Marian McDonald

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To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from <i>doing</i> to <i>leading</i>. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities …

Tackling a Tough Conversation with a Coworker? Follow these 5 Steps | Inc.com

A few months ago, I boarded a flight, tired and eager to relax for a few hours. Then, when I got to my seat and looked at my ticket, I realized I had been accidentally moved from the exit row I reserved into a middle seat a few rows down. Keep in mind that I'm 6'6" with a bad back and knees. I had …

Self-help

How to Manage Someone Who Thinks Everything Is Urgent

We’ve all been in situations in which we couldn’t wait for a slow-moving or overly cautious employee to take action. But at the other extreme, some employees have such a deep need to get things resolved that they move too quickly, or too intensely, and make a mess. They may make a bad deal just to …

Do You Hate Your Job? Here Are 6 Reasons Why It's Actually Not Your Fault | Inc.com

With all the great resources available to improve our lives, it's surprising that most people still struggle to love work. Why is that? In my opinion, it boils down to one simple problem: Most people are in the wrong jobs.<p>When something doesn't feel right, it's not because you're not smart enough …

Employment

How to Be More Productive Every Day This Month | Inc.com

Yes, of course I know that autumn doesn't officially start until the 22nd, but Labor Day symbolically marks the end of lazy days at the beach, endless rounds of icy mojitos and leaving work early on Friday.<p>Now that September is here, it's time to focus. After all, you only have four months to …

Productivity

Why the Secret to Keeping Your Best Employees Is Treating Them Like Owners | Inc.com

It doesn't matter if you sell software or soft drinks, without dedicated employees, your company will not realize it's true potential. Your greatest resource walks out on two feet, everyday. And sometimes they don't come back.<p>I've learned that instead of spending my time chasing the unknown, trying …

Employee Engagement

Great Leaders Do This One Thing Exceptionally Well | Inc.com

Of all the communication skills, listening is by far the most underrated. There are countless books and courses on how to be a better public speaker, much less on being a better listener. If you want to be a top-notch leader, you have to be an effective communicator and that includes being a good …

Can You Think Of 101 Ways To Enhance Your Customer Service Performance? | Inc.com

How many ways are there to turn an ordinary customer service interaction into something extraordinary?<p>I'm talking about the kind of transfiguration in which the customer experience transforms from being merely transactional into being so meaningful that it will inspire a customer to come back for …

Customer Experience

The Best Way to Keep Your Team Accountable | Inc.com

Accountability means answering or accounting for your actions and results. It is something every leader wants more of from his team. Accountability is like rain--everyone knows they need it, but no one wants to get wet. It's easy to talk about how "they" need to be more accountable, but it can be …

Leadership

Seven Signs Your Boss Is A Weak Manager

Dear Liz,<p>I’m a big fan of yours and a student of human behavior, like you! I am interested in your opinion on the question ‘What makes a strong leader?’ At my job, I see managers who are very on top of things and have everything under control, and others who seem to be flying by the seat of their …

50 Quotes on Leadership Every Entrepreneur Should Follow

Entrepreneur and Connector<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every entrepreneur knows that the success of their business ultimately rests on their shoulders. Yes, the product you build and the team you hire are important, but your ability to lead is what carries your …

How to Make Difficult Conversations Easy: 7 Steps From a Clinical Psychologist

Someone is screaming in your face at the top of their lungs. Or ranting angrily and you can’t get a word in edgewise. Or maybe they’re sobbing so …

How to Boost Your Kids' Critical Thinking Skills? + Apps & Tools to Help

21st century education isn't just about making students able to get good marks. Its main aim is to develop some certain set of skills, so called 21st …

5 Forward-Looking Ideas To Help You Be A More Effective Leader In 2015

The beginning of the year is a time to take one’s eye off the rear view mirror and look ahead. People want to follow leaders who are confident and optimistic – not weighed down by the past but moving forward. With that in mind, here are 5 forward-looking ideas to help you be a more effective leader …

Leadership

How to Factor Your Personality into Your Decision-Making

As much logic as you put into your decisions, your personality will always affect the way you make a choice. Combined with maturity and experience, …

4 Ways Leaders Effectively Manage Employee Conflict

Conflict resolution is a daily occurrence at work that can either propel or disrupt the momentum for a leader, a team or the entire organization. The workplace can become a toxic environment when leaders allow conflict to fester rather than confront it head-on. Managing conflict can be a tricky …

Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too)

Not too long ago I compiled a list of 10 Business Books Every Savvy Entrepreneur Should Read [+ GIVEAWAY]" …

The 12 Worst Habits For Your Mental Health

<i>By Carey Rossi</i><p>Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control -- the death of a loved one, a job loss or financial troubles. But the small choices you make every day may also affect your mood more than you may realize. Your social media habits, exercise routine and even the way you …

Workplace anxiety: What you need to know

A possible data breach at a prominent HR firm could have compromised the personal information of thousands<p>More than a third of Australian employees …

Personal Information

BAE sues South Korea to block claim over canceled F-16 upgrades | Reuters

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. unit of Britain’s BAE Systems Plc on Thursday filed suit in a U.S. federal court to block South Korea’s demand that the company pay $43.26 million to Seoul for costs incurred in a now-canceled program to upgrade F-16 fighter jets.<p>In the lawsuit, BAE …

What Do Best Practices Mean to You?

I think best practices – as they pertain to project management – can be just about anything that makes sense, gets the job done efficiently, keeps …

Project Management and the Dangers of Too Many Cooks

There’s a reason it took more than a decade to finish the HTML5 standard. When too many stakeholders get their hands on a project—especially a …

Harvard Says The Best Thinkers Have These 7 'Thinking Dispositions'

• Can you play the piano?<p>• Do you play the piano?<p>The queries are less similar than they seem — and they tell you something about how you learn.<p>"These are different questions," she writes, "and your answer may well be 'yes' to the first and 'no' to the second."<p>How so?<p>"The first question asks about …

Critical Thinking Skills Are in Demand. But No One's Sure What That Means

Most employers agree: they want job candidates with "critical thinking" skills. The problem? Everyone seems to define the term differently.<p>Sixty-nine percent of college students say they're very well prepared to take on problem solving tasks in the workplace, according to a recent survey.<p>But that's …