Jeffrey Keller

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15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a huge indicator of success. Here's how to know if you've got it.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to …

How To Bridge The Gap Between Potential And Performance

How do you manage someone who has who has more energy than experience? Here are four priorities to get started.<p>It’s a paradox of modern times: Between internships and extracurricular activities, today’s recent grads have more experience, yet many employers feel like they aren’t prepared for office …

6 reasons why exercise can supercharge your productivity

Starbucks President Michelle Gass wakes up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to run. <i>Vogue</i> editor Anna Wintour is on the tennis court by 6:00 a.m. every morning before work. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, frequently starts his day with a morning run.<p>What do these highly successful people know …

Time Management

How Great Leaders Build Trust And Increase Employee Engagement

Have you ever done something with the best intentions only to have it backfire?<p>Understanding how to light up the brain’s reward network and stay out of the pain network can help you to avoid common pitfalls (thanks to Naomi Eisenberger of UCLA for her research here).<p>The brain’s pain network gets …

One Easy Way to Find Your Life's Purpose and Boost Your Brain's Health

"I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me." -- Charles Fillmore, Unity School of Christianity<p>Those words were spoken in the early 1900s by a man in his 94th year, the head of a major spiritual movement. Just reading …

Watch a clever teacher annoy the back row of class to teach all students an important lesson.

A high school teacher wanted share an important life lesson with his students.<p>But a dull lecture just wouldn't do. So he planned a simple interactive …

Teaching

5 types of emotional intelligence all great leaders have mastered

The ability to be perceptively in tune with yourself and your emotions, as well as having sound situational awareness can be a powerful tool for leading a team.<p>The act of knowing, understanding, and responding to emotions, overcoming stress in the moment, and being aware of how your words and …

Emotional Intelligence

7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in …

Self-improvement

The robots are here — and you should be worried

Anxiety has been building around the second machine age and its implications for our economic future, and it may have reached a tipping point.<p>Just last week, Silicon Valley venture capitalists and executives published an open letter on the digital economy, calling for public-policy changes and new …

Oxford University

The Four Stages of Life

Life is a bitch. Then you die. So while staring at my navel the other day, I decided that that bitch happens in four stages. Here they are.Stage One: …

How not to praise your employee’s work

Providing negative feedback is one of the hardest parts of any manager’s job. For example, you would need different approaches for a new employee who …

How Great Leaders Get Employees to Act Like Owners? - Personal Branding Blog - Stand Out In Your Career

The most daring leaders realize that inspiring employees to assume ownership and responsibility is essentially telling them, “I trust you and your …

Inside Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's radical management experiment that prompted 14% of employees to quit

On March 24, Zappos' 1,500 or so employees got a memo from CEO Tony Hsieh.<p>"This is a long email," it began. "Please take 30 minutes to read through the email in its entirety."<p>It concerned the retailer's transition to "Holacracy," a manager-free operating structure that is composed, in theory, of …

Team Building

The Best Leaders Are Critical Thinkers - Lolly Daskal | Leadership

What makes some leaders stand out from the rest?<p>It has to do with their ability to think decisively.<p>The best leaders evaluate their options, weigh in …

Leadership Is About Emotion

Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet …

Sometimes the Best Ideas Come from Outside Your Industry

It’s a strange thought, but the solution to your business’s innovation problem may be walking around in the head of someone who applies theatrical makeup for a living.<p>Or plays robot soccer. Or installs heavy machinery in mines. Or does something else that’s apparently unrelated to the problem …

How to Avoid "Us" vs. "Them" Thinking in Your Team

<b>Most of us like working together as part of a team. There is the bond of a shared goal. Collaboration. Respect for one another. It can be productive and fulfilling. But NOT if it is at the expense of the company at large.</b><p><b>This week we address the "us" vs "them" issue in response to a question from</b> …

Leadership

How Do You Create a High-Performance Team?

An effective work team is a group of engaged individuals. In “The Toyota Way,” Jeffrey Liker tells us, “The center of TPS (Toyota Production System) …

Leadership and Change (Part 2)

In the last "Leadership Notebook" posting, I mentioned that the best theory I've come across to help leaders deal with change was developed by Paul Hersey and Kenneth Blanchard in 1972.1 Their model has proven useful in congregations and schools, as Debbie and I noted in our book on power, change …

Self-improvement

How to Hold Your Team Accountable--Without Being a Jerk

Become a better leader by confronting your employees in a polite and efficient way.<p><i>This story first appeared on Women2.com.</i><p>As you start to grow your company and bring on new people, one of the hardest aspects is learning how to hold people accountable. It's one thing if your team is always …

Small Biz Ahead

The Hartford<p>For many small business owners, market research serves as an important tool that enables them to predict their potential success by …

The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact.<p>Consider Cynthia, a general manager in a health care organization. Her promotion into that role increased her direct reports 10-fold and expanded …

How to Inspire and Hire the Best Talent in 2020

A fast guide to top workplace trends that will impact your success in the next five years.<p>The year 2020 sounds like something out a futuristic science fiction movie, but it is just five years away. As technology continues to accelerate change and life as we know it, what can you identify that is …

15 Powerful Strategies for Keeping Your Highest-Performing Employees

You need your top performers to stay fully engaged in their jobs. Here's how to keep them on board.<p>Researchers say that your highest performers are 400 percent more productive than the rest of your employees. Imagine a workplace filled with this much potential and enthusiasm. If every employee …

5 Warning Signs Your Employees Have Stopped Caring--and How to Rekindle Their Passion

You may not know you have an employee engagement problem until you start losing your best and brightest.<p>How can you tell when you've lost the confidence, commitment, and engagement of your employees? The signs aren't always overt, warn Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, co-founders of Barefoot …

The First Element of Great Managing

Making sure employees know what's expected of them is the foundation of management<p>Who needs a manager anyway?<p>Given all the experimentation with …