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5 leadership lessons from House of Cards

As many of us start binge watching the third season of Netflix’s <i>House of Cards,</i> which aired last week, it’s clear that top dogs from Washington to …

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Study Shows Half Of Managers Don't Set Effective Employee Goals

I’ve long been of the opinion, as readers of these blogs may have noted, that carefully developing employee job objectives is one of the most foundational, important and neglected tasks of management. After all, job objectives are the managerial roadmap showing employees where they need to go. If …

Leadership

Seven Signs Your Boss Is A Weak Manager

Dear Liz,<p>I’m a big fan of yours and a student of human behavior, like you! I am interested in your opinion on the question ‘What makes a strong leader?’ At my job, I see managers who are very on top of things and have everything under control, and others who seem to be flying by the seat of their …

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12 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.<p>When it comes to confidence, one thing is certain: truly confident …

Self-improvement

How to Stand Out as a Leader: 6 Tips | Inc.com

To get ahead in business and life you need to be intentional about how you conduct yourself. That's according to Jim Calandra, CEO of breast imaging technology startup Gamma Medica. Here's his advice on how to stand out as a leader.<p>1. Display a high moral character at all times.<p>This involves …

Why people with agreeable personalities are less likely to become top managers

Yet recent data from Truity Psychometrics suggests there's another important factor that helps determine your leadership potential: your personality.<p>According to Truity's findings, "Thinkers," or those who are more analytic and logical, tend to manage bigger teams than "Feelers," or those are more …

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as insular, imperious, and bureaucratic. He understands that in a hyper-kinetic world, inward-looking and self-obsessed leaders are a liability.<p>Last year, just …

5 leadership lessons you should learn as early as possible

There are leadership courses and leadership seminars which can improve your abilities to delegate and manage strategies and teams on a high level, but there's no real substitute for experience.<p>Some professionals go their entire lives without grasping the most important fundamentals of excellent …

Read These Books Instead of Getting an MBA

<i>This piece originally appeared on The Hustle.</i><p>I don’t blame people for wanting to get an MBA. It’s not their fault they’ve been duped into believing …

A simple exercise for getting your priorities straight: Forget about work and relationships

The TV Land sitcom <i>Younger</i> is a great show to watch when you’re in need of some light-hearted distraction. But as I recently discovered, it can also prompt a useful bit of soul-searching.<p>After watching an episode in which a Marie Kondo-like author named Kiko Kagami tries to help people clarify their …

5 Important Lessons People Usually Learn Too Late in Life | Inc.com

<i>"What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?" originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Drew Reggie, entrepreneur and writer, on Quora:</b><p>No one lives a life free of regret. …

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6 rituals that ancient wise men used to stay calm

People have enormous respect for ancient wisdom. They just don’t read it. Funny thing is, we’re more likely to live happier lives when we visit the …

6 Books Anyone Who Is Serious About Leadership Should Read | Inc.com

Whether or not you're a natural born leader or you've just found yourself in a leadership role. You have to develop your leadership skills, and often.<p>No matter how much of a master Tom Brady is at throwing a football, he still goes to practice every day, takes coaching and evolves his skills. Your …

Self-improvement

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Never Do Any of These 9 Things | Inc.com

If you're less than happy with your life -- either personally or professionally -- the problem isn't education, upbringing , a lack of opportunities, being held back by other people, or even bad luck.<p>If you're unhappy, the problem is you. While approximately 50 percent of your happiness (your …

Happiness

HARD Goals, Not SMART Goals, Are The Key To Career Development

Good employees want the opportunity to grow and develop on the job. And here’s the great news, a simple, 15-minute conversation, that focuses on HARD Goals, will encourage your people to take a more active and self-sufficient role in planning for and reaching their desired career growth.<p><i>Watch on</i> …

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How To Look Like A Leader When You're Not

The paradox – you won’t get promoted to a leadership role if you don’t have leadership experience. But how do you get leadership experience when you’re only cast in a supporting role? Even if you’re in an entry-level position, you need to demonstrate leadership skills consistently and overtly. They …

Leadership

This is the Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make

Taking responsibility for your own life is the fundamental step needed to change.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the most important decisions you can ever make is to become your own CEO. I’m talking about taking complete responsibility for your life and not …

9 signs you're a bad manager — even if it doesn't feel like it

"Supervision is a critical function of leadership that is often overlooked," writes certified professional coach Rita Sever in "Supervision Matters: 100 Bite-Sized Ideas to Transform You and Your Business." "Yet the quality of supervision is often what makes or breaks a leader — and an …

6 Personal Branding Rules to Being Popular and Profitable

Rule #3: don't tie yourself down with too many rules.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the things that frustrates me to no end is when entrepreneurs strive too hard to build a personal brand or become an influencer before they work on building a company. We go into …

This Simple Truth About Life Is the Secret to Success (and Maximum Productivity) | Inc.com

Everyone wants to know the secret way to be productive. Ambitious individuals in particular spend time looking for every possible competitive advantage, often only to find out that the secrets to productivity are simpler than they thought.<p>Inspired by a recent conversation with fellow Inc. …

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Here's 1 Simple Change That Will Make You Much More Successful | Inc.com

Do you have ambitious goals? You probably do, or else you would be reading some other website. But how, exactly, can you bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be? There is a systematic way to go after the things you want, and while I can't promise that all your dreams will …

How to Successfully Clone Your Best Employee | Inc.com

We all have someone at the top of the pack, an outstanding employee we can entrust with virtually any project or situation. The one we are terrified will leave. The one we wish we could clone.<p>It's not exactly cloning, but you wish you could create a new generation of employees instilled with your …

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The Psychology of Motivation: Build Purpose, Respect Contributions, Give Credit | Dan Ariely

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10 Reasons To Hug Your Sales Manager

Sales Management is without doubt the most important link in the revenue chain. It’s also the toughest role in a company because it’s where the …

Overdosing on Rape Culture

<i>The only thing to fear about too much sexual abuse talk is silencing victims and hiding predators.</i><p>The nation is grappling with their ideals. Conversations about rape culture, feminism and misogyny are important, sensitive and nuanced. Let people learn in public. Refinery29 is under fire from loyal …

Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to American women in decades

But for most of her 2016 presidential run, Hillary Clinton has not managed to secure the women vote. As it turned out — ironically or not — it took a man to do it for her: Donald Trump.<p>Following the release of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" recording on Friday, Oct. 7, in which Trump brags about how he …

5 red flags that will make you rethink what you privately say about women

Most people were horrified upon hearing Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump describe sexually assaulting women on a video taped in …

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10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people's buttons.<p>As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic …