requirements, increased marketplace demands and intensifying competitive factors that surround us, leaders must have greater poise, agility and patience to minimize the impact of uncertainty. How …

When You’re Not a “Feel-Good” Type of Leader

A C-level executive once told me, “Do I really need to go to charm school and learn to become a cheerleader? I am not a ‘rah-rah’ type of leader.” He …

​Focus on Shared Goals to Reduce Workplace Conflicts

When tempers flare at the office, we often say things we regret later. Talk about your shared interests in solving the conflict and potentially …

5 Skills of Really Amazing Listeners

Most people like to think what they have to say is important. If you or I make the effort to share thoughts, feelings, or knowledge, then we want to believe the intended recipient is listening. But honestly, many people are too distracted to really take it all in when someone else is doing the …

How to Build a Fulfilling Life and Career | Inc.com

<i>This post originally appeared on First Round Capital's blog and has been republished with their permission.</i><p>Heidi Roizen is one of those names in Silicon Valley that everyone learns at some point. That’s what happens when you spend 14 years running your own company, then building developer …

Quote Of The Week: Double Your Failure Rate

<i>Click here to download a printable poster of the Quote of the Week.</i><p>Every Monday, tune in to <i>Fast Company</i> Leadership for a quote to get your week started right.<p>This week’s retro-quote comes from Thomas Watson Jr., who said, <b>“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”</b> As the …

Release Your Inner Genius With These 5 Tips

In making something, whether it is a business, an app, a book, or art, we bring something into the world that could come only from us.<p>In <i>The War of Art</i>, Steven Pressfield explains that the Romans used the word “genius” to denote an inner spirit, holy and inviolable, that watches over us, guiding us …

Here is Mercedes’ SUV concept

When we first saw Mercedes-Benz's Concept Coupé SUV, we had no context, nor data, about its size. We surmised it was probably a smaller, A-Class based offering. It isn't – which was made abundantly clear at its Auto China 2014 debut in Beijing.<p>The big Merc is indeed a Big Merc: it measures nearly …

Volkswagen GTI Roadster is a Golf gone wild

Worthersee has never been home to the gentlest outpouring of subtlety, but even by its standards this is something different: it's a Volkswagen Golf GTI that's quicker than a Ferrari FF.<p>You saw it last week as a teaser, now here's the real thing. It's Volkswagen's take on Gran Turismo's “Vision GT” …

The car that runs on sunshine and sweat

In a perfect world, someone would invent a small personal vehicle that runs on nothing but sunshine and calories – and carries a week's worth of groceries, for good measure.<p>Don’t look now, but it’s already here. The Elf, manufactured by Organic Transit, based in the US state of North Carolina, is …

Meet Volkswagen's 544-horsepower Beetle GRC

This is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been made angry. So angry in fact, it's sprouted some 544 horsepower. Welcome to the world of Global Rallycross.<p>Specifically, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, who will be entering this white hot Beetle later in the Red Bull GRC championship. As the name …

Look rich, spend little

Some have money and look the part. Others, like billionaire US investor Warren Buffett, choose not to flaunt their wealth. The so-called Oracle of Omaha’s 2006 Cadillac DTS is worth a whopping $10,000.<p>But plenty of used cars don't require the selling of internal organs to afford, while commanding a …

Gunning for a Nürburgring record

This is a car with a plan. It's called the IM01, and it's being developed by students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences for the InMotion motorsport firm.<p>The plan? First, to smash the Nürburgring Nordschleife record of 6 minutes, 11 seconds (set …

Can the MKC save Lincoln?

In the US market, a compelling crossover SUV is absolutely essential to the success of a modern maker of luxury cars. Lexus has some fine choices, as do BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Acura, Infiniti and Volvo. Lincoln... Not so much. Until now, that is. The suave new MKC brings fresh lines – …

Electric scooter, urban accessory

City centres of the near future may become little less congested if machines like the Urb-e electric scooter take hold.<p>Not intended to displace the family car, the Urb-e is billed by its maker, US-based upstart EgoLogical Mobility systems, as a “last mile” solution – a brisk alternative to hoofing …