Leadership & Governance

By gerardvanvliet | Trails, Treasures, Tools, Tricks, Tips for Leaders

Arianna Huffington Just Shared 5 Simple Habits That Separate Successful People From Everyone Else

The founder of Huffington Post and Thrive Global asked her LinkedIn audience to send in questions about sleep, burnout, stress, work-life balance, leadership, and their relationship with technology. Over 400 people responded.<p>Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and founder of …

Success

Why Jeff Bezos Believes Company Culture Will Make or Break You

As the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos knows that leaders cannot pay for loyalty. They must help their employees connect to their core identity and help them transform.<p>In a competitive and ever-changing world, companies need more from their employees than ever. Leaders like Jeff Bezos of …

Jeff Bezos

So You're Not as Good of a Boss as You Thought. Here's What to Do Next

It's true, we have a lot of bad bosses running around but it doesn't have to stay this way.<p>As he read the comments from his team, I saw his facial expression change from excited to confused. At one point he looked up and said, "It's hard to believe they don't think I care about them and that I only …

Subpar

How to Write the Perfect Business Plan: A Comprehensive Guide | Inc.com

Maybe you think you don't need a step by step guide to writing a great business plan. Maybe you think you don't need a template for writing a business plan. After all, some entrepreneurs succeed without writing a business plan. With great timing, solid business skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a …

Small Business

Maintaining Your Company Culture During Growth

Turn your employees into brand advocates.<p><i>By Charles Sinclair, Co-Founder and Head of Employer Branding at Oddwork.</i><p>Company culture can be defined as a set of mutual beliefs and values that impact behavior. Your company culture sets the tone for your work environment, how your team interacts and how …

Employment

How United Airlines' Turbulent Year Caused Its CEO to Recognize the Importance of HR | Inc.com

United Airlines faced a variety of scandals in 2017. From a passenger being dragged off a plane to a child being kicked out of a seat, to several pets dying on board, United Airlines needed to figure out a way to improve customer service and reshape its reputation. In fact, United Airlines was just …

United Airlines

An Experiment Reveals That a 32-Hour Workweek Just Might Be the Secret to Employee Happiness

It's a novel concept that could actually work (in working less).<p>Today more than ever, employee happiness is critical--and at the same time, the long workweek can really take a toll. There's a ton of science that supports how long we should work every week, or when we need to stop working, rather. …

Employment

Being a CEO Is Different Than Being a Leader. Here's What to Expect

It's a constant learning process when you're at the top.<p>Functional leaders exist in every company. Each department and team has someone in charge who's making sure everyone is operating effectively.<p>But the buck stops with the CEO.<p>People tend to envision the job of CEO as the most enviable position …

Leadership

7 Tips for Creating a Positive Workplace Culture

Dependability, structure, clarity and meaning: Add your secret sauce and you've got a winner.<p><i>Veronique James is a member and former president of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)'s Arizona chapter and CEO of The James Agency, an integrated agency specializing in consumer advertising, public</i> …

Entrepreneurship

This is How to Develop the Skill That Set Steve Jobs Apart

While other aspects of business are automated or relegated to artificial intelligence, speaking skills remain uniquely, humanly nuanced.<p>It's widely agreed that public speaking is one of the most important skills for business leaders. The phrase "public speaking" in a business capacity may conjure …

Artificial Intelligence

4 Ways to Be a Better Boss, Backed by Research

To encourage your employees' development, you may think you have to be their teacher or cheerleader. Turns out what they really need is a matchmaker.<p>Entrepreneurs face a lot of challenges as their companies grow. In the early days of Influence & Co., my co-founder and I were all over the place: We …

Employment

It’s Time to Make Business School Research More Relevant

One of the biggest challenges facing management scientists has been the struggle to produce knowledge that is both academically rigorous <i>and</i> applicable to practicing managers. In an Academy of Management Journal editorial, we described two problems that contribute to this challenge.<p>The first is what …

Business School

A Study of Thousands of Dropbox Projects Reveals How Successful Teams Collaborate

The use of virtual file-sharing platforms like Dropbox, Google Docs, and others has become ubiquitous in business, academic, and other settings. But is your team using such collaborative platforms as effectively as they could be?<p>Whether working on cancer cures or the latest consumer-tech products, …

Top 10

Survey: 68% of CEOs Admit They Weren’t Fully Prepared for the Job

CEOs are known for their confidence. It is, after all, one of the reasons they’ve made it to the top. And yet, that confidence sometimes flags, as we at leadership advisory firm Egon Zehnder learned from a survey of 402 CEOs from 11 countries—executives who together run companies with $2.6 trillion …

Leadership

The 2 Types of Respect Leaders Must Show

<b>Kristie Rogers,</b> an assistant professor of management at Marquette University, has identified a free and abundant resource most leaders aren’t giving employees enough of: respect. She explains the two types of workplace respect, how to communicate them, and what happens when you don’t foster both. …

Leadership

4 Ways Leaders Can Protect Their Time and Empower Their Teams

We know that controlling what we pay attention to is the key to living an intentional life. According to an informal poll of my clients, one of the biggest impediments to attention management is “O.P.P.” — other people’s problems. This is a particular problem for my clients in leadership who find …

Customer Service

This one tiny word is minimizing your impact at work

Four times you’re undercutting your confidence, credibility, and leadership without even meaning to.<p>Chances are that no matter your job title, you want to come across as a confident and credible leader at work. Whether you’re in a job interview, a team meeting, or a casual conversation with your …

Leadership

3 Mistakes Every Leader Makes, and How to Quickly Recover | Inc.com

When you're the person in charge, there's often very little room for error. What you say or do directly impacts the business. From your team to your reputation, there's a certain level of expectation that comes with the job. And if you don't meet them, the consequences can be fast and furious.<p>We …

Owe

7 Skills That Aren’t About to Be Automated

Today’s young professionals grew up in an age of mind-boggling technological change, seeing the growth of the internet, the invention of the smartphone, and the development of machine-learning systems. These advances all point toward the total automation of our lives, including the way we work and …

Leadership

Research: We Take More Risks When We Compete Against Rivals

Rivalry is everywhere. We see rivalries in sports, business, school, and basically any arena where there is competition. Whether it is rivalry between people (Bill Gates versus Steve Jobs; Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal), between organizations (e.g., Ford versus GM), or between nations (e.g., …

Management

What GE’s Board Could Have Done Differently

During Jeff Immelt’s tenure as CEO of General Electric, from 2001 until 2017, the company’s stock price fell by over 30%, a decline of roughly $150 billion in shareholder value. Since Immelt’s departure, GE’s stock is down another 30%, as its new CEO, John Flannery, has struggled to cope with the …

Wall Street

What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Motivate Your Team

When I speak to large groups about leadership, one question I often ask is, “How many of you have ever received a compliment from your boss that actually offended you?” Without exception, more than two-thirds of the people in the room raise their hands. When I probe further on what people found …

Employment

97% of HR decision makers agree that employee happiness boosts productivity

The majority (97%) of decision makers agree that employee happiness leads to higher productivity, according to research conducted by OnePoll on …

Mental Health

This is what helped me take over as CEO after my husband died

Assuming her late spouse’s role at the helm of their startup, one first-time CEO is surprised to find how parenthood had prepared her for leadership.<p>On the Monday after the Friday my husband died, I left our three small children in the care of our heartbroken family and drove to his office. Years …

Parenting

Want to Have More Productive Meetings? Stanford Researcher Says Invite Fewer People | Inc.com

Cancel all meetings that have more than seven people attending.<p>There are many ways to make a meeting more productive, but according to recent research out of Stanford University, the most productive meetings have "seven, plus or minus two." In other words, between five and nine people. Any more …

Time Management

The 3 Most Important Slides In Your Pitch Deck

Each and every slide is important. Yet, if you only have time to really nail and improve on some of them before your next investor meeting, which ones do you focus on?<p>Decks seem to be shrinking. It’s perfectly acceptable to only have 10 slides in your deck. 20 is pushing the long side. While this …

Venture Capital

It Is Time We Acknowledged Loneliness In Entrepreneurs And Did Something About It

Research has shown that entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey. It is, however, mostly ignored and rarely discussed.<p>Loneliness can make the world feel a little bit devoid of color and bleak at times. Not solitude, but loneliness. That feeling of being alone, craving human company, conversation …

Entrepreneurship

How A Tech Entrepreneurship Education Can Give Us The Leaders We Need

Despite some concerns lately about the global impact of the leaders of tech companies, I strongly believe that the principles of tech entrepreneurship can foster the kind of leaders our world needs, in any field.<p>Here are the skills which are at the center of tech entrepreneurship: being …

Entrepreneurship

This Is How Globalization Is Affecting Entrepreneurs

From the moment humans tapped into their need to explore, globalization was inevitable. And encounters between differing tribes, nations, and cultures have driven innovation and fueled the imagination.<p>The internet and worldwide travel options have taken us to new global heights more rapidly than in …

Entrepreneurship