Mark Bidinger

232 Added | 1 Magazine | 7 Likes | 16 Following | 93 Followers | @mbidinger | Senior Corporate Executive with demonstrated success in global consumer and building materials markets. Former Expat Zhuhai China.

Doing These 9 Uncomfortable Things Will Pay Off Forever

<i>This story originally appeared on Businessinsider.com.</i><p>What makes someone uncomfortable depends on the person, but what's universally true is the …

Communication Skills

In Just 8 Words, Uber's New CEO Gave a Master Class in Leadership | Inc.com

If many of Uber's high-profile problems -- the sexual harassment claims, the bullying, the intellectual property lawsuit -- are attributable to former leader Travis Kalanick's brash take-no-prisoners, admit-no-errors leadership style, then the company's newly named CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, might be …

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44 Favorite Books of High Achievers | Inc.com

The people who accomplish the most in life are serious about self-improvement, which often comes in the form of a good book. Here are several dozen excellent reads, recommended by high-achieving founders and executives.<p>1. <i>Crossing the Chasm</i> by Geoffrey Moore<p>"When I read [this book] for the first …

Leadership

It’s 10 AM. Do You Know What Your Sales Reps Are Doing?

Sales executives with even moderately large, distributed sales forces rely on data to help them understand which activities and behaviors lead to the best outcomes. Yet much of the data from sources such as CRM reporting tools and time studies is self-reported, and thus inherently flawed. That …

Management

What You Need to Stand Out in a Noisy World

For years, I’ve been grappling with the question of how professionals in an increasingly noisy and frenetic world can ensure their expertise is recognized.<p>In the course of researching my book <i>Stand Out</i>, I interviewed more than 50 top thought leaders across a variety of different fields to elicit …

Thought Leadership

4 Ways Leaders 'Pre-suade' Others To Follow Them Through Difficult Change

At some point, every leader is faced with the challenge of having to rally others around a journey of uncertain change. For most, that challenge is daunting and often goes poorly. Many leaders try to over-sell positive aspects of change, manipulating information and downplaying risks. Others …

Leadership

Companies Are Bad at Identifying High-Potential Employees

A high-potential employee is usually in the top 5% of employees in an organization. These people are thought to be the organization’s most capable, most motivated, and most likely to ascend to positions of responsibility and power. To help these employees prepare for leadership roles in a …

Employee Engagement

How to Trim Your Inbox, Stop Checking Email and Be More Productive | Inc.com

The second largest regret people have on their deathbeds, is having worked too hard, says palliative care nurse Bonnie Ware. (The first: wishing they hadn't acted so much based on others' opinions.)<p>Our regret might be even greater if we knew that 60 percent of our work time was spent on email. It's …

Time Management

The Greatest Sales Deck I've Ever Seen

<i>It's Zuora's and it's brilliant. Here's why.</i><p>* * *<p>A few months ago, my friend Tim took a new sales job at a tech company that had raised over $60 …

Why It's Better to Raise Debt than Equity | Inc.com

As you start to build your business from garage to office, the issue of funding will become abundantly clear.<p>So which road should you go down: building debt or equity? While many experts feel that equity is the way to go, as you're not starting out in the red, I believe that smart business owners …

Personal Finance

Why Sports Are a Terrible Metaphor for Business

Here in the United States, we’re just days away from Super Bowl Sunday. The buzz around the biggest game in America’s biggest sport is, as always, about more than football. It’s also about business and leadership. Does the Patriots’s consistent excellence over the last 15 years offer insights on …

Leadership

Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

At the start of 2016 Google announced that it had discovered the secret ingredients for the perfect team. After years of analyzing interviews and data from more than 100 teams, it found that the drivers of effective team performance are the group’s average level of emotional intelligence and a high …

Management

How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together

Incivility can fracture a team, destroying collaboration, splintering members’ sense of psychological safety, and hampering team effectiveness. Belittling and demeaning comments, insults, backbiting, and other rude behavior can deflate confidence, sink trust, and erode helpfulness — even for those …

The Workplace

What We Learned About Management in 2016, in 19 Charts

The 1% and the Asian middle class have gained the most from globalization. The U.S. lower middle class, not so much.<p>In many cases, Millennials and Baby Boomers want the same things out of a new job. And Boomers are slightly more likely to want to work somewhere fun.<p>People who are both in demand by …

Demographics

How Microsoft Uses a Growth Mindset to Develop Leaders

Research shows that managers see far more leadership potential in their employees when their companies adopt a growth mindset — the belief that talent should be developed in everyone, not viewed as a fixed, innate gift that some have and others don’t. But what are those organizations doing to …

Employment
Employment

6 Phrases You'll Always Hear From Confident Leaders

The best bosses use these words and short phrases to motivate and encourage their teams.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>Whether you've just started training your first hire or you've been managing scores of people for …

Leadership

A 17-Year-Old Entrepreneur Summed Up Perfectly What So Many Companies Just Don't Get

He may be young, but this is wise advice.<p>Connor Blakley is an entrepreneur, a Fortune 500 consultant, and popular speaker who's delivered presentations on a range of topics including youth marketing, personal branding, and social media.<p>He's also 17 years old.<p>I met Connor about a year ago, after …

Marketing

The 8 Tremendous Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

These 8 proven mindset techniques can help you shift yourself and your life into top gear.<p>The truth is having a fixed mindset as the name implies, increases the limitations you have in your life.<p>Optimists believe the glass is half full whilst pessimists believe it's empty. The same can be said for …

Self-improvement

6 tips for dealing with conflict

<i>iStock</i><p>Smart ways to handle your next heated situation, shared by Nadia Lopez. She should know — she’s a school principal.<p>Nadia Lopez, founding …

How Your Body Language Can Tell People You’re a Leader—or Not

Nonverbal communication from executives can speak volumes to employees and others. For starters, don’t tilt your head.<p>For better or worse, C-suite leaders are always on display. And whether in a one-on-one meeting or speaking to a crowd of thousands, they are sending nonverbal messages that shape …

Employment

How to Live With Purpose Every Single Day

When you woke up today, how did you feel it was going to go?<p>Today can be as great as you want it to be.<p>Your fate isn't set. You get to decide how much of yourself you're going to put into today.<p>Rather than saying, "Well, we'll see what happens," you must powerfully state, <i>"Today, I'm going to make</i> …

Framing

When Leadership Fails to Scale: 3 Keys for Leaders

<i>5,300 Wells Fargo employees fired over 2 million phony accounts</i> CNN 9/9/16<p><i>Wells Fargo CEO Grilling by Congress: Round 2</i> CNN 9/29/16<p><i>AA Pilots Blast Return of Toxic Culture Bloomberg</i> 3/6/16<p><i>AA Reverses Course on Employee Profit-sharing</i> WSJ 3/28/16<p><i>Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising</i> …

Leadership

7 Brutal Life Lessons Everyone Has to Learn Multiple Times

How many times does it take, really?<p>How many times does it take to learn the same lesson?<p>Life is not a checklist. It is a practice. The thing with knowledge is that it can decay if left ignored--and that goes for anything. Just because you did it once does not mean it won't happen again. Or just …

Self-improvement

12 Rules Entrepreneurs Must Know About Cap Table Management

Cap tables are more than just simple spreadsheets.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Capitalization tables (Cap tables) are among the most important documents every entrepreneur should understand. This misleadingly simple document, which looks like a standard spreadsheet, …

Entrepreneurship

These tips are the combination of years of blood, sweat and tears. Follow them to the letter, and I promise that you will feel an enormous amount of momentum backing you up on a day to day basis, the likes of which you have never felt before. I’m not a guru & I don’t mean […]

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This Could Be Your Competitive Edge -- Unless You Delay

Few truly appreciate the astounding benefits of greater clarity or even recognize the <i>lack of clarity</i> that offers so much opportunity. Those who do are using it to beat the competition.<p>What exactly am I talking about? Greater clarity means:<p>1. Greater specificity of desired outcomes<p>2. Intentionality …

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