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50 Shades of Red: Quotes That Will Inspire You to Lead From the Heart

Business owners who genuinely lead with their heart--not just their head--are more equipped to connect with the emotional needs of employees.<p>In our business culture, and society in general, the image or metaphor of the heart is often associated with yielding, kindness--or perhaps weakness. Yet, the …

5 Common Fears of Leadership -- And How to Conquer Them

"In the absence of orders I will lead my team and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations." -- Navy SEAL Creed<p>Mastering any skill usually requires some element of fear-conquering. Leadership is no different.<p>The first step in overcoming fear is being prepared. When my SEAL Team …

12 Significant Ways That Great Leaders Are Different From the Rest of Us

Set yourself apart as a great leader by emulating and cultivating the following traits of genuine leadership.<p>If you're looking to become a great leader--as a manager, as a boss, as an entrepreneur--you must start from the qualities that make you different from the rest.<p>How many of these do you …

How to Trick Yourself into Doing Tasks You Dread

For some of us, checking off each item on our to-do lists provides the endorphin rush we need to make task completion an intrinsic joy. But most of us need a little extra motivation, especially for boring work like recording billable hours, uncomfortable tasks like facing awkward conversations with …

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In …

5 Simple Ways To Harness The Power Of Gratitude At Work

Who wants to work for an ungrateful boss? Nobody, so start saying thanks.<p>We all know the good feelings that come with being acknowledged for something that we did. Those feelings result in wanting to do well, and we continue to look for ways to give our best effort.<p>While we often have no problems …

How to Separate the Winners from the Spinners

Every employer can tell stories about an applicant who sounded like an A-player at the interview but ended up a dud once at work. Good candidates prepare, of course, but rehearsed interview answers can make it hard to separate the winners from the spinners.<p>Gauging an applicant’s true colors and …

10 Ways to Avoid Making A Huge Hiring Mistake

Entrepreneur Vanessa Merit Nornberg knows the incredible importance of strong salespeople.<p>The founder of New York-based Metal Mafia, a wholesale line of body jewelry, sells over the phone 7,000 products like eyebrow and belly rings that cost just 2 cents to $2.<p>But how your employees sell--and how …

Employment

Tips for Energizing Your Exhausted Employees

Even though the people in your unit are overstretched, scarred by the budget ax, and sick to death of change, you’re about to present them with a wrenching new challenge.<p>It’s your job to get them excited about it. What’s your plan?<p>I have a story about just such a situation, and, oddly enough, a …

5 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated

Step one? Be a good boss. Here are five things to start doing now.<p>A motivated employee is a valuable employee--and also among the toughest to find. According to a study conducted by Dale Carnegie Training, disengaged workers outnumber engaged workers by a pretty significant margin. Only 45 percent …

Building a Feedback-Rich Culture

As an executive coach and an experiential educator, I’m a passionate believer in the value of interpersonal feedback. To become more effective and fulfilled at work, people need a keen understanding of their impact on others and the extent to which they’re achieving their goals in their working …

The Most Overlooked Factor in Business Success

Putting people first means everything in business. But it isn't easy.<p>Entrepreneurs often try to run their business by focusing on revenue, expenses, and the bottom line. But while those are important, they don't leave much room for people--a crucial factor in the people economy, where personal …

Creating a Culture of Unconditional Love

During my first decade working in the Buenos Aires office of Egon Zehnder in the late 1990s, our Argentine executive search practice soared, recording the highest per capita financial performance in the whole firm for five consecutive years. But we all know what happened in 2001. By the end of the …

Employees Who Feel Love Perform Better

“Love” is a not word you often hear uttered in office hallways or conference rooms. And yet, it has a strong influence on workplace outcomes. The more love co-workers feel at work, the more engaged they are. (Note: Here we’re talking about “companionate love” which is far less intense than romantic …

Vision is Greater Than Sight

Your vision should be much bigger than what you can actually see. After all, what you envision is what you get. Look beyond your eyes to see the possibilities.<p>About 350 years ago, a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year, they established a town site. The …

15 Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Better Listener

Listening skills are vital to your success in business -- and in life. For a fresh perspective, consider these insights from the world's great thinkers.<p>I've talked with Inc. before about the power of listening in social media. But the truth is, listening isn't just for social media. If there's one …

7 Steps to a Convincing Apology. (You're Welcome, Governor Christie)

A bad apology just makes a bad situation worse. Here's what a good one looks like.<p>We all screw up. Hopefully not often, but we do.<p>Unfortunately, we're just as bad at apologizing as we are at trying to be perfect. Apologies from business leaders and politicians, in particular, are pretty much …

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Want to ruin a presentation in seconds? Just drop in one of these sentences.<p>While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van …

The Difference Between Managers and Leaders

It's time to face the music as a manager: You don’t always have all of the right answers. Your “it’s my way or the highway” approach to management …

The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill

Even before I released the disc, I knew it was a long shot. And, unfortunately, it was a clumsy one too.<p>We were playing Ultimate Frisbee, a game similar to U.S. football, and we were tied 14-14 with a time cap. The next point would win the game.<p>I watched the disc fly over the heads of both teams. …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

10 Small Ways to Combat Big Employee Conflicts

It doesn’t matter how robust the company wellness program is or how relaxing the nap room feels – when two or more employees are stuck in a negative …

8 Homemade Veggie Burger Recipes

Master the grill with your own mouth-watering, meat-free burgers. Find out how

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