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How To Lead From A Place Of Gratitude: Six Lessons

As entrepreneurs, our personal happiness, the way we listen to and react to our staff, and the way we shape our own role at work all have profound effects on our companies, and ultimately, on how they grow. But lasting change is difficult. I should know – I recently achieved three major advances …

31 Home Decor Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

You're allowed to take shortcuts in life, especially if they make your house pretty.

10 Traits of Great Leaders (and Their Followers)

Without great followers, no leader would achieve greatness. See here if you have what it takes to be both.<p>Much is written and taught about becoming a great leader. Many strive for leadership and many actually become great. As Shakespeare said in <i>Twelfth Night</i>: "Some are born great, some achieve …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

The Introvert Strikes Back? The Newfound Cool of Being Introverted

When I was a little boy, I once lost my voice suddenly. Since I was a rather sickly child, my parents consulted all kinds of doctors until one told them, "He just talks too much for his age. His vocal chords can't handle it. Let him be quiet for a few days. He'll be fine."<p>That was exactly what …

How Delusion Makes You More Productive

The first step to getting something done is deluding yourself into thinking you can do it.<p>How do you get something massive done–like building a business or writing a book or learning how to dance–when you’re not sure if you can make it happen? A.J. Jacobs has the hack: self-delusion.<p>Jacobs, whose …

5 Ways to Spot a Potential Leader

Not everyone has what it takes. Next time you're sitting in a meeting, look for these five obvious signs of a great leader.<p>As a leader, one of your key roles is to identify and develop potential future leaders.<p>For me, the most telling environment in which to assess leadership potential is that old …

Leadership

How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

Are you a certified organizational ninja? It’s okay, nobody is–so steal this idea from career kickstarter Amber Rae, who shares her “Work, Play, Fit, Push” framework for getting things done while staying inspired.<p>About four years ago I started working for myself. I wanted the freedom and …

Quit Working Late: 8 Tips

It's entirely possible to do your job well--and leave at a reasonable hour. It all comes down to how well you take control of your time.<p>In a recent survey of more than 4,000 business executives conducted by Accenture, work-life balance was the key factor for more than half of men and women in …

Time Management

7 Workplace Shortcuts You Need to Know

These seven secrets can help you navigate some common but difficult workplace challenges.<p>This post contains seven techniques to help you navigate some common (but difficult) challenges of the business world. These techniques are extracted from my soon-to-be-published, crowd-sourced book, <i>Business</i> …

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

Many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room at the start of every day. You should, too–here’s how.<p>Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home …

Not All To-Do Lists Are Created Equal–Here’s How To Do Yours

Every day, our to-do list gets filled with various tasks. But not all “to-do’s” are created equal. Far from it.<p>Unfortunately, our natural tendency is to start with the small, easy tasks first, and push back the big, important ones because they’re more uncomfortable.<p><b>TO DO: READ THESE OTHER HELPFUL</b> …

7 Productivity-Boosting Tools to Fight Procrastination

You're doing it again — spending too much valuable time on Twitter and Facebook.<p>So we've narrowed down seven free and convenient browser plugins and …

7 Practices of People Who Experience a Fulfilled Life

A fulfilled life has a combination of meaning, love, security, productivity and happiness; it is not only a good life but a pleasant and a meaningful one. Based on my experience both as a psychology practitioner and a researcher, people who have their basic needs like food and shelter met and …

Do Your Employees Trust You?

They might like you. They may even love you. But can they be sure you’ll get the job done when the chips are down?<p>Why are some companies successful in implementing change while others struggle? Why can some leaders inspire people to work together effectively, while others cannot?<p>These questions …

A Gen Y Definition of Leadership - Switch & Shift

I was surprised (and more than somewhat honored) when I was asked to participate in this blog. After all, I’m in fantastic company… what could I …

3 Motivational Mind Tricks Designed To Power Progress

What building a Lego figurine, frequenting coffee shops, and “deliberate practice” teach us about completing the task at hand–happily.<p>Progress is untapped power. It fuels our motivation and performance like no other incentive yet is broadly overlooked by managers.<p>To gain that integral sense of …

How Introverts Can Become Better Innovators

Whether you are trying to create a new product, solve problems more effectively, become the most successful company in your industry, or find creative ways to meet your customers’ needs, innovation is likely one of your most critical objectives at work. But a factor often overlooked may get in the …

Does your child deserve a lower grade because he is an introvert?

<b>Our society consists of an extrovert-dominated culture and students usually realise this when they enter an education system. However, it is not</b> …

Introverts No Longer the Quiet Followers of Extroverts

It has long been believed that the natural leaders of our society were the extroverted types, those that were– outspoken, sociable, and decisive. Those that were quiet, a bit more passive and less sociable – the introverts – were thought of as people who were only suited for behind the scenes or …

11 Things You Should Stop Saying To Introverts

By Madison Moore,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/11pBXLh<p>1. Why are you so quiet? Oh <i>yeah</i>? Well why are you always rolling around yapping your pie …

The Modern Workplace: Introverts Need Not Apply

Trends toward open-plan offices may actually be counterproductive to employee productivity.<p>In <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking</i>, author Susan Cain discusses how a workplace can stifle introvert productivity. Workplaces are increasingly designed to foster teamwork, …

5 Foolproof Ways to Get Through a Tough Task

Still staring at that blinking cursor on your blank screen? Here's how to get past it.<p>Few things are as daunting as a blank page, a report you need to write, or a pitch you need to create. It's all too easy to find yourself staring at the large white window on your computer screen. Pausing to check …

6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better

Exceptional leaders differentiate themselves by doing a few things better. Here are six things you can learn from them.<p>What makes an exceptional leader exceptional?<p>This was the topic I had the fortunate opportunity to discuss recently with a class of graduating university seniors. Many of the …

10 Ways To Inspire Your Team

More and more people feel stuck at work and are looking for validation. Not only do they want to be heard, but more importantly they want to know that their contributions are being noticed and not taken for granted. Not for the sake of attention, but more so because they want to know that their …

What Is Authentic Leadership?

What is authentic leadership?<p>It continues to surprise me how many leaders attempt to be one way at work, while their “true” personality emerges outside of work. Once a CEO reminded me, “Leadership is acting.” And it surprises me when these same leaders seem shocked or confused when their employees …

Trying to Motivate Your Employees? Forget It.

There's only one way anyone gets motivated. And it's not a big speech to rally the troops.<p>I recently sent around a rather direct memo to a number of our marketing folks, suggesting that (a) being better prepared for certain meetings was a really good idea; and (b) that one great way to be better …

Start By Being a Leader of One

Before you strive to be the next Steve Jobs or Richard Branson, start with being a leader to yourself.<p>The topic of leadership can get pompous pretty quickly as names like Steve Jobs and Abraham Lincoln are bandied about. But if you're just starting out, this sort of inspiration can seem more than a …

4 Essential Role Players You Want On Your Business Team

Do you have a mentor, accountability partner, confidant and evangelist on your business team?<p>“Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live …