Marty Jarnagin

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The Lost Art of Candor in the Workplace

How rare it is to find ubiquitous agreement in the world of management on how an organization should be run. But if there's one truism that has been …

The Physics of Productivity: Newton's Laws of Getting Stuff Done

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, which described the three laws of motion and redefined the way the world looked at …

Physics

Google doesn't copy, explains Eric Schmidt

In a post on -- of all things -- Google+, the company's executive chairman explains that Google is only focused on "building great products that people need."<p>This is an era of uncommon innovation.<p>Minds brighter than have ever been seen have congregated in one small part of western America to change …

Eric Schmidt

Popcart Transforms Any Recipe Into Groceries

Highlight any recipe in your web browser, and with a click, you can have a grocery cart full of the items you need to cook it.<p>You’re 14 steps into a complicated recipe, and it feels like you’ve been dicing, mixing, and sautéing all afternoon. You reach for your next ingredient, and then you …

Sandwiches

The Value of Customer Experience, Quantified

Intuitively, most people recognize the value of a great customer experience. Brands that deliver them are ones that we want to interact with as customers — that we become loyal to, and that we recommend to our friends and family. But as executives leading businesses, the value of delivering such an …

Master the "Six U's" to Perfectly Pitch an Idea

Delivering an elevator pitch or even telling your boss about an idea can be nerve-wracking. Entrepreneur James Altucher has crafted "the six U's of …

Public Speaking

Finding the Balance Between Coaching and Managing

Ask 100 people if they have good common sense, and more than 95% will tell you they do. Ask them if they are good coaches, and almost as many will say yes. Executives we talk to assume that if they’re good managers, then being a good coach is like your shadow on a sunny day. It just naturally …

Negotiating Is Not the Same as Haggling

There’s a popular misconception that in a negotiation you can either “win” or preserve your relationship with your counterpart — your boss, a customer, a business partner — but you can’t do both. People assume they need to make a choice between getting good results (by being hard and bargaining at …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

Why Should I Buy a Hotspot When I Can Just Tether to My Phone?

Dear Lifehacker, I've seen people using mobile hotspots for internet access on the go, and read your top five, but I don't get it. Why would I ever …

The Best Leaders Are Humble Leaders

In a global marketplace where problems are increasingly complex, no <i>one</i> person will ever have all the answers. That’s why Google’s SVP of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, says humility is one of the traits he’s looking for in new hires. “Your end goal,” explained Bock, “is what can we do together to …

“Spurious Correlations” Shows the Ridiculous and Irrelevent Relationships Between Everything

Did you know that there’s a link between the number of pool drownings and how many films Nicolas Cage does a year? Or the fact that the number of people who died by bed sheet entanglement and the per capita consumption of cheese are in lock-step? Sure, we know that correlation doesn’t equal …

The Delicate Art Of Managing Both Your Boss And Your Employees

The best leaders are able to manage their employees while adapting to the needs of those higher up on the management hierarchy. Here are six ways to manage up and down at the same time.<p>When we talk about managing people, it’s usually a discussion about effectively guiding, motivating, and …

Employment

7 Questions to Improve Employee Retention | Inc.com

When was the last time you read an article praising annual employee reviews?<p>Chances are, it's been a while. Most organizations now realize that assessments of employee satisfaction should occur far more frequently than once a year.<p>Asking How You Are, More Often<p>One company trying to make this happen …

Employee Engagement

Nine ways to become a better leader

<b>1. Encourage employees to disagree with you.</b> Companies get into trouble when everyone is afraid to speak truth to power. "If all you hear is how great you're doing, that should be a danger sign," says executive coach Ray Williams.<p><b>2. Don't micromanage.</b> Empower the people below you, then leave them …

8 Things Truly Outstanding Leaders Do Without Thinking

You can tell, in an instant, they simply think and act and lead differently than most people.<p>But those rare individuals don't become outstanding leaders overnight. While some are born with an aptitude for leadership, truly outstanding leaders are <i>made</i>. Through training, experience, and a healthy …

Leadership

The CEO Of Intuit Says All Successful Leaders Do These 3 Things

And according to Brad Smith, president and CEO of Intuit, they almost always do these three things:<p>The very best leaders don't feel the need to have all of the answers, Smith explains in a recent LinkedIn post. "They surround themselves with great people, and ask the right questions." It's not what …

Intuit

6 Reliable Clues That Reveal Your Leadership Effectiveness - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

<i>“How am I doing?”</i><p>You don’t have to wait until your annual or 360 reviews to find out, or even pose the question to somebody- all you have to do is …

5 Unexpected Ways To Get More Done

Alarms to go to bed, shorter to-do lists: These tips might seem counterintuitive, but give them a try and see how your productivity soars.<p>I wrote a post recently about ways that you can work smarter, not harder. As I worked through the list of techniques I’d collected, the post became so long that …

Time Management

To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority

Aspiring junior executives dream of climbing the ladder to gain more authority. Then they can make things happen and create the change that they believe in. Senior executives, on the other hand, are often frustrated by how little power they actually have.<p>The problem is that, while authority can …

Why You Have to Generate Your Own Data

This is it. You’ve aligned calendars and will have all the right decision-makers in the room. It’s the moment when they either decide to give you resources to begin to turn your innovative idea into reality, or send you back to the drawing board. How will you make your most persuasive case?<p>Inside …

Why Emotional Intelligence Is More Important To Hiring Than You Think

Your potential employees might look great on paper–but do they have the emotional intelligence it takes to be a great addition to your team?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story contains one of our Best Business Lessons of 2014. Check out the full list here.</i><p>How you hire great professionals can make or break …

Emotional Intelligence

Blue Ocean Leadership

Artwork: Mark Dorf, //_path/untitled 13, 2013, archival pigment print<p>It’s a sad truth about the workplace: Just 30% of employees are actively committed to doing a good job. According to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report, 50% of employees merely put their time in, while the …

Bonuses Should Be Tied to Customer Value, Not Sales Targets

Why would you eliminate sales targets as a way to evaluate, motivate, and reward your sales staff?<p>That is perhaps the most frequent question I’ve received since 2011 when GlaxoSmithKline changed the link between the bonus pay of our pharmaceutical sales professionals in the United States and the …

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Jason Ferruggia

Go to Where the Actual Work Is Being Done

Do you often feel reactive instead of proactive? Do people complain that decisions at the top take too long to percolate down to the frontlines? If so, you probably manage your organization and your direct reports through weekly meetings and email. You should instead consider “leader standard work.”<p>…