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The Number One Neuroscience Game-Changing Tool All Leaders Need For The New Year

Who do you work with that just drives you bonkers? Do you wish there was a way to wave a magic wand and instantly remove the immediate irritation, angst and frustration you associate with them?<p>While I don’t have a magic wand, thanks to neuroscience, I do have a practical tool that you can start …

Self-help

This One Simple Thing Can Make Your Life Much Better

Many people have written to me saying they love all the research on bettering themselves but need that first step on how to shoehorn it in to their …

Creative Writing

Leadership advice, career tips, and goal achievement

In dynamic markets, velocity is a competitive advantage. VQ (Velocity Quotient) is a measure of the time and resources needed to achieve desired …

10 Tips for Leadership When You're Not the Boss | Inc.com

When founders and CEOs look to hire and promote managers, they want people who exhibit leadership. But how can you exhibit leadership if you're stuck in individual contributor roles? No one reports to you, and you're not even a project manager.<p>Good news is, leader isn't a title, it's a group of …

Morality

The Top Three Mistakes Good Managers Make

What are the biggest mistakes <i>good</i> managers make? That’s the question I asked 130 of our Blanchard executive coaches for an article I was working …

5 Tips To Overcome Being Overwhelmed At Work

Work stresses people out. In fact, 1 million Americans call in sick over stress every day and 25% say work is the most stressful thing in their …

Be Original And Flourish As A Leader in 2015

“The wise man lives off the fool, and the fool lives off his job.” This old Spanish proverb is timeless – yet many leaders in the workplace lack the wisdom to create enough impact to be both successful and significant in their work.<p>How often do you feel foolish because you allow others to dictate …

The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact.<p>Consider Cynthia, a general manager in a health care organization. Her promotion into that role increased her direct reports 10-fold and expanded …

Leadership

The Importance Of Self Awareness - Lolly Daskal | Leadership

The importance of self awareness means everything to leadership it makes everything more effective and more affective.<p>The way to lead is to …

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

Difficult conversations — whether you’re telling a client the project is delayed or presiding over an unenthusiastic performance review — are an inevitable part of management. How should you prepare for this kind of discussion? How do you find the right words in the moment? And, how can you manage …

Self-help

Brené Brown on Why Leaders Should Be Vulnerable | Inc.com

For bestselling author and researcher Brené Brown, entrepreneurs who shy away from vulnerability lack a crucial leadership requirement.<p>While business owners don't typically present themselves as outwardly vulnerable people, the best entrepreneurs all embrace the concept in one way or another, …

Entrepreneurship

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working …

Mindfulness

Twelve Minutes of Mindfulness Can Help You Avoid Bad Decisions

Bad decisions—we've all made them, but we'd prefer not to repeat them. It can be anything from eating a piece of cake to choosing a bad partner …

Why you need a 'mindfulness minute' in your life

Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson<p>Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson<p>CAN YOU BE ‘in the now’?<p>What once sounded like a New Age-y concept – …

Despite Your Best Efforts, Why Aren’t Your Employees More Engaged?

Illustration by istockphoto.com<p><b>By David Lee and Jacob Schneid</b><p>Despite millions of words written and millions of dollars spent on improving employee …

Five Things Destroying Sales Meetings

If sales meetings were not mandatory, would your sales team even bother showing up?<p>In fact, most sales managers don’t actually hold productive sales …

Are Different Skills Required For Senior Executives?

A few weeks ago we were asked to analyze a competency model that had been created by a client. The assumption of their model was that as leaders move up to higher levels in the organization, some competencies become more important. For example, in their model they proposed that a lower level …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with …

Six Components of a Great Corporate Culture

The benefits of a strong corporate culture are both intuitive and supported by social science. According to James L. Heskett, culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when compared with ‘culturally unremarkable’ competitors.” And HBR writers have offered advice …

The Most Successful CEOs Embrace Customer Diversity

Every week it seems another major American brand is in crisis. Despite a large industry of experts dedicated to fixing them, these crises only seem to be getting more frequent and damaging. Many have focused on issues of diversity in the workplace. Even Silicon Valley has lately been experiencing …

11 Really Effective Ways to Show Your Gratitude | Inc.com

Business is busier than ever, and it's easy to forget to take time to tell your employees just how grateful you are that they're working for you. This is a mistake. Showing your gratitude to employees is one of the simplest and most powerful things you can do to create a productive workplace filled …

Employment

A Day-by-Day Program for Achieving Your Leadership Aspirations

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ask most executives and managers if they are great leaders and you’ll hear, “No, but I have every intention of becoming one!” Aligning time, skills and effort to the intention to build leadership skill and capacity is not easy, but it is …

Leadership

Is Your Communication Style A Drag On Your Team’s Productivity?

<b>3 Magic Words That Boost Leadership Skills</b><p>Our verbal and listening habits have a direct effect on our productivity and our professional outcomes. …

Tina Fey

#Goal Alignment: Job One for Managers

Two days before Yolanda’s performance review, she sent a 26-page PowerPoint deck intended to summarize her accomplishments for the year. She’d …

Managing, Mentoring Working with #Millennials

Two-thirds of corporate recruiters say their organization has a difficult time managing millennials and a similar number of executives give …

Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Illustrated (Chapter 13: The Use of Spies)

<b>Chapter 13: The Use of Spies</b><p>1. Sun Tzu said: Raising a host of a hundred thousand men and marching them great distances entails heavy loss on the people and a drain on the resources of the State. The daily expenditure will amount to a thousand ounces of silver. There will be commotion at home and …

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates

Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers.<p>In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And …

Employment

Managing a Startup Isn’t Different – Don’t Re-invent Everything

Being deeply interested in the management practice of startups, I’m always thinking of analyzing which traditional management techniques apply or …

Why Big Teams Suck

In 1957, British naval historian and management satirist Northcote Parkinson painted a cynical picture of a typical committee: It starts with four or …

Harvard Business School