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The Best Leaders Are Great Teachers

Cristina Daura<p>Kundapur Vaman Kamath was a teacher. But he didn’t work at a school or stand in front of a class. Instead, he delivered his lessons at the office—to the employees who served under him during his four decades as a senior executive at, and then CEO of, India’s ICICI Bank. Whether he was …

25 questions to ask a mentor

A few years ago, around the time when I was launching this blog, I wrote an article called 4 Types of Questions to Ask A Mentor. To this day, it is …

Legendary Investment Banker Richard Jenrette Left These 24 Rules for Success

Richard Jenrette, who co-founded the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1959, spent four decades on Wall Street. When he died last week …

Homework

How to Get Mentors (and How to Know If Your Mentors Are Any Good)

Many people have lots of business "connections" that aren't really CONNECTIONS.<p>Who you are on Tuesday in one room is not the same as who you are on Wednesday in a different room. Around some people, you feel on top of the world. Around others, you can't think straight. You don't have an absolute …

Self-improvement

4 Habits of People Who Are Always Learning New Skills

Working in online learning, I’ve found that every year around this time there’s a burst of sign-ups from workers seeking new skills. Perhaps it’s a matter of New Year’s resolutions, or a reaction to seeing their friends and colleagues make big career changes each January.<p>Unfortunately, the initial …

Are You Having Trouble Focusing? These Simple Strategies Will Help

In today’s always-on, information-overloaded world, it can be hard to stay focused throughout the day. How often do you find yourself distracted by inner chatter during meetings? Or how often do you find that emails are pulling you away from more important work?<p>We’ve surveyed and assessed more than …

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – …

Kellogg School

JPMORGAN: Here's what you should be reading, listening to, and visiting in 2018

Every year, JPMorgan polls its more than 200,000 employees for the next big trends in movies, books, music, theater, and more.<p>Coined the #NextList2018, this year's recommendations run the gamut from the expected (the hedge fund legend Ray Dalio's new book) to the obscure (Ecuadorian parlor music). …

Yves Saint-Laurent

26 of the best business books you can read, according to CEOs

Highly successful people typically work hard, practice the right habits every day and strive for self-improvement, with the latter often coming in the form of a book. If reading is something you're willing to do to sharpen yourself, take some suggestions from more than two dozen executives who have …

Dog Food

How to change minds and influence people's behaviour

Psychology

Google Is Giving Away Its Best Tools for Managers Absolutely Free

Put Google's insights about what makes a great manager to use without paying a penny.<p>When it comes to developing great managers, Google doesn't leave much to chance. The data-obsessed company famously spent years studying the attributes of effective managers for its Project Oxygen, determining that …

5 Things New Managers Should Focus on First

One of the most exciting — and frightening — career transitions comes when you face the prospect of a management role for the first time. Over my career of building businesses, advising CEOs, and, most recent, exploring the philosophies and beliefs of 100 of the world’s most respected leaders for …

Management Tip: How to Handle the Transition from Peer to Boss

Being promoted over your coworkers is a tricky situation. It’s important to get off on the right foot with your former peers and to make the …

15 Must-Read Business Books on Leadership and Personal Development From the Past 5 Years

Science and positive psychology point the way to the future of leadership.<p>The problem with producing any "top" business book list is the elimination process. Over the last five years, there have been numerous publications by top authors worthy of mention.<p>For this list, I have focused heavily on …

Why Do So Many Bosses Fail or Quit? Here's the Whole Reason, Summed Up in 1 Sentence

One thing good leaders don't do is drive their people like cattle.<p>Increasingly over the years, I have witnessed more companies racking their collective HR brains trying to figure out how to best engage their employees to perform at a high level.<p>Well, put the foosball tables, climbing walls, and nap …

The Conversational Habit of Smart Communicators That 99 Percent of People Are Afraid Of

If more people chose this communication practice when things go south, we'd see way less conflict.<p>Lets all agree on one thing: Communication is the source of much conflict in the workplace.<p>Sometimes the unpredictability of human nature will kick in. You've seen it -- someone does or says something …

Self-help

How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or Negotiate a Job Offer

Congratulations! You got the job. Now for the hard part: deciding whether to accept it or not. How should you assess the salary as well as the other perks? Which publicly available information should you rely on? How should you try to get a better deal? And what’s the best way to decline an offer …

Employment

4 Cold Email Subject Lines That Generated $4 Million in Revenue

Without a good subject line, the content of the email doesn't matter.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>No single technique has brought in more business to my company than cold email outreach. I sent more than one million cold emails and made it the singular focus of my …

Marketing

The Do's and Don'ts of Being a Mentor

You have to set ground rules as a mentor.<p>Mentoring relationships are crucial to business. Both mentor and mentee benefit from working together. The more experienced business person shares his knowledge with the less tenured employee which helps them advance. The mentee can teach his advisor about …

The Only Five Email Folders Your Inbox Will Ever Need

Stop “organizing” your emails by subject and start thinking of them in terms of deadlines.<p>For years, my approach to email was like slaying a hydra. For every email I deleted, two more landed in my inbox.<p>Part of the problem, I knew, was the nature of my work. My team stands between two major …

Five Essential Lessons I Learned In 20 Years Of Managing People

One longtime manager explains how he learned that you don’t actually need the best people.<p>Management guru Henry Mintzberg once observed, “The great myth is the manager as orchestra conductor. It’s this idea of standing on a pedestal and you wave your baton and accounting comes in, and you wave it …

4 Tips for Mastering the Art of Persuasion

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Want to Succeed as a Leader at Work? Talent And Skills Alone Won't Do It (but This Will)

This will make you rethink whom you're hiring or promoting to lead your company.<p>People are hired for strengths in areas where they are talented, experienced, and gifted, so goes conventional wisdom.<p>But do you ever interview someone for character? Seriously, before you hire that VP, developer or …

21 books billionaire Warren Buffett thinks everyone should read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he said. "We want to …

Self-improvement

29 brilliant questions to ask at the end of every job interview

You should be assessing the employer just as much as they're assessing you because you both need to walk away convinced that the job would be a great fit.<p>So when the tables are turned and the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" take advantage of this opportunity. It's the best way …

Employment

2 Ways to Perform Like an Olympic Leader

Have you ever admired the training of an Olympic athlete? Well, they have it easier than you think and you have it harder than you think.<p>I love watching the Olympics. I was thrilled when they started alternating the summer and winter Olympics so I would only have to wait every two years instead of …

Summer Olympics

What Great Listeners Actually Do

Chances are you think you’re a good listener. People’s appraisal of their listening ability is much like their assessment of their driving skills, in that the great bulk of adults think they’re above average.<p>In our experience, most people think good listening comes down to doing three things:<p>Not …

How to Build Relationships With Investors Like Billionaire VC Chris Sacca

<i>This piece originally appeared on brunchwork.</i><p>Before ever meeting him in-person, Adam Besvinick landed a gig working with Lowercase Capital’s Chris …

Want to Win People's Trust? This TEDx Speaker Says Do This 1 Thing

Want to build trust faster with anyone you meet? You only need to do this.<p>I've met people from all walks of life. People on the top of the hill, to those at the bottom of the trenches. With unimaginable wealth to the poorest of poor. Some are out for themselves while others give back.<p>From my …

How to Make Good Decisions: 4 Secrets Backed by Research

Life would be a lot easier if we just knew how to make good decisions. Research shows we all make a lot of bad ones.<p>With careers:<p>More than half of …