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The 10 qualities of an emotionally intelligent person

There are many different kinds of intelligence, and it’s our job to discover what they are and how to integrate them into our lives. Sources of …

Self-improvement

8 phrases a great boss will constantly tell their employees

The characteristics that make a good boss differ greatly from those that make an average or subpar one. And communication can play a large role in …

Employment

Answering These 10 Questions Yes Will Instantly Prove You Are Meant to Lead People

This self-diagnosis will help determine employees' commitment to their boss, and to their work.<p>Conventional thinking demands that we throw more perks, bonuses, and pay raises at employees to increase their work satisfaction or "boost their morale."<p>But carrot-and-stick methods of motivation don't …

Employee Engagement

5 Questions Truly Exceptional Bosses Ask Their Employees

Why performance evaluations suck.<p>Performance reviews suck. Why?<p>Well, doing these reviews is like trying to drive forward, while keeping your eyes trained on your rear view mirror. You won't get anywhere. And you might just get into accidents!<p>Here's what I mean: you're hoping that your employees …

A Mental Trick to Help with Challenging Conversations

Imagine the colleague with whom you have a very challenging relationship, the person who makes the most innocuous conversation tense and uncomfortable. Regardless of the topic, this person opposes you and approaches things as an adversary rather than an ally.<p>Once you can visualize that person …

4 Ways to Get Positive Results From Uncomfortable Conversations

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Let's be honest, not every conversation is a good one.<p>The category of "uncomfortable conversations" runs the gamut from boring to confrontational. It's safe to say there are some conversations that no one seeks.<p>Within a business …

How to Successfully Deal with Difficult Conversations

It’s something many of us would prefer not to do and I am sure if you are honest with yourself, you can identify many a time when you have ducked out …

28 Brilliant Questions to Ask at the End of Every Job Interview

Always ask questions at the end of your job interview.<p>Thinking up questions to ask during job interviews is key.<p>Remember, every interview is a …

Job Interviews

Google Wanted to Know What What Makes a Manager Great, so It Conducted a Study. Here Are the Results

Good leaders avoid micromanaging.<p>20 years ago, you probably would've laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What's a google?<p>But, as you know, Google's become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world. And it's …

'Management Is 10% Work And 90% People'

Or is it? That’s an interesting way to put it.<p>The headline above was on my mind because of a note from a former colleague I received yesterday on LinkedIn. I’d recently written an article examining the role of empathy in management – How Important Is Empathy To Successful Management? – and he sent …

Project Management

Want to Be a Better Leader? Start By Giving Useful Feedback--Here's How | Inc.com

Effective feedback is vital. The easy part of feedback--ignored by many--is giving regular pats on the back. The hard part--ignored by many more--is giving effective constructive criticism.<p>I saw this when a young daughter of mine simply quit piano lessons because the feedback she was receiving from …

This Is the Best Millennial Retention Strategy Ever | Inc.com

The best Millennial retention strategy ever is...<p>CARE.<p>This is a subtle nod to the 2009 New York Times Bestseller, <i>Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion</i> by Gary Vaynerchuk where the title of Chapter Nine is, "The Best Marketing Strategy Ever." Turn the page and the entire chapter …

Leadership

100 Inspirational Quotes from Successful Business Leaders

It’s funny…many of us have spent thousands of hours in business school. We’ve done internships. We go into great debt to fund educations we hope will …

General Electric

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Agree This 1 Thing Drove Their Success | Inc.com

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates might have gotten unfathomably rich in wildly different ways, but when it comes to a philosophy about what success requires, the power pair are very much alike. The two business gurus revealed what they think got them to the top during a May tour of an Omaha, Nebraska …

Here’s how to find out your Myers-Briggs personality type—and what it means

No two people are wired the same. Maybe your SO needs to hash out every. single. detail. of an argument, while you just want to go for a walk to …

Psychology

6 Types of Bosses and How to Work With Them (Infographic)

To maximize your success, learn the best way to work with you boss.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From a visionary to a commander, there are different types of bosses. By understanding the leadership style of your manager, you’ll be able to work with them better and …

3 Really Dumb Things That Managers Should Never Do to Their Employees | Inc.com

Do you work with a Millennial? Shake his or her hand and say thank you.<p>Now that Millennials (the largest generation in U.S. history) make up the majority of the global work force, their influence on employers is dramatically shifting how companies and bosses connect with and engage all employees -- …

Employee Engagement

Millennials Perceive 'Good Leadership' Differently Than Everyone Else--and They're Right | Inc.com

I was recently working with the CEO of a large technology firm in Boston who, over dinner, began venting about his employees. He told me that many of them felt entitled, were lazy, and expected rapid advancement.<p>"Let me guess," I said after listening to his complaints for ten minutes. "You're …

Leadership

3 Signs You’re A High Performer At Work, Even When Your Boss Doesn’t Tell You

Praise doesn’t always come naturally.<p>It’s a boss’s job to point out areas for improvement and to help you grow. And so, if you’re on the wrong track or falling short of expectations, you expect them to let you know.<p>But, of course, constructive criticism is only one kind of feedback.<p>Positive …

Why the millennial stereotype is wrong

They’re lazy, bored and are constantly job-hopping – or so the stereotypes would have you believe. Jess Holland takes another look at the myths of Gen Y.<p>Type “millennials are” into a Google search bar, and you’ll find that “lazy” comes up as one of the top three autocompletes.<p>The common perception …

Demographics

Leaders: Here's How You Can Make Your Workplace Joyful

Does your team feel pure joy when they come into work?<p>As a leader you not only need to maintain a vision of your goals, but you also set the tone for the workplace. Without clear expectations or proper feedback, your office can quickly devolve into a confused and toxic environment. So what steps do …

USDOT

The Single Most Important Question Every Hiring Manager Needs to Ask

Every now and then moments of such absolute clarity come along that one refers to the experience as an epiphany. I had one such epiphany while working in the media industry.<p>After two decades in telecom, I transferred divisions to lead some promising new product development projects in the media …

Jersey Shore

Ten Tips for Managing Millennials — Combining Inspiration and Empowerment

<i>by Tiffany Saulnier, MBA</i><p>Millennials are not constrained by the expectations that are set for them. We think big, dream and view the world as a sphere …

Employee Engagement

6 Common Things Good Managers Do to Create Engaged Teams

Good managers create and boost employee engagement. A lot of managers have room for improvement.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a manager, you have a powerful effect on how engaged your organization will ultimately be. Employee engagement is ultimately a <i>viral</i> …

9 signs you're a bad manager — even if it doesn't feel like it

"Supervision is a critical function of leadership that is often overlooked," writes certified professional coach Rita Sever in "Supervision Matters: 100 Bite-Sized Ideas to Transform You and Your Business." "Yet the quality of supervision is often what makes or breaks a leader — and an …

Why Building Relationships with Your Employees Is Better Than Just Managing Them

By creating strong relationships with your staff members, you'll build a better workforce and develop bonds that will help you and your business be a success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Glenn Llopis’s book</i> The Innovation Mentality<i>. Buy</i> …

How to Get Your Team to Follow Through After a Meeting

Any team leader knows that it’s what happens between project meetings that makes or breaks a project. And yet it’s often challenging to keep a team motivated and focused on getting agreed upon tasks done. Ideally you’ve checked that everyone is aligned and agreed on next steps but assigning tasks …

Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter

Striving to increase workplace diversity is not an empty slogan — it is a good business decision. A 2015 McKinsey report on 366 public companies found that those in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity in management were 35% more likely to have financial returns above their industry …

One of my favorite time management techniques

Today I want to share with you one of my FAVORITE systems that supports me in managing how I spend my time even when things feel especially hectic that is simple, yet powerful.<p>It's called the Urgent/Important Matrix and has been attributed to both Eisenhower and Stephen Covey. It is built on the …

What to say when the interviewer asks, 'Why should we hire you?’

With help from Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," we've answered the following: <b>"What should I say when an interviewer asks why the company should hire me?"</b><p>Taylor says this …