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The More You Talk, the Less They Listen

To stand out, say less.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What is the best way to communicate an idea in today's noisy climate? We had heard about Ryan Foland’s <i>“3-1-3</i><b>®</b> <i>Method”</i> and interviewed him about this thoughtful, simple and effective communications tool. We recently …

Entrepreneurship

Google Spent Years Studying Successful Teams. Here's the 1 Thing That Mattered Most

If you trust someone is looking after your best interests, you will do almost anything that person asks.<p><i>This column is an adapted excerpt from my new book,</i> EQ Applied: The Real-World Guide to Emotional Intelligence.<p>A few years ago, a research team at Google set out on a quest to figure out what …

Self-improvement

A professor explains why networking is a waste of time and what you should be doing instead

College freshmen are lectured about it on their first day of class. Young professionals race to one more boring party so they can be seen and shake …

Networking

5 tips to help improve your life in 2 years

<b>How can I dramatically improve my life in 2 years?</b><p>This is a great question.<p>Most people ask how they can change their lives in a week, month, or …

Facebook Ads

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 …

Civil Rights

Facts don’t change people’s minds. Here’s what does

If you had asked me this question – How do you change a mind? – two years ago, I would have given you a different answer.<p>As a former scientist, I …

Al Gore

This Is The Scientific Way To Win Any Argument (And Not Make Enemies)

It’s not about the specific points you make, it’s all about how you position them.<p>You’re in the middle of a heated discussion–or fine, let’s just call it an argument–and the person whom you’re trying convince seems unable or unwilling to grasp your point of view. What should you do?<p>For starters, …

Why you should reinforce values instead of rules

As a company, we have always aspired to not have a lot of rules. Instead, we prefer to focus on and reinforce our company’s core values. We believe …

Research Shows The Quickest Way To Build Trust With Your Employees

One of my studies, called “How To Build Trust In The Workplace,” surveyed more than 7,000 people all about why people do, or don’t, trust their leaders. The first thing we discovered was that approximately 32% of a worker’s loyalty is the result of feeling trust towards their boss. So it’s …

Leadership

How smart you are isn't nearly as important to success as how you choose to act

When it comes to success, it's easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust. But new research from Stanford University will change your mind (and your attitude).<p>Psychologist Carol Dweck has spent her entire career studying attitude and …

Self-improvement

How to develop mastery, make millions, and be happy

Idea #1: You don’t have a preexisting passion (nor should you want one).<p>Idea #2: Becoming really good at something and generously using your skills …

The strange way being ‘good’ hurts your willpower

I learned how to respect authority from my father. At the top of a huge water slide at a theme park, he put me, my siblings and cousins in a huge, …

10 Things Unstoppable People Do That Average People Don't

Most people can't handle success, authority, or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy.<p>Are you unstoppable or average?<p>Do you get derailed by prior success?<p>Are you thinking linearly or exponentially?<p>Do you do these 10 things?<p>1. Don't get crushed by success.<p><i>Success can become a catalyst for</i> …

Self-improvement

5 Hard Things You Need to Start Doing for Yourself on Hard Days

On particularly hard days when I feel that I can’t endure, I remind myself that my track record for getting through hard days is 100% so far.And, I …

Positive Thinking

Here Are Nearly 1,200 Coursera Courses That Are Still Completely Free

Courses from 166 universities, including Stanford, Georgia Tech, Yale, Duke, and Michigan, are part of the list.<p>Are Coursera courses still free? At Class Central, we get that question so often that I wrote a guide to answer it. Generally speaking, Coursera courses are free to audit but if you want …

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Self-help

9 Inspiring Quotes From One of the Most Anticipated Leadership Books Ever Published

Marshall Goldsmith, Simon Sinek, Stephen M.R. Covey, Brené Brown and the rest are featured in this important, new book release.<p>Hailed by its publisher as "the most comprehensive and wide-ranging guide on the subject of servant leadership ever produced," the newly-released <i>Servant Leadership in</i> …

The Real Reason Why Your Brain Is so Scared of Failure

Failure doesn't scare you. Not knowing does.<p>You've just recklessly jumped ship -- left the security of your job or refused the investor who isn't offering exactly what you want. You find yourself gripped by a cold, raw fear. What are you <i>actually</i> afraid of?<p>Imagine you're driving along a clear …

To Reduce Burnout on Your Team, Give People a Sense of Control

There’s no question or debate that workplace stress levels are at critical levels and are escalating. The American Institute of Stress (AIS) reveals that 80% of us feel stress on the job and almost half say they need help in managing that stress. The StressPulse survey by ComPsych, an Employee …

Want to do a better job? This expert says you should work less

How to succeed in business: Do less, then obsess.<p>Here’s some welcome advice for anyone putting in long hours to get ahead at the office: Stop.<p>That’s according to Morten Hansen, a management professor at U.C. Berkeley who has made it his mission to find out what leads to better performance at …

This Common Type of Praise Actually Makes People Perform Worse

Using this tiny bit of language makes it harder for your team to perform at their best.<p>What could possibly be wrong with well earned praise? We all know how nice it is to receive a pat on the back for a job well done. Plus, study after study shows employees generally feel under-appreciated and are …

Influence People by Leveraging the Brain’s Laziness

Discussions of influence are almost always focused on messages and information, the assumption being that the best route to drive people’s actions is …

Databases

Stop Exceeding Customer Expectations: To Create Immediate Loyalty Do This Instead

Everyone wants to exceed customer expectations, maybe it is time to modernize your methods.<p>Churn kills business.<p>A few years back I was part a global account team and we were failing with a Fortune 100 client. We tried everything: we looked at all of their business requirements and then went above …

The 10 Most Popular Courses on Coursera in 2017 (and 2,000 Courses You Can Take for Free in January, 2018)

Back in 2012, Coursera started offering MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) to the world at large. And they've since amassed some 28 million …

What Makes You ‘Click’ With Someone Else?

You can’t put your finger on it.<p>You may not have anything in common.<p>On paper it might seem you’d never be friends.<p>But you just… “<i>click</i>.”<p>How does that …

34 Words You Can Use in Your Resume to Highlight Your Leadership Skills

Let your resume speak for you.<p>One of the most common types of people I work with are those aiming to elevate their brand messaging to more loudly announce, "I'm one hell of a leader!" as they change jobs.<p>It's one thing to be good at tasks, projects, and areas of specialization, but if you're …

How to win an argument, even when you're wrong

I taught him a technique that I have found incredibly powerful. So powerful, you can even use it to great effect, with evil intent.<p>I'm not suggesting that you'd do this, but I do love a good debate. It's possible there may have been times, at a dinner party or two, where I've used this approach to …

Harvey Mackay: For best results, avoid temptation at work

A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city and attached the following message to his windshield: “I have circled this block 10 …

Do You Need a Formal Degree, or Will a MOOC Do?

We all know that in the modern economy, we can’t just stop learning. But how to keep educating ourselves is a complicated question. Is it a worthwhile investment to get a formal degree, like an MBA or PhD? Should you take a more targeted approach, with a short-term executive education program? Or …