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Why Do Employees Quit on Their Bosses? Because They Never Get Asked These Important Questions

According to Gallup research, these questions may be the key to stopping your best people from leaving.<p>For nearly five decades now, ever since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay "The Servant as Leader," leadership thinkers have attempted to replicate, rehash, and reinterpret the concepts …

This story about Warren Buffett and his long-time pilot is an important lesson about what separates extraordinarily successful people from everyone else

Warren Buffett is the 3rd richest man in the world and he's considered to be the greatest investor to have ever lived.<p>But what's funny is that Buffett has achieved all of his success <b>NOT</b> by doing <b>MORE</b> than his peers… but by doing <b>LESS!</b><p>Seriously.<p>For example, Warren Buffett:<p>Focus vs. laziness<p>Don't …

Self-improvement

Lucy Kalanithi on Her Neurosurgeon Husband's Heartbreaking, Bestselling Memoir – And on Losing Him to Lung Cancer at 37

It’s been almost a year since Lucy Kalanithi’s husband, Stanford neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, died of lung cancer at 37 last March, but the memories …

Books

Pssst: Want To Know If You're About To Be Fired?

Recently, our company conducted research with a large consumer food company that had decided to eliminate 150 leadership positions. What an interesting dilemma.<p>A layoff is a hard reality for all involved. But in the hopes something positive could come from the unfortunate scenario, we examined the …

5 Simple Things You Can Do To Get People To Speak Up In Meetings

I can’t tell you how many times, over the years, managers have complained to me that their folks don’t speak up in meetings. They lament the fact they don’t get creative ideas, useful pushback to their own ideas, or meaningful conversation about important issues.<p>More problematically, the managers …

When The Job Interviewer Doesn't Ask The Right Questions

Hiring managers typically use the interview to figure out if you’re the best person for the job, and how well you’d fit into the organization. How? They ask question. The <i>right</i> questions.<p>But sometimes they don’t–and that may hurt your chances of landing the job.<p>I spoke to four career experts to find …

Work Smart: Do Your Worst Task First (Or, Eat a Live Frog Every Morning)

Mark Twain famously said that if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you. Your frog is your worst task, and you should do it first thing in the morning.<p>The best work habit you can ever get into is very simple: …

How To Influence Anyone, Any Time, Anywhere: 4 Subconscious Secrets

How many times have you tried to influence, enroll, engage someone in the past 2 weeks?<p>How many times were you successful?<p>Now more than ever leaders need to be able to influence outcomes. Good intentions are rarely assumed, people are on the lookout for manipulative tactics, and even subtle …

The 10 Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2013

The experts agree: anyone can take a course in C++, but it’s not going to land you the job. The most in-demand jobs for the new year might be rooted in the booming computer industry, but it’s not only technical and programming chops that prospective hires should be showcasing.<p>“The most sought-after …

A Checklist for Personal Efficiency

At the end of the day, there are two ways to excel in business: Right strategy and personal effectiveness. Strategy is often a complex matter, and personal effectiveness is simpler, but very few do it well.<p>Yet the potential gains when you maximize how efficiently you perform can be astronomical. …

'Geeky and not for girls': Technology's big image problem

We have a small but growing number of female shining stars in leadership roles in innovation and technology. Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and Marissa …

3 Questions That Top Candidates Ask In Job Interviews

Kathy Rapp's recent recruiting article on Fistfuloftalent.com embodies this spirit of constructive criticism. She critiques a post on Recruiter.com titled "7 Questions Great Candidates Ask" and then offers an improvement, or"3 Questions Freakin' Awesome Candidates Ask."<p>Her questions are tough ones. …

The Four Questions Great Leaders Ask

<i>“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers</i>.”<p>—Voltaire<p>Ever notice how great leaders ask the best questions?<p>A masterful leader will sit Yoda-like in a meeting, listening intently to the dialogue and then, with Zen Master timing, ask a question that will change the tenor, the focus and the …

The 5 Best Things My Father Ever Taught Me About Money

He put it on the back of a living room chair with great fanfare. Mom laughed and asked what the heck he planned to do with it. "Well, someday we're going to have horses," he replied, "and this was a good buy."<p>Not many years later, his dream came true. In 1968, Mom and Dad built a home where they …

How Technology Is Changing The Way Organizations Learn

People used to be valued for knowing a trade. Then came the industrial revolution and those skills became devalued. Machines took over physical labor and most people either did simple, repetitive tasks or managed those who did.<p>Now, we are entering a new industrial revolution and machines are …

Why Aggressive Women Can't Win At Work (And How To Deal)

You’re in an executive meeting. The guy to your left stands, pounds his fist on the table and barks about whatever he thinks matters. “He’s so passionate about our business!” somebody comments, almost in awe. The next guy, the one across the table, adds his two cents, nearly shouting in …

Money Is What Keeps Couples Together — Not Love

This may seem like a very shallow statement. But if you hang in there with me I think you'll see exactly why money is more important than love . First, let me explain what I mean.<p>I'm not saying that money should be the objective of your relationship. Quite the opposite.<p>Financial success results …

Being Professionally Well Rounded Is Generally A Formula For Being Mediocre

In a work environment, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “Concentrate on improving your weaknesses.” It’s actually quite common in many corporations. The goal is to become professionally well rounded. It’s also a great way to be mediocre. And it’s almost certainly a way <i>not</i> to become very …

Job Hunters: Here's How You Can Stand Out From The Pack

Though the economy is beginning to improve, many employers are overloaded with job applicants and extremely choosy about who they’ll hire. So if you want to land a position, you’ve got to find a way to stand out from the pack.<p>That’s especially true for anyone over 50, who often faces the added …

7 Steps To Developing Career Capital -- And Achieving Success

In 2007, Steve Martin was on the Charlie Rose show to talk about his memoir <i>Born Standing Up</i>. He talked about his rise in comedy, and Rose asked him for his advice to aspiring performers.<p>His response? “Nobody ever takes note of [my advice], because it’s not the answer they wanted to hear. What they …

Productivity Lifesaver: The 5-Sentence Email

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Eliminating extra information from emails can help you reclaim a large portion of your workday, increase your productivity, and improve your chances of getting a reply.<p>Boulder, Colo. entrepreneur Andreea Ayers discovered the impact of …

What Eating Lunch At Your Desk Every Day Does To Your Body

But recent research suggests zoning out in front of the computer during lunch might actually lead to overeating [1]. So stop checking those status updates (c'mon, fess up!) and consider focusing on that yummy salad or sammy instead!<p><b>Gimme A Break: The Tip</b><p>Americans spend an average of 8 ½ hours a day …

How to Make a LinkedIn Profile That Will Actually Help You Get a Job

<i>by Kate Stull</i><p>There’s a lot of buzz about LinkedIn these days (even here on The Billfold) — but for all the buzz, it seems like most people still don’t really understand how or why to use it.<p>I think that’s because for a long time, a lot of us pictured LinkedIn as a dusty old social network for …