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How Leaders Should React When Someone Disappoints

“Why?” the CEO of the hedge fund yelled at one of his portfolio managers. “Why would you increase that investment? What were you thinking?”<p>The portfolio manager muttered a weak defense which the CEO promptly tore to shreds.<p>When the manager left his office, the CEO turned to me, exasperated. “How do …

How to Build a Better Dad

Unearth the great father in your good guy with these man-management secrets.<p>Becoming a mom is a powerful shock to the system. But not nearly as traumatic as becoming a dad.<p>Stop laughing and bear with me to a point. No, I haven't forgotten the ordeal of childbirth. Trust me, just watching that …

Parenting

Giving Effective Feedback When You’re Short on Time

Virtually all of the young executives I work with want to be good managers and mentors. They just don’t have the time — or so they believe. “I could either bring in a new deal, or I could take one of my people out for lunch to talk about their career,” a financial services leader told me recently. …

What Is Strategy?

This article has benefited greatly from the assistance of many individuals and companies. The author gives special thanks to Jan Rivkin, the coauthor of a related paper. Substantial research contributions have been made by Nicolaj Siggelkow, Dawn Sylvester, and Lucia Marshall. Tarun Khanna, Roger …

Fast Track to the Corner Office

Achieve your career breakthrough—and the pay bump that comes with it—with the strategies of these trailblazers<p>Some guys just seem destined for heroic careers.<p>They can't sit silently through meetings; they're not content to simply follow orders. They're enterprising and outspoken. They wear their …

Indiana University

The Non-Beer Snob's Guide to Ordering at a Craft Beer Bar

Five steps to navigating complicated beer menus without all the fuss.<p>There’s plenty to admire about America’s craft beer renaissance: the wide variety and distribution of unique beers, the rise of local breweries, and the steady decline of light beer. With more than 3,000 breweries nationwide, it’s …

Why the Keystone Pipeline Is the Wrong U.S. Energy Debate

The Keystone XL — a proposed addition to a network of pipelines running from the Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas — has become the political football of the moment. It was the first issue that Sen. Joni Ernst addressed in her response to last week’s State of the Union address, and …

The Behaviors that Define A-Players

Individual contributors sometimes ask themselves, “What will it take for others to recognize my potential?” They may simply want acknowledgement of the importance of the work they do. Or they may aspire to move into management. In some cases, they’ve been told that they’re doing fine and have been …

Why All Managers Must Be Leaders

Anyone within an organization has the potential to become a leader, but managers must be leaders. In schools and in our organizations we have been taught and conditioned to believe that managers and leaders are two separate people which is quite a harmful assumption. As a result we have managers …

The Workplace

Five data trends that won't change in 2015

Today, we live in a world where the way people interact with data is changing fast and mostly for the better. People express themselves through the …

Beginner’s Guide to Tasting Beer

Now that you’re familiar with some common flavors and basic beer styles, where do you go next? I sat down with beer judges Kazuko and Kevin Masaryk, …

Self-service beer taps coming your way

How much do you hate waiting for another beer in a crowded bar?<p>It irked Josh Goodman enough to invent a pretty obvious solution -- self-service beer taps.<p>Goodman, 36, recalled the exact moment in late 2008 when his frustration boiled over.<p>"I was hanging out with my friends at a Baltimore sports bar …

Develop the Leaders You’ve Been Overlooking

Say the word <i>leader</i> and most people immediately think of those with business cards that says “manager,” “director,” or other such lofty title. That is, the people who hold positions of stature within a company’s hierarchy, to whom several individuals report, and whose influence comes in great …

Have Trouble Delegating? 5 Bad Excuses to Drop Right Now | Inc.com

Do you have trouble delegating? Regular readers of this column know that I do. It turns out, that's a good sign. "Really talented people who have lots of ideas and are likely to become leaders tend to have trouble with delegation," says leadership expert Laura Gail Lunsford, Ph.D., assistant …

The Art of Giving and Receiving Advice

Seeking and giving advice are central to effective leadership and decision making. Yet managers seldom view them as practical skills they can learn and improve. Receiving guidance is often seen as the passive consumption of wisdom. And advising is typically treated as a matter of “good …

Why Your Customers’ Social Identities Matter

Why don’t customers do what they say they’ll do? Consider the experience of the home appliance manufacturer Electrolux. On the basis of its customer feedback, it once contemplated offering free washing machines and using smart technology inside them to charge customers by the wash.<p>In prelaunch …

What Marissa Mayer Got Wrong (and Right) About Stack Ranking Employees

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been criticized for implementing the practice of stack ranking, most notably in an excerpt from Nicholas Carlson’s upcoming book, <i>Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!</i> that was published in the <i>New York Times</i>. Most of the criticisms of stack ranking center on the …

8 Daily Habits That Will Make 2015 Explosive

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The new year is here and most entrepreneurs are looking at how they will raise their game in 2015. Many of you may want to ramp up your personal development and productivity to a whole new level to reach some major goals.<p>When it comes to …

6 of the Coolest Smart Home Innovations at CES

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7 Brand New Gadgets for Food Lovers

CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, officially kicked off today in Las Vegas. For tech geeks, this is their Super Bowl. The show is simply massive, …

How To Budget Next Year’s 2,000 Working Hours

Thinking differently about the time you have could put your work into perspective.<p>There are 8,760 hours in a year.<p>If you work full time, you’ll spend about 2,000 of those focused on your job. Sure, you may spend more than 40 hours at the office most weeks, but you likely take breaks. You take major …

How to Make Customer Experience Your Greatest Strength | Inc.com

The greatest companies differentiate themselves and stand ahead of their competition by providing a superior customer experience. More than customer service, it's every touch point a customer has with your company, from visiting your website on a mobile device to communicating with an employee to …

Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Gallup has found that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager. Yet our analysis suggests that they usually get it wrong. In fact, Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time.<p>Bad managers cost …

Reinventing lager at Jack’s Abby Brewing

Lagers emerged from Central Europe more than 150 years ago, and today, approximately nine out of 10 beers consumed worldwide are some variation. …

Forget SMART Goals -- Try CLEAR Goals Instead | Inc.com

I have a friend by the name of Adam Kreek. Adam is an entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, and a guy who just happens to know a lot about setting goals. Not only did he win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games with his Canadian rowing team, but he and three other rowers came within a few …

Does Your Company Make You a Better Person?

When we hear people talk about struggling to maintain work-life balance, our hearts sink a little. As one executive in a high-performing company we have studied explained, “If work and life are separate things—if work is what keeps you from <i>living</i>—then we’ve got a serious problem.” In our research …

On Trend: Six Ways Foodservice Brands Will Engage Millennials In 2015

Sales in the $680 billion restaurant industry will be positive in 2015, thanks in part to many restaurants changing everything from their menu items to service models in an effort to indulge the 80 million millennial consumers. Knowing that this cohort yields $1.7 trillion in direct spending power …

Why You Should Say Goodbye to Work-Life Balance in 2015 | Inc.com

When it comes to "work," there is an unwritten code that we have jobs during the day and a life to live at night. Good work, at least by one of our definitions, is something that keeps us happy when we are in the office and when we are away from it--the so-called Work-Life Balance starting and …

Work-life Balance

Finally, A Way to Use Your Head for Numbers to Be a People Person | Inc.com

I've been reading quite a bit about emotional intelligence lately.<p>Partly, I'm trying to up my game and be more aware of how body language, my tone and eye contact, and even how much I am paying attention can send hidden messages.<p>Most of the research I've seen suggests your IQ stays fairly constant …