My Year Of Learning

By Claus Enevoldsen | Lessons In Leadership And Performance

My Year of Learning: Lessons in Leadership and Performance

Here’s some advice to live by: Keep learning to stay relevant. In fact, according to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, dedicate at least 5 hours a week of …

If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything

You need to speak in public, but your knees buckle even before you reach the podium. You want to expand your network, but you’d rather swallow nails than make small talk with strangers. Speaking up in meetings would further your reputation at work, but you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. …

The Most Powerful Lesson I’ve Ever Learned In Business

How to lead by first principles when everything is at stake<p>One morning in the depths of the 2001/2002 recession, a decision was looming large at a …

The Meaning of Open.

When we open our homes we are welcoming people. When we open our minds we are learning. We say things like “my door is always open”, we host “open …

Showing Up As A Leader: Traits to Adopt & Bad Habits to Banish as you Advance at Work (and in Life…

Showing Up As A Leader: Traits to Adopt & Bad Habits to Banish as you Advance at Work (and in Life!)<p><i>My law school students encouraged me to publish</i> …

Leadership

Stop touting the crazy hours you work. It helps no one.

As Labor Day approaches, and a single day of rest from all the hours we Americans spend on the job is upon us, people can't seem to stop talking about the crazy hours they work.<p>One of the most-read articles on the Wall Street Journal's web site last week was a piece about how 4 a.m. -- a time so …

Marissa Mayer

Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team

Around 11 p.m. one night, you realize there’s a key step your team needs to take on a current project. So, you dash off an email to the team members while you’re thinking about it.<p>No time like the present, right?<p>Wrong. As a productivity trainer specializing in attention management, I’ve seen over …

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

A short guide to start making emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>Emotional intelligence, also known as EI or EQ (for Emotional Intelligence Quotient), describes a person's ability to recognize emotions, to understand their powerful effect, and to use that information to guide thinking …

Emotional Intelligence

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 …

Harvard Business Review

Just Do It Tomorrow: The Powerful Science Behind Putting Things Off

In his book <i>Wait: The Art and Science of Delay</i>, author Frank Partnoy argues that instead of doing something as soon as we can, we should wait until we …

Slow Deciders Make Better Strategists

There are many ways to split people into two groups. Young and old. Rich and poor. Us and them. The 98% who can do arithmetic and the 3% who cannot. Those who split people into two groups and those who don’t.<p>Then there’s the people who make good competitive-strategy decisions, and those who …

6 Reasons to Get Better at Leading Meetings

Most people see meetings as a burden, a waste of time, or a general annoyance. But meetings aren’t going away. The good news is that leaders have the opportunity to significantly improve how meetings are run at your company, which could boost your influence and your career.<p>A recent study, published …

Brainstorming Is Dumb

Studies show it produces fewer good ideas than when people think on their own. Thankfully, there’s a better way to work in groups.<p>If you work in an office, your boss has probably forced you into a brainstorming session or two (or 12). Brainstorming, after all, is supposedly a killer way to come up …

Six Simple Sunday Habits To Set You Up For A Productive Week

Go easy on those summer barbecues. Heavy eating on Sunday may sink you into a food coma you’ll still be feeling on Monday.<p>It’s hard not to resent Mondays. The day marks the end of the fun and freedom of the weekend–and that’s especially true during the summer, when ordinary Saturdays and Sundays …

We Tested 7 Top Productivity Methods So You Don’t Have To

<b>Describe The Checklist Manifesto in one sentence:</b><br>Turn your work into a series of easy to follow, step-by-step checklists.<p><b>How did it fit into your</b> …

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press "play", …

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