Segmentors vs Integrators: Google’s Work-Life-Balance Research

Google research shows that those who rigidly separate their personal and work lives are significantly happier about their well-being than those who tend to blur the lines between the two.

Change How You Change: 7 Insights for Faster Positive Habit Formation

Change is not easy, is it? We start out with the best of intentions, but all too often those aims get pushed aside. Because I help people change for a living, I’ve been obsessed for the past dozen years or so with discovering how to make the process easier. I want to change how people change. After a lot of research and practice on myself … [ Read more ]

When You Agree to a Networking Meeting But Don’t Know What You’re Going to Talk About

For some networking meetings, the agenda is obvious: Your companies are considering doing business together, or you’re looking for a job and this person might help you get one. But many professionals find themselves in networking meetings where the goals are murkier. Here are four ways to ensure your networking meeting is productive and meaningful, even if the agenda is amorphous.

Emotional Intelligence Has 12 Elements. Which Do You Need to Work On?

There are many models of emotional intelligence, each with its own set of abilities; they are often lumped together as “EQ” in the popular vernacular. We prefer “EI,” which we define as comprising four domains: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Nested within each domain are twelve EI competencies, learned and learnable capabilities that allow outstanding performance at work or as a leader.

10 Steps to Start a Management Position on the Right Foot

Taking on a new management position can create certain doubts and insecurities. A clash between expectations and reality is almost inevitable – but it can be minimized. Professor Guido Stein offers 10 tips to streamline your adaptation to a new executive role.

What Great Managers Do Daily

Most companies understand the importance of having highly effective managers, but few invest heavily in training to help them get there. One reason is that it’s difficult to measure and quantify what good management actually looks like. While there has been a lot of great work done to identify qualitative traits of great managers — they create trust, focus on strengths, instill accountability, avoid politics, … [ Read more ]

Disastrous at Delegating? 4 Tips to Become a Pro!

Leaders often fall into the trap that they “need to delegate” more. For some reason, they’ve been led to believe that delegation is always a good thing. It’s not!

If you delegate to someone who isn’t ready for the task or to someone who doesn’t want the responsibility, you will have a disaster on your hands.

So, how can you do a better job of delegating?

How to Curate Content: The Secret Sauce to Getting Noticed, Becoming an Influencer, and Having Fun Online

If you’re looking for a competitive edge, a way to establish your authority, a way to get more followers, one of the best, proven paths to online success is content curation. It’s both as simple and as difficult as finding great content and sharing it with your audience. The difficult part is that there is a lot that goes into a world class content curation … [ Read more ]

Ultimate Guide to Soft Skills

Don’t be fooled by the name. They may be called “soft skills”, but there is nothing soft or weak about them. They are also among the top qualifications that employers look for in potential employees. In fact, you will find that many employers and hiring managers put more weight to these soft skills than the technical skills that you bring to the table. In other … [ Read more ]

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

The ability to recognize, own, and shape your own emotions is the master skill for deepening intimacy with loved ones, magnifying influence in the workplace, and amplifying our ability to turn ideas into results. My successes and failures have turned on this master skill more than any other. But can you strengthen this core muscle of your emotional anatomy? If your impulses tend to override … [ Read more ]

A Checklist for More Persuasive Presentations

We all know the basics of good presentation skills: don’t read from a script; don’t overwhelm your audience with verbose slides; and the like. But for a particular kind of high-stakes presentation — one in which you’re trying to get buy-in from key decision-makers — those basics aren’t enough.

To persuade the people who have the power to approve your idea or let it die, you … [ Read more ]

Executive Presence: Getting to the Bottom of What Takes Leaders to the Top

Executive presence has long been a catch-all phrase. When you ask people to define it, they often answer, “I’m not sure, but I know it when I see it.” When pressed they might say it’s body language, gravitas, charisma, or presentation skill. Countless books, articles, and TED talks reinforce this idea. All you need to do is walk on stage like you belong there, open … [ Read more ]

Resolve Your Toughest Work Problems with 5 Questions

In Managing in the Gray, Joseph Badaracco offers managers a five-question framework for facing murky situations and solving tough problems at work.

Succeeding at Your Job-Within-the-Job

To keep succeeding in your career, you need to uncover and learn to navigate your “job-within-the-job” — the unspoken, unwritten work that, among other challenges, requires you to manage constant change and navigate workplace politics, all while getting your best work done.

What Great Listeners Actually Do

We analyzed data describing the behavior of 3,492 participants in a development program designed to help managers become better coaches. As part of this program, their coaching skills were assessed by others in 360-degree assessments. We identified those who were perceived as being the most effective listeners (the top 5%). We then compared the best listeners to the average of all other people in the … [ Read more ]

Closing the Decision Quality Gap

One of the virtues of Decision Quality (DQ) is that it allows us to know if we’ve made a good decision at the time we are making it. If we’ve correctly followed the process, we can confidently state that ‘We made the best possible choice given our alternatives, the available information, future uncertainties, and the things we can control.’ That’s contrary to conventional thinking, which … [ Read more ]

The Dangers of Power

One scholar shows how you can gain more power, and why you should be leery.

Reading Books Won’t Future-Proof You. Here’s What Will.

Real learning is almost always at least somewhat uncomfortable. It’s challenging. It’s figuring out how to operate in new ways; questioning your assumptions; putting new ideas into practice. Real learning takes you out of the tried-and-true, and into that murky, disturbing land of I’m-not-very-good-at-this. And, I submit to you, that kind of learning is central to our success today.