Aaron Penwill

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Resistance to agile working: Why people are resisting moves to agile | The Oxford Review

<b>Resistance to agile. A new piece of research into changes in methodology of software development has highlighted many of the problems that are faced</b> …

Project Management

Ban These 5 Words From Your Corporate Values Statement

Practically every organization today has a set of core values that ideally function as the “operating instructions” of the company. The goal of articulating the essential and enduring principles of your organization is to inform, inspire, and instruct the day-to-day behaviors of everyone who works …

Leadership

This 1 Radical Idea Can Improve All Of Your Meetings Immediately

Many companies have too many meetings. This change will force people to rethink how often they are meeting and for what purpose.<p>As an executive coach, I hear a lot of reasons why senior people can't get more done: everything from direct reports who don't take initiative, bosses who have unrealistic …

This 4-Letter Acronym Will Revolutionize the Way You Think About Leadership

C.O.R.E. stands for Communication, Organization, Relationship, and Expectations. Try it today.<p>She walked into my office and slumped into a chair.<p>"You don't have a clue do you?" she asked in an exasperated tone, with a few extra "colorful" words thrown in for emphasis. I didn't quite follow her line …

How We Reorganized Instagram’s Engineering Team While Quadrupling Its Size

When I joined Instagram in 2015 as head of engineering, the company had been part of Facebook for three years. It had 115 engineers, but we would soon scale to 300, and later grow to over 400 in 2017. It was not an easy task, but I had a powerful weapon in mind from the start: …

I break down my life into 4 'task buckets' — and it's helped me be great at everything I do

Great lives often include a collection of unbelievable stories. But they are not merely a collection of unbelievable stories. A great life is forged and created in the shadows of them. As Muhammad Ali once put it, <b>"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses</b> — behind the lines, in the gym, and …

Muhammad Ali

It Only Took Steve Jobs 5 Words to Give the Best Career Advice You'll Hear Today

In 1997, Steve Jobs was answering developers' questions when he decided to drop some major wisdom regarding the power of focus.<p>The power of focus.<p>Without it, you're doomed to a life of distraction. A life in which others' priorities dictate on what you spend your time. As you move from one shiny …

Steve Jobs

Science Says Kids Who Become Great Leaders Have Parents Who Teach Them 8 Things

Have you taught your kids to be more persuasive? You should, because that will make them more successful.<p>All the extremely successful people I know -- and all the great leaders I know -- are exceptionally good at persuading other people to follow them.<p>But being persuasive doesn't mean you have to …

Self-improvement

How Keeping One Day a Week to Yourself Will Make You More Productive

Carving out one day per week where I don't accept appointments has taken my business to the next level.<p>As a solopreneur, time management is the key to achieving the level of productivity that I need for success. I've had to become an expert in identifying free time hidden in my calendar, choosing …

Time Management

What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew

The mentor-mentee relationship is a tango between a more senior person and a junior one. Just as in dance, coordination and orchestration between parties is necessary for grace and success. And while we and others have written about what makes the ideal mentor, comparatively less attention has been …

Malcolm Gladwell

Mentee Missteps

Mentorship takes many forms, from personal and professional counseling to clinical and research guidance. The wisdom and guidance of experienced …

Medical Journals

This Leadership Book Is One of the Most Critically Acclaimed Ever. Here's Why You Need to Reread It

The lessons learned from this book do not have an expiration date, and can travel with you along your leadership journey.<p>In my job, I spend a lot of time working with emerging leaders. Sometimes, they are leaders making a jump to a VP level role for the first time. Sometimes, I work with companies …

Leadership

To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It

Nancy started her day feeling prepared to brief her executive team on a high-stakes project she had been working on for the past two months. She had rehearsed her slide deck repeatedly, to the point where she had every level of content practically memorized. She arrived at the meeting early and …

The 1 Book That Most Impacted Malcolm Gladwell's Worldview

A must-read if you want a deeper understanding of yourself and the world.<p>Every once in a while, you come across one of those books. You know the one: It challenges you; it delights you; it has you consider something vital in a deeper way. You find yourself recommending it to people, gifting it to …

Self-improvement

9 Things People Accidentally Do That Make Their Mondays Unproductive

If you want a productive Monday, you better not make these mistakes.<p>Most people don't even realize when they're being unproductive.<p>In fact, most people go to bed on Sunday night making all these grand plans of how they're going to make their Monday the most productive Monday of all time only to …

Time Management

How Rituals Could Help You Win

Downhill mountain bike world champion Rachel Atherton thrives on ritual, from what she eats for breakfast to which shoe she puts on first. “It’s all part of a chain of events,” she says. “Sometimes I stand there with my shoe in my hand, and I wonder if I could risk putting my right shoe on first. …

Britney Spears

The Thing People Forget About Accountability

Accountability doesn't happen by chance, it happens by design<p>While it's true that Accountability starts at the top, and that if leaders don't walk the talk, and meet their commitments, it will be almost impossible to create a culture of accountability.<p>Yes, if you model accountability, some people …

Team Building
Management

The Secret to Becoming Important: How to Offer More Value in Business and Life

There is nothing more beneficial to you than the act of giving.<p><i>By Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group and founder of Beverly Hills Chairs, Custom Tobacco and Veloz Solutions.</i><p>A graduating senior from my alma mater sent me a cold email: "I am very interested in hearing about how you got to where you …

Leadership

How to Know If You're a Bad Listener (And How to Fix It)

You might think you're a good listener, but the odds are against it.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Excerpted from the book</i> The Art of Connection: seven Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now <i>by Michael J. Gelb. Printed with permission from New</i> …

Psychology

Science Says These 7 Attention Exercises Will Instantly Make You More Focused

In just a few minutes a day, you can rebuild your declining attention span.<p>With knowledge workers--software engineers, writers, entrepreneurs, and most people with a "white-collar" job--currently outnumbering all other workers in the U.S. four to one, it's clear that the thinkers will inherit the …

Mindfulness

13 Ingenious Productivity Hacks You Have to Try Today

This is the simple, you can do it today list.<p>There are hundreds of productivity tips or new good habits that we all strive for but I find most take too long to implement. If the words "I don't have time to be more efficient" ever rambled through your head then this list if for you.<p>Here are 13 …

Productivity

Here's The Top Emotional Need of Employees (And Why You Should You Really Care)

Keep your work culture successful by knowing how to handle the top emotional need of employees.<p>No helicopter leaders need read this (unless you want to change your tactics).<p>I'll get right to the bottom line.<p>An employee's primary emotional need is..... acceptance.<p>Now you know.<p>The big question is …

Leadership

Tony Robbins has done the same thing after every speech, meeting, or event for 40 years

Since the time he was a protégé of motivational speaker Jim Rohn in the late 1970s, Tony Robbins has been performing a learning exercise that has allowed him to become one of the world's foremost public speakers.<p>Robbins has been the personal performance coach to clients like billionaire investor …

Tony Robbins

14 things ridiculously successful people do every day

Having close access to ultra-successful people can yield some pretty incredible information about who they really are, what makes them tick and, most …

It Took LinkedIn's CEO Exactly 2 Sentences to Give the Best Career Advice You'll Hear Today

Any one of these practices will make you a better leader.<p>With a 97 percent employee approval rating on Glassdoor, LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner has developed a reputation as one of the most beloved CEOs in the world.<p>Weiner recently shared his advice on what it takes to reach employees on a deeper …

Leadership

Amazon innovation chief: 'We are failing and will continue to fail'

Amazon's vice president for global innovation policy and communications, Paul Misener, gave the keynote speech at Retail Week's tech conference in London this week, telling the assembled retailers what they can learn from the ecommerce giant's growth.<p>Misener, who has been with Amazon for over 15 …

eCommerce

9 Signs an Employee Is Exceptionally Productive (Which Never Appear on Performance Evaluations)

The most productive people do a lot more than just stay busy.<p>Many people stay busy. After all, checking items off a to-do list isn't hard.<p>What's hard is checking the <i>right</i> things off your to-do list, completing the <i>right</i> projects, and getting the <i>right</i> stuff done. That's when an employee goes from …

Self-improvement

This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Describes What Great Communication Looks Like

A newly acquired email from Musk outlines a brilliant philosophy. But it's easier said than done.<p>Throughout the years, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has demonstrated the art of masterful communication.<p>The following is a perfect example: It's a copy of a previously unpublished email Musk sent …

Tesla

This Is the Ideal Number of Hours to Work a Day, According to Decades of Science

An 8-hour workday only makes sense if you're screwing in widgets on an assembly line.<p>There are many open questions in science -- Are we alone in the universe? What's at the bottom of a black hole? When will I finally get my jetpack? -- but according to <i>Rest</i>, a new book by Stanford's Alex Pang, 'How …

Alice Munro