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Elon Musk Just Sent an Extraordinary Email to Tesla Employees

A detailed look at a new email from Elon Musk teaches some important lessons.<p>Tesla, the electric auto manufacturer led by Elon Musk,is getting ready to enter a new phase of activity as it ramps up production of its mass-market intended Model 3. In an email recently obtained by automotive website …

Tesla

This is the one takeaway from Steve Jobs’ 1992 MIT talk you must remember at work

Apple titan Steve Jobs spoke to students at the MIT Sloan School of Management decades ago in 1992, but one of his biggest takeaways on work remains …

MIT Sloan

Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Self-improvement

50 Tough Questions You Never Ask Yourself, But Should | Inc.com

With the dawn of every New Year, pledges are made by hopefuls everywhere to do or change something big in their life and business. Most of these commitments are shelved or forgotten altogether soon after we ring in that very same New Year.<p><i>"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into</i> …

Self-improvement

How to Ask Great Questions

Much of an executive’s workday is spent asking others for information—requesting status updates from a team leader, for example, or questioning a counterpart in a tense negotiation. Yet unlike professionals such as litigators, journalists, and doctors, who are taught how to ask questions as an …

Psychology

5 Scientifically-Based Presentation Hacks to Captivate Any Audience

Your audience gets bored easily. Create multisensory experiences to keep their attention.<p>Molecular biologist John Medina once told me, "The brain does not pay attention to boring things." The statement profoundly shaped my approach to communication skills. My mission is to give readers the tools …

Public Speaking

Track Your Time for 30 Days. What You Learn Might Surprise You.

It’s hard to know if we’re really making efficient use of our time. It seems like we’re working hard — and we’re certainly stressed out. But are we spending our time on the right things? That’s the question I set out to solve at the start of this year. I was feeling overwhelmed after spending the …

Time Management

Use This Equation to Determine, Diagnose, and Repair Trust

<b>Anne Raimondi</b> was stumped. Two people she managed weren't getting along, and it was really impacting progress. In her private conversations with each …

Leadership

If You’ve Just Taken Over a Team, Quickly Let Underperformers Go

The best way for a manager to be successful is to build a top-notch team. But when most managers take on new positions, they hesitate to act quickly in replacing poor performing incumbents. Months later, when reflecting on what they could have done differently, almost all of these managers say that …

Answer These 4 Questions to Create a Compelling Vision

Most employees do not have a clear line of sight to their organization's vision, but it's an easy fix.<p>About 350 years ago, a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year, they established a town site. The next year, they elected a town government.<p>The third year, …

Fun-Da-Mental

Google Wanted to Know What What Makes a Manager Great, so It Conducted a Study. Here Are the Results

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

Employment

8 Things You Can Do Daily That Will Boost Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement Is The Difference Between Success And Failure<p>Employee engagement is running at around 32%. Which means that a staggering 68% of staff, potentially your staff, are either disengaged or even worse actively disengaged. According to Gallup, this costs the US economy anywhere between …

Employee Engagement

Bye-Bye, Heroic Leadership. Here Comes Shared Leadership

<b>Fletcher And Käufer On Post-Heroic Leadership</b><p>This blog series presents big ideas by bold thinkers that help us imagine organizational change in new ways. This post inquires into the leadership style that is best suited for promoting inclusive and continuous organizational change.<p><b>Heroic …

Charisma

Want to Be a Great Leader? The Smartest Ones Start by Doing These 4 Rare Things

If you want your employees to respect you and give you exceptional performance, adopt these four behaviors of the best leaders.<p>Do you work for a boss who has been defined as a "driver?" You know, he or she "drives performance" and "drives results." Maybe even, "drives people?" (maybe into the …

Leadership

8 Traits Successful People Have In Common

Not all traits are created equal, double down on these to reach your potential.<p>Many qualities contribute to success, but some traits are …

Entrepreneurship

4 Ways To Share Your Vision and Lead a Successful Team

Do you know how to connect with your team in an impactful, goal-oriented way?<p><i>"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."</i><i>- Warren Bennis</i><p>Every leader has a vision. If you want to see success as a leader, you need to effectively share your vision and ideas.<p>A "vision" tells your …

Leadership

How to identify your values (and why it matters)

Your values affect every aspect of your life. When you feel stuck, they can help get you out of a rut; when you’re not sure what to do next, values …

A Groundbreaking Study of 5,000 Top Performers Identifies 3 Tactics Used by Great Communicators

A five-year study by an influential UC Berkeley business professor reveals the communication secrets that separate great leaders from average ones.<p>In a groundbreaking study of 5,000 successful employees and managers over a five-year period, UC Berkeley management professor Morten T. Hansen found …

UC Berkeley

4 Ways to Build an Innovative Team

One of the most common questions I get asked by senior managers is “How can we find more innovative people?” I know the type they have in mind — someone energetic and dynamic, full of ideas and able to present them powerfully. It seems like everybody these days is looking for an early version of …

Office Furniture

Sweet potato and chickpea curry - delicious. magazine

INGREDIENTS<p>1 tbsp light olive oil<br>• 1 large red onion, finely sliced<br>• 1 large leek, sliced<br>• 1tbsp mild curry paste – or more if you like your food a bit …

Radical Candor: Why brutal honesty is tech's hottest management trend

Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill’s leadership track record is a tour de force. Prior to taking the helm of the internationally acclaimed productivity app in 2015, O’Neill served as the managing director of Google Canada and Google Glass. Before joining the Google team, O’Neill held leadership roles at …

Google Glass

By Doing Something No One Expected, Golden State Warriors' Coach Steve Kerr Taught a Brilliant Leadership Lesson

How do you motivate a team that doesn't have anything to prove? Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr just showed us.<p>As the leader of a team, what would you do if you felt that you were losing control? That your team members were no longer responding to your efforts?<p>That's the situation Golden State …

Basketball

How to Ask Purposeful Questions to Engage Your Team | Inc.com

Plenty of books are filled with lists of questions, but asking questions without a clear objective is like playing the question lotto. Very occasionally you might get lucky and win, but most of the time you will come up empty-handed. That's a loss for you and for your team member. There is rarely a …

Employee Engagement

'4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss follows a strict morning routine to maximize productivity — and after a week on his schedule, I can see why it works

Productivity

How to Be an Inspiring Leader

When employees aren’t just engaged, but inspired, that’s when organizations see real breakthroughs. Inspired employees are themselves far more productive and, in turn, inspire those around them to strive for greater heights.<p>Our research shows that while anyone can become an inspiring leader …

Leadership

Motivating Employees Is Not About Carrots or Sticks

Motivating employees seems like it should be easy. And it is — in theory. But while the concept of motivation may be straightforward, motivating employees in real-life situations is far more challenging. As leaders, we’re asked to understand what motivates each individual on our team and manage …

Employment

The Culture Factor

Strategy and culture are among the primary levers at top leaders’ disposal in their never-ending quest to maintain organizational viability and effectiveness. Strategy offers a formal logic for the company’s goals and orients people around them. Culture expresses goals through values and beliefs …

Management

The Psychology of Choice

Making choices isn't just about Option A vs. Option B. A myriad of considerations, psychological processes, and biases go into every decision we make.

Psychology

All the Charts, Tables, and Checklists You Need to Conduct Better Meetings

The ripple effects of too many meetings can be astonishing. Take this quick and horrifying interactive: It shows how a weekly excom meeting at one company generated a total of 300,000 person hours per year to support it:<p>But there’s hope! While a whole host of cultural changes need to take place to …

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