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17 Simple Truths That Will Improve Your Life and Make You Incredibly Successful

Memorize these words, and work their meaning into your life. Then, watch the results.<p>There is no single secret to success. If there were, and if it were straightforward or easy, everybody would do it. But everybody doesn't do it.<p>That said, there are certainly habits and strategies that can make …

Mark Twain

How to instantly improve your LinkedIn profile headline

There is a <b>proven LinkedIn profile headline formula</b> that <i>isn’t</i> about catchy taglines (“The pro you’ve been looking for”) or meaningless buzzwords …

5 Questions Truly Exceptional Bosses Ask Their Employees

Why performance evaluations suck.<p>Performance reviews suck. Why?<p>Well, doing these reviews is like trying to drive forward, while keeping your eyes trained on your rear view mirror. You won't get anywhere. And you might just get into accidents!<p>Here's what I mean: you're hoping that your employees …

Common Signs That Your Workplace Culture Needs a Reboot--and How to Do It

Manage your culture before it manages you.<p><i>By Mattson Newell (@MattsonNewell), director for partners in leadership, and an expert and author on breakthrough communications, global human resources, and talent development</i><p>Companies encounter external roadblocks to success all the time, from the …

Employment

Your Strategic Plans Probably Aren’t Strategic, or Even Plans

It happens all the time: A group of managers get together at a resort for two days to hammer out a “strategic plan.” Done and dusted, they all head home. But <i>have</i> they produced a plan with a strategy?<p>At the start of my public seminars on strategic planning I ask attendees, who rank from board …

6 Things Bad Bosses Always Fear (but Great Leaders Always Do)

It could mean the difference between success and failure.<p>Peter Drucker famously said: "Culture eats strategy for breakfast."<p>The quote was actually attributed to him and made famous in 2006 by Mark Fields, chief executive at Ford. Twelve years later, it's corporate-speak for purpose-led and …

Leadership

3 Highly Toxic Leaders You Should Avoid at All Costs

Don't let these leaders hurt your quality of life.<p>We spend so much for our daily lives at work. And even when we're not there, we still take work home with us - either literally or figuratively. I believe the best way to improve the quality of one's relationship with work is to find a workplace …

This Study of 300,000 Leaders Revealed the Top 10 Traits for Success

According to leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, these are the skills that leaders need to succeed.<p>Leadership was once called by historian James MacGregor Burns "one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth." Given the results of some recent …

4 Ways the Best Leaders Turn Their Employees Into All-Stars

We've all got a story to tell. But as a leader, it's your job to use your tale to improve your organization.<p>I have never met of half of my employees in-person. But as the leader of a completely virtual team, it has always been important for me to maintain a company that feels like a family. I want …

11 Books That'll Help You Get Your Life in Order

Are you a procrastinator? Do you wish you could get on top of your inbox? Or is it your career that needs a helping hand? Whether you want to …

Lifehacks

Great Performance Isn't Just About Intelligence or Skills, But Adopting The Right Mindset

In an age of disruption, we need to learn to adapt<p>In <i>Mindset</i>, psychologist Carol Dweck argues, based on decades of research, that how we see ourselves is a major factor in what we can achieve. Whether it is children in school or executives in a boardroom, the mindset people adopt has a significant …

Want to Stress People Out and Totally Dominate Them? Science Says This Facial Expression Holds Immense Power

There are three kinds of smiles, researchers say. This one has an unexpected effect.<p>Smile and the world smiles with you, they say.<p>But there's more than one kind of smile, and a new study suggests that nothing stresses people out like being smiled at the wrong way. In fact, it turns out there's …

18 Things You Need To Give Up To Become A High-Achieving Person

A secret about success is that it is just as much about what you give up as what you gain.<p>Are you willing to give up late nights out for late nights in working? Are you willing to turn a deaf ear to blind criticisms? Are you willing to listen to helpful ones? Are you going to be able to give up the …

Self-help

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

What to do when your boss is a terrible manager

Everyone’s dream is to work for a strong, effective, omniscient leader. The unfortunate reality, though, is that virtually every leader is flawed, and some are just downright weak and ineffective.<p>Chances are if you haven’t had a weak boss yet, at some point in your career you will. There are …

Leadership

Best Buy's CEO says he uses 5 criteria to decide whether someone's a leader

Best Buy's CEO has five criteria to determine whether someone is a leader.<p>"I've spelled out the five 'be's of leadership," CEO and chairman Hubert Joly told Business Insider. "I think it resonates with what we're trying to do."<p>Joly has led Best Buy's turnaround efforts since taking on the role of …

Leadership

The Surprising Secret to Authentic and Powerful Leadership

OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles says vulnerability is what actually gives you strength.<p><i>In this series,</i> <i>Open Every Door</i><i>,</i> Entrepreneur <i>staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that will block your path, identifying</i> …

Leadership

Being a great boss comes down to knowing when to use two distinct skills

Leadership and management are fundamentally different things.<p>Which one you should practice depends not on you, but on your business.<p>Businesses go through phases in their lives, just as people do. What you need to grow today is different from what you needed to grow this time last year. Some days …

Employment

This Renowned Wharton Professor's Best Leadership Advice: For the Love of God, Stop Brainstorming

Superstar leadership expert Adam Grant identifies the most important evidence-based truths to apply to your business today.<p>Leadership is not mysterious. If you understand how people and organizations behave, you'll have a pretty good idea how to maximize the performance of both. Fortunately, we're …

Want to Be a Thought Leader? Here's How to Stand Out and Be Noticed

You may be tempted to play it safe. Here's why that's a bad idea.<p>You know the importance of being visible in your field, so you're raising your profile by writing blogs or articles, contributing to social media discussions and presenting at conferences. The term for that, of course, is "thought …

Change Leadership Skills to Create an Agile Organization

I had a mini “aha” moment recently about the skills needed to create an agile organization. This moment occurred as I was auditing an AMA course,</i> …

Simon (Sinek) Says: If You Want to Be a Good Leader, Make People Feel Safe

<b>The Lesson</b>: What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests that it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws …

Leader To Senior Leader: Making The Jump

Advancing from leader to senior leader can be frustratingly elusive. Many people reach a point in their careers where they see others seamlessly making the jump to top functional roles and wonder what they are doing wrong. While a certain level of self-analysis is beneficial, its escalation to …

How This One Manager's Performance Went from Dead Last to #1 Almost Overnight

Surprising Leadership Lessons from Chili's "Leader of the Year"<p>Six years ago, Dale Bullotta was the lowest performer across all of Chili's 120 Area Directors. Three years later, he jumped to #1 and received one of Chili's "Above Restaurant Leader of the Year" awards.<p>Most of us know Chili's as one …

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

20 Years Ago I Discovered My Company's Biggest Problem (and Countless Companies Also Suffer From It)

This issue cost my business money for over 30 years. The worst part? No one said a thing.<p>When I was the CEO of Sears' credit card company back in the mid-90s, I made it a point to visit our stores to talk with the employees and customers and to see what we could do to help boost sales. One …

What to Do When Your Employees Feel Overwhelmed

The growing problem that undermines progress, performance, and results.<p>A senior employee, let's name him Alex, is pacing outside the executive conference room doors. He is waiting for his manager to get out of her meeting. Alex has been trying to get time with his boss, but she is continuously in …

Highly Motivated Employees Have a Boss That Always Does This One Thing

This is what you need to do to motivate employees.<p>How do you motivate employees?<p>It's not always about higher wages. Or a comfortable chair. Or making sure there are free bagels in the break room. In my experience, motivating someone on your team is all about setting a vision for the future, but to …

10 Things Great Leaders Do to Handle a Disaster

Crisis will test any leader. Here's how the best get through it.<p>When disaster strikes -- be it a deadly hurricane or a massive cyber-hack -- great business leaders respond rather than react.<p>The difference is subtle but significant. A reaction is a reflex; a response is a procedure.<p>And the best …