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9 signs you're successful — even if it doesn't feel like it

We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it — other than the guy with the 'He who dies with the most toys wins' bumper sticker — in the back of our minds, we equate material possessions with success.<p>It's a shame we fall prey to materialistic thinking because …

Self-improvement

7 Ways to Build Social Skills and Prevent Bullying

Your child does not have to be popular to have solid social skills. But having good social skills can do a lot to enhance your teen's life. Not only …

Want to be a Successful Entrepreneur? Stop Asking Everyone Else for Answers

If you are quick to give up and ask someone else when you don't know an answer, you may be sabotaging your own success.<p>As an entrepreneur, one of our primary jobs is to become excellent researchers. The thing about creating something from nothing, about building a business where none existed …

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9 Signs You're Successful--Even If It Doesn't Feel Like It

If you're ambitious, you're bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren't yet living up to your expectations.<p>We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it--other than the guy with the <i>'He who dies with the</i> …

A Way to Know If Your Corporate Goals Are Too Aggressive

Has your company inadvertently set a goal with just a 1-in-20 chance of success?<p>That can happen all too easily, and the consequences are potentially serious. Setting financial performance targets that are too aggressive can mean that even the best efforts go unrewarded, leaving people demoralized. …

Just Because You’re Happy Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Burned Out

A new survey report just published by Staples Advantage offers a paradoxical set of findings about US office workers. Overwhelmingly, they are happy. Yet the majority of them feel burned out. How could both things be true?<p>First, a look at the statistics. The good news is that 43% of respondents …

Changing an Organization’s Culture, Without Resistance or Blame

One of the biggest challenges a company can face is changing people’s behavior — getting them to collaborate and be humble, for example, or put the company’s long-term interests first. Most behavior-change initiatives accomplish little, at best.<p>So when we faced such a challenge at Lear Corporation, …

Recruiting for Cultural Fit

Culture fit is the glue that holds an organization together. That’s why it’s a key trait to look for when recruiting. The result of poor culture fit due to turnover can cost an organization between 50-60% of the person’s annual salary, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). …

Dispel Your Team’s Fear of Data

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>Most people are uncomfortable with data. Estimates, analytics, and data-driven predictions — they can all be confusing and overwhelming. Some of this discomfort is based on experience. Everyone remembers a time when their data was simply wrong, a prediction was misleading, …

To Form Successful Habits, Know What Motivates You

Have you ever been driven crazy by a coworker’s persistent questioning of what the team is doing, and why, and whether things could be done more efficiently—or have you been driven crazy by a colleague’s refusal to address those crucial questions?<p>Have you ever worked with someone who met deadlines …

If You Can’t Take a Vacation, Get the Most Out of Minibreaks

Summer is here and, for many of us, it makes us nostalgic for our childhood vacations: long, carefree days spent by the beach, in the woods, or with friends and family.<p>However, as adults, those memories can seem all too far away.<p>If you’re American, you probably take drastically less vacation that …

The Emotional Impulses That Poison Healthy Teams

Is anyone really an individual contributor at work anymore? I think not. Pretty much everything we do is done with others in groups. We’re tasked with planning and completing projects together. We negotiate roles and resources. We talk to one another—or text, tweet, email—and sometimes we listen, …