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What We Learned About Management in 2015, in 25 Charts and Graphics

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Harvard Business Review

8 Ways To Enhance Your Work Performance With Focus

Every entrepreneur and most professionals wish there were more hours in a day to get their work done. These days, with all the new technology, …

Mindfulness

3 Instances When it's Appropriate to Become a "Quitter"

3 Instances When it’s Appropriate to Become a “Quitter”<p>Nearly everyone is (hopefully) raised with the notion that being a quitter is bad and will …

How to De-clutter Your Work and Personal Life to Achieve More

Clutter doesn’t have to represent tangible “junk” that you can physically see. More oft than not in life, it’s the clutter from the people and …

5 Things to Remember When You’re Stuck and Desperate for a Change

<i>No matter how rough your life gets, you can always turn it around.</i>On my birthday many moons ago, when Google and I were both a lot younger, I Googled …

Sustainability

2 Ways to Change Your Thoughts When You Can’t Change Anything Else

<i>The reality we have created is a process of our thinking. We can’t change anything if we can’t change our thoughts.</i>Sometimes changing your life …

Self-improvement

How To Build A Purpose-Driven Company

BOISE, IDAHO (October 8, 2015)—Oliver Russell announced the launch of a new, three-part white paper series called “How to Build a Purpose-Driven …

7 Guidelines For Entrepreneurs To Do The Right Thing

Most entrepreneurs I know want to do the right thing for their businesses, as well as themselves, but they are not always sure what that means. Does …

Leadership

Build Your Business By Accentuating Your Positives

Most of the entrepreneurs I know realize they have some bad habits, like maybe procrastination or not listening well, so they focus on dropping …

Self-improvement

The Uneventful Days that Affect Us Forever

<i>“Do human beings ever realize life while they live it—every, every minute?”<br>-Emily, from Our Town by Thornton Wilder</i>This past weekend I went back to …

Mind

Warning Signs That Your Life Lacks a Consistent Vision : The Art of Non-Conformity

<b>You don’t know what to do at the start of the day.</b><p>External events determine how you schedule and spend your time. Sure, you eventually jump into …

Redesigning Your Life’s Interface

By Leo BabautaIf you’ve ever tried to use a smart phone, or a website, you’re using a user interface. If done well, this interface has been designed …

Junk Food

5 Ways to Deal With 'Entrepreneur Anxiety'

Anxiety for entrepreneurs is like finding a Starbucks in New York City: It’s there on every corner. When your company is 100 percent your responsibility, and the success or failure of it is in your hands, you’re always going to feel like you could be doing <i>more</i> or <i>better.</i> You always need to feel …

Entrepreneurship

How Talking Less and Listening More Builds Your Business

You’re at a networking event with a group of new people who could be valuable connections. What’s the best way to hook them in and get them interested? You may be inclined to speak profusely about the value of your business and the work that you do, but wait just a minute. Talking too much is …

Networking

4 Strategies to Improve How You Deal With Conflict

Facing conflict can be about as fun as playing in traffic -- and equally as stressful. Going against the conversational grain on a topic that you’re not even passionate about can put more gray hairs on your head than you’d care to see, which is why understanding conflict is so important. After all, …

Leadership

4 Tips for Staying Calm in Conversation With Very Important People

Imagine you're at a conference and you see one of the keynote speakers you admire in the hallway. You want to go up to him, but you don't know what to say or how to approach him. You also don't want to look silly. What do you do?<p>When you cross paths with a VIP, you may get nervous, be tempted to …

Networking

6 Benefits of Unchaining Yourself From Your Desk to Take a Break Outside

Working in a stuffy, artificially-lighted office all day can make you tired and cranky but there is a cure, and it’s as close as the nearest door. Take your work outside. Being out in nature does your body, mind and soul some good.<p>Whether it’s a bench in a nearby courtyard, a table at a sidewalk …

Wellness

15 Habits of Mentally Tough People

Leadership > Habits<p>Next Article<p>Travis Bradberry - Guest Writer<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new …

Emotional Intelligence

How to Recognize the Good in Every Situation Without Kidding Yourself

Remember that ridiculously cheery, borderline creepy scene from Mary Poppins where the children (rightfully so) complain about having to clean up their room?<p>(If you weren’t forced to watch that movie in kindergarten like every other normal child on earth, the entire song that ensues revolves around …

Self-improvement

5 Signs You Are Ready to Start Up Even If You Don't Think So

Starting a business isn’t something to take lightly. However, as a coach, I’ve found that many clients are more prepared than they give themselves credit. If you are debating whether you are ready, here are five signs that will show how ready you are to handle whatever your business has in store …

Entrepreneurship

The First Step to Starting Anything Is Getting Over Your Perfectionism

Oh, the joy and pain of starting something new. When Jared Easley, host of Starve the Doubts podcast, asked me if I planned to attend this year’s Podcast Movement conference I couldn’t say “no” fast enough. Jared didn’t take it personally, even though he’s one of the co-founders for the conference. …

Podcasting

3 Tricks for Running a Business With Your Spouse Without Divorcing or Going Broke

A romantic couple that is always completing projects together by creatively dividing and conquering what needs to be done may have what it takes to translate a romantic partnership into a business partnership.<p>Fundamentally, if two people don’t already bring out the best in one another when …

Marriage

The Best Thing to Do When You Get Knocked Down Flat on Your Face

Imagine reaching the top of your profession after dreaming about it since you were a child, then all of a sudden have it completely taken away from you in an instant.<p>That’s exactly what happened to me when I got hurt in my first game as an NFL player for the Chicago Bears. I was depressed and …

Success

You’re Already More Persuasive than You Think

It’s amazing the opportunities we miss because we doubt our own powers of persuasion.<p>Our bosses make shortsighted decisions, but we don’t suggest an alternative, figuring they wouldn’t listen anyway. Or we have an idea that would require a group effort, but we don’t try to sell our peers on it, …

Management

7 Ways to Appear Confident (When You're Really Not)

Even if you aren't feeling confident, nobody needs to know it. Confidence can get you many good things, so even if you really aren't, there are several tricks you can use to appear as if you were.<p>Confidence is somewhat elusive. You know you have to be confident if you want to make a good impression …

Public Speaking

The 6 Types of Meetings That Totally Kill Your Day

Ranting about meetings has become a corporate American past time. Here's how to fix them.<p>I'm always shocked at how much <i>meeting</i> it takes to get anything done. More often than not, meetings end up being an actual barrier to progress and connection.<p>The statistics speak for themselves: It's estimated …

Management

5 Ways to Quickly Regain Confidence When You Need It Most

Oops? Did you let someone down and now you feel insecure? Let our Inc. columnists help you get back on your feet.<p>Nothing saps your confidence faster than creating a big failure where someone else was made a victim. It’s not like you meant to cause trouble for others. Unfortunately, now your error …

Self-improvement

Keep Your Cool Under Fire with These Tips

Nine points to remember when having a difficult conversation.<p>How we treat one another matters — that is just good, common sense. All human beings want to be respected, listened to and valued. These three universal needs are the key to authentic communication. Yet, these needs are often overlooked …

Leadership

The Heart of Self-Worth

“Thoughts become things,” Mike Dooley says. You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you think you deserve.Life provides your perceived worth, …

Happiness