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5 Questions Truly Exceptional Bosses Ask Their Employees

Why performance evaluations suck.<p>Performance reviews suck. Why?<p>Well, doing these reviews is like trying to drive forward, while keeping your eyes trained on your rear view mirror. You won't get anywhere. And you might just get into accidents!<p>Here's what I mean: you're hoping that your employees …

Employee Engagement

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 …

Participation

When Jesus Trekked Through India and Tibet ... Allegedly

It was a publishing sensation. Even better, the book’s backstory was an exciting adventure. A Russian aristocrat named Nicolas Notovitch had been …

Hinduism

How smart people handle difficult people

Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive …

This Renowned Buddhist Leader Shared 1 Tip That Will Change How You Handle Workplace Conflict | Inc.com

In addition to death and taxes, workplace conflicts are one thing every professional is guaranteed to experience. Whether it's disagreements between staff and leadership or arguments among peers, conflict is an unavoidable part of doing business and interacting as a team.<p>In fact, according to a …

Leadership

Google Wanted to Know What What Makes a Manager Great, so It Conducted a Study. Here Are the Results

Good leaders avoid micromanaging.<p>20 years ago, you probably would've laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What's a google?<p>But, as you know, Google's become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world. And it's …

Employment

Bad Leaders React, But Here's What Good Leaders Do | Inc.com

Driven by their emotions, bad leaders react quickly to situations often without worrying about the facts or the repercussions of their actions, believing that they can always show good emotional intelligence by apologizing later.<p>Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that.<p>Leaders can't just react, …

Emotional Intelligence

A psychotherapist shares the 7 things successful people do every night

How you spend your night can have a huge impact on the day that follows.<p>Do you spend your time ruminating over issues? Or maybe you stress over something that didn't quite go right during the day. There's no doubt: How you think affects how you feel.<p>This is particularly important at night, as you …

Success

The 9 Best Leadership Books to Buy in 2018

The 9 Best Leadership Books to Buy in 2018<p>Our favorite books will help you become a better leader<p>Updated February 04, 2018<p>Alexander the Great once …

Books

I've been coaching execs for 25 years, and the same 6 habits keep coming up in the best leaders

Over the past 25 years, I've coached a mix of executives in for profit and not-for-profit companies like Kellogg's, Monsanto, SoCalGas, Newark City Government, The United Way, IBM, and AT&T. I've been in board rooms with people fretting about decreases in market share, swirling about regulatory …

Outsourcing

10 Phrases You Should Start Saying More Often at Work | Inc.com

In management literature over the years, thought leaders keep drilling down on trust as that one huge motivator that will get you great collaboration, increase employee engagement, and lead to positive business results.<p>But what's the starting point to trust? Well, like anything else involving …

Leadership

How to Coach for Stellar Results and Behavior | Inc.com

Measurement in and of itself is necessary but not sufficient. When someone performs well or poorly, your job is to involve the employee in finding out why so he/she can either double down on the causes of good performance or change the causes of poor performance. Most leaders tend to focus their …

Management

7 Essential Communication Techniques You Should Implement Right Now | Inc.com

I was recently out to lunch with Andrew, a new client in Manhattan who seemed to be overwhelmed with the incessant demands on his time. Despite the restaurant being somewhat noisy, I could hear his iPhone constantly buzzing in his pocket. While he continuously apologized, his stress level increased …

Employment

Should You Quit Your Job? Not if Your Boss Does These 5 Important Things Daily | Inc.com

Over the years, I've witnessed some atrocious examples of leadership both as a member of executive teams in former companies as well as coaching executives to be more effective since going out on my own.<p>A few that typically float to the top may send good people packing for greener pastures. Case in …

Leadership

The 8 Rules of Leadership by Jack Welch | Inc.com

Leadership is all about growing others. It's about your team and its welfare. It's about your direct reports and their performance.<p>Leadership is a tough act. It's a daily balancing act. As a leader, you're expected to use your insight, experience, and rigor to balance the conflicting demands of …

Leadership

11 signs you're going to be even more successful than you think

• Success isn't just about money, power, and fame. Personal fulfillment and making an impact count for something, too.<br>• We collected a series of …

John Sculley

This 5-Minute Rule Is Proven to Make Your Meetings More Productive | Inc.com

Imagine you're tasked with updating the team on an important work issue that needs their buy-in. You've prepped and now you start delivering on all the points they need to hear. Sixty seconds into your polished presentation, your boss cuts you off, holds up her hand and says, "Nope, we're not going …

Digital Marketing

A Sign of Great Leadership? It's Not About Correcting Mistakes, It's About This One Trait | Inc.com

Are you known as a <i>fixer</i> at your company? If so, here's a tough lesson to learn. That's only half the battle when it comes to leading others. Fixing problems and addressing your own mistakes puts you in a class of people who are merely responding and adjusting. That makes you a good leader. Great …

Leadership
Career Development

Want to Be a Mentally Tough Leader? Develop These 6 Habits | Inc.com

Mentally strong individuals are also some of the best leaders. Not because of a specific style, but because the traits of a mentally strong individual are transferable across multiple spectrums of life.<p>When it comes to leadership, it can be executed through a multitude of models and styles.<p>With …

Leadership

Why Deeply Intelligent People Don't Try to Think Themselves Out of Unhappiness | Inc.com

Even the smartest and most successful people are unhappy. Take one of my clients, I'll call him George, for example.<p>George is a key player in a large tech firm. He's not only a driven team leader always aiming to improve performance, he's also intelligent, wealthy, and--you guessed it--unhappy.<p>He's …

Happiness

5 Unique Things Good Leaders Do Daily (But Mere Managers Fear) | Inc.com

One of the biggest mistakes managers make that leads to turnover, when done repeatedly and intentionally, is hoarding and withholding information.<p>The real reason they do it? It's about power and control. And control is one of the most effective ways to kill trust. Managers hoarding information to …

Leadership

Yes, There Are Rules to Leadership Excellence. Here's the Short List | Inc.com

A couple of years ago I wrote this list of 51 rules to leadership excellence. Yet today, I receive the occasional email from readers wishing to express their appreciation for reminding and informing them of what it takes to be an outstanding leader. People often cite their favorites and, …

Leadership

What to Do When Your Employees Feel Overwhelmed | Inc.com

A senior employee, let's name him Alex, is pacing outside the executive conference room doors. He is waiting for his manager to get out of her meeting. Alex has been trying to get time with his boss, but she is continuously in back-to-back meetings all day. If he can walk and talk with her as she …

Employment

18 Hard Things to Do If You Want to Be a Successful Leader | Inc.com

Nobody ever said that being a leader would be easy. If you've taken more than a couple of steps down the path, you know that leadership comes with challenges and complications at every stage.<p>Becoming a successful leader is synonymous with becoming the best version of yourself--it's that simple and …

Self-improvement

A Survey of How 1,000 CEOs Spend Their Day Reveals What Makes Leaders Successful

What makes a CEO effective? The question has been studied extensively, of course, including in HBR. Yet we still know fairly little about how CEOs behave day-to-day and how their behavior relates to the success or failure of the companies they run. Previous studies have typically had limitations. …

CEOs

The Simple Reason to Learn to Lead Yourself First | Inc.com

Inc. readers love leading. We love learning to lead better.<p>Usually that means learning to lead others. Leading others sounds sexier.<p>In my leadership courses and workshops, nearly everyone prefers the exercises that lead others over ones to build self-awareness and self-leadership.<p>I recommend …

Language Learning

9 Surprising Signs You're an Exceptional Boss (That Most People Never Consider) | Inc.com

Many people are good bosses. Some people are great bosses.<p>A handful go even further: They're phenomenal, not only because of what you see them do but also because of what you don't see them do.<p>If you're a truly phenomenal boss, what your employees see is far from everything they get.<p><b>1. You look</b> …

Leadership
Employment

Author Simon Sinek Shares The Exact Definition Of A Leader In This Inspiring TED Talk

In today's excessively tough, overtly-competitive times, what is it that an entrepreneur absolutely must have?<p><b>In the words of ace entrepreneur,</b> …