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Starting From Scratch: 2 Alternative Approaches to Building a Non-Profit

Max Yoder | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

When we launched, a for-profit company, we also started a non-profit called The First Fund. The First Fund works with first-grade teachers, ...

Power of Introverts: Can They Be Better Bosses?

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

There is no doubt that pop culture has shaped America's image of a great boss. When the majority of people picture a great leader, they think of someone outspoken, personable and attractive, quick with input and an opinion, inclusive of others yet demanding attention from them at the same time.

How to Unlock the Power of Soft Skills

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Bruce Tulgan

Show me an organization with a strong, positive corporate culture and I will show you an organization that is very clear about exactly which soft skill behaviors are high priority and sings about those high priority behaviors from the rooftops often.

Four Personality Styles All Leaders Need to Recognize

Jason Wesbecher | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Jason Wesbecher

What each of these leaders did have in common was the ability to connect with and motivate the masses. They were also able to bring disparate groups of people together to work in harmony and fight for their mission.

Volkswagen Needs to Adopt 21st Century Sustainability Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Volkswagen's deliberate and systematic effort to violate clean air rules is a shameful scandal, but it is also an example of management incompetence. Like BP's inability to manage its drilling contractors in the Gulf of Mexico, it is an example of massive and predictable management failure.

Practice These Phrases to Keep Yourself from Lying

Edward Muzio | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Edward Muzio

Whether you use "I don't know" or "I can't say," be ready: what happens next is... awkwardness. At a minimum, you've just broken the unspoken social norm that conversational questions are to be answered, not avoided.

How Moral Reasoning in Business Can Provide You with the Best Course of Action - Part 2

Tom Garrubba | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Tom Garrubba

the hard lesson learned from this exercise is the ability to identify those people whom I can add to my short list of truly trusted advisors and add myself to my superior's list of truly trusted advisors.

The Worst Job Offer You Can Accept

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

You just got the job offer you have been waiting for. A sense of relief floods over you that your long search may finally be over. No more uncertainty or sleepless nights. After your initial excitement wears off, it's time to seriously consider their offer. You would have to be crazy not to take it, right?

Women's Advancement: 3 Things Men Aren't Telling Women (Part Two of Three)

Jeffery Tobias Halter | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Jeffery Tobias Halter

The answer to Part Two is much tougher. It's the hard wiring of the company; its programs, processes and the culture of the company. It involves Leadership Growth.

When It's Time to Ignore Your Boss

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

When your boss is not looking out for your best interests or the company's, it is time to go "transparent rogue" -- and do the right thing.

The Product Manager Owns the Project Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Have you ever worked with an awesome product manager? If so, you know that she set the vision for the product and managed the day-to-day activities of the team. She was at the epicenter of every decision and knew all the cross-functional team members like they were family. She managed the "whole" product.

Keep Your Faraway Team Closeby With These 6 Tips From Remote Managers

Savvy | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business

The benefit to remote workers is obvious: flexible time. Widely distributed teams benefit their companies with 24/7 workflow, which in turn benefits clients, who have nearly immediate answers for their questions.

How to Be a Leader When You Are Not the Leader

Alex Budak | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Alex Budak

The story of leadership is often told through the lens of a single leader and a singular act -- Martin Luther King rallying crowds at the Lincoln Memorial; Eleanor Roosevelt leading the creation of the declaration on human rights; Henry Kissinger setting foot in Beijing.

3 Things Leadership Is NOT

Dianna Booher | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

pundits, to convention keynoters, to sports team coaches, everybody claims to want a cadre of leaders to carry out their mission.

Converting Excuses Into Learning Experiences

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

In reviewing performance, actual versus budget results, or the accomplishments of a new project, when there is a deviation from the desired, i.e. when then there is mistake, people give you an explanation why it happened and believe they are off the hook.

4 Unexpected Leadership Lessons from My Pontoon Boat

Mitch Causey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Mitch Causey

A 24-foot long, Sylvan Special Edition pontoon boat with a 115-horse Johnson outboard is where I spend most of my Sundays. My wife and I decided to take the plunge and acquire our first boat in May this year. Since then, our baby has been in the shop twice, been towed once, and proven that boat truly does stand for "Break Out Another Thousand."

8 Things To Do (And Not Do) When Things Go Wrong

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Know that moments of foul will happen, and do your best to deal with it in a way that doesn't damage you or others. And know that, no matter what, the foul will pass.

5 Risks Every Leader Should Take

Timothy Parsons | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Timothy Parsons

I believe that these are risks that, if taken, will help you become a better leader. There may be some times when you take these risks and fail...maybe even miserably. But, if you never take them, you'll never know. And, I think that these risks will more often lead to success than failure.

The Future of Business

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

Disengaged workforces. Water shortages. Financial oligarchies. Climate change. Charismatic leadership. Mass migration. Wealth inequality.

5 Reasons People May Not Be Following Your Leadership

Timothy Parsons | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Timothy Parsons

There are times throughout a leader's tenure that they must look behind them and see if anyone is following. We've probably all known "leaders" who were leaders in name only. Losing your influence often does not happen quickly but, rather, happens over a period of time.

Why You Should Never Work at a Startup

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

As a graduating senior, you have put time and energy into success. You studied hard, got the right grades, and will earn your degree from one of the world's most prestigious universities. You can do anything -- what choice will you make next?

How to Manage a Multigenerational Workforce and Not Go Totally Insane

Janice Celeste | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Janice Celeste

Managers are forewarned not to ignore the differences of each generations' characteristics. Best practice is to conduct regular training sessions for all employees and to require supervisors to attend multigenerational management training.

Managers Who Motivate Rather Than Demoralize

Dianna Booher | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

I've never met a manager who intended to demoralize their staff. Many do. But that's not their intention. In talking with them or those who report to them, what surfaces are habits, attitudes, practices, and skill deficiencies that lead their employees to disrespect, disengage, and decide to leave them for more pleasant environments.

The Soft Skills Gap: Growing Steadily From Gen X to Y to Z

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Tulgan

Since 1993, I've been tracking generational change in the workplace and its impact on organizations, especially the impact on supervisory relationships. Based on two decades of research, I can report that the overwhelming data points to a steady diminution in the soft-skills of young people in the workplace from Gen X to Gen Y to Gen Z.

Why Every Successful Person Has a Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

If you don't have a roadmap you are likely to suffer. The challenges of life make it easy to lose your way or whip-saw yourself in different directions. And when you do your progress towards your next step and your long-term target will be stunted.