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9 Steps to Organizing Your Inbox Today | Inc.com

It's the dreaded feeling of turning on your smartphone or logging in to your work computer, and seeing the inevitable: the full inbox. Emails from colleagues who need answers now, supervisors who need answers yesterday, assorted advertisements, spam, and your friend's fishing trip photos.<p>What do …

Productivity

4 Things Elon Musk Always Does When He Runs a Meeting (and You Should, Too) | Inc.com

<i>"How does Elon Musk run his famously efficient meetings?" 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 by Isabelle Daigle, marketing at Hello Focus, on Quora:</b><p>Dazzlingly effective CEOs are equipped …

Tesla

How to Reshape Your Brain and Learn Anything, Based on the Most Popular Coursera Class Ever | Inc.com

You know that old saying that if you give a person a fish, they'll eat for a day, and if you teach them to fish, they'll eat for a lifetime? It's the perfect summary of just how important learning can be. But what's the best way to make sure you learn and don't forget? After all, you can fish all …

Pomodoro Technique

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for This 1 Rare Sign | Inc.com

Ever been in an important meeting where a topic on the agenda causes tension that you can cut with a knife? Instead of colleagues speaking up to solve an issue, you get poker faces and eyes looking down to avert what nobody wants to deal with.<p>The same is true when it comes to having those tough …

Team Building

Want to Win the Hearts and Minds of Your Employees? Start by Learning This Critical Leadership Skill | Inc.com

Listening or more precisely, active listening, is one of the most important skills you can develop as a leader. The importance of listening as it pertains to leadership is summed up in that quote, "Good leaders listen first and speak second."<p>Why? Because great team leaders understand their team …

Self-improvement

The Ways Your Brain Manages Overload, and How to Improve Them

Information overload is everywhere, from non-stop news to rat-a-tat email inboxes. At the receiving end of this deluge of verbiage is the human brain—<i>your</i> brain— metaphorically endowed with a vacuum cleaner that sucks up information; a container for short-term memory; a blender for integrating …

This 10-Year CEO Study Reveals a Key Behavior of the Most Successful Leaders | Inc.com

Ten-year CEO studies conducted by a team of psychologists, economists, statisticians, and data scientists don't come along every day (but still more offers for a 0 percent APR credit card do--the injustice of it all).<p>Anyway, when such studies are reported, take notice--I did, and here's what I …

Management

7 Podcasts That Will Make You a Smarter Leader | Inc.com

"Venture capitalists are great aggregators of information (and opinions) on specific industries, geographies and market sentiment," said Kara Nortman a seasoned entrepreneur and venture capitalist at Upfront Ventures. "They're paid to stay ahead of trends and look at pitfalls and success factors of …

Entrepreneurship
Bain & Company

15 managers reveal the biggest lessons they learned from employees who quit

<i>Q. What lesson from an employee departure really stuck with you, and why?</i><p><b>1. Hire for values alignment, not just skill</b><p>Hiring for values alignment can be a challenging process, but the rewards are many: higher performance, lower turnover rates and a happier culture.<p>We have strong values at our …

Entrepreneurship

I've worked in the financial services industry for 17 years, and I think understanding your money comes down to 2 simple reports

But that can be hard to do when you're not sure where all your money goes or how much you even have. Getting financially organized can bring clarity to your money situation so you can develop achievable goals that make sense for your life.<p>But where do you start? From good old pencil and paper to …

Who Will Dominate the Future of Work? Specialists or Generalists? | Inc.com

It's a common debate that is gaining more traction as we move towards the future of work: should you be a generalist or a specialist? There are pros and cons to both answers, but the best solution might be right in the middle.<p>Generalists can typically do many different things, such as a handyman …

Human Resources

The single most important interview technique that nearly everyone leaves out | Inc.com

What's Behind Door #2<p>Of all the things that I look for in people when hiring--for the matter in anyone I choose to build a relationship with--there is one that is without doubt the most important. It is the rock solid foundation on which all trust is built and the superglue that ties together …

Leadership

6 Things You Must Do to Effectively Manage Remote Workers

Early experiences, onboarding and training can really make a difference.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article is included in</i> Entrepreneur Voices on Strategic Management<i>, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought</i> …

Three Undeniable Truths I've Learned On My Leadership Journey

Much has been written about what it takes to become a successful leader. There is no shortage of books, courses, and columns like this that purport to share the secrets of success.<p>If the concept of leadership has been so closely analyzed, scrutinized, and proselytized, why then are good leaders so …

Become a Better Listener by Taking Notes

Team dynamics can make or break a meeting. Have you ever been in a meeting where people interrupt each other, introduce new ideas when they should be building on the conversation, and repeat someone else’s point just to be heard? These communication issues waste time and energy, and usually lead to …

The 3 lists I make every day to stay focused and productive

Some of the most valuable habits I've identified go back to basics. They aren't anything fancy. In fact, all I need to complete them is something to write with.<p>My favorite writing exercises, when I do them consistently, make me more productive, effective, and just plain happy.<p>They've also been …

Productivity

This Is the Single Most Important Leadership Trait, According to Hundreds of Founders | Inc.com

Transparency. Passion. Communication.<p>You know that they're all important traits of effective leaders. But are they the <i>most</i> important qualities?<p>Not according to a recent study conducted by The Alternative Board, which surveyed hundreds of entrepreneurs across the world to find out about their …

Leadership

How to Train Employees so They Can Leave but Treat Them so Well They Never Want to | Inc.com

Last year, I said goodbye to a team member who I'd worked pretty closely with for nearly two years. She was moving across the country and starting a new chapter in her life, and as much as I'd have loved for her to stay working for us, that obviously just wasn't realistic. Not long after her move, …

Employee Engagement

Solar is getting a lot cheaper, and it's reducing investment in solar

But last year's 18 percent drop doesn't tell the whole story. Lurking among the numbers are a few bright spots.<p>Solar is getting a lot cheaper, reducing investment in solar.<p>It sounds paradoxical, but falling prices for photovoltaic solar have stunted investment. Solar energy is getting cheaper and …

8 Communication Habits That Only Exceptional Bosses Use Daily | Inc.com

When it comes to any type of business, effective communication is absolutely vital for success. Why? Communication creates clarity, productivity, fosters teamwork and inspires. Bad communication, on the other hand, results in the exact opposite.<p>It is the number one quality that sets exceptional …

Communication Skills

How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

These days it seems like most people have too much on their plate. Everyone complains about feeling overworked. So how do you tell your boss you simply have too much to do? No one wants to come across as lazy, uncommitted, or not a team player. How can you protect your image as a hard worker while …

Want to Know If You'll Be Successful This Year? Take This Quiz to Find Out | Inc.com

We can't Google answers for the things we really want to know: Will I have a successful, fulfilling career? Will I find true love? How much time do I have left to live? The future can't be known for sure.<p>We can, however, look at probabilities and adjust our behavior to take them into account. …

TED Talks

6 Brutal Truths About Productivity No One Wants to Talk About

Humans are prolific procrastinators. People have struggled with habitual hesitation going back to ancient civilizations. It’s easy to make plans and …

3 critical habits of leaders people want to follow

It's an important skill that helps us engage better with new people, build new relationships, and perform to the best of our potential.<p>The first step in motivating people is to stop treating them just as employees, managers, CEOs, etc. — we're more than the titles on our business cards. Sounds …

Motivation

Here's How to Create a Sense of Purpose at Work | Inc.com

Now more than ever employees are looking for a sense of purpose and meaning in their work. But where does that purpose come from--the worker or the organization?<p>In the 1960s (or so the story goes) President Kennedy was visiting NASA. While on a tour he saw a man walking down the hallway with a …

Employee Engagement

Results Or People: Where Should A Leader Focus?

Leadership, like most things in life, requires balance. You can’t succeed without focusing on your people, and they won’t succeed unless you’re focused on results.<p>People often debate what makes a better leader: the no-nonsense, results-focused type or the motivational, people-focused type. New …

Employment

3 Easy And Genuine Ways To Thank Your Team For A Great Year

This year-end season, many entrepreneurs are in a similar position: our companies are new, we have small budgets, and some of us have no budget at all, just a lot of work to do and a long road ahead of us. Many of us are also social entrepreneurs running nonprofits or social enterprises where …

Positive Thinking

Straight Talk: How To Have Good Difficult Conversations

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Difficult conversations are, well, difficult. Asking for a raise, persuading somebody that your idea is right and/or theirs is wrong, giving bad …

Taking Wings and Winning: KV Subramaniam's memoir of Reliance Life Sciences years is for all leaders

Self-help, management and business books can make for cumbersome reading. They either end up as preachy, convey a do-it-my-way mantra to achieve …

Leadership