Anne Westpheling

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How to Make a Great First Impression

The saying “You only have one chance to make a first impression” holds true in many situations, from job interviews to sales calls. How can you make sure that you start off on the right foot in any of these scenarios? What should you actually say? And what’s the best way to follow up?<p><b>What the</b> …

6 Rules For Effective Feedback

Iconoclast<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Effective feedback is a cornerstone of success in any organization. From performance management to talent retention to worker safety, providing appropriate and timely feedback makes the difference between a high-performance …

Self-help

Before a Difficult Conversation, Take the Other Person’s Perspective

When you need to talk through a difficult issue with a coworker, it’s tempting to just get it over with. But don’t start the conversation until you’ve taken the time to see the situation from their perspective. Try to get a sense of what your colleague might be thinking. They have a rationale for …

Why Leadership Is All About Communication

I remember my first day in persuasion class. The lecturer played back to us one of the most famous speeches of Abraham Lincoln to troops in an open field - Standing tall, with shoulders pulled back and hands held behind his back to show a confident carriage, Abraham moved steadily amongst the …

Why Your Worst Employee Makes You the Best Manager

Your worst employee creates a number of learning opportunities that your best don't<p>I spent a lot of my early years as a boss congratulating myself on being a fantastic manager. That went on until I hired someone who had trouble getting to work at our client's site before 11am. He also failed to see …

What Science Tells Us About Leadership Potential

Although the scientific study of leadership is well established, its key discoveries are unfamiliar to most people, including an alarmingly large proportion of those in charge of evaluating and selecting leaders.<p>This science-practitioner gap explains our disappointing state of affairs. Leaders …

6 Ways Successful Teams Are Built To Last

It takes great leadership to build great teams. Leaders who are not afraid to course correct, make the difficult decisions and establish standards of performance that are constantly being met – and improving at all times. Whether in the workplace, professional sports, or your local community, team …

Steps to Building an Effective Team | Human Resources

<b>Consider each employee's ideas as valuable</b>. Remember that there is no such thing as a stupid idea.<p><b>Be aware of employees' unspoken feelings</b>. Set an …

Successful Delegation: Using the Power of Other People's Help

© iStockphoto<br>AlexRaths<p>Accomplish a lot more by delegating.<p>Even "Super You" needs help and support. There is no shame in asking for assistance. Push …

Why Delegation is Important

Delegation is important for 1) efficiency and 2) development. As shown in the introduction to the module, the chairman of the senior retreat …

6 Ways to Keep Your Volunteers Engaged | Engaging Volunteers

<b>Guest post by Wendy Kirwan, Kars4Kids</b><p>Like many nonprofits, volunteers are our most valuable asset here at Kars4Kids. With each of our paid employees …

A Tour Through the Ghost Towns of Forgotten Social Networks

A small flurry of stories appeared yesterday about Beme, the Snapchat-like social network founded by viral-video impresario Casey Neistat, prompting …

Social Media

Silicon Valley's $20 billion secretive giant Palantir is reportedly in trouble

That article, based on confidential information and interviews with six past and current employees, provides our best look yet at the famously cagey Palantir.<p>Here are its highlights:<p>In the last 13 months, big-ticket customers Coca-Cola, Nasdaq, and American Express have decided not to continue …

Silicon Valley

Dropbox cut a bunch of perks and told employees to save more as Silicon Valley startups brace for the cold

When Dropbox employees walked into their new office on Brannan Street last month, they were dazzled by something they hadn't seen before — a gleaming, 5-foot-tall panda statue made of chrome.<p>The statue was made in recognition of the company's panda mascot. It was seen as a stamp of approval, …

Venture Capital

The Beautiful Ballerinas of Instagram

Your awkward jumping photos on the beach or Ballet Beautiful workout diaries are nothing compared to real-life ballerinas on social media. American Ballet Theatre principle dancers like Misty Copeland, Isabella Boylston, and James Whiteside take their followers behind-the-scenes and into the wings, …

SF may become first US city with fully paid parental leave: Here's what others get

California is already one of the best spots in the United States to have a child, but legislation before the Board of Supervisors could make San Francisco the only place in America where new parents don't take a pay cut, at least for a portion of their time off.<p>When it comes to maternity and …

This Clever Bunk Bed Is Also a Sofa

How's that for handy?<p>If you're constantly hosting houseguests, you probably have a few pieces that pull double duty — like a pull-out couch or a room divider. But Resource Furniture's Palazzo wall bed system takes that concept to the next level.<p>Its bunk beds convert into a sofa — or the sofa …

Lane Bryant and Glamour Are Teaming Up for a Clothing Collection, Special Edition Mag

Lane Bryant continues its long climb back into the hearts of plus-size shoppers with a <i>Glamour</i> collaboration.<p><i>Women’s Wear Daily</i> reports that the …

Plus Size

Google and Apple: the High-Tech Hippies of Silicon Valley

<i>Why are the two companies spending billions to build offices that look lifted straight from the 1960s?</i><p>For all the talk of “disruption” coming out of Silicon Valley, one thing that has tended to remain stubbornly stuck in the past is tech companies’ architecture. Many of today’s most innovative …

Integrative Leadership: The Importance of Relationships

What does integrative leadership mean? I have been researching this question for the past several weeks and a consensus opinion I have not found. …

Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

The Uber model just doesn’t work for other industries. The price points always fail — and that’s a good thing<p>The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” …

Fifth of women harassed at work over pregnancy or flexible hours, report finds

Three-quarters of pregnant women and new mothers experience discrimination at work, study says<p>Three-quarters of pregnant women and new mothers experience discrimination at work and one in nine lose their job as a result, government-commissioned research has found.<p>The report suggests that pregnancy …

Women and Minorities Are Penalized for Promoting Diversity

Roughly 85% of corporate executives and board members are white men. This number hasn’t budged for decades, which suggests that white men are continuing to select and promote other white men.<p>It is well known that people tend to favor and promote those who are similar to them — and that this …

Gloria Steinem

A leadership coach says there's one type of mentoring relationship that could help you rise faster in your career

Mandatory performance reviews are stressful enough — it seems almost masochistic to subject yourself to hearing about your failures and "areas for improvement" when it's not required.<p>Yet experts say the most successful leaders are often the ones who actively seek feedback and advice from the people …

Leadership

These 8 Employers Will Pay You to Volunteer

Novo Nordisk<p>Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company, takes the top prize when it comes to providing employees with paid time off to volunteer …

15 Raw, Beautiful Photos That Show What It's Really Like to Be a Ballerina

How do their bodies bend that way?<p>Darian Volkova is a professional ballerina and photographer who captures what goes into practicing ballet. Volkova says her perspective is unique because she can "feel, see, and shoot the dance like only [a] dancer can." While traveling with her company, Volkova …

Ballet

Etsy Announces New Half-Year Paid-Parental-Leave Policy

Etsy has announced that its new parental-leave policy will now give employees a full six months of paid time off following the birth, adoption, or …

The Workplace

Harper Lee's estate just made a decision that could take "To Kill a Mockingbird" off required reading lists

Scout, Jem, Atticus, Calpurnia, Tom Robinson: for many of us, these characters and the story of <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> are a part of our collective …

Your Breakfast Called, and It Wants to Be This Smoothie Bowl

If you're drinking your morning smoothie out of a glass, you're doing it wrong.<p>It's a scientific fact: Food just tastes better in bowls (just ask us about our favorite lunchtime staple). But even we bowl enthusiasts were skeptical of smoothie bowls—we love smoothies, and we love bowls, so why mess …

Breakfast