Sophia Mah

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Research: To Be a Good Leader, Start By Being a Good Follower

There is no shortage of advice for those who aspire to be effective leaders. One piece of advice may be particularly enticing: if you want to be a successful leader, ensure that you are <i>seen as</i> <i>a leader</i> and not a follower. To do this, goes the usual advice, you should seek out opportunities to lead, …

Leadership

You’re Never Going to Be “Caught Up” at Work. Stop Feeling Guilty About It.

Most people I know have a to-do list so long that it’s not clear that there’s an end to it. Some tasks, even quite important ones, linger unfinished for a long time, and it’s easy to start feeling guilty or ashamed about what you have not yet completed.<p>People experience guilt and its close cousin …

Self-help

How to Write the Perfect Business Plan: A Comprehensive Guide

Thinking of starting a business? Here's the best step by step template for writing the perfect business plan for your startup.<p>Maybe you think you don't need a step by step guide to writing a great business plan. Maybe you think you don't need a template for writing a business plan. After all, some …

Small Business

iPad Slow? Learn How to Speed up iPad, Even Older Ones!

If you have an older iPad, you may have noticed that it's not as fast as it used to be and asked yourself, "why is my iPad so slow?" There are lots of different reasons why your iPad may be running more slowly than it did when you first bought it, and luckily there are just as many ways to speed it …

Apps

Want to Keep Your Best Employees From Quitting? Stop Doing the 7 Things the Worst Bosses Often Do

These toxic management behaviors can disengage employees and tear down organizations.<p>In my research examining the leadership literature for nearly 20 years, I've ascertained that leadership in its purest and most unadulterated form comes down to one overarching theme: serving the needs of people so …

Employment

How to turn off targeted ads in Google

Ever wonder what Google actually knows about you? Or why that ad pop-up is strangely semi-related to something you Googled yesterday? Google recently …

This CEO Stopped Managing Results and Started Focusing on People, and Everything Changed

Traditional wisdom says you should manage your business based on results, turns out its bad advice.<p>When Jason Lippert became CEO in 2003, Lippert Components (LCI) a manufacturing company was assumed to have peaked while hovering at $100 million in sales.<p>With many companies outsourcing shipping …

Alberta nurse fined for snooping in patients' health information

A registered nurse in northwestern Alberta who looked at two people's private health information without authorization has been fined nearly …

How Managers Choose The Employees They Promote

Managers don’t just freely hand out promotions. They’re actively observing employees and looking for specific signs that an employee is ready for a promotion. They weigh multiple factors and don’t make those decisions lightly. They’re constantly evaluating performance and monitoring progress. Read …

Employee Engagement

Why CEOs Need to Think Like CIOs to Optimize Business and Workforce Capability

Adopting a tech-centric culture is essential to be on the top of the rapid advances in technology<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>The recent 2018 Gartner CEO survey revealed that growth …

CEOs

4 Simple Ways to be the High Achiever in the Room

The most successful people intentionally don't behave like everyone else.<p>Living an exceptional life isn't something that's just going to happen--you need to be intentional. Often, the people who achieve the most in life rise early, exercise every day, and read voraciously, plus dozens of other …

5 Sure Signs That Your Workplace Is the Opposite of Toxic

Daniel Lubetzky, Kind founder and CEO, is a model example for leading human-centered workplaces that thrive.<p>A growing body of research on employee motivation affirms the need for companies to create more human workplaces that lead to positive experiences.<p>And the responsibility falls on senior …

Employee Engagement

What Does It Mean To Be An Agile Leader?

In the modern business world, many leaders emphasize the importance of being “agile.” Borrowed from the software world’s concept of agile development, this management style requires a leader to be flexible, adaptable and fast in their decision-making.<p>What does it take to put agile leadership into …

Leadership

Ikea Has Come Up With a Plan to Extend the Life of Its Products--and It's Absolutely Brilliant

Got some old Ikea furniture you'd like to get rid of? In the near future, you might be able to sell it--back to Ikea.<p>It's difficult to imagine just how many millions of tons of furniture are thrown away each year, never to be used again.<p>Well, Ikea wants to do something about it.<p>The retailer, which …

5 Things You Never Knew About Psychopaths in the Workplace

Here's one: CEOS are three times more likely to be psychopaths than the general population.<p>Think you know all about psychopaths? (Think you work with someone who is a psychopath?)<p>Maybe you <i>do</i> know a lot about psychopaths -- but maybe you don't.<p>Here are five things you probably never realized:<p>1. …

Psychology

How This 5-Word Philosophy Can Transform Your Leadership Ability

This management philosophy connotes desire, focus, and a commitment to change.<p>Recently, I've been working with a large manufacturing client on its leadership development initiatives. The firm, while successful by most standards, has a thirst to get even better. Its leaders are focusing on improving …

Leadership

These 5 Habits Literally Add Years to Your Life, According to a New Harvard Study

Harvard researchers studied the lives of 123,219 men and women over 3 decades, to learn exactly how much extra time good habits can add to your life.<p>They say there's no fountain of youth. But a comprehensive new Harvard University study is the latest report to break down exactly how much extra time …

In a Surprise Move, Elon Musk Just Made What Might Be His Biggest Announcement of 2018

Elon Musk gets out of Silicon Valley and sets his sights on the Midwest.<p>Everyone will soon forget that Elon Musk laid off 9 percent of his staff earlier this week. Because one of his companies just won a multibillion-dollar bid to bring high-speed public transportation to Chicago, Bloomberg reports.<p>…

6 Smart Ways People With Emotional Intelligence Respond When Their Buttons Are Pushed

hen conflicts flare at your workplace, how do you respond?<p>Everyone has a "drama" story at work. What's yours?<p>In a previous company, I vividly recall a senior executive marching down the hall spewing expletives on his way to wage war with a middle manager. An ongoing issue boiled over, and this VP …

Saying Yes to Any of These 8 Questions Reveals You're Way More Emotionally Intelligent Than You Think

Ever wonder what your strengths and limitations are in emotional intelligence? Now you know.<p>There's no shortage of content available on the popular topic emotional intelligence -- it's everywhere, and found to be one of the most desired qualities for personal and professional development.<p>But …

Asking Yourself This 1 Simple Question Will Quickly Show Whether You're a Good Leader

This may be the litmus test of what true leadership is all about.<p>My favorite boss to this day was an executive named Bruce. I wrote an article about him, where I talk about his Servant Leadership style, and what he did to get the best out of his people. For example:<p>He spent countless hours coaching …

The 3 Sides of the 'Magic Triangle' of Servant Leadership

There are 3 main areas where you can invest your time and energy to start seeing a change in how you think and act: your mission statement, your people and your culture.<p>You have to help others to grow, and if they grow, you grow.<p>In a nutshell, that is the concept behind servant-leadership. Being a …

30 excuses stopping you from living your best life (and 30 solutions to overcome them)

“I attribute my success to this: — I never gave or took an excuse.” — Florence Nightingale<p>Studies show that failure is among the most common reasons …

Motivation

With corporate culture under scrutiny, mission statements actually matter

If you work for a large organization, you've probably come up against the "mission statement". We've done them ourselves here at Spark. And if it's …

Finnish university's online AI course is open to everyone

Helsinki University in Finland has launched a course on artificial intelligence -- one that's completely free and open to everyone around the world. Unlike Carnegie Mellon's new undergrad degree in AI, which the institution created to train future experts in the field, Helsinki's offering is more …

Elderly dog’s final walk prompts owner’s touching letter | South China Morning Post

A Taiwanese dog owner’s touching letter to her deceased pet went viral on Chinese social media. Pudding, a 15-year-old golden retriever, …

It Is Never Too Late to Learn These Top 7 Powerful Leadership Habits

No matter what type of organization or industry you're in, it's possible to become a more effective leader, inspiring your people to give their very best every day of the week.<p>A lot of time, energy and money has been spent in the study of leadership. Even with all the studies, there is still little …

One of the hallmarks of a truly great boss has nothing to do with vision or work ethic

In a perfect world, managers would spend all their time encouraging, coaching, delegating, and communicating openly with those who work for them.<p>But here in the real world, there will always be employees who lack the skill or the will to do their jobs well. They show up late. They shirk. They …

4 Examples That Will Confirm You Were Born to Be a Leader

Do you have a natural bent for people and relationships? That's a good starting point.<p>Ever wonder if you're true leadership material? Perhaps you've been told you are, but the question is, <i>by what standard</i><i>?</i> Thousands of leadership books are written each year, many of them with marketing agendas to …

Want to Know If Someone is a True Introvert? Watch For 5 Quirky Habits Most Extroverts Won't Understand

Even some introverts may be scratching their heads at these quirky behaviors.<p>Know any introverts? Better yet, are <i>you</i> one? Either way, you're probably aware that introverts typically dislike crowds and prefer the company of two or three close friends over a large social event. And some just prefer …