One Communication Tool You Should Add to Your Toolkit

Want to provide better feedback, introduce people, or master small talk? Try this technique.

Travis McAshan

Purpose may point you in the right direction but it’s passion that propels you.

Jack Canfield

One of the things that may get in the way of people being lifelong learners is that they’re not in touch with their passion. If you’re passionate about what it is you do, then you’re going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it.

Ray Kroc

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.

Indra Nooyi

The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you. That is a big lesson.

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.

Four Tips to Persuade Others Your Idea Is a Winner

“People just aren’t naturally oriented towards innovation or change,” says Loran Nordgren. “If you were dealing with totally rational agents, you could sell your innovation on the grounds of its functionality—in other words, why it’s a good idea. But you are almost never dealing with totally rational agents.”

Thankfully, if you are convinced that a certain new product, fresh strategy, or overseas expansion is exactly what … [ Read more ]

Seth Godin

We’ve confirmed that vocational skills can be taught (you’re not born knowing engineering or copywriting or even graphic design, therefore they must be something we can teach), while we let ourselves off the hook when it comes to decision making, eager participation, dancing with fear, speaking with authority, working in teams, seeing the truth, speaking the truth, inspiring others, doing more than we’re asked, caring … [ Read more ]

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 ]

Maria Edgeworth

The chains of habits are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.

Editor’s Note: often mistakenly credited to Warren Buffet or Samuel Johnson

Hiten Shah

All good advice tips people toward action, not options. You may think all you need is advice. Practice is what you need.

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.

Joseph Grenny

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.

George E.L. Barbee

I have found that the best way to stretch yourself creatively as a leader is by collecting “nuggets”: short, accessible reminders of what you probably already know but may have forgotten to put into practice. The best nuggets are easy to grasp and to communicate, meaty enough to lead you to pause and reflect, and open-ended enough that you can think of ways to apply … [ Read more ]

Stephanie Scotti

Here’s a little-known tip about asking someone a question. Always say their name first before asking the question. As in, “Lisa, could you describe your process as it is now?” This tactic avoids catching someone off-guard if the person wasn’t paying attention and didn’t hear the question. Everyone snaps to attention when they hear their name.

Four Tips to Gain Influence in Your Organization

You have more power than you think—here’s how to harness it.

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.

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger

Borrowed money causes more people to go broke than anything else. Charlie Munger has said, smart people “go broke from liquor, ladies and leverage”

Ron Carucci

It’s a common complaint among top executives: “I’m spending all my time managing trivial and tactical problems, and I don’t have time to get to the big-picture stuff.” And yet when I ask my executive clients, “If I cleared your calendar for an entire day to free you up to be ‘more strategic,’ what would you actually do?” most have no idea. I often get … [ Read more ]