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The First Step to Being Powerful

“I am such a big failure. I can’t believe that I’ve made this mistake and it’s cost me months and months of time. I might never recover…What an idiot to not see that one coming.” On and on, he went. In distress, my colleague was clearly suffering because of a recent fiasco.<p>Seeking counsel, he had …

14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends

Spencer Rascoff is only 37. Yet the Harvard grad and father of three has already accomplished so much.<p>He cofounded Hotwire.com and served as a VP for Expedia; he held the roles of CFO, vice president of marketing and COO at Zillow; and in 2008 Rascoff was promoted to chief executive of the popular …

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …

How Leaders Can Address The Elephant(s) In The Room

An impending reduction in force distracts employees from normal business whether it’s real or not. Either way it becomes an elephant in the room that everyone knows is there and no one wants to bring up. How should leaders deal with elephants like that?<p>It depends. If the elephant is an ignored but …

How (And Why) To Stay Positive

When faced with setbacks and challenges, we’ve all received the well-meaning advice to “stay positive.” The greater the challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as Pollyannaish and unrealistic. It’s hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seems …

The 20 Best Latin Phrases For Business Leaders

Bringing out a good Latin phrase in a discussion is like brining a <i>gun</i> to a <i>knife</i> fight. It gets people’s attention. But if you are quoting Lucretius at the start of every meeting “<i>nil igitur mors est ad nos”</i> (<i>Death, therefore, is nothing to us</i>) you will sound like an absolute tool. Even if you are …

5 Leadership Secrets Of Collaboration Success

To see what happens when people <i>don’t</i> work together, look no further than Washington, D.C. Instead of pooling their talents for a common goal and the common good, Congress is mired in gridlock, recrimination and petty squabbles. And <i>nothing</i> is getting done.<p><b>Sound like your workplace?</b> I hope not, …

How To Stay Super Motivated

There are two elements needed to succeed in business.<p>The first is a good strategy – making sure you’re heading in the right direction and focusing on the most valuable opportunities.<p>The second is how well you do your work. You must perform with speed, positivity, efficiency and drive to achieve …

How Criticism Creates Innovative Teams

It’s tough to find examples of successfully challenging the boss, even tougher to find stories of leaders who specifically ask to be challenged. The most common is a tale of Alfred P. Sloan at General Motors. During a meeting in which GM’s top management team was considering a weighty decision, …