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Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Virtually all leaders believe that to stay competitive, their enterprises must learn and improve every day. But even companies revered for their dedication to continuous learning find it difficult to always practice what they preach.<p>Consider Toyota: Continuous improvement is one of the pillars of …

Management

Take the Value-Stream Walk: Presentation by Jim Womack

Hear James Womack talk about purpose, process, and people as the keys to implementing and sustaining a true lean management system and as the …

6 Ways to Make Your Next Business Trip More Productive

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You know the feeling -- the tingling excitement of an upcoming business trip. You may daydream about how productive you’ll be during all that uninterrupted time, naïvely believing that you’ll get double the work done in half the …

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How to Earn Respect as a Leader

<i>In this adaptation from his new book, the CEO of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst, shares advice for how to build credibility in an organization — especially if you are new to it, have a different background than others on your team, or are not in a position of authority.</i><p>How would you be perceived in your …

Leadership

Tip: How to Manage Scope Creep

<b>Raymond Sheen</b>, president of Product and Process Innovation, Inc, offers three tips for keeping even the most complicated projects on track.

Project Management

Burn Calories with Rowing Sprints

"Sprints prepare you to maintain a faster pace for a longer distance," says Greg Hammond, a trainer for Concept2. Shoot for a 2K time of 7:15. Lock down your form with these tips:<p><b>1. Load Your Legs</b><p>Lean slightly forward and bend your legs, making your shins vertical. Flex your triceps as you reach …

How to Improve the Greatest Human Strength (willpower)

Have you ever wanted to push yourself a little more, a little harder or just a little bit further?<p>Of course, this could be in a workout, at your work …

Why Veterans and Civilian Employers Have So Much Trouble Communicating

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In his 2015 State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama encouraged American employers to "hire a veteran" if they want to get the job done. Veterans bring high levels of integrity, commitment, loyalty, flexibility, skills and …

Employment

The Productivity Challenge of an Aging Global Workforce

The world is aging, and that matters for growth. In the past, an abundant and growing labor pool was a powerful engine of the world economy; today, the number of workers is starting to decline in many countries. This leaves no alternative but for companies, individuals, and governments to work in …

Health Care

Forget the Strategy PowerPoint

I have for decades watched CEOs and other executives try to explain a corporate strategy to a small group of senior managers or to a much larger group of staff. For the most part, it has not been a pretty sight. In the case of senior managers, I usually hear 3 or 4 different interpretations of what …

Office Politics Is Just Influence by Another Name

Most of us cringe when we think about office politics. It’s a disgusting, immoral mess that we try to avoid. After all, who wants to participate in backstabbing, lying, cheating, blaming, sucking up, and playing people against each other? Or maybe you take a slightly less offensive view of office …

Leadership

Seven Things Great Employers Do (that Others Don’t)

For most people, paid work is unsettling and energy-sapping. Despite employee engagement racing up the priority list of CEOs (see, for example, The Conference Board’s CEO Challenge 2014), our research into workplaces all over the world reveals a sorry state of affairs: workers who are actively</i> …

We Still Don’t Know the Difference Between Change and Transformation

It’s been almost 10 years since HBR published John Kotter’s classic article,”Why Transformation Efforts Fail.” And although his suggestions for how to improve the odds have been widely accepted, the success rate of major corporate change programs remains essentially unchanged — it still hovers at …

Management

The Roots of Becoming a More Effective Leader

If I had my way, any face-to-face leadership development program on the planet would first start with the facilitator showing a picture of General Sherman.<p>No, not General William Tecumseh Sherman – military strategist and General of the Union Army during the United States Civil War in 1861 through …

National Parks

Are You a Holistic or a Specific Thinker?

It was Friday afternoon in Paris and I had spent the morning teaching a group of Chinese CEOs how to work effectively with Europeans. I asked the class: “What steps should the team leader in this case study take to manage different attitudes towards confrontation on the team?”<p>Lilly Li, a bird-like …

Five economic stories to watch in 2015

The start of a new year is a good time to take stock. For those of us in the news business, this suggests stepping back and asking what’s important. Here are five economic stories worth watching.<p>1) <i>What happens to oil?</i> Saudi Arabia has helped drive down crude prices from roughly $100 a barrel to …

Attention Ivory Tower Dwellers: The 2015 American Dream Is Not An Illusion

I recently came across a disturbing article entitled, “The American Dream Is An Illusion,” written by a college Economics Professor. The Professor argues that, “… <i>recent evidence suggests that, in reality, social mobility rates are extremely low. Seven to ten generations are required before the</i> …

How to Improve Your Squat Cleans

Page: 1Next »<p>In order to get underneath a heavy bar, squat cleans require faster hip and elbow turnover than a power clean.<p>So you’ve mastered the …

Workouts

The Playbook for Consistently Successful Meetings | Inc.com

Most people hate meetings, but that's usually because they are perceived as inefficient or pointless. Meetings, when executed properly, can be highly productive, enlightening, worthwhile affairs. The trick is to set one up with a clear agenda, and keep everybody accountable for his or her …

Productivity

The 10 Biggest Retail Stories Of 2014

It’s been a banner year for retail news, with big-name CEOs ousted, the Supreme Court weighing in on workers’ birth control rights and unprecedented backlash to the notorious Black Friday shopping holiday.<p>Here are Forbes’ top ten. I’ve attempted to keep this chronological despite some stories (like …

7 Questions To Evaluate Your Business Performance And What Needs To Change

To get yourself in the right frame of mind for a new year, and new challenges, if you are an entrepreneur, running a business, or managing a project, consider these 7 questions to check progress and help you stay ahead of the game:<p><b>1/ Am I hiring or Firing?</b><p>Your working life no doubt feels like a …

A Second Chance to Make the Right Impression

Romualdo Faura<p>Years ago a friend of mine, Gordon, interviewed for a position at a prominent university. During his daylong visit to campus, he had lunch with a senior faculty member (let’s call him Bob) who had final say over the hire. After their food arrived, Bob said of his meal, “You know, this …

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The Underlying Psychology of Office Politics

All organizations are political – and to some degree, they always will be. The underlying reasons are psychological. First, work involves dealing with people. That means finding a compromise between what they want and what we want; and it’s often a zero-sum game. Second, humans are emotional …

What Makes an Effective Executive

An effective executive does <i>not</i> need to be a leader in the sense that the term is now most commonly used. Harry Truman did not have one ounce of charisma, for example, yet he was among the most effective chief executives in U.S. history. Similarly, some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve …

Management

Why Work Should Get a Little Harder Every Day

If you’re lucky, at some point in your life you’ll discover an activity that captures your attention in ways you never thought possible. One in which you’re fully immersed, losing track of time and place.<p>Psychologists have a term to describe these experiences: <i>flow</i>.<p>When people enter a state of flow, …

The Right Way to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

Thomas Jefferson once said that “honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”. Though truth-telling abounds in grade school platitudes, it seems scarcer the older we get. But this decline in honesty — let’s call it <i>dishonesty</i> — isn’t necessarily innate. Dishonesty can be taught. In my …

6 Ways That Lack Of Focus Can Kill Your Business

Many passionate entrepreneurs fight to add more features into their new products and services, assuming that more function will make the solution more appealing to more customers. In reality, more features will more likely make the product confusing and less usable to all. Focus is the art of …

Two Pillars Of Great Customer Service (And A Happy Life): Freud, Amazon And Zappos

The two things needed for a happy life are love and work. (My sources on this are Tolstoy and Freud, so who am I to argue?)<p>In customer service, these pillars can be thought of as “love” (feelings of excitement, relaxation, companionship, warmth, comfort, nostalgia) and simply “wanting things to …

Why Twitter’s Mission Statement Matters

Believe it or not, Twitter Inc. has a perfectly respectable mission statement:<p>Our mission: To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.<p>CEO Dick Costolo had to point this out Wednesday night, after a slide from an investor presentation by CFO …