Kara Jones Van Norden

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What’s Worse than a Difficult Conversation? Avoiding One.

As a leader, how can you confront the truth about a situation without fearing rejection, or disagree with someone clearly and cleanly without obsessing about causing offense?<p>I have been an executive with major corporations, including PepsiCo, Shell, and BBC Worldwide, as well as a change …

Real Leadership Is About Controlling the Flow of Crap

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Shit flows uphill.<p>As a young boy, this was a saying that was meant to define leadership. It was my understanding that it originated in the Army and meant simply that the processing of complaints and bad news was to "flow" up …

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

A short guide to start making emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>Emotional intelligence, also known as EI or EQ (for Emotional Intelligence Quotient), describes a person's ability to recognize emotions, to understand their powerful effect, and to use that information to guide thinking …

Positive Coping Strategies to Combat Workplace Stress

With longer hours and a rise in dual-income families, stress may have reached an all-time high.<p>With longer hours and a rise in dual-income families, stress may have reached an all-time high. This high stress is despite the fact that technology is supposed to have made work life, social life and …

Why a Sense of Humor Is Vital to Your Success

A sense of humor is common sense, dancing.<p>Elizabethan poet and playwright Francis Bacon once said, "Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, a sense of humor for what he is."<p>Recently I was at a meeting of fellow Inc. 5000 company owners who periodically meet to share, …

This 1 Simple Habit Is the Key to Working Smarter

Doing your deep work early in the day allows your brain to focus fully on the problem at hand.<p><i>What are some uncommon ways to work smarter instead of harder? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by</b> …

3 Things Visionary Leaders Always Say (and 3 They Never Say)

If you want your vision to be heard, look at how great business leaders communicate their ideas.<p>You can be more like Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg and Richard Branson starting <i>now</i>. All you have to do is watch--and quantify--your language.<p>Noah Zandan is the CEO and co-founder of Quantified …

Public Speaking

The four building blocks of change

Four key actions influence employee mind-sets and behavior. Here’s why they matter.<p><b>Large-scale organizational change</b> has always been difficult, and …

Management

8 Ways Smart People Use Failure To Their Advantage

One of the biggest roadblocks to success is the fear of failure. Fear of failure is worse than failure itself because it condemns you to a life of unrealized potential.<p>A successful response to failure is all in your approach. In a study recently published in the <i>Journal of Experimental Social</i> …

Self-improvement

The Failure Factor: Learning From Failure

There’s a myth out there that failure is career-ending and that success is achieved without any bumps in the road. But in reality, it’s surviving rock bottom that gives entrepreneurs the experience, confidence and edge that ultimately causes them to thrive.<p>Learn about how failure can help with …

Five Things That Matter More Than Qualifications

Reading job ads can destroy your self-esteem. When you read job ads you start to think that your incredible experience and talents count for nothing, because every employer seems to ask for the moon.<p>They don’t just ask for the moon — they want a few stars and planets, too! It’s ridiculous. Who’s …

Strengthening Team Member Performance Through Peer Reviews

<i>Tom Strong and Laura Faulkner contributed to this article.</i><p><i>This post is the fourth in a series about effective management practices and how they benefit both companies and the people that work for them.</i><p>Traditional performance reviews have been called out by business leaders for being outdated and …

10 Project & Task Management Tools To Try

a<p>If you find it difficult to manage your team and projects or find difficulty in keeping them at top productivity levels, then a project management …

Project Management

Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments

Leadership development represents a huge and growing investment for most organizations. Industry research, for example, shows that companies spent more than $24 billion on leadership and management training worldwide in 2013, an increase of 15% from 2012.<p>The question is whether companies will get a …

Leadership Lessons on Developing Managers for the Future

Succession planning is often for which company leadership is underprepared. Other business initiatives, budget development, and employee development …