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Trust-Building Actions That Work

Building trust starts by eliminating fear and encouraging a culture of accountability. Here are six trust- strengthening actions that must first be …

Leadership

Working out for this surprisingly short time period each week might boost happiness

The relationship between working out and lowered depression and anxiety is not exactly breaking news: Ample research supports the idea that sweating …

Happiness

Don’t love what you do? *This* career path provides for the most happiness, a new study claims

Your career impacts your well-being in a number of scientifically supported ways. For starters, a job that you like is worth more than a pay increase …

Employment

You can now take Yale’s most popular (and mood-boosting) class ever online for free

Earlier this year, Yale University introduced a course on happiness that quickly rose to fame on its campus. The class, called “Psychology and the …

Higher Education

In Just 2 Words, Jeff Bezos Sums Up What Separates Winners From Dreamers

There may be no single formula for success, but Jeff Bezos' annual letter to stockholders comes darn close.<p>Few figures have captured our attention the way Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has. In just under 23 years Amazon has soared from revenues fo $500,000 to $178,000,000,000, from nine …

Leadership

What Does a Product Manager Do?

<b>What Does a Product Manager Do?</b><p>The Wall Street Journal recently called product manager (PM for short) the MBA graduate’s dream job. (There are many …

Product Management

Google Wanted to Know What Makes a Manager Great, So It Conducted a Study. Here Are the Results | Inc.com

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

Leadership

Six Verbs That Make You Sound Weak (No Matter Your Job Title)

Sometimes it’s the smallest words and phrases that shape how you’re perceived around the office. Here are a few to watch out for at every level.<p>Your job title isn’t the only thing that determines how influential you are. Every word you use at work expresses your personal brand, from your confidence …

Language

Google's Genius Productivity Hack Will Change How You Innovate | Inc.com

At Google X, the company's "moonshot factory," the mantra is "#MonkeyFirst." The idea is that if you want to get a monkey to recite Shakespeare on a pedestal, you start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal, because training the monkey is the hard part. Anyone can build a pedestal.<p>The …

Innovation

The Leadership Model Used By Steve Jobs, Henry Ford And Thomas Edison

If you’re an individual contributor who also manages the work of other employees, you’re what is called a Player-Coach. It’s a very different kind of leadership model than what usually gets talked about, although ironically, Player-Coach is one of the most commonly employed leadership …

Timeflies

To Inspire and Influence Others, Make Sure to Do These 3 Things in 2018 | Inc.com

There are many roads that lead to influence, but to truly inspire others to respond <i>emphatically</i> to your leadership, the best bosses arrive there because they lead by serving. In turn, servant leadership has become one of the highest platforms to launch you toward influencing others.<p>As the servant …

Leadership

12 tech trends that will define 2018

No one can predict how the future will shake out, but we can make some educated guesses.<p>Global design and strategy firm frog has released its forecasts for the technologies that will define the upcoming year. Last year, the firm correctly predicted that buildings would harness the power of nature …

Social Media

3 things the most successful people do at work every day, according to neuroscience

<b>• Having the right mindset is key to your ultimate success.</b><p><b>• But achieving success isn't as simple as just working hard.</b><p><b>• Strong focus, a positive attitude, and "flow" can all help set you up for success.</b><p>We have an obsession with successful people. From the small things they do every day to their …

Self-improvement

How Do You Know Someone Has the Leadership Skills of the Future? Look for These 5 Signs | Inc.com

As you think ahead to improving your leadership skills in 2018 and beyond, the best traits I have found which will profoundly impact individuals and teams may not be futuristic at all. But -- and you can take this to the bank -- these 5 leadership practices will stand the test of time, next year or …

Employee Engagement

Here's Why Tony Robbins Starts Every Day With 'Priming' (and You Should Too) | Inc.com

Tony Robbins starts each day with the same routine-- he calls it priming. It's a cool mixture of breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation that gets you primed for your day. It reminds me very much of the self-fulfilling prophecy, or the "Pygmalion Effect," which basically states that …

Tony Robbins

Why Do Employees Quit Their Jobs? Because Bosses Don't Provide Them With The 1 Thing They Want the Most | Inc.com

Employee turnover is an expensive habit, with some estimates for total costs associated with turnover ranging from 90 to 200 percent of someone's annual salary.<p>Adding insult to injury, Mercer's Global Talent Trends report revealed that 34 percent of employees plan to leave their company within 12 …

Entrepreneurship

Want Your Best Workers to Never Quit? Research Says It Comes Down to Asking Them 6 Simple Questions | Inc.com

A question I get asked a lot is how to go about getting teams or whole workforces "engaged." It's a legitimate question pondered by head-scratching managers, execs and HR people everywhere looking to architect workplaces that produce results by motivated employees.<p>Well, lets first remove the nap …

Employee Engagement

Want To Be More Successful Next Week? Remove These 4 Thoughts This Weekend | Inc.com

High performers take advantage of the weekends to separate themselves from the pack by deliberately refocusing and recharging along with setting aside 60 minutes to transform their upcoming week.<p>Whether you're looking to improve your productivity, health, or life--it all starts with designing an …

Self-improvement

Meryl Streep on the Most Valuable Compliment You Can Give

The Academy Award winner says this type of praise is especially valuable to girls and young women.<p>There are very few actors that are quite as lauded as Meryl Streep. Her most recent role, as <i>The Washington Post's</i> first female publisher, the late Katharine Graham, has garnered her a 31st Golden Globe …

Katharine Graham

4 Traits Of Great Leaders That You Can Adopt

Contrary to popular belief, millennials are staying in their jobs for about as long as Gen X did during the early phase of their career. People who are 25 and over now spend a median of 5.1 years with their employers.<p>We spend around one third of our life at work. So, we want to spend that time in a …

Leadership

In Just 2 Words, Sheryl Sandberg Said 1 Thing Separates Those Who Achieve From Those Who Only Dream | Inc.com

Want to achieve more? Take a page from Sheryl Sandberg, and start ruthlessly prioritizing.<p>Here's why.<p>Many people get things done. They consistently check items off their to-do lists. They're extremely busy -- but are they accomplishing what matters most? Are they achieving what they truly hope to …

Sheryl Sandberg

The 12 Most Impactful Books to Read in 2018 | Inc.com

I read, some might say a little too much. I read 103 books last year. This year, I'm proud to say I only read 98. Quality over quantity.<p>Science says just being surrounded by books can help you improve: You admit how much you don't know, which leads to continual learning. Still, it helps to apply …

Self-improvement

A Product Manager’s Retrospective

To create successful products, Product Managers must assume a larger role than the tactical day-to-day management of project execution. While it is …

Creating effective customer feedback loops for product teams

Step 2: Funnelling feedback to the product team<p>Feedback is pretty useless if it’s not being actioned upon. So our CS team has a few processes in …

Stories and Epics

Nested hierarchies, boundaries, independence, and value…<p>Stories and Epics (and Independent Value)<p><b>Story</b> = a story that is <i>small enough</i> to fit into a …

Project Management

6 agile methods for backlog prioritization

On a bad day, backlog management is a bit like handing a kindergarten student a pencil, a piece of paper, and a book, and saying “I’m sure you can …

Project Management

7 Brilliant Little Skills To Master Your Role As A Product Manager

Here’s what no one has told you about your role as a product manager: it’s essentially a sales job. Except it’s possibly the hardest sales job of …

Product Management

Being Kind Makes You More Influential, Increases Productivity, and Builds Trust (According to Science) | Inc.com

We live in a rough, rude times. From anger in the oval office, to road rage, to pundits shouting on TV, to companies where a toxic culture is not only condoned but promoted, it seems that meanness has become the nasty norm.<p>That's why I'd like to stop the madness and (politely) ask you to be …

Profit

'Silent Start': The Brilliant (and Surprising) Meeting Method I Learned From Amazon's Jeff Bezos | Inc.com

We've all been there: wasting precious time in a meeting that is headed nowhere fast.<p>There are lots of reasons this happens, but often it comes down to a lack of preparation. Think about it: You can send an agenda in advance, you can provide all the resources your team needs for a productive …

Business Strategy

Author Simon Sinek Shares The Exact Definition Of A Leader In This Inspiring TED Talk

In today's excessively tough, overtly-competitive times, what is it that an entrepreneur absolutely must have?<p><b>In the words of ace entrepreneur,</b> …