Diane Ridon-Javet

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The Top 6 Priorities for Building High-Performance Organizations of Tomorrow

The global business landscape is changing faster than ever before. Don't get left behind. Prioritize and execute.<p>As a former Navy SEAL, we were always operating in VUCA (volatile-uncertain-complex-ambiguous) environments. That acronym is now widely used in the global business environment, and it's …

What to Do When You Inherit a Team That Isn’t Working Hard Enough

Paula is a new manager. That’s the good news.<p>The bad news is that she was handed a leaky bag. The branch she will now manage has some long-standing norms she sees as unproductive and possibly unethical. Staff members routinely spend working hours on personal projects. Employees neglect customers to …

Leadership

How to Mentor a Perfectionist

It never ceases to amaze us. Bring up the topic of perfectionism in a room full of corporate CEOs, college presidents, or U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen, and you’ll see the same knowing smiles and nods of the head. Moreover, you’ll hear thinly veiled bravado about who among them is the most-perfect …

7 Habits Of The Best Public Speakers

Want to nail that next presentation? Use these seven tips.<p>Whether it’s a keynote speech for thousands or a sales meeting for a dozen, we’ve all seen speakers who keep the audience hanging on every word—and those who have their audiences counting the minutes until they can leave the room. Some folks …

Nepal quake death toll climbs to 1,910

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal police official says at least 1,910 people have been killed, including at least 721 in Kathmandu, in the immense …

Natural Disasters

Alan Mulally Or Jack Welch: What Type Of Leader Do You Want To Be?

Last April, Maggie Lake was interviewing me at CNN’s studio in New York about Alan Mulally, who was about to announce that he was retiring as CEO of Ford Motor Co.<p>Lake has interviewed a lot of big-name executives. She’s seen them up close. And after the cameras stopped rolling, she told me that …

11 Fantastic Productivity Tricks You Can Use Today

Achieve the most important goals in your business and in your life faster and better than ever.<p>We all have important things to get done at work, but far too often, at the end of the day we realize that we haven't accomplished what we set out to do. The problem is that for all sorts of different …

How to Handle Stress in the Moment

You hear a lot of advice about how to reduce stress at work. But most of it is about what to do over the long term — take up yoga, eat a healthy diet, keep a journal, or get more sleep. But what do you do when you’re overcome with stress in the moment — at your desk, say, or in a meeting? Perhaps …

Reduce Your Stress in Two Minutes a Day

Bill Rielly had it all: a degree from West Point, an executive position at Microsoft, strong faith, a great family life, and plenty of money. He even got along well with his in-laws! So why did he have so much stress and anxiety that he could barely sleep at night? I have worked with Bill for …

How to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Day

How much sleep did you get last night? If the answer is “not enough” you’re hardly alone. According to Gallup’s estimates, almost half the people you’ll run into today are suffering from some level of sleep deprivation.<p>We often dismiss a little morning fatigue as an inconvenience, but here’s the …

An Exercise to Become a More Powerful Listener

Listening is often considered the softest of the soft skills. So the idea of being a <i>powerful</i> listener can seem like an oxymoron. And yet, my work with executives has taught me that when they really listen to discover what is essential, the impact can be astonishing. It’s one of the most important …

Doing Less, Leading More

Our first accomplishments as professionals are usually rooted in our skill as individual contributors. In most fields we add value in the early stages of our careers by getting things done. We’re fast, we’re efficient, and we do high-quality work. In a word, we’re <i>doers.</i> But when we carry this …

A Primer on Measuring Employee Engagement

Much has been studied about the impact of employee engagement on company performance, and there is general agreement that increased engagement drives results: Gallup, for example, suggests a 20% or better boost to productivity and profitability for companies with high engagement. Such companies, …

Setting the Record Straight on Managing Your Boss

Everyone knows how helpful it is to have a positive relationship with your boss and that it’s up to you to make it work. But do you know how to best interact with your manager to get what you need, support her success, and excel at your job?<p>Chances are you’ve gotten some advice on this topic — from …

The real reason women fall behind in their careers: their husbands, Harvard study finds

The debate about why more women aren't filling seats in the corporate boardroom has produced a spreadsheet of explanations. Women need to bridge the "confidence gap" in the workplace. They need more mentors. They pay a mommy penalty. And they still do most of the child-care and housework.<p>That last …

How to Give a Stellar Presentation

Speaking in front of a group — no matter how big or small — can be stressful. Preparation is key, of course, whether it’s your first or your hundredth time. From preparing your slides to wrapping up your talk, what should you do to give a presentation that people will remember?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …