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What makes a great leader, explained in eight counterintuitive charts

A couple of years after starting my most recent company, I had a scary realization. I noticed that by the time the business had grown to a hundred employees, my day-to-day role had gone from “guy who decides and builds things” to “guy who manages other people who decide and build things”—and I had …

What You're Willing To Tolerate Sets The Tone For Your Company Culture

I’m obsessing lately about a presentation Harvey Goldberg gave on leadership. He asked a simple question: “What do you <i>expect</i> from your people?” Then he asked, “Now, what do you <i>tolerate</i> from them?” He then drew the two squares above and said, “What you tolerate is what you will get, and that becomes …

Habits Expert Charles Duhigg Dives Into the Science Behind Productivity Hacks | Heleo

“This act of allowing yourself to think is very, very useful because it’s a structured time when we force ourselves to think more deeply about our …

The Surprising Way to Be More Effective at Storytelling

To engage leaders, colleagues, and clients, use this simple technique<p>By now, most of us are familiar with "the irresistible power of storytelling as a business tool" (as <i>Harvard Business Review</i> describes it) to get people's attention, involve them emotionally and help them remember the content …

26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Time-management skills can take a while to learn.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant, the author of "Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want," and the creator of a course to help entrepreneurs find their target market, distilled the lessons he wishes he'd known when …

Time Management

The Secret To Turning Your Mistakes Into Opportunities In 6 Simple Steps

Reviewing your past results to make future improvements is key to getting better. Here's how you do it.<p>At its core, innovation is the ability to adjust quickly to new conditions and situations in novel and useful ways. As Stephen Hawking, world-renowned physicist, famously said "intelligence is the …

Six Keys To Becoming A Great Persuader

Most of us have been in a situation where we need to persuade others to accept our position or approach. When this happens to me, I will often ruminate in my mind how the conversation might go. I imagine that my colleague will state their position, to which I will respond with such great power and …

Sales Bonuses Are Supposed to Motivate, So Don’t Waste Them on Easy Targets

Most companies pay salespeople a combination of a salary, a commission, and a bonus for hitting a quota, putting a portion of their pay at risk. The belief is that at-risk pay motivates salespeople to work hard and direct effort towards sales activities that encourage achievement of sales goals.<p>In …

Omgaan met stress? “Niksen helpt niet”, zegt dr. Erik Scherder

<b>“Aaaah, even lekker een week ontstressen aan het zwembad”, denk je. Maar je denkt verkeerd, zegt ‘s Nederlands beroemdste neurowetenschapper Erik</b> …

How to Win with Automation (Hint: It’s Not Chasing Efficiency)

In 1900, 30 million people in the United States were farmers. By 1990 that number had fallen to under 3 million even as the population more than tripled. So, in a matter of speaking, 90% of American agriculture workers lost their jobs, mostly due to automation. Yet somehow, the 20th century was …

Inbox Zero is a waste of time. This is how a world-class behavioral economist tames his email

The Inbox Zero movement is now a decade old. Introduced by the awesomely named Merlin Mann in 2007, it was initially a system for managing clutter and distractions but it’s evolved into a modern philosophy, a means of asserting our humanity over the machines we live with.<p>While the act of clearing …

Does Work Make You Happy? Evidence from the World Happiness Report

Since most of us spend a great deal of our lives working, it is inevitable that work plays a key role in shaping our levels of happiness. In a recent chapter of the World Happiness Report — published annually to coincide with the United Nation’s International Day of Happiness — we look more closely …

3 Little-Known Hacks That Have a Huge Impact on Your Productivity

Want to be more productive? Then you need to know these secrets.<p>Ask yourself one question: If you could only work for an hour today, what would you do?<p>In other words, which tasks would be at the top of your priority list and which wouldn't make the cut? This is a question that I ask myself every …

What Most People Get Wrong About Inbox Zero

<i>And How to Keep It from Making Your Email Problems Worse</i>Email is indispensable. But it can feel like a necessary evil for a lot of us. Our inboxes …

Productivity

Want to Stop Procrastinating? Try the 10-Minute Rule and Get More Done

Get into the habit of tackling those tasks you're tempted to put off.<p>"I know what I need to do. I just can't make myself do it." That's a statement I've heard more times than I could count in my therapy office.<p>Procrastination is a bad mental habit and that can get worse over time. But the 10-minute …

How to Make Your Non-Fiction Reading More Productive

<i>Record These 8 Elements to Maximize Your Reading</i>I’m a serious reader and have been most of my life. Most leaders I know are. We realize there’s a …

Writing

The Benefits of Writing Your Own Weekly, Monthly, and Annual Reviews

There’s something quite special that happens when we reflect on what we’ve done. Well, two things, actually. One is that we gain a better …

Ten Ways Great Coaches Overcome Resistance To Change

“I just don’t know how to make this coaching stick” said a frustrated leader to me. He’s an executive coaching client and he is trying to coach a direct report to change his behavior.<p>His tone of voice reminded me of the frustration I had felt too often, when I was just not getting through to an …

Self-awareness

The 5 Things That Are Causing Employees To Burn Out

Here’s what you need to do to reduce burnout, which could cost you up to half your workforce.<p>When work culture demands 24/7 availability, it isn’t surprising that more employees are feeling burned out.<p>A January 2017 survey by Future Workplace and workforce management software company Kronos found …

Managing Organizational Hierarchies In a World of Networks

During KronosWorks 2016, I had the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Seth Mattison of FutureSight Labs talk about the future of work. One of the …

Why Everyone At Your Company Should Have This Simple Job Description

For leaders of entrepreneurial organizations, nothing is more important or challenging than building the right team.<p>Startups and small businesses are dynamic environments that require people to think on their feet, identify challenges, and take unilateral action on a regular basis.<p>That’s why we’ve …

Entrepreneurship

3 HR Habits to Change in 2017

Controlling Your Reactions Leaves More Time for Innovation<p>Why do we do what we do? For most of us, and for most of the time, we act on habit. From the number of times we hit the snooze button in the morning to the specific Internet browser tabs we open to how we do our jobs, our habits rule our …

10 Costly Career Mistakes You're Making Without Realizing

Some of the smartest people make the silliest mistakes in their career. I’m talking about mistakes that cost them a promotion – or sometimes, their job. The worst part is that these mistakes are <i>completely</i> avoidable. Hopefully these 10 work cartoons and stories below make you laugh, think and …

HR en IT security: Het belang van een goede cultuur

Take Better Notes During Meetings by Thinking Like a Student

Just because you’re writing everything down when you’re in a meeting doesn’t mean that you’re engaged. Absent-minded note-taking isn’t beneficial if …

People Scientists and Chief People Officers – how great firms will keep their best staff in 2017

Five big changes in 2017 and beyond in how people, management and business interrelate<p><b>There will be a shift from HR to People</b><p>Back in the 1990s the …

The 2 Skills Every Company Will Need to Compete in the Future

Wayne Gretzky, the greatest hockey player of all time, said the key to success is not about skating where the puck is, but where the puck is going to …

World Economic Forum

15 Bulletproof Strategies for Achieving Your Goals

Mom used to tell me I could do anything I set my mind to. Mom was right.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone has goals in life. We all want to achieve something, big or small, no matter who we are. Yet, we don't always have the wherewithal to see things through. We …

Today, Every Business Must Transform Itself Into A Platform

In 2001, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delared war on the open source community. He called Linux a cancer and argued, essentially, that anybody who used open source resources was putting their business at risk. He even went as far as to urge the government not to support open source projects.<p>From …

The Purpose Of Life Is Not Happiness: It’s Usefulness

For the longest time, I believed that there’s only purpose of life: And that is to be happy.<p>Right? Why else go through all the pain and hardship? …