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How To Become An Irreplaceable Employee, Part 2

The holidays are upon us, and there’s no better time to start planning goals and resolutions for the new year. For many of us, being better in the workplace will be near the top of that list.<p>Now that you’ve vowed to not commit any of the “don’ts” of being an irreplaceable employee, it’s time to …

The Workplace

Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap Means Focusing on What Employees Think, Not What They Do

When you embark on a new strategic journey to sustain and grow your organization in an uncertain world, what do you prioritize? If you’re like most of the leaders we know, you start with organizational structure and processes.<p>This would be a mistake.<p>In 2016 we asked 80 senior executives from 20 …

Management

5 Steps to Finding New Growth Opportunities in Your Core Business

Fewer than 10 percent of companies make a disciplined effort to unlock new sources of profitable growth from their core business. Here's a guide to recognizing--and monetizing--your company's overlooked assets.<p>If you're struggling with scaling your company--or finding new areas of profitable …

Business Strategy

How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation

<i>DAVE WHEELER FOR HBR</i><p>In a recent strategy meeting we attended with the leaders of a Fortune-500 company, the word “culture” came up 27 times in 90 minutes. Business leaders believe a strong organizational culture is critical to success, yet culture tends to feel like some magic force that few know …

How Younger Managers Are Perceived, Perceptions of Younger Managers Aren't Always Accurate

As new managers fill vacancies created by retiring Boomers, how do their skills compare with the seasoned older managers they replace?<p>Naturally, our assumption was that veteran managers would be more effective on almost every front. To test this out, we explored the data we’ve accumulated on more …

Warren Buffett

15 Simple Moves That Will Change Your Career

"Work-life balance" is like the flossing of life skills. Everyone talks about how incredibly important it is, but pretty much nobody's doing it. But, …

Run Faster, Boost Endurance, and Beat Boredom

Advice from Olympic marathon runner Ed Eyestone<p>As a two-time Olympic marathoner, I can testify: Running can be boring. And frustrating. Especially the way the typical guy does it—the same 4- or 5-mile jog, day after day, week after week, year after year. Then along comes some race for some cure, …

7 Reasons You Won't Ever Be Successful

Dear Business Owner,<p>I’m sorry I have to be the one to tell you.<p>It would have been better coming from one of your close friends, but since they didn’t do it, I guess it falls on me.<p>You see, you have a number of nasty habits that are keeping you from being the successful business owner you always …

Challenges To China's Sustainable Growth: 'Exit, Voice, And Loyalty'

<i>This article was first published on PBS Newshour on Oct 23, 2013. The author’s new book “Tiger Woman On Wall Street” will be released on Nov 8, 2013 by McGraw Hill.</i><p>When foreigners visit China, they are often impressed by the country’s spectacular hardware: the modern architecture of the coastal …

12 Ways to Make Yourself Save More Money

Saving money isn't something that comes naturally to most people. In fact, research has shown people with less money tend to have a more difficult …

Frugal Living

Budget Out Of Control? How to Take Charge

Shares 1<p>There are times when it seems as though your money is in charge of you. At times, whether it's because you are anxious and stressed, or just …

Personal Finance

38 ways to fix everything: Split fairways, make birdies, have fun!

<b>Joe Passov, Josh Sens, Sean Zak, Ryan Galvin and Graylyn Loomis contributed to this story. [Editor's note: This originally ran in the October 2013</b> …

Golf

Customer Intimacy, Meet Operational Excellence

What is more important to company success, a strong external focus on customer experiences or an internal focus on effective and efficient operations?<p>Of course, it’s a false dichotomy — you need both. I described in an earlier post how Tesco worked for years to improve its supply chain …

You’re Probably Wrong About Millennials

Managers routinely complain about their Gen Y employees as entitled, disloyal, and lazy — and as a result, conflicts arise. In a study in partnership with American Express for my new book, we found that while managers have a negative view of Gen Y, employees from this generation generally have a …

Why You Have To Ask Yourself, “What Have I Got To Lose?”

Fear is a female dog. I know that’s not politically correct but it’s true. Fear can hold you back from accomplishing things – great and small. Fear …

Career Tips | Advice & Resources

Men's Health

If you're looking for a way to change up your bench press, here you go<p>The wearables company has just announced an arsenal of apps available to Ionic users<p>You don't have to be a dad to appreciate this<p>From beers to reindeers, this deal of the day has you covered<p>"As a result of ongoing discussions, …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

How to Get Better at Spotting Opportunities

To be a successful entrepreneur -- or really, a successful anything -- you need to be able to recognize an opportunity when you see one. Specifically, you need to be able to identify a problem or gap, and come up with an innovative solution. (Of course you also need to be able to execute that …

Self-improvement