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How To Assess An Essential Leadership Capacity: Trusting Others And Inspiring Trust

Trust is a fundamental leadership capacity, and it works in two directions. It’s pretty obvious that a leader needs to be able to inspire trust and be worthy of that trust. It’s equally important that she has the capacity to trust others, a psychological strength has its foundations in early …

Leadership

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

Employment

5 Skills That Will Get You Through Any Tough Conversation | Inc.com

I admit it. I spend most of my days researching, writing about, and speaking about positive aspects of leadership--how to properly recognize and show appreciation to people. I write a lot about how to inspire and motivate people to become their best. And, I talk a ton about building better …

Self-help

This Big Data CEO Thinks There Is No Substitute for Personal Connections

Ed Heffernan describes Alliance Data Systems (ads) as a “behind the scenes” kind of company. But Heffernan is the company’s very visible, very …

Big Data

It's Tough to Hear, But . . . Your Company Doesn't Always Need You

As one CEO acknowledged, "You don't really know the strength of the organization until you've seen what happens when the leader disappears for a while."<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s common for startup leaders to feel that they have to do it all. That they have to …

Leadership

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 …

Self-improvement

SC says girl child can't be treated as commodity, calls separate marriage laws for Hindus and Muslims 'mockery'

A married girl below 18 years of age "cannot be treated as a commodity having no say over her body" or the right to deny sex to her husband, the …

Hinduism

7 Tricky Work Situations, and How to Respond to Them

You know the moment: a mood-veering, thought-steering, pressure-packed interaction with a colleague, boss, or client where the right thing to say is stuck in a verbal traffic jam between your brain and your mouth.<p>Sian Beilock, president of Barnard College and author of <i>Choke</i>, found that this …

C-suite Leadership

In 2 Minutes, the Secretary of Defense Showed the Difference Between True Leadership and Just Being the Boss | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>When corporate types use military terminology, it slips past the pathetic and into the risible.<p>When executives talk about killing the competition, fighting in the trenches and running things up …

Leadership

As the CEO, I Strive to Be the Dumbest Person in the Room

Being able to only rely on yourself is one of the worst places you can be in business.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It may not be something you hear every day, but as the CEO of Capriotti’s, I strive to always be the dumbest person in the room.<p>Although this may seem …

Leadership

Want Your Employees to Trust You? Show You Trust Them

Executives and managers invest a lot of effort and time building trust in their teams: both establishing trust in their employees and ensuring that their employees trust them in return. But many employees say they do not feel trusted by their managers. And when employees don’t feel trusted, …

Management

Personal Influence: Where It Really Comes From, And How You Can Have More

It’s often a fuzzy, mucky, gray area. What does it really mean to be a boss? It means you have influence because that’s your title. What does it mean to be a leader? It means you have influence because others choose to follow you. But, what does it mean to have influence? That’s a bigger question. …

Leadership

The Vital Role Of Positive Feedback As A Leadership Strength

<b>The Manager’s Perspective</b> <br>I am about to show you that most managers have some mistaken beliefs about the best kind of feedback to give their subordinates. In survey we shared on Harvard Business Review of 7,631 managers, my colleague Joe Folkman and I asked whether they believed that giving …

Psychology

How to Build a High-Performance Team

These seven components that make up a standard for excellence of performance for a world-class team.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are two things required to build a high-performing team.<p>Getting the basics in place right from the outset<br>• Having and using an easy …

Management

Every Business Team Should Have One Of These

Every professional sports team has one. Every Olympic team has one. Coaches are that tiny bit of <i>extra</i> that help people — and the teams they’re a part of — move from ordinary to <i>extra-</i>ordinary. Coaches hold you accountable. They kick your butt when it needs kicking and ask powerful questions that …

Leadership

Our Biases Undermine Our Colleagues’ Attempts to Be Authentic

The term “authenticity” has become a buzzword among organizational leaders, with employers encouraging job candidates and employees to bring their whole selves to interviews or the workplace. And while employee authenticity can be positive — after all, it is related to a bevy of positive employee …

Employment

Be a Better Leader: Build Confidence With Open Communication

Dom Faussette, Cody Jefferson, Kevin McMillen and Tommy Baker help guide entrepreneurs towards breaking down their walls and growing their business.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is time to take control of your life and stop letting your past, your fears and the …

Entrepreneurship

How To Identify The Hidden Gems In Your Organization

Considering how much money is spent on talent identification and development, it is disappointing to witness the blatant inefficiencies of the job market. How can it be that at any given point and anywhere in the world — including advanced economies — most people lament their job situation, while …

Labor Economics

Purifying Your Body and Mind: An Organic Yoga Detox

<i>by guest blogger Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher</i><p>First, if you are reading this blog, you have taken the form of a human being; karmically speaking, this precious human life we've been given is very hard to come by.<p>As human beings, we grow and develop outward--engaging with the …

Yoga

Are You a Great Leader? Here's the Only Proof That Matters | Inc.com

Bending your arm awkwardly up over your neck, almost popping a socket to pat your own back? That's not really possible for most of us (or advisable).<p>Yet, many high-ranking executives in business and brand new startups alike will proclaim that they're great leaders, thinking a big win on the sales …

Leadership

Anti-Muslim incidents rose 57% last year, according to a new report

The number of anti-Muslim incidents and crimes in the U.S. surged last year to some of the highest levels seen in recent times, according to a new report from a prominent Muslim civil rights organization.<p>The report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations documented a 57% increase in …

How Do You Know Someone Is an Exceptional Leader? Look for Any of These 7 Signs | Inc.com

If you're new to the employee engagement conversation, I'll cut to the chase and break it to you like this: Since 2000, Gallup research has shown that roughly 70 percent of the U.S. work force is "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" at work.<p>If your company is part of this dismal predicament and …

Employee Engagement

3 Practices To Become A Great Listener

Are any of these phrases familiar to you?<p>• “You just don’t understand.”<p>• “How many times do I have to repeat myself?”<p>• “I can’t tell if you’re distracted, or you just don’t care.”<p>Whether you’re hearing these phrases or saying them, they’re all signs of <i>ineffective</i> listening. And ineffective …

Linguistics

6 Surefire Ways to Alienate Your Employees (AKA Don't Do These 6 Things) | Inc.com

The essence of the art of leadership is to connect with your people. Some of the best leaders I have met have a unique ability to make an emotional connection with their employees. These leaders are very good at conveying that they understand what their teams think and feel before they have to …

Leadership

3 Negative Messages You Send Your Boss When You Don't Disconnect While On Vacation

More and more managers today stay connected to the office and even do work while on vacation. This behavior cheats you, your family, and your company in the end.<p>Vacation time is meant as a reward—a time to relax, unwind, and refresh yourself and spend time with loved ones. It isn’t meant to be …

Employment

5 Characteristics of a Great Leader

Here are five critical qualities of great leaders and how they can help you be a great leader -- or colleague, or family member, or friend -- as well.<p>…

Leadership

4 Things Great Bosses Say to a New Employee That Most Bosses Never Think to Say | Inc.com

You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great attitude. So once they're hired and in the door, all you need to do is set them loose, right?<p>Not so fast. Knowing how to do a job is certainly important, but approaching a job with …

Employment

7 Things Parents Do That Destroy Their Children's Careers

Everyone wants their kids to grow into wildly successful, happy adults. As parents, you can have a major impact on your kids’ ability to achieve that success, but many parental behaviors will actually impede a child’s future career path.<p>Here are seven of the worst things a parent can do to a future …

Self-improvement

8 Conversational Habits of Smart Communicators (It's Not What You Think) | Inc.com

The digital era is causing a slow degeneration in our ability to verbally communicate. Specifically, the part of verbal communication that doesn't require words -- active listening.<p>This affects all generations, not just Millennials. As a Gen-Xer myself, I fully admit that being connected 24/7 to …

Leadership

The best way to offer an opinion on anything

<b>Nothing is absolute. Ever</b>.<p>I am often asked for my views like…<p>- “What do you think of this TV ad?”<p>- “Is this a good blog post?”<p>- “Please read this …

Management