Jonathan Simons

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10 essential career lessons to embrace before it’s too late

Keep your head down and your nose to the grindstone—or so we’ve been taught.<p>Is that really the best career guidance?<p>People often take this sort of …

Public Relations

Say These 7 Words When Employees Bring You Their Problems

Imagine that one of your employees walks into your office and says “Boss, we’ve got a huge problem with the ACME account; they’re angry and I think we might lose their business!” This is one of those situations that rightly spikes a leader’s blood pressure. But as much as the wrong response risks …

Leadership

The 24 Rules for Success Left Behind by a Legendary Wall Street Banker

14. "Have some fun—but not all the time!"<p>Richard Jenrette, who co-founded the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1959, spent four …

Here Are the Best Inspirational Quotes for 2018

Another year and another 365 quotes--the most inspirational things anybody has ever said.<p>Want inspirational quotes? Each year for the past several years, I've gathered the best inspiring quotes, one for each of the coming 365 days. Here's our latest installment: the top inspirational quotes for …

The Differences Between Busy and Productive People

Are you a busy donkey or a productive unicorn?<p>The quest to be more effective at work has hatched misconceptions about what having a productive workday really means. It has also led most people into thinking that being busy is tantamount to being productive.<p>Here are some valuable insights into what …

What Did a Month of Push-Ups Do for You?

Our February push-up challenge ends today! How did the month go for you? What can you do now that you couldn’t do at the beginning? Whether you …

Use These 5 Steps to Quickly Become an Expert in Anything

To become an expert, stop thinking of yourself as one.<p>If you are going to run a business, you need to be an expert. An expert is really just someone who is trusted enough to lead. To be trusted enough to lead others and to lead innovation requires ability, results, andconfidence. If you are not an …

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work

We are creatures of habit and so are our brains. When we establish routines, we can carry out tasks faster since we don't have to think about the task.<p>Regardless of your job or industry, there aren't always enough hours in the day to get everything done. As a result, you constantly feel like you're …

4 Proteins Experts Say You Should Eat Every Day To Get Rid Of Belly Fat

Protein is an important part of everyone’s diet. It gives us energy, ensures your body feels fuller longer and prevents mindless snacking during the …

9 Terrible Habits You Need to Stop Immediately

Author Tim Ferriss suggests some common bad habits you should definitely add to your not-to-do-list.<p>Perhaps you’ve heard of a “not-to-do list.” CEOs …

Burned Out? This 1 Habit Will Ensure You Never Burn Out Again

Too many people suffer from burnout.<p>At the end of every year, I make it a point to do some serious reflecting.<p>Part of my reflection process this year has entailed taking a hard look at "burnout."<p>Burnout feels like you've hit a wall.<p>Every entrepreneur knows the feeling.<p>Burnout can happen at the end …

12 New Year’s resolutions backed by science that could actually work

The end of the year is fast approaching, so that means it’s time to think about… resolutions. If 2018 is anything like more or less every other year, …

6 Morning Routines That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Pay Off For Life

To start your day right, you've got to get into some good habits.<p>The early birds will inherit the earth.<p>At least that’s what a 2009 University of …

I break down my life into 4 'task buckets' — and it's helped me be great at everything I do

Great lives often include a collection of unbelievable stories. But they are not merely a collection of unbelievable stories. A great life is forged and created in the shadows of them. As Muhammad Ali once put it, <b>"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses</b> — behind the lines, in the gym, and …

Time Management

Work Smarter Not Harder: 17 Great Tips

In Dan Pink’s Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself he closes the book with a long, excellent list of “Work Smarter Not Harder” type …

Account Suspended

The eight-day guide to a better digital life

Your apps, search engines and social networks know hidden things about you that even your closest friends might not. To find out just how much, Sophia Smith Galer tries a programme called the Data Detox.<p>I was dubious at first when I read about the Data Detox. It sounds like a guide to logging off, …

Social Media

Your To-Do List Isn't Working. Here's How to Fix It in 1 Step

How to get unstuck, procrastinate less, and focus more.<p>You're probably familiar with the story for a jar that represents the time available in your life. You fill the jar with rocks, pebbles, and sand representing the big, medium, and small stuff you do every day. If you start with pebbles and …

The $140 productivity app that’s managed my life for the past decade

I have a strange obsession with optimizing my life for peak productivity. Part of it is the dopamine hit that comes with a task well completed. But what brings me even more joy is the creation of the perfect Rube Goldberg machine to deflect, swat, and conquer everything the information economy has …

Productivity

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

Your 3 Biggest Time Management Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Regain control of your schedule and life today with these 3 time management hacks.<p>Silicon Valley prides itself on maintaining a "hustle culture" that glorifies a workaholic lifestyle. Entrepreneurial icon Gary Vaynerchuk preaches that we must hustle every minute of every day if we want to reach our …

To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal

Teddy Roosevelt did it. Harry Truman did it. Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a leadership journal. As part of my executive coaching work, one of the most effective tools I recommend that powers up the coaching process is a leadership journal. The exercise of leadership is not unlike a sport …

Emotional Intelligence

19 Sugar-Free Lunch Ideas to Bring to Work

You may not think of lunch as being a particularly sugary meal, but between the honey in bread, high-fructose corn syrup in ketchup and salad …

Healthy Eating

April Meal Planner: 30 Colorful, Healthy Meals To Keep Your Table Fresh

April is conceptually the first month of REAL spring, so naturally, we tend to focus on light, healthy, refreshing meal options that will help us get in shape for summer. We also get to go *nuts* at the farmer’s market after months of limited seasonal food options. It’s the month of asparagus …

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

1 of 50<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>On form, no living English writer is as funny or insightful as Zadie Smith. Her third novel, about two warring families …

The 11 Mental Disciplines You Need for a Growth Mindset

This post is authored by Dr. Nicole Lipkin, CEO of EquilibriaThe post The 11 Mental Disciplines You Need for a Growth Mindset appeared first on …

Self-improvement

These 25 Productivity Principles Will Change How You Work Forever

This curated column is authored by Thomas Oppong, Founding Editor at Alltopstartups AccordingThe post These 25 Productivity Principles Will Change …

Never Run Another Bad Meeting. Here's How.

Use these 2 techniques to set the right course.<p>Many meetings fail because they try to do too much. It's the "and" trap: Organizers say, "As long as we're holding the meeting, we might as well cover this and that and the other thing and something else." The problem is that the meeting becomes so …

Start Doing These Things for Yourself to Transform Your Life in Less Than a Year

You and I have one thing in common: We want to constantly improve our lives and be the best version of ourselves. But unfortunately, many people have …

22 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22

<b>1.</b> Confidence is built on accomplishments.<p><b>2.</b> Failure is the foundation of success; the more you fail the more you will succeed. Do not fear failure.<p><b>3.</b> No amount of schooling or research is a substitute for experience.<p><b>4.</b> Overall happiness and success is built on discipline.<p><b>5.</b> You are as good as the …

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