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The Right Way to Respond to Negative Feedback

Feedback, as they say, is a gift. Research bears this out, suggesting that it’s a key driver of performance and leadership effectiveness. Negative feedback in particular can be valuable because it allows us to monitor our performance and alerts us to important changes we need to make. And indeed, …

Consciousness

Do Just 1 Thing Differently to Learn Faster and Remember Longer: No Extra Time, Effort, or Technology Required

You don't even have to change the manner in which you study or practice. You only have to do this.<p>Even though many people feel that success is all about whom you know, success is almost always based on <i>what</i> you know. That's why so many people want to learn faster, retain more information, and …

You can teach yourself to read an entire book in a single day

There’s no better superfood for your brain than a book.<p>Reading is the best way to rapidly gain a deep, and broad understanding of a topic or discipline.<p>You can read an entire book every day, but it will cost you. It’s a massive goal and can be unreasonable, but it works for me.<p>I am selective about …

I retired a millionaire at 30 — this is the key to earning more money

Over the past 2 years I've written over 300,000 words about money, spent over 200 hours talking and recording for the podcast, answered over 1,700 reader emails, and done over 200 media interviews all about money. Many people ask me what's my best piece of advice about money.<p>I usually give some …

Personal Finance

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

This is how to overcome anger: 5 powerful secrets from mindfulness

There’s a voice shouting. Takes a second before you realize it’s yours. You feel energized. Righteous. Driving every point home. It’s like the climax …

Mindfulness

If Your Employees Aren't Learning, You're Not Leading

There’s a strong positive relationship between how much people learn on the job and how much they love their job. Employees who score high on survey questions like “I will have to learn new skills to achieve my assigned goals for this year” have higher scores on questions such as:<p>“I consider myself …

Leadership

4 Nighttime Habits That Will Keep You More Rested, Motivated, and Productive (and They Only Take 5 Minutes)

Neglecting your nighttime habits leaves a lot of success and growth on the table.<p>You've had a long and hopefully productive day. You're ready to unwind and relax until you fall asleep at some point.<p>However, doing that is leaving a lot of potential growth on the table, along with quality sleep. …

Asking your coworkers two uncomfortable questions is the key to getting ahead in your career

How do the people you work with see you?<p>However you answered that question, you're almost certainly wrong. It's surprisingly difficult for most of us to understand how others perceive us — we think we're being inclusive as managers and others see us as weak and indecisive (that happened to me). Or …

Self-improvement

What Are the 9 Best Books on Investing to Buy in 2018?

The 9 Best Books on Investing to Buy in 2018<p>Get smart and get rich with these good reads<p>Updated August 04, 2018<p>Whether you’re an experienced trader …

Investing

With 1 Amazing Word, Dee Hock, Founder of VISA, defines leadership, and destroys the modern education system

We've got it all backwards. Leadership and education have nothing in common with the way they've been defined the last 100 years. Dee Hock sets us straight.<p>In a past Inc. article we explored why management and leadership have nothing in common, and that management of people is unhealthy for any …

Why Smart Entrepreneurs Don't Ask For Advice, They Ask For This Instead

While giving advice might feel good, stepping back and sharing experiences can often be more helpful.<p>Business owners are often looking for advice on strategies, tactics, and key decisions. However, while offering straight up advice might seem like an obvious solution, in the big picture, …

Science suggests there's no such thing as an 'addictive personality' — here's why

Addiction — whether it's to alcohol, a substance, or even sex — is a negative term. We refer to addiction as a disorder, and those who are diagnosed as being hooked on something are told by society that they have a problem.<p>The reasons someone becomes an addict are complicated. Some think it's down …

Drug Addiction

26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Time-management skills can take a while to learn.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant, the author of "Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want," and the creator of a course to help entrepreneurs find their target market, distilled the lessons he wishes he'd known when …

Time Management

Do Less, Accomplish More

THERE IS AN OLD story of a man riding very fast on a horse. As he rides past his friend standing on the side of the road, the friend yells, “Where …

Mindfulness

9 Things to Never Say in a Salary Negotiation

Avoiding these landmines could add thousands to your take-home pay.<p>You're 96% sure that you are ready to schedule a meeting with your boss to ask for …

How to Give Feedback People Can Actually Use

Over the last decade, I’ve conducted thousands of 360-degree feedback interviews with the colleagues of the leaders I coach. My goal with these sessions is to get a better sense of my clients’ strengths and weaknesses, but more often than not, the feedback isn’t particularly useful.<p>How do you give …

The 1 Thing Good Bosses Never Do When Giving Negative Feedback

They always separate the person from the action.<p>Dale Carnegie begins chapter two of his masterpiece, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>, with an anecdote about steel magnate Charles M. Schwab.<p>Schwab happened to be strolling through his steel mills one lunchtime when he noticed some of his …

This Is How to Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation, According to Science

Caroline Webb, author of How to Have a Good Day, uncovers the science behind owning the room in a social situation.<p>Caroline Webb, the renowned economist, leadership coach, and author of <i>How to Have a Good Day,</i> has helped hundreds of organizations be more effective through behavioral economics, …

A Better Way To Deal With The Negative Thoughts In Our Heads

If you’re familiar with contemporary definitions of mindfulness, you’ve probably heard something along the lines of not getting too attached to our thoughts, but letting them arise and subside of their own accord, like clouds. Our job is just to witness them, non-judgmentally, and let them fade …

Mindfulness

How to Ask Purposeful Questions to Engage Your Team

Every leader has favorite questions, but they do not always elicit the insights they want.<p>Plenty of books are filled with lists of questions, but asking questions without a clear objective is like playing the question lotto. Very occasionally you might get lucky and win, but most of the time you …

6 Leadership Lessons You Don't Want to Learn the Hard Way

Learning lessons the hard way is often the only way most people learn. When it comes to leadership that approach can have horrid consequences.<p>Everybody loves to focus on the things you must do to be a great leader. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this approach, it's often our …

What to Do When Your Boss Says No

Several years ago I sat down with the CEO of a fast-growing retail business. The company started as a single store, but about a decade later it was a national chain on the heels of filing an IPO. I asked the CEO, whom I’ll call Mike, about the secret of his company’s rapid growth. His answer blew …

Cash-back services: Do they really work?

As the Cheapskate, I'm frequently asked to share my favorite money-saving tip. When I do, it's frequently met with skepticism:<p>"That sounds too good to be true."<p>"There's no such thing as a free lunch."<p>"You can't get something for nothing."<p>Yeah, I get it. It does sound too good to be true. But what's …

Want to Be a Great Leader? Do This 1 Thing First (Most Bosses Do the Opposite)

Great leaders know the secret to motivating, inspiring, and leading their employees. And here it is.<p>The audience was polite but definitely not captivated. I was struggling to engage them. OK, to be honest, I was kinda dying onstage.<p>Maybe I was having an off day. Maybe they were having an off day.<p>Or …

To Persuade People, Trade PowerPoint for Papier-Mâché

Someone once told me that most PowerPoint presentations have neither power nor a point. I cannot recollect, in 30 years of work, a single PowerPoint presentation I saw or gave that altered the course of anything. Yet in meeting after meeting around the world, PowerPoint is the medium of choice. In …

Stop Trying to Sound Smart When You’re Writing

When I read a piece of business writing, whether it’s a proposal, a report, or a simple email, I’m turned off by people who have invested more energy trying to <i>sound</i> smart than in trying to <i>be</i> smart. Ideally, I’d like to read communications where I don’t notice the writing at all. The best writing is …

9 Psychology Books Every Businessperson Should Read

Learning the secrets of the mind will make you a better professional.<p>At the base of it, business success is about people--making the right connections, understanding motivation, guessing what others will do next, and accurately evaluating those you meet. Which is why knowing some basic psychology …

This Is How To Make Good Decisions: 4 Secrets Backed By Research

Life would be a lot easier if we just knew how to make good decisions. Research shows we all make a lot of bad ones.With careers:More than half of …

This Is How to Increase Grit, According to Research

Ever feel like you just wanna give up on something? How can you develop the inner strength necessary to achieve your long term goals?<p>Turns out that …