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Make Sure Your Work Is Aligned with Your Boss’s Expectations

Most people have had a boss they struggled to get along with. Maybe the manager didn’t seem to trust you or wasn’t impressed with your performance. While you may be tempted to blame the situation on your difficult boss, most often a mismatch like this happens when expectations aren’t aligned. For …

Leadership

The No. 1 trait highly charismatic people all share, according to science

William von Hippel, a psychology professor from the University of Queensland in Australia, conducts eccentric experiments to uncover the thought …

Psychology

Research: Learning a Little About Something Makes Us Overconfident

As former baseball pitcher Vernon Law once put it, experience is a hard teacher because it gives the test first, and only then provides the lesson.<p>Perhaps this observation can explain the results of a survey sponsored by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Among college students, …

Psychology

How smart people handle difficult people

Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive …

Emotional Intelligence

18 Amazing Tricks Only Netflix Pros Know

Spend a good portion of your free time cuddled up in front of Netflix? Hey, us too! You'd think all those minutes in front of the screen would …

How to Win Over a Boss Who Just Doesn’t Seem to Like You

Chances are that at some point in your career, you’ll have at least one boss you just can’t seem to impress, or who tends to rub the wrong way.<p>Bosses like these don’t seem to trust you or to like working with you. And even a track record of stellar performance on the job doesn’t seem to help. The …

Leadership

Why True Leadership Is Never About Listening, According To This Expert | Inc.com

Everybody says that listening is the most important thing that a great leader can do.<p>But I'm telling you, forget about listening.<p>Let me explain. Now, as the owner and CEO of my company, I definitely agree that listening to your employees is a great thing to do. And, most leaders have good …

Leadership

「她是女人嘛!讓她一點又不會怎麼樣...」兩性正在平權,為什麼男人總被要求禮讓?

在小伍還沒有進那間公司前,他就耳聞這位女主管的大名,因為,在這個極為封閉且經常在工地打滾的產業,大多主管清一色男性,而她,是亞洲第一位坐到總經理大位的女性。小伍還沒進那間公司前,只從雜誌上讀過這位成功總經理的報導,他印象最深的,就是這位總經理請求媒體,不要再稱她為「女總經理」──「我就是『總經理』, …

How Ego Can Make the Difference Between Incredible Success and Failure | Inc.com

As climbers go, Adrian Ballinger is a beast. He's been a guide for over fifteen years and has led more than one hundred expeditions on five continents. Prior to 2016 he had summited Mt. Everest six different times. And he's not just incredibly fit; he's also developed a pre-acclimatization method …

Mountaineering

Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies

Many strategy execution processes fail because the firm does not have something worth executing.<p>The strategy consultants come in, do their work, and document the new strategy in a PowerPoint presentation and a weighty report. Town hall meetings are organized, employees are told to change their …

Management

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

How to Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation, According to Science | Inc.com

Caroline Webb, the renowned economist, leadership coach, and author of <i>How to Have a Good Day,</i> has helped hundreds of organizations be more effective through behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience.<p>In a recent interview with award-winning podcaster David Burkus, she gave some keen …

George Mason

Who Empathizes with Machiavellian or Narcissistic Leaders?

Have you ever worked with a leader who manipulates others to get their own way? Or is there someone in your team who is so completely self-obsessed that they disregard other’s opinions and contributions? Hostile personality characteristics such as these might help people climb the career ladder, …

Psychology

Mark Cuban: This 1 Personality Trait Makes You Golden in the Eyes of Your Boss | Inc.com

Just landed a perfect-for-you job? Awesome. Now it's time to prove your boss that she made the right decision to hire you. Play your cards right, and you'll become an invaluable member of the team and hopefully earn a promotion down the line.<p>To get to that next level, let's take a chapter out of …

Employment

How to Rediscover Your Inspiration at Work

When we’re inspired, our work hums. We have a sense of purpose, buoyed by the feeling that our talents are being put to good use. We’re doing what we <i>should</i> be doing. And then, just like that, inspiration evaporates. Perhaps a negative comment from your boss deflated you or you’re not excited about …

Creativity

Want to Raise Mentally Strong Kids? Do These 3 Things (Most Parents Don't Do Any of Them) | Inc.com

Challenges, hardship, and setbacks are inevitable. Teaching kids to build mental muscle helps them become resilient. It's also the key to helping them reach their greatest potential in life.<p>But, it's easy to get so caught up in day-to-day issues, like homework and soccer practice, that you forget …

Self-help

A Simple Way to Be More Assertive (Without Being Pushy)

In the workplace, we all run into conflict. Many of us would love to speak up and assert ourselves to correct it. And, in a perfect world, it would be easy. You could finally tell that colleague who keeps interrupting you exactly how you feel. You could give him a piece of your mind, releasing the …

Emotional Intelligence

Studies Show Employees Don't Respect a 'Cool' Boss, They Want These Types of Bosses Instead | Inc.com

In the early days of running my business, I remember trying to be everyone's buddy. I wanted to be a cool boss and create a fun place to work. Ultimately, my efforts backfired: every time something went wrong, it was near impossible to tell my "friends" they were falling short. Tensions built up, …

Employment

7 Brilliant Things Emotionally Intelligent People Do When Their Buttons Are Pushed | Inc.com

One thing I know for sure is that there will always be drama in the workplace, it's inevitable. If human beings and communication are involved, words and attitudes will be misinterpreted, egos will clash, buttons will be pushed, and people will arrive at different conclusions, often the wrong …

Emotional Intelligence

These are the best places to find affordable art online

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Saatchi Art Instagram<p>How you decorate your walls (or how you don't) can immediately impact the feel of a room. Artwork is an easy way …

Wall Art

The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify emotions (in both yourself and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that information to inform and guide behavior.<p>It begins with learning how emotions work, but it goes much further. Specifically, how do you start …

Self-help

Leading Effectively When You Inherit a Mess

An executive I work with recently stepped into the biggest challenge of her career. Recruited from outside the organization, she faced multiple problems: The business was losing money, costs were bloated, customer loyalty was fading, and key talent was defecting. Her predecessor had made a failed …

Management

3 important life skills nobody ever taught you

Now, let's pretend that we're having one of those intimate heart-to-heart conversations that we all ideally imagine having with our fathers.<p>Maybe we're sipping beers on the back patio, listening to the crickets and watching the moon slowly find the horizon.<p>Maybe we're laughing about some movie we …

Self-help

How to Deal with a Boss Who Stresses You Out

Discussions of leadership tend to focus on its positive outcomes, such as innovation, employee engagement or organizational performance. However, for the majority of employees, the leaders in their organizations are a source of stress rather than inspiration. Indeed, for every transformational …

Psychology

9 questions to ask in a job interview that make you look smart

But it's not as simple as throwing out a bunch of random queries. The wrong questions could make you look unprepared, ignorant, or just plain foolish.<p>Your questions should be thoughtful, intelligent, and demonstrate that you are serious about the role and the company.<p>Here are nine questions to ask …

Employment

5 Ways Powerfully Confident People Gain Mental Strength | Inc.com

One aspect of confidence that is rarely discussed is mental strength. While you may be able to identify a confident person based on their presence--the way that they carry themselves as they enter a room--you may not as easily pinpoint the mentality that aids their self-trust. And while everyone …

Self-help

10 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in Life | Inc.com

There's a saying that children are the future. If you're a parent, or are considering becoming a parent sometime in the future, you should give some thought to how you would raise your offspring to become the most successful that they can.<p>With my 30's creeping up, I've taken an interest in learning …

Parenting

Does Your Restless Mind Keep You Up at Night? Try This Simple Mind Trick | Inc.com

Few feelings are worse that tossing and turning at night stressing about how you need to sleep, only to find that same stress keeps you from finally drifting off. What's the solution to this common but highly annoying problem?<p>Your first reaction should probably be good sleep hygiene, such as …

Schadenfreude

Didn't Get The Job? Don't Get Mad -- Do This, Instead

Dear Liz,<p>I feel like I’ve wasted weeks of my time and been treated very badly by an employer (we’ll call them Acme Inc.) that interviewed me four times for a great job.<p>After weeks of interviewing, they hired someone else. They sent me an email message that said “We were delighted to meet you, but …

Employment