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Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking | Inc.com

It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. Most of us develop a stable of people with whom we like to work. We know their styles, and they know ours. It's comfortable and expedient. It is easy …

Self-improvement

Target’s Juan Galarraga: “We do more than embrace differences, we seek them out.”

Editorial Staff | 01/08/2014<p>Juan Galarraga, Vice President of Store Supply Chain and Operations at Target, is the retailers main executive when it …

Reflection: An Essential Leadership Practice

“One of the greatest moments in anybody’s developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with …

Teaching

A Crash Course In Leadership For 20-Something CEOs

Five essential lessons for today’s crop of young leaders.<p>Traditionally, leaders spent 20 or more years rising through the ranks before they made it to the corner office. But we’re seeing a rise in CEOs in their 20s and 30s, who either founded their own company or rose quickly through the ranks of …

Don't Fall In To These Leadership Traps In 2014

I have been a proponent of the importance of leaders developing strengths as a means to improve toward excellence. After all, the best leaders are characterized by the presence of strengths, not the absence of weakness. That concept is illustrated in the article I coauthored for Harvard Business …

13 Simple Ways You Can Have More Meaningful Conversations

Too often, a conversation results in wasted time — and nothing productive to show for it. Whether you’ve run into someone at a conference or you have a scheduled call, you can use specific tactics to have a more meaningful conversation. Here are 13 ways to add meaning to your conversations:<p><b>1.</b> <b>Don’t</b> …

Be a Better Boss by Friday | Inc.com

In 1839, Charles Goodyear finally figured out what was missing from his attempts to transform rubber -- at the time, useful as little more than a doorstop -- into a highly functional substance: heat. In the form of steam, heat became Goodyear's accelerant.<p>Commonly used by scientists to speed …

Chemistry

Don’t Write Off the Coaching Leadership Style

Coaching leaders help employees identify their unique strengths and weaknesses and tie them to their personal and career aspirations. They encourage …

Who’s More Productive, Introverts Or Extroverts?

Yes. Everyone’s a little introverted. Everyone’s a little extroverted. And everyone can work better by embracing both qualities.<p>“There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert,” observed Carl Jung, the psychologist who popularized the terms. “Such a person would be in the lunatic …

Top 10 Underrated Leadership Traits | Inc.com

<i>"Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership."</i> <i><br>--Dee Hock, founder and former CEO of Visa</i><p>Just because you're a manager, doesn't mean you're a leader. Management skills are something you you develop out of necessity; leadership skills are entirely different.<p>One …

Leadership

Mindfulness can improve leadership in times of instability

What does the ancient eastern practice of mindfulness, often associated with orange-clothed chanting monks, have to do with the fast-paced, performance-driven style of western leadership? In tough times, it could act as an influential asset in the public service's fight for survival.<p>Mindfulness is …

Top 5 Leadership Videos Less Than 5-Minutes Long

Mid-week inspiration for managers and leaders: Here are five of our most popular leadership video blogs.<p>Why Large-Scale Change, When Pushed Through Management, Fails <br>Management is great at the day-to-day operations. But since those same management systems fail 70% of the time at implementing …

10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece

Brian Layer, Brigadier General, United States Army (Retired) knows a few things about leadership. Brian is a West Point graduate who also holds three masters degrees. He twice commanded a brigade in Iraq, and is perhaps the most gifted and humble leader I’ve ever worked with. Brian now chairs our …

54% of Managers Use Only One Style When Providing Direction and Support for Their People

The amount of direction and support people receive from their manager directly impacts the efficiency and quality of their work. Without it, people …

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 …

9 Habits of People Who Build Extraordinary Relationships | Inc.com

Professional success is important to everyone, but still, success in business and in life means different things to different people--as well it should.<p>But one fact is universal: Real success, the kind that exists on multiple levels, is impossible without building great relationships. Real success …

Self-improvement

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 …

Three Qualities Every Leader Needs to Succeed on a Team

“I want your help developing my direct reports into stronger leaders,” John* the new CEO of Fasseni, a $350 million technology company, told me several years ago.<p>Initially, I approached the request like any consultant might.<p>First, I asked John why he wanted my help. He told me that Fasseni had …

The most important managerial skill

Many books have been written about the skills and personality traits that express themselves in truly great managers. And I’ve read none of them.<p>But …

Rethinking the Work of Leadership

In 1973, Peter Drucker stated in his book Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, “Management is not culture-free, that is, part of the world of nature. It is a social function. It is, therefore, both socially accountable and culturally embedded.”<p>Some thirteen years later, Tom Peters …

Leadership Development as a 5 Year Journey

A proven best practice to improve as a leader is to create and follow-through on an Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP usually defines <i>what</i> you …

Lessons From West Point: Leadership Is Love | Inc.com

How's your summer? Enjoying the warm weather? I am too, but lately I find myself thinking about the new cadets of the United States Military Academy class of 2017. Right now, these young men and women, most of them just out of high school, are in the middle of Beast Barracks, West Point's …

Military

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 …

Leadership Trends in 2013

A report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last year showed that nearly three quarters of organisations in England reported …

Human Resources

We All Need Friends at Work

Survey after survey shows that employee engagement at work is at an all-time low. One way to help improve engagement at work is to foster friendships. We all know them: the good old fashioned friendships created when we chit-chat, hang-out, joke, and have fun with co-workers.<p>Tony Hsieh, the CEO of …

10 Traits of Great Leaders (and Their Followers) | Inc.com

Much is written and taught about becoming a great leader. Many strive for leadership and many actually become great. As Shakespeare said in <i>Twelfth Night</i>: "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them."<p>Whether acquired by birth or circumstance, certainly …

Leadership

Are Extroverts the Best Leaders? Maybe Not | Inc.com

I was surprised as anyone back in 1990 when I landed my first real job.<p>Full healthcare benefits, a retirement plan, and much more! An actual salary to pay the bills and even buy myself a commuter car! I was soon to become the manager of a shoe store in Oakdale, Minnesota. My parents, not to mention …

Personality