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3 Ways a 35-Hour Workweek Made Me a Better CEO

Building a business on a shorter workweek made me a better leader.<p>Sixteen months ago, I announced to my staff we were going to give a 35-hour workweek a trial run. For 90 days, we'd see if working seven hours per day (without a reduction in pay) had positive outcomes. I told the team I would not do …

Warren Buffett Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else

The 87-year-old chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway once gave us a breakthrough principle of taking charge of one's life. Let's revisit it.<p>Billionaire Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is 87 years old and still capturing the world's attention as the second richest …

The 12 Most Impactful Books to Read in 2018

Growth is a result of combining your experience with what you learn. Reading these books will help you do it better and faster.<p>I read, some might say a little too much. I read 103 books last year. This year, I'm proud to say I only read 98. Quality over quantity.<p>Science says just being surrounded …

This School Will Teach You Today's Hottest Job Skills — With NO Tuition

Here's what you have to do.<p>Want to get your foot in the door at some of Silicon Valley’s hottest companies, with valuable data analytics skills in …

San Francisco

This 1 Rule Will Seriously Up Your Company's Innovation Game

A simple principle for managing scarce resources.<p>One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their …

Successful CEOs Use These 5 Hacks to Always Stay Productive

You don't always have to feel behind. Here's what it takes to get out of the perpetual cycle of busyness and stay two steps ahead.<p>It's no secret that startups are hard. To be successful, it can require unending mental and physical energy, superhuman patience, and a massive demand on the most …

CEOs

Want Your Boss to Be a Better Leader? Persuade Them to Try Any of These Top 5 Habits of Smart Leaders

Here's the bottom line for why employees quit their managers.<p>Years ago, Gallup estimated quite shockingly that 75 percent of the reasons people quit comes down to their managers.<p>In my own research pouring over mountains of literature as well as my own client data to get to the bottom line of the …

6 Business Books Every Leader Needs to Read

These six books will reshape your thinking on leadership, productivity, and understanding people.<p>Benjamin Franklin once suggested we either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Some of the top writers today are CEOs and business professionals sharing experiences and …

24 favorite books of executives, founders, and CEOs that everyone should read

The most successful people often are serious about self-improvement, which can come in the form of a good book. Here are two dozen excellent reads recommended by founders, executives, and other high achievers.

CEOs

10 books every aspiring CEO should read

If being a leader was easy, then everyone would do it. What exactly sets apart those who reached the pinnacle of business achievement? What is their secret sauce?<p>As an aspiring leader, your goal should be to create not just a good company, but a great one. That’s why it’s important to study those …

11 Hummus Recipes That Will Make You Ditch Store-Bought for Good

Let’s be honest: Making homemade hummus sounds hard. Or rather, it’s hard to make hummus that’s equally as good as store-bought versions. But that …

HARD Goals, Not SMART Goals, Are The Key To Career Development

Good employees want the opportunity to grow and develop on the job. And here’s the great news, a simple, 15-minute conversation, that focuses on HARD Goals, will encourage your people to take a more active and self-sufficient role in planning for and reaching their desired career growth.<p><i>Watch on</i> …

Employment

In Just 9 Minutes at Apple WWDC, Michelle Obama Explains How to Be a Great Leader

The former First Lady's conversation with Apple VP Lisa Jackson wasn't supposed to be streamed. But you can watch it anyway.<p>Tim Cook announced Monday to attendees at this week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) that Michelle Obama would be onstage today for an hour-long "fireside chat." …

5 Unconventional Leadership Books You Need to Read

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."<p>"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."<i><br>―Margaret Fuller</i><p>Want to know one of the "secrets" to becoming a better leader? Become a more voracious reader.<p>One of the best ways to "stand on the shoulders of giants" is to read. We hear it all the time--that the most …

30 Things About Life Everyone Should Learn Before Turning 30

This is the first big milestone.<p>Life is full of lessons. Some lessons are learned in an instant--like when you touch a hot stove. Others take time to fully understand--for example, what it truly means to be in love. But regardless of the size of the lesson, there are 30 important ones everyone …

32 Favorite Books of High Achievers

These are the books dozens of successful executives say everyone should read.<p>Inspiration, escape, and ideas for self-improvement often come in the form of a good book. Here are the top picks of more than two dozen high-achieving executives.<p>1. <i>Tiny Beautiful Things</i> by Cheryl Strayed<p>"[E]very single …

6 Things Most Young Leaders Fail to Realize Before It's Too Late

Young leaders have their work cut out for them. These six recommendations will help them achieve success in business in today's fast-paced world.<p>At a recent speaking engagement, a member of the audience asked me what leadership advice I would give myself when I first began my career. While I …

10 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

Feed your brain at the gym, in the car, or whenever you have a few minutes to spare.<p>Hate your commute? Struggle to motivate yourself to hit the treadmill? Perhaps both these problems (and many more) have the same solution. Why not turn these odds and ends of unpleasant time into opportunities to …

Self-improvement

The World's 10 Top CEOs (They Lead in a Totally Unique Way)

Over the last three decades, servant leadership has risen from a noble and ethical leadership ideology stuck in religious worldviews to the very principles of how the most successful companies on the planet operate and profit.<p>Yet, if you're not sufficiently informed of its modern day behaviors and …

Leadership

36 Books to Read If You Want to Become a Billionaire

Here are some important guides to cultivating a success mindset, starting up, developing product, and becoming a great leader.<p><i>"What one book would you suggest if I want to be a billionaire within next 10 years?" originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people</i> …

Six Female Execs On The Early Career Advice They Wish They’d Gotten

Here’s what leaders at GM, PayPal, SoulCycle, and Twitter wish they had known much sooner.<p>It’s easy to assume that the most successful people are expert planners who knew exactly where they wanted to be at each point in their career.<p>That’s rarely the case. Much more often, those folks were simply …

This Popular Female CEO's Leadership Style May End the Debate on Best Leadership Style

How she turned her company around is reason alone to call this debate over.<p>In 2007, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was in deep trouble. Their profit was stagnant, and the company stock price had taken a nose dive to $13.00. The brand suffered, and franchise owners were butting heads with corporate. It …