Bob Ryan

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5 Things No One Tells You About Going Full-Time Again

As a freelancer, you’ve been growing your personal brand, stretching your skillset, and shipping projects. But something is off. You’re wondering …

Freelancing

Belief in Neuromyths is Extremely Common

A new Frontiers in Psychology study reveals many teachers believe in common misconceptions about learning and the brain. Researchers say they are …

Neuroscience

3 Signs You’re A High Performer At Work, Even When Your Boss Doesn’t Tell You

Praise doesn’t always come naturally.<p>It’s a boss’s job to point out areas for improvement and to help you grow. And so, if you’re on the wrong track or falling short of expectations, you expect them to let you know.<p>But, of course, constructive criticism is only one kind of feedback.<p>Positive …

Leadership

Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry About People Stealing Your Ideas

If they're good enough, you'll have to ram it down people's throats<p>Chester Carlson worked on his idea for years. It was tough, messy work and when his wife tired of the putrid smells, sulfur fires and occasional explosions emanating from the kitchen, his experiments were exiled to a second floor …

Innovation

Trump silent as aides look to explain his vague Charlottesville statement

<b>Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN) —</b> A series of White House aides on Sunday looked to explain President Donald Trump's statement the day before that failed to condemn white supremacists or the "alt-right" for violence that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Virginia.<p>One White House official who …

3 Things Leaders With Impressive Communication Skills Always Do

As a leader, your communication skills have the potential to leave a lasting impact on others -- make sure that impact is a positive one.<p>Communication is an essential life skill for anyone and everyone. It's one of the earliest survival skills we learn as growing children. (How else would we have …

Leadership

Good Leaders Are Good Learners

Although organizations spend more than $24 billion annually on leadership development, many leaders who have attended leadership programs struggle to implement what they’ve learned. It’s not because the programs are bad but because leadership is best learned from experience.<p>Still, simply being an …

Leadership

Take a Free Crash Course in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Design School

If you ask a few of today's youngsters what they want to do when they grow up, the word "design" will almost certainly come up more than once. Ask …

Design Thinking

Feel Like You've Stopped Learning at Work? Elon Musk Just Nailed the Reason Why

While speaking at a big space-science conference, the tech titan laid out what inhibits learning.<p>If you were anything like me, math class was painful, on a good day. Oh, if only fidget spinners had been invented back then. I can vividly recall discussions with my mom revolving around the question, …

Elon Musk

How to Make Work More Meaningful for Your Team

There is a well-known story about a cleaner at NASA who, when asked by JFK what his job was, responded “I’m helping to put a man on the moon.” This anecdote is often used to show how even the most mundane job can be seen as meaningful with the right mindset and under a good leadership.<p>Today, more …

Leadership

Elon Musk reportedly gave his assistant a 2-week test when she asked for a big raise — what happened to her is an important career lesson

In his 2015 book, "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," Ashlee Vance shares the story of how Musk stopped working with his longtime executive assistant in early 2014.<p>According to Vance, the assistant, Mary Beth Brown, asked Musk for a significant raise after she'd been …

Elon Musk

The secret to office happiness isn’t working less—it’s caring less

We live in an age of “total work.” It’s a term coined by the German philosopher Josef Pieper just after World War II—describing the process by which human beings are transformed into workers, and the entirety of life is then transformed into work. Work becomes total when all of human life is …

Psychogeography

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult.<p>For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often …

Leadership

Tesla Shows How Traditional Business Metrics Are Outdated

Elon Musk is having a moment. Tesla just delivered its first Model 3, the affordable model that he envisioned in his “secret” strategy some 11 years ago. He wanted to build a sports car, then build a more affordable car with zero emissions. He’s basically already there. The Model 3 has mostly rave …

Harvard Business Review

How New Managers Can Send the Right Leadership Signals

One of the most exciting and — sometimes anxiety-producing transitions in a career — comes when you move from being an individual contributor to becoming a manager. At this juncture, <i>what you think, what you say, and how you show up —</i> in effect, your leadership presence — can have a direct impact on …

Leadership

USDA Clamps Down on Staffers Using the Term 'Climate Change'

<i>This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Staff at the US Department of Agriculture have been told …

Climate

Harvard Research Shows Talking About Your Co-Workers in This Way Is Extremely Important to Teamwork

Talking about your co-workers--in an uplifting way--is more powerful than you might think. Here's how to enable this productive habit.<p>We can all get caught up in bashing a co-worker at times, perhaps not even realizing we're doing it. It's a past time for many whose time has passed--no longer on …

Leadership

1 Effective Way to Eliminate Entitlement in Millennials According to a Psychologist

Here is how reinforcing responsibility with two words can eliminate entitlement in a Millennial workforce.<p><i>Entitlement</i> is the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges). Entitlement can show up in students, customers, parents, employers, managers, and …

Millennials

These Are The 7 Most Important People In Your Office

Networking is one thing. Building these relationships takes it to another level.<p>Your relationships with your manager, coworkers, and others at work contribute to everything from how happy you are to how likely you are to stay at your job.<p>But, within that collection of relationships is a handful …

Leadership

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct …

Self-improvement

How to Get Your Team to Use Their Vacation Time

Evidence is piling up that vacations are good for business. Not only does taking vacation contribute to enhanced productivity but it also immunizes our teams against the toxic negative attitudes that can be contagious in the workplace. So if vacation has such a good ROI, why are people taking less …

Management

The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly given small opportunities to build up or put down our coworkers in the ways we talk about them. When we introduce two colleagues, tell a story about how a meeting went, or share a colleague’s work, how we “narrate others” can make a big difference in …

Harvard Business Review

Trump risks US being seen as 'kleptocracy', says ex-ethics chief Walter Shaub

After quitting his job at head of Office of Government Ethics this month, Shaub describes the ‘embarrassment’ of president’s business ties<p>The former head of the US government ethics watchdog has warned that Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest put the country at risk of being seen as a …

Donald Trump

4 Rare (and Brilliant) Things Smart Leaders Do to Get Respect

The most unique leaders demonstrate some rather unusual behaviors not commonly seen in the corporate world. Is it any wonder they're so wildly successful?<p>Think about the great entrepreneurs that fuel success and make the business world go around. People like Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos; Jeff Bezos, …

Leadership

Study: Bots accounted for a third of pro-Trump Twitter activity during last year's debates

This semi-coherent baboon, for one night last October, reigned supreme; but was it of his own doing? Regardless of what the news outlets say — or your sensibilities tell you — for one night, Trump was king — at least on Twitter. But as with all things surrounding the 2016 Presidential election, it …

Elections

The White House’s calamitous week

The Trump White House is in a perpetual state of discord. But even by its standards, this week was remarkable.<p>Just to recap, the week included:<p>Republicans failing — apparently for good — to deliver on a long-standing GOP and Trump promise to repeal Obamacare, thanks to a statement vote from none …

The White House

Tired of Ending Your Emails With 'Regards'? Here Are 69 Other Options

If you're tired of your same old email sign-off, this list can provide many other alternatives.<p>I have an embarrassing confession: The vast majority of the time, I sign off my emails with "thanks!" It doesn't matter if I have anything to show appreciation for or not--it tends to be my default …

Day Of The Week

Why You Should Delegate Almost Everything--and Focus on What You're Good at Instead

The day I learned to delegate should be considered a national holiday.<p>Small businesses have to overcome a lot of hurdles to succeed. In addition to building a reputation and a clientele, you have to get the word out, keep your staff organized, and continue to grow and make enough money to pay your …

Entrepreneurship

Why Google's Managers Are So Wildly Successful Comes Down to These 8 Behaviors

Google found that their most successful managers consistently displayed these qualities, in order of importance.<p>Becoming a good manager is no cake walk. Nailing down behaviors that lead to high employee engagement, trust, and loyalty requires continuous development.<p>But first, companies need to …

Leadership