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This Is the No. 1 Soft Skill You Need to Develop

It can't be replaced by automation.<p>It's been heartening to see heightened interest in soft skills in response to rising automation and the shrinking half-life of hard or technical skills. I'm among those who believe soft skills and continuous learning will be what lift some careers while others …

Hung Up

Three Indisputable Traits Of A True Leader

I was flying to a business meeting with an associate when he told me he didn’t think I was a very good leader. (Ouch!)<p>Sensing that God had sent a messenger to tell me that I lacked humility, I took the bait and asked him why. He explained that it was because he’d never seen me yell at anyone. In …

John Quincy Adams

3 ways to be a better listener — and get ahead at work

The saying "in one ear and out the other" captures just how easy it is to listen without actually processing what the other person is saying. While …

When You Have to Fire Good People

Getting fired can be devastating, especially to a conscientious employee. As a manager in the tech startup world, where turnover can be quite high and things change fast, I’ve had to let many good people go — and when I do, I’m acutely aware of how painful it is for them. But because I also focus …


Followable Leadership -- Lead So Others Will Follow

Getting the right balance between inspiring others to do more than they think they can do and enabling them to do it is an art. If you don’t go far enough, fast enough your followers will lose interest. If you try to go too far too fast, your followers won’t be able to keep up.<p>In the children’s …


8 Life Choices That Will Make You Instantly Likable and Respected

The ability to earn respect often comes down to the choices you make.<p>Respect is such a lost value in today's culture, especially since the most recent presidential campaign. Its polarizing nature has brought out the worst in humanity.<p>Studies have been telling us that there's immense power in …


20 Habits of Highly Successful and Effective Leaders

Effective leadership is the difference between mediocrity and greatness.<p>About six months ago I wrote and article on the 20 Habits of Highly Unsuccessful Leaders which proved to be very popular, over half a million views and shares. Which got me wondering what do people want to know most. What to …