Six Reasons Successful Leaders Love Questions

Asking questions and listening to the questions of others helps leaders make better decisions.

7 Questions to Ask Your New Boss

The most important relationship to get right when starting a new job is the one with your boss. How do you build trust right from the beginning? And how do you get the feedback you need to succeed? The author offers seven questions to try. You will accelerate your career success if you can manage your boss better, which requires you to understand them better, … [ Read more ]

The 3 Phases of Making a Major Life Change

The lockdown that we’ve all just lived through created a period during which a lot of people had the opportunity to reflect on plans for a career change. But reflection alone doesn’t get people very far. Those who are mostly likely to act during this kind of period are those who actively engage in a three-part cycle of transition — one that consists of separation, liminality and reintegration. The author … [ Read more ]

How Narcissists Climb the Career Ladder Quickly

People with a high degree of narcissism get promoted faster, new research shows. Why?

Persuading the Unpersuadable

We live in an age of polarization. Many of us may be asking ourselves how, when people disagree with or discount us, we can persuade them to rethink their positions. The author, an organizational psychologist, has spent time with a number of people who succeeded in motivating the notoriously self-confident Steve Jobs to change his mind and has analyzed the science behind their techniques. Some … [ Read more ]

A Tactical Guide to Managing Up: 30 Tips from the Smartest People We Know

Like any relationship, that of the manager and their report is a two-way street. Whether you’re taking on your first direct report or you’re a seasoned leader looking to sharpen your skills, there’s plenty of advice to go around when it comes to managers. But when the focus shifts to those who are being managed, many of those concrete tactics and strategies get decidedly less … [ Read more ]

The Lies We Tell During Job Interviews

Interviewers and candidates often end up in situations where they’re almost encouraged to lie—here’s what research says about how, why and how often it happens.

These Seven Emotions Aren’t Deadly — They’re Your Secret Career Superpowers

Most of us buy into a certain set of myths when it comes to feelings on the job. Even though emotions play a central role in our lives, we’re trained to check them at the door before we head into work. We hesitate before talking openly about the monstrous emotions that lurk beneath the surface at startups. We’re told to “follow your head, not your … [ Read more ]

How to Be a Career-Changing Mentor — 25 Tips From The Best Mentors We Know

First Round has learned plenty about what makes mentorship work — and what causes it to go sideways and has previously shared some of the lessons covering common concerns for mentors and mentees. Yet the question we’re asked most frequently these days is simple and earnest: How can I be a better mentor?

For us, this inquiry speaks to an eagerness to give … [ Read more ]

How Brilliant Careers are Made (and Unmade)

Getting things done through others—the essence of leadership—requires a combination of technical skills (being proficient in areas important to the success of the business), intrapersonal skills (especially strong self-management skills, which are driven by self-understanding and self-control), and interpersonal skills (the ability to develop and foster strong relationships and gain the enlistment of others). People may derail due to a lack of technical, job-related skills, … [ Read more ]

6 Steps Leaders Can Take to Get the Most Out of Feedback

Business publications are filled with articles about feedback: how important it is for leaders, how leaders can both give and receive it, what happens when leaders don’t get it, and even what to do if someone is not open to feedback they have been given. The focus tends to be on the transfer of data.

What is less explored is how leaders should respond once they … [ Read more ]

Want to Become a Dynamic Learner? Here’s How to Do It

A book by Bradley Staats explains the benefits of dynamic learning and outlines the methods of becoming more effective as a lifelong learner. Staats spoke with the [email protected] radio show on Sirius XM about his book, Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive.

The Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet: 2019 [Infographic]

Only about half of LinkedIn users have a complete profile—yet… those who have a complete, optimized profile are about 40 time more apt to receive a job opportunity from LinkedIn.

That’s according to an updated LinkedIn infographic by LeisureJobs, a website for leisure and hospitality jobseekers and employers.

We published the initial version of the LinkedIn cheat sheet back in Jan. 2017. The refreshed version of this … [ Read more ]

How Women Can Succeed by Rethinking Old Habits

Everyone has self-limiting behaviors; this is simply part of being human. But our combined six decades of professional experience coaching and working with women in virtually every sector have taught us that even women at the highest levels can undermine themselves with specific self-sabotaging behaviors that are different from those that most frequently undermine men.

Expertise, connections, and personal authority are all non-positional kinds of power … [ Read more ]

Networking is Overrated

It’s true that networking can help you accomplish great things. But this obscures the opposite truth: Accomplishing great things helps you develop a network. If you make great connections, they might advance your career. If you do great work, those connections will be easier to make. Let your insights and your outputs — not your business cards — do the talking.

When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture

When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture. It’s the old 90-day rule. And we know too many talented individuals who have stumbled in their new company because they failed to read the cultural tea leaves. This happens because most organizations don’t explain the cultural rules to newcomers, and new hires are so focused on the … [ Read more ]

Most Leaders Know Their Strengths — but Are Oblivious to Their Weaknesses

What we see when we administer 360-degree feedback surveys on behalf of leaders is that the executives with really low scores in one or more areas are often completely unaware of their fatal flaws. They are shocked to find themselves scoring so low — even though approximately 30% of all the leaders we’ve studied have at least one fatal flaw.