Joel Yu

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Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team

Money wasn’t the only thing that enabled financier Cosimo de’ Medici to become <i>de facto</i> ruler of Florence for much of the Italian Renaissance. He exemplified a special leadership skill — the ability to get diverse teams of contending bankers, merchants, and traders to collaborate effectively. How? …

10 Bad Habits That Make You Look Really Unprofessional | Inc.com

<i>(Author’s note: Quite a few readers contacted me after this column was published. You made some really good points, and I listened. So, I wrote a sequel: 17 Simple Habits That Make You Look More Professional.)</i><p>Picture this. I was at a networking event last winter. It was cold outside, but quite warm …

George W. Bush

69 Simple Ways to Unleash Your Full Leadership Potential | Inc.com

Marie Curie once said, "We must believe that we are gifted for something, and this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."<p>That something is our purpose, and our gifts hold our potential. To realize that potential, you must first understand how to unleash the power that's already within you.<p>No …

Leadership

Reward Your Best Teams, Not Just Star Players

Yes, there is an “I” in team. But it stands for <i>incentives</i>. Discussing teamwork without identifying its incentives is akin to debating effective diets while ignoring willpower: the most important ingredient may be missing. Whether working in teams, groups or as individuals, people respond to …

5 Kick-Ass Gadgets That Will Help You Deliver Killer Presentations | Inc.com

I've been on the speaking circuit for 25 years. I've learned a lot in that time about what makes a keynote presentation great; not just good but <i>great</i>. My Inc.com article on Presenting Naked covered the techniques of delivering great presentations. In this post I'll share some of the tools I use to …

Public Speaking

7 Critical Things to Know Before Giving a Presentation | Inc.com

Presentations are forks in the road. If you succeed in your objectives, you may open the door to a new job, a promotion, or funding for your latest venture, but if you fail, you could leave with a damaged reputation and a lost opportunity. The stakes are too high for you to go on stage and "wing …

Public Speaking

What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 11 - May 17

<i>At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.</i><p><b>TV Worth Watching</b><p><b>"Mad Men" (Sunday on AMC at 10 p.m.)</b><br>It's the end of an era. Pour yourself an Old Fashioned and toast the end of "Mad Men," 'cause Don Draper leaves us on May 17. …

Entertainment

What Peter Drucker Knew About 2020

When PwC released its annual survey of corporate chief executives for 2014, it was immediately obvious that change is on leaders’ brains: “As CEOs plan their strategies to take advantage of transformational shifts,” the consultancy reported, “they are also assessing their current capabilities – and …

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Be a Better Leader | Inc.com

I woke up this morning thinking about my readers and came up with five things you need right now to optimize your leadership. (Well, <i>need</i> and hopefully <i>want</i>, because of course it's always up to you!) Here we go. Have a great week!<p><b>You need a break.</b> I see a theme lately, and it's bigger than ever. I …

Leadership

7 Remarkably Simple Ways to Create Meaning at Work | Inc.com

The startling truth is that 70% of employees are disengaged at work--checked out, with no one at home. That's a real dilemma for the companies trying to do more with less, which is of course all of them. The answer to winning back disengaged employees, (and keeping the engaged employees, well, …

Employment

15 Secrets of Really Persuasive People | Inc.com

Whether you're trying to get the boss to fund your project or your preschooler to wipe his own hiney after using the bathroom, persuasion is a skill that's instrumental to success in life.<p>Persuasive people have an uncanny ability to get others leaning toward their way of thinking. Their secret …

Body Language

7 Ways to Motivate Your Team | Inc.com

It's been said that success has many parents while failure is an orphan. If that's true, it means that having a good team is integral to winning. Most entrepreneurs I know agree--how far you get depends in large measure on how talented your team is.<p>But talent only gets you so far. Those who really …

Leadership

Good Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Be Nice

It only took me about three seconds to decide what to wear on the first day in my new gig as strategy director at Genuine Interactive, a digital marketing agency (jeans and a wrinkled linen shirt, duh). Deciding what books to take was a bit trickier.<p>In the end, I decided to bring only one: <i>The Power</i> …

How to Give a Stellar Presentation

Speaking in front of a group — no matter how big or small — can be stressful. Preparation is key, of course, whether it’s your first or your hundredth time. From preparing your slides to wrapping up your talk, what should you do to give a presentation that people will remember?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …

7 New Books That Will Rock Your World | Inc.com

Non-fiction books tend to fall into two categories. The first consists of books that increase your understanding of a subject matter by building upon what you already know. All business books fit neatly into this category.<p>The second category consists of those rare books that force you to rethink …

Habitats

Measuring the Return on Character

When we hear about unethical executives whose careers and companies have gone down in flames, it’s sadly unsurprising. Hubris and greed have a way of catching up with people, who then lose the power and wealth they’ve so fervently pursued. But is the opposite also true? Do highly principled leaders …

When You're Being Disrupted, You Need To Master The Art Of The Shift. Here's How

In an age of disruption the only viable strategy is to adapt. Today things move too quickly to stick with old paradigms once their time has passed. Once outdated platforms fail to solve new problems, they will be overtaken with lightning speed and we must either make a shift or get left behind.<p>Yet …

Innovation

How to Really Motivate Salespeople

Before I became a business school professor, I worked as a management consultant. One engagement in particular had a profound influence on my career. The project involved working with the Asia-based sales force of a global consumer products company. This company practiced “route sales,” which meant …

15 Marketing Strategies That Inspire Strategic Thinkers

These strategies will definitely spark your creative energy.<p>It takes a lot of time and effort to develop and maintain a marketing campaign that resonates with your intended audience. As a strategic thinker, however, the development of a marketing campaign takes even more consideration. After all, …

Marketing

14 Better Alternatives To Your Phone's Lousy Default Apps

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Apps

8 Qualities of Really Amazing Team Players | Inc.com

Like it or not, teams are a staple of the business world. There is a strong belief that groups of people working together can accomplish more than individuals on their own. Of course, the efficacy is wholly dependent on the quality and commitment of the players. Amazing team players can lift the …

Communicate

Who’s Your Most Valuable Salesperson?

Companies have become savvy customers, often determining the solution they need, the supplier they want, and the price they’ll pay before a salesperson sets foot through the door. In this competitive environment, the premium on finding, training, motivating, and retaining star salespeople has never …

What Separates the Strongest Salespeople from the Weakest

What separates high-performing salespeople who exceed their quota from underperformers who miss their quotas by more than 25%?<p>I recently conducted a research project involving nearly 800 salespeople and sales leaders to better answer this question. In addition, I have had the privilege to interview …

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a …

Management

3 Easy Steps To Building Relationship With Anyone | Inc.com

Nothing, in life and in business, is more important than the relationships you build.<p>Relationship capital is arguably the most important measure of success. Whether it is your personal network, or your business network, people around you impact the way you work, shape the way you view the world, …

Customers

Engage Your Long-Time Employees to Improve Performance

Let this be a wake-up call for business leaders: The employees with the longest tenures in your company are also the least likely to be engaged.<p>Somewhere along the way, most workers lose some of their motivation to make a difference and create value for their employers. Many grow apathetic over …

Steve Jobs Knew How to Run a Meeting: Here's How He Did It | Inc.com

Brilliant. Passionate. Overbearing. Impatient.<p>Steve Jobs's management style has been described in many ways, both positive and negative. Love him or hate him, there's no denying what he accomplished: Within a short time, he built the most successful company on the planet.<p>Before that, though, Jobs …

Entrepreneurship

7 Things Great Bosses Never Ask Employees to Do | Inc.com

When you're the boss, you might sometimes feel like He-Man and think, "By the power of Grayskull... <i>I have the power!</i>"<p>(Yep. If my photo hasn't already, I just proved I'm old.)<p>As a boss, you do in fact have the power--<i>a lot</i> of power. But that authority should still have limits, so:<p>1. Never pressure …

Employment

Why Can't You Find Good Managers? | Inc.com

Just as you were about to settle in for the night, it happened again. Your boss texted you asking if you could email him the latest update on a report, "whenever you get a chance"--which probably means now.<p>No one is a stranger to working under the autocracy of a bad manager. Bad managers are guilty …

Employee Engagement

If You Want to Be the Boss, Say “We” Not “I”

The royal “we” has a long and interesting history. Many attribute its first usage to King Henry II, who in 1169 used it to imply he was speaking for both himself, and for God. Over time, leaders began to use it to imply them and their constituents (a distinction that got a little blurry when …