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  • The Best Way to Break Down Complex Ideas So Anyone Can Understand Them December 13, 2017 - By; Matt Eventoff – The Muse You’re sitting in a conference room with all the big bosses. They’re meeting to discuss the annual budget, and it’s your job to pitch them your case for more money for your team. The problem? While you’re quite confident everyone has a vague idea what your department does, you’re... read more
  • 6 Ways to Banish End-of-Year Stress at the Office December 13, 2017 - By Judy Martin – TheMuse The holiday treats start flowing into the office (cookies=calories), decorations appear in the lunchroom (a dreidel hangs on a Christmas tree), and then the dreaded self-talk begins about what to buy for the secret office gift pool (a stress ball seems apropos). The festivities have begun, but the merrier trimmings... read more
  • 4 ways improv can help you succeed at work (and 2 words that will change your life) December 11, 2017 - by: David Wilk, Frank Ford and David Ahearn – Ladders As improv comedians, the same philosophy and principles that work so well for us on stage also work very well when we apply them to our business. Here are four ways you can apply improv techniques to help you succeed at work. 1. Become an... read more
  • 10 toxic people you should avoid like the plague December 5, 2017 - by Travis Bradberry – Ladders Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic... read more
  • 20 Ways to Improve Empathy and Relationships at Work December 1, 2017 - by: Reuben Yonatan – UndercoverRecruiter In the busy, fast-paced world of business, it may be surprising to learn just how important empathy is when it comes to your personal level of performance and how well you can interact and work with your co-workers. Low levels of empathy can cause many problems in the workplace –... read more
  • 11 things organized and productive people do every day November 29, 2017 - by Travis Bradberry – Ladders We often confuse being productive with working as fast as we can, every second of the day. We fear that slowing down to get organized will kill our productivity, but the facts suggest otherwise: The average office employee spends over one hour each day just looking for things. The average... read more
  • 6 honest mistakes that can get you fired November 28, 2017 - by: Travis Bradberry – Ladders There are so many things that can get good, hard-working people fired. Honest mistakes often carry hard-hitting consequences. A recent study from the ePolicy Institute surveyed more than 300 companies and found that a third of them have fired employees for the misuse of company technology. Companies are so worried... read more
  • 9 types of people who never succeed at work November 7, 2017 - by Travis Bradberry – Ladders Experience and knowledge are rapidly losing their relevance to success in the workplace. Harvard economist David Deming studied workplace tasks from 1980 to the present day and found that those that emphasize social skills grew by a whopping 24%, while tasks requiring technical know-how and intelligence experienced little growth. Deming... read more
  • The best ways to respond to an insult, according to Steve Jobs November 7, 2017 - by Layla Tabatabaie – Ladders While we wait for AI gatekeepers to be adept enough at detecting and sending trolls back to the murky waters of 4chan where they belong, digital trolls are a reality all people on the Internet must tolerate in the meantime. Some trolls can’t be reasoned with. But for the ones... read more
  • 10 Signs You Might Be Leadership Material, From 10 Experts Who Know November 1, 2017 - by David Sturt & Todd Nordstrom – Forbes “I was offered a promotion to management,” a friend recently informed us. “You guys know me. I honestly don’t know if I’m leadership material.” While we could have just sent our friend a message back saying, “Yes. You’ll make a great leader.” Her question made us curious... read more
  • The Unexamined Mind Doesn’t Think Well: Why Self-Awareness Is A Fundamental Leadership Capacity November 1, 2017 - by Prudy Gourguechon – Forbes I’ve been interested in identifying the fundamental capacities of character, habit and cognition that every leader must have. My search led me to a remarkable document, the Army Field Manual on Leader Development. It was striking to me that the Army places great emphasis on self-awareness as a core leadership... read more
  • 5 Ways to Build Resilience During Tough Times November 1, 2017 - by Nick Hedges – RecruitLoop Life doesn’t always work out the way you think it will. You may think you are on a path. Things are going well. All your ducks are in a line. And then when you least expect it, everything changes. Let’s suppose you recently commenced a new job. You are excited.... read more
  • New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy October 30, 2017 - by: Eric Barker – LADDERS You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them. Actually, don’t trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you... read more
  • 5 Coping Strategies for When You’re Feeling Anxious at Work October 10, 2017 - by: Melody J Wilding – the MUSE Gina, a former colleague of mine, spent most of her career dreading work. She constantly worried about her performance and often felt overwhelmed by the pressures of her job. As Gina’s anxiety began to interfere with her work, causing her to lose focus and miss deadlines, it became... read more
  • Why Everyone Needs A Portfolio Career October 5, 2017 - by: Ron Carucci – FORBES These days, most professionals understand the precarious nature of relying exclusively on employers to develop and advance their careers. While some companies have invested in career development efforts,professionals are, for the most part, on their own when it comes to cultivating their future earning potential. But the day-to-day grind of... read more
  • Do You Have A Culture Of Fear? Three Questions To Ask October 5, 2017 - by: Louis Efron – FORBES Is it better to be feared than loved? Most leaders today would thankfully answer loved. However, when Niccolò Machiavelli posed the question nearly 500 years ago, things may have been different. Despite companies’ sentiments that they prefer “loved,” many corporate cultures still feed on fear. The problem is that some... read more
  • 4 things to do when you catch a liar October 3, 2017 - By Travis Bradberry-Ladders It’s a hard fact to accept, but your friends and coworkers lie to you regularly. The real challenge lies in how you respond once you catch someone in the act. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Even... read more
  • How to Handle 7 Types of Problem Employees September 27, 2017 - BrightTalk – Webinar Presented by Deb Calvert, Executive Coach & President of People First Productivity Solutions
  • This One Behavior Is Stalling Your Career August 29, 2017 - by: Brian de Haaff – LinkedIn “I have some feedback for you.” When you hear these words, do you go into fight or flight mode? Maybe you are a runner. You think about an escape route. So you defensively scramble for a convenient excuse to avoid the discussion entirely. I know that the sting of... read more
  • If You Don’t Fail, You Won’t Succeed August 29, 2017 - by Robert Herjavec – LinkedIn I’ve spent a lot of time recently talking about failure. It’s one of those words, just like sales, that gets a bad reputation. Failure isn’t a bad word! At one time or another in our lives we will be faced with the fear of failure. But if you don’t take... read more
  • Fascinating Facts About Eye Contact August 29, 2017 - by Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D – LinkedIn Did you know that eye contact is like Goldilocks and the three bears? It’s true. Too much eye contact is instinctively felt to be rude, hostile and condescending; and in a business context, it may also be perceived as a deliberate intent to dominate, intimidate, belittle, or make... read more
  • How to speak confidently in front of a crowd August 17, 2017 - By Keith Yamashita – Unstuck The prospect of public speaking often hacks away at our confidence. The antidote: Build experience through planning, preparation, and careful attention to details. Keith Yamashita, cofounder of Unstuck, shares 12 of his very thorough tactics for presenting so you, too, can stride confidently onstage. 1. Write down the logic flow,... read more
  • 13 Ways We Damage Relationships At Work August 17, 2017 - by Kare Anderson – Forbes When things go wrong, we tend to blind ourselves to other’s feelings. We are more likely to fall into a destructive behavioral trap. Sadly, when we do, we cannot be empathic. We weaken that human bond that’s vital to re-grouping and resilience. These blinding mindsets make us feel dumb, powerless... read more
  • 7 ways successful people become the best June 27, 2017 - By Eric Barker-Ladders Want to be more successful? Actually, that’s not ambitious enough — want to be the best? I do. So I called my friend Daniel Coyle, author of the best books on getting better at anything: The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent. Dan knows that the “10,000 hour rule” is... read more
  • How to Prevent a Lax Workplace This Summer June 26, 2017 - By Run-ADP During the summer, the warm weather and the draw of the beach, barbeques, and travel may lead to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. Below, we identify some common workplace issues during the summer months and how you can prevent and respond to them. Dress Code Violations: As the temperature rises outside, dress code... read more
  • 4 ways improv can help you succeed at work June 12, 2017 - by: David Wilk, Frank Ford, and David Ahearn -Ladders As improv comedians, the same philosophy and principles that work so well for us on stage also work very well when we apply them to our business. Here are four ways you can apply improv techniques to help you succeed at work. 1. Become an active listener Everyone thinks that to... read more
  • 5 scientific secrets to handling a narcissist June 12, 2017 - by: Eric Barker-Ladders You must be tired of them. They’re everywhere. Narcissists. And if you think there are more of them than ever, you’re right. Research shows we are experiencing a narcissism epidemic. From The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement: In data from 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as fast... read more
  • The 7 Types of True Leaders: Which One Do You Want to Be? June 9, 2017 - by: Lolly Daskal-theMuse Do you ever wonder why some people succeed and others don’t ? We’ve all seen deserving people who never quite got things off the ground, and others who made it look easy. It doesn’t always seem to make sense. Over the past three decades of coaching top leaders all over the world,... read more
  • Inhibiting Your Success at Work June 8, 2017 - By: Kris Macchiarola, Ed.S.-LinkedIn Things I know to be true… 1.   When you are afraid of being vulnerable, you will fail to have great expectations for yourself. You will be afraid to try new things. 2.   We are happiest when we are learning and growing. When you ignore your vulnerabilities instead of surrendering to them and embracing... read more
  • HOW TO RECOVER AFTER GETTING OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT HOW I RAN OVER MY MENTOR’S FOOT… June 8, 2017 - by: Shari Levitin Two weeks ago, I met my new friend, sales guru and best selling author, Jill Konrath, at the San Francisco airport and Ubered to my place. Before long, we were craving some goodies so decided to hop in my car and head to the nearest grocery store. The next thing I knew,... read more
  • 7 Signs You Have an Outstanding Leader June 8, 2017 - by: John Eades-LinkedIn After surveying thousands of organizational leaders, interviewing hundreds of leaders on the “Follow My Lead” Podcast and being a true student of leadership for many years, it’s beyond evident to me there is an upper echelon of leaders. So much so, it forced us to come up with a name where these leaders stay called... read more
  • 5 questions that reveal if a company has a healthy workplace culture Everyone says, “It’s great working here.” But is it really? June 8, 2017 - by: Claire Lew-Signal v. Noise “How do you know if a company’s culture is good?” Last week, a friend who’s looking for a new job asked me this. She’d been doing a few interviews, and was trying to figure out what questions to ask during her interviews to discern if a potential employer’s workplace culture... read more
  • 5 ways to be more impressive in meetings June 8, 2017 - by: Jane Burnett-Ladders   It can be difficult to communicate clearly with team members in the office when you’re having a particularly rough morning, or if you work in an environment where you don’t feel supported. Here are five things getting in the way of your open dialogue and how to fix them. Seek psychological safety Stress... read more
  • 6 honest mistakes that can get you fired June 6, 2017 - by: Travis Bradberry-Ladders There are so many things that can get good, hard-working people fired. Honest mistakes often carry hard-hitting consequences. A recent study from the ePolicy Institute surveyed more than 300 companies and found that a third of them have fired employees for the misuse of company technology. Companies are so worried about employee... read more
  • What’s Your Office Poker Style? June 2, 2017 - by: Jennifer Magliano – The Muse   At work, as in poker, you have to play the hand you’re dealt. But if you’ve ever joined a game of Texas Hold’em or tuned into a nail-biting round in the World Series of Poker, you know there are a number of ways to play that hand. In... read more
  • “I Hate My Job.” What About Changing Your Attitude? May 30, 2017 - Careercloud So you hate your job. What do you do to survive this conundrum? The first thing I recommend you do is change your attitude. You may not want to hear that, you may want to hear all the reasons you should just quit, or you might be looking some sympathy for suffering on a... read more
  • 10 habits of super likable leaders May 26, 2017 - by: Travis Bradberry-Ladders If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out before they ever get to see what anyone is truly... read more
  • Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity Is Forever May 22, 2017 - by: Amy Rees Anderson-FORBES If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right... read more
  • 10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like The Plague-Quit trying to beat them at their own game. May 19, 2017 - by:Dr. Travis Bradberry-HuffPost Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic people will... read more
  • Tips For How To Handle An Irrational Boss May 19, 2017 - by: Kendall Wood-IGLOO It can be difficult to figure out how to deal with a boss who has a tendency to be irrational. You might characterize them as volatile, highly demanding, and generally hard to please. Perhaps they tend to be quite overreactive and worrisome on a daily basis, and consistently send you and your... read more
  • 3 Practices To Become A Great Listener May 17, 2017 - by: Christine Comaford-FORBES Are any of these phrases familiar to you? • “You just don’t understand.” • “How many times do I have to repeat myself?” • “I can’t tell if you’re distracted, or you just don’t care.” Whether you’re hearing these phrases or saying them, they’re all signs of ineffective listening. And ineffective listening... read more
  • Doubting Yourself Again? Nine Ways Women Can Grow The Confidence To Take Their Seat At The Table May 17, 2017 - by: Margie Warrell-FORBES I must tell you — I love being a woman! And I have long felt very fortunate to have been born in a time when women have so many opportunities and choices that even my own mother never had. Yet of all the barriers women still face, one of the biggest is... read more
  • 5 Lines Everyone Wishes Their Co-Workers Would Say To Them May 17, 2017 - The Muse, Forbes 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 nice to be... read more
  • Three Magical Words That Will Change The Trajectory Of Your Career May 17, 2017 - by: Bruce Kasanoff -FORBES One of the smartest things anyone ever said to me was, “Act as if… you already have what you want.” These three words are like magic, so much so that it’s difficult for me to explain why they can have such a profound impact on your career. If you act as... read more
  • Ask a Career Coach: I Want a Promotion, But I Don’t Know How to Get Noticed at My Large Company May 15, 2017 - by ANNA RUNYAN- The Muse Hi Anna, I’ve been working at my organization for nine months now, and it’s my first job post-grad. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity, but while I’ve learned a lot, I’m getting antsy—I feel ready to take my skills to the next level. I work for a large company,... read more
  • 11 Neuroscience Hacks To Wire Your Brain For Success May 15, 2017 - by: Deep Patel – FORBES Is there really a recipe for success? According to science, there is — or at any rate, there’s a general roadmap that’s proven to have a positive impact. In fact, according to neuroscientist Michael Merzenich, 30 hours of training based on specific neuroscience techniques can improve memory and cognition, speech... read more
  • ‘I Hate Change’ And 4 More Mindsets That Can Get You Fired May 15, 2017 - by: David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom-FORBES Google is currently testing driverless cars in Arizona. The two of us had lunch one afternoon in Scottsdale and watched the noticeable cars (with their rooftop honing devices) pass by our restaurant. As the car passed we heard a gentleman at a nearby table say, “Not a chance I’d... read more
  • Finding A Mentor Might Be Easier Than You’re Making It May 9, 2017 - by: Steve Cadigan , CONTRIBUTOR – Forbes No matter your level of seniority in your company or field, you’re inevitably going to encounter a challenging situation you’re unsure how to handle. This can be anything from a new job offer, to a company merger, to managing a tough employee. Instead of viewing these as stumbling... read more
  • 6 Ways To Overcome Career Anxiety May 9, 2017 - by: Ashley Stahl – Forbes When my client, Lillian, sat down with me for our first meeting, I could feel the tension emanating from her before she even began to talk. She was a ball of nerves, so tightly wound that she was ready to burst—and burst she did. She sobbed about how miserable she... read more