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The 2 Words That Will Get You an Upgrade to First Class (According to Someone Who Keeps Doing It)

Oh, but what if everyone starts doing this?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Airlines are getting much more parsimonious about upgrades.<p>Where once it would happen almost automatically, now even miles and privileges won't …

Business Strategy

How to Increase Your Influence at Work

To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position. So, what’s the best way to position yourself as an informal leader? How do you motivate colleagues to support your initiatives …

Leadership

9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut Through the Small Talk

It alls starts with having a genuine interest in the other person.<p>I remember early in my young career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to "schmooze" or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the wind-bag …

Leadership

NY Times Video Series On “Inside An Olympian Mind” Is Jackpot For Any Teacher Using Visualizing Strategies With Students

I’ve written a lot about how I’ve used exercises with both English Language Learners and mainstream students to help them visual success (see My Best …

Teaching

These Modern Finnish Cabins Are Actually Prefab Homes

If you're a fan of flexible, affordable upgrades to your current property — like the idea of adding a tiny home or ADU to the backyard — then you're …

Sustainability

How to increase emotional intelligence: 5 powerful secrets

Emotional Intelligence. Another “it” theory of the moment. The media’s panacea of the week. Another great thing we all need — that nobody seems to be …

Emotional Intelligence

Before You Set New Goals, Think About What You’re Going to Stop Doing

Remember your new year’s resolutions? Are you still doing them?<p>If the answer is “no,” most likely you fell into the trap that stops most individuals from accomplishing their resolutions: not consciously taking old activities out of their schedule to make room for the new. It’s the equivalent of …

Time Management

How to keep growing as a professional despite the day-to-day, corporate grind

With so much on your plate during the average week, it’s entirely possible for your professional growth to slip through the cracks. Here’s how to …

Kellogg School

Google spent years studying effective teams — and one trait stood out

The best companies are made up of great teams. You see, even a company full of A-players won't succeed if those individuals don't have the ability to work well together.<p>That's why not too long ago, Google set out on a quest to figure out what makes a team successful. They code-named the study …

Self-improvement

4 Soft Skills Every Leader Needs to Be Effective

Many organizations have a laser-like focus on technical skills—knowledge and capabilities specific to a set of business functions and operations. …

Emotional Intelligence

7 Steps to Immediately Win Your Team's Confidence

You don't have to know everything, but you do you have to care and lead by example.<p>As a young almost-college graduate, I didn't think of myself as a leader. I was a performer. I did the work, but I wasn't a leader. Then after just five months, I was told to lead a sales team. All of the sales reps …

This Award-Winning Michigan Entrepreneur Figured Out How to Make Work a Place You Want to Go Instead of Where You Have to Go

Chances are you spend more time at work than you do at home or at play. So shouldn't it be fun and engaging?<p>Not every job is a great pleasure. Some workplaces do offer deeper engagement, better communication standards, or more positive cultures. Other workplaces are just somewhere to get through …

With 1 Sentence, This NBA Champion Coach Teaches Everything You Need to Know About Emotional Intelligence

Controlling our emotional responses is hard to do, but when the stakes are high, nothing is more important.<p>Over the summer, San Antonio Spurs five-time all-star basketball player LaMarcus Aldridge asked his coach, Greg Popovich, to be traded. That's basically the worst thing a coach or leader wants …

The Five Pillars of Popovich

Since Gregg Popovich took over as head coach of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs 21 years ago, the rest of the league’s teams have replaced their leaders …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

How Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson Run Efficient Meetings

Insight from the best business brains to make your meetings more productive.<p>Trying to run a business is all-consuming. Time gets sucked up by so many different things - staff, suppliers, finance, production - the list goes on. But, above all, its meetings that seem to take up so much precious time, …

5 Thought Leaders to Follow In 2018

Start this year off on the right foot by committing to learning from the best<p>As I ask my friends in business about their New Year's resolutions, I've been surprised by how many of them have given variations on the same answer.<p>"To learn more."<p>The best entrepreneurs realize that their success is …

How One Teacher Is Revolutionizing the Way Her Students Learn

At Pioneer Elementary, a K-3 school in Quincy, Wash., a rural district 150 miles from Seattle, all 450 students visit Jones every other week for …

To Live an Incredibly Successful and Fulfilling Life, Don't Just Focus on Doing. Focus on BECOMING

When what you do becomes who you are, that's when success and fulfillment go hand in hand.<p>Want to achieve big things? Want to live the life you dream of living? Want to feel successful -- and more importantly, fulfilled?<p>As I write in my new book, <i>The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set</i> …

Make Civility the Norm on Your Team

We all want to come to work and be treated with kindness and respect. Unfortunately, my research shows that there is rampant incivility in most organizations. I found that 98% of the workers I surveyed over the past 20 years have experienced rude behavior and 99% have witnessed it. And the …

The Tao of Dabo Swinney

CLEMSON, S.C. -- It's entirely possible that the college football world will be forever changed because of a movie that garnered a 35 percent fresh …

The 4 Business Books You Need On Your Christmas List

Essential insight and inspiration to power you into 2018.<p>For me, 2017 has involved a lot of business travel. And whilst the novelty of spending hours in yet another airport quickly wore off, travelling is at least a great opportunity to pick up a book and learn something new.<p>Growing a business is …

Dwell Made: A New DIY Video Series You Won't Want to Miss

Get ready for our next big thing—Dwell Made, an original video series featuring DIY projects that you'll actually want to tackle.<p>Partnering with experts in the DIY scene, we're bringing you an all-new series of step-by-step video guides focusing on the home and garden. Our host will show you how to …

Power Tools

Two Good Videos To Help Develop A Positive Classroom Culture

I’ve previously shared a number of ways I try to develop a positive and supportive culture in my class (see The Best Resources On Developing A Sense …

Budget Build-It-Yourself Kitchen Cabinets That Aren't IKEA

There are basically three different ways to get cabinets into your kitchen. You can have them custom-built to fit the space. This is very expensive. …

The North Bridge Residence

After many years of rural living in the exurbs of Carbondale CO, our young family decided on a path to simplify our lives, and bring about a connection with community. This required moving into the boundaries of our beautiful mountain town. In town is where our friends, schools and small businesses …

Solar Power

4 Ways to Get Honest, Critical Feedback from Your Employees

I recently observed a town hall meeting where a new leader had just been promoted to run his division. In his introductory remarks, many – including me – were struck by his declaration, “One of the things you’ll find is that I’m very self-aware and open to feedback.” Even from the side of the room, …

To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It

Nancy started her day feeling prepared to brief her executive team on a high-stakes project she had been working on for the past two months. She had rehearsed her slide deck repeatedly, to the point where she had every level of content practically memorized. She arrived at the meeting early and …

How to Give Feedback People Can Actually Use

Over the last decade, I’ve conducted thousands of 360-degree feedback interviews with the colleagues of the leaders I coach. My goal with these sessions is to get a better sense of my clients’ strengths and weaknesses, but more often than not, the feedback isn’t particularly useful.<p>How do you give …

4 Surprisingly Effective Methods for Influencing

Shutterstock<b>Influence</b> is a concept that exists at the very core of effective leadership. The use of management controls and standard operating …

Team Building

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from <i>doing</i> to <i>leading</i>. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities …