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Use this Harvard Law checklist to prepare for any negotiation

When it comes to workplace conflict, many of us sabotage ourselves. Instead of preparing for difficult conversations—which requires dealing with uncomfortable emotions and complex strategies—we avoid the issue until we’re forced to confront it, face-to-face. Emotions like anger and fear then get …

Management

Three Musts For Moving Staff Through Change

When guiding staff through change, you never hear anyone say, “I know <i>too much</i> about what’s going on.”<p>Even when everything is in place for change to happen, moving from what was to the new reality can still be a difficult transition.<p>Early in my leadership career, I faced an employee restructuring. …

Leadership

These Brain Foods Have Been Found to Increase Your Focus, Help You Think More Clearly, and Give You a Longer Life

Eat walnuts, sardines, and salmon, and you're off to a fast start.<p>While drinking coffee is a necessary cultural norm that keeps us alert and productive throughout the day, a daily caffeinated fix can have spiraling effects that wreak havoc on the body.<p>Before lighting your torches and starting …

Servant Leadership Is Not What You Think: Ken Blanchard Explains

What is “servant leadership” and how can it make you a better leader?<p>Often in life and work, we become focused on tasks instead of people. If left unchecked, this “results first, team second” mentality can lead to low morale and even lower performances. However, by leading from the ground up and …

Customers

How to Help Your Team Find Their Higher Purpose

When Gerry Anderson first became the president of DTE Energy, he did not believe in the power of higher organizational purpose.<p>We’re not talking about having a clear mission that focuses largely on how a business will generate economic value. DTE had one that set out the goal of creating long-term …

Why it's your fault your data scientists keep quitting

Data scientists are richly paid but poorly understood—recipe for churn.<p>Bummer. You worked so hard to find the perfect data scientist to magically …

Does Your Workplace Fuel Courage Or Fear? 6 Ways To Create Psychological Safety

“Don’t mess this up.”<p>If you’ve ever had a boss who was more worried about protecting their position and avoiding all risk than in supporting new ideas or forging new ground, you’ll know how demoralizing it can be.<p>Most of us have had a boss at some point in our career whose fear rubbed off on those …

Cirque du Soleil

Steve Jobs Used These 3 Deceptively Simple Questions to Turn Apple into an Innovation Powerhouse

Why don't more bosses ask them?<p>Steve Jobs did many things to make himself successful. He trained his brain using this simple meditation technique. He immersed himself in these highly unusual books. He also listened to ten songs that inspired and motivated him.<p>Steve Jobs also helped thousands of …

3 Steps Ray Dalio Uses Radical Transparency to Build a Billion-Dollar Company

Here are three ways Ray Dalio has used "radical transparency" to build a billion-dollar company.<p>It seems like the new buzz word is "transparency." We happen to be living in an era of massive change and that creates problems -- and opportunities. Let's look beyond the textbooks and business school …

The ‘Copycat Game’ Lets Busy Parents Tire Out Wild Toddlers

Think of this energy-burning exercise as interval training for little tikes.<p>‘The Copycat Game’ is essentially a ‘no-losers’ version of “Follow the …

The Ultimate Car Ride Activity Binder

DIY car activities kids can get behind.<p>Keeping your kids entertained for road trips while staying focused on the road is challenging. Sure, you could …

What It Takes to Think Deeply About Complex Problems

The problems we’re facing often seem as complex as they do intractable. And as Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” So what does it take to increase the complexity of our thinking?<p>Too many leaders default to …

Management

Agile at Scale

Publication Date: <b>May 01, 2018</b><p>When implemented correctly, agile innovation teams almost always result in higher team productivity and morale, faster time to market, better quality, and lower risk than traditional approaches can achieve. What if a company were to launch dozens, hundreds, or even …

Battling My Moody Tween Became a Daily Struggle — Until I Realized What She Needed Most

Image Source: Sarah BregelMy daughter bursts through the door after school and I ask her a simple, straightforward question: “So, what do you want …

7 Ways to Help an Angry Child

It's tough to know how to help an angry child. But some children—despite their small size—seem to have an endless supply of anger buried inside …

How to Give Employees Structure Without Stifling Them

Leaders know they need to give people room to be their best, to pursue unconventional ideas, and to make smart decisions in the moment. It’s been said so often that it’s a cliché. But here’s the problem: Executives have trouble resolving the tension between employee empowerment and operational …

How to Be More Assertive (Without Being a Jerk)

The Distilled Man - Actionable Advice for the Everyday GentlemanLearning how to be more assertive can massively improve your quality of life.All of …

How to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting

“Katherine, have a go at it?”<p>I love this scene from the 2017 movie, <i>Hidden Figures.</i> Katherine, played by Taraji P. Henson, is put on the spot by her boss, played by Kevin Costner, in a room filled with top brass NASA officials — all male. She is asked to go to the chalkboard and lay out the math to …

Public Speaking

5 Psychological Principles for Maintaining a Happy Marriage

It all comes down to prioritizing the positive.<p>Marriage takes work. We know this, you know this, everyone knows this. But what many people don’t …

Family Assistants Are the New Nannies—and Here’s Why We’re Absolutely on Board

When we read this game-changing parenting advice from famed relationship therapist Esther Perel, we started fantasizing about how it would play out …

Top 5 Reasons why Agile Testing Governance is Needed

Agile Testing and Development teams are powered by ideas that encourage collaboration, flexibility, transparency, and simplicity to ensure …

Develop Your Hiring System Like a Product to Eliminate Bias and Boost Retention

Dan Pupius was the consummate Googler. For six years, he built infrastructure that still supports Maps and Gmail — and won the company's coveted …

The Indispensable Document for the Modern Manager

<b>Jay Desai</b> has FOMU. No, you read that right. As a first-time founder and CEO of health technology startup <b>PatientPing</b>, he’s got a healthy fear of …

I Stopped Fighting My Picky Eater and Family Dinner Got Way Better

Just stop trying to get kids to eat. It works if you trust the process.<p>We said grace. My 7-year old turned on one of my jazz records before bopping …

Create a Growth Culture, Not a Performance-Obsessed One

Here’s the dilemma: In a competitive, complex, and volatile business environment, companies need more from their employees than ever. But the same forces rocking businesses are also overwhelming employees, driving up their fear, and compromising their capacity.<p>It’s no wonder that so many C-Suite …

Three steps to get up to speed on any subject quickly

“Don’t boil the ocean,” Terry said as he slapped a tall stack of papers on my desk. “Just tell us what we need to know.”<br>I was staring at a serious …

Want to Be a Better Leader? Try Staying Quiet

Staying quiet doesn't mean you have become passive or overstepped, it means you've created space for impact.<p>There's a quote by Plato that has always stuck with me: "Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools speak because they have to say something."<p>It's a saying that has helped my …

Steve Jobs Was the World's Greatest Salesman Because He Answered the 1 Question on Everyone's Mind

Once you realize your customers don't care about your 'product,' you'll be more likely to make a sale.<p>I'm looking at an intimidating 800-page binder as I write this article. It contains confidential information about a new product category. When I prepare the company's leaders to launch the …

Netflix Culture Deck Co-Creator Says Leaders Need To Explain Context

What happens when you eliminate rules, policies, and procedures?<p>When the Netflix culture deck was first released, it created a phenomenon. Never before had work culture, recruiting, and compensation been approached with such innovative thinking. Companies everywhere began adopting these …

The Workplace

Scaling Agile with Agility: A Focus on Teams

Expanding a successful department-level agile initiative across an enterprise requires an agile project approach of its own.<p>Agile delivery has hit a …

Project Management