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This Easy Pumpkin Pudding Cake Is Pure Magic

No disrespect to pumpkin pie, but it's time to let other (equally delicious) pumpkin desserts take center stage this fall. Because, let's be honest, …

Dessert

Taste Beyond The Tongue

5 skills the most effective managers have

Being a good manager isn't just about knowing the ins and outs of a specific business, or being in the same industry for a certain number of years. There are some innate skills that separate good managers from those who are simply mediocre.<p>If you're vying for a manager position, or looking to do …

Time Warner

Want Your Best Employees to Never Leave You? Give Them the 7 Things They Need the Most | Inc.com

In the quest to crack the code on employee engagement, companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on wasted efforts to "develop their leaders."<p>Since leadership development is broad, it needs to be clearly defined for business outcomes. The common denominator is teaching managers the …

Employee Engagement

How to Inspire a Group of People to Do the Impossible | Inc.com

It was Andrew Carnegie who said, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."<p>When you want to motivate people to do amazing …

Motivation

I just read a great book on accomplishing more by doing less — here are my 5 best takeaways

How do some people achieve extraordinary levels of success when pursuing their passions while others chase their dreams but never reach any finish lines?<p>The secret, according to entrepreneur and bestselling author Gary Keller, is that they have one thing — a visionary goal for their lives — that …

Why Do Employees Quit on Their Bosses? Because They Never Get Asked These Important Questions | Inc.com

For nearly five decades now, ever since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay "The Servant as Leader," leadership thinkers have attempted to replicate, rehash, and reinterpret the concepts of great leadership.<p>Stripped down to its basic and most practical form, leadership has always been and …

Employee Engagement

The 5 C's of Great Leaders | Inc.com

<i>By Kirsten Blakemore Edwards (@KirstenBeMe), MA CPCC, Consultant at Partners In Leadership</i><p>Upward movement is a challenge, especially for women competing to ascend the ranks in a male-dominated company. Instead of fighting so hard to get to the top, there's another approach to becoming a great …

Leadership

How to Handle Underperformers on a Team You Inherit

Recently I was talking with a new manager about the team she had inherited. While she thought that most of the team members were doing a good job, she was concerned that one or two people were not pulling their weight. She wasn’t sure what to do about them. She was worried that if she fired these …

5 Leadership Mistakes Even the Best Bosses Make | Inc.com

If you think your boss is some freak of nature and you're the luckiest person alive, I'll break it to you gently: He or she is human and will make mistakes.<p>The great ones rise up from their errors by A) acknowledging they made a mistake and correcting a behavior (think humility), or B) …

Employment

Why Do Leaders Fail at Their Jobs, Exactly? Here's the Entire Reason, Summed Up in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

Recently, I summed up in one sentence exactly why people quit their jobs. Well, actually, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton did, stating that the <i>real</i> reason is due to bad managers. That's based on decades of data and interviews with 25 million employees, Gallup found.<p>Naturally, the next question should be <i>why?</i> …

Leadership

10 Traits of Managers Whose Teams Are Happy to Come to Work

Work isn't recess but it shouldn't be detention, either.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The last thing any manager wants their team members to do is dread coming to work each day. Because people spend the majority of their time at work, it is important managers do all …

Millennials are killing chain restaurants thanks to Instagram

Casual dining chains like Ruby Tuesday, Applebee’s, and TGI Fridays are viciously fighting to stay alive. What was once considered to be a fun Saturday night out to stuff your face with half apps, is now outdated and boring.<p>Restaurant stock is dropping, customers are leaving, and business owners …

6 Leadership Lessons You Don't Want to Learn the Hard Way | Inc.com

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 weaknesses or things we don't know that end up hurting us the most.<p>Out of all the information out there in the world, there are things you know (<1%) …

Leadership

To Be a Great Boss, Show These 4 Traits to Your Employees Every Day (Most Never Do) | Inc.com

I've done my fair share of researching what true leadership looks like over the years. What I've found is that all great leaders have one thing in common: They lift up their employees and help them to joyfully achieve their goals so they can thrive and succeed.<p>Does that sound like an overused, …

Leadership

Hiring Great People Is More Than a Gut Feeling. Here Are 8 Ways to Get it Right Every Time | Inc.com

As a leader, nothing is more important than hiring great people. Great hires impact virtually every facet of your organization, from culture and values to the ability to innovate, adapt, and persevere over time. When we hire the right people they generate returns that significantly exceed the costs …

Employment

Most productive people: 6 things they do every day

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?<p><b>Know how many days per week you’re actually productive?</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; …

I asked Navy SEALs what to do when things get chaotic at work, and they said the same advice works on the battlefield and in business

I recently had the chance to get up before dawn and spend a day learning about leadership from two former US Navy SEAL commanders, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.<p>Willink led SEAL Team 3 Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War, and Babin was his second in …

4 Powerful Qualities That Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs Have In Common | Inc.com

Our collective consciousness is defined by great leaders. Think about some of today's most recognizable household names: Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Richard Branson. All have ascended to the top of business and achieved quasai-celebrity status, forging new …

Leadership

Jeff Bezos Just Summed Up How to Win in 1 Simple Question | Inc.com

Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos recently became the second richest person in the world with a net worth of $75.3 billion. What's the secret of his success? Every day he uses one simple rule and asks the question: "Are we a Day 1 or Day 2 Company?"<p><b>Day 1 Company.</b><p>A Day 1 Company makes the decision that …

Jeff Bezos

The 'small business owners of the year' share their best advice for entrepreneurs

This year, Maui Brewing Company is on track to bring in $18-22 million in revenue and ship 53,000 barrels of beer (the equivalent of 17.52 million 12-ounce cans). By the end of 2018, the Marreros plan on having three restaurants, a notably larger brewery, wider distribution, and a staff of 700 …

15 managers reveal the biggest lessons they learned from employees who quit

<i>Q. What lesson from an employee departure really stuck with you, and why?</i><p><b>1. Hire for values alignment, not just skill</b><p>Hiring for values alignment can be a challenging process, but the rewards are many: higher performance, lower turnover rates and a happier culture.<p>We have strong values at our …

Entrepreneurship

The Restaurant GM Is the Glue that Keeps the Dining Room Together

Zahav, one of the best restaurants in America according to Eater’s own Bill Addison and widely recognized for chef Michael Solomonov’s modern Israeli cooking, also offers praiseworthy service (which was nominated for a James Beard Award this year). But the name of the man responsible for this …

Want Your Best Employees to Never Leave You? Ask Them 5 Simple Questions | Inc.com

Want to do something that will launch you into the new era of HR? Get rid of your exit interviews and replace them with "stay interviews."<p>If you're new to this concept, unlike the exit interview, managers are using stay interviews to get fresh insight into improving the work environment or their …

Employee Engagement

4 Simple Things Every Team Wants From Their Leader | Inc.com

While it can be difficult to become a great leader and to achieve great things, practicing great leadership is actually quite easy. There is a tendency to overcomplicate or overthink what leadership is, but actually, leadership can be very simple. I have worked with teams all over the world, from …

Leadership

5 Daily Choices the Smartest People Make | Inc.com

According to multiple sources, the average number of decisions an adult makes each day is about 35,000. Some are smart, others ... well, lets just keep things on a positive note and say it's the smart decisions you make every day that will lead to success.<p>Speaking of, there are countless …

Self-improvement

5 Mistakes That Make Teams Really Dysfunctional | Inc.com

While we all know that building a strong team is essential to working well together, we all make mistakes in the process that ultimately set us up for failure rather than success.<p>When trying to put together the best team possible, it's crucial to avoid these 5 mistakes--or else you'll end up with …

Résumés

8 subtle signs an employee is exceptional

We can all spot a great employee: She's dependable, proactive, hardworking, a great leader and a great follower.<p>She brings a wide variety of easily defined — but hard to find — skills to the table.<p>Some employees, though, are exceptional. They have skills and qualities that aren't evaluated on …

8 Conversational Habits of Smart Communicators (It's Not What You Think) | Inc.com

The digital era is causing a slow degeneration in our ability to verbally communicate. Specifically, the part of verbal communication that doesn't require words -- active listening.<p>This affects all generations, not just Millennials. As a Gen-Xer myself, I fully admit that being connected 24/7 to …

Text Messaging

Pay Attention to These Surprising 6 Red Flags Signaling Burnout. You May Be Closer Than You Think | Inc.com

Contrary to what you might think, it's surprisingly easy to ignore the signs of burnout. You might be so determined to meet a deadline or achieve some goal that you miss the red flags or warning signs that something is about to go very wrong. If you're not conscious of what your body is telling you …

Time Management