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9 speaking habits that will make you sound smarter

Eloquent people sound smart, regardless of how intelligent they are. The opposite is true as well. Smart people who are incoherent— like some engineers I've known — often come off as if they're of limited intelligence.<p>Fortunately, eloquence is a skill that can be taught, practiced, and mastered. …

What 2015's Economy is Doing for Strategic HR | Inc.com

It's been ten years since Keith Hammonds took a flaw-filled snapshot of HR in 2005 when he wrote "Why We Hate HR" and--maybe intentionally, maybe not--dared HR to increase their business strategy. And sadly, recent data shows HR isn't any more involved in business strategy now than they were then. …

Employee Engagement

Resolve a Fight with a Remote Colleague

Whether you’re exchanging snarky emails, openly disagreeing on a conference call, or giving each other the silent treatment, it’s frustrating and painful to fight with a colleague when you’re not in the same office or time zone. Without the benefit of face time and forced togetherness, …

How to Support Employee Health Instead of Sapping It

<i>DAVE WHEELER FOR HBR</i><p>How do you create a great place to work?<p>Once, paying people well, offering interesting assignments, and providing recognition may have been enough.<p>But the nature of work has changed. Over the past decade, technological advances have enabled us to work at all hours, often at …

What a Year of Job Rejections Taught Me About Pitching Myself

After sending out hundreds of copies of my résumé to dozens of companies over the last year, I realized that I was getting nowhere because my approach was wrong.<p>I did everything I was taught to do: I created a list of the top 20 companies I wanted to work for, I customized my résumé for each …

Why Men Have More Help Getting to the C-Suite

At the last big Apple media event, I was left scratching my head. Executive after executive came out, presented a new product or upgrade, and emphasized how new and cool it was. But the leaders giving these presentations? The vast majority, not to put too fine a point on it, were old white guys. …

Making Yourself Indispensable

Artwork: Vincent Fournier, Space Project: MDRS #04, Mars Society, 2008, U.S.A.<p>A manager we’ll call Tom was a midlevel sales executive at a Fortune 500 company. After a dozen or so years there, he was thriving—he made his numbers, he was well liked, he got consistently positive reviews. He applied …

9 Reasons to Switch Careers as Soon as Possible

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The median tenure at a single job in the U.S. is four and a half years, and it’s been said that a person will change careers five to seven times during their lives. So if you feel the itch to make a change, it’s perfectly normal -- and it …

7 Habits of Highly Motivating Leaders | Inc.com

Motivating leaders are dynamic people who can flex their leadership style to match each person's needs. These leaders are often relationship builders. They are more interested in finding what motivates each employee to reach high levels of performance. Motivating leaders care about the whole person …

Employee Engagement

9 Reasons Your Employees Secretly Hate You | Inc.com

Leaders with high EQ perform better. That's been verified by research out of Yale that found being more emotionally attuned helps leaders make better decisions. Another study showed that higher EQ was also equated with higher earnings.<p>Look at these findings are you'd think that most people rising …

Emotional Intelligence

The surprising power of being nice to your employees

Things that happen at Amazon have a tendency to end up transforming other industries. Just ask book publishers. So when <i>The New York Times</i> reported in …

Sometimes Distrust Makes Teams More Effective

“Teams can’t function well when co-workers don’t trust one another.” That’s the opening line of just one of the many articles we’ve published at HBR on the importance of trust.<p>But do teams ever benefit from distrust?<p>Yes, according to research published last year in the journal <i>Group Decision and</i> …

We Like Leaders Who Underrate Themselves

The Stanford Graduate School of Business asked the members of its Advisory Council which skills were most important for their MBA students to learn. The most frequent answer was self-awareness — possessing an accurate view of your skills, abilities, and shortcomings, as well as understanding how …

The Easiest Thing You Can Do to Be a Great Boss

Most leaders receive surprisingly little development before assuming their first supervisory roles. In fact, many get no leadership training at all until they’ve been in the executive ranks for nearly a decade—reaching, on average, age 42.<p>But whether you’ve had formal training or not, there’s one …

Employee Engagement

Is Your Company Encouraging Employees to Share What They Know?

Many of the things we need to know to be successful – to innovate, collaborate, solve problems, and identify new opportunities – aren’t learned simply through schooling, training, or personal experience. Especially for today’s knowledge-based work, much of what we need to know we learn from others’ …

Asking Open-Ended Questions Helps New Managers Build Trust

In many companies and organizations, new managers are selected as a result of their success in technical and operational roles. This seems to be a sensible approach, as the manager needs to understand the challenges facing his or her direct reports. At the same time, it’s fundamentally flawed. The …

The Key to Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

Rich was a plant manager with a 10,000-person workforce producing a billion dollars of product per year. He was a pro at his craft and highly respected in his industry. I met with him and his team weekly as an organization development consultant for a couple of years. Someone from HR asked him to …

Six Sigma Projects in the Human Resources Department

Human resources is no different than any other aspect of a business in being able to deliver Six Sigma projects with significant financial benefits …

Hate performance reviews? So does human resources

The Society for Human Resource Management says about 90 percent of companies give employees performance appraisals during the year. But only a small share of people who work in HR give their appraisal process high marks.<p>A few big companies like Microsoft and Kelly Services have acknowledged flaws …

Employee Engagement

This Is Why You Can't Let Cam'Ron Work In Human Resources

Ever wonder what it would be like to have Cam'ron as a boss? Well, he would definitely be entertaining, but maybe not the most effective at solving …

Work-Life Balance is a Human Resources Imperative

Earlier this year, I told you that a job in human resources gives you all kinds of flexibility and balance. Most of you thought I was a liar. Then I …

Human Resources

5 Stages of the Human Resources Life Cycle in Need of Improvement

Like many other areas of life and business, human resources has a unique life cycle. However, instead of focusing on the biological aspects of development, the HR life cycle involves the stages employees go through and the role HR takes on during those stages.<p>Each stage of the human resources life …

Porsche names new head of human resources

FRANKFURT--Germany's Porsche AG said Thursday that Andreas Haffner will beomce its head of human resources to its management board from Oct. 1.<p>Mr. …

How This Company Is Helping Businesses Find Zen in Human Resource Paperwork

This story appears in the October 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Human resources, most would say, is a monumental pain in the ass.<p>The volume of paperwork facing small businesses is staggering: Beyond hiring and firing employees, HR encompasses the benefits that attract and retain staffers, …

How To Manage Exceptionally Creative People

Creative thinkers don’t always thrive in structured environments. So how can companies put them to good use?<p>In 1905, the German microbiologist Robert Koch won a Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering the effect of bacteria in infectious diseases. The famous research physician and fellow Nobel …

3 Strategic Questions the Media Industry’s Future Depends On

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>There is no question that the media industry is experiencing dramatic disruption on many fronts—in the way it creates content, distributes content to consumers, and monetizes audiences. These changes are driven by seismic shifts in consumer behavior and an explosion of both consumer- and …

Europe Can Find Better Ways to Get Refugees into Workforces

Most people fleeing conflict and political oppression don’t want handouts – they want to work in order to create some semblance of a normal life for their families. They are keen to contribute to the countries that have taken them in, for which they are often profoundly grateful. While some …

Digital Transformation Doesn’t Have to Leave Employees Behind

When we try to define what a “digital organization” is, what first comes to mind are technological devices: employees toting laptops, permanently connected to a shared, real-time flow of information on virtual platforms, constantly communicating with customers or suppliers – people working from …

What to Do When You Don’t Trust Your Team

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Do you trust the people on your team? It’s an uncomfortable question to ask, because as good leaders, we work hard to create a supportive environment and earn the trust of the people who report to us. But what if <i>you</i> don’t trust <i>them</i>? Again, as a good leader, you’d have to be able to have an …