Kyle McLeod

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The surprising trait Jeff Bezos looks for in successful employees

The smartest person in the room is the one who gets ahead the fastest, right?<p>Not according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.<p>At Microsoft's CEO Summit in …

Success

To be resilient, start by avoiding the word “happiness”

Happiness isn’t a country. You don’t get there and stay. It’s a fleeting space, a feeling that comes and goes, so focusing on <i>being</i> happy is just a distraction, according to some psychologists. Better to develop resilience, which is a characteristic that you can cultivate to improve the quality of …

Elasticity

What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew

The mentor-mentee relationship is a tango between a more senior person and a junior one. Just as in dance, coordination and orchestration between parties is necessary for grace and success. And while we and others have written about what makes the ideal mentor, comparatively less attention has been …

Work-life Balance

After a year as a CEO, I've learned 4 things matter more than anything else

It has been just over a year since I stepped into role of CEO at Affectiva — a roller coaster of a year but I've loved every second of it.<p>I co-founded Affectiva with Professor Rosalind W. Picard when we spun out of MIT Media Lab in 2009. I acted as Chief Technology and Science Officer for several …

Team Building

In Just 8 Words, Uber's New CEO Gave a Master Class in Leadership | Inc.com

If many of Uber's high-profile problems -- the sexual harassment claims, the bullying, the intellectual property lawsuit -- are attributable to former leader Travis Kalanick's brash take-no-prisoners, admit-no-errors leadership style, then the company's newly named CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, might be …

Leadership

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Bosses. Now They Teach New Managers These 6 Things | Inc.com

The transition from individual contributor to manager is not an easy one. In many cases, the skills that got you the promotion will not be the same ones that make you effective as a manager. Luckily, we have organizations like Google that have spent years researching this transition, to help us …

Stanford University

The Brutal Truth About Why Being a Leader Is So Hard | Inc.com

Being a great leader is so much harder than it looks.<p>What's difficult about leadership is that nobody ever sits you down and "teaches" you what being a real leader is all about. There's no class in early education that defines leadership. Peers in group projects tend to label leaders as …

Leadership

Elon Musk's No. 1 Rule for Staying Insanely Successful | Inc.com

Elon Musk is one of the most purposeful leaders on the planet. He understands that success doesn't happen overnight. At times, you might privately think you can't go on. You must persist. As the best leaders know, what you must commit to first is focus, energy, and discipline to finding your "why" …

Will Power

How to Push Your Team to Take Risks and Experiment

Most managers I know want their employees to be curious and experimental, to take the initiative and develop new products and solutions. But, as it turns out, managers also like to micromanage and control outcomes through safe, predictable processes. As a result, managers end up stifling the very …

Boot Camp

3 ways to boost your motivation when you need it

Vision boards — RPM blocks — Progress statements<p>Let me start this with a promise. Every piece of advice in this post is something tangible and …

Motivation

How To Go From Successful To Very Successful (And Why Most People Can’t Do It)

Many people want success more than anything else. And they’ll sacrifice everything to have it — which is often the cost of admission.<p>But there’s a …

Storytelling Should Be the Number One Skill You Want to Improve

Stories are our most important technology<p>I think that storytelling is the greatest technology that humans have ever created. Storytelling is the …

InterAct

How Do You Know Someone Is an Exceptional Leader? Look for Any of These 7 Signs | Inc.com

If you're new to the employee engagement conversation, I'll cut to the chase and break it to you like this: Since 2000, Gallup research has shown that roughly 70 percent of the U.S. work force is "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" at work.<p>If your company is part of this dismal predicament and …

Employee Engagement

11 Ways Successful People Think Differently Than You

A disciplined approach to thinking through problems is vital for everyone striving to succeed.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are those people who seem to have no problem achieving goals but it’s not because they have a higher IQ or more time than you. It’s …

Self-improvement

The Risk of an Unwavering Vision

A new study concludes that successful tech firms are often “discovered and not planned.”<p>The tech landscape is lush with entrepreneurs whose success …

Stanford University

7 Things Mentally Strong Leaders Know | Inc.com

Mentally strong leaders think big, act courageous, and feel confident. Whether they're faced with criticism and crisis, or praise and good fortune, they lead with fierce determination.<p>So what separates mentally strong leaders from the rest? They have certain core beliefs about themselves, other …

Self-help

How Successful People Make A Ding In The Universe

There are certain common traits of people who put dings in the universe.<p>1. They’re not good at everything.<p><i>“Play to your strengths.”</i><p><i>“I haven’t got</i> …

Motivation

Start Small, Start Now: Daily Ways to Build Resilience | Heleo

“Most people define resilience as recovering from a hurricane or a divorce, a big thing. If you define it as small, you can improve.”<p><b>Amy Cuddy</b> is a …

Self-help

The Most Important Thing That Determines Your Success in Any Endeavour

For the majority of my schooling years, I was a problematic student.<p>I wouldn’t pay attention in class. I never turned in any of the assignments that …

Motivation

7 Powerful Morning Routines That Will Make You Mentally Strong

<b>How U.S. Olympians and Navy SEALs boost their mental strength (and you can too).</b><p>Life as a busy entrepreneur is a bumpy roller-coaster ride, to say …

Give 40, Take 0

A manager’s job is to protect their team’s time and attention.Companies love to protect. They protect their brand with trademarks, their data and …

Time Management

This Explains Why You’re Not as Productive as You Want to be

The quest for increased personal productivity — for making the best possible use of your limited time can be overwhelming. And sometimes the better …

Time Management

How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you’re not clear on what you’re …

Motivation

"So what exactly is executive coaching?"

“So what exactly is executive coaching?” We are asked this question a great deal so let’s try and bring executive coaching to life by answering in …

Eric Schmidt

How to Build a Bulletproof Mind in 5 Minutes a Day

<i>7 Things I learned from taking 176 cold showers in a row</i><p>“Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

5 Ways to Maximize Your Brain’s Creative Potential

We all have the ability to maximize our cognitive capabilities. The last several years of brain science have revealed that our brains are incredibly …

The Brain

The Perfect Pitch

<i>How Ted Williams Taught Warren Buffett to Make better Decisions</i><p>When <b>Ted Williams (1918–2002)</b> wanted to become the best hitter in baseball, he worked …

Your Input Predicts Your Output (The Real Key to Changing Your Life)

Humans are creatures of routine. Even the most spontaneous among us stick to a lot of routines and habits. For us, it is challenging to try different …

Self-improvement