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Fact Check: Are Your People Skills As Good As You Think?

You may think of yourself as a “people person,” because you get pretty good vibes from those with whom you interact. Or at least you think you do. …

Psychology

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy

It seems beyond debate: Technology is going to replace jobs, or, more precisely, the <i>people</i> holding those jobs. Few industries, if any, will be untouched.<p>Knowledge workers will not escape. Recently, the CEO of Deutsche Bank predicted that half of its 97,000 employees could be replaced by robots. One …

Intelligence

Entrepreneurship Doesn't Have To Be Stressful -- Use Structure To Unlock More Freedom In Your Life

If you’re a high-achiever, you’re familiar with stress. Executives and entrepreneurs deal with it daily. You can become so used to it that you start to believe it’s a routine part of life. But that’s not true—like any aspect of your life, you can manage stress effectively or eliminate its harmful …

Paulo Coelho

How You Define the Problem Determines Whether You Solve It

Typical stories of creativity and invention focus on finding novel ways to solve problems. James Dyson found a way to adapt the industrial cyclone to eliminate the bag in a vacuum cleaner. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque developed cubism as a technique for including several views of a scene in the …

Artists

On Second Thought, You Should Maybe Talk Less In Meetings

Yes, listening is a virtue, but that’s not the only reason you might want to think before you share your next idea.<p>The conventional wisdom is clear and–on its face–totally sensible: If you’re trying to make a name for yourself in your company, you need to contribute during team meetings. Speaking …

Creativity

Can work best friends help business?

9 Bad Manager Behaviors That Drive Your Top Talent to the Competition

The top reason people quit their jobs is due to having a bad experience with their manager.<p>Every Sunday night I felt like I was going to puke. The thought of going in to work the next day on Monday morning was enough to give me anxiety to the point where I felt nauseous.<p>You see, I was dealing with …

These Three Phrases Are Killing Innovation At Your Workplace

Your tone and word choice may be sending the message that it’s not worth exploring new ideas. Here’s how to change that.<p>Most of us want to work in an innovative workplace, but you could be subliminally creating a culture that squelches creative thinking. From conversations held during meetings to …

Innovation

Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of Positive Psychology, defines the meaningful life as “using your signature strengths and virtues in the service of something much larger than you are.” What have you done today to fulfill your purpose? #MondayMotivation https://t.co/CfbguEhqf3

The Secret To Great Logos, From The Gurus Of Corporate Branding

“Symbols don’t make clear what you do; it makes it clear who you are.”<p>This year the inimitable branding firm Chermayeff Geismar & Haviv celebrates its 60th anniversary. Over the past six decades, these godfathers of corporate graphic design created logos for PBS, MoMA, PanAm, NBC, Chase, and more. …

The value of travel: Why small business owners need to get away

<i>Angela Ferguson’s Futurespace has designed offices for Google, Microsoft, PwC & many more. She believes travelling is as essential to business as</i> …

Creativity

3 Reasons to Hire Employees Who Are Older Than You

Diversifying your employees' age can help increase your company's production.<p>It's becoming more common within the startup ecosystem to come across a company with a young millennial CEO. They may have just graduated from college or dropped out to pursue their vision full-time. Young entrepreneurs …

What Would An HR Department That Works For Employees Look Like?

We spoke to five human resources experts about how to fix the broken industry.<p>2017 has been quite a year for workplace scandals. Earlier in the year, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler exposed the ride-hailing giant’s hostile work environment, rampant with debauchery and harassment. Then there were …

Study Shows Generous Behavior Leads to Increased Happiness

Helping others can lead us toward a brighter tomorrow.

Happiness

The first rule of public speaking, according to an expert on eloquence

So you’ve been asked to speak publicly. Feel free to sweat profusely, rifle through some $10 vocab words, pick out what you’ll wear, sweat some more. But first: Ask how much time you have to speak.<p>“Organizers usually have an answer,” says linguist David Crystal in his 2016 book, <i>The Gift of the Gab</i>, …

Winston Churchill

If living company values comes easily they are the wrong values

We all know that company values are critical to any organisation committed to team alignment and engagement. They are put in place to guide internal …

Leadership

Stop Trying To Be Friends With All Your Coworkers, And Do This Instead

These five simple habits can help you build and sustain great working relationships, without having to befriend every single person in your office.<p>For anyone who’s ever had an office job, two things are pretty obvious. On the one hand, it’s important to have friends at work. Those relationships …

Can You Create a Magical Workplace Culture?

Do you wish that you could change the culture of your organization? What does it really take to create a culture of motivated, high-performing …

Leadership

5 Non-Confrontational Ways Leaders Keep Their Followers Accountable

Keeping your team accountable without being overbearing can be hard; it doesn't have to be, though.<p>I make an amazing peanut butter and jelly sandwich.<p>Seriously.<p>It's out of this world.<p>When I teach people my technique, they usually thank me and go on their way, rejoicing. However, there are always a …

Leadership

How to build your dynasty: Hire for passion, train for skill, coach for performance

Building the right team is hard. What’s more challenging is hiring for several roles at once and trying to determine how all the pieces will come together in the end. You’re trying to assess individual performance, how the team will gel, and where the gaps will be. It’s like drafting a full …

Personality

Less is more when it comes to productive hours at work, says BHP CEO

Younger employees often put in long hours, cutting back on sleep to get ahead, and chief executives usually lead the charge with a ferocious attitude …

9 Ways to Work With Difficult People (Infographic)

Effectively navigate tensions in the workplace to improve your day and your career with these tips.<p>Co-worker tensions account for about 80 percent of workplace difficulties, but fortunately there are many simple tactics to make life at the office easier.<p>Psychologists have found that a threat to a …

Leadership

Why My Company Stopped “Auditioning” Job Candidates

After four years, Buffer realized its six-week probationary period wasn’t getting new hires to do their best work.<p>The “Buffer Bootcamp” is a rite of passage that’s long been a staple of our culture at Buffer, the 45-day period that all new teammates have embarked upon as they joined the team. …

Leadership

H Factor's NEW LEADER program

So now you're Leading Others? Congratulations! Your world is about to change, often in unexpected ways. Luckily we're here to help you make the …

Help Employees Create Knowledge — Not Just Share It

Many leaders see organizational learning simply as sharing existing knowledge. This isn’t surprising given that this is the primary focus of educational institutions, training programs, and leadership development courses. It’s the “sage on the stage” model, in which an expert shares what they know …

Management

A former surgeon general says loneliness is making people worse at their jobs

Vivek Murthy doesn't mince words when it comes to the issue of loneliness.<p>"The world is suffering from an epidemic of loneliness," Murthy, the former surgeon general wrote recently in Harvard Business Review. "If we cannot rebuild strong, authentic social connections, we will continue to splinter …

These Are The Secrets From “Best Places To Work” Any Company Can Use

While your company might not be able to afford eye-popping perks, making it a great place to work starts with some basics you can begin to adopt now.<p>Perhaps few things can make your workplace feel more inadequate than those annual “best places to work” lists. They list posh benefits, campuses with …

58 cognitive biases that screw up everything we do

We like to think we're rational human beings.<p>In fact, we are prone to hundreds of proven biases that cause us to think and act irrationally, and even thinking we're rational despite evidence of irrationality in others is known as blind spot bias.<p>The study of how often human beings do irrational …