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5 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement in Meetings …and Why it Matters

Early in my career, my supervisor did me a big favor, although it didn’t feel like it at the time.Kurt put me on probation for not speaking during …

5 Secrets of Masterful 1-1 Meetings

Knowing when to talk and when to listen comes in handy.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>More than a decade ago, I became a Vistage Chair and heard the phrase “1-1 meeting” for the first time. And I wasn’t alone. The concept of having a regular meeting, whether …

Self-improvement

4 Simple Questions Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Always Ask Their Employees

They're also great for fostering open dialog and developing meaningful work relationships.<p>I've written often on the power of transparency--the backbone of trust--that brings teams together to produce great work. Trust simply cannot happen without it.<p>And if you're in a leadership role, I caution …

Leadership

How To Be A Leader When You’re Only A Manager

Sometimes it’s difficult to feel fulfilled as a leader when you are currently working as a manager.Sure, your bosses want you to be a leader (or so …

The Very First Things A New Leader Needs To Know

Nothing has more impact on your business than leadership skills. Despite that, it’s an underrated discipline that people are often expected to pick up without appropriate training.<p>Leadership is a tough job; half art, half science. Especially the first time you step up as leader or CEO it’s a …

Great Leaders Embrace Office Politics

A rising young executive found herself strategically ousted in an internal power play. Jill had all the chops to rise to the corner office: consistent top 10% performer, hardworking, intelligent, personable, driven, multilingual, an MBA from a top-tier school. Handwritten thank-you notes from the …

Leadership

What Makes Strategic Decisions Different

Photography: Stephen Petegorsky<p>Artwork: Matt Phillips, Prop, 2012, oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″<p>The past decade has seen a wealth of research on decision making, much of it not only useful but also fascinating to read. At the same time, a growing chorus has noted that business executives, in particular, …

4 Delegation Basics That Make It A Lot Less Scary For New Managers

In a time when productivity apps and multitasking are the new normal, people are often inquiring what my “secret sauce” is for getting so much done. While endless hours of hard work can build toughness, it can also lead to burnout—the world’s most productive workers are not those who work 18-hour …

Time Management

How to Make a Team of Stars Work

In my early years as an executive search consultant in Argentina, I was frequently asked to hire senior investment bankers. Citibank and J.P. Morgan were the leading players in the region at the time, but as I contacted and interviewed most of their key bankers, I saw something strange going on. …

Management

17 insights about getting rich, from a 78-year-old book on wealth that's still relevant today

There is no mention of "money," "wealth," "finances," or "stocks" within Hill's text.<p>Rather, he focuses on breaking down the mental barriers that prevent many of us from attaining our own fortunes, an approach which is still relevant today.<p>We scoured Hill's pages to come up with some of his best …

Communicating a Corporate Vision to Your Team

Amit* manages a team of 40 people around the globe for a massive tech company. After months of furiously working on a new product to be the first to market, his boss told him that the company’s strategy had shifted. The product’s launch plans were then delayed, and competitors began gobbling up …

Management

How to set up a paperless office using your Mac or iPhone

Sick of the mountains of paper stacking up in your inbox? You’ve probably heard about the joys of having a paperless office, maybe even thought about setting one up, but didn’t know how.<p>Well, here’s how. Not only is it easy to set to do, it can totally change your life.<p>Here’s how to use your Mac …

The Top Complaints from Employees About Their Leaders

If you’re the kind of boss who fails to make genuine connections with your direct reports, take heed: 91% of employees say communication issues can drag executives down, according to results from our new Interact/Harris Poll, which was conducted online with roughly 1,000 U.S. workers.<p>In the survey, …

Leadership

7 Traits to Turn Good Managers Into Great Managers

Guest Writer<p>Senior Director of Marketing Communications at SAP<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>At my core I believe that great managers have one job: to get the very best out of the people they manage. While that premise sounds simple, the execution is hard.<p>Throughout my …

Leadership

10 Ways to Have Better Check-Ins With Your Employees

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Meetings are the double-edged swords of the workplace.<p>To get things done you need face-to-face meetings. By getting everyone in a room to collaborate, you save yourself from death by a thousand emails. But when the day comes to …

Employment

Tips for Coaching Someone Remotely

Leaders are providing less explicit direction to their employees these days, and relying more on coaching as a leadership tool, as organizations become flatter and more dependent on knowledge work. But many people also manage teams that span locations and time zones, which means they must do at …

Financial Services

8 Ways to Increase Your Value As an Employee

<i>This is part of the "Increased Productivity" series where experts in productivity, brain training, and business success share the techniques and tools they couldn't live without. An interview with Efe Cakinberk, CEO of SmartDNSProxy , made parts of this article possible.</i><p>One of the best ways to make …

14 Powerful Motivational Quotes You Have Never Heard (but Should)

A very different collection of inspirational quotes, plus the reasons why they can actually make a difference in your life.<p>I once despised motivational quotes, probably because my wrestling coach liked to say, "If you're not puking or passing out, then you're not trying hard enough."<p>(Feel free to …

Motivation

Technical Leadership: The Often Overlooked Skills and Responsibilities of a Technical Team Leader

Because they are a team, software teams are assigned a team leader. This post may have different names in every organization, but the main and common …

The Questions Managers Want You to Ask During a Job Interview

It's a query that can give an ill-prepared job seeker pause: <i>So, do you have any questions for me</i>?<p>Interviewers will judge you by your questions. …

To Keep Hold Of Top Talent, Managers Must Learn How To Look After Generation Y

Staff retention in the corporate workplace is essential; losing top talent is costly, detrimental to the chances of a company reaching its business goals, and likely to result in losing ground to competitors, particularly if that is where ex-employees are headed.<p>A recent study by Workforce …

3 Books Every Leader Should Read to Be Successful

As an employee, you function mostly as a solitary unit. You do your part, produce your “output,” and the work is done. But as a manager (or more …

Leadership

7 Shortcuts Every Boss Should Know

These common-sense tips and techniques will make you a better manager.<p>After decades of observing executives and entrepreneurs in action, I've come to the conclusion that good management is mostly a matter of common sense. That being said, common sense can sometimes be in short supply.<p>To fill that …

Leadership

4 Ways to Manage People Smarter Than You

Here is how an expert manager leads a bunch of brainiacs.<p>Managing people smarter than you--or even people who just think they're smarter than you, for that matter--is a real challenge. Whether you are running a lean and mean startup or a Fortune 500 or Inc. 5000 business, it's your responsibility …

Leadership

The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust

When I took over as CEO of Intralinks, a company that provides secure web based electronic deal rooms, the company was hemorrhaging so much cash that its survival was at stake. The service was going down three times per week; we were in violation of the contract with our largest client; our chief …

The Four Secrets to Employee Engagement

How did you feel about coming to work this morning?<p>I’m sure many factors influenced whether you felt like digging right in, but one of the most significant was almost surely your boss.<p>It seems obvious: Direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, …

The best productivity apps for getting things done

From fan favorites to cutting-edge newcomers, it's never been easier to sketch out an idea, take detailed notes, or stay in touch with your team.<p>There's even an app that acts like your digital butler.<p>Whatever your day consists of, these apps will help you get more done, faster.