Stephen Koch

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18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs …

12 Simple Habits That Will Make Your Professional Life and Personal Life Better

Nice guys (and gals) don't finish last.<p>I'd be the first to admit that as a young entrepreneur, I was in it for myself. Credit? Yep, I'll take some. Money? I could always use more of that. Attention? Sure, put the camera on me.<p>It's sad and strange to think about now. Over time, I've been fortunate …

11 Underrated Business Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Looking for a new read? Check out these lesser-known books to level-up your leadership game.<p>As entrepreneurs, we are always searching for something to give us an edge over the competition. Whether it is having the best employees, finding the best software programs, taking the best online courses, …

13 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence

Wonder what emotional intelligence looks like in everyday life? Here are 13 examples.<p>In 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a book introducing most of the world to the nascent concept of emotional intelligence. The idea--that an ability to understand and manage …

Emotional Intelligence

How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote

Remote communication isn’t always easy. Do you recognize yourself in any of these examples?<p><i>At 10 p.m., a corporate lawyer gets a text from a colleague and wonders (not for the first time) if there’s a protocol about work-related texts after a certain hour.</i><p><i>After a long and liquid client dinner, an</i> …

Google Docs

How to stop being so busy and get more done

To be effective, you have to do "all the right things," not "all the things."<p>“Busy!”<p>It’s the response Darius Foroux always got whenever he asked coworkers how they were doing.<p>The Dutch businessman and blogger said the word “busy” first began to puzzle him when he briefly worked for an IT research …

Time Management

9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

Self-improvement

It's So Simple: How to Be the Most Liked Person in the Room

If you want to get ahead in business and life, just make sure you don't behave this way.<p>If you want to get ahead in business and life, inquisitiveness is an essential character trait.<p>Think about the last time someone asked you good questions about your life to get to know you better. Chances are, …

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Legendary Football Coach Nails It With 1 Brilliant Sentence

A profound quote decades old, it's even more applicable in today's social economy.<p>A few days ago, I was listening to a Higher Purpose podcast where the host, Kevin Monroe, asked his guest JeffHarmon, a leadership coach and author of <i>The Anatomy of a Principled Leader</i>, about the challenges of using …

5 Rare Signs That Prove You Were Meant to Lead People

Are you someone who understands what motivates people psychologically? You may be leadership material.<p>A quick Google search of the word <i>leadership</i> gave me about 376 million results. And while it wouldn't give me the total for "leadership books" (if anyone knows, leave it in the comments), the same …

9 bad manager mistakes that make good people quit

It’s pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain …

How to Keep Your Customers Happy in 2018

Making new friends may be silver, but keeping the old ones is gold. Here are four ways to hit the customer retention mother lode in 2018.<p>Sales is inevitably a major business focus in many industries at the beginning of a new year. Yet while sales may be an important emphasis for any company, this …

10 things I learned about life from asking myself a single question

We're often told to live everyday like it's our last. I think that's bad advice.<p>Most of us still have a long way to go, and a good way to make it miserable is through shortsightedness. That said, I do think we can build on the idea.<p>When I'm unsure about how to move forward, I like to ask myself a …

Self-improvement

Here's What Introverts Find So Annoying About What Extroverts Think

If you're someone who clearly identifies with being on either side of the personality fence, you know how challenging it can be living and working with people who can be so different from you.<p>Anywhere from a third to half of the population fits the definition of being introverted, meaning these …

Google spent years studying effective teams — and one trait stood out

The best companies are made up of great teams. You see, even a company full of A-players won't succeed if those individuals don't have the ability to work well together.<p>That's why not too long ago, Google set out on a quest to figure out what makes a team successful. They code-named the study …

Self-improvement

Why the Best Salespeople Are Masters of These 3 Skills (It's Not Just About Listening)

True sales professionals have the desire and ability to help others, these are the skills needed to make that happen.<p>All the experts agree, the number one sales skill every professional needs is the ability to listen. Listening is the starting point for all learning, for understanding, and for …

Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say No Is Brilliant

With so many things coming our way every day, Steve Jobs calls us back to the importance of focus with one prophetic quote.<p>In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of <i>focus.</i><p>That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs …

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

11 things successful people do in the first 3 months at a new job

You landed the job. Congrats!<p>Now it's time to make your boss love you by becoming a star employee. Start with these 11 things successful people do to make the most of the first three months in a new position.

Success

How Can You Spot Great Leaders? This Is How They Manage Younger and Older Workers (Note the Difference)

Don't manage older, more experienced employees like you do your younger ones. It will backfire.<p>Successful leaders recognize early on that certain challenges will emerge. How you choose to deal with each generational employee in the same office will have a critical effect on your relationship with …

The 3 Most Dangerous Work Personalities and How to Deal With Them

UPenn clinical professor of psychiatry Jody Foster explains how to cope with Narcissus, the Venus Flytrap, and the Swindler.<p>Since I don't have a real job, I take special pleasure in reading about how bad having a real job can be. So, of course, I found it impossible to resist Jody Foster's <i>The</i> …

50 Thought-Provoking Customer Experience Stats in 9 Categories

Increasingly, the marketing landscape is undergoing continuous change. Empowered consumers, the Internet and technology are some of the significant …

Top 5: Best Accessories for Shooting Video on DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

Buying a DSLR (or mirrorless) camera is just the first step in your video journey. Part of the fun is kitting out, gradually adding an accessory here …

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Audio Recorders for Filmmakers: See What's New & Improved from Tascam at NAB

At NAB this past week, David Plummer caught up with Jeff Laity of Tascam to chat about a few of company's audio recording products for filmmakers, …

The Secrets To A Successful Kickoff Meeting

According to Lindstrom, the greatest threat to many kickoff meeting discussion is confirmation bias. Because solutions are not easy to come by, group mentality makes people latch on the first reasonable solution they develop. In discussing this singular solution more and more, their attachment to …

UX Design

2015 Digital Marketing Trends - #infographic

<i>This is a guest contribution from Julie Rasco.</i><p>Digital marketing has never stood still, and 2015 will be no exception. Here are some of the important …

Seven Signs Your Boss Is A Weak Manager

Dear Liz,<p>I’m a big fan of yours and a student of human behavior, like you! I am interested in your opinion on the question ‘What makes a strong leader?’ At my job, I see managers who are very on top of things and have everything under control, and others who seem to be flying by the seat of their …

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11 Inspiring People Who Followed Their Passions and Found Amazing Success

Should you follow the market or follow your passions in launching a new venture?<p>I was looking for inspiration when I began this column--trying to find examples of extremely successful entrepreneurs who had founded their companies while they were working for someone else.<p>It turns out these stories …