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How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

A few weeks ago, we were asked to analyze a competency model for leadership development that a client had created. It was based on the idea that at different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills. For example, in their model they proposed that …

The Ultimate Guide to Researching a Company Pre-Interview

You know that weird feeling between excitement and dread that accompanies an invitation to interview? It’s especially strong when you know next to …

Why Work Brings Happiness

4 Ways to Assert Yourself (Effectively)

You'll get better results if you understand and calibrate your assertiveness style. The sixth in a multi-part series on leadership communication.<p>I recently had a conversation with Eric, a manager at a large manufacturing company in the Midwest. Normally a very peacekeeping, congenial person, he …

Leadership

Ask For An Odd Number, And 6 More Tips To Get The Salary You Want

To master it, you need to push without offending the hiring manager or undercutting yourself. At the end of the day, it's an awkward conversation that you're obligated to have. Both parties need to walk away feeling like they fared well and got what they wanted.<p>To get a sense of how the pros do it, …

Don’t Treat Your Career Marathon Like a Sprint

In high school, I was on the cross-country running team. I was only a decent athlete, and midway through the season, my coach demoted me to the “B team.” I wanted to prove to him I deserved to be back on the “A team,” so I launched into my first “B race” at a far faster pace than normal.<p>I was …

12 Things All Successful People Do

<i>“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”</i><p>Whether in business or life, we often walk a fine line between success and failure. Booker T. Washington’s quote highlights the inevitability of challenges on the path to …

Six Ways to Grow Your Job

In today’s resource-constrained environment, many of us are delivering 120% on the current demands of our job—but devoting little time to developing ourselves further or positioning ourselves for a future move. As one of my executive MBA students recently told me, “I know that I have to carve out …

23 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Know

A buddy of mine is a big-deal business professor at an even bigger deal university. And for reasons I still don’t understand, he asked me to come in and explain to his graduate students what I have learned from spending 30 years talking to, researching and writing about entrepreneurs.<p>Here’s what I …

How Can I Improve My Listening Skills?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>I'm a terrible listener. I want to do better, but I have trouble paying attention. I miss what people say a lot and end up …

Self-help

MALCOLM GLADWELL: If You Want A Science Or Math Degree, Do Not Go To Harvard

Acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell has some advice for teenagers looking into college.<p>"If you want to get a science and math degree, don't go to Harvard," he says.<p>Harvard is filled with the smartest people in the world, and perversely that makes it a dispiriting place to go to school.<p>He explains his …

The Evolution Of Work

Work is clearly evolving which means that we are seeing new technologies and behaviors enter our organizations. These new behaviors and technologies are largely being fueled by the consumer web and now organizations are struggling to adapt. Over the past few months I explored the Five Trends …

Dorie Clark: "Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future" | Talks at Google

5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Manager

As the world of work continues to change so do the qualities and characteristics of the managers who are going to be leading our companies. Work is not the same as it used to be and we are seeing dramatic changes in both behavior and technology not just in our personal lives but in our professional …

Being The Best Isn't About Knowing The Most

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking<p>When an individual believes they know all the answers, they shut themselves down from the possibility that there is more they might learn on a subject. They limit themselves from experiencing …

Adam Savage: Work Hard, Work Smart

Don’t Let Them Underestimate You

We all hope our resume and experiences will speak for themselves. But a friend of mine — a 40 year-old former special agent and combat veteran — recently emailed me about a persistent problem. “When I contact leaders in my industry, they almost always agree to talk,” he told me. “But some have been …

Sabrina Chao: A Bloodline For Shipping

Sabrina Chao’s life was upended in an instant. She had been with her family’s shipping company for only about two years when her father, George Chao, suffered a stroke.<p>“That really threw me into a panic. Obviously, I didn’t have the maturity and experience that I have now,” she says.<p>For much of its …

Leonardo da Vinci, Marketing Genius

In 1482. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote an oft-quoted letter to the Duke of Milan requesting employment. Science fiction author Bruce Sterling just posted it to his blog, but it has appeared, in whole or part, elsewhere.<p>The letter is notable not only because, as Sterling points out in his headline, it’s …

The Importance of Color in Business Presentations - SOAP International

Ours is a visual world. The research proves it: about 85% of consumers claim that color is one of the main deciding factors for buying not buying a …

The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee

A few weeks ago I wrote an article covering the 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Manager. However it’s not just the managers that need to adapt and evolve to the changing workplace; it’s also the non-managerial employees. As I mentioned in the previous article dramatic changes in the way we work …

Constructing Your Career Castle

As the story goes, Walt Disney had a key piece of advice to the executives planning the Magic Kingdom: <i>Build the castle first</i>. Disney understood that everyone involved in achieving his vision — from the Madison Avenue advertisers selling it to the guys hacking their way through the mosquito-infested …

Why Introverts Can Make Excellent Executives

There’s a popular fiction out there that senior management is an extrovert’s game. The stereotype that comes to mind is the uber-confident executive effortlessly speaking in front of thousands, or skillfully mingling at events with mayors and senators and the like. And there’s some truth to it; an …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

Don’t Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together

Out of the many ways that managers get things done, one of the most underused is what I call “convening authority”: the ability to bring people together to share information, build alignment, or solve problems. To explain, let me share a quick example, in two acts:<p>In Act One, the manager of a …

4 Simple Ways To Make Your Employees Feel Valued

Imagine a job where your work isn’t appreciated, your effort goes unnoticed, and you could be replaced in an instant.<p>Not exactly a place you’d want to stay for very long, is it?<p>As a manager, this isn’t the type of environment you want to encourage—not if you want your employees to stick around, …