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Protein Pick-Me-Up: 10 Smart Ways to Get a Midday Boost

Three o'clock seems to be the time every day when I fall into the dreaded mid-afternoon slump. My energy fades, sometimes my stomach grumbles, and I …

Healthy Eating

Should the Church Be Asking the Same 6 Questions as J.Crew?

Olan Hendrix once said, “Strategic thinking is like showering, you have to keep doing it.” Many churches are intentional about setting short and …

6 Ways Effective Listening Can Make You A Better Leader

When employees say they want their voices to be heard, they are really saying they want leaders who will not just hear them, but really listen to them. As employees seek more attention, feedback and support, leaders must become more mindful of individual needs in order to more effectively inspire …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

Stuck? 3 Ways to Move Yourself Forward | Inc.com

Do you find yourself turning an idea or a business problem over and over in your head, and no matter the number of Google searches you perform or the number of walks you take, you just can't figure out a way to move forward?<p>We all go through it. The key is knowing how to emerge. Here are three …

San Francisco

5 Tips to Keep Your Brand Relevant | Inc.com

All brand managers would love to have a brand that is hot, relevant and shows the kind of retail velocity that we all dream about. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Like musicians, brands get stale and irrelevant unless they reinvent themselves to be current as consumers' likes and …

Marketing

Why Servant Leadership Is Slightly Off -- And What to Do Instead

What constitutes a great leader?<p>Is it charisma? Someone with a great vision who fearlessly leads the team up the hill?<p>Or perhaps it's servant leadership, a humble leader who patiently and selflessly puts him or herself into the service of others?<p>Leadership is the most over analyzed, thoroughly …

How To Be A Real Leader - Even When You're In A Fake Environment

I just read a post here on Forbes, Is Authentic Executive Presence an Oxymoron? The author, Kristi Hedges, says, in effect, <i>“I hope not, and I don’t think so – but it’s tough.”</i><p>I agree. It <i>is</i> hard to be authentic as an executive: there are many forces pushing you to be guarded, even deceptive; to …

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of …

5 Ways to Keep Your Eye On the Goal | Inc.com

I'm goal oriented. Professionally I am happiest when I have a number to hit, a timeline to make, or a task to complete. Personally, I am at my best when I have a big trip or event in the not too distant future that I am working toward.<p>That's true of a lot of the successful entrepreneurs I know. …

Entrepreneurship

Why Your Team Matters More Than You

Contrary to popular belief, the success of a business isn’t ensured by an amazing CEO or even the work of a few all-star employees — it’s all about the team. Even without your key players, your business should function without change.<p>In light of the recent news regarding the health of Google CEO …

Work Life Balance: How to Take Control | Inc.com

Somewhere in between dreaming about a 4-hour workweek and the reality that you're becoming a 24×7 workaholic is an illusive notion called work-life balance.<p>Contrary to popular belief, achieving some sort of balance between work and play is achievable. You actually have more control over it than you …

Work-life Balance

Everything Counts: The 6 Ways To Inspire And Motivate Top Performance

Despite all research about the nature of leaders, practitioners and scholars still acknowl­edge that many aspects of leadership remain a mystery. Today I would like to address one of the key mysteries that seems to consistently defy traditional analysis.<p>Often, leaders are identified as possessing a …