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Whiteboard Session: The 3 Myths of Collaboration

If You Want to Get Promoted, Say So

Jason, a general manager at a Fortune 100 company, worked hard. His businesses were thriving and his team liked working for him. Given his successes …

This High-Flying Banker Became a Buddhist Nun. Here’s Her Advice on Happiness

Emma Slade was once a high-rolling, high-stakes banker. The Cambridge graduate managed accounts worth upwards of $1 billion, and liked her Armani …

The Best Senior Teams Thrive on Disagreement

Most team leaders try to build cohesion on their teams. Through team-building exercises and the careful establishment of norms and processes, leaders aim to create a culture of trust, psychological safety, and good feeling.<p>But should enterprise leadership teams also pursue cohesion? To explore this …

Action, not distraction: simple tricks to avoid wasting time

Don’t let procrastination cost your business – listen to what these SME owners have to say about maintaining focus and maximising working hours.<p>Procrastination is now never more than a click away – it’s all too easy to find your time disappearing into your smartphone or down a Google rabbithole.<p>But …

Time Management

Question your questioning

Teachers ask questions. A lot of questions. It’s how they try to gain an understanding of what their pupils understand. It’s part of how they decide …

How to be a persuasive leader (hint: it's about the 'moment before')

Few books illuminated the worlds of marketing, sales, psychology, and leadership as Dr. Robert Cialdini’s 1984 classic <i>Influence</i>. Since their …

Body Language

The Most Powerful Leadership Tool You Have: Your Own Example

Leadership is tricky. It’s more than the title you hold within your company or how many people you manage, but how far does its definition reach? What is leadership? What makes a leader, and how do you improve your own ability to lead?<p>Plenty of definitions exist explaining what a leader is, and we …

Leadership

Why Grit Is More Important Than IQ When You're Trying To Become Successful

You attended the party of a long-time friend and ran into a lot of people from high school that you hadn’t seen in years. During chit-chat over appetizers and drinks, you could feel the friendly competition heating up.<p>While comparing career accomplishments, you were shocked to learn that the kid …

Self-improvement

Why Sports Are a Terrible Metaphor for Business

Here in the United States, we’re just days away from Super Bowl Sunday. The buzz around the biggest game in America’s biggest sport is, as always, about more than football. It’s also about business and leadership. Does the Patriots’s consistent excellence over the last 15 years offer insights on …

Why You Need an Imaginary Scapegoat

DJ Khaled, the one-man internet meme, is known for warning his tens of millions of social media followers about a group of villains that he calls “they.”<p>“<i>They</i> don’t want you motivated. <i>They</i> don’t want you inspired,” he blares on camera. “<i>They</i> don’t want you to win,” he warns. On Ellen DeGeneres’s …

Emotional Intelligence Has 12 Elements. Which Do You Need to Work On?

Esther is a well-liked manager of a small team. Kind and respectful, she is sensitive to the needs of others. She is a problem solver; she tends to see setbacks as opportunities. She’s always engaged and is a source of calm to her colleagues. Her manager feels lucky to have such an easy direct …

If You Want to Motivate Employees, Stop Trusting Your Instincts

Few topics have received more attention in talent management than motivation, defined as the deliberate attempt to influence employees’ behaviors with the goal of enhancing their performance, and in turn their organizational effectiveness. Indeed, other than talent, motivation is the key driver of …

Your New Habits Will Stick With These 5 Killer Strategies

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more …

Productivity

10 Harsh Lessons That Will Make You More Successful

Everyone fails in life, and failure can be a crushing experience. The only thing that separates successful people from the rest is how they respond after they fail.<p>When facing obstacles, you have to decide if you're going to let them be the excuse for your failure or if you're going to make them …

20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions

You make thousands of rational decisions every day — or so you think.<p>From what you’ll eat throughout the day to whether you should make a big career …

The Impact Adversity in Your Childhood Home Has on Your Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness

Our founding fathers believed everyone was "endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This principle also applies to anyone who grew up facing adversity in their childhood home.<p>But, while we may have been "endowed" with …

7 Ways to Increase Your Charisma

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you are able to leave a positive and lasting impression on anyone you come across, the world will become your oyster. Some people are born charismatic. The good news is that this charming talent is learnable and yours for the taking. …

When Volunteerism Meets Adventure

Looking for your ideal match online?<p>Step one, set up a profile. List your interests and skills: Writing, Education, Nonprofit Operations. Where would you like to travel? India, Costa Rica. Now, submit. You've got a match, two matches: An educational program in Pune, India that works with …

How Wantrepreneurs Become Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the years I’ve noticed how adept most would-be entrepreneurs are at making sure they never succeed. The problem is they waste precious time drowning themselves in useless content and over-thinking minutiae trying to solve problems …

Sir Richard Branson's Advice For Entrepreneurs: Don't Be Afraid Of Fear

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” Small businesses have a lot to thank legendary racing driver Mario Andretti for, as this should be the mantra of all budding entrepreneurs.<p>It is normal for entrepreneurs to feel out of control and worry that the rug could be pulled …

Entrepreneurship

The Simple, Often Forgotten Secret to A Profitable Business | Inc.com

"Why don't we have enough money in the bank to go on a vacation?" my wife asked me, befuddled at how little cash we had despite a fast-growth million dollar plus business.<p>It was September 2008 and I was befuddled too. We had been working our butts off, day and night, generating dozens of clients, …

Small Business

12 Critical Questions to Ask Before Pursuing a Business Idea

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m just like most other entrepreneurs I know -- I have at least three new business ideas before I get out of bed in the morning. And the ideas just keep coming throughout the day.<p>Thankfully, after years of trial and error as an …

How to Give a Flawless Elevator Pitch | Inc.com

Most people confuse elevator pitches with sales pitches, but they're completely different. A sales pitch is a formal presentation. An elevator pitch is a segue that takes place within a casual conversation.<p>Proverbially, the elevator pitch is supposed to take place in an elevator but that rarely …

Public Speaking

3 Simple Steps to Understand Your Customers | Inc.com

How much do you know about your customers? If you're like most businesses the answer is "not enough," according to Alan Trefler, founder and CEO of business software provider Pegasystems and author of <i>Build for Change</i>. Trefler is on a one-man mission to get businesses to stop collecting data and …

The One Tool Startups Need to Brainstorm, Test and Win

The word “lean” is everywhere these days. Lean processes, lean startups. While Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, has arguably become the face of …