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Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

<i>An earlier version of this piece ran in 2016.</i><p>"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to …

Pedagogy

1 hour per day doing this mental exercise will exponentially increase your success

<b>“Remember, dreams without goals are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment. Have dreams, but have goals, life goals, yearly goals,</b> …

Here's What Introverts Find So Annoying About What Extroverts Think

If you're someone who clearly identifies with being on either side of the personality fence, you know how challenging it can be living and working with people who can be so different from you.<p>Anywhere from a third to half of the population fits the definition of being introverted, meaning these …

Science Says Kids Who Become Great Leaders Have Parents Who Teach Them 8 Things

Have you taught your kids to be more persuasive? You should, because that will make them more successful.<p>All the extremely successful people I know -- and all the great leaders I know -- are exceptionally good at persuading other people to follow them.<p>(Maybe that's why Mark Cuban says knowing how …

The 3 Most Important Traits of Growth-Minded Leaders and How They Drive Success

There are endless lists of leadership traits. 3 rise to the top for the most successful leaders.<p>There are endless lists of important leadership traits, ranging from being a visionary to being able to forgive others who have wronged us. There are endless lists of the traits of the most toxic leaders …

18 Hard Things to Do If You Want to Be a Successful Leader

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated about what they do.<p>Nobody ever said that being a leader would be easy. If you've taken more than a couple of steps down the path, you know that leadership comes with challenges and complications at every …

Leadership

5 Proven Ways to Be More Influential at Work

Never underestimate the influence you have on others.<p>Most people, at some point in their professional life, feel that they're not really getting anywhere but just kicking the can down the road.<p>Sometimes that's nature's way of saying you need to be working in a different organization or even a …

Leadership

Best IPAs in America

As the craft beer world has grown to support over 4000 unique breweries around the United States, no style has kept up with India Pale Ale. As of …

101 Positive Quotes to Help You Look on the Bright Side

Here's the ultimate list of positive quotes--including some classic words of advice and a lot of new ones you probably won't find elsewhere.<p>Sometimes, when you need inspiration in your life--whether for love, success, or work--it helps to hear the motivational words that others have shared. So here …

Want Your Employees to Respect You? Give Them the 1 Thing Most Bosses Never Do

This is a signature trait of the best leaders. It's also a rare commodity and extremely hard to pull off in a business setting.<p>A signature trait of the most likable leaders -- a trait that leads to uncommon loyalty in employees as well as business results -- is one that's extremely hard to pull …

30 Things About Life Everyone Should Learn Before Turning 30

This is the first big milestone.<p>Life is full of lessons. Some lessons are learned in an instant--like when you touch a hot stove. Others take time to fully understand--for example, what it truly means to be in love. But regardless of the size of the lesson, there are 30 important ones everyone …

Tuning Up: Burn Your Woodshed (Gambling and the Creativity Paradox)

Years ago I read an interview where a famous shred guitarist recalled fans complimenting him in a way that implied he had virtuoso genes while they’d …

Here's How Amazon's Jeff Bezos Makes Great Decisions, Super Fast

"High velocity, high quality" decisions are possible even at a massive company.<p>Amazon is a remarkable company. It's no surprise that it was built by a remarkable mind.<p>The brilliance, philosophy, and quirks of founder and CEO Jeff Bezos are deeply baked into Amazon, which is what makes his …

Guitar Effects: Everything You Should Know About Delay [Lessons]

<b>The Guide To</b>: This lesson will help you understand how to properly and effectively implement delay pedals as tools in hand to make you a better, more …

Need to Reduce Employee Turnover? 3 Steps to Keep Your Best Employees Happy

Reduce employee turnover in less than 6 months, even with scarce resources.<p>High employee turnover can be catastrophic for the CEO and their entire organization.<p>Losing top talent increases your rehiring and retraining costs, plus it reduces employee incentive to stick around.<p>If unchecked, employee …

How to Begin Each Day for Optimal Sanity (Marcus Aurelius Meditations)

Starting and maintaining a positive daily morning routine is an investment and a way to do your best work everyday. It also gives you structure, …

4 Reasons Every Leader in Your Company Needs to be a Salesperson

Whether it's the head of HR, IT or finance, everyone in your management team should be selling.<p>A predominate mindset is that salespeople are a breed of their own who typically exhibit extroversion, confidence and the gift of gab. In reality, introverts may actually be better at selling and …

The Slam-Dunk Hiring Question WD-40 Asks to Protect Its Culture (Yes, WD-40)

Hiring for talent and skill isn't enough to build a winning team. Learn how WD-40 finds the right people to round out its extraordinary tribe.<p>Every company should strive to have a tribe of stellar people whose skills and personal attributes match the company's core values.<p>Unfortunately, in many …

Human Resources

Want to Be a Better Communicator? Try This Surprising Approach

Don't be selfish. Don't be stingy. Give everything you've got.<p>I've been a professional communicator for a lot of years, and here's the most important thing I've learned: Inspirational, persuasive communicators have one attribute that makes them much more effective than those who just disseminate …

Five Ways To Keep Valued Employees

Are your employees looking for new jobs? Chances are the answer is “yes.” Studies show that around 40 percent of workers are planning to look for a new job within the next six months, and 69 percent say they’re already passively looking.<p>While losing an employee whom you thought was happy might take …

Why It’s Time to Retire the Word ‘Millennial’

<i>The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Here Are Some Tips on What to Avoid as a Manager When Giving Orders

What to Avoid as a Manager When Giving Orders<p>Updated May 14, 2018<p>Many people believe that to be an effective manager you have to give orders to the …

How Managers Can Make Group Projects More Efficient

We may have hit a saturation point when it comes to collaboration. Consider the following:<p>Research out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce shows that time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has …

I've given over 1,000 presentations in the past 30 years — here are my 5 best public speaking tips

Stefan Swanepoel Glossophobia— better known as a fear of public speaking — affects 74% of people, according to a National Institute of Mental Health survey. So it's no surprise the very thought of addressing large crowds causes so much stress, angst, and discomfort.<p>In the past three decades, I've …

Public Speaking

I Made Pupcakes Because They’re Clearly Better Than Regular Cupcakes

My friend’s daughter wanted a “Party Animal” themed birthday party, and what better way to help her celebrate than with these fun dog cupcakes?<p>Dog …

The bad habits you should give up if you want to be successful

Sometimes, to become successful and to get closer to the person we know we can become, we don’t need to add more things to our lives—we need to give up on some of them.<p>There are certain things that are almost universal. These things, if you give them up, will help you become more successful (even …

Motivation

You Only Need 3 Months To Become A Brand New You (With This Self-Improvement Approach)

You’re sitting in your living room watching a new Tony Robbins motivational documentary about changing yourself. By the end, you’re so excited about …

Barnes & Noble

6 Companies That Teach Us What It Takes to Communicate Exceptionally Well

This is elevating communication practices to a scary level. But it works. Ask Google.<p>One of the mistakes managers make that lead to turnover -- when this is done repeatedly, and intentionally -- is not sharing information.<p>Usually this means a hierarchical organization with a control-based …

'Industry Experience' Is Overrated -- And Everybody Knows It

You only have to work in a couple of different white-collar jobs to see how interchangeable white-collar skill sets are.<p>To be successful in a white-collar job, you have to be able to talk to people, and you have to be able to solve problems by yourself and in groups.<p>You have to be able to read and …

Employment

4 Powerful Ways to Be Happy With Your Career

What are the true motivators in our lives?<p>American Psychologist Frederick Herzberg made the assertion that our most powerful motivator at work is never money. Herzberg defined four powerful motivators. Each cultivate a deep sense of positive change and happiness in your career.<p>1. Opportunity to …

Happiness