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How to beat procrastination (backed by science)

Procrastination has been around since the start of modern civilization.<p>Historical figures like Herodotus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Benjamin …

Procrastination

25 Retirement Rules to Live By

Source: Getty Images<p>1 of 26<p>Follow these guidelines for a stress-free retirement<p>Many, if not most, of us are looking forward to retirement. We may …

I'm a financial planner, and these are the 4 factors that will determine your financial success

Financial planning can be very complicated because you have to balance all the information and changes in your life.<p>To simplify the process, here are four factors that have the biggest impact on your probability of success.<p>1. How long you work affects your retirement income<p>This is one of the …

4 Qualities of Truly Epic Salespeople

These are the traits to look out for when you're putting together a sales team.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>"I can teach one how to sell, but I can't teach one how to work hard. That needs to come from within."<p>That …

Employment

5 Things Successful Leaders Do in a Crisis

Running your own business can be difficult, and sooner or later it's going to test you. Here are the traits you'll need to remain a successful leader during those challenging times.<p>A lot of people believe that the true leadership capacity of a person is tested during times of crisis. Performance …

personaldevelopment

5 Big Don’ts on a Sales Call

Steer clear of these five things, and you will set yourself up for sales success.<p>You typically focus on what to do during a sales call or presentation, But just as important is learning what not to do, identifying the actions that can instantaneously destroy your chances of making a sale.<p>Here are …

Common Sense

4 Bad Work Habits That Are Limiting Your Potential

Isn't time to get rid of bad habits that limit your potential?<p>All of us develop bad habits over time. When you've been doing a particular job or been with a certain company for a while, complacency can set in. When it does, you're likely to discover some bad work habits.<p>Isn't time to get rid of …

Time Management

6 Ways to Make Meetings Less Miserable

Are your meetings a major time suck? Here's how to keep them from ruining your productivity.<p><i>--This story first appeared on the Huffington Post.</i><p>The economist John Kenneth Galbraith once said that meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.<p>That's a sentiment many of us are likely …

Time Management

11 Habits of Remarkably Successful People

Successful people don't get that way by accident. They engage in a set of simple but powerful habits that ensure their success every day.<p>To live a life filled with success is to live a life of bliss. Each day blends seamlessly into the next and each breath you take is energized with the next …

Self-improvement

9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions

Several years ago we came up with a great idea for a new leadership-development offering we thought would be valuable to everyone. We had research demonstrating that when people embarked on a self-development program, their success increased dramatically when they received follow-up encouragement. …

8 Things Really Great Problem Solvers Do

We are all faced with challenges. Some people navigate difficulty better than others. Here's how they do it.<p>Life is full of problems and challenges. Most people become proficient at working through small issues or at least skirting them. But those who are exceptionally good at solving problems have …

Communication Skills

4 Subtle Gestures That Really Turn People Off

Small movements that you make--movements you probably aren't aware of--could be the key to whether others trust you--or not.<p>When you deliver a presentation, your body language is important because it creates an instant visual first impression that answers a big question for your audience: "Can I …

Body Language

Are You Arrogant or Just Confident?

Are you arrogant or confident? It's critical you know how people see you.<p>Confidence is sometimes mistaken for arrogance in a negotiation as well as everyday life. There is a fine line between the two in spite of the fact that they are actually polar opposites; much like a magnet with a positive and …

personaldevelopment

6 Lessons from Special Ops for Business Success

The stakes do not get any higher than in the military. Use these 6 principles from Adm. William McRaven for equal success in business.<p>I was struck by a recent article on the retirement of Adm. William McRaven, which highlighted six common principles he identified as essential for success with …

Bruce Lee

Communication Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Communication is at the core of almost everything we do. If you want to build better communication skills, a good first step is identifying and avoiding these common problems.<p>Everyone communicates and occasionally misspeaks. But the best leaders, the greatest bosses, and the entrepreneurs we admire …

Self-improvement

5 Ways to Communicate More Clearly

When communicating with employees, bosses, customers, or colleagues, you'll be more effective if you follow these simple guidelines.<p>The winner in every business competition is always whoever communicates the most clearly. Whether you're dealing with employees, bosses, colleagues, or customers, your …

Communicate

The Quintessential Qualities of an Expert – Judgment and Adaptability

Business school professor points to the "it" factor<p>I was having a conversation with Professor Andy Rosman, Dean of the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a few weeks ago and I said that I tell young managers all the time, "If the textbook works, keep reading and …

Leadership

Taking Control Of Success

You’ve heard the expression, “Focus on what you can control.” Good advice. Most of us have a natural tendency to focus directly on results, and unfortunately results are not something we can fully control.<p>Or are they?<p><b>The Key Factor In Success</b><p>I recently made an informal study examining the …

The Top 10 Burning Questions About Inside Sales

The inside sales profession is moving into the future faster than ever, but there are some long-standing questions that still linger on many salespeople’s minds. Luckily, we’ve come far enough as a profession to definitively answer some of these pesky questions and save budding sales teams a lot of …

9 Mindful Ways to Remain Calm When Others Are Angry

<i>When someone upsets us, this is often because they aren’t behaving according to our fantasy of how they “should” behave. The frustration, then, stems</i> …

Psychology

Stop The Insanity -- And Close More Deals

Most salespeople know whether or not they’re doing the right things to succeed. But sometimes it can be difficult to course correct. Plus, managers may not always be in the best position to offer help.<p>Salespeople and their managers do a lot during the course of a day, but is all of that work …

Sales Mastery: 7 Secrets For Lifelong Sales Success

The highly successful sales professional is able to adapt and grow in any market environment precisely because they aren’t satisfied with their present level of competency. Instead, they constantly ask themselves two questions: 1) what do I need to learn that I don’t know now, and 2) what do I need …

7 Leadership Recipes For Improving Sales Productivity

Practice doesn’t make perfect; it makes permanent. The key therefore is to practice right.<p>This is one of several insights offered in Perfect Practice. It’s a cookbook, from 3 former educators, that offers some intriguing insights into how sales execution [as a form of practice] can improve sales …

8 Truths About Great Customer Service

I spoke recently to a group of Seattle-area business leaders on the topic of service. No slides, just talking points. The audience was quite varied—different business sizes, types and industries—but I thought these truths about customer service were universal. Let me know what you think in the …

What You Don’t Know About Sales Can Hurt Your Strategy

The goal of strategy is profitable growth, meaning economic value above the firm’s cost of capital. There are basically four ways to create that value: (1) invest in projects that earn more than their cost of capital; (2) increase profits from existing capital investments; (3) reduce the assets …

Measure Backward, Not Forward

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>We often measure our progress by looking forward. We set goals. We plan …

7 Qualities of a Good Email

There are times when phone and face-to-face conversations are more efficient and productive, but in most cases, email is a near-perfect medium for communication--as long as it's used correctly. Here are the seven qualities of a successful email.<p>Email is an underestimated communication platform; …

Productivity

5 Characteristics of Exceptional Leaders

You can only have exceptional growth, if you have exceptional leadership.<p>What are exceptional leadership qualities?<p>Superb advice from Dr. William Bellet from the Southeastern Family Business Institute helped me be a better leader. His concepts detail the remarkable attributes that will separate you …

Leadership

5 Thinking Habits of the Mega Successful

Recalibrate your thinking to that of super successful people and start improving your performance right away.<p>Self-defeating thoughts can derail a career whether it's leadership, selling, entrepreneurship... you name it. Wildly successful individuals leave clues from which we can benefit. To reach …

Self-improvement

3 Easy Steps To Building Relationship With Anyone

Nothing, in life and in business, is more important than the relationships you build. To do so successfully, follow these three steps and you will be able to build rapport with anyone instantly.<p>Nothing, in life and in business, is more important than the relationships you build.<p>Relationship capital …

Self-improvement