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7 Practical Ways to Keep Your Team Working Toward the Same Goal

Does it sometimes seem like the people in your company are working against each other? Here's how to keep them aligned for real productivity.<p>Success in today's rapidly changing and highly competitive business environment requires a total alignment between the needs of each business function and the …

8 words to avoid when you want to seem confident, according to an executive coach

Word choice can be the difference between getting your opinion brushed aside or having someone take your opinion seriously.<p>If you would like it to be the latter (which you obviously should), it's time for a quick check-up on your office vocab.<p>We spoke with Joel Garfinkle, executive coach and author …

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Become More Positive

When our brains go negative that can eat away at our productivity, creativity and decision-making skills.<p>This story originally appeared on Due<p>It’s been said that humans on average can have anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day -- if not more. Pretty fascinating, right?<p>Here’s the issue. …

Removing These 8 Things From Life Can Make You More Successful

Lots of people think that the best way to become successful is to pick up lots of new habits and skills. While this can help, sometimes the best …

Cognitive Psychologists Say Overcoming This One Bias Leads to Public Speaking Success

People who excel at giving presentations or public speaking take specific steps to improve.<p>A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave us a glimpse into how successful leaders think. His advice: "Don't be a know-it-all; be a learn-it-all."<p>Cognitive psychologists are finding that there's …

An embarrassingly simple email trick completely changed the way I handle my inbox

I'm good at lots of things, from eating lunch at exactly noon every day, to writing article introductions that make me look cocky, to downloading productivity apps and then quickly abandoning them.<p>You see, I love organization, and timelines, and spreadsheets. So, if I read an article that tells me …

A LinkedIn HR exec shares the top 6 things recruiters look for when assessing your 'soft skills'

Not to be outshined by coveted tech skills, soft skills are claiming their share of the limelight this year: LinkedIn's recent Global Recruiting Trends report shows that recruiters and hiring managers rank the use of soft skills assessments among the top hiring trends in 2017.<p>It makes sense: 58% of …

Why You Should Lead With Motivation In Answering The Only Three True Job Interview Questions

Want the job? Lead with motivation. There are only three job interview questions and only three answers. In the vast majority of cases each of the final candidates has the strengths required to do the job. And while the main reason people fail in new leadership roles is poor fit, that’s relatively …

5 tips for writing an email that gets an answer and doesn't annoy anyone

Every time you email your contacts, you do the same by adding another task to their lists.<p>Out of consideration for their sanity (and karma points), email etiquette means putting effort into composing messages that are easy to process and action.<p>Subject-only email and five-sentence messages are …

12 Negative Habits You Should Give Up If You Want to Be Successful

The sooner you can ditch these, the better.<p>When it comes to "achieving success," the hardest thing for people to wrap their heads around tends to be the idea that small wins add up to big victories. It's a whole lot easier to imagine the end goal, the big celebration, than to think about each tiny …

The 10 Most Popular Leadership Stories Of 2016

These are the leadership stories you read and shared the most this year.<p>2016 saw its fair share of changes in the world of leadership. A pretty eventful U.S. presidential election accompanied seismic occurrences, scandals, mishaps, and mistakes in the business world.<p><i>Fast Company</i> covered the low …

5 Qualities Every Leaders Should Possess

Here are leadership qualities that have no time limits. Learn to master these skills and stay on top of your game for years to come.<p>While visiting Machu Picchu, set high in the Andes mountains of Peru, I was looking at the multitude of sophisticated, dry-stone buildings fused together without …

5 habits that inspire people to trust you

Well, let me save you time and money and simply break it to you here: It is trust.<p>We already know this to be true from several studies. For example, Great Place to Work— the global research consultancy that partners with <i>Fortune</i> to conduct the annual study of those "best companies" — confirms that …

11 simple tips for being more productive that don't feel like work

You went out with friends last night, which seemed like a brilliant idea in the moment and quickly escalated to a wildly good time, but now you're paying the price to productivity.<p>You're utterly exhausted due in part to dehydration and largely attributed to lack of sleep, you can't quite satisfy …

Reading These 5 Books Will Change Your Life

When Warren Buffett was asked about the secret to his wealth and success, he revealed that he read every day—500 pages, to be precise. Unfortunately, …

5 Ways to Trick Out Your Phone for Ultra Productivity

Apps and hacks to give your phone new superpowers.<p>This holiday season, many people will be tearing off the ribbons and wrapping paper to find a new …

This Great Course on Beating Procrastination Used to Be Paid, Now It’s Free

Productivity trainer Kosio Angelov built a paid course at Udemy on how to beat procrastination, and over a thousand people took it. Now Angelov has …