Shehzad Ahmad

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This Habit Will Make Everyone Think of You as a Leader, Instantly

Curiosity didn't kill the cat. It made him a harbinger of success.<p>Whether or not you want to be a leader, most of us would agree that being looked up to and admired is a good thing. Yet, the qualities that we see as admirable are changing along with our societal norms. One behavior, however, that …

6 Tips to Maximize Your Productivity on Remote Work Days

You can have a productive day without stepping foot in the office.<p>More and more people are working from home thanks to the proliferation of collaboration tools and mobile computing. Having the flexibility to work remote is a nice perk -- as long as it doesn't prove too distracting to get your work …

How To Assess An Essential Leadership Capacity: Trusting Others And Inspiring Trust

Trust is a fundamental leadership capacity, and it works in two directions. It’s pretty obvious that a leader needs to be able to inspire trust and be worthy of that trust. It’s equally important that she has the capacity to trust others, a psychological strength has its foundations in early …

The Secret to Success in 2018? Start Doing This 1 Thing

Entrepreneurs are busy, but the most successful people know how to stop doing activities that don't add value and stay focused on their top priorities.<p>As entrepreneurs, we're notoriously busy--but I've found that the most successful people know how to <i>stop</i> <i>doing</i> activities that don't add value. …

New Research Says You Will Need This 1 Rare Management Skill to Be Successful

As the new poster boy for "Managing Compassionately," LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner has just raised the bar for leaders everywhere.<p>Conventional management thinking demands that standard work traits that drive results -- things like persistence, sacrifice, grit, resilience -- are what most bottom-line …

The Founder of Panera Bread: 'I Wish I'd Fired More People'

After stepping down as CEO in January, Ron Shaich looks back on what he wishes he'd done differently.<p>This story appears in the March 2018 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>I was the CEO of a public company for more than 26 years -- that's longer than Cal Ripken, Jr., played baseball. And I wasn't …

Leadership

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

Steve Jobs Was the World's Greatest Salesman Because He Answered the 1 Question on Everyone's Mind

Once you realize your customers don't care about your 'product,' you'll be more likely to make a sale.<p>I'm looking at an intimidating 800-page binder as I write this article. It contains confidential information about a new product category. When I prepare the company's leaders to launch the …

Don't Make This Fatal Mistake When Shooting For Quick Wins

Aim High, Start Small, Celebrate and Keep Going<p>We've all had that boss. It's the guy or gal who needs instant gratification. The boss's entire leadership plan revolves around instant success, and if it isn't achieved, he or she goes onto the next thing.<p>It can be a whirlwind working for that type of …

Motivation

How This 1 Protein Is Deteriorating Your Brain (and How Scientists Plan to Stop It)

Two types of treatments could offer protection against the VCAM1 protein in the future.<p>While you might associate protein mainly with packing on muscle and getting ripped, different types of proteins do all kinds of positive jobs in the body--they can transport atoms and molecules through you, work …

Why Sales Reps Spend So Little Time Selling

In January, I talked about the Time Management study we did that shows how little of salespeople’s time is spent in actual selling. Today, with the help of my colleague Gabe Larsen, I’d like to examine this study a little bit further.<p>Here is the bottom line: Sales reps are only spending one-third …

Successful People Tell Themselves These 7 Things on a Daily Basis

Sometimes, becoming successful is just a matter of willing it into existence.<p>Successful people tend to have very positive inner dialogues.<p>They know how to nurture their own personal growth. They believe they can do whatever it is they set their mind to. But most of all, they believe in …

Self-improvement

27 tips to be a better public speaker

For many, public speaking is right up there with dying on the list of things people hate or fear most. But at some point in your professional life, …

What happens in the brain when habits form?

There are a million things that we do every day without thinking. Brushing our teeth, drying our hair after a shower, and unlocking our phone screen …

Innovation Isn't About What You Know, But What You Don't

An idea can never be validated backwards, only forwards<p>When Steve Jobs first came up with the idea for the iPod, it wasn't actually a machine he had in mind, but "a thousand songs in my pocket." It was, at the time, an impossible idea, because hard drives of that capacity and size just didn't …

Three Steps for Giving Feedback That Works: Find It, Flip It, Elevate It

“The last 10 percent is always the hardest part,” a direct report once said as he invited me to share what I was truly thinking about his performance.<p>Despite the open invitation, I found it hard to offer honest, direct feedback. For those of us taught to be kind, delivering bad news can feel like …

Extreme Sports

6 Proven Ways to Generate Good Luck Every Day

Would you recognize good luck whenever it hits you? This successful entrepreneur has created an entire process to make sure he capitalizes every time.<p>Nearly everyone wants to be luckier. Some people think success is about preparing for luck, while others think success is about what you do with luck …

21 Questions Amazon Asks Its Job Candidates

If you want to work for Jeff Bezos, you're going to have to answer some tough questions first.<p><b>Amazon goes to great lengths to ensure that they are hiring the right people.</b><p><b>We sifted through hundreds of Glassdoor reviews to find some of the company's toughest interview questions.</b><p><b>Questions about</b> …

4 Proven Methods for Learning Faster

Our brains are constantly optimizing themselves.<p><i>What can we do to learn better and faster? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Brett Wingeier, CTO and co-founder of Halo Neuroscience,</b> …

50 Remarkably Wise Quotes That Will Inspire You to Success in Life

Get inspired by these wise words and make the very best out of your life, each and every day.<p>Life is a gift that has been given to you. It is in your hands to make the best out of it--dare to believe that you can. Through the ups and downs, you'll find a lesson to learn that will make you a better …

Being Comfortable With Discomfort Leads to Growth. Here Are 3 Easy Ways to Build Your Confidence

This universally desired feeling is what's slowing your personal growth and preventing innovation.<p>"If I am comfortable, then I am part of the problem." This is a quote that has stuck with David Taylor, CEO of P&G ever since he first moved to Cincinnati (where P&G is headquartered). Taylor …

Facing these 10 fears will improve your life at work and at home

Wouldn't it be fantastic if the road to success and happiness were an easy one? Unfortunately, as we all know, this isn't the case. The reality is, you'll only succeed once you force yourself to do things that you don't necessarily want to. It's true. You see, our brains are wired in such a way …

Want to Land One of the Best Jobs of 2018? Here Are 3 Smart Tips

It takes more than a degree and experience to land the best jobs.<p>Glassdoor just released its annual report of the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018. Data scientist and DevOps engineer took the top two spots. But if you don't have the degree or experience for either of these, fear not! There are …

Take Control Of Your Leadership Development With Five Simple Steps

Who is responsible for ensuring that you develop as a leader in your workplace? If you believe the answer is “My company or my boss,” you’re only partially right. Of course, your employer should play a key role, but their ability to be effective on your behalf really depends on their development …

Leadership

Turmeric compound could boost memory and mood

Not a lover of Indian food? A new study might change your mind. Researchers have found that a compound in turmeric — the spice that gives curry its …

5 Signs That Instantly Identify Someone With Bad Leadership Skills

If you work for such a manager, it may be time to move on.<p>Whenever I speak at events across the country, I break down leadership to its most basic and practical form: It's about meeting the needs of people and developing them to their fullest potential.<p>When employees don't get the tools, training, …

Employment

Want to Make Sure You Hire the Best Candidate? Ask These 2 Interview Questions

If you understand real job needs, you only need to ask two questions to predict on-the-job success. It doesn't matter what you ask if you don't know job needs, you'll either be wrong, or lucky.<p>It took me 30 years and 2,500 interviews to make this table showing the best and worst predictors of …

Top CEOs Say These Are the 8 Habits You Need to Ditch If You Want to Be Successful

If you want the fame, big paychecks and respect, cut these mistakes from your repertoire.<p>None of us is going to win the I'm-Perfect Award any time soon. But we can at least try to prune away some of our faults. To give you a little direction, I asked leading CEOs what bad habits they think are the …

6 Signs to Instantly Identify Someone With True Leadership Skills

Here are six defining traits that keep surfacing over and over again in leadership bestsellers.<p>What are the defining attributes of great leaders? That's the age-old question thought leaders and scholars galore have been attempting to answer in mountains of books and literature.<p>While great …

15 books that will change your life in 2018

Whether you want to take your career to new heights, overhaul your health or simply get happier in 2018.<p>It’s exciting to think about all the potential for 2018, a new year that's full of possibilities. But it can be daunting to figure out how to make those massive changes you’re craving in life. …

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