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Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet …

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How to Give Constructive Feedback and Avoid Ugly Confrontations

“You’ve been doing a fantastic job, but, there’s just one thing….”<p>Many of us dread these words and what follows next. It’s only natural to feel this …

20 Ways to Give Negative Feedback

Growth always hurts. But, stagnation is death.<p>Growth requires feedback.<p>Successful leaders are great at giving feedback.<p>Good intentions don’t …

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Managing change means managing people's fear. Change is natural and good, but people's reaction to change is unpredictable and irrational. It can be …

9 Habits of Highly Productive People

There are many definitions of leadership, many quotes from highly revered people that sum up the essence of leadership. Perhaps the most well know is …

How To Avoid The Most Common Mistakes Leaders Make

In some cases, employees within a company start out at the bottom and work their way up over time. In other cases, people are hired directly into …

5 Leadership Styles that Help You Build a High Performance Team

How to Build a Team

Whether you already have a team, are planning to build one, or are already a part of one, understanding the realities of team-building will save you …

The Benefits of Negative Feedback

I recently gave a lunchtime “author’s talk” at Children’s Hospital in Boston and, although I thought the talk went well, somebody in the audience didn’t like it at all. On the evaluation form, the person in question wrote a single word in the comment box: <i>CONFUSING</i>.<p>Thank you, whoever you are. While …

How to Deliver Uncomfortable Employee Feedback

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every business leader faces tough situations where they have to give uncomfortable feedback to employees. In those moments, it can be hard to know what to say and easy to screw it up, say Joseph Folkman, a leadership consultant and author …

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Praise Process Not the Person when Giving Feedback

We assume that when we're giving criticism that we don't want to attack a person on an individual level, but 99u points out that you want to take a …

Emotional intelligence is a better predictor of success than IQ

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Daniel Goleman here</i><p>A Chinese friend writes that last week President Xi, the new national leader, told a graduating class that Emotional Intelligence is “more important than IQ,” and a competence that should be pursued in the workplace.<p>The news …

Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Who wouldn’t want a higher level of emotional intelligence? Studies have shown that a high emotional quotient (or EQ) boosts career success, entrepreneurial potential, leadership talent, health, relationship satisfaction, humor, and happiness. It is also the best antidote to work stress and it …