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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.

Teamwork or Die!

Advertising Week | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Advertising Week

By Helayne Spivak, Director, VCU Brandcenter  There once was a magical place, in a land far, far away, where copywriters and art directors ruled th...

The Importance of Real-time Collaboration

Danny Wong | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business
Danny Wong

Of the 8.7 hours average Americans spend at work each day, less than half of their time (45 percent) is used performing the primary duties of their job, according to a 2014 report conducted by Harris Poll.

The 7 Reasons People Don't Say What They Really Think at Work

Jon Wortmann | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Jon Wortmann

Whether you have control of a group or are a participant leading from the middle, if you're worried people aren't really saying what they think, make time for them. Ask them for their ideas and opinions. Then listen.

How to Create a Convivial Team of Teams

Kare Anderson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Kare Anderson

Sadly, "In 1985 about half of Americans said they had a close friend at work; by 2004, this was true for only 39 percent," according to Wharton professor, Adam Grant.

How to Improve Interdepartmental Collaboration

Danny Wong | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Danny Wong

Let's be frank: accounts, engineering, marketing, and sales all often have a hard time understanding one another, even if they "get along" just fine.

The Power of Your Employees' Audience

Linda Coles | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Linda Coles

Many companies have now figured out that the audiences reached by its employees far outstretches that of their company's reach.

Why Two Kids Is More Than Twice As Hard As One

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 08.30.2015 | Parents
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

No work experience -- not even a grueling medical internship -- prepares you for this. Hubris quickly becomes the enemy.

How Being More Average Can Increase Productivity

Cameron Conaway | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Cameron Conaway

The first couple hours of the day are the most productive in terms of sheer activity. People check in, catch up, and knock off some simple tasks. At this point, it's all about maintenance and making sure there aren't any fires to put out.

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Undermine Your Leadership Integrity

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

When you possess leadership integrity, people trust your decisions. They understand you have a vision, and because of your positive influence they take ownership in the plan, the process and the product.

The Day I Became an Average Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.14.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Managing product is not an easy job. Everyone is constantly vying for your attention. Your CEO is telling you about their next big idea. Sales teams are requesting features to help them win the next big client. Oh, and engineering still needs your insight on that upcoming feature.

Want to Lead a Good Meeting? Begin With Facilitative Presence!

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Presence, I have come to realize, is the doorway to all things meaningful -- the bridge between what is and what can be.

The Greatest Marketing Executive You'll Probably Never Meet

Damian Bazadona | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Damian Bazadona

I traveled far and wide and low and high to find the greatest marketing executive to ever walk the earth. No, I won't tell you the person's name.

How Exceptional Leaders Push Star Performers Out the Door

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I once managed a guy named Tim (name changed). His work was strong and I considered him a key player on our team. But I noticed shortly after his two-year review that he was losing steam. His work was barely making it in on time, he was less collaborative in meetings, and folks were starting to wonder whether he was on his way out.

20 Things Software Developers Should Stop Saying

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

If you know an engineer, it's time to help him stop. Intervene because the phrases are often so annoying that they are "counter-productive" or worse a "red herring" and distract from what really needs to be said (and done).

The One-on-One Meeting: An Essential Tool for All Startup Founders

Adam Greenwald | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Adam Greenwald

If your one-on-one meetings end on a sour note, you and your direct reports will be leaving your meeting room with negative vibes that will infect everyone else before the day ends.


Darden Smith | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Darden Smith

When I started out as a singer/songwriter, the last thing I wanted to do was collaborate. I saw it as a sign of weakness, the inability to do it on your own. My musical heroes were all solo artists - people like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, John Prine - one man alone in the spotlight. They were like Marlboro Men with guitars.

Five Ways to Build the Best Team

Lisa M. Sodeika | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Lisa M. Sodeika

Yes, there really are only five things you need to do to build a terrific team. Hundreds of management experts will posit as many theories, but no matter the thoughtful insights and creative infographs, in my 30 years working with high-performing teams I consistently see five actions that matter:

Profile: Brandon Colker - Returning to the Scene of the Crash

David Jensen | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
David Jensen

Brandon is amongst those who are finally seeing recovery in the industry they once loved and can return from the entrepreneurial scene they were forced into and explore the real estate and mortgage industry again.

With vs. For

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

When I work with people, I never consider them working "for" me, or me working "for" them, but "with" me as part of a team. I now understand why I've been met, time and again, with disappointment or frustration.

No One is Perfect, Really?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

No one is perfect. What is new in saying this? Everyone knows it. Ok, so everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Some of us are creative. We see the big picture, but not the details. Others are detail oriented to the point they miss seeing the forest, but take in each and every tree.

Employees versus Teams

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

In the world of business, there is no clearer divide than that between an employee and a team member. Employees punch in, set about their assigned ...

Fostering a Culture of Creativity in the Workplace

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

While there's no recipe for creating the ideal innovative environment, we can all take proactive steps to ensure that ideas are welcome, personal risk-taking is encouraged, and creativity is valued in our employees and throughout the workplace.

College Life and the "Intangibles" That Will Get You a Job

Lisa S. Coico | Posted 06.18.2015 | College
Lisa S. Coico

Spring is education's busiest season. High school students, acceptance notices in hand, weigh final decisions on where they will attend. Graduating college seniors send out resumes and complete job applications.

The Ultimate Guide to Using Slack for Team Communication

James Carbary | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
James Carbary

The foundation of every relationship is built on trust and communication. Communicating well builds trust. Trust opens the doors of communication.