What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer
I just dumped (and donated) 300 books. But the rest you'll have to pry from my cold, dead fingers. Two weeks ago, I dumped more than 300 business books. “Dumped” sounds harsh. The purge wasn’t as bloody
You have the meetings, but nothing is actually getting done. Sound familiar? Here's how to break the cycle and get back on track. Here's a common scenario: a powerful, driven, clever management team drives
Essential books for entrepreneurs who really want to understand how and why their customers buy. In previous posts, I've identified the best motivational books of all time and the best sales books of time.
Why do we keep responding to the beep and buzz of our phones? Because we’re addicted to success, explains Harvard Business School prof Leslie Perlow. Leslie Perlow is a Harvard Business School professor
China’s next major export might just be universities. China’s Soochow University, based in the eastern city of Suzhou, is raising money to build a satellite campus in Laos where it will enroll around students.
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Sometimes the things you think you need will lead you down the wrong path. Here's what you need to know. We all do what we do because of deep-seated needs. Most founder-owners, for example, start businesses
That last bragging tweet by a talented so-and-so got you down? Jealous of a competitor’s Facebook status update? It’s time to step away from the social media, forget about forces you can’t control, and
It is not easy to be the CEO of an up-and-coming startup, especially when you are frequently out of your office talking to investors and the actual time you spend in contact with your team is limited.
What makes employees stay for the long haul when they can get higher pay by jumping around? The answer may surprise you. As business owners, do we reward loyal employees to stay the course, or is jumping
Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Nilofer Merchant, Clay Shirky, Valentina Rice, Guy Kawasaki, and others know about getting things done, being productive, and keeping a crowd engaged. So when they talk,
What's holding you back? Rob Ashkenas, managing partner of Shaffer Consulting, points out the root of the problem, and smart ways to fix it. Slowdowns are inevitable, but to get through those slumps, got
Greatness doesn't just happen. The best leaders take steps to ensure that when they do something, they do it better than anyone else. You're good. You wouldn't be where you are if you weren't. But you
You need energy to do your best work or be a good friend or partner. Weekends give energy. So learn how to do them well. Not separating your weekend from your week can unravel your relationships, stymie
Does an out of the box question help you make better hires? These companies think so. Everyone wants to make better hiring decisions. Most people focus on how well candidates perform in the interview:
“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” —Voltaire Ever notice how great leaders ask the best questions? A masterful leader will sit Yoda-like in a meeting, listening intently to the dialogue
Having trouble staying productive when you're not in the office? These apps improve your workflow by storing data in the cloud. Working in the cloud can feel like you're disconnected from reality. You
Not everyone is cut out to be a leader. But if you have these three traits, you might be a natural born leader. Reading leadership literature (including this column), you'd sometimes think that it was