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Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Happiness

19 Interview Questions That Cut Through the BS to Reveal a Great Hire

Employee turnover is downright costly. A great way to avoid it is to ask the right questions in the interview process.<p>I hate to start on a grim note, but it's necessary. Bringing in a few bad apples because of a lack of due diligence in the hiring process can be very costly (and inexcusable). Check …

Employment

The Physics Of Productivity: Newton’s Laws Of Getting Sh*t Done

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three laws of …

Physics

Seven Remarkably Powerful Ways To Improve Your Customer Service

Customer service transformation isn’t easy, but it’s one of the most effective ways to improve business performance. If you’re looking for a place to start, here are seven service catalysts that can bring powerful results.<p><b>1. Empower your frontline employees.</b> It’s not possible for even the most …

Customer Service

Emotionally Intelligent Ways To Express These 5 Feelings At Work

No matter what emotions you’re experiencing, there’s a way to channel them to project leadership.<p>You’ve heard by now that you need to be “transparent” and “authentic” and to “bring your whole self” to work. More often than not, these phrases are shorthand for expressing your feelings. But while …

Emotional Intelligence

These 40 Inspirational Quotes Picked By Richard Branson Will Move You To Achieve Your Potential

The endlessly entrepreneurial Sir Richard Branson serves as curator of words that will move you to more.<p>Elon Musk is the current media darling for having vision and achieving crazy things.<p>Jeff Bezos has more than his share of bold ideas and Mark Zuckerberg is no slouch in focusing on big things …

Motivation

To Change Someone’s Mind, Stop Talking and Listen

Samar Minallah Khan, the feminist Pakistani anthropologist and filmmaker, was enraged. Local tribal leaders were trading little girls as compensation for their male family members’ crimes.<p>These leaders, responsible for settling legal disputes in their villages, act as local judges. A longstanding …

Selling

5 Things Every Millennial Needs to Know About Becoming a Leader | Inc.com

You probably know Simon Sinek as a best-selling author and accomplished speaker. But what you probably don't know is that he struggled early on in his career to develop the confidence he's so known for today. Like many of us, Simon struggled early in his career with confidence and was deeply …

Leadership

3 New TED Talks on Overcoming Failure and Why You Should Listen | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur failure is inevitable and that's why I enjoy listening to other leaders who have overcome failure and how they did it. Recently I have found three TED talks that I enjoyed immensely, and thought other should give a listen.<p>1. Leonard Kim<br>Leonard Kim is a brand strategist and …

TED Talks

To Get Along With Difficult People, Try This Research-Backed Approach

There's a real power in putting yourself in someone else's shoes.<p>Conflict at work isn’t always avoidable. But those conflicts could go more easily if you consider how your colleagues see themselves, according to a recent study from the University of Notre Dame.<p>“What matters is that we’re aware of …

University of Notre Dame

25 Top Podcasts That Will Spark Your Entrepreneurial Vision

Listening to a podcast while going to and from work is a rare example of successful multitasking.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever heard anyone say that the trend is your friend? Sure, if something is getting a lot of attention, you probably should examine it …

Entrepreneurship

5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Feeling More Confident

Okay, here's a weird way to feel more confident: Listen to bass-heavy music before that job interview or sales call. It works!<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone can afford to feel a little more confident. If you're going into a job interview, confidence will make …

Body Language

Want Your Kids to Succeed in School and Life? Science Says to Instill This 1 Thing Above All Else | Inc.com

When Angela Lee Duckworth was a young teacher in New York, she became obsessed with something seemingly simple yet remarkably hard to predict: why did some students "succeed" (learn the material and perform well), while others didn't? Why did certain smart kids fail to learn hard concepts, while …

Self-improvement

6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?<p><b>Know how many days per week you’re actually productive?</b><p><b>About 3:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours …

Time Management

5 TED Talks to Channel Your Inner Creative Genius | Inc.com

There are those moments when you feel totally inspired and on fire. And, then there are those moments when you feel anything but. You don't even have a single mediocre idea you can cling to.<p>Facing a creative block is frustrating. But, rather than staring at a blank page or at that menacing blinking …

Creativity

10 free online courses you can take to learn to be more productive

Finding enough hours in the day to accomplish all of your tasks or goals can be difficult.<p>Sometimes the day has slipped away and you have accomplished little, and you don't know why.<p>It is also frustrating when you know that part of the reason you cannot get everything done is because you are not …

Time Management

5 Ways to Give Feedback That Inspires People to Grow, Not Shrink.

Feedback done wrong is worse than saying nothing.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the best businesses, everyone knows where they stand. Holding someone accountable is strictly between his or her performance and the expected standard. It’s not about you and that …

Hurling
Employment

9 expert tips to hold meetings that don't waste people's time

The kind of meeting that could have been replaced by a quick email update, and that takes people away from serious work that's really moving the company forward.<p>That's not to say that you should <i>never</i> hold a meeting. There are plenty of ways to make a group discussion efficient and effective.<p>We …

Time Management

60 Top Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be an Outstanding Leader | Inc.com

Being a leader--being the boss--can feel like the hardest job of all. No matter how large your team, no matter how collaborative and engaged your employees, ultimately it's up to you--which means you need to find inspiration and motivation inside yourself.<p>At the same time, though, it's possible to …

Motivation

Customer Retention: 6 Techniques To Cultivate And Build A Stronger Customer Base

It would be wonderful if businesses could keep all of their customers forever. Obviously, this would lead to long-term sustainable growth and immense success. Unfortunately, this is wishful thinking at best.<p>Assuming every customer cannot be retained, then the next best thing is for a business to …

Customer Experience

What to Do When You Inherit a Team That Isn’t Working Hard Enough

Paula is a new manager. That’s the good news.<p>The bad news is that she was handed a leaky bag. The branch she will now manage has some long-standing norms she sees as unproductive and possibly unethical. Staff members routinely spend working hours on personal projects. Employees neglect customers to …

Leadership

4 Motivation Secrets to Inspire Your Employees

Instilling motivation is a challenge for many business owners. ThisThe post 4 Motivation Secrets to Inspire Your Employees appeared first on iamwire.

Employee Engagement

7 traits of successful leaders who break barriers to create opportunity

Not long ago, one of my employees referred to me as a "bulldozer." It didn't sound great at first, but after listening to his reasoning, it became …

Middle School

As costs grow for restaurants, online ratings tied to closure risk

Authors of a new Harvard Business School study say they have confirmed a theory argued over in restaurant circles and talk radio shows alike: The …

6 Ways to Keep Your Millennial Employees From Quitting | Inc.com

When you hear the word Millennial, a lot of dumb stereotypes probably pop into your head.<p>One of those stereotypes might be the idea that Millennials are "job hoppers." Even though this is actually a myth, the reputation continues to stick.<p>But guess what? Young people quit jobs, regardless of their …

Demographics

How Can a Manager Deal with Employees Who Won't Get Along?

What Can a Manager Do When Employees Won't Get Along?<p>Coaching, Intervention, and Mediation Are All Musts for Workplace Harmony<p>Updated December 12, …

10 Books Every Leader Should Read to Be Successful

Reading is the only proven shortcut to success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article is included in</i> Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership<i>, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.</i><p>One of the best ways …

Self-improvement

How the U.S. Marines Encourage Service-Based Leadership

Most of us feel that we’re completely stretched to capacity at work and have nothing left to give. But according to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of the workforce is either “actively disengaged” or “not engaged,” meaning there are millions of professionals who have discretionary effort — effort they …

Employee Engagement