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By David Kahn | We all have the potential to be a great leader. It is up to each of us to unlock that potential.

Truly Strategic HR: Toby Flenderson and Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

Truly Strategic HR: Toby Flenderson and Porter’s Five Forces Analysis<p>I am often reminded of the man who, I’d argue, is one of the most famous Human …

Business Planning

The quitting economy

When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit<i>By Ilana Gershon</i>Read at Aeon

Austrian Economics

LEGO and Philosophy: Constructing Reality Brick By Brick

I could not be more excited about today’s release of the book <i>LEGO and Philosophy: Constructing Reality Brick By Brick</i>. It explores philosophical …

Lego

Critical thinking skills are more important than IQ for making good decisions in life

<i>By</i> Alex FraderaTo lead a good life, we need to make good decisions: manage our health and financial affairs, invest in appropriate relationships, and …

Critical Thinking

How to Decide Which Tasks to Delegate

<i>Ping!</i> Something needs your attention. Is it an email? A tweet? A text? A reminder on your phone? A calendar invite? <i>Ping!</i> Another one. <i>Ping!</i> There’s that sound again. Or maybe it’s a visual cue, an ever-ascending ticker count on your app icons or inbox.<p><i>Quick, why don’t you just respond right now?</i> …

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HumbleBrag: How To Promote Yourself And Others Effectively

Wouldn’t it be great if we only had to focus on our work to get ahead? If we didn’t need to advocate for ourselves to get the credibility and visibility we need to receive a promotion? Unfortunately, that’s not reality. Focusing on our performance alone is no guarantee that we will be rewarded and …

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 …

Leadership

'How Can I Build Emotional Intelligence?' Try These 7 Essential Techniques

Put these techniques to work, and make emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>Emotional intelligence is your ability to identify emotions (in both themselves and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that information to inform and guide behavior.<p>Put more …

Emotional Intelligence

Stop Using the Excuse “Organizational Change Is Hard”

During nearly every discussion about organizational change, someone makes the obvious assertion that “change is hard.” On the surface, this is true: change requires effort. But the problem with this attitude, which permeates all levels of our organizations, is that it equates “hard” with “failure,” …

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How Leaders Suppress Engagement Through Attack Ads

Fear is (and has always been) a common technique utilized by those in power. As I wrote last week, some leaders overtly instill fear. These are the …

Leadership

Why Business Leaders Need to Read More Science Fiction

At the end of the 19th century, New York City stank. One hundred fifty thousand horses ferried people and goods through the streets of Manhattan, producing 45,000 tons — tons! — of manure a month. It piled up on streets and in vacant lots, and in 1898 urban planners convened from around the world …

Popular Fiction

How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict

Avoiding or delaying a difficult conversation can hurt your relationships and create other negative outcomes. It may not feel natural at first, especially if you dread discord, but you can learn to dive into these tough talks by reframing your thoughts.<p><b>Begin from a place of curiosity and respect,</b> …

Self-improvement

If high self-control has a downside, these psychologists couldn’t find it

Self-control has been dubbed a “master virtue” – one which enables so many others, such as selflessness and perseverance. Indeed, better control of …

Inspiring Employee Creativity

History, I argued in a prior article, suggests that technologies shape leadership. Today’s digital technologies, in addition to requiring companies …

Leadership

Persuade Me: The Two Keys To Convincing People

What are two secrets to successful communication?<p>Persuasion is more than a somewhat salacious word. It is a useful tool in life and in business to be able to not only convey your ideas accurately, but to convince your audience effectively. In order to be persuasive, however, you have to fully …

Employers, Your Employees’ Lack Of Productivity Might Be All On You

Workers aren’t always to blame for distractions.<p>Think back to the last time you encountered a difficult challenge at work–one of those problems that requires hard, long thought and perhaps some focused drudgery to break through. What did you do?<br>If you work in the knowledge economy, chances are you …

Time Management

Leading Through Fear: Why Leaders Use It and How Tom Cruise Demonstrates Ways to Actively Avoid It

Have you ever heard a manager say something to the tune of, “I want my staff to be a little afraid of me.” I cringe whenever someone in a position of …

Leadership

How to Handle a Disagreement on Your Team

When you manage a team of people, you can’t always ensure that they’ll get along. Given competing interests, needs, and agendas, you might even have two people who vehemently disagree. What’s your role as the boss in a situation like this? Should you get involved or leave them to solve their own …

Management

High-performing teams: A timeless leadership topic

CEOs and senior executives can employ proven techniques to create top-team performance.<p><b>The value of a</b> high-performing team has long been recognized. …

Management

New Managers Should Focus on Helping Their Teams, Not Pleasing Their Bosses

When I first became a manager — an unexpected promotion soon after taking a new job — I found myself feeling awkward about the fact that I had been elevated above my peers. Still, my team was in the middle of a complex first-time project, so I wanted to impress my boss with my handling of it. My …

Leadership

Employees Who Trust Their Managers Are More Likely to Trust Their CEOs

In the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer survey, only 37% of global respondents rated CEOs to be sufficiently credible, continuing the pattern of low trust in recent years. These results are worrisome because within the organization, trust in organizational leaders is linked to employees’ intention to …

Leadership

How to Develop the Future Employee

An employee's worth is often based on how much they contribute to the company, but the new wave of thinking highlights that organizations must also contribute back to employees.<p>It used to be that being an employee was a fairly well-defined process: people joined a company and stayed with that …

Leadership

The Science Of Giving Back: How Having A Purpose Is Good For Body And Brain

Most philosophies and religions, not to mention common sense, include a strong belief in giving back to the world. Not only does it have the obvious benefit of helping others, but it’s apparently one of the most therapeutic things we can do for ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying, “The …

The Unrecognizably Easy Way to Improve Employee Engagement

I was meeting with a COO a few months ago who was struggling to motivate and engage his team. With one piece of advice, he’s turned his team around. …

Employee Engagement

Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

In my research and coaching work over the past two decades, I have met many people who feel unfulfilled, overwhelmed, or stagnant because they are forsaking performance in one or more aspects of their lives. They aren’t bringing their leadership abilities to bear in all of life’s domains—work, …

Management

The Only Time You Are Actually Growing is When You’re Uncomfortable

https://unsplash.com/@tidesinourveins?photo=DyVvnXIIlEYIf everything is too good, you’re probably stuck not being awesome.Don’t join an “easy” crowd. …

Self-improvement

The Science-Backed Trick Actors Use to Be More Charming Can Make You Instantly More Likable

You can try it out today with minimal effort.<p>We've all been there: You're eager to impress a new acquaintance but once you've gotten past the basic "What do you do?" intro questions, the conversation stalls. In the awkward silence your brain spins furiously trying to think of something to …

What Are the Top 2 Personality Traits of Leaders Across All Major Industries? IBM Supercomputer Watson Has the Results

To be a successful CEO, you'll need a diverse skill set. However, these 2 personality traits are essential.<p>What personality traits make a CEO successful? And do those qualities differ depending on the industry?<p>In a recent test, IBM Supercomputer Watson ranked industry leading CEO's according to …

Personality

Why Your Company Culture Should Match Your Brand

Ask people how to develop a good corporate culture, and most of them will immediately suggest offering generous employee benefits, like they do at Starbucks, or letting people dress casually, as Southwest Airlines does. Rarely do people point to encouraging employees to disagree with their …

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