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Employee Engagement

How to Immediately Improve Your Powers of Persuasion | Inc.com

Dr. Robert Cialdini's seminal book <i>Influence</i> has been on the bestseller list for the last 25 years and has sold over 3 million copies, though it wasn't always that successful. For the first few years, it did not do so well, and then it became a remarkable hit. I recently had the pleasure of meeting …


The Worst Thing You Can Do When Making a Tough Decision

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …


The White House is ordering up to $700,000 of standing desks — here's why you should consider getting one, too

In late September, the White House officially requested up to $700,000 worth of standing desks.<p>GovExec uncovered a public solicitation from the Executive Office of the President, in which the administration outlined in detail the kinds of desk equipment they want ("Varidesk brand name or equal").<p>If …

The White House

Ready to debate: A guide to the Democratic 2016 candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential contest has been aflutter for months, but now it's time for the Democrats to spread their wings before a big national audience.<p>Their first debate is Tuesday night on CNN. Grab your binoculars and bring along this field guide to the candidates.<p>___<p>HILLARY …


How Women Can Show Passion at Work Without Seeming “Emotional”

One of our coaching clients, a VP at a consumer products company, was abruptly silenced when she tried to make a point at a recent executive committee meeting. The problem? She was passionate — and it didn’t go over well.<p>Sales at the organization had plummeted, and the group was discussing the …

Emotional Intelligence

The Research We’ve Ignored About Happiness at Work

Recently, we found ourselves in motivational seminars at our respective places of employment. Both events preached the gospel of happiness. In one, a speaker explained that happiness could make you healthier, kinder, more productive, and even more likely to get promoted.<p>The other seminar involved …


8 Indispensable Ways to Be Respected at Your Job

Being respected in your work is more important to your overall well being than a paycheck. Work hard to be held in high esteem by all around you.

3 Things That Will Eventually Kill Your Business

Successful businesses grow. Through better products and processes, they win the favor of customers, increasing their volume and margins. That success often translates into further advantages as they invest in new and better equipment, develop expertise and gain bargaining power with suppliers.<p>So …


5 TEDTalks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m a big fan of TEDTalks -- they’re full of insights on everything from human nature to scientific breakthroughs to trends in design. They’re inspirational, informative and eye-opening in ways that can help you become a better person and …


Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes

There’s growing evidence that conventional performance reviews are not working. According to a CEB analysis, organizations can only improve employee performance 3% to 5% using standard performance management approaches. Last fall, 53% of human resources professionals in a Society for Human Resource …


Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness

Stanford University neurosurgeon Dr. James Doty tells the story of performing surgery on a little boy’s brain tumor. In the middle of the procedure, the resident who is assisting him gets distracted and accidentally pierces a vein. With blood shedding everywhere, Doty is no longer able to see the …

Middle East

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …


5 Tips for Leading Millennials

This story appears in the March 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Millennials aren't all that different from the generations before them, but knowing a bit more about their motivations and needs in the workplace can help your entire company succeed. Here's some advice:<p><b>Emphasize training and</b> …

The Workplace

15 Ways to Overcome Procrastination and Get Stuff Done (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you never start, you’ll never have a chance to fail. But you’ll never have a chance to succeed, either.<p>So stop pretending you haven’t failed by not trying. Stop procrastinating and go for it. Your dilly-dallying around, your excuses, …


20 Rewards Your Employees -- and Budget -- Will Love (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business is just as much about relationships as it is about the bottom line, and having a good relationship with your staff is vital to your company’s success. Research shows that employees who feel appreciated for their work will be more …

The Workplace

The Five Business Comms Tools Ripe For Disruption

<i>Hillel is the CMO of Zula</i><p>The reason you feel like you read about a new messaging app every single day is because you do. There has literally not been such a hot space since photo-sharing apps were a thing.<p>There’s ephemeral messaging, visual messaging, email clients that act like messengers, voice …

Why Big Organizations Are Fundamentally Broken

Charles Erwin Wilson, Eisenhower’s Secretary of Defense is credited with the quote, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” In fact, what he said was actually the inverse (that what was good for the country was good for GM), but no matter, both statements had an element of …


451: Be Less Reactive and More Proactive

Book Review: The Naked CEO: The Truth You Need To Build A Big Life by Alex Malley

Book Reviews

The DANCE MODEL for thinking

<b>Systematic approaches to thinking more clearly</b><p>Having a systematic step-by-step process for thinking about certain tasks can be particularly useful so …

How to Have Friends at Work When You’re the Boss

Girish* is a client of mine who runs a 500-million-dollar business. He gets stellar reviews and is seen as a high potential successor to the CEO.<p>But he has a friend problem.<p>Several of his direct reports are close friends and he doesn’t hold them accountable in the same way he does his other direct …

10 Steps to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

Freelance Writer & Former Entrepreneur<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes hard work and persistence because, unfortunately, there is no business-startup fairy who magically bestows success on small businesses and their owners.<p>Most …


For True Employee Engagement, Follow These 6 Steps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the 21st century, the best companies will define themselves by how well they engage their employees to produce more innovative products and services.<p>Command-and-control style leadership will be replaced by systems that intelligently …

Employee Engagement