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4 Ways to Create a Learning Culture on Your Team

Technology is disrupting every industry and area of life, and work is no exception. One of the main career implications of the digital revolution is a shift in demand for human expertise. For instance, LinkedIn’s talent research shows that half of today’s most in-demand skills weren’t even on the …

Employee Engagement

When Generalists Are Better Than Specialists, and Vice Versa

What’s the best way to boost creativity on your team? There’s really no simple answer. Even the research is split on the best approach to take.<p>One view is that the key to creative breakthroughs is being able to combine or leverage different areas of expertise. After all, every innovation somehow …

generalists

Perfectionism Is Increasing, and That’s Not Good News

According to the World Health Organization, a record number of young people worldwide are suffering from serious depression or anxiety disorders. In some sections of society, there is a tendency to dismiss this trend as the product of an over-indulged, over-entitled, and over-sensitive “snowflake …

Mental Health

How to Keep Your Business Running When You're Traveling All the Time

I've got one conference after another for the next three weeks. Two of them require travel. Here's how I plan on keeping my business running in the midst of a busy travel schedule.<p>After deciding to take a hiatus from business travel, I'm back at it again. This time I've got two major conferences in …

Business Strategy

How to Dress Well: Secrets for Style Rookies | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Robert van Tongeren.</i><p>Some men make it look so easy, don’t they?<p>They seem to have a natural sense of what …

How to Motivate Employees to Go Beyond Their Jobs

Every day, employees make decisions about whether they are willing to go the extra mile in ways that contribute to their organization’s success. These are important decisions because research shows that when employees are willing to go beyond their formal roles by helping out coworkers, …

Employment

The Most Effective Way to Keep Star Employees From Leaving

For starters, let's look at what the best companies on the planet do.<p>Gallup has been tracking employee engagement over the past 17 years, and its research reveals that roughly 30 percent of U.S. workers are considered "engaged" in their jobs.<p>Translation: They are inspired by, involved in, …

Employee Engagement

Assessment: How Mindful Are You?

Mindfulness is the ability to stay focused, while being aware of your thoughts and surroundings and being able to recognize and move past distractions as they arise.<p>In our information-saturated workplaces, this mental skill is becoming as important as emotional intelligence and technical skills. …

Mindfulness

A 4-Step Process to Help Senior Teams Prioritize Decisions

Leaders and their teams often pride themselves on their ability to deal with an onslaught of decisions. But the reality is they often end up making rapid-fire calls on issues big and small and wasting their time. They and their organizations would be better served by an approach that treats …

Management

Is Your Team Coordinating Too Much, or Not Enough?

Effective teams don’t just happen — you design them. And two of the most important elements of that design are a.) the degree to which team members are interdependent — where they need to rely on each other to accomplish the team task, and b.) how you’ll actually coordinate that …

Management

Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress

When I was in my late twenties, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Doctors operated and told me to hope for the best. I returned to Japan, where I was working, and tried to forget about it. The tumors returned a year later, this time in my liver. After a long search, the surgeons found a new …

Mindfulness

Research: How Incentive Pay Affects Employee Engagement, Satisfaction, and Trust

Most managers would agree that motivated, productive employees are crucial for organizational success, regardless of company size, industry, or corporate strategy. The question is how to motivate them. Offering employees performance-based incentive pay is one common approach, and it usually takes …

Employee Engagement

Why Do Employees Stay? A Clear Career Path and Good Pay, for Starters

Employee turnover is expensive. Replacing an employee who quits costs, on average, 21% of their annual pay. While it’s tempting to dismiss turnover as a fact of life in today’s fast-moving job market, new research shows otherwise. Many reasons employees jump ship are surprisingly simple, and …

Employee Engagement

Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

At the start of 2016 Google announced that it had discovered the secret ingredients for the perfect team. After years of analyzing interviews and data from more than 100 teams, it found that the drivers of effective team performance are the group’s average level of emotional intelligence and a high …

Management

5 Things You Need To Add To Your 2017 Digital Marketing Plan

It’s 2017.<p>It’s a new year, which means a new you. It’s a chance for you to get a fresh start on your digital marketing plan. Maybe you want to get into a new social media platform or release a new product. Or you might be entertaining the idea of hiring an SEO company to help you boost your …

Marketing

How Writing An Article A Day Will Change Your Life (And Your Business)

If you’re looking for a way to improve your business, and improve yourself in the process, take this challenge: write an article every day.<p>What kind of article? How long? What counts as an article? These are subjective questions that won’t be the same for everyone, but you’ll find many of the same …

Marketing

Make Sure Your Team’s Workload Is Divided Fairly

An important part of your job as a manager is making sure everyone on your team has the right amount of work. It’s tempting to give the workhorse more projects than others (especially if she’ll get them done the fastest) or to ease up on someone who is struggling, but you also need to be fair. How …

Project Management

4 Things to Eliminate From Your Speech If You Want to Be Persuasive

Are sloppy speech habits holding you back as a leader? Discover simple changes you can make to instantly increase your ability to influence others and raise your status as a speaker and leader.<p>At what point would you stop listening to a speaker who opens with: "So, OK, I wanted to just briefly, you …

Public Speaking

The 4 secrets to remarkable focus

Have you said any of these recently?<p><i>I get distracted and procrastinate.</i><p><i>I make plans but I don't follow through on them.</i><p><i>I get things done… but not the</i> …

Make Time for the Work That Matters

Reclaim up to one day a week for your most important work with this video slide deck. Download a customizable version in Subscriber Exclusives.

Harvard

Reinventing Performance Management

Performance management is broken. See how Deloitte overhauled its system in this 7-minute video slide deck. Download a customizable version in Subscriber Exclusives.

Management

How To Be An Expert: 8 Proven Secrets To Superior Skill

Being an expert at something really pays off. Just how good are top performers compared to everybody else?Research shows in high complexity jobs like …

What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity - Part I: Why Small Choices Count | The Art of Manliness

<i>Integrity</i>. It’s a quality every man worth his salt aspires to. It encompasses many of the best and most admirable traits in a man: honesty, …

The 30 Things Customers Really Value

Executive teams often struggle to land innovations that will significantly grow the business. A chronic problem is their emphasis on searching for breakthrough innovation — the creation of a truly new, highly valued product or service that could redefine their industry and lead to unprecedented …

Innovation

Know Your Customers’ “Jobs to Be Done”

For as long as we can remember, innovation has been a top priority—and a top frustration—for leaders. In a recent McKinsey poll, 84% of global executives reported that innovation was extremely important to their growth strategies, but a staggering 94% were dissatisfied with their organizations’ …

Dining Rooms

Putting Products into Services

High-end professional services firms that cater to corporate clients have a clear upside: Because they provide specialized expertise, their offerings can be very lucrative. But there’s a less obvious downside: If a consulting firm, say, or a law practice wants to double its revenue, it has to …

Innovation

How the CFO and General Counsel Can Partner More Effectively

Commentators and researchers have focused on the crucial role of the CEO in leading effective corporate action to promote high performance, high integrity, and sound risk management. What receives far less attention is that, more and more in our increasingly complex, volatile, and fully-globalized …

Management