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The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

By Charles Day9 minute Read<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are …

Management

Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs

How to Be Assertive (Without Losing Yourself)

Conventional wisdom says that assertive people get ahead. They tell people what they think, request the resources they need, ask for raises, and don’t take no for an answer. So what are non-assertive people supposed to do if their company’s culture rewards these actions? If you’re shy or reserved, …

Imagine Yourself as the Audience's Equal to Speak More Confidently

Whether you're addressing a huge auditorium or just speaking up in a meeting, most of us are at least a little uncomfortable with public speaking. If …

How To Love Yourself

What does self-love look like? Get your mind out of the gutter, we’re talking about “respecting and honoring yourself,” “feeling at home in yourself …

To Be Authentic, Look Beyond Yourself

Authenticity — what is it, who has it, and how do you get it? Most people associate authenticity with being true to oneself — or “walking the talk.” But there’s a problem with that association; it focuses on how <i>you</i> feel about <i>yourself</i>. Authenticity is actually a relational behavior, not a …

7 Common Excuses That Prevent an Employee From Being Great

It’s usually easier to come up with an excuse than it is to actually get something done. I’ve learned that many employees have the potential to be great, but they let excuses get in the way of their true potential. As a leader, it’s important to address these excuses and challenge your employees to …

"Leaning In" is Not Enough: Women Entrepreneurs Need to "Leap In"

For the past two weeks, in nearly every meeting someone mentions the phrase “lean in”, popularized by Cheryl Sandberg in her new book which inspires women leaders to move forward in their careers, pursue opportunities and actively accept responsibilities. While this advice is most appropriate for …

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

Google's Favorite Psychologist Has Some Advice About Motivation

Psychologist<p>He says "the greatest untapped source of motivation" is focusing on how our work contributes to other people, as opposed to the obvious levers of self-interest.<p>This is coming from the youngest-tenured and best-rated professor at Wharton. According to Google's "people analytics" head …

The Delicate Art of Giving Feedback

To be an effective manager, you need to be skilled at giving out both praise and criticism. While praise is easy to give, it is far more challenging and unpleasant to criticize your employees. Yet the practice of management requires you to occasionally show employees where they need to improve. …

The Dirty Little Secret of Project Management

Why don’t more project managers sound an alarm when they’re going to blow past their deadlines? Because most of them have no earthly idea when they’ll finish the job. They don’t even think it’s possible to know. Too many variables. Too much that’s out of their control.<p>That’s the dirty little secret …

Creating the Best Workplace on Earth

Suppose you want to design the best company on earth to work for. What would it be like? For three years we’ve been investigating this question by asking hundreds of executives in surveys and in seminars all over the world to describe their ideal organization. This mission arose from our research …

Discovering Your Authentic Leadership

During the past 50 years, leadership scholars have conducted more than 1,000 studies in an attempt to determine the definitive styles, characteristics, or personality traits of great leaders. None of these studies has produced a clear profile of the ideal leader. Thank goodness. If scholars had …

Foster a Culture of Gratitude

In the movie <i>Remember the Titans</i>, Coach Herman Boone takes his high school football team to the battleground of Gettysburg. Having inherited a fractured and divided squad, Coach Boone implores the players to “take a lesson from the dead. If we don’t come together, right now on this hallowed ground, …

Building a Company Everyone Loves

An interview with <b>Rob Goffee</b> and <b>Gareth Jones</b>, authors of the article Creating the Best Workplace on Earth.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m here today with Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, authors of some of HBR’s bestselling articles and books. …

What Makes a Leader?

Every businessperson knows a story about a highly intelligent, highly skilled executive who was promoted into a leadership position only to fail at the job. And they also know a story about someone with solid—but not extraordinary—intellectual abilities and technical skills who was promoted into a …

Emotional Intelligence