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According to Science, This Is the Best Way to Gain Power and Influence Others | Inc.com

One sure path to power is through such means as coercion, deception, force, and disregard for people. It is how many organizations operate, and, yes, they prove to be profitable. But we've entered a new era of power that demands attention.<p>Mark C. Crowley, leadership expert and author of <i>Lead From</i> …

UC Berkeley

6 High-Performance Habits Only the Most Extraordinary People Share, Backed by Science | Inc.com

Why do some people succeed more quickly than others, and maintain that success over the course of decades? And out of that extremely small subset of people, why do some of them seem miserable, while others live happy lives?<p>Success and happiness: <i>That's</i> the combination we all hope to achieve. But the …

Self-improvement

The Case for Investing More in People

“Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything,” wrote Paul Krugman more than 20 years ago. “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise output per worker.”<p>There is a virtuous cycle between productivity …

What Your Innovation Process Should Look Like

Companies and government agencies often make the mistake of viewing innovation as a set of unconstrained activities with no discipline. In reality, for innovation to contribute to a company or government agency, it needs to be designed as a process from start to deployment.<p>When organizations lack a …

Whole Foods Is Becoming Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Pricing Lab

Speculation continues to percolate on the implications of Amazon’s recently completed $13.7-billion purchase of Whole Foods. Did Amazon buy the pioneering organic food and grocery chain to gain instant access to its brick-and-mortar stores in attractive neighborhoods? Do Jeff Bezos and his team …

How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line

Humanity has an urgent need to fight climate change, and businesses can play a key role in doing so. But we recognize that, in many businesses, resources are often allocated according to short-term, bottom-line pressures. We thus wanted to figure out a way to help executives quantify the financial …

Cognitive Diversity Helps Teams Solve Problems Faster

In Just 8 Words, Uber's New CEO Gave a Master Class in Leadership | Inc.com

If many of Uber's high-profile problems -- the sexual harassment claims, the bullying, the intellectual property lawsuit -- are attributable to former leader Travis Kalanick's brash take-no-prisoners, admit-no-errors leadership style, then the company's newly named CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, might be …

Leadership

4 Things Elon Musk Always Does When He Runs a Meeting (and You Should, Too) | Inc.com

<i>"How does Elon Musk run his famously efficient meetings?" originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Isabelle Daigle, marketing at Hello Focus, on Quora:</b><p>Dazzlingly effective CEOs are equipped …

Tesla

7 Must-Have Traits You Want in Your Future Leaders | Inc.com

Recent research has proven that we're experiencing a drastic leadership shortage on a global scale. Eight-five percent of companies have reported an urgent need to develop employees with leadership potential.<p>This is alarming because, as more boomers retire and Millennials move into management …

Leadership

Elon Musk reportedly gave his assistant a 2-week test when she asked for a big raise — what happened to her is an important career lesson

According to Vance, the assistant, Mary Beth Brown, asked Musk for a significant raise after she'd been working with him for 12 years. In response, Musk told Brown to take two weeks off, during which <i>he</i> would assume her responsibilities and see whether she was critical to his success.<p>When Brown …

This Email From Google's CEO to Employees Teaches Some Major Lessons in Leadership | Inc.com

At this point, you've probably heard about "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," a controversial memo written by a Google employee that went viral over the weekend.<p>The 10-page manifesto argues (among other things) that women on average have a "lower stress tolerance" and are more prone to …

Leadership

9 skills to master to become a great boss

<b>• An increase in responsibility requires a strong mastery of these hard and soft skills.</b><p><b>• If you want that promotion, or to run a team, being prepared for future tough spots is crucial.</b><p>There's no doubt that being a manager has its perks — increased prestige, recognition from upper management, and a …

Project Management

Why Leaders Should Rethink a Business Culture in Which Everyone Is Always 'Busy'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Think about your day-to-day interactions in the workplace: Specifically, how do you react to the question, "How are things going?" We bet that, more often than not, your response is, "I'm so busy" -- or words to that effect.<p>In fact, …

I've Spent 30 Years Studying Top Companies. The Best Workplaces Share These 7 Traits | Inc.com

In last week's post, I explained what culture is, why it's critical to be mindful of and to shape, and consequences of not being intentional about shaping a peak performance culture. This week, I'll show you the characteristics of a peak performance culture, with the hope that you will compare and …

Study Skills

7 Ways Outstanding Leaders Do Things Differently | Inc.com

It may feel as though we're in a crisis of leadership, but if you stop to look around it's not hard to find examples of CEOs, middle managers, elected officials, public servants, neighborhood watch organizers, team captains and coaches, teachers and countless others who are doing a good job as …

Leadership

Burnout at Work Isn’t Just About Exhaustion. It’s Also About Loneliness

More and more people are feeling tired and lonely at work. In analyzing the General Social Survey of 2016, we found that, compared with roughly 20 years ago, people are twice as likely to report that they are always exhausted. Close to 50% of people say they are often or always exhausted due to …

Every Great Boss Says These 4 Simple Words Each and Every Day | Inc.com

You know you should praise your employees. You know you should thank your employees for their hard work. You know you should provide constructive feedback. Every boss knows those things (even if many don't actually <i>do</i> those things).<p>But what you may not know is how powerful an impact four simple …

Employment

Look Before You Leap: 3 Steps to Leading Change

Thriving organizations are often blind to the changes they need to make to keep thriving.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Embarking on a new career path or job can be both exciting and daunting. Exciting because of the opportunity to leave your mark and lead a team or …

Want Your Employees to Respect You? Give Them the 1 Thing Most Bosses Never Do | Inc.com

A signature trait of the most likable leaders -- a trait that leads to uncommon loyalty in employees as well as business results -- is one that's extremely hard to pull off: humility.<p>But fair warning: If you're in charge of people, and you think you've arrived at the top of the humility mountain, I …

Leadership

Money Won't Make You Happy. Here's What Will, According to Science | Inc.com

<i>At age 25, would you pursue a well-paying corporate job that makes you unhappy or a hobby that makes you happy but has no guarantee to pay the bills? originally appeared on Quora -- the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer,</b> …

Happiness

How to Manage Someone Who Thinks Everything Is Urgent

We’ve all been in situations in which we couldn’t wait for a slow-moving or overly cautious employee to take action. But at the other extreme, some employees have such a deep need to get things resolved that they move too quickly, or too intensely, and make a mess. They may make a bad deal just to …

When Coaching Finds That an Executive Isn’t in the Right Role

In the traditional view of executive coaching, an executive, with her boss’s participation, takes personality assessments, receives 360-degree feedback, and creates and implements a development plan designed to address performance gaps, optimize her contribution, and prepare her for new …

Outstanding Leaders Exhibit More Than Just Emotional Intelligence--They Have These 7 Traits, According to Neuroscience | Inc.com

The topic of emotional intelligence (EQ) continues to dominate leadership conversations. Rightly so. However, in a <i>Harvard Business Review (HBR)</i> article that highlighted research by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis (experts on the topic), EQ is only the beginning.<p>Whereas EQ has an emphasis on …

Emotional Intelligence

The Brutal Truth About Why Being a Leader Is So Hard | Inc.com

Being a great leader is so much harder than it looks.<p>What's difficult about leadership is that nobody ever sits you down and "teaches" you what being a real leader is all about. There's no class in early education that defines leadership. Peers in group projects tend to label leaders as …

Leadership

The 5 Characteristics That Make a Charismatic Leader

Personality and charm, not external power or authority, are what count most for the "it factor."<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Defining what makes a good leader is hard. Great leaders have certain qualities that are difficult to identify and pin down, begging the …

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Bosses. Now They Teach New Managers These 6 Things | Inc.com

The transition from individual contributor to manager is not an easy one. In many cases, the skills that got you the promotion will not be the same ones that make you effective as a manager. Luckily, we have organizations like Google that have spent years researching this transition, to help us …

Stanford University

Here's what Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and 9 other successful people ask job candidates during interviews

Many of the most successful people have gotten job interviews down to a science.<p>They're not in the habit of wasting time with dumb or irrelevant queries.<p>In fact, they often have one favorite go-to question they like to ask. This typically reveals everything they need to know about a job …

44 Favorite Books of High Achievers | Inc.com

The people who accomplish the most in life are serious about self-improvement, which often comes in the form of a good book. Here are several dozen excellent reads, recommended by high-achieving founders and executives.<p>1. <i>Crossing the Chasm</i> by Geoffrey Moore<p>"When I read [this book] for the first …

Leadership

How to Become a More Well-Rounded Leader

For years, when I spoke with CEOs or senior leaders, it was because they were interested in how my consulting firm could help their employees become more engaged, or innovative, or sustainably high-performing. During the past year – and especially the past six months – I’ve been hearing a different …