Leadership

Why Leaders Should View Themselves as Servants

Show your employees you really care about each and every one of them. Success will follow.<p>Twenty years ago, I received a unique gift. This gift impacted my career by introducing me to a servant leadership model I’ve tried to emulate since.<p>I was living in Seattle and had taken off for Christmas Eve. …

Management

10 Tips To Find The Perfect Employee

A key to small business success is finding and hiring “perfect” employees—people who exemplify the ideals of your business and become long-term, loyal workers. Paying attention to these 10 key factors will help you identify and hire top-notch employees:<p><b>1. Good fit—</b>Your best employees need to have …

Management

How To Select An Executive Coach

As an executive coach during my first meeting with potential clients, I have found that most leaders don’t quite know the right questions to ask me. When evaluating fit, many people make the mistake of choosing someone that they feel most comfortable with. While chemistry and ease of connection is …

Management

The War For Talent Is Over, And Everyone Lost | Fast Company

Instead of winning a war for talent, organizations appear to be waging a war <i>on</i> talent, repelling and alienating employees more successfully than harnessing their skills.<p>The result is a highly inefficient job market where most companies complain about their talent shortages while most employees …

Management

4 Ways Millennials Are Rewriting Career Rules and Changing The Workforce

The opinions expressed about millennials are often divisive, especially when it comes to the working world. Some believe millennials are entitled, …

Millennials

How Work Sprints Can Improve Your Effectiveness

<i>The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Productivity

Barriers To Growth: Inability To Go Backwards

One of the biggest barriers I see to growth, whether it is personal growth or business growth, is not inability to move forward, but the inability to go backwards. The reason for this paradox is very simple. Progress isn’t linear. You can’t move forward in a smooth upward curve; sometimes you need …

Management

According to Hundreds of Entrepreneurs, This Is the Most Important Leadership Trait

Do you possess this crucial leadership quality? If not, here's how to get it.<p>Transparency. Passion. Communication.<p>You know that they're all important traits of effective leaders. But are they the <i>most</i> important qualities?<p>Not according to a recent study conducted by The Alternative Board, which …

Business

Ten Easy Ways To Be Better At Your Job

Many of us were raised to think about a job as nothing more than a way to make money. We don’t often think of a job as a way to grow personally and professionally, but every job gives us that opportunity.<p>Even the worst job you’ve ever had taught you something valuable!<p>Going to work is like going to …

Management

Become a Better Listener by Taking Notes

Team dynamics can make or break a meeting. Have you ever been in a meeting where people interrupt each other, introduce new ideas when they should be building on the conversation, and repeat someone else’s point just to be heard? These communication issues waste time and energy, and usually lead to …

Harvard Business Review

4 Toxic Habits That Will Make You a Terrible Leader

Becoming a better leader is sometimes as simple as removing a few things from your life.<p>Professionals often assume to become a leader requires adding new skills or habits to your arsenal. While this can help, I've also found doing the opposite can be just as effective.<p>Giving up simple things I once …

Business

8 questions to ask your CEO that make you look smart

Being afraid of looking stupid is not a great reason to stay silent during a meeting with your CEO.<p>Especially when there's a simple set of guidelines that can help you figure out whether your question is worth asking.<p>According to Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your …

CEOs

Three Undeniable Truths I've Learned On My Leadership Journey

Much has been written about what it takes to become a successful leader. There is no shortage of books, courses, and columns like this that purport to share the secrets of success.<p>If the concept of leadership has been so closely analyzed, scrutinized, and proselytized, why then are good leaders so …

Business

Managing a Team That's Smarter Than You

When managing a talented team that outshines you in the smarts department, use these 6 methods to take advantage of your team's brains.<p>It’s a dark …

Management

6 Keys to Creating Reliable, Independent Teams

You can't do it all yourself.<p><i>By Shawn Freeman, founder and CEO of TWT Group.</i><p>No matter the industry, we all want the same thing: happy customers. Building an audience's trust and loyalty starts with having a solid team that understands the vision of the company -- and can operate autonomously to …

Business

Why We All Need To Work Two Jobs

Your first job is to help other people. Your second is your actual job. The better you are at no. 1, the easier no. 2 becomes.<p>When you think about your career in this manner, nearly everything changes.<p>Job no. 1 forces you to value relationships and be other-centered. Instead of thinking first about …

Employment

6 Things You Must Do to Effectively Manage Remote Workers

Early experiences, onboarding and training can really make a difference.<p>We’ve heard it all before. Remote workers are picking up steam at unprecedented levels. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost one-quarter of employed people perform some or all of their work from their …

Management

Don’t Leave Your Performance Review Without Asking This Question

When you’re heading into your performance review, you probably come armed with a few questions (“What am I doing well?”, “Is there anything I could …

Women's News

eBay’s First Diversity Chief Discusses What It’ll Take To Move The Needle

eBay issued its 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Report yesterday, their first since the company spun off PayPal in 2015.<p>The numbers are consistent with …

Chief Diversity Officers

Think Millennials Are Lazy? These 21 Quotes Will Make You Think Again

Some people think young people just don't want to work. Here are plenty of people that prove otherwise.<p>Millennial workers have really taken it on the chin in the last couple of years, haven't they? It seems as though everyone from the pundits to the leaders of industry has had something negative to …

Business

Even Without Instruction And Feedback, You Can Still Make Yourself A Better Programmer

Shutterstock<p><i>What are some suggestions to improve your software development skills if you’re self-taught and can’t get feedback/mentorship from anyone easily? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the</b> …

Programming

U.S. Concrete CFO Tusa to resign

U.S. Concrete (NASDAQ:USCR) says CFO Joseph Tusa, Jr., will resign from the company for "personal reasons," effective July 1.<p>Tusa joined USCR in 2015 …

CFOs

How to Survive Being the Only Woman in the Workplace

Being the only one can be hard in the subtlest ways. Here are a few ways to overcome the daily grind of being a lone soldier.<p>You’ve read <i>Feminist Fight Club</i> and <i>Bossypants</i>. You follow Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's site @lennyletter and actress @annakendrick47 on Instagram while posting inspirational …

Joan of Arc

What Type Of Sales People Should You Hire?

While there are many different aspects that fall under the umbrella of talent management, recruitment is one of the most important. When it comes to …

Business

'I’m not a designer, but...' and other things that will ruin a great idea

My hiring goal, as a general rule, is to make myself the dumbest person in the room. There are tons of people who have recognized this and have …

Creativity

Four Workplace Stereotypes Millennials (Like Me) Thoroughly Resent | Fast Company

If you’re trying to understand what an employee wants . . . you can’t expect characteristics that supposedly apply to everybody born within a 15 to 22–year timespan to be all that precise.<p>If personal experience can confirm stereotypes, it can also subvert them.

The Workplace

Debunking 'Diversity' by Amplifying Inclusion

How do you want people to approach you and use your "open door policy"?<p>In business, as in biology, strength lies in difference, not similarity. According to McKinsey, the most ethnically and gender-diverse companies outperform the least diverse. In today’s global workforce, it doesn’t take …

Management

African-focused airline Fastjet names trio of new execs

Embattled airline Fastjet has turned to South African airline veterans for a flurry of new board hires in a bid to stabilise the turbulent business.<p>Fastjet said its appointment of a new non-executive chairman, a non-executive director and a new chief financial officer to its board was an “important …

Airlines

Why Every CEO Needs to be the Chief Recruiter Too

CEOs should take a leading role in the recruitment of top talent.<p>What is your job as CEO when it comes to recruiting? The conventional view of the CEO's role is to lead the company with vision and strategy to deliver the brand promise and results to stakeholders. For the small to medium-sized …

Chief Marketing Officers

David Cancel on Hiring Employees Who Can Teach Him

This interview with David Cancel, C.E.O. of Drift, a sales communication platform, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant<p><b>Q. What were your early years like?</b><p><b>A.</b> I was born in the Bronx, and grew up in Queens. My dad was from Puerto Rico, and my mom was from Ecuador. We only spoke Spanish in our …

Business