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Emotional Agility

Sixteen thousand—that’s how many words we speak, on average, each day. So imagine how many unspoken ones course through our minds. Most of them are not facts but evaluations and judgments entwined with emotions—some positive and helpful (<i>I’ve worked hard and I can ace this presentation; This issue</i> …

Harvard Business Review

7 Ways to Improve Your First Impression

Many forget the importance of a first impression. Here are 7 tips to help you get off on the right foot.<p>I am amazed how little most people care about the initial impression they make. Are they unaware or just simply uninterested? Recently, I have been helping a few clients with business development …

Networking

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Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" — …

Psychology

4 Tips To Master Thinking With Both Sides Of Your Brain, And Boost Creativity

Are you left-brained or right-brained? Nope. According to new research, you’re both. Here’s how to get your brain in tip-top shape with real intellectual stimulation.<p>For years, managers allowed a pop-psychology chestnut–the idea that some people favored their right brain, the domain of creativity, …

Creativity

7 Sleep Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Your lack of sleep may actually be harming your company--and your health. Here's how to fix it.<p>One common side effect of running your own business? Sleepless nights. Between the long hours and intense stress of managing a company, entrepreneurs often wind up functioning on very little sleep.<p>But not …

Sleep

When Good Is Not Good Enough (SSIR)

Many of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations begin with well-intentioned interventions and relatively naive ideas about the magnitude and …

Stanford University

10 Questions to Jumpstart Your Strategic Planning Process

It's time to start planning for next year. Don't let your team come up with a brittle--and ultimately unimplementable--hodge-podge of spreadsheets. Here's how to do better.<p>Sometime in the next two weeks--and certainly by next month-- tens of thousands of businesses, large and small, will have begun …

Seth Godin

Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill

The difference between winners and losers is how they handle losing.<p>That’s a key finding from my ongoing research on great companies and effective leaders: no one can completely avoid troubles and potential pitfalls are everywhere, so the real skill is the resilience to climb out of the hole and …

Harvard Business Review

Take These 12 Public Speaking Tips And Deliver An Impressive Speech

Leadership

15 Simple Ways To Supercharge Your Brain

Your brain is the engine that controls your actions throughout the day. Here are 15 scientifically-proven (but very simple) ways to recharge your …

The Brain

How To Stand In Front Of A Room Full Of People And Tell A Stellar Story

Whether it’s a board room or a banquet hall, speaking to an audience can be intimidating. Beyond imagining everyone in their underwear, how can you get past the stage fright to tell a riveting story?<p>It happened 18 years ago, but Kevin Allison remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He was up on …

Storytelling

15 Ways to Set a Positive Example as a Manager

<i>“I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.”</i><p>- Charles Barkley<p>When you’re a manager, like it or …

9 Behaviors Cultivated by the Ultra-Charismatic

Don't have the power to charm everyone? Pick up a few of these habits and you might be surprised.<p>Charisma is a set of behaviors that have nothing to do with physical beauty.<p>This is good news for those of us who aren't fashion models. You don't need plastic surgery to do these things. Just …

Body Language

How To Be Emotionally Intelligent At Work

Is your IQ equal to your EQ? They need to be, if you're going to be successful. Learn how to be emotionally intelligent at work.

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10 Things to Do Every Workday

This list will help you get stuff done in and out of the office.<p>Ever feel as if, in the quest to get <i>everything</i> done, you're not quite doing enough?<p>For example, you've heard on various occasions (including once or twice from us) how important it is to keep in touch with former colleagues, whether …

Time Management

3 Tips to Combat Anxiety Before a Presentation

First step: Don't hate yourself. Performance anxiety has afflicted countless leaders, from Cicero to Thomas Jefferson to Gandhi.<p>If you get nervous, or even anxious, before a big speech or presentation, you need to remember two things: First, you're not alone. Many great leaders in history have …

It's Not the End of the World

Don't Fall In To These Leadership Traps In 2014

I have been a proponent of the importance of leaders developing strengths as a means to improve toward excellence. After all, the best leaders are characterized by the presence of strengths, not the absence of weakness. That concept is illustrated in the article I coauthored for Harvard Business …

Leadership

15 Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Better Listener

Listening skills are vital to your success in business -- and in life. For a fresh perspective, consider these insights from the world's great thinkers.<p>I've talked with Inc. before about the power of listening in social media. But the truth is, listening isn't just for social media. If there's one …

Leadership

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.<p>When I first left my parents’ small farm at eighteen to move to “the city” for …

Leadership

If You Want To Be Successful, Don't Spend Too Much Time Planning: A Case Study

We said last time a successful entrepreneur is the person who makes an idea happen, even if there are a lot of unexpected problems, and even if it’s not a very good idea in the first place.<p>And then we added that they don’t do it with one roll of the dice. The most successful entrepreneurs we know …

Entrepreneurship

14 Simple Ways to Get Considerably More Done

Don't think it's possible because you're already working in overdrive? Here's a new way to look at your to-do list.<p>In the spirit of the topic, let's get right to it:<p><b>1. Eliminate one ego commitment.</b><p>We all do things that have more to do with ego than results.<p>Maybe you serve on a committee because you …

Productivity

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

<i>This post is co-authored with Lisa Bodell.</i><p>Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the findings of major CEO surveys conducted by IBM and KPMG [PDF], …

Management

How to Filter Conflicting Advice From Multiple Mentors

Mentors are invaluable to entrepreneurs. But what happens when you get conflicting advice from multiple mentors? It can be confusing, as they are all smart people. Who should you listen to?<p>This is a consistent question I receive as a mentor for the Chicago chapter of Techstars. Hopefully, this post …

An Ex-BP Employee On How To Change The System From Within

It may seem like “corporate idealist” is an oxymoron, but making the world a better place and doing business aren’t always mutually exclusive.<p>It’s easy to see the world in black and white: there are the people that work to make the world a better place and there are people who work to make a profit.<p>…

Leadership