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6 Things Smart People Do to Have Really Interesting Conversations

Hate small talk? Tired of the same old questions? These six approaches will make you that much more interesting.<p>Next time you go to a traditional 'networking' event, a cocktail party or dinner, do us all a favor: lose the elevator pitch. That approach is quickly losing relevancy in making authentic …

George Mason University

6 Top Leadership Traits for Managing Smart and Creative People, According to Research

Research suggests your knowledge workers will respond the best to this type of leader.<p>Is your company's strongest asset your knowledge workers? If your brightest and most valuable employees quit tomorrow, how would your team or company fare?<p>Coined by the late management expert Peter Drucker in …

Leadership

6 Tiny Habits That Will Make You Smarter, Confident, and More Productive

Becoming and maintaining a level of high performance requires a commitment to these 6 tiny habits.<p>High performers such as Jeff Bezos and Sheryl Sandberg stay mentally sharp by making sleep a non-negotiable activity in their life. Richard Branson has credited his peak performance to working out.<p>When …

The Brain

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

This Famous Albert Einstein Quote Nails It. The Smartest People Today Display This 1 Trait That Einstein Had

It's the way to better relationships, creative thinking, problem solving, and great conversations.<p>In one famous quote, Albert Einstein explained his genius when he famously said, "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."<p>The second part of that quote is certainly good news for the …

Creativity

9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut Through the Small Talk

It alls starts with having a genuine interest in the other person.<p>I remember early in my young career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to "schmooze" or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the wind-bag …

Leadership

10 core exercises that are better for your back (and body) than crunches

These exercises protect your back and neck, and target more of your abdominal muscles than crunches alone.<p>The abdominals are a pain point for many gym goers. We habitually grab a mat, get down on our backs and start crunching away with the goal of finally carving out those elusive six-pack abs. But …

Workouts

6 Signs to Instantly Identify Someone With True Leadership Skills | Inc.com

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 leadership, to an extent, can be personal and subjective to the follower, there are universal principles …

Leadership

How to Go From a Good Idea to a Great Execution | Inc.com

1. Define your telos.<p>Telos, from Greek, is an ultimate aim or core function. A knife's telos is cutting, a writer's telos is writing or telling stories. Marshall's telos is giving.<p>What is yours? Knowing your telos helps you be precise about your purpose.<p>2. Prototype your idea.<p>Goldsmith didn't go …

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3 Simple Ways to Motivate Your Employees and Make Them Proud | Inc.com

Most leaders are proud of their position and the company itself. After all, they've put in the time and effort and now find themselves in a position of leadership. All those fortunate enough to be in a position of management should ask themselves a simple question that will make them look at their …

Employee Engagement

How Do You Know Someone Has the Leadership Skills of the Future? Look for These 5 Signs | Inc.com

As you think ahead to improving your leadership skills in 2018 and beyond, the best traits I have found which will profoundly impact individuals and teams may not be futuristic at all. But -- and you can take this to the bank -- these 5 leadership practices will stand the test of time, next year or …

Employee Engagement

Want to Increase Your Presence? Start by Telling One of These Stories | Inc.com

Leading business schools, from Stanford to Wharton, teach storytelling as a business communication strategy. The ability to tell an engaging, compelling, and persuasive story is a hallmark of effective leadership and executive presence.<p>Stories are a powerful way for leaders to engage customers, …

Leadership

This Elon Musk Email to Tesla Employees Is a Powerful Lesson in Authentic, Heartfelt Leadership | Inc.com

Elon Musk is one of the world's most popular entrepreneurs. As the guiding force behind Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI -- not to mention helping to found PayPal -- he tackles some of the biggest challenges.<p>That includes some of the biggest leadership challenges.<p>Who better to know that than Daniel Coyle, …

Tesla

Want to Dramatically Improve Your Work Life? Start Having Radically Candid Conversations | Inc.com

We were in a trendy restaurant in east London. The conversation and drinks were flowing. At the end of the meal, my friend muttered, "This is going to be an awkward conversation." When the restaurant manager was in range, my buddy signaled him over. With chagrin, he stated that the steak was …

Leadership

Why coaching, not gadgets, is key to getting the most out of employees

Forget the gadgets and “lifehacks” to increase productivity, my research with Julia Milner shows that managers need to become coaches to get the best …

Employee Engagement

A Google Study Revealed That the Best Managers Use Emotional Intelligence And Share This 1 Trait | Inc.com

Google's research on what constitutes a great leader revealed that employees appreciate managers who care for them both professionally and personally.<p>Whereas taking care of your people professionally may come a little more instinctively (providing development opportunities, coaching, mentoring, …

Emotional Intelligence

This Common Speaking Habit Is Draining All Your Negotiating Power | Inc.com

"John - we are receiving some feedback about the team and their presentation style. In particular we get comments about the inflection of their voice going up at the end. Can you work on this with folks on the team?"<p>Uncertain Language vs. Command Language<p>This is something I see a lot. I call it …

Public Speaking

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

Many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room at the start of every day. You should, too–here’s how.<p>Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home …

Time Management

7 Habits Of Remarkably Likeable Bosses

1. <b>Be Friendly</b><p>Sounds obvious, but simply taking a moment to greet your employees (by name!) and make small talk with them goes a long way to increasing your likeability as a boss. Be as approachable and accessible as possible. Take time to compliment employees and ask them how their day is going. Be …

Employment

The Best Interview Questions We've Ever Published

Hiring is by far the biggest concern we hear from founders. Finding the right people to work at your company is high-stakes. Poor performers can take …

Employment

It’s Not All About You: How To Interview Your Potential Boss

Before you accept a new job offer you need to find out what kind of boss you’ll be working for. Here’s how.<p>You are ready to accept a new job. Or so you think.<p>You’ve done everything the experts recommended to do before your interview or before accepting that new position. You’ve researched salary …

Employment

How to Spot a Bad Candidate Who Looked So Perfect on Paper

Have you ever put in a good word for someone, only to hear that he or she got the job—and then totally bombed? I’ve been there and I can tell you: …

73 Questions to Ask Employees During an Interview

When hiring a new employee, it’s important to ask the right questions.There are some interview questions that are a given; we all know how to put a …

Employment

How to Create Behavioral Interview Questions That Don’t Give Away the Answer

The first rule of creating behavioral interview questions is that they do not end with a question mark. They are not questions at all but more a …

10 Red Flags Not to Hire That Promising Candidate

Forget that great resume. If a candidate does these things in an interview, don't hire her.<p>Sometimes it's crystal clear that someone you brought in for a job interview just isn't the right fit for the role. Maybe he doesn't have the skills, for example, or perhaps she's a certified grade-A jerk. …

Employment

4 Interview Questions That Can Improve Your Hiring Results by 40 Percent | Inc.com

As the leader of a high-growth company, you should be spending at least 50 percent of your time on people-related functions like recruiting and hiring; more importantly, it should be spent <i>wisely.</i>That means not rushing into an interview winging it - as a matter of fact, research shows that hiring …

Employment

9 Unexpected Interview Questions That Reveal a Lot About Candidates | LinkedIn Talent Blog

Whether you’re screening a candidate over the phone or sitting down with them for their in person interview, you know there are some questions that …