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How to Stay Focused If You’re Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once

Few people today have the luxury of working on a single project at a time; most of us are juggling the demands of many teams at once. In theory, this system of “multiteaming” offers a number of upsides: You can deploy your expertise exactly where and when it’s most needed, share your knowledge …

How to Increase Employee Follow-Through by 80%

It's time to rethink the stick-and-carrot mentality when motivating others. Providing your team with the tools to create the life they deserve could be more effective.<p><i>Matt Granados is an</i> <i>Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)</i> <i>member in Atlanta, an author, speaker and</i> <i>founder of</i> Life Pulse Inc, <i>a company</i> …

Procrastination

The CEO's Secret To Moving Up the Corporate Career Ladder

Let’s face it, many try to climb the career ladder, but few succeed.<p>As the CEO of Lifehack, I’ve seen a lot of employees trying to rise higher in …

6 Ways Well Organized People Get More Done Every Day

There is a strong correlation between productivity and always knowing where you left your keys.<p>Entrepreneur and Connector<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Disorganization is costly. Whether you're at home or in the office, it's stressful to be always looking for …

Productivity

Science Says You're More Distracted Than You Think. These 4 Things Will Help You Produce Better Work

Whether they're big or small, all distractions affect us in a not-so-great way.<p>Whether or not you realized it, this article probably distracted you from something else, perhaps an email, a slide deck, or a conversation. According to author and professor Cal Newport, distractions are a bigger …

Time Management

9 Mind-Blowing Podcasts You Can Listen to During Your Commute

These daily nuggets of wisdom will help you think more deeply about the world.<p>The average morning commute in the US is just shy of 30 minutes.<p>That's no fun if you spend it in rush-hour traffic, but it's a good time to try out a new podcast, especially one that upends the way you see and think about …

Self-improvement

The subtle power of uncomfortable silences

In business and in life, it could help you to get acquainted with the power of the pause.<p>At your next meeting, wait for a pause in conversation and try to measure how long it lasts.<p>Chances are – especially among English speakers – it will be a second or two at most.<p>Anglophones tend to be most …

Body Language

These Five Tricks Will Help You Finally Complete Your To-Do List

If your long list of projects and tasks is leaving you overwhelmed, these methods will help you finally get things done.<p>Ah, to-do lists. The bane of our existence, the source of our stress and occasionally the symbol of our triumph. OK, I’m being a little dramatic–but those of us who’ve abided by …

9 Reasons to Stop Thinking About Your Next Great Idea and Just Do It

Thinking about your next great idea may not seem like it's costing you money, but the opportunity cost may be huge. Don't let someone else get there first.<p>In my role as an advisor to entrepreneurs and new businesses, I often get asked to critique an idea, but rarely get asked to comment on an …

Thomas Edison

The Top 10 Books Every Leader Must Read

Being a leader requires a strong drive to learn, something these 10 authors dwell on.<p>Were you to ask any great leader in the world for his or her secret to success, the answer would be simple: listening. That's because the best leaders aren't necessarily the best at speaking, in order to dictate, …

Want to Train Yourself to Succeed? Science Says These 3 Things Matter Most

A National Science Foundation-funded review of 61 success studies found these three things cited over and over again.<p>Henry Ford once famously said: "Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."<p>It's a pithy quote (Ford was a quote machine), but now, just over 70 years …

Flannery O'Connor

10 ideas that will make you a better reader

I was listening to Liz Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things audiobook with my husband when I caught myself shifting nervously in my chair. “I want …

We sat down with Microsoft's CEO to discuss the past, present and future of the company

<i>Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft in February of 2014, and in the three years since he has succeeded in turning around what was then a stumbling, aimless company. He recently stopped by Business Insider's Poland office and spoke with us about the past, present and future of</b> …

Satya Nadella

Three Habits Of The Best Job Candidates I’ve Ever Interviewed

Take it from an experienced recruiter: Making a great impression isn’t rocket science, but it’s easy to get wrong.<p>Tell me if this sounds familiar: You continually make it to the interview stage, and then—crickets. You have the skills to get in the door, but for some reason, you stall out when it …

Here's Why You Can't Stay Focused

Regaining focus isn't about willpower. It's about deconstructing the modern life habits that obstruct your enjoying it again.<p>“<i>I just can’t seem to stay focused.</i>” This is the most popular phrase from my coaching clients and readers. They have dreams, and they’re inspired to be better. But when it …

Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

Looking at the executive teams we work with as consultants and those we teach in the classroom, increased diversity of gender, ethnicity, and age is apparent. Over recent decades the rightful endeavor to achieve a more representative workforce has had an impact. Of course, there is a ways to go, …

How to Nail the First 30 Seconds of Your Presentation

The difference between a presentation that is a raging success or a flop is often decided in the first 30 seconds. Here's the one thing you need to do to start strong.<p>It was a Thursday afternoon and I was catching up with friends during a rare happy hour. One friend, Shelly, is an expert in her …

Public Speaking

Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist

New research explains why we pretend to know more than we do.<p>Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor of cognitive science at Brown University, has some compelling answers to these questions.<p>“We're biased to preserve our …

These 10 Leadership Habits Have Been Found in the World's Best Leaders

Where are you, in your own journey as a leader, in relation to these characteristics?<p>If you're not familiar with the leadership movement known as servant leadership, you might want to grab a cup of java and pull up a chair. This may just transform how you lead your tribe moving forward.<p>What we are …

Leadership

11 Ways the Most Successful People Differ From Everyone Else

It's all about having the discipline to do the same simple things every day.<p>How a person defines success is a subjective thing, but likely involves some combination of financial independence, loving relationships, a solid education, and a rewarding career. Over the years, I have been fortunate to …

Self-improvement

If you want to get smarter, speed-reading is worse than not reading at all

We all know that reading is important. But we’re also busy. So we try to optimize by reading more quickly. And in this way, we miss the point of reading entirely.<p>I’ve noticed this tendency since I began posting about what I learn from reading over 100 books a year. One of the most frequent …

David Foster Wallace

7 Relationship Mantras to Stop Small Misunderstandings from Turning into Big Mistakes

This past December a busy attorney named Valentina and her 10-year-old son, Marco, moved into their new home in New England. The winter season was …

Snowstorms

9 Helpful Tips That Will Boost Your Productivity At Home

Working from home can actually result in greater productivity — Workopolis found in their poll that 90% of people believe telecommuting actually …

You Only Need 5 Hours A Week To Be Successful (With This Learning Approach)

The 5 hour approach gives results simply because it creates a habit of constant work on developing and improving skills, without burning out.

Learning

How I Get More Done 2 Days Than Most People Do In 2 Weeks

There’s one thing that I do better than most people.<p>I’m not smarter than most people. I’m not more talented. I don’t have some Ivy League education. I don’t get a lot of lucky breaks.<p>Instead, I hustle. That’s my secret skill.<p>But it’s not a real secret. I’ve taken the time to research productivity …

Time Management

7 Science-Backed Habits To Keep You Motivated Every Single Day

How to be your own best cheerleader at all times.<p>Coffee might be your saving grace to get through the workday, but caffeine on its own won't cut it in the long-run.<p>To stay passionate and excited about work, you're going to need to harness your inner-motivation. It's stronger than a shot of …

21 Ways to Be a Better Leader

Not everyone will become a great leader, but everyone can become a better leader.<p>It doesn't matter if you are running a business, managing a team, or teaching a class--leadership skills are important. Some people seem to be born knowing what to do to inspire and lead people, but for most of us it …

There’s a better way to write your to-do lists

A well-crafted to-do list acts as a guiding light for your day. It helps you overcome feelings of being overwhelmed, and reduces anxiety around whether you’re being productive throughout the day. Before I dive in to explain how I craft my to-do list each day, I’d like to point out that to-do lists …

Time Management