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27 things you should do on your first day of work

"Most of us remember our first days at every job because of the heightened pressure to impress," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job." "But you can reduce your anxiety by being …

8 Successful Habits You Can Learn from Toddlers

You can learn a lot from a three year-old.<p>Every toddler embodies the traits of success. In the way they carry themselves and live life, there are a lot of habits we can learn from young kids that will help us grow, no matter how old we get as adults. That means learning to let go of some bad …

Self-improvement

10 Must-have apps every startup needs right now

Share17<p>Tweet<p>Share24<p>+11<p>Shares 42<p>We all like things that make our lives a little easier and this is even more true in our working lives. Startups are …

Apps

Apps that give your phone a second number

If you've ever had to juggle two mobile phones, you know it's a special form of torture. Two phones to carry. Two phones to keep charged. Two phones to answer!<p>Unfortunately, that's the reality for so many folks who need a second number. It might be one phone for work, another for personal. Or maybe …

Apps

50 must know project management terms for every professional

This presentation contains common terms used in project management that every professional must know.

The Traits Employers Value Most in a Potential Leader

Skills, experience, and expertise are obviously important when it comes to moving forward in your career. That said, many employers look beyond those …

5 Qualities the Greatest Leaders Don't Have

Good leaders have several remarkable qualities. They have a great ability to form habits like praising workers and communicating about goals. Yet there are some things they won't ever do.<p>What is your definition of a great leader?<p>For some, it means having qualities like offering encouragement to the …

Leadership

How to Be a Leader, Not a Manager

The trick to being a master of both skill sets is understanding the nuances that distinguish true leadership.<p>Let's get something straight: Manager and leader are <i>not</i> synonymous terms.<p>Manage implies maintaining the status quo. It's a manager's job to ensure that things go as planned and that the team …

Leadership

5 Ways To Unlock The Best Parts Of Yourself

You're reading 5 Ways To Unlock The Best Parts Of Yourself, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying …

The 4 Worst Kinds of Bosses to Work for (and How to Avoid Becoming Them)

Be the leader that people want to follow, not flee from.<p>Fact: most people have had at least one boss during their lifetime who was so bad that it made them question their entire career. Take that information and chew on it for a moment. Isn't it awful? I've been doing some reflecting on what makes …

Morgan Freeman

The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard and Why

The head of a large division of a multinational corporation was running a meeting devoted to performance assessment. Each senior manager stood up, reviewed the individuals in his group, and evaluated them for promotion. Although there were women in every group, not one of them made the cut. One …

Blackbox

How to Instantly Have a Success Mindset

What does it take to have a success mindset? It's easier than you think.<p>I've been waiting in the hotel lobby for two minutes. My temper begins to rise as I think, <i>How inconsiderate of them to waste my time!</i> But I catch myself.<p>I was about to tell myself a victim story, and I remembered: You can't run …

Self-improvement

4 Blocks That Stand Between You and Your Success

<b>Success is your birthright.</b><p>Whether it's success in your career, your personal life, or both... it truly is your birthright. Success is yours to have, and to experience. But the truth is, many people fail to reach their desired level of success because they run into blocks that prevent them from …

Body Language and Leadership

Physical detailing often achieves more than eloquent presentation.<p>For me, the smallest details can make a big difference in leading my firm Corporate Rain and being its chief rainmaker. While I think a lot of entrepreneurial leaders do many of the following things instinctively, here are nine …

shakehands

How And When To Exercise To Boost Your Productivity

Of all the productivity hacks in the book, a simple workout may be among the most reliably effective.<p>You already know that exercise is healthy and important. Sticking with a regular workout can leave you looking and feeling better. And you’ve probably also heard about its mental and cognitive …

Time Management

Seven habits of highly frugal people

Frugal people who pay off their debt and achieve financial independence don't succeed by accident. They establish habits that allow them to …

Men Flirt with Risk to Score Women

Men make up four-fifths of the world's skydivers and two-thirds of all rock climbers, and a new study suggests they do it for more than just the …

Flirting

Homeless Man Passes out Resumes Instead of Asking for Money, Gets Job

(Photo: Michael Marteen)<p>Frederick Callison of Sacramento, California had hit rock bottom, but he wasn't going to stay there.<p>He sat outside a grocery …

Résumés

Stop Calling Every Conversation a “Meeting”

I just got back from speaking at a 500 attendee event on the West Coast. The company referred to it as its annual meeting. Today, I have a discussion scheduled with two people from a small tech startup about collaborating on a project. They’re calling that a meeting too. Strange, because the only …

Management

Stop Second-Guessing Your Decisions at Work

You’ve finally made a decision. Time to cross it off your list and move on. Or not? Do you find yourself revisiting every decision you make, agonizing over whether it really was the right one?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Everyone has moments of doubt. But “constant second-guessing can really affect your …

Management

First-Time Managers, Don’t Do Your Team’s Work for Them

Not long ago, I worked with a client who was stepping into management for the first time. Terry, a highly regarded marketing associate in a pharmaceutical firm, had just been asked to lead a marketing team. In this new role, she was responsible for directing a group of bright, but inexperienced …

Management

Succeed in New Situations

Jeffrey Decoster<p>Success almost always requires putting yourself into new situations. To further your career, you must take new jobs, join new organizations, transfer to new office locations, and meet and build relationships with new customers, suppliers, and industry peers.<p>Executives get a lot of …

Short-Term Memory

We Like Leaders Who Underrate Themselves

The Stanford Graduate School of Business asked the members of its Advisory Council which skills were most important for their MBA students to learn. The most frequent answer was self-awareness — possessing an accurate view of your skills, abilities, and shortcomings, as well as understanding how …

Emotional Intelligence

How to Work with People Who Are Hard to Work With

Harvard

How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful than You

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Going into a negotiation with someone who holds more power than you do can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are asking your boss for a new assignment or attempting to land a major business deal with a client, your approach to the negotiation can dramatically affect your chances of …

3 Things Managers Should Be Doing Every Day

“When are we supposed to do all <i>that</i>?” That’s the question we constantly get from new managers, only weeks or months into their new positions, when we describe the three key activities they should be focusing on to be successful as leaders: building trust, building a team, and building a broader …

Leadership

4 Types of Conflict and How to Manage Them

<b>Amy Gallo</b>, author of the <i>HBR Guide to Managing Conflict at Work</i>, explains the options.<p>Download this podcast<p>SARAH GREEN CARMICHAEL: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green Carmichael. Today, I’m talking with HBR editor, Amy Gallo, who has just written the HBR Guide …

Leadership