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5 Simple Decisions Successful Leaders Make Every Day (Only, 'Simple' Doesn't Mean What People Think It Does)

They're simple to articulate, but hard to decide. And yet you have to make these choices every day.<p>People are not the product of their circumstances, author Stephen R. Covey once said. They're the product of their decisions. If that's true for ordinary people, it's doubly so for successful …

Self-improvement

What Job Skill Is Most Lacking in the U.S.? LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Has a Surprising Answer

American employees are lacking (sort of) one surprising skill. Here are some keys to moving it to the strength side of the ledger.<p>LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner just appeared on CNBC's <i>Squawk Box</i> to reveal surprising new research about the state of job skills in the U.S. He talked about gaps in computer …

Leadership

Master These 6 Coaching Skills to Lead Your Team Where They've Never Dared Go

Good leaders coach people to correct problems. Great leaders can coach them to correct problems and take on new challenges.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I travel all over the world training, speaking and consulting. The majority of my business is facilitating …

Leadership

15 Things You Should Never Say to an Introvert

Introverts aren't magical beings full of sagacious advice who think they're better than everyone else. They make up a pretty big part of the population — one third to half of the population identifies as introverts. Introversion simply refers to the need for time alone to recharge your batteries. …

Self-help

The Good News For Introverted Leaders

“He needs to speak up more, you know, make his presence felt in the room!”<p>“I have no idea what’s she’s thinking when I present to her. She needs to be more vocal!”<p>“I’m trying to get her promoted, but most of my peers don’t know her. She needs to be more social!”<p>As an executive coach, I often come …

Personality

Never, Ever Say 'Yes' To An Interview Before Asking These 10 Questions

Dear Liz,<p>I went to a job interview last week and for the first twenty minutes of the conversation, I was excited. However, there were gaps in the information the interviewer was giving me.<p>I couldn’t tell whether it was a full-time job, a contract, or what. I kept trying to pin the interviewer …

Employment

Want Your Employees to Rave About Your Leadership Skills? Make Sure Any of These 6 Things Happen Daily

It's been found that you can achieve great results and have meaningful relationships at the same time.<p>Whether your company is a startup or an established firm, I want to share about a compelling leadership model that will get the best out of employees.<p>It's based on the seminal research of Dr. Jim …

Southwest Airlines

New Evidence The Peter Principle Is Real - And What To Do About It

It’s not clear just how much Laurence J. Peter was joking in 1968 when he published <i>The Peter Principle</i>.<p>His evidence came from the “Hypothetical Case File” and was populated by employees right out of a children’s parable: Miss Oval, Mrs. Cylinder, Mr. Eclipse, Mr. Cube, Mr. Sphere and Mr. Tinker. …

Leadership

Servant Leadership Is Not What You Think: Ken Blanchard Explains

What is “servant leadership” and how can it make you a better leader?<p>Often in life and work, we become focused on tasks instead of people. If left unchecked, this “results first, team second” mentality can lead to low morale and even lower performances. However, by leading from the ground up and …

Leadership

Blockchain Is the Future, But It's Confusing. Here's an Explanation in Plain English

Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>You keep hearing the word and it isn't going away. You admit defeat of your lack of knowledge and find yourself Googling "What is …

Blockchain

10 Things Introverts Wish Their Extroverted Partners Understood

Introverts and extroverts, different as they might be, often end up as romantic partners. Perhaps it’s a case of opposites attracting; the two personality types balance each other out.<p>The fundamental difference between innies and outies, as they’re sometimes called, is that introverts require alone …

Relationships
Case Western Reserve University

Blockchains aren’t just tech, they’re new economic systems

Forget for a moment about the value of the cryptocurrencies that you may or may not own. Instead of thinking of blockchains as investment bets or just cool technology, think of them as entirely new, and previously impossible, economic systems. Because that’s what they are.<p>Just like any economy, a …

Blockchain

Want to Be Seen as a True Leader? Acquire These 5 Habits

Most people assume they are a leader because they have a title. The reality is, a title has nothing to do with it.<p>There are thousands of professionals all across the world who call themselves a leader in their respective business. The reality is, the vast majority of these people are a leader in …

Leadership

A Beginner-Friendly Guide to Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)

<b>The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is essential for getting a project off the ground. Creating a WBS, however, can be a daunting task. This</b> …

Project Management

There's now scientific evidence to suggest there are real health benefits to fasting — and they're not just related to weight loss

Intermittent fasting was one of the most talked-about diet trends in 2017, and now new research from the University of Surrey suggests that following such a diet could have real health benefits.<p>In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers assigned 27 overweight participants …

Holistic Medicine

What Is Blockchain?

An overview of the technology everyone is talking about.<p>Blockchain might seem like magical fairy dust that companies throw about that suddenly sparks …

How GE Became a Square-Peg Business in a Round-Hole World

It's not enough to improve existing businesses, you have to also invent new ones<p>It's no secret that General Electric has fallen on hard times. Its CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, was forced to step down last June. In December, it announced that it was laying off 12,000 employees in its massive power business. …

Innovation

Amazon Sells Everything For The Home, Including The House

I discovered you could buy homes on Amazon by accident one day while shopping. After I stopped laughing – “Who puts a $46,900 charge on their American Express there?” – I had to do more research.<p>I discovered plenty of people are not afraid to buy a house on Amazon. Two companies that have built a …

eCommerce

Are You a Toxic Boss? Google's Management Study Will Tell You

Could you be a toxic boss and not even realize it?<p>Google recently conducted one of the most thorough studies of management behavior ever completed by a large corporation. Started in 2009, a team in Google's People Innovation Lab spent one year data mining performance appraisals, employee surveys, …

Employment

Caution! Don’t do any of these 4 things after a job interview

It’s normal to feel a rollercoaster of emotions after a job interview, but there are certain things you just shouldn’t do.<p>Don’t freak out<p>Sara McCord, …

Employment

Answer These 4 Questions to Create a Compelling Vision

Most employees do not have a clear line of sight to their organization's vision, but it's an easy fix.<p>About 350 years ago, a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year, they established a town site. The next year, they elected a town government.<p>The third year, …

Fun-Da-Mental

To Avoid Making Bad Hires, Look For These 5 Things in Every Person You Interview

Bad hires happen when you don't know what to look for during the interview process.<p>I have been interviewing candidates and observing others interview for my businesses for over 40 years.<p>In a previous Inc article, I talked about how to effectively prepare for an interview. In this article, however, …

Employment

Why People Lose Motivation — and What Managers Can Do to Help

At some point, every leader has dealt with a person — or, worse, a group of people — who has lost motivation. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? As much as we’ve been there ourselves, sometimes it’s hard to sympathize with others who are disengaged from work and unproductive as a result. Sometimes, we …

Framing

4 Questions Great Managers Ask Their Employees Every Week

The prerequisite for setting the stage for these questions to be asked (and answered) is transparency. Therein lies the problem for most bosses.<p>Readers of my column in management roles will often write to me asking about what they can do to improve their relationships with employees. It's not that …

Employment

10 Principles For Leading Through Change: A Navy SEAL's Approach

It wasn’t long after I left the SEAL Teams, attended graduate school and started my first company that I realized <i>change</i> is a consistent reality in today’s more volatile and disruptive business landscape. It affects all businesses. All industries. Now more than ever before.<p>When I reflect on my many …

Employee Engagement

9 Industries That Will Soon Be Disrupted By Blockchain

In many industries, companies will need to adapt or be replaced.<p>Let's face it. Many people are resistant to technological changes in both their personal lives and at the office. However, what they often lack is the vision to see how the new technology they are resisting will improve their lives in …

Blockchain

How Modern Infrastructure And Machine Intelligence Will Disrupt The Industry

Modern infrastructure and machine intelligence are two trends that will have an impact on every entity of the industry including platform companies, independent software vendors, global system integrators and emerging startups.<p>The convergence of modern infrastructure and machine intelligence will …

Artificial Intelligence

Why you need a sponsor, not just a mentor

There are mentors, and then there are sponsors.<p>Both play critical roles in burgeoning careers, and yet a lot of people don't know the difference.<p>While mentors guide you and give you advice, sponsors will advocate on your behalf and actively try to advance your career.<p>But too often, women in …

FaceTime

This 1 Thing Can Make or Break Your First Week In a New Job

81 percent of people surveyed say this one thing is the biggest thing new leaders fail to do.<p>A few weeks ago, I was called in by the president of a mid-cap company to do some executive coaching with one of his most promising leaders -- someone who had just been promoted to a big-dog position and …

Leadership