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Want to Know If Someone's Actually Qualified for the Job? Ask this 1 Question

Why asking about an applicant's work tools can reveal their job aptitude.<p>Back when I was a kid working on constructions sites in Boston with my Nonno (that's grandfather in Italian, by the way), he taught me the most important interview question you could ask an applicant. Nonno was an architect …

Employment

4 Phrases You Can Use to Keep Your Chatty Co-Worker on Track

Don't let a soliloquy ruin your productivity.<p>Your colleague stops by your desk with what <i>should</i> be a quick update.<p>“Hey,” he says, with one hand casually propped on the corner of your desk, “I wanted to talk to you about that report we’re supposed to be working on for Alan. I was chatting with him …

Our 6 Must Reads for First-Time Managers to Hit the Ground Running

Being promoted into your first management role can be a bittersweet experience. <b>On one hand</b>, you're likely being rewarded for outstanding performance …

Management

2 Unexpected Words Powerful Leaders Say Daily to Inspire Others

Telling people "it's just feedback" isn't good enough. Give people a sign that you acknowledge them and have heard their ideas.<p>At some point in your life, you've come up with an idea. For many of us, the idea isn't the hard part - it's sharing it with others.<p>As emotional beings, we have a hard time …

Brainstorming

Harvard Teaches Its Business School Students This Approach to Having Hard Conversations (but Stanford Prefers Another Way)

The longer you wait to have a tough conversation, the harder it gets.<p><i>What is the best way to approach a difficult conversation you have been avoiding? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer</b> …

Harvard Business School

5 Tips From 7 Leaders Getting More From Their Teams When Hiring More People Is Not An Option

Leverage these cultural ingredients into a competitive advantage so that you can do more with less.<p>As we enter the end of the Third Quarter 2017, I've spoken to many CEOs and CMOs alike that have become increasingly wary of increasing budgeting prospects in marketing and hiring for the remainder of …

Leadership

A Good Way to Get More Things Off Your To-Do List Is Adding More to Your Not-to-Do List

Stop confusing being busy with being productive.<p>You can accomplish more by doing less<i>.</i><p>This -- says real estate investor, trainer and infomercial pioneer Dean Graziosi -- is one of the biggest secrets to success and happiness. I spoke to him recently about life, work and the need to eliminate tasks …

Marissa Mayer Shares Confidence-Boosting Tips to Help You Make Tough Work Decisions

The former Yahoo CEO offered wisdom about decision-making and work-life balance in a talk earlier this year.<p>Now that Verizon has completed its acquisition of Yahoo, former CEO Marissa Mayer is most likely looking for her next job (and it reportedly won't be leading Uber).<p>If Mayer has anything, it’s …

Employee Engagement

Planner Goals: How 6 Boss Ladies Stay Organized and Personalize Their Planners

Are you having major planner envy too? We’ve been seeing so many creative planners popping up on Instagram in the last couple of months. Check out the likes of @lifebywhitney, @boho.berry, and @tinyrayofsunshine to see what you’ve been missing out on. That leads us to ask the question: How can we …

Calligraphy
Employee Engagement

It's OK to Disagree, Just Don't be Disagreeable

One of the biggest mistakes happening in business right now is that people do not know how to disagree agreeably.<p>One of the biggest mistakes happening in business right now is that people do not know how to disagree agreeably. Being disagreeable in an agreeable manner promotes alternate and …

Self-help

8 Hacks to Learn New Skills in Half the Time

Learning new skills doesn't have to be so hard.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It doesn’t take a genius to learn something quickly. After all, learning is a skill, which is something you can develop over time.<p>While it might be frustrating at first to pick up …

Productivity

How to Manage Someone Who Thinks Everything Is Urgent

We’ve all been in situations in which we couldn’t wait for a slow-moving or overly cautious employee to take action. But at the other extreme, some employees have such a deep need to get things resolved that they move too quickly, or too intensely, and make a mess. They may make a bad deal just to …

The 4 Leader Profiles You Must Avoid

Not only do the best leaders use love and discipline--they balance it everyday.<p>A sense of real frustration had set in. The team wasn't meeting the expectations I had for them and not one team member seemed to be getting better. It felt as though we were stuck in quicksand with no relief in sight. …

Leadership

Our 6 Must Reads for Scaling Yourself as a Leader

If you're an ambitious person, you'll inevitably hit a wall. Sounds pessimistic, but it's actually a sign you're doing something right. At points …

How People with Different Conflict Styles Can Work Together

When it comes to conflict, most of us have a default approach: we either tend to avoid it or seek it out. The avoiders among us shy away from disagreements, value harmony and positive relationships, and will often try to placate people or even change the topic. Avoiders don’t want to hurt anyone’s …

There are 4 primary communication personalities —and knowing yours can help you improve your relationships

More than two million people have taken a DISC assessment to better understand their communication style.<p>In fact, organizations that I work with often request DISC profiles for high-potential employees and high-performance teams to help them identify and maximize their strengths.<p>Research shows that …

Self-improvement

A leadership expert explains why everyone should do the 'friends test' before heading into a job interview

So I was intrigued by the idea that there's an easy way to prepare a thoughtful, genuine to answer to the question.<p>It's called the "friends test," and it comes from Simon Sinek, who is a leadership expert and the bestselling author of multiple books including, most recently, "Leaders Eat Last." …

Employment

6 Ways to Give Effective Individual Feedback

Forget the formulas; focus on the individual.<p>As the boss, it's your job to bring out the best in every member of your team. Inevitably, this means you will have to give individual feedback along the way, but how can you be sure your advice will be taken to heart and not met with defensiveness?<p>These …

Leadership

3 Things Great Leaders Do That Achieve Amazing Results

How engaged, excited and empowered is your team?<p>When it comes to leadership, it's good if you have great personal qualities such as authenticity, integrity, humility, etc., but at some point, you have to achieve results.<p>Results are the benchmark of success and to do that you have to be able to …

Employee Engagement

The One Change That Might Save The Dying Performance Review

Just measuring performance only gets you so far. Here’s how to track whether everyone behaves in ways that match your values.<p>Organizations and managers expend enormous amounts of time and effort tracking employees’ processes and results. Plenty are no longer seeing the payoff, with many …

Why 99 Percent of All Meetings Are a Complete Waste of Money

And time. And energy. And opportunities to accomplish great things instead.<p>Here's an elephant in the meeting room that no one ever discusses: Meetings are hugely expensive. During the next meeting you attend, add up the hourly cost of every person in the room. Then imagine--which shouldn't be hard …

Management

All Meetings Are Terrible... Except for One (on One)

Okay, maybe not all meetings. I’m just pushing a software engineering stereotype.<p>When I joined Fixt Inc., over a year ago, I was fresh out of college …

Questions Or Answers: Which One Defines Great Leaders?

Clients often come to me for sales advice on the questions they ask their prospective customers. It’s actually one of my favorite topics.<p><b>Watch on Forbes:</b><p>On the surface it may seem like questions are a small thing. After years growing and then helping other business leaders, I’ve learned that the …

Leadership

5 Ways to Give Feedback That Inspires People to Grow, Not Shrink.

Feedback done wrong is worse than saying nothing.<p>In the best businesses, everyone knows where they stand. Holding someone accountable is strictly between his or her performance and the expected standard. It’s not about you and that person, personally. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility …

Hey, Finance Leader. Here's How to Stop Being a Poor Communicator

If you're confusing everyone, change your approach to be more compelling and persuasive<p>Everyone agrees that Seth (a fictional character based on a real person) is a nice guy. As Chief Financial Officer of a large public corporation, Seth is under a lot of pressure, but even when dealing with tough …

Public Speaking

The Secret to Simplifying Your Life? Learning How to Manage Information Overload

Tried and proven tips from the business trenches<p>A few weeks ago I wrote about simplifying our lives and that article got a lot of interest. That interest made me curious. What actually complicates our lives?<p>We put out a small survey with my team and asked our peers--entrepreneurs, designers, …

Productivity

Use This Founder's Top Tip To Make Your Meetings Work For You

The co-founder of luggage startup Away advises everyone to get outside.<p><i>Editor's Note: Entrepreneur's</i> <i>"20 Questions"</i> <i>series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for</i> …