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  • 10 ways smart people stay calm April 20, 2017 - By Travis Bradberry / LADDERS The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and... read more
  • 11 Life Lessons Every Professional Should Know (Before It’s Too Late) April 14, 2017 - by RAVI RAMAN, EXECUTIVE COACH – 80,000 hours. That’s how long you can expect to work over the course of your lifetime. I’m personally well on my way, approaching the 35,000-hour mark by now. I’ve had a long and winding career path. First, in the accounting department of an airline. Then, at an investment bank.... read more
  • How To Know When People Are Lying April 5, 2017 -   by Peter Collins Body language can be described as the unspoken or non-verbal complementary kind of communication we engage in. It is those gestures that can send out alarm bells to those that have been trained to understand the subtleties of our interaction with another person or with groups of people. People from walks... read more
  • 10 mistakes smart people never make twice April 5, 2017 - By Travis Bradberry Everybody makes mistakes — that’s a given — but we don’t always learn from them. Sometimes we make the same mistakes over and over again, fail to make any real progress, and can’t figure out why. “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” — Bruce Lee When we make mistakes,... read more
  • Your boss really doesn’t know he’s terrible April 5, 2017 - by Jane Burnett, LADDERS When you enter the meeting, your palms are sweaty. Your nerves have really got the best of you this time— what if you give your presentation, and as soon as he hears about your vision for this project, everything goes up in flames as he rips your confidence into shreds? You... read more
  • 7 questions that successful people ask when they’re networking March 31, 2017 - By Lily Herman To many, networking events sound as appealing as getting teeth pulled, but that doesn’t mean they have to be so dreadful. Instead, great networking is all about having questions ready that start actual conversations, not mundane small talk. After asking dozens of professionals their go-to networking questions, I found two important patterns.... read more
  • The One Word That’ll Make Asking for Honest Feedback Less Scary March 31, 2017 - by Alsye Kalish / The Muse When we’re asking for feedback on our work, it’s not always an “I feel awesome” moment. Yes, sometimes our questions lead to a round of applause and a “Fantastic job!” But more often, they lead to our boss rattling off critiques, or co-workers stating, “It’s OK, but maybe you should... read more
  • An Easy Way to Make a Sucky Day a Little Bit Less Sucky March 31, 2017 - by Kat Boogaard / The Muse I sat staring at my computer, feeling totally defeated and discouraged. Despite my best efforts to reassure myself that business isn’t personal, I could feel my chest getting tight and my eyes welling up with tears. What happened? Well, my whole day seemed to be turning into a relentless... read more
  • 7 Perfect Replies to (Politely) Shut Down Negative People March 31, 2017 - by Aja Frost / The Muse Up until very recently, I’ve had two techniques for dealing with negative co-workers and colleagues. Full disclosure: Neither of them ever worked. First, I tried avoiding negative people. I was never rude, but if someone was always venting, I wouldn’t engage in conversations with him or her. This strategy... read more
  • A Realistic Solution if You Just Realized There’s No Way You’ll Get Everything Done March 31, 2017 - by Kat Boogaard / The Muse You look down at your seemingly endless to-do list and and feel like you’re either going to throw up or burst into tears—maybe both. Yes, you’re all for prioritization tricks, productivity hacks, and magic formulas that promise to make you more efficient and help you strategically tackle those tasks.... read more
  • 5 Lines Everyone Wishes Their Co-workers Would Say to Them March 31, 2017 - by Alyse Kalish / The Muse How many times have you thought how great it would be if your co-worker congratulated you on your latest project, or said “Happy Birthday,” or asked how you were feeling when you were having a terrible day? And how often has that thought actually turned into an action? It’s... read more
  • How Do I Brag About My Work Without Being Obnoxious? March 27, 2017 - PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Hi Kyle, I am working my butt off, but my boss doesn’t seem to have the slightest clue about what I’m actually achieving. My role involves a lot of different tasks and projects, and I am largely supposed to manage my own time and priorities. I’ve always seen it as a sign... read more
  • Mindfulness Works but Only If You Work at It March 27, 2017 - by:Megan Reitz & Michael Chaskalson The latest trend in leadership development is mindfulness training. There is a burgeoning array of apps, self-help books, and corporate interventions designed to help leaders become more mindful and thus more resilient, focused, and aware — qualities that many executives believe can make them more effective in their roles. Mindfulness — a way... read more
  • 4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments March 27, 2017 - by:Joseph Grenny Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.... read more
  • Emotional Intelligence: An Introduction March 27, 2017 - by: Mike Shelah Have you ever noticed, when you buy a new car, you begin to see that car everywhere?! It’s like, the moment you bought that car, everyone else did too. If we reflect on this feeling, we quickly realize, that is not the case. We have simply become more aware, as a result... read more
  • Improving your writing skills for e-mails & proposals March 14, 2017 - By Stacey Lastoe Have you ever stopped to think about how important writing is to your daily work? With the exception of a few fields, most of us are responsible for communicating via email. What’s more: We may be asked to write proposals, add pages to a handbook, or create a text-heavy deck for presenting... read more
  • The 4 Forces that Will Reshape Nursing March 14, 2017 - by Laurie Larson Peter Buerhaus, R.N.,  a health care economist and a professor of nursing at Montana State University, maintains a multifaceted research program analyzing nursing workforce economics, forecasting nurse and physician supply, and determining public and provider opinion on care delivery issues, among other areas of study. He does so in his role as... read more
  • Why Grit Is More Important Than IQ When You’re Trying To Become Successful March 14, 2017 - by Lisa Quast You attended the party of a long-time friend and ran into a lot of people from high school that you hadn’t seen in years. During chit-chat over appetizers and drinks, you could feel the friendly competition heating up. While comparing career accomplishments, you were shocked to learn that the kid from school... read more
  • Food As Fuel: How Leaders Power Their Days March 14, 2017 - by Alan Kohll Leaders have learned that what they eat impacts their performance. We all know how great a healthy diet is for your body, but did you know that some foods can boost your productivity by nourishing your brain? Certain nutrients feed your mind and create long-lasting energy to help you stay focused and... read more
  • 6 Outdated Mindsets That Undermine Your Success March 14, 2017 - by William Arruda Photo credit: Shutterstock Some vestiges of the past have no place in today’s employment landscape. Yet I talk to many people in companies all over the world and am surprised to see that many employees – even millennials – hold on to antiquated mindsets that were made irrelevant to the workplace decades ago.... read more
  • Three Leadership Lessons from La La Land’s Jordan Horowitz March 8, 2017 - by Scott Eblin No doubt, you’ve heard all about it by now. It’s the end of the Academy Awards ceremony and Hollywood icons Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway have just announced that Best Picture goes to the popular musical La La Land. The producers and cast joyfully come on stage to accept their Oscars and make... read more
  • 12 Habits of Genuine People March 6, 2017 - Dr. Travis Bradberry There’s an enormous amount of research suggesting that emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the EQ of more than a million people and found that it explains 58% of success in all types of jobs. People with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than people... read more
  • Great Management Boils Down to One Major Thing March 1, 2017 - by Glenn Llopis Management is about execution, coordination and implementation of results.  Effective managers earn trust quickly, are strong team players and prepare employees for success.  Management requires one to continuously be mindful of the details and attentive to follow-up. Management requires the constant due diligence that is embedded within each task at hand and delivering... read more
  • 5 Reasons Leaders Become Followers March 1, 2017 - by Glenn Llopis It’s hard to distinguish the leaders from the followers these days.  So many leaders are playing it safe, holding themselves, their teams and their organizations back because they choose to follow instead of lead.   Leadership is about taking risks, seeing opportunities others don’t see, unleashing your passion, being entrepreneurial, working with a... read more
  • 8 Critical Career Stages Great Leaders Understand About Employees February 28, 2017 - by David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom  Shutterstock “I think I need a new job,” a close friend who leads a regional office for a large global organization told us. “I used to love working for my company, but either I’ve changed or the company has changed. I just don’t feel appreciated like I used to.” As... read more
  • Organizational Distrust Is Rampant: Why Leaders Should Be Worried February 28, 2017 - by Christine Comaford Shutterstock Distrust is rampant. It’s worldwide. It’s pervasive across all types of organizations in the business world. Even though the trust of CEOs is at an all-time low, we can help heal the distrust that may exist in your organization and boost your trust-factor among your tribe. Are you ready? You Can’t Buy... read more
  • 25 Ways To Cut Employee Stress And Boost Productivity February 28, 2017 - by Alan Kohll Shutterstock Employee stress is a problem. For every employee. At every company. Stress naturally occurs in the workplace. When left unchecked, it can wreak havoc on employee health and productivity. In fact, stress has been associated with physical problems like a weakened immune system, stomach aches, high blood pressure, hair loss and headaches.... read more
  • 7 Traits Of Inspiring Leadership That Uplifts Rather Than Destroys February 28, 2017 - by Kathy Caprino Photo: iStock In the leadership development work I do with mid- to high-level professionals, we begin by focusing on how to help each individual lead his or her own personal life in more positive and enlivening ways. You can’t lead anything well (including others, projects, growth, or organizational behavior) if you’re not... read more
  • Five Slack Hacks That Can Keep You Productive No Matter What February 23, 2017 - MATTHEW GUAY 02.22.17 Slack is designed to replace your inbox and be the one place where all your communications would happen, keeping you and your team productive and informed at the same time. But like all communication tools, it can also be a distraction. Try to combine every message from everyone on your team—along with... read more
  • Trade In Perfect For Bad*ss With These 7 Tips February 22, 2017 - by Denise Restauri TWEET THIS Until we change the way we see women, we’re not going to change the way we treat women. be unwavering. I call it “true north vs. magnetic north.” My true north is what I believe in, what my thoughts are, what my values are. Designer Carrie Hammer at Role Models... read more
  • To Earn More Respect At Work — Stop Doing These 10 Things by Lisa Quast February 21, 2017 - So you took my advice and have been working on becoming a more likeable employee, but still feel like you’re not earning respect at work? Maybe it’s not just about what you should start doing. It can sometimes also be about what you need to stop doing. If you want to earn more respect at... read more
  • Caught up in an office romance February 17, 2017 - By Sarah Sipek ACCORDING TO A CAREERBUILDER’S ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY SURVEY, 41 PERCENT OF WORKERS HAVE DATED A CO-WORKER. Television has romanticized the office romance. Jim and Pam; Derek and Meredith; Leslie and Ben; Fitz and Olivia. Through every dopey boyfriend, fiery ex-wife and scandal, we root for them to make it. While it may... read more
  • Five steps to mindfulness in your working day February 17, 2017 - Mindfulness is a way to bring yourself into presence, ease and balance. Sandrine Harris, an executive assistant at Virgin Management and mindfulness meditation facilitator, explains how to master the art of being fully present… We can think of mindfulness as a practice of awareness, when we pay attention to the present moment, breathe, and suspend judgment.... read more
  • 14 Simple Expectations Great Employees Have of Their Boss by Bernard Marr February 17, 2017 - The goal of every manager is to have a team full of exceptional employees. Sometimes the problem is finding them, but more often I see that managers have trouble retainingthe greatest employees. But what if the problem isn’t them… it’s you? Are you the sort of boss that great employees want to work for? If... read more
  • 7 Habits Successful People Avoid by Bernard Marr February 17, 2017 - We all have bad habits that we struggle with, but are your habits preventing you from being successful? I’m not talking about biting your nails or fidgeting, but rather habits you may not even be aware that you have. If your goal is to be successful in your endeavors, read this list closely and try... read more
  • A Menu of Very Small Changes to Boost Your Happiness at Work by Gretchen Rubin February 17, 2017 - Your happiness at work will depend mostly, of course, on how much you like your job and your co-workers. But, as Samuel Johnson observed, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible.” Here are some little things to consider that have helped... read more
  • This Study Reveals The 5 Biggest Regrets People Have Before They Die by John-Paul Iwuoha February 17, 2017 - Do you have any regrets? Most people do. But it appears our regrets gain a lot of weight as we approach the end of our lives. For many years, Bronnie Ware – an Australian nurse and counselor – worked in palliative care; taking care of terminally ill people, most of whom had less than 12... read more
  • Five Signs You’re Successful — Whether You Know It Or Not by Liz Ryan February 17, 2017 - For years we clung to an outdated definition of career success. In the old definition of success, successful people were people who had “big” jobs and earned tons of money. You could tell the successful people apart from everybody else by their clothes, their cars, their houses and other material things. Now we know better.... read more
  • You Don’t Need a Fancy Title or Corner Office to Be a Leader by Glenn Leibowitz February 17, 2017 - There’s a lot of insecurity and uncertainty in the working world these days. Artificial intelligence and automation are threatening to replace humans in industries and job functions that once seemed secure. Mass lay-offs continue at some of the world’s most iconic companies. And the rise of the “sharing economy” and the “gig economy” are disrupting... read more
  • 10 Things Salespeople Should Never Say to a Customer February 14, 2017 - You’ve probably seen sales scripts before. These scripts show you exactly what to say to get a prospect’s business. But oftentimes what you shouldn’t say is just as important as what you should. There are countless phrases, words, and expressions salespeople use that are either ineffective or can completely turn the customer off. Of course,... read more
  • A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you February 14, 2017 - People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating? Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions. In her new book, “Presence,” Cuddy says that people quickly answer two questions when they first... read more
  • The Science-Backed Way To Convince Your Boss To Say Yes (To Anything You Want) February 14, 2017 - Quick—think of one thing that would make your job better. Maybe you’re itching to work from home once a week, lead a new project or get a promotion. You have solid reasons why it would benefit you and your team, but that’s not always enough to convince your boss. That’s because how you make your... read more
  • 7 Ways To Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Like A Braggart by Amy Morin February 7, 2017 - “I’m actually the best manager the office has have ever had. Before I got here, no one knew what they were doing.” Boastful comments like that make listeners cringe (and roll their eyes). Braggarts aren’t usually revered. Most people favor modesty and humility over gloating. Sometimes, in an effort to avoid sounding like a blowhard,... read more
  • 6 Signs You’re Doing A Great Job (Even Though Your Boss Doesn’t Say It) February 7, 2017 - When starting a new job, there’s this inevitable rollercoaster of emotions. At first, you feel like you have zero idea what you’re doing. You’re lost trying to figure out how to work the company’s software, where to find the information you need and what exactly the protocol is for the breakroom microwave. But soon, you... read more
  • Eight Bad Habits You Must Break To Be More Productive by Travis Bradberry February 7, 2017 - Nothing sabotages your productivity quite like bad habits. They are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don’t even notice the damage they’re causing. Bad habits slow you down, decrease your accuracy, make you less creative, and stifle your performance. Getting control of your bad habits is critical, and not just for productivity’s sake.... read more
  • Warren Buffett Explains How He Conquered Stage Fright February 7, 2017 - “I had been terrified of public speaking. I couldn’t do it,” billionaire Warren Buffett admitted on an HBO documentary that chronicled his life. Buffett conquered his nerves by enrolling in a public speaking course. He knew that if he couldn’t speak in public, it would end his career. Overcoming his fear changed Warren Buffett’s life.... read more
  • The 6 Financial Habits Of Mentally Strong People That You Can (And Should) Adopt Now February 6, 2017 - With the calendar moving to February comes the opportunity to reflect on progression toward our goals for 2017. But how many people looked back in December and actually kept their 2016 New Year’s resolutions? Very few. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It just means that people need to be mentally stronger and... read more
  • What Makes A Leader? February 2, 2017 - What makes someone a leader anyway? Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex some of the best thinkers in business. We’ve written several books on leadership, and yet it’s a rare thing to actually pause to define leadership. Let’s start with what leadership is not… Leadership has nothing to do with seniority... read more
  • Tired of wasting time in meetings? Try this February 2, 2017 - A friend of mine says people hate meetings because: They don’t start on time.. They don’t finish on time.. What’s in the middle is a waste of time! It’s true–many meetings are a waste of time! Unproductive meetings can cost your business big time. 5 people x 1 hour = 5 hours. Multiply that by everyone’s hourly... read more
  • 63% Of Employees Don’t Trust Their Leader — Here’s What You Can Do To Change That February 2, 2017 - Trust is toast, according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer. It’s worldwide, it’s pervasive across business and government, and trust of CEOs is at an all-time low. CEO Credibility plunged by 12 points this year. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said CEOs are somewhat or not at all credible.Whoa. Wow. How Trust Is Broken… Lack... read more