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7 Truths About Accountability That You Need To Know | Inc.com

Having worked with hundred of businesses, senior executives and management teams one topic that is always difficult to broach is accountability. Many people don't understand what accountability is, why it's important, or where it starts. Yes they understand accountability is important, but don't …

Team Building
Employment

New Free Work Tools From Google Help You Think Like the Leader of a Billion-Dollar Company

The search engine shared its internal tools for running a business and leading a team.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From free gourmet lunches to on-campus rock climbing, it’s no wonder everyone wants to work at Google. However, behind all of these fancy work perks is …

Work-life Balance

Your Superstar Employee Doesn't Fit the Company Culture--So Fire Them | Inc.com

What if you were faced with firing one of your top performers? Not because they weren't performing. Not because they broke a law. But because they were destroying your company's culture from the inside out.<p>Would you know it was the right decision, or would you or other people question your …

Business Development

To Find Out What Employees Are Really Thinking, Don't Conduct a Survey; Do This Instead | Inc.com

<b>Do you need to understand what employees are really thinking?</b> Many leaders believe that the only way to assess employee opinions is to conduct a survey, often referred to as an "employee attitude survey" or an "employee engagement survey."<p>And although surveys can be valuable, there's a faster, …

Employee Engagement

Why Great Leaders Don’t Ask “Leading” Questions and What to Do Instead

Below is an excerpt from my interview with highly respected Conversational Intelligence®, We-centric Leadership, Neuro-Innovation expert and Marshall …

New York Times

7 habits that every team can learn from MINIONS

Life would have been so simple if it were a cartoon movie like the Minions. Wouldn’t it be? But, not everything we wish could come true.<p>There are, however, some lessons from the movie Minions that we all can learn and inculcate in our life, especially when it comes to team building. After all, the …

Digital Marketing

Let's Align Habits To Organizational Values | Inc.com

Companies spend a lot of time and energy developing statements of purpose and values for their people to live by. Yet often these efforts don't bring about any change in behaviors. It's little wonder: a recent Gallup poll indicates that only 27% of employees believed in their employer's stated …

Mentoring

Smart Leaders Know the Difference Between Complex and Complicated. Do You? | Inc.com

You probably use the words 'complex' and 'complicated' interchangeably. Most of us do. Heck, most dictionaries use complex to define complicated and vice versa. There's just one problem: If you're a leader and you treat a complex problem like a complicated problem, you are setting up yourself and …

Mathematics

6 Powerful Ways to Make Anyone Into A Great Leader | Inc.com

If you work or study in the field of leadership, you already know there's a glut of information and ideas. We already have thousands of articles about leaders and leadership, and countless thoughts on what leadership is and isn't--not to mention a constant stream of new articles, blogs and …

Communicate

Why It's Important to Handle Your Low Performers Quickly | Inc.com

One of the toughest jobs in leadership can be dealing with poor performers.<p>It's never easy, and it's rarely pleasant, for either party.<p>But if you don't deal with them, and deal with them quickly, it can not only be bad for teams performance but also bad for your reputation too.<p>Here are three …

Leadership

12 books every leader should read

Are you looking for a good book to give you a fresh perspective on business?<p>Look no further than the 12 books included below. These 12 books are …

Public Relations

6 Common Things Good Managers Do to Create Engaged Teams

Good managers create and boost employee engagement. A lot of managers have room for improvement.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a manager, you have a powerful effect on how engaged your organization will ultimately be. Employee engagement is ultimately a <i>viral</i> …

Employee Engagement

HARD Goals, Not SMART Goals, Are The Key To Career Development

Good employees want the opportunity to grow and develop on the job. And here’s the great news, a simple, 15-minute conversation, that focuses on HARD Goals, will encourage your people to take a more active and self-sufficient role in planning for and reaching their desired career growth.<p><i>Watch on</i> …

Employee Engagement

Hiring Great People Is More Than a Gut Feeling. Here Are 8 Ways to Get it Right Every Time | Inc.com

As a leader, nothing is more important than hiring great people. Great hires impact virtually every facet of your organization, from culture and values to the ability to innovate, adapt, and persevere over time. When we hire the right people they generate returns that significantly exceed the costs …

Employment

Yes, Smart Bosses Frequently Give Negative Feedback | Inc.com

I really hate the word "feedback." It's biz-blab of the worst sort, a weasel-wordy way of saying "criticism" without offending the "let's all be positive" snowflakes of the working world.<p>In addition, the term doesn't make much sense. Feedback is what happens when a microphone picks up what's coming …

Employment

What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?

Today’s executives spend a lot of time managing the balance sheet, despite the fact that it doesn’t represent their company’s scarcest resource. Financial capital is relatively abundant and cheap. According to Bain’s Macro Trends Group, the global supply of capital stands at nearly 10 times global …

Human Resources

These 2 Critical Things Will Make You Better at Persuasion (but You Are Probably Overlooking Them) | Inc.com

Persuasion is part art, part science. Whether you share the personality traits of those who do it best, it is almost always tied to how skilled you are at using persuasion strategies and how well you relate to those you are trying to influence.<p>Sometimes, it's something you do individually. Other …

Body Language

Human Resources Isn’t About Humans

HR was never meant for you. That’s why it doesn’t work.<p>Last month, I joined the sold-out audience at San Francisco’s Nourse Theatre for an evening of …

To thrive in uncertainty, take these 4 tips

by Marcus Crow<p>How, as leaders, do we plan for the things we cannot know? How do we prepare our teams to deal with uncertainty?<p>Whether it's the global …

Management

5 books that will make you more well-rounded

Want to know one of the "secrets" to becoming a better leader? Become a more voracious reader.<p>One of the best ways to "stand on the shoulders of giants" is to read. We hear it all the time--that the most successful people, our greatest leaders, are people who read constantly (including Bill Gates, …

Success
Time Management

9 things bosses do that make great employees quit

It's pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about — few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door.<p>Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the …

The Workplace

'It's not about the job title': A Marine explains how to lead when you're not the boss

Angie Morgan is a Marine veteran who is a coauthor, along with Courtney Lynch and Sean Lynch, of the new book "Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success." Here Morgan explains how you can lead when you are not the boss. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>So leadership is about</i> …

Leadership

Understanding Your Gaps: Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't | Inc.com

Do you ever wonder why some people succeed and others don't? We've all seen deserving people who never quite got things off the ground, and others who made it look easy. It doesn't always seem to make sense.<p>Over the past three decades of coaching top leaders and entrepreneurs all over the world, I …

Leadership

The Best Science Documentaries on Netflix in April, Ranked

Knowledge is power and Netflix is our professor.<p>Sure, Netflix has a bevy of cheesy rom-coms, sexy capers, and superhero content. But Netflix can also …

Photographers

10 Tips To Find The Perfect Employee

A key to small business success is finding and hiring “perfect” employees—people who exemplify the ideals of your business and become long-term, loyal workers. Paying attention to these 10 key factors will help you identify and hire top-notch employees:<p><b>1. Good fit—</b>Your best employees need to have …

Employment

The Best Show on Television Just Provided the Best Definition of a Great Business | Inc.com

<i>Billions</i> is already the best series on television. The writing is exceptional; the plot constantly twists; the dialog is crisp and clever and never fails to drive the story forward; Damian Lewis is, as always, great; Paul Giamatti is, well, he's Paul Giamatti; the moment Wags, played by David …

Wall Street

9 Ways to Get Your Company Out of a Bad Situation | Inc.com

Recent weeks have featured a number of highly publicized train wrecks, haven't they? The Academy Awards, Secretary Sessions's "forgotten" conversations, that awkward dashcam video of UBER's Travis Kalanick having a meltdown--some big names and brands are currently in pretty uncomfortable situations.<p>…

Management