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Become the Best You Can Be With These Top 27 Inspirational Quotes

Robert H. Schuller said, "Tough times never last, but tough people do." This is one of the many encouraging quotes that will help keep you on track to realizing your full potential.<p>Office life and work routines can sometimes become a bit drab. When you live a life full of Excel spreadsheets and …

The Power of Dignity in the Workplace

Imagine that you’ve been working in your job for a while. You enjoy your work, know how to do it well, and take pride in the results you produce. And …

Leadership

How to Make Your Peers Accountable When Your Boss Won't

Countless executives get fed up with a boss who doesn’t hold their peers accountable for getting things done. This becomes an insidious problem, one that can stall strategic initiatives, produce backstabbing and even sabotage, and lead to the exit of talented and motivated executives.<p>In short, the …

Charisma

Moving To Blue Ocean Strategy: A Five-Step Process To Make The Shift

In 2005, <i>Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant</i>, a book by Professors W. Chan Kim and Rénee Mauborgne, launched a revolution in business strategy. After all, which firm would <i>not</i> to be operating in “uncontested market space,” …

Innovation

How To Change Everything Before You Have To | Inc.com

You've gotten comfortable. Too comfortable. You have your little routine, and your little habits and your little quirks. But something isn't right. You can't place your finger on it, but you know it's there. You feel it every day, but you ignore it.<p>You know you need to change, but who has the time? …

Cruise Ships

How Doing Less Allows You to Accomplish More | Inc.com

There are many suggestions about how to accomplish your personal and business goals. And we all know that goal setting can lead to beneficial results when you've chosen the right goals.<p>There are also many techniques to help with the achievement of goals. Developing the right system is one important …

Three Reasons Why Culture Efforts Fail

Company leaders often respond to potential disruption with a scramble to overhaul their business. A recent article in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> argues that’s wrong.<p>Short-term and scattered measures don’t last, say Paul Leinwand of PwC and Cesare Mainardi of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. …

University of California

You Can Reprogram Yourself to Be a Positive Person and You Should

Rational optimists are much more in touch with reality than chronic pessimists.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The end of a relationship or the failure of your business can make you feel negative. <i>Life</i> can make you feel negative. We all have to persevere through …

Ask Your Employees These Questions. They Will Thank You

How can leaders help employees find meaning at work?<p>Organizations spend considerable resources on corporate values and mission statements, but even the most inspiring of these — from Volvo’s commitment to safety to Facebook’s desire to connect people — tend to fade into the background during the …

You Asked: Will Drinking Lemon Water Help Me Lose Weight?

Lemon infused water is a popular drink for weight loss, thanks to celebrity sippers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr. Proponents claim that it …

Ten Unmistakable Signs Your Boss Wants You To Quit

Dear Liz,<p>My relationship with my immediate supervisor “Samantha” has gone from being strained to being nearly impossible.<p><i>Watch on Forbes:</i><p>“Sam” finds every opportunity to pick at my work, even though I hit my targets and I take on extra work. I feel like I’m pushing a huge rock uphill at work every …

Employment

To Find Out What Employees Are Really Thinking, Don't Conduct a Survey; Do This Instead | Inc.com

<b>Do you need to understand what employees are really thinking?</b> Many leaders believe that the only way to assess employee opinions is to conduct a survey, often referred to as an "employee attitude survey" or an "employee engagement survey."<p>And although surveys can be valuable, there's a faster, …

Employee Engagement

How to Win Arguments Without Making Enemies | Inc.com

Arguments are inevitable in any human endeavor. Unfortunately, few people know how to argue effectively. As a result, many business meetings waste time and money in pointless squabbling.<p>When confronted with a contrary opinion, unsophisticated people tend attack the other person's credibility (e.g., …

Selling

Want Your Best Employees to Never Leave You? Give Them the 7 Things They Need the Most | Inc.com

In the quest to crack the code on employee engagement, companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on wasted efforts to "develop their leaders."<p>Since leadership development is broad, it needs to be clearly defined for business outcomes. The common denominator is teaching managers the …

Employee Engagement

3 Truths About Innovation That Will Make You a Better Person | Inc.com

Although most managers and executives will tell you that they want their people to innovate, the truth is that they often think that innovation is overrated. Believe me--it's not.<p>With the ever-encroaching wave of technology nipping at our ankles, it's not just important--but rather absolutely …

Innovation

Here Is What Is Wrong About The Way We Think About 'Work-Life Balance'

When you hear the term “work-life balance,” what do you think of? When you read that phrase, does the picture it creates in your mind’s eye look something like this?<p><i>Watch on Forbes:</i><p>It seems whenever the notion of balance is discussed as a function of a healthy life, it is measured in the metrics of …

Work-life Balance

'8th World Wonder' May Lie Below Volcanic Lakeshore

Using a 19th century cartographer's field diary, researchers think they've found the location of a revered landmark thought to be destroyed.<p>Can a handwritten journal from a mid-19th century explorer reveal the location of a lost world wonder? Researchers in New Zealand think so.<p>In a study recently …

Earth Science

All Extremely Confident People Give Up These 13 Habits | Inc.com

Real confidence is not narcissism.<p>Although the two often get confused, people with narcissistic tendencies need everyone to think that they're special. They have a need for admiration and a sense of entitlement that's rooted in deep-seated insecurities. Authentic confidence has nothing to do with …

Self-help

How to Give Your Employees the Recognition They Deserve (Without Killing Your Company's Budget) | Inc.com

Most leaders give employee recognition based on what they "think" their team wants. Instead of wasting resources on ineffective recognition strategies...just ask.<p>Years ago, I was recognized for a big project within my organization. The recognition was an opportunity to present my project at a …

When Leaders Are Hired for Talent but Fired for Not Fitting In

Over and over again, organizations are unable to appoint the right leaders. According to academic estimates, the baseline for effective corporate leadership is merely 30%, while in politics, approval ratings oscillate between 25% and 40%. In America, 75% of employees report that their direct line …

Accenture Applied Intelligence

How five technology trends are creating the foundation for future enterprise growth<p>How artificial intelligence (AI) can boost profitability and …

How to Handle Rebellion on Your Team

Have you ever been blindsided in a meeting? You adequately prepared. The objectives were clear. But then, BLAM! Someone objects to one of your …

Should I Promote Workers Based On Talent -- Or Based On Seniority?

Dear Liz,<p>I took over as Inventory Control Manager in my company last October.<p>I ran a different department in this company before.<p>When I joined the department, there was a job opening for a Team Lead.<p>I interviewed three Inventory Control employees for the Team Lead position.<p>One of them, “Eliza,” …

The Workplace

How to Improve at Work When You’re Not Getting Feedback

Too many managers avoid giving any kind of feedback, regardless of whether it’s positive or negative. If you work for a boss who doesn’t provide feedback, it’s easy to feel rudderless. It can be especially disorienting if you’re new in the role, new to the company, or a recent graduate new to the …

How The Most Successful Presenters Pitch Their Ideas

It’s not enough to simply deliver a message. I’m flattered when I get glowing feedback from the audience after a talk. When I deliver a keynote address, I know I need to inspire, entertain, educate and engage the audience. My keynote address is only successful if the audience gets new ideas, can …

Public Speaking

How to Work with Someone Who Isn’t a Team Player

Do you work with someone who isn’t a team player? Maybe they’re overly focused on completing and promoting their own work. Or they don’t chip in when everyone else is scrambling to meet a deadline or pulling a presentation together. This isn’t simply frustrating; it can affect your entire group’s …

Overcoming Self-Sabotage: How to Stop Attracting Pain

<b>“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” ~Milton Erickson</b><p>Sometimes, there comes a point in our lives when we …

Medium – Read, write and share stories that matter

Mentor People Who Aren’t Like You

Leaders tend to coach and mentor their “own,” and here’s the human impulse that drives it: Even those who believe that diversity improves creativity, problem solving, and decision making naturally invest in and advocate for the development of the subordinates who are most like them. They see less …

Does Your Boss Have Emotional Intelligence? Here Are 4 Ways to Truly Know | Inc.com

Ever wonder whether your boss has a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ)? To really find out, you'd need to measure your boss's current emotional competencies against the set standard of those prolific bosses that display off-the-charts EQ.<p>Doing this the right way would obviously require a …

Emotional Intelligence