Karen W

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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 …

Self-improvement

How Are You Protecting Your High Performers from Burnout?

A little over a year ago, a high-performing specialist at one of the largest technologies companies — we’ll call him Santiago — was given an opportunity no high performer could turn down: an opportunity to play a manager role on a project he really cared about. The director told him, “You care …

The Workplace

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

5 Practical Ways to Engage a Geographically Distributed Workforce

<b>By Billy Bosworth, CEO, DataStax</b>Like many technology companies, DataStax competes with some of the world’s largest enterprises for top talent. We’ve come to realize that much of that talent is located outside of Silicon Valley, and even outside of the typical urban areas where a company might …

Vocal tricks for speakers to sound smarter and more composed

You’re standing in the wings, getting ready to go on stage to give an important speech.If you’re like most people, you’re a little nervous. Well, OK, …

17 Benefits (Other Than Salary) You Can Negotiate When You Take a Job

We’ve all heard about the value of negotiating salary before accepting a job offer. “Know your worth,” “Ask for what you deserve,” “Be willing to …

How I Processed a Backlog of 1,061 Emails to Reclaim My Inbox

Stay on top of your inbox -- without devoting your whole day to email -- with these tips.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A few weeks ago on a Monday morning, I opened my inbox with a tense tightening in my stomach. My inbox a few weeks prior was around 20 …

Productivity

Asking Yourself This 1 Simple Question Will Quickly Show Whether You're a Good Leader

This may be the litmus test of what true leadership is all about.<p>My favorite boss to this day was an executive named Bruce. I wrote an article about him, where I talk about his Servant Leadership style, and what he did to get the best out of his people. For example:<p>He spent countless hours coaching …

Mentoring

4 Reasons Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

Leadership is about solving problems and making decisions. You don't need to be the life of the business party to do either one.<p>Whether in business or in life, we look to our leaders to teach us, guide us, and help us make sense of everything. Therefore, most successful leaders have a strong sense …

Leadership

How Women Can Escape The Impostor Syndrome Trap

Sandra was introduced to me as a highly successful business professional with exceptional leadership skills. She was being groomed for a top executive position, and she sounded perfect for my favorite kind of coaching assignment. I love working with accomplished women who are looking to become even …

How To Become A Professional Speaker In 7 Easy Steps

One thing that successful freelancers and entrepreneurs often do is create multiple income streams. For example, a freelance web designer might teach a design course as an adjunct instructor at a local community college. A marketing consultant might write a set of e-books on marketing for small …

Workplace niceness can have nasty side effects

Imagine that eight people walk into a meeting to discuss an important strategic decision for their company. They’re all well-versed in the challenge they face. But two members of the group hold some key piece of information or a perspective that not everybody has considered. Everyone knows, for …

Leadership

The best leaders aren’t optimists

Countless studies prove that looking at the bright side has ample psychological and physiological benefits, from depression and anxiety prevention to improved cardiovascular health. Beyond the personal perks, many believe optimism is an invaluable leadership trait, and an “essential ingredient of …

Self-help

33 Things to Stop Doing to Your Kids Right Now

In our quest to be a great mom or dad, we often don't see that our actions aren't always best for our children. Now's the time to take off the …

No, You Should Absolutely Not Stay Married "For Your Kids"

My parents stayed together "for the kids," and let me tell you: it was the worst decision they ever made. And no, I'm not being dramatic. After looking back on the last 27 years, they both agree that it wasn't the right choice. Although it's true that some marriages can be saved with couples' …

Parenting

Leaders, Stop Avoiding Hard Decisions

Too many leaders avoid making tough calls. In an effort not to upset others or lose status in the eyes of their followers, they concoct sophisticated justifications for putting off difficult decisions, and the delay often does far more damage than whatever fallout they were trying to avoid. In …

Why You Should Focus on Developing Yourself as a Leader -- and 5 Ways to Start

Are you spending enough time and money on your leadership development? These five questions can help you decide.<p>To be effective in today's rapidly evolving business world, leadership development is a critical investment for us to make. As leaders, we need to stay on top of marketplace changes -- …

Team Building

Why Being a Perfectionist Can Be Harmful

If you are a perfectionist, you are probably familiar with the feeling of wanting to get everything just right. You may struggle with handing in …

Psychology

My Boyfriend Watches Gross Porn. Should I Be Concerned?

<b>DEAR DR. JENN,</b><p>I found a stash of porn on my boyfriend's computer that can only be described as degrading, gross, and weird. Should I be worried?</b> …

7 Common Mistakes Young Leaders Often Make but Don't Have to

With new responsibilities come problems that are new to you but not to everybody.<p>Three years ago millennials surpassed Gen Xers to become the single largest cohort working in the United States, according to a study conducted by PEW Research. This means more young people will be assuming positions …

Servant Leadership Is Not What You Think: Ken Blanchard Explains

What is “servant leadership” and how can it make you a better leader?<p>Often in life and work, we become focused on tasks instead of people. If left unchecked, this “results first, team second” mentality can lead to low morale and even lower performances. However, by leading from the ground up and …

Leadership

Why your superstar coworker will probably give up before you do

Any manager tasked with a challenging project is likely to tap the office rock stars for the assignment, relying on their talent and inner drive to get the job done.<p>What makes great intuitive sense can nonetheless backfire.<p>A new study in the <i>Academy of Management Journal</i> suggests that people saddled …

Psychology

Do You Procrastinate at Work? It Could Be a Sign of Genius

Because the path to accomplishment is not always a perfectly efficient one.<p>In case you think waiting on a coworker to finally finish an overdue …

Leonardo Da Vinci

6 Ways to Show Your Employees You Appreciate Them -- Without Paying Them More

Valued employees are valuable employees. Show your people some love, and they'll respond with loyalty and higher productivity.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to retaining your best employees, more money isn't always the answer.<p>No one objects to a …

Employee Engagement

How to accomplish more in 30 days than most people do in 365

“The best ambition killer is trying to play someone else’s game.” — Dan Sullivan<p>Craig Ballantyne, author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the …

Motivation

The Dangers of Being an Empathetic Leader

Empathy on its own is not enough<p>8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To enhance engagement, many leaders are told they need to be more empathetic. Empathy is the skill of understanding and recognizing others' feelings and perspectives. As a leader, that skill is …

Emotional Intelligence

My one problem with mom's viral letter begging her husband for more help

It took courage for Reno, Nev., mom Celeste Erlach to pen an open letter to her husband, begging him to pitch in more with the couple’s two young children.<p>I cringed in recognition at some of the lines. My kids’ early months and years, before I divorced their dad, weren’t so different from what …

Parenting

Research: When Being a Humble Leader Backfires

There is a paradox when it comes to what we expect in leaders. On the one hand, we believe that effective leaders display humility — they bring out the best in others, are open to admitting their shortcomings and mistakes, and give appreciation and credit to their followers. Recent public scandals …

Leadership

If You Had a C-Section or Induction, Your Child May Experience Health Issues Later in Life, Study Finds

Worldwide, the number of spontaneous vaginal births has decreased, and more babies have entered the world after mom was induced, or via C-section — emergency or planned — which researchers have found may affect the child's long-term health. In a study carried out by an international research team, …

Pregnancy

World's Greatest Leaders Are Masters of This 1 Skill

True leadership is not about having all the answers<p>Over the years I've held many leadership roles. I've been a small business owner, a founder and a CEO. And in each of these roles I believed it was my job to have all the answers.<p>I believed investors demanded a complete understanding of the market …

Leadership