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This 1 Productivity Hack Can Bring Out an Employee's Full Potential In Just 5 Minutes

Checklists might be boring... but they are effective as hell.<p>When was the last time you had a wow experience that you just wanted to tell all your friends and family about?<p>Just imagine this. You arrive at your hotel after a long drive or flight. You walk into the room, and the first thing you see …

Productivity

Your Blood Type Holds a Lot of Information — Like What You Should Be Eating

Unlike most diets, the blood type diet was founded on the concept of personalised nutrition — eating different foods based on one's biochemical …

Wellness

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

40 Foods That Jumpstart Weight Loss

“It’s time,” you think to yourself. It’s finally time to embark on your weight-loss journey and shed the pounds that have slowly been building up on …

Nutrition

Close Encounters: Leadership And Handwritten Notes

Effective leadership is not confined to grand gestures and high profile public appearances. It can manifest itself in something as simple—and personal—as a handwritten note.<p>If there were a Hall of Fame in the American food manufacturing industry, Douglas Conant would be in it. He served in senior …

Leadership

The one habit that makes it easier to achieve your goals

<b>What are ‘Keystone Habits’?</b><p>The idea of keystone habits was first introduced in Charles Duhigg’s book, <i>The Power of Habit.</i><p>According to Duhigg:<p>Keystone …

Keystone Pipeline

4 behaviors that transform ordinary people into CEOs, according to a study of 2,600 leaders

If you think all CEOs are Ivy League educated individuals who set their eyes on the C-suite at a young age, you're mistaken. According to Elena …

Leadership

Forget Schmoozing, Here’s How To Get Influential People’s Attention

Small talk and cold emailing will only take you so far, but these five tactics can get you noticed—and remembered—for all the right reasons.<p>You probably know that powerful people receive dozens, if not hundreds, of unsolicited requests every day. And at networking events or speaking engagements, …

Success

8 Traits Successful People Have In Common

Not all traits are created equal, double down on these to reach your potential.<p>Many qualities contribute to success, but some traits are …

Entrepreneurship

Want To Be a Better Listener? Avoid Doing These 3 Embarrassing Things

Effective listening is a practice (and an art).<p>Listening is a lost art and an underappreciated practice. Most people prefer to talk. And living in a world full of mindless chatter makes everyone feel unheard.<p>The reason most people don't feel appreciated is due to poor communication. More …

Self-help

4 Questions Great Managers Ask Their Employees Every Week

The prerequisite for setting the stage for these questions to be asked (and answered) is transparency. Therein lies the problem for most bosses.<p>Readers of my column in management roles will often write to me asking about what they can do to improve their relationships with employees. It's not that …

Employment

This Habit Will Make Everyone Think of You as a Leader. Instantly

Curiosity didn't kill the cat. It made him a harbinger of success.<p>Whether or not you want to be a leader, most of us would agree that being looked up to and admired is a good thing. Yet, the qualities that we see as admirable are changing along with our societal norms. One behavior, however, that …

Leadership

8 Traits of Outstanding People

Outstanding isn't something a person has, it is something a person does.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We know that the outstanding stand amongst us because we can feel it when we’re around them. They have something special inside we wish we possessed inside of …

Motivation

5 ways to improve your relationship with your boss

Unfortunately, there’s no Tinder for job searching (yet anyway) meaning you can’t quickly swipe to see a three-sentence blurb and screenshot into …

This 1 Thing Can Make or Break Your First Week In a New Job

81 percent of people surveyed say this one thing is the biggest thing new leaders fail to do.<p>A few weeks ago, I was called in by the president of a mid-cap company to do some executive coaching with one of his most promising leaders -- someone who had just been promoted to a big-dog position and …

Leadership

How Toxic Is Your Company Exactly? Pretty Toxic if You Experience These 6 Things Daily | Inc.com

Ever feel like you're walking on egg shells at work? Your opinions don't matter, you're afraid of making mistakes, and the culture is one of fear and intimidation.<p>Most likely, if you're coming home complaining to your spouse about work almost daily, and you're beginning to feel physical symptoms of …

The Workplace

Most Millionaires Created Their Own Luck by Taking These 4 Approaches (It's Not About Working Hard) | Inc.com

It can be tempting to imagine that all millionaires caught a lucky break or two along the way and that's why they achieved the success they have. Well, luck certainly played its part, but that's because most millionaires (or billionaires) aggressively created it.<p>What do I mean by that? The …

Self-improvement

How to Raise Happy Kids

<b>When you ask parents what they want for their kids, what’s usually the most common reply? They want their children to be</b> <b>happy</b><b>.</b><p><i>…</i><b>the well-being of</b> …

Happiness

8 Actions You Can Take to Be Happier at Work Without Changing Jobs

Tidying up your perspective and habits goes a long way toward preventing the stresses that plague modern life.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Regardless where you choose to work there will always be ups and downs. Sometimes the unfortunate happens, and that's okay. The …

UC Berkeley

Want Your Boss to Be a Better Leader? Persuade Them to Try Any of These Top 5 Habits of Smart Leaders | Inc.com

Years ago, Gallup estimated quite shockingly that 75 percent of the reasons people quit comes down to their managers.<p>In my own research pouring over mountains of literature as well as my own client data to get to the bottom line of the most likely reason employees quit their managers, I found the …

Leadership

I tried the 10/10/10 Method to make decisions like Warren Buffett and Ray Dalio — and it's completely changed the way I view choices

<i><br>"I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people."</i><p>Those words are often attributed to Isaac Newton. They may evoke a chuckle, but they get to the root of a problem faced by us all — irrational behavior.<p>Making decisions is one of keystone actions we all take on a …

Self-improvement

A Best-Selling Stanford Professor Says This Is How You Successfully Deal With Toxic People | Inc.com

"Jerks are everywhere." That's what Robert Sutton, professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bona fide international "jerk" expert, had to say in a recent interview to promote his new book, <i>The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You</i> …

The Workplace

How to Navigate a Turf War at Work

You’re working on a cross-functional initiative that’s critical to your company. Given your position, you’ve assumed you’re in charge, but it seems your counterpart from another team has made the same assumption. And now you’re in the middle of a turf war. How do you determine who has authority? …

Leadership

4 ways to command respect in your workplace

Excelling at a fast-paced job can be challenging — especially when you feel like you’re not being respected enough for your ideas and …

Self-improvement

7 Ways I Combat Negativity in My Life to Remain Motivated and Stay Strong | Inc.com

There will be times in your life where negativity seems to be all around you. When that happens, that negativity can suffocate your dreams, destroy your hope, and halt your motivation. If that negativity becomes more frequent, you may eventually throw in the towel and accept that negativity is just …

Motivation

Why Do Employees Really Quit Their Jobs? Research Says It Comes Down to These Top 8 Reasons | Inc.com

I've done a lot of research over the years to drill down to the most likely reason for employees to quit and answer the question, "How do you stop the bleeding?"<p>As in bleeding money. The cost of employee turnover is exorbitant, with some recent estimates putting the price at $45,000 to $150,000 to …

Employment

If you’re stressed, new study says to think of yourself as someone else

To put your problems in perspective, it helps to give yourself some objective distance.<p>But when our problems only exist in our heads, stepping back …

Psychology

11 Habits of Remarkably Likable Bosses | Inc.com

Are leaders born or made? That's the age-old question. Since that question is above my pay grade, why don't we ask a bonafide psychologist to rest this case?<p>Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College and the …

Leadership

7 Smart Yet Simple Ways to Handle Difficult People

This afternoon I took my son, Mac, to the community playground. As I was chatting with another parent, I looked over and saw Mac’s eyes welling up …

Teens