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You make or break your life between 5-7 a.m.

While serving a humanitarian and ecclesiastical mission at the age of 20, I learned potentially the most important lesson of my life. How you spend …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

9 Signs You Have What It Takes to Be Extremely Successful

Are you headed in the right direction?<p>"Is working at the grocery store a good job?" my 13-year-old daughter recently asked. "Don't give me the long answer, dad. Please just say yes or no."<p>We all could argue over the definition of success. It means something to different to everyone. Some of you …

3 Non-Obvious Leadership Traits That Develop a Toxic Culture

You might think some of your behaviors as a leader are for the greater good. But here's why you're wrong.<p>Leaders often are so focused on how to grow and improve. They put most of their attention on developing new strategies that will allow the organization to perform better. However, leaders want …

How To Create Your Leadership User's Manual

I’ve long been captivated by the idea of creating a leadership “user’s manual.”<p>The basic idea is that managers should create a short guide to their personality, work style and, yes, even quirks, so that their direct reports would know how to best work with them. I also suspected that this kind of …

Self-awareness

Want To Live a Better Life? Use These 8 Life Lessons To Build Your Personal Philosophy

Discover your personal philosophy and then build your life around it.<p>Following a morning hike among the serenity of red rocks, wildflowers, and mountain views, I sat in conversation with an old friend. We had an important topic to discuss. Mainly, my future career.<p>My friend knows that I'm a …

Happiness

5 Sure Signs That Your Workplace Is the Opposite of Toxic

Daniel Lubetzky, Kind founder and CEO, is a model example for leading human-centered workplaces that thrive.<p>A growing body of research on employee motivation affirms the need for companies to create more human workplaces that lead to positive experiences.<p>And the responsibility falls on senior …

Too Much on Your Plate? Here's How to Avoid Cognitive Overload

Current work environments are a viper's nest of interruption that tire the brain.<p>As ridiculously powerful as the brain is, it's still not going to give you lollipops if you load it up like a cheap bookshelf suffering under Encyclopedia Britannica. That, unfortunately, is exactly what tons of us do …

7 Ways Leaders Undermine Trust and Destroy Their Company Culture Without Even Realizing It

It's never too late to become the leader who takes your company to the top.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Twenty-first century workplaces continue to evolve rapidly and dramatically. People not long ago were blocked from accessing social media at their workplace; today …

Leadership

This doctor's shocking behavior is a reminder that mental health stigma must end now.

Samuel Bardwell had a bad anxiety attack, so his father took him to the emergency room.<p>Samuel was playing basketball when he noticed the signs of an …

Research Shows The Quickest Way To Build Trust With Your Employees

One of my studies, called “How To Build Trust In The Workplace,” surveyed more than 7,000 people all about why people do, or don’t, trust their leaders. The first thing we discovered was that approximately 32% of a worker’s loyalty is the result of feeling trust towards their boss. So it’s …

Leadership

United Airlines Gave Passengers a Terrible Explanation for the Lack of a Basic Service. What's Stunning Is How Passengers Reacted

Welcome to flying cross-country in 2018.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Jonathan's a salesman with a Fortune 500 company.<p>Worse than that, he's a friend of mine. (Naturally, he asked me to change his name for this article.)<p>He …

Is your home making you unhappy? The quick fix interior tips to boost your mood

Two years ago, Victoria Harrison was unhappy; burnt out from her commute, stressed at work, not sleeping, and living on chocolate and coffee. When she looked at her friends, also successful 30-something professionals in their dream jobs, she noticed something similar.<p>“We were all tired but wired,” …

Trump allies gang up on Gowdy

The GOP lawmaker was once a conservative hero. Now he’s under fire on the right for balking at Trump’s ‘spygate’ theory.<p>Rep. Trey Gowdy has been a pitbull investigator for Republicans for years. Now, he’s in President Donald Trump’s doghouse for daring to challenge the president’s unsupported claim …

Donald Trump

You've Been Painting Rooms Wrong All These Years

Paint is one of the best ways to dramatically change a room, especially on a low budget. It may seem as simple as deciding on a color, buying paint, …

Mental noise is hurting us: Why silence is the think tank of the soul

Upon meeting a Zen master at a social event, a psychiatrist decided to ask him a question that had been on his mind for a long time.<p>“Exactly how do …

Elon Musk Cut the Gordian Knot of Corporate Spending

With a single stroke of genius, Musk solved one of the world's most intractable management problems.<p>Elon Musk keeps hitting it out of the ballpark... not as a technology guru but as a people-savvy manager. Last month, Musk gave the world's best productivity advice in a single, short sentence and …

Tesla

I HIT HIDWAL: How This Crazy Acronym Can Help You Turn Your Life Around

The real enemy of "great" may be "good."<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In <i>Good to Great,</i> Jim Collins opened up a whole new paradigm for many people. He showed us that “bad” is not the enemy of “great.” “Good” is the enemy of “great.” Everyone can recognize when …

Entrepreneurship

Why Ronald Reagan Believed If You Can't Handle Conflict, You Can't Lead

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means - Reagan<p>I have worked with thousands of CEOs over the years in my advisory work and one thing that really stands out to me is how common it is to find leaders who don't know how to handle conflict. And while …

Your Meetings Are Killing Employees' Best Ideas. It Isn't Your Fault. Here's How to Fix Them

Shared information bias and groupthink destroy innovation. But you can get it back.<p>Think back to your last team meeting. Did you and your employees or co-workers have a friendly, respectful conversation? Was there consensus? Did everyone agree on the best course of action and how to implement …

I've Studied Hundreds of Organizations. Here's Why Most Can't Innovate

Today we need to manage not for stability, but for disruption<p>As a manager, I always felt incredible pressure to innovate. Yet it was hard to know how to go about it. There were plenty of books about high flying companies, but those same organizations seemed to sputter out almost as soon as the ink …

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Just Dropped the Best Business Advice You'll Read Today

Two innovative thinkers. Two extremely detailed communiqués. Many invaluable lessons.<p>Jeff Bezos. Elon Musk.<p>These two tech visionaries share a lot in common. They're both known as extremely innovative thinkers. They're both trying to change the world, one by altering the way people buy products and …

I've studied happiness for years — here are the 12 best pieces of advice I'm giving my daughter

"Drift" is the decision we make by not deciding, or by making a decision that unleashes consequences for which we don't take responsibility.<p>You go to medical school because both your parents are doctors. You get married because all your friends are getting married. You take a job because someone …

Happiness

3 Signs That You're a Micromanager and What You Can Do to About It

If you have any of these three tendencies, you're likely micromanaging your people. If you want them (and you) to grow, here's what to do.<p>As an executive and leadership coach, micromanaging is one of the most common challenges I see. It's a common problem for many leaders, new and old alike. Left …

Stanford professor: The workplace is literally killing us

No good employer is going to outright say that they kill you, but new research finds that too many modern workplaces are grim reapers inflicting a …

How Couples Misunderstand Each Other

A heart-breaking experience of counseling couples is seeing good people suffer due to the entirely avoidable <i>illusion of sameness.</i><p>In the illusion of …

The three crises of liberal democracy | Ganesh Sitaraman

We now swim in dangerous waters, and we can no longer take the persistence of liberal democracy for granted<p>Over the past few years, I have frequently been reminded of David Foster Wallace’s commencement address at Kenyon College in 2005. Wallace began with the story of two fish swimming together, …

David Foster

If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?

“I really became a robot,” a manager at an accounting firm explained. She and her colleagues worked extraordinarily long hours, but, she said, “I thought it was normal. It’s like brainwashing. You are in a kind of mental system where you are under increasing demands, and you say to yourself that it …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Do This to Help Them Be Strong, Confident, and Resilient

Instead of being victims, resilient kids see themselves as being in control of their destinies. As a result, they tend to grow and get better when bad things happen, instead of crumpling.<p>Much has been written about the habits and characteristics of high-achieving adults, and how they differ from …

What's Behind The Work Stress Epidemic?

Stressed out at work? You’re not alone. Research shows that roughly 70% of Americans name work as being a major cause of stress, with 40% reporting feeling tense and stressed out during a typical workday. One study of more than 46,000 U.S employees showed that health care costs were 46% higher for …

Work Stress

One Trait Great Leaders (and Designers) Have in Common

This is one trait great leaders and designers have in common.<p>I come from a family of lawyers. From a young age It was expected that my brother and I would also go into law. We broke with tradition, not without resistance from our elders. He became a journalist and I became a designer. I didn't …