Jim Worlein

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The Most Powerful Leadership Tool You Have: Your Own Example

Leadership is tricky. It’s more than the title you hold within your company or how many people you manage, but how far does its definition reach? What is leadership? What makes a leader, and how do you improve your own ability to lead?<p>Plenty of definitions exist explaining what a leader is, and we …

Leadership

What Are Your Employees Thinking? A Ridiculously Simple Way to Find Out

Your employees are full of thoughts. Find out what they're thinking by answering their anonymous questions at your all-hands meeting.<p>Great managers sometimes lose their best employees. Usually it's inevitable.<p>The reason people leave isn't always black and white.<p>Sometimes employees leave because …

Employee Engagement

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 …

Why Your All-Star Employee Could Make A Lousy Manager

Recent shakeups within the NBA saw the dismissal of several high profile coaches. One change, though, really stood out to me. Derek Fisher—league-beloved point guard known for his championship-level play with the Los Angeles Lakers—was recently fired as coach of the New York Knicks and the …

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Here's why the eight-hour workday doesn't work

The eight-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.<p>The eight-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual …

Why 44 Percent of Top U.S. Executives Don't Want to Hire You

In a survey of U.S. executives, 44 percent said Americans lack soft skills, which are poorly taught by traditional education. Other learning methods work better, luckily.<p>I went to business school mostly to learn business's "hard" skills--ones we can quantify, like accounting and finance. I thought …

Column: This is what happens when you take Ayn Rand seriously

The core of Rand’s philosophy is that unfettered self-interest is good and altruism is destructive. “What if we indeed allowed ourselves to be …

Ayn Rand

10 Dangerous Toys from Decades Past (and the Commercials That Sold Them)

Baby Boomers are a hardy bunch. They rode in cars that weren’t equipped with special toddler seats, walked to and from school without being …

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