Aaron Penwill

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10 Things Unstoppable People Do That Average People Don't

Most people can't handle success, authority, or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy.<p>Are you unstoppable or average?<p>Do you get derailed by prior success?<p>Are you thinking linearly or exponentially?<p>Do you do these 10 things?<p>1. Don't get crushed by success.<p><i>Success can become a catalyst for</i> …

Self-improvement

Science Says This Is the Best Way to Motivate Other People to Change Their Behavior

You can't force people to change but you can influence them.<p>Whether you want an employee to participate more in meetings, or you want your spouse to pitch in more around the house, you can't force someone to change their behavior.<p>You can, however, have a strong influence over another individual. …

This Is Your Path to the $1,000-Per-Hour Mindset

If you don't value your time, who will?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If I asked you the question “How much for an hour of your time?” would you reflexively know the answer? If I were a betting man, I would lay odds that almost everyone reading this wouldn’t have a …

Lawn Mowing

A Brain Surgeon's Tips for Handling Stress Head-On

If you're comfortable, you're not learning, this neurosurgeon advises. Oh, and another thing: "Never cut what you can't see."<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most people at least try to avoid stress, especially when it comes to business and workplace conflicts. Even …

Self-help

Leadership and Agile Project Management Blog: Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

“<b>Software is eating the world</b>” claimed venture capitalist, Marc Andreessen in his 2011, New York Times article. Seven years on, the trend continues, …

Project Management

BrandPost: Agile: Myths and Reality

Businesses across all industries are becoming more agile—faster to see and pursue opportunities, willing to fail and learn fast, and increasingly …

A mathematical model of the "forgetting curve" proves learning is hard

Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is …

The Brain

The key differences between Waterfall and Agile development

CEO and co-founder of Favro Patric Palm explains why modern AR and VR developers choose to work with Agile frameworks.<p>TechRepublic met with Patric …

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> …

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 …

Fast Food

Is Your Culture Suffering From Death by Meeting? Try This 1 Simple Change

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 …

Time Management

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 …

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>(Maybe that's why Mark Cuban says knowing how …

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 …

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 …

Mentee Missteps

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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>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 World Library.</i><p>…

New Jersey

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 …

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 …