Miguel Botelho Gomes Barbosa

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What It Really Means to Be a Chief Innovation Officer

Increasingly, companies are creating formal innovation roles outside the R&D department. In a Cap Gemini study from 2012 of 260 organizations, 43% of respondents said they had a Chief Innovation Officer or similar, up from 33% the year before. Below the C-suite level, local leaders across the …

How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Bridges

Who hasn’t fantasized about walking into the boss’s office, saying: “I quit!” and then marching straight out the door? The rational side of you knows, of course, that that’s the wrong way to resign from a job. But what is the right approach? Who should you tell first? How much notice should you …

Need to Change? Keep a Diary

Jean-Claude, the French manager appointed by the Western investor to head the sales team of a joint venture in Romania, was experiencing resistance from the sales managers reporting to him. Results were below target and Jean-Claude put the blame squarely on the sales force.<p>The board asked me to …

Signs That You’re a Micromanager

Absolutely no one likes to be micromanaged. It’s frustrating, demoralizing, and demotivating. Yet, some managers can’t seem to help themselves. Dealing with a controlling boss who doesn’t trust you is tough, but what if you’re the one doing the micromanaging?<p>If you’re like most micromanagers, you …

A Military Leader’s Approach to Dealing with Complexity

The most effective leaders I’ve known or studied all share a common trait: they were unwilling to settle for the existing state of affairs. They believed with all their heart that what we focus on can become reality.<p>In my quarter-century of military service, I’ve been afforded the rare privilege of …

Leadership

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Employee Engagement Best Practices: Performance as a Team Sport

To unlock growth for your company, adopt these best practices in employee engagement.<p>DOWNLOAD NOW<p><b>1. Introduction: Engagement Is Tied to Business Outcomes</b><p>In a competitive and rapidly changing market, access to the best talent can spell the difference between sustained growth and prolonged struggle. …

30-Second Strategies for Better Performance and Productivity

You spend countless hours trying to improve your performance, but sometimes the biggest gains can be made in half a minute.<p>Half a minute is all it takes to make each day more productive.<p><b>1. Take 30 seconds to set the stage for awesome success.</b> Here's how: Before you start doing something, answer the …

5 Rules for Efficient, Effective Meetings

Meetings are a major pain point for many of my clients striving to achieve organizational health. The remedy, however, is not fewer meetings; it's more regular and specific ones. Sounds fun, right? Let me explain.<p>The real work of teams is done in meetings. If you're developing a new marketing plan, …

Management

Change leader, change thyself

Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward.<p><b>Leo Tolstoy,</b> the Russian novelist, famously wrote, “Everyone …

The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

Leaders that try too hard to win people over are the ones that end up losing the respect of their employees – especially when it’s not genuine. The most memorable leaders know how to naturally make a good first impression. They are mindful of what most employees do and don’t expect of them and want …

10 Genuine Ways Anyone Can Be Exceptionally Charming

Heartfelt. Sincere. Honest. And incredibly powerful.<p>Sure, everyone knows blunt, impolite, and even rude people who are somehow extremely successful. (I know a bunch of them.)<p>But since we're all more likely to do business and build professional and personal relationships with people we like, we're …

How to Get Your Employees to Trust You

Before employees will buy in to your directives, you need to show you'll stand up for them and to create an atmosphere where they feel safe in their jobs.<p>Mistrust in leadership has taken root in the public, in part the result of a litany of scandalized politicians and overpaid and questionably …

How To Keep Your Cool When The Pressure's On

Far too often, I step out of a meeting where nothing got accomplished – people talked in circles around each other, but didn’t really decide on anything. It’s not the fault of anyone in particular, but people tend to back away from taking a strong position. Of course, your conference room is not a …

8 Easy Ways to Be an Extraordinary Boss

High-class leadership means doing both the little and the big things necessary for your employees to flourish. Here's where to start.<p>A few years ago, I interviewed several dozen highly successful CEOs. In the post "The 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses," I provided a summary of what I learned. …

Does Your Top Team Have the Right Personality Mix? Take the 'Window' Test

Idealab founder Bill Gross says the best leadership teams balance four personality types. Here's a quick way to assess how your team fares.<p>Bill Gross, founder of the renowned Idealab incubator, believes that the best senior management teams are made up of four distinct personality types: (E) …

3 Ways To Handle Criticism Like A Pro–And Actually Grow From It

Be smart about the way you ask for feedback and you’ll quickly realize you can’t live or learn without it. Here’s how to ask the right questions and get the answers you need.<p>If you’ve ever been given a performance review, you know the dread that comes with getting feedback. Your muscles tighten as …

5 Powerful Notes to Write That Will Change Your Life

How? When you give, you also receive.<p>Phone calls are great. But when you want to say something important, writing a note, especially a handwritten note, can be even more powerful.<p>Why? Notes are unexpected. (Who writes letters anymore?) Notes can be savored. Notes can be saved. Notes can be pulled …

11 Simple Ways To Show Your Employees You Care

Perception is a very real issue for leaders. They must decide how they want employees to view them and act accordingly. Typically, leaders choose a combination of stoic, strong, closed-off, and loud-mouthed. Some even want to be seen as assholes. While this is a strategic decision — usually …

5 Ways To Keep Employees Happy And Engaged In Tough Times

You can’t fool your employees–they know when times are tough. But if you show you care, they’ll stay happier longer.<p>With the economy at a low point, many people feel trapped in their jobs, seeing dim prospects for better opportunities outside their present situation. On the surface, this may seem …

Tapping the power of hidden influencers

A tool social scientists use to identify sex workers and drug users can help senior executives find the people most likely to catalyze—or …

Not Getting All You Want From Employees? Take These 2 Steps

A more engaged, harder-working staff comes down to two concepts.<p>You can’t take employee engagement too seriously: Achieving it will drive profits and power growth at your firm. It won’t be easy. Across a vast spectrum of industries, workers are skeptical and jaded and disinclined to believe that …

11 Body Positions and Gestures That Can Improve Your Performance | Inc.com

How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures

I had been holed up for six hours in a dark conference room with 12 managers. It was a group-coaching day and each executive had 30 minutes to describe in detail a cross-cultural challenge she was experiencing at work and to get feedback and suggestions from the others at the table.<p>It was Willem’s …

Job-Hunt Like an Executive

When I started teaching people how to get jobs without groveling, lots of them got nervous. “Won’t something terrible happen to me,” they asked, “if I don’t follow the rules? The job ad specifically said No Contact with the Hiring Manager allowed. You really want me to ignore that, and contact my …

How to Make Your Brainstorming Sessions Instantly More Effective

Research shows this simple tweak to your brainstorming sessions can mean more and better ideas.<p>You don’t hire jerks and show boaters, so that means your team is probably composed largely of nice people. That’s good news for your sanity and productivity at the office, but according to a trio of …

What Business Can Learn from the Medal of Honor Tradition

Wharton professor Michael Useem suggests that the Medal of Honor offers important lessons to companies on how to inspire exceptional performance.

5 Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective

If your daily task list has become a compilation of things you never get done, use these tips to make it work for you.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is part of “10 Ways To Be A Better Employee In 2015.” Read the full list here.</i><p>To-do lists seem pretty straightforward: A list of all of the tasks you …

Time Management