Steven Robinson

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5 Ways to Get Better at Asking for Help

It seems like leaders are always lamenting the lack of cooperation and collaboration in their organizations. But more often than not, the culprit isn’t their employees’ unwillingness to give others a hand — it’s the fact that most people simply don’t, or won’t, ask for help.<p>Why? First, asking for …

Setting the Record Straight on Managing Your Boss

Everyone knows how helpful it is to have a positive relationship with your boss and that it’s up to you to make it work. But do you know how to best interact with your manager to get what you need, support her success, and excel at your job?<p>Chances are you’ve gotten some advice on this topic — from …

The Art of Giving and Receiving Advice

Seeking and giving advice are central to effective leadership and decision making. Yet managers seldom view them as practical skills they can learn and improve. Receiving guidance is often seen as the passive consumption of wisdom. And advising is typically treated as a matter of “good …

Track Customer Experience, but Don’t Forget the Financials

Businesses are always on the hunt for customer feedback. They e-mail us surveys. They ask us to stay on the phone after a service call to rate the interaction. Many rely on metrics such as the Net Promoter Score to track how customers feel about them. The most disciplined firms not only exploit the …

Stop Being So Positive

We’ve all heard a great deal about the power of positive thinking. Organizations encourage it among their employees in an effort to boost performance and engagement, and it’s a key tenet of “managing yourself” well; affirmative messages about perseverance, resilience, and vision adorn many an …

To find a job, start speaking like an employer

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>I know myself, and employers know what they want to hire, but how do we explain that to each other efficiently and accurately? The marketplace for people and jobs is broken, especially for the small businesses that create the bulk of …

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Nonfiction Book Review: Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman. Harvard Business Review, $26 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4221-8941-2

Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life<p>Stewart D. Friedman. Harvard Business Review, $26 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4221-8941-2<p>Citing …

Forget Balance: 5 Things You Can Do to Lead the Life You Want

If you're searching for "work/life balance" you'll always be disappointed because "balance" connotes a zero-sum equation. But if you shift your mindset to asking, "How can I initiate change that's good for my family, and my community, and my career, and my private self (mind, body and spirit)?", …

The U.S. Chairman of PwC on Keeping Millennials Engaged

Ethan Hill<p><b>The Idea:</b> Young staffers don’t make work their main priority. Moritz explains how his firm motivates them.<p>Sometimes I wonder what my reaction would have been if, as a twentysomething starting out at Price Waterhouse nearly three decades ago, I had been magically transported to today’s PwC.<p>…

Stop Believing That You Have to Be Perfect

The value of failure has become a mantra in Silicon Valley, with the rise of events like FailCon, a conference “for startup founders to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success.” Failure, the thinking goes, is an intense form of hands-on education that — when done right — …

What Successful Work and Life Integration Looks Like

Too many people believe that to achieve great things we must make brutal sacrifices, that to succeed in work we must focus single-mindedly, at the expense of everything else in life. Even those who reject the idea of a zero-sum game fall prey to a kind of binary thinking revealed by the term we use …

Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job

When we think about the value of exercise, we tend to focus on the physical benefits. Lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, a more attractive physique. But over the past decade, social scientists have quietly amassed compelling evidence suggesting that there is another, more immediate benefit of …

3 Beliefs That Will Limit Your Career

What are the most common blockers of career success? Health guru Deepak Chopra shares his answer.<p>Career success, many of us believe, comes down to skills, connections, and behaviors--what you do and whom you know. But according to HubSpot CEO Dharmesh Shah, while those things are certainly …

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5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively

More people are foregoing a lengthy commute and working from home. Whether you are a full-time freelancer or the occasional telecommuter, working outside an office can be a challenge. What are the best ways to set yourself up for success? How do you stay focused and productive? And how do you keep …

Why We Hang On To Underperformers Too Long - BEALEADER

<b>It’s not enjoyable.</b> The day you start to enjoy letting an underperformer go is the day you disqualify yourself from healthy leadership. On the other …

The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something Out

The white circles you see in the grid below don’t really exist, nor do the white diagonal lines you see connecting them. Yet they are the most interesting part of the illustration. Even if you try to ignore the white space, your brain will override the order:<p>As any visual artist will tell you, the …

How to Write a Thank You Email After an Interview

<i>credit: Istockphoto</i><p>Saying "thank you" is sadly becoming a lost art. The days of handwritten cards or notes of appreciation sent after receiving a gift are dwindling. What about a thank you note after a job interview? This is often overlooked or entirely forgotten. However, a thank you email …