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7 Habits Of Highly Spiritual People

You’re highly productive, goal-oriented and efficient at life … but are you achieving your life’s dreams at the expense of your spiritual growth?<p>You …

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data. In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of …

Your Car Commute Is a Chance to Practice Mindfulness

For those who drive to work, the daily commute is often a tense time of bumper-to-bumper gridlock, erratic and dangerous driving, delays, road closures, and construction. And best of all, we get to do it twice a day. Concerned about wasting time, we often try to catch up on all the “little” things …

How To Push Past That Terrifying Dip In Motivation

That horrible mixture of discouragement, disappointment, difficulty and despair? It means you’re on to something.<p>My son is facing a small crisis: the project he’s working on is not going well, and he’s ready to give up not only on the project but the career he was excited about not too long ago.<p>I …

Motivation

Before You Respond to that Email, Pause

Someone sends you an email message or a text, and you’re unsure how to respond. It’s about a complex negotiation, or a politically sensitive situation. Or maybe it’s just from a person who unnerves you.<p>For a moment, you pause. But for most of us, most of the time, that pause doesn’t last long. …

4 Habits of People Who Follow Their Dreams

Inspiration from famous people who followed their childhood dreams and the habits that kept them going.<p>As kids we all had dreams. Some of us wanted to be firefighters while others planned to become teachers, veterinarians, or even President. I wanted to be Nancy Drew. Along the way, however, most …

Steven Spielberg

Optimism Is the Enemy of Action

Positive thinking can hinder more than it helps by zapping people's motivation to work toward their goals.<p>It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when positive thinking became the star of the self-help industry. The idea of optimism is older than America itself (some accounts date it back to ancient Greece), …

Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are

We’re all just so “busy” these days. “Slammed” in fact. “Buried.” Desperately “trying to keep our heads above water.” While these common responses to “How are you?” seem like they’re lifted from the <i>Worst Case Scenario Handbook</i>, there seems to be a constant exchange, even a a one-upping, of just how …

What Great Managers Do

“The best boss I ever had.” That’s a phrase most of us have said or heard at some point, but what does it mean? What sets the great boss apart from the average boss? The literature is rife with provocative writing about the qualities of managers and leaders and whether the two differ, but little …

Management

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Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job

When we think about the value of exercise, we tend to focus on the physical benefits. Lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, a more attractive physique. But over the past decade, social scientists have quietly amassed compelling evidence suggesting that there is another, more immediate benefit of …

Curiosity Is as Important as Intelligence

There seems to be wide support for the idea that we are living in an “age of complexity”, which implies that the world has never been more intricate. This idea is based on the rapid pace of technological changes, and the vast amount of information that we are generating (the two are related). Yet …

Great Leadership Isn’t About You

The year 1777 was not a particularly good time for America’s newly formed revolutionary army. Under General George Washington’s command, some 11,000 soldiers made their way to Valley Forge. Following the latest defeat in a string of battles that left Philadelphia in the hands of British forces, …

Relationship advice: five experts reveal the secrets to long-term love

How to keep sex and love alive: 'argument enders', alone time and 23 other secrets to solve relationship problems<p>'There are different qualities to sex at different stages in a long relationship'<p><i>Kate Figesis an author. Her non-fiction books include 'Couples: How We Make Love Last’ and 'Our Cheating</i> …

Don’t Let Your Head Attack Your Heart

I had been planning a dinner party for weeks. There were twenty people coming, some family, some friends, to celebrate my wife Eleanor’s birthday. I designed a ritual for her: my goal was to create a space where people spoke from their hearts in a way they don’t usually do.<p>I prepared questions I …

To Resolve a Conflict, First Decide: Is It Hot or Cold?

As a leader, you’re going to face conflict. It comes with the territory. But before you try to deal with a conflict, you first need to stop and ask yourself the following question:<p>Is it <i>hot</i> or <i>cold</i>?<p>To help you answer this vital question, consider these two definitions:<p><b>Hot conflict</b> is when one or more …

Keep Learning Once You Hit the C-Suite

What skills do companies prize in C-level executives ? To answer these questions, we surveyed 32 senior search consultants at a top global executive-placement firm. Experienced search consultants typically interview hundreds and even thousands of senior executives; they assess those executives’ …

If Your Brand Promises Authenticity, You Better Deliver

Your culture might be positive. Your brand messages might be powerful. But the greatest potential your organization has is the special case when culture and brand are completely aligned. The slightest divergence between them can undermine even the most brilliant (and expensive) marketing …

Uber’s Valuation Could Soar To $17 Billion

Uber is reportedly close to finalizing a new fundraising round that could skyrocket its valuation to $17 billion. Wellington Management and Fidelity Investments are likely contenders to co-lead the investment, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports.<p>At $17 billion, Uber’s valuation would soar above Airbnb’s …

Startups

How GE Trains More Experienced Employees

Trainee programs for new recipients of bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees have been around for years. Each year, organizations race toward campuses and grab hold of the recruits they consider best for their talent pool. Once in the program, the newly minted graduates are rotated through various …

The IT Project That Brought a Bank to Its Knees

Sir Christopher Kelly, a former British senior civil servant, recently produced a damning report, which reviewed the events that led to the £1.5 billion capital shortfall announced by the U.K.’s Co-operative Bank in June 2013. This shortfall resulted in its parent, Co-operative Group, ceding …

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 …

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your …

Tinkering with Strategy Can Derail Midsize Companies

Many leaders of midsize companies – especially if they’re the founders – are constitutionally inclined to see new opportunities around every corner. And they love to pursue them, deadline commitments or old strategies be damned. They forget that the strategy which took them from small to midsize …

7 Steps to Mindfully Manifest Your Goals

As a mind-body therapist and an international trainer I've helped thousands of patients and workshop participants learn how to mindfully access their core creativity and manifest their goals. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help one go beyond their fears and resistances to tap into their …

Mindfulness

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …

Making Your Strategy Work on the Frontline

Even the most brilliant strategy is worth nothing if it isn’t executed well, especially by your front line — the employees who interact daily with your customers. Unfortunately, these employees are regularly asked to execute strategies that others developed and that they may not understand, never …

You’ve Made A Mistake. Now What?

Anyone who has worked in an office for more than a day has made a mistake. While most people accept that slip-ups are unavoidable, no one likes to be responsible for them. The good news is that mistakes, even big ones, don’t have to leave a permanent mark on your career. In fact, most contribute to …

A Better Way to Think About Your Body

We desperately need a new model of the human body. Compliance with the standard model of prevention (moderate exercise, abstinence from alcohol and …