Steven Murphy

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Create a Culture Where Difficult Conversations Aren’t So Hard

Photo by TOM EVERSLEY<p>I worked as a consultant for many years before becoming the CEO of Red Hat. One of the most surprising aspects of that work was that people would open up to me, an outsider, about all the elephants in the room — but they were too polite or embarrassed to call out the obvious …

Tending The Leadership Pipeline: It's All About Engagement

Workplace lore has it that a manager who hires a millennial is facing a number of challenges. Among them: how to engage and retain a generation marked as me-centric, fickle, not versed in social or business etiquette and prone to jumping ship six months after utilizing an expensive bout of …

Employee Engagement

Detroit automakers are uniquely positioned to shrug off China's downturn

General Motors and Ford both reported good second-earnings, but industry analysts have been focused on the respectively vulnerabilities of both companies in China. (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will report later this week.)<p>GM's business there is well established and has contributed significantly to …

Automotive Industry

Why Great Leaders Get Passed Over: 4 Reasons | Inc.com

A while back we looked at the four key reasons good leaders go unrecognized. But there's another category of leader, one who experiences even more frustration: leaders who <i>are</i> recognized as such, but who, for reasons unknown to them, never receive the recognition (or, perhaps, promotion) that they …

Leadership

Winning in Leadership - Personal Branding Blog - Stand Out In Your Career

Few are born a leader, many shy away from the job, only a few embrace the change, dedication and passion it takes to mold, upgrade and mentor a team …

Leadership

The Mediterranean Diet For Athletes

<b></b>The Mediterranean Diet For AthletesDiet fads come and go, but we’ve already learned what works—partly from a study begun in the ’50s that shed light …

Nutrition

Here's the Secret to Getting Way More Done During the Day

Successful people don’t work harder; they work smarter. As your competitors encroach on your market share, it’s critical to approach your work in the …

5 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader

<i>The Science Behind Reading and Influence</i>Pollsters say reading is in decline. As an author and former publishing executive, the statistics make me …

Leadership

7 Ways to Eat Less without Feeling Bad about It

<b>2. Stop before your tank is full.</b> Picture a gas gauge in your belly. “E” means you’re ravenous and “F” represents a full tank. Aim to stay between half and three-quarters of a tank by eating before you feel famished and stopping when you’re satisfied, not stuffed, says Matt Lawson, M.A., a …

Telling Tales: Using Narrative Psychology in Branding

Let me tell you a story. It’s a bit about our past. A bit about our future but more importantly, it concerns what is happening right now. It is also …

Mad Men

9 KPIs to Measure Inbound Marketing Success

Before we delve into the value Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) offer to an Inbound Marketing program, let’s first drill into the sources of the …

How to Overcome Burnout and Stay Motivated

Even if you love your job, it’s common to feel burnt out from time to time. Perhaps you just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. It could be that your home life is taking up more of your energy than usual. Or maybe you’re just bored. What’s the …

12 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.<p>When it comes to confidence, one thing is certain: truly confident …

Self-improvement

Three Strategies for Reducing Stress

Check out these Jedi Mind Tricks for stress-busting strategies.<p>If you have…<p><b>60 seconds:</b> Set a timer, close your eyes, and spend a minute breathing deeply and noticing where your mind is wandering to, says Michael Irwin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.<p>It’s …

6 Body Language Mistakes You May Be Making And How To Fix Them

Whether you realize it or not, much of our communication is nonverbal. In just a single day, we both express and react to thousands of non verbal cues. While it is heavily debated how much of our communication is based on non verbal cues, a common belief known as the Mehrabian’s rule of …

Public Speaking

Why You Need Emotional Intelligence to Succeed | Inc.com

When the concept of emotional intelligence was introduced to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into what many people had always assumed was the …

Emotional Intelligence

Fortune.com

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The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

You don’t have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, …

Happiness

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Key Concepts | Inc.com

Some entrepreneurs succeed without a business plan. With great timing, solid business skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a little luck, some founders build thriving businesses without ever creating even an informal business plan.<p>But the chances are more likely that those entrepreneurs fail.<p>Will a …

Small Business

This Is What Happens When Your Sales and Marketing Team Don't Mesh

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>B2B businesses consistently struggle to align their sales and marketing teams and yet, it is imperative these two groups work in tandem to ensure the core business model succeeds.<p>Otherwise, a continued disconnect between sales and …

4 Ways Brands Can Tell Compelling Stories With Content Marketing | Inc.com

From cave paintings to long-form journalism and 140 character tweets, humans have the insatiable thirst for stories and compelling content. Our love of stories and content can never be cured, not even by the internet. In fact, the rise of the internet's ubiquity in everyday life created a need for …

Marketing

How to Become an Original Thinker and Fascinate People With Your Fresh Ideas

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation — Herman Melville<p>*Yawn*<p>Do you have trouble interesting people in you?<p>You want to …

Research Shows These Four Things Will Make You a Peak Performer

It’s all about the way you practice the skills key to the task at hand. Research has shown that “Deep Practice” (or Deliberate Practice) is how …

10 Things Productive People Do Before Bed

The most productive people all have certain habits in their daily routines that contribute to their success. They understand that their success …

Motivation

The Urban Legend of Free Social Marketing

When I give advice to CMOs about new social marketing strategies, I often hear the same initial response: <i>But nobody wants to come to my website</i>. …

5 Reasons Your 9-5 Routine is Killing Your Creativity – Learn

<i>Chances are you’re more than familiar with the “traditional” 8 hour work day.</i><p>In at 9, out by 5. It’s commonly regarded as the “norm” for working …

Creativity

It Takes Marketing Leadership to Drive Sales Transformation

The sales profession is going through a transformation. Social, mobile, and digital media are helping buyers become better informed and raising their expectations. And the purchase process has become longer and more complex.<p>These forces are making selling more costly, collaborative, and …

Customer Experience

5 Toxic Beliefs That Can Hinder Your Success

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Stop Trying to Manage Time and Try Managing Yourself | Inc.com

Anyone who tells you that managing your time is the key to success is lying to you. We cannot manage time. It keeps flowing on and on at a steady rate, and there's nothing you or I can do about it.<p>Don't try to manage time. Manage yourself so that you're being more effective and helping your team to …

Time Management