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5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome

Because if you make enough money, people call you “eccentric” instead of “crazy.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.<p>Thing …

Success

Avoid the Mushy Middle

Just read this from Diego Rodriguez, a partner at IDEO. He wrote:<p>“Trying to appeal to everyone by playing in the mushy middle not only will make you …

Five Ways to Innovate Faster

One of the most common complaints senior executives have about disruptive innovation is its seemingly snail-like pace. How is it, they wonder, that it takes us forever to pursue ideas that promise to create new markets when the world seems to be innovating at a dizzying pace?<p>This frustration is …

8 Questions to Ask Before You Hire More Employees | Inc.com

Anyone who has ever started a business, particularly if they've bootstrapped the start-up, has experienced a major moment of indecision: When do you hire more people?<p>On one hand, you want to keep staffing as low as reasonably possible. The more people you bring on, the less money available to cover …

Small Business

30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding Your Company Back

According to the American Society of Training and Development, U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars annually on leadership-based curriculum. My question is this; to what end? Are we producing better leaders or just more people who hold positions of leadership? What makes a leader …

Why Productive Teams Have 3 Kinds Of Diversity

There are many different kinds of diversity. Here are a few you likely haven’t considered–and how they considerably help your work.<p>Here’s the bad news: People hire people who are identical to them. Here’s the good news: Working with people who <i>aren’t</i> identical to you is good for you work.<p>How so? A …

Personality

How I Made My Worst Hire of All Time | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur, I’ve mostly exhibited a good balance of cerebral and intuitive decision-making, but there have been key moments when I should have listened to my gut.<p>Gut feelings can be useful in a variety of situations, but I believe they’re most important when it comes to other people, …

Employment

5 Obstacles That Are Demotivating Your Employees

Employee motivation is vital for the continuing success and development of any business. However, motivators do not only include good salaries and …

Employee Engagement

Does Your Business Leadership Style Rely on Fear?

Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup. Yet I see this approach used all too often by new entrepreneurs, most of whom are not natural tyrants, but who are fighting to mask their own …

6 Steps For Successfully Bringing Change To Your Company

There’s a right way and a wrong way to push for organizational change. Here’s how to avoid backlash, and get everybody involved in the process.<p>In working with organizations over the years, we’ve observed a leadership pattern that sabotages change. It occurs when senior leaders, who have been …

Management

Don’t Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them

Is the role of the manager to make decisions, or to make sure that decisions get made? The answer, of course, is both — but many managers focus so much on the first role that they neglect the second. The reality, however, is that decision-making often is not a solo activity, but rather an …

What Makes a Truly Great Leader? | Inc.com

If you spend your career in the high-tech industry, you'll probably get to work with all sorts of brilliant and highly accomplished leaders. CEOs, entrepreneurs, VCs, executives, super-talented technogeeks--they're everywhere. That's just the way it is around here.<p>You can pick up a lot of useful …

Leadership

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees | Inc.com

Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done.<p>Exceptional bosses do all of the above--and more. Sure, they care about their company and customers, their vendors and suppliers. But most important, they care to an …

Employment

3 Ways To Be Less Stupid Today

Step one: After you finish this article, write down what you think of it. (A tweet counts!)<p>Sally Adee went on a <i>foolhardy</i> mission–to understand stupidity. She returned with some clarifying insights that could help make us all a little smarter.<p>Adee, who’s a features editor at the <i>New Scientist</i>, spent …

Critical Thinking

To Move Ahead You Have to Know What to Leave Behind

Decisions are the most fundamental building blocks of successful change in our organizations, our teams, and our careers. The faster and more strategically we stack those blocks, the faster and more successfully we achieve change. Yet, change efforts often stall precisely because those decisions …

A Question That Can Change Your Life

For years I’ve exercised every day — doing weights, cardio, yoga — but despite my continuous effort, I haven’t seen much change.<p>Until a few months ago.<p>Recently, my body has changed. My muscles are stronger, more defined, and I’ve lost five pounds along with a visible layer of fat. So what did I do …

How to Manage: What Really Sets Leaders Apart | Inc.com

Coach and consultant Bill Treasurer has been teaching leadership development and studying leadership models for 20 years. But he says he learned a valuable lesson when his five-year-old son came home from school and announced he'd been chosen class leader for the day.<p>"What did you get to do as …

David Letterman

Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive

Storytelling is the most effective to way to get your point across. Here are some expert tips for doing it right.<p>Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, there was a salesman who traveled the countryside, peddling his wares. Everyone loved his product except the evil king, who wanted to do away with …

Top 10

How to avoid voodoo hiring

Hiring the right people is one of the most important parts of a CEO's job. Even if you and your co-founder are all-stars, your company will fail if …

When Leaders Fail

I read a fascinating article in Wired recently about how Google has failed to respond appropriately to rise of Facebook and other social networking …

Seven Tips for Shifting a Mindset in Your Organization

We’re all fascinated by new ideas and how they can grab hold of us, influencing how we think and affecting how we take action. How does Atul Gawande (the checklist doctor) get inside my head, when others don’t? Why does Gwyneth Paltrow make me adjust my behaviors, when others can’t?<p>In business, …

Smart Leaders Have Protégés

Just how important protégés are to a powerful person was made clear to me by this question, told to me by a Fortune 100 CEO. When choosing his direct reports, he asks: “How many blazing talents have you developed over the years and put in top positions across the company, so that if I asked you to …

How to Know If You're Working (and Living) With Purpose | Inc.com

<i>"If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life." --Abraham Maslow</i><p>Living with purpose is one of the most self-actualized activities we can participate in. Unfortunately, it eludes many of us. I get asked many …

Happiness

5 Common Hiring Mistakes (and Their Solutions) | Inc.com

Selecting the right people is the ultimate pay-me-now or pay-me-later leadership proposition. Do it effectively now and reap the benefits of a high performing team later. Do it fast and cheap now, and pay the price later of increased turnover, underperforming teams, a diluted culture and drain on …

Employment

The Sydney Morning Herald

Twenty-five fabulous Back To School Lunch Ideas!

Hands up if you are looking forward to back to school? I am totally ready to get back to a structured household - although our routine will be very …

Taco Bell Will Stick Anything Inside a Taco These Days

Vital waffle taco update: <b>Taco Bell</b> has rolled out its Breakfast Waffle Tacos in 100 stores and it seems they are testing fillings beyond the original sausage and eggs. Brand Eating reports that some Taco Bells in Orange County, CA are testing a <b>Chicken & Waffle Taco</b> and a <b>Very Berry Waffle Taco</b> as …

From Criminal to Chef

The <i>Guardian</i> checks in with chef <b>Anthony Kelly</b>, a onetime reality TV trainee on <b>Gordon Ramsay</b>'s show <i>Gordon Behind Bars</i>. Kelly says he owes "<b>a lot</b>" to the shouty chef, who set up a bakery inside a London prison to give inmates professional culinary training: "What he did is highlight the fact that …

StarChefs' Barbecue Battle; Midwest Canned Beer Fest

<b>NEW YORK CITY</b>— As part of its annual "Chef's Congress," StarChefs.com is launching a new event — the <b>SMOKE@ICC Barbecue Competition</b> — which pits professional chefs against competitive pitmasters in a four-round smoking competition. Attendees at the <b>September 28</b> event will get to taste the brisket …