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How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures

I had been holed up for six hours in a dark conference room with 12 managers. It was a group-coaching day and each executive had 30 minutes to describe in detail a cross-cultural challenge she was experiencing at work and to get feedback and suggestions from the others at the table.<p>It was Willem’s …

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In …

Understanding the Future of Work: 8 Traits of Collaborative Leadership [Infographic]

<b>“Collaboration isn’t about giving up your individuality. Quite the opposite: it’s about realizing your potential. It’s about bringing your many gifts</b> …

Leadership - Why Talent Is Overrated

Talent, in and of itself, is highly overrated. While not all leaders will develop their talents and abilities to the same level, all successful leaders more or less begin with the same foundation. Here’s the thing – most foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever. …

30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding Your Company Back

According to the American Society of Training and Development, U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars annually on leadership-based curriculum. My question is this; to what end? Are we producing better leaders or just more people who hold positions of leadership? What makes a leader …

Change Management vs. Change Leadership -- What's the Difference?

I am often asked about the difference between “change management” and “change leadership,” and whether it’s just a matter of semantics. These terms are not interchangeable. The distinction between the two is actually quite significant. Change management, which is the term most everyone uses, refers …

The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails

Over the years, I’ve observed just about every type of leadership development program on the planet. And the sad thing is, most of them don’t even come close to accomplishing what they were designed to do – build better leaders. In today’s column I’ll share the #1 reason leadership development …

Be Nice to Everyone. It's Worth It

When you're nice to others, it pays back in spades. Just ask airplane designer Devon Schuler.<p>Devon Schuler is an airplane designer. He spends a great deal of time thinking about ways to improve flying and he loves sketching airplane designs. There is just one problem: Devon is only 9 and no one is …

Model Aircraft

Culture

Reed Hastings

7 Quick Tips for Better Business Writing

Want your words to wow? Take this basic advice to write more effective emails, memos, and other professional materials.<p>I took many writing classes in college but perhaps the most useful was one focused on business writing. My classmates and I spent a semester editing example after example of …

10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise

Making big money is often less important to employees than satisfying these basic needs.<p>Contrary to popular belief, employees value many things more than the amount of money they're being paid. If they're treated right, employees will not only work for less, they'll be happier and more productive …

Traditional Cash Bonuses Don't Really Work -- Try One of These 5 Instead

It’s the end of the year, and what most bosses are thinking about, or should be, is the three Bs: bonuses, budgets and big bets. Each of these areas will have an important impact on the way employees enter 2014. Will they come back from the holidays energized and refreshed, with incentives to …

Leading by Letting Go

If you are running a large company anywhere in the world, you have almost certainly asked yourself some version of this question: “How can we get tens of thousands of employees to deliver memorable customer experiences that enhance our brand, all at a reasonable cost?”<p>The answer many have latched …

Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight? Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members. That’s because it’s a problem when you shy away from open, healthy …

The Best Education Posts of 2013

• Show and tell<br>• Tap into prior knowledge<br>• Give time to talk<br>• Pre-teach vocabulary<br>• Use visual aids<br>• Pause, ask questions, pause, review<p>Each scaffolding strategy …

Make People Feel Good About Themselves with Two Questions

To give someone a boost, ask them about a specific aspect of their life where they are doing well, and follow it up with a generic question about …

10 Ways To Be More Productive

Productivity. It's one of those things that is more of a necessity in life than a skill. But how much do we actually try to enhance the way in which we accomplish things?<p>I can still remember being a kid and thinking, "Wow, life will be so much easier when I'm an adult!" Little did I know how much …

Time Management

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Scientific research has provided us with a number of ways to get the learning juices flowing, none of which involve paying money for good grades. And …

The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills

Learning new skills is one of the best ways to make yourself both marketable and happy, but actually doing so isn't as easy as it sounds. The science …

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

<b>How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p><b>This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the</b> …

Pedagogy

20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

What makes a teacher successful?<p>Having an expertise in reading, writing, math or science is necessary, but the ability to transfer that knowledge …

50 Quotes That Will Free Your Mind

<i>We are our thoughts. We cannot change anything<br>if we cannot change our thinking.</i><p>You have a train of thought on which you ride when you are alone and …

7 Steps To Curing Your Empty Promise Disease

Time is precious, but being busy is no excuse to ignore the people you work with. Here are a few tips to help you distill your messages, and follow through.<p>Busy people often don’t do what they say they will. It’s just so easy to ignore an email, leave a phone call unreturned, delete a text message. …

UX Design

Make Time for the Work that Matters

16 Things You Should Do At The End Of Every Work Day

Last week when I laid out the 16 things you should do at the start of every work day, I said the first few hours in the office can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight. But in order to successfully accomplish your morning routine, you’ll have to end the …

Monotasking Is The New Multitasking

How can you get anything done when your “tasks” turn into competing preoccupations? In this age of distraction, it’s all about monotasking. Here are six tips for doing it right.<p>We all know multitasking is inefficient. A classic 2007 study of Microsoft workers found that when they responded to email …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryWhy Facebook Won’t Ban Infowars April Glaser The social network doesn’t want to be the decider of what’s true or false, but its reach is …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …