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Is It a Story or Anecdote--and Why It Matters Which

Dianna Booher | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Steve Jobs told stories to launch his Apple products successfully. Warren Buffet tells stories about his investment strategies and philosophies. Presidents and world leaders tell stories about what they've achieved while in office and where they want to take the country in the future.

Don't Ditch Your Business Cards

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Sharlach

Think business cards are a thing of the past? Don't give up that increasingly rare chance for person-to-person interaction. And don't worry about coming up with something to say: you can always reflect on how amazing it is we're still handing one another small pieces of paper in 2014.

How You Handle Sick Days Tells Your Boss A Lot

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 09.09.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Sharlach

Martyrdom is good for those with saintly aspirations but if you've chosen a career in business, I'm guessing that's already a pretty unlikely goal. If you're not in a condition to come to work, please stay home.

Seven Steps To Manage Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Suzannah Baum | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Suzannah Baum

Have you ever avoided a career or business opportunity because it required you to speak in public? Did you ever have a great idea you wanted to share in a group setting but didn't because of your fear of speaking in front of a group of people?

Everything I Need For My Job, I Learned From Improv

Erin Daruszka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

I have two degrees in Communication and consider myself a good communicator as well as listener, but improv helped me to deepen those skills. I am a typical type-A personality who finds it hard to relax. Improv helped me learn to be present and being present helps you be better listener, because one of the fundamentals of improv is making your partner look good.

The Flash Four: The Influencers You Need To Mobilize Change

Caroline Webb | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Caroline Webb

If you're trying to achieve any major change -- implement a new procurement system, maybe, or shift the way people talk to customers -- you need to enthuse a network of people into action. And it's not easy. People with good ideas sometimes fail to get momentum, while others seem strangely adept in organizing their mob.

Study: CEOs Are Terrible At Management

Forbes | Susan Adams | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business

A new study shows that CEOs are doing a lousy job when it comes to people management. The study, a joint project by the Center for Leadership Developm...

Jeff Weiner: When a Valuable Lesson at Work Became an Invaluable Lesson in Life

Jeff Weiner | Posted 07.06.2013 | Women
Jeff Weiner

As I opened my car door and started thinking about getting home to my wife and our two girls, it hit me: For as hard as I worked to manage compassionately at the office, I was not always actively applying the same approach with my family.

3 Little Tricks For Less Stress At Work

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Simone N. Sneed

No matter whether you are an intern or a CEO, all of us have moments where we feel overwhelmed at work. The trick is to know what to do when you feel this way so that you can make smart decisions that are intentional and not based merely on alleviating your discomfort.

Managing Well: 7 Steps to Upgrade Your Approachability

David Peck | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business
David Peck

Personable and professional are not mutually exclusive -- rather, they are complementary. If you are frustrated with not getting important information on a timely basis from your people, it helps to suspect your own level of approachability.

When Pay Does Not Motivate -- How to Groom Great Employees

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business
Stacey Alcorn

There is no better motivator than appreciation. Often, by simply showing your appreciation for someone's hard work, drive, enthusiasm or work ethic, your acknowledgment encourages more of the positive behavior you are seeking.

Checking in With Employees (Versus Checking Up)

Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer | Posted 07.15.2012 | Business
Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

Recently we wrote about how managing for innovation requires balancing four critical factors to produce a highly motivated and creative workforce. Perhaps the most difficult of those balancing acts is ensuring that employees have clear, meaningful goals as well as considerable autonomy in meeting those goals.

Are You a Multiplier or a Diminisher?

Karen Leland | Posted 07.13.2012 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Do you drain intelligence, energy and capability from the people around you? Or do you use your intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of your colleagues?

Can a Consultant Become a Manager, or a President?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Let's look at several characteristics of successful consultants and determine whether these would be the same or different for successful leaders. Here are three such characteristics.

Managing Former Peers

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Sometimes a promotion can suddenly change your relationship with co-workers from "peer" to "boss." It's not an uncommon scenario. However, when this happens it often creates an awkward and uncomfortable set of dynamics, and there's no blueprint for how to manage them.

6 Ways To Be A Better Boss

The Daily Muse | Posted 11.30.2011 | Women

By K.T. Bernhagen | The Daily Muse When I began my career, I was a complete and total control freak. I just knew that if I handled everything mysel...

10 Mistakes Even Good Managers Make

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Shore

Managing people is the most difficult thing any professional person ever does. It's incomparably difficult.

9 Reasons Angry Bosses Should Hold Their Tongues

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Shore

Thinking requires confidence, but when a mistake can result in a public dressing down, your staff will lack that confidence, and won't risk independent action. They'll stick to the safer, non-thinking way.

The Emotionally Intelligent Manager--Be One!

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

Emotional Intelligence translates into managing your emotions, giving and taking criticism, self motivating, managing difficult people, and many other tasks that are essential to your success.