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Uncovering the Secrets of Successful Work Cultures

What makes some groups work well together and some fall apart? Author Daniel Coyle reveals the secrets of successful teams in his new book.

Wharton School

Top-Performing Leadership Teams Use This 1 Decision-Making Hack

Think about your team. Think about each person on your team. Do you trust them?<p>What makes a high-performing team? It's not intelligence. It's not seniority.<p>Google recently discovered that the highest performing teams are the ones with two characteristics:<p>Individuals are able to sacrifice something …

Leadership

How to Get the Most Out of a Day Off

The idea of “vacation” often conjures up thoughts of trips to faraway lands. While it’s true that big trips can be fun and even refreshing, they can also take a lot of time, energy, and money. A lot of people feel exhausted just thinking about planning a vacation—not just navigating personal …

Remote Working

Experiencing these 5 things? You might be in the wrong profession

Sometimes a job or career is just not meant to be. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you might want to think about making a change.<p>While “picking the wrong career is not an uncommon thing,” according to Karen Elizaga, career coach and author of Find Your Sweet Spot, it’s not always easy to …

Employment

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

"I want The Three Bears!"<p>These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa.<p>A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young …

The Brain

10 Things Unstoppable People Do That Average People Don't

Most people can't handle success, authority, or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy.<p>Are you unstoppable or average?<p>Do you get derailed by prior success?<p>Are you thinking linearly or exponentially?<p>Do you do these 10 things?<p>1. Don't get crushed by success.<p><i>Success can become a catalyst for</i> …

personaldevelopment

Ready

Want To Be A Great Storyteller? First, Break These Habits

The story you decide to tell matters just as much as how you decide to tell it.<p>You’ve heard dozens of times that you’re more likely to engage your audience when you tell a story in your presentation. A story that’s powerful and relevant can galvanize people and inspire action. But even otherwise …

Public Speaking

According To Science You Are More Likely To Develop Heart Disease If This One Thing Is Missing At Work

Change this behavior before it's too late<p>I've written about the ever-evolving landscape of leadership and how it's changing over time. But it turns out you'll be saving more than just projects and revenue by enhancing your leadership in the workplace...you'll be saving the health of your …

Leadership

15 Top Leadership Books Every Current or Future Boss Should Read

There's something here for everyone, whatever your level of leadership.<p>Since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay, <i>The Servant as Leader</i>, the servant leadership movement has risen from obscurity to the very principles of how the most successful companies on the planet operate and …

Leadership

Robin Williams Did This 1 Thing to Unlock His Creativity--and It's Exactly What Neuroscience Recommends

Unlocking creativity ain't easy--but some brilliant scientific and comedic minds have figured it out.<p>We all have self-defeating habits and do plenty to sabotage our own success. Unfortunately, it's no different when it comes to creativity.<p>Neuroscience research indicates that those who struggle with …

Creativity

With a New Apology, Starbucks's CEO Just Taught an Important Lesson in Leadership

Firing the employees involved probably wouldn't help things at Starbucks. Hopefully, this will.<p>Many are criticizing Starbucks for the way it handled a recent incident in which two African American men ended up getting arrested at a Philadelphia store.<p>The story, according to <i>The New York Times</i>:<p>Two …

Leadership

7 Common Mistakes Young Leaders Often Make but Don't Have to

With new responsibilities come problems that are new to you but not to everybody.<p>Three years ago millennials surpassed Gen Xers to become the single largest cohort working in the United States, according to a study conducted by PEW Research. This means more young people will be assuming positions …

Teenage Vandals Were Sentenced to Read Books. Here’s What One Learned.

A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”<p>Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book.<p>But not just …

Books

Why Doesn't America Read Anymore?

Congratulations, genuine readers, and happy April Fools' Day!<p>We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven't actually read. If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let's see what people have to say about this …

6 Things Bad Bosses Always Fear (but Great Leaders Always Do)

It could mean the difference between success and failure.<p>Peter Drucker famously said: "Culture eats strategy for breakfast."<p>The quote was actually attributed to him and made famous in 2006 by Mark Fields, chief executive at Ford. Twelve years later, it's corporate-speak for purpose-led and …

Leadership

How Bad Customer Service Can Kill Your Brand

Learn from these companies' mistakes<p>We live in a time in which brands are being held more accountable than ever. Twenty years ago, if you paid for a product or service and you weren't happy with what you received, the best you could hope for was that if you sent in a letter of complaint, you'd …

Customer Service

Meet the Librarians Who Are Saving Their Communities from Drug Overdoses

As the drug epidemic invades 
even the nation’s reading rooms, 
an unlikely group of first responders 
is joining the battle to save lives.<p>A crowd …

The Problem with Saying “Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions”

It’s time to retire the saying “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Even though advocates of this approach believe it reduces whining, increases empowerment, helps employees manage up, and boosts careers, it’s fraught with challenges.<p>Not every problem has an easy solution. Tackling the …

Leadership

Six Words And Phrases That Make Everyone Hate Working With You

Some of the most common expressions carry subtle undertones of resentment when you use them around the office.<p>In general, it’s smart to say what you mean. In the workplace, people tend to use overwrought business jargon to compensate for not knowing their stuff. But there’s a less-apparent risk to …

Self-help

100 Years Of Social Justice Warriors Remind Us To Keep Fighting The Good Fight

The Good Fight chronicles–in beautiful historical photos–the inspiring history of fights for more progress and equity in America.<p>In the past few years, in the swamps of online discourse, the term “social justice warrior” went from positive to the go-to insult. There is an unmistakable dissonance …

Black History

These Five Expressions Make All Your Emails Sound Whiny

We’re wired to read emails in a negative way. If you want to inspire people (rather than make them cringe), don’t use these phrases in your messages.<p>No one likes a downer–especially not by email, a format that makes people feel disconnected from each other to begin with. Whether you’re …

Self-help

What Happened When I Avoided Saying “No Problem” For A Month

Testing out less “problematic” alternatives to “you’re welcome” helped one writer better understand when word choice matters and when it doesn’t.<p>I grew up the daughter of a high school writing teacher and an engineer whose career demanded precision, so it won’t surprise you to hear that my parents …

Self-help

Why Good Leaders Look To Share

If you want to get, then you've got to give<p>The fastest way to accumulate things is to take, take, take. You have to fight for your share, and if you don't get it, someone else will, right?<p>Wrong.<p>This is the way bad leaders operate. They believe there isn't enough to go around, so they spend all …

Self-improvement

5 Things That Can Really Influence How Others Perceive You

It can be as simple as being curious about the other person.<p>There are several ways to make a great first impression on someone you just met. Here are five proven strategies to get you started.<p>1. Be curious.<p>Want to be the most interesting person in the room? In a previous article, I offered seven …

Albert Einstein

If your Business Isn't Doing These 5 Things, Then Your Leadership Training is a Waste of Money

Too many companies are focused on classroom training only<p>Throughout my career, I must have attended at least a dozen leadership programs whose goal was to help foster leadership skills growth within the organization. Now while many of these were fun, and I did learn a bit about myself, I wouldn't …

Leadership

I Never Met A Good Manager Who Wasn't A Good Communicator

I remember the conversations well because we had several of them. They were always very similar. They went like this.<p>A good friend of mine who knows of my longstanding interest in the practice of management would tell me how upset she was with her boss. I’d then ask, “Well, what exactly is the …

Leadership

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Legendary Football Coach Nails It With 1 Brilliant Sentence

A profound quote decades old, it's even more applicable in today's social economy.<p>A few days ago, I was listening to a Higher Purpose podcast where the host, Kevin Monroe, asked his guest JeffHarmon, a leadership coach and author of <i>The Anatomy of a Principled Leader</i>, about the challenges of using …

Leadership

Intersectionality at the Reference Desk: Lived Experiences of Women of Color Librarians