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3 Ways Senior Leaders Create a Toxic Culture

Whether presiding over the entire company, a function, a region, or a business unit, the people at the top of an organization have a disproportionate level of influence over those they lead. Those further down in the organization look to their leaders for cues on what’s acceptable (and what isn’t), …

Did You Start a Business to Do Something Significant, or to Feel Significant?

At the end of the day, your business is not about you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Do you remember why you left your comfortable job to start your own business?<p>You must have had a good reason, because nobody hops on the entrepreneurial roller coaster for kicks. It's …

The Leadership Skill Everybody Needs -- And 90% Of Managers Lack

There are good reasons it’s easy to find lousy managers in virtually every industry and function.<p>It is no surprise that nearly every working person has one Bad Boss story ready to share, if not a collection of them.<p>New managers typically receive little to no training in “people management,” …

Leadership

The 20 best business books of 2016

We've got your back. Below, we've rounded up the best reads out there focusing on entrepreneurship, negotiation, and more. There's everything from the story of two psychologists who rocked economists' world to a guide to making a career change from a former Googler.<p>It's the perfect list to choose …

The Rule of Thirds and Why it’s Key to Managing Massive Change

Transitions bring out the best and the worst in people. When we began the transition of our flagship PDF product, Acrobat, from boxed software to a …

The High Cost of Conformity, and How to Avoid It

<i>ANDREW NGUYEN/HBR STAFF</i><p>I was biking with my friends Eric and Adam, both far more skilled and experienced mountain bikers than I, on terrain that was slightly beyond my own skill. I thought I could do it.<p>I was wrong.<p>I suffered a pretty dramatic crash, falling down a ravine, flipping over a few …

10 Habits of Ultra-Likable Leaders

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out …

Al Gore's Friends and Former Aides Eyeing 2016 Race

A one-time high-ranking political adviser to Al Gore tells ABC News that a group of friends and former aides are having a “soft conversation” about …

Three Qualities Every Winner Needs

We’ve churned through dozens of poor hires at our company. And with every one of the bad decisions we’ve made in hiring, we’ve learned a little bit about what makes a winner when it comes to hiring.<p>You’ve probably read books on how to identify quality employees, or have heard about some of the …

Apple just defied a bunch of theories about business

<i>Apple’s most recent quarterly numbers broke all sorts of records and, as we shall see, a number of laws.</i><p>Apple just released its numbers for the quarter ending last December, the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. The figures are astonishing:<p><b>iPhones</b>: Apple sold 74.5 million, +57% over last …

Tim Cook

7 traits of good leadership

<i>Here are some key qualities and character traits that make a great leader. Nurture them in you and shine as a leader even during these tough times of</i> …

Why You Need to Empower Your Employees to Become Leaders

You might not realize it, but your company’s most important assets walk out of your office every day at 5:00 p.m.<p>If that idea doesn’t scare you, …

The Psychology of Simple

This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.<p>For a concept that we all understand, ‘simple’ is deceivingly difficult to pin down.<p>We may ‘know it when we see it’, but there’s more to what makes a product or website feel simple than just gut reaction.<p>In the words of Steve Jobs:<p>“Simple can be harder …

Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness

Stanford University neurosurgeon Dr. James Doty tells the story of performing surgery on a little boy’s brain tumor. In the middle of the procedure, the resident who is assisting him gets distracted and accidentally pierces a vein. With blood shedding everywhere, Doty is no longer able to see the …

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

At some point in their careers, most leaders have either consciously — or, more likely, unwittingly — based (or justified) their approach to motivation on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s idea that people are motivated by satisfying lower-level needs such as food, water, shelter, and security, …

If You Want People to Listen, Stop Talking

Andrew Nguyen<p>George*, a managing director at a large financial services firm, had an uncanny ability to move a roomful of people to his perspective. What George said was not always popular, but he was a master persuader.<p>It wasn’t his title — he often swayed colleagues at the same hierarchical …

15 Words You Need to Eliminate From Your Vocabulary

Charles Scribner's Sons<p>Dover Publications, Inc.<p>Kurt Wolff Verlag, Leipzig<p>Charles Scribner's Sons<p>International Publishers<p>Cassell<p>Norton Critical Edition<p>…

What the Dalai Lama Taught Daniel Goleman About Emotional Intelligence

Two decades before Daniel Goleman first wrote about emotional intelligence in the pages of HBR, he met his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Amherst College, who mentioned to the young science journalist for the <i>New York Times</i> that he was interested in meeting with scientists. Thus began a long, rich …

How Egos Distort the Way We See Each Other

We don't come across as we think we do — and we're not as good judges of others as we assume, either.

Are Bad Managers Holding Back Your Best Talent?

A few years ago I joined a large organization in the U.S. Possibly because I was the last one in, I was allocated the worst secretarial assistance I have had in my entire life.<p>I spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out what I could entrust her with that would not play havoc with my …

Why Certain Managers Thrive in Tough New Jobs While Others Get Fed Up

Career development is supposed to keep young managers engaged and motivated, but sometimes it backfires, prompting them to start looking for an exit from the company. That’s because the new responsibilities that facilitate on-the-job learning can take them well beyond their comfort zones, making …

Teaching Smart People How to Learn

Any company that aspires to succeed in the tougher business environment of the 1990s must first resolve a basic dilemma: success in the marketplace increasingly depends on learning, yet most people don’t know how to learn. What’s more, those members of the organization that many assume to be the …

Your Comfort Zone Is Killing Your Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Applying for jobs just out of college or grad school, comfort may have seemed like the ultimate goal: to find the perfect job that was a natural fit and have a long, fulfilling career there.<p>Forget all of that: comfort is the enemy. If …

Leaders Win Trust When They Show a Bit of Humanity

Trust in business leadership is at historic lows, according to surveys by Edelman and the World Economic Forum. One reason might be what INSEAD professors Gianpiero and Jennifer Petriglieri call the “dehumanization of leadership”— that is, our tendency to think of leaders as either instrumental …

How to Deliver Bad News to Your Employees

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>Delivering bad news is tough. It’s even harder when you don’t agree with the message or decision you’re communicating. Maybe you have to tell your star performer that HR turned down her request for a raise or to inform your team that the company doesn’t want them working …

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

Why You Should Hire for Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

The notion of Emotional intelligence (EI)--the ability to understand one's own and other people's emotions and steer behavior accordingly--has been a widely touted leadership trait in recent years. Adam Ochstein, founder and CEO of Chicago-based HR consultancy and software company Stratex, defines …

How to Engage in Servant Leadership

Jourdan Urbach, co-founder of Ocho, says there's a difference between telling your employees what to do and encouraging them to accomplish what needs to get done.