TURNING TALENTS INTO STRENGTHS

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How the Eisenhower box can organize your life

In a typical day, how many things are scribbled on your to-do list? You might have a key deadline for a work project or family commitments to handle. …

Time Management

Building Resilience

Douglas and Walter, two University of Pennsylvania MBA graduates, were laid off by their Wall Street companies 18 months ago. Both went into a tailspin: They were sad, listless, indecisive, and anxious about the future. For Douglas, the mood was transient. After two weeks he told himself, “It’s not …

This Study of 31 Million Employees Will Forever Change Your Approach to Hiring and Retention

Developing robust plans to attract and retain talent is a crucial leadership role. In case you needed more incentive, check out this shocking data.<p>Gallup's latest State of the American Workplace report is eye-opening, to say the least, if you care about hiring and retaining star talent. The …

Employee Engagement

Motivated but Purposeless? You May Be Caught in Ambition Limbo.

In the age of entrepreneur worship and digital self-help shrines, a misleading narrative has emerged about professional ambition: you either have so …

Motivation

How to Focus on What’s Important, Not Just What’s Urgent

Do you get to the end of the day and feel that you’ve met your most pressing deadlines but haven’t accomplished anything that’s fundamentally important? You’re hardly alone. In a series of studies recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people typically chose to complete tasks that …

Time Management

11 Ways You're Wasting Time Instead of Doing What You Need to be Successful

When was the last time you found anything on social media that moved your life forward?<p>9 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s the end of another busy day, and you look back and wonder “Where did the time go?” Most likely, part of your time was eaten up with …

Productivity

Why Reading Books Makes You a Better Person, According to Science

Researchers have found that people who read regularly are better off.<p>Books are good for people on so many levels. They can help you fall asleep, lower your stress through laughter or tears, provide an escape from reality, and offer exposure to perspectives different from your own. Here are three …

The Brain

How To Create Your Leadership User's Manual

I’ve long been captivated by the idea of creating a leadership “user’s manual.”<p>The basic idea is that managers should create a short guide to their personality, work style and, yes, even quirks, so that their direct reports would know how to best work with them. I also suspected that this kind of …

Self-awareness

Being rational all the time isn’t going to do you any favors

When Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky published their paper on Prospect Theory in 1979, few people could have imagined the long-term implications.<p>The findings were still elementary at the time, and they hadn’t yet developed a full framework around it, but the seeds of change were there.<p>They had …

Critical Thinking

What’s the best use of a leader’s time? – Signal v. Noise

I asked this to 700+ managers, founders and executives from all over the world. Here’s what they said.<p>Time is the one constant we are all given. No …

Leadership

3 Lessons from a Monthlong Sabbatical

<i>How Real Time away Can Recharge Your Spirit and up Your Game</i>I began my career as a proud workaholic. I measured my contribution by the hours I …

Sabbaticals

The One Thing You Need To Know: Competency Models

The One Thing You Need to Know: Competency Models<p>“Do competencies have a place in HR, beyond using them for performance ratings?” Dan, in Atlanta<p>Many …

Pedagogy

This 3-minute habit changed my life

“Tracking my time has changed how I think about my time. Knowing exactly where my hours go has helped me feel like I can slow time’s ceaseless ticking.”<p>It seemed mundane at the beginning. On Monday, April 20, 2015, I opened a new spreadsheet on my laptop. I put the days of the week along the top. I …

Commuting

Jim Collins: Stung by a Life-Changing Comment

It was 1988. Jim Collins was a first year faculty at Stanford. Jim writes, “… I sought out Professor John Gardner for guidance on how I might become …

Leadership

Hiring In Tech: Potential Over Experience

The Japanese word “kaizen” translates to “improvement” or “change for the best.” In business, kaizen refers to the long-term approach of achieving incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality of all employees. In the fast-pace world of tech, embracing the kaizen …

Science Says Only 8 Percent of People Actually Achieve Their Goals. Here Are 7 Things They Do Differently

Most of the time, it comes down to simple habits to keep us accountable.<p>According to the University of Scranton, a whopping 92 percent of people who set New Year's goals never actually achieve them. You can count me in that group. Failing to meet goals is pretty frustrating and can set you …

Time Management

How Does Opportunity Cost Affect You?

Every single day we get to choose where we invest our time, energy and money.<p>But if you’re like most Entrepreneurs (myself included), then you’ll often find yourself stuck doing the day-to-day minutia when you could be spending your time on higher-level work.<p>This comes down to opportunity …

Rewarding failure has become an American epidemic

The proverb is simple: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” But a teenage girl and her mom in New Jersey figured out how to circumvent …

A Breakthrough View of Corporate Performance

WELCOME TO THE WHOLE PICTURE.<p>The world is awash in data on America’s top companies. Too often, however, executives and investors rely on partial …

S&P 500

20 Favorite Jewish Quotes

1. “In Jewish history there are no coincidences.” – Elie Wiesel<p>If you would have asked me my favorite Yiddish word, I would have said <i>bashert.</i> It …

Putting The Person At The Center Of Performance Management

Just how stressful are typical performance reviews? In one large study, about a third of workers said a review led them to feel anger or resentment at their manager or to look at other jobs. One in five said it made them weep — or quit.<p>Many workers have been blindsided by critiques during …

How you end up sleep-deprived matters

There's more than one type of sleep deprivation, and the impacts vary.<p>Anyone who has tried to pull a late-night study session and wound up rereading …

Beware the Busy Manager

If you listen to executives, they’ll tell you that the resource they lack most is time. Every minute is spent grappling with strategic issues, focusing on cost reduction, devising creative approaches to new markets, beating new competitors. But if you watch them, here’s what you’ll see: They rush …

The Power of Listening in Helping People Change

Giving performance feedback is one of the most common ways managers help their subordinates learn and improve. Yet, research revealed that feedback could actually hurt performance: More than 20 years ago, one of us (Kluger) analyzed 607 experiments on feedback effectiveness and found that feedback …

Psychology

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” – Epictetus

Creativity is a State of Mind and Can be Trained

Trained pianists have higher levels of brain wave synchronization when improvising pieces of music, a new study reveals.

Why Would People Consider Quitting Their Jobs, Exactly? Gallup Research Sums Up the Entire Reason in 1 Sentence

Gallup asked over 195,000 employees to indicate how important certain job attributes are when considering whether to jump ship and take another job with a different organization. Here are the surprising results.<p>In 2017, Gallup released the third iteration of their infamous workplace report, the</i> …

Employee Engagement