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Why Motivating Others Starts with Using the Right Language

The seven members of the offers team gathered for their weekly standup at the New York-based technology startup. There had been misconnects the …

Santa Fe

What The Happiest People Know About Work

Hard work and skills will only get you so far. The most successful people also find joy in working life. It’s not as difficult as it may seem. Here are the top habits for people who are happy at work.<p>Study, work hard, and you will be successful.<p>This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout …

11 Ways to Avoid Burnout

The latest Gallup poll (2012) revealed that 87 percent of employees are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” from their jobs worldwide. This …

Stop Trying to Control People or Make Them Happy

Whether you’ve heard of them or not, two gurus from the early 20th century still dominate management thinking and practice — to our detriment. It has been more than 100 years since Frederick Taylor, an American engineer working in the steel business, published his seminal work on the principles of …

Go to Where the Actual Work Is Being Done

Do you often feel reactive instead of proactive? Do people complain that decisions at the top take too long to percolate down to the frontlines? If so, you probably manage your organization and your direct reports through weekly meetings and email. You should instead consider “leader standard work.”<p>…

Alexis Ohanian: Sucking is the First Step to Being Sorta Good at Something

About this presentation<p>Alexis Ohanian has founded reddit, Breadpig, and hipmunk but he’ll be the first one to tell you: “I still don’t know what I’m …

Turn Your Next Interruption into an Opportunity

Modern life, particularly work life, has become increasingly hectic<b>.</b> There are relentless demands from meetings, emails, text messages, questions to answer, problems to solve, fires to put out. It can begin to feel like there is never any time to get “real work” done. If you feel overwhelmed by …

Three Imperatives for Good Project Managers

We all have good ideas. The hard part is making them happen.<p>HR departments love handing out worksheets on how to plan your time. Management gurus have written hundreds of pages of advice on how to better manage your week, your day, and your hour.<p>But what happens when you try and apply that advice …

Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Gallup has found that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager. Yet our analysis suggests that they usually get it wrong. In fact, Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time.<p>Bad managers cost …

How To Bounce Back From A Big Mistake

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery,” James Joyce once said. It may be hard to remember this if you were the guy who incorrectly rerouted some …

Team Chemistry Is the New Holy Grail of Performance Analytics

A talented videogame-designing friend had a ready quip whenever start-up executives asked him if he was a “team player.” “Yes,” he always responded, “team captain.” He usually got hired.<p>“Makes teams better” is fast-becoming both an essential ingredient to getting hired and a mission-critical …

11 Body Positions and Gestures That Can Improve Your Performance

The mind/body connection can be incredibly powerful. Here's how to use your body to your intellectual and emotional advantage.<p>Join Shark Tank’s Daymond John, MailChimp's Ben Chestnut, Drybar's Alli Webb, Boxed's Chieh Huang, Harry’s Jeff Raider, and hundreds of scrappy and trailblazing …

New Orleans

13 Steps To Stick To the Life Changes You Want To Make

Make the journey to stick to life changes you want to make as rewarding as the destination with these 13 easy steps.

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In …

Balance watch: A philosophy in a watch...

Media:<p><b>Watch Design Enforces A Proper Work-Life …

Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty, because they didn’t really do …

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

In the late ’60s, Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel performed a now-iconic experiment called the Marshmallow Test, which analyzed the ability of …

Self-improvement

Why clever and lazy people make great leaders

"You're looking for three things, generally, in a person," says Warren Buffett. "Intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don't have the last …

McDonald's

Stop Doing It All Yourself: How to Delegate When You’re Overwhelmed

You’ve tried every productivity hack in the book and have reached your max capacity in terms of output. You know that you need outside help to bring …

Fire the workaholics

Seth's Blog

<b>Deniability</b>--"<i>They</i> decided, created, commanded or blocked. Not my fault."<p><b>Helplessness</b>--"My boss won't let me."<p><b>Contempt</b>--"They don't pay me enough to …

Are You A Serial Under-Earner?

Underearners have a high tolerance for low pay.<p>Underearners consistently accept low-paying jobs or jobs that pay less than they need, usually for the …

Retirement

Attention, rhythm & weight

Maybe you’ve seen “Snow Fall.” It’s long, it scrolls, and unlike most pieces on the web before it, it skillfully stitches together text and image and …

Snowfall

The Secret to Lean Innovation Is Making Learning a Priority

Lean innovation is being embraced by everyone — from the smallest start-ups to the largest global organizations. But in most cases, it’s still falling well short of its full potential because it either lacks or fails to tightly integrate with the mechanisms needed to systematically capture lessons …

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If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

Skilled managers have never been more critical to the success of firms than they are today. Not because employees can’t function without direction, but because managers play a vital role in talent management. Gone are the comprehensive career management systems and expectations of long-term …