In The News This Week…January 14

There’s a Difference Between Your Company’s Vision and Its Mission. Here’s How to Achieve Them Both.

by Riaz Khadem

“Alignment is necessary if you are serious about reaching the high goals expressed in your mission and vision. Your mission and vision must not only be well-defined, but you need a process in place to close your mission gap and vision gap. What are these gaps? To clarify, let’s take a closer look at the definition of mission and vision.”


Consider These Costs Before Hiring a New Employee

by Aleks Peterson

“But did you know that, according to Bersin by Deloitte, the average cost per hire is almost $4,000? That number will vary, depending on job level and on hiring practices, but every hiring manager can relate to the problem of inflated talent acquisition costs. Why does bringing on a new employee –which is supposed to be a business solution–drain so many resources? Why do accountants and financial executives pale at the notion of launching a candidate search?”


Implement These 4 Tactics to Grow Your Revenue

by Kimanzi Constable

“There is a way to create consistent revenue in your business and implement a plan for constant revenue growth. That happens when you understand and implement these four principles into your business.”


Discipline Is What Leads to Success

by Sherrie Campbell

“Succeeding is so difficult for many people because life can be frustrating. Frustration can provoke many to give up too soon. Each challenge we face offers us the opportunity to grow, to improve upon our skillset, to test our edges and to learn new ways to solve problems. Those who are disciplined make their lives easier as their skill sets increase. To follow are the markers of discipline.”


Help Your Team Do More Without Burning Out

by Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg

“But the impulse to simply run faster to escape friction is obviously of no use for the long haul of a life-long career. In fact, our immediate behavioral response to friction shares one feature with much of the general advice about speeding up: It is plainly counterproductive and leads to burn out rather than break out. To add insult to injury, the way to wrestle effectively with the challenge of sustainable speed is somewhat counterintuitive and even disconcerting — especially to high-performing leaders who have successfully relied on their personal drive to make results.”

In The News This Week…January 7

25 Mistakes Successful People Never Make Twice

by Deep Patel

“Everybody makes mistakes — it’s part of life. In fact, it’s through our mistakes and failures that we acquire the experiences and insight that allow us to succeed. Some people have a hard time admitting it when they make a mistake. However, successful people recognize when they’ve made a blunder. They learn from it, grow and then move on. They know that if they ignore a mistake they can get caught in a negative cycle that will leave them defeated. That would be true failure.”


This is How to Fix Your 3 Biggest Problems with Your Coworkers

by Stephanie Vozza

“‘Coworkers can be a particularly strong influence on employee satisfaction, especially when employees have to rely heavily on each other to complete their work,’ says Kevin Cruz, assistant professor of management at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. ‘Unfortunately, coworkers’ priorities and goals, which can be a result of the particular roles employees fill within their organizations, do not always align. This can cause a lot of frustration between coworkers.'”


How Transformational Leaders Impact Those Around Them

by Terrina Allen

By owning their power, transformational leaders make those around them more powerful. They move to the next level, from influencing (leading) to elevating (transforming).”


Why People Believe in Their Leaders — or Not

by Daniel Han Ming Chng, Tae-Yeol Kim, Brad Gilbreath, and Lynne Andersson

“But what’s at the heart of credibility? Two critical elements: perceived competence (people’s faith in the leader’s knowledge, skills, and ability to do the job) and trustworthiness (their belief in his or her values and dependability).3 Such views are formed through direct and indirect observation of the leader’s work and performance. And these perceptions are extremely important in a digital age, when vast amounts of information about people can be captured and scrutinized through technologies like smart sensors and artificial intelligence systems. Employees also seek assurance that those who are managing them and assessing their performance are competent and trustworthy.”


Don’t Just Tell Employees Organizational Changes Are Coming — Explain Why

by Morgan Galbraith

“Employees around the world are reporting that big organizational changes are affecting their jobs. From leadership transitions and restructurings, to mergers and acquisitions, to regulatory changes, there seems to be constant unrest in the workforce. But according to one survey of more than half a million U.S. employees, almost one-third don’t understand why these changes are happening. This can be detrimental for any company trying to implement change.”


In the News This Week…December 17

9 Ways to Boost Productivity That Will Make You a Great Teammate

by Rashan Dixon

“Productivity is all about optimizing every minute of your day to keep your mind sharp and your task list moving along smoothly. While your job may occasionally feel overwhelming, implementing even one or two of these tricks can have a massive impact on the quality and efficiency of your work.”


Always Ask These 8 Questions in a Job Interview

by Caroline Gray

“The key is to ask the right kind of questions. The type of questions you chose to ask your interviewer should stem from what you need to know in order to fully evaluate the position. This means the questions you chose to prioritize should be well thought out.”


Great Employees Want to Learn. Great Managers Know How to Teach.

by Daniel Dobrygowski

“Define goals and communicate them clearly. Every year, a teacher has to develop a plan for where the class will be at the end of the year with concrete steps for how to get there. The goal might be to improve reading levels by at least one grade or to show understanding of theorems in geometry. The same is true for any organization — you need to have clearly articulated goals that serve a greater mission.”


5 Important Leadership Rules You Can (And Should) Break

by Lolly Daskal

“We all tend to believe that fairness means treating everyone the same. But people all have different strengths and weaknesses and challenges as individuals—we are all different. Of course, it’s important to avoid favoritism. But part of leadership is recognizing each person’s motivation, style, and way of thinking, then working to help them become the best possible version of who they already are.”


Being a good communicator is more important than ever. Here’s why.

by Knowledge@Wharton

“…the one skill that can separate you not only from the technology that we create but from your peers is mastering the ancient art of persuasion. Combining words and ideas to ignite people’s imagination.”

In The News This Week…December 10

Rallying Employees to Embrace New Management Practices 

by Alexander Maasik

“New is always better–to a manager. To understand why, you need to look at it from the employee’s perspective. For them, new approaches are scary and demand that they come out from their comfort zone. There is no way they’ll do that unless you show them the clear benefits they’ll receive from trying something new. The key to helping your employees is to communicate your ideas clearly and often. Internal communication is more than just a buzzword.”


Is Your Onboarding Process Broken? Here’s How to Fix It.

by Gideon Kimbrell

“Most companies know that onboarding is an important part of the hiring process, but many still underestimate just how vital it is that the process be done right. According to a recent survey by Microsoft, what determined employees’ odds of staying at the company for the long term boiled down to one simple thing: whether their managers had had a one-on-one meeting with them during their first week.”


This is How to Demonstrate Your Value at Work

by Anisa Purbasari Horton

“Are you juggling lots of different projects at once? Do you enthusiastically say yes to every assignment that lands on your desk? While this is a great way to demonstrate your commitment when you start a new job, at some point taking on too many responsibilities can bring diminishing returns.”


How to Retain and Engage Your B Players

by Liz Kislik

“We can’t all be A players, and it’s unrealistic to think we’ll only ever work with A players. But that may not be the appropriate goal. Instead, try using these strategies to help employees give their best, and you’ll be ensuring that your whole team can turn in an A+ performance.”


Is Your Workplace Culture Where It Needs to Be?

by Doug Claffey

“Every organization has a culture. Some are intentional, some accidental. Companies that claim culture is a priority but don’t back it up are just fooling themselves. Failing to focus on culture is how leaders lose their jobs and how companies cease to exist. In fact, culture is the only remaining sustainable competitive advantage. Great business strategies can be copied, but culture cannot. When an organization’s culture fails, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes public and costly. Great workplace cultures flourish when a team of talented people share an organization’s values and embrace its objectives.”

In the News This Week…December 3

A Few Disgruntled Employees Can Destroy Your Company Culture

by Richard Trevino II

“Leading and managing excited, productive, happy people is not the challenge; the true challenge is dealing with and managing unhappy, difficult and disgruntled employees. A sobering fact is that unhappy or disgruntled employees can damage your company’s culture, resulting in a poor or hostile work environment which often translates to reduced profit margins and dispirited employees.”


How Self-Reflection Can Help Leaders Stay Motivated

by Klodiana Lanaj, Trevor A. Foulk & Amir Erez

“Leaders have many responsibilities (e.g., budgeting, hiring and firing, paperwork), requiring them to perform diverse tasks and to monitor progress on a multitude of goals. In addition to managing their own performance, leaders are also accountable for their followers’ performance. Employees tend to bring their worries and anxieties to work with them and expect their leaders to manage those too.”


4 Strategies for Overcoming Distraction

 by Chris Bailey

“The average person is distracted or interrupted every 40 seconds when working in front of their computer. In other words, we can’t work for even a single minute before we focus on something else. Sure, sometimes it’s easy to get back on track. But when our attention is completely derailed, research shows, it can take more than 20 minutes to refocus.”


How to Answer Interview Questions to Make Hiring Managers Like You

by Art Markman

“Obviously, throughout your interview, you also want to actually answer the specific questions you are asked. You certainly don’t want to be seen as someone who is not paying attention or won’t answer a question. But, to the extent that you can also convey how nice it would be to have you as a colleague, you will increase the chance that the next question you are asked is ‘When can you start?'”


How to Tell If You’re Delegating Too Much — and What to Do About It

by Anne Sugar

“Everyone knows leaders should delegate to ensure that they are working on the right projects and deliverables.  But if you find yourself frequently miscommunicating with your team on deliverables, hearing about issues at the last minute, and misunderstanding how your team set their priorities, it may be a sign you’ve delegated too much, leaving their employees to feel abandoned and unmotivated. At that point, it’s important to take back responsibility for certain tasks to insure you’re providing your team the guidance and structure they need. Here are three steps you can take.”


In The News…November 26

Stop Trying to Pretend That You’re Perfect

by David Meltzer

“Vulnerability is simply the courage to be yourself, “warts and all,” a core component of effective leadership. Leaders who try to portray themselves as invulnerable or perfect will soon find that their message does not resonate with their team. Not only that, but a façade of invulnerability is a defense which attracts attacks from others. Vulnerability means living in authenticity.”


What Is Your Intent? Reminding Yourself Why You Do What You Do.

by Mallika Chopra

“Research shows that the most successful and resilient people are driven by a sense of purpose. However, for many of us, everyday work can become routine and boring, or totally overwhelming and stressful. Reminding ourselves of our deeper aspirations (our intents) can help find new passion and purpose in our work, or help us admit that it is time to make a change.”


What To Look for When Interviewing a Candidate

by Anne Tomkinson

“It is HR’s responsibility to guide hiring managers in making good hiring decisions. We need to call out a hiring manager’s bias, and we need to ensure that hiring managers are looking at the right criteria in their decision making. We need to help hiring managers look beyond a candidate’s ability to interview so they can accurately gauge that candidate’s ability to succeed in the job.”


Are You Sacrificing for Your Work, or Just Suffering for It?

by Gianpiero Petriglieri

“The constant pressure, the long working hours, the frequent flying, the endless stream of email are all part of staying on top of the job. Is it worth it? they’ll ask. Some days it’s hard to tell. But it feels foolish to give up. Could you afford it? What would people think? What would happen after? And what if you’re the problem, really? After all, things might improve if you just, well, worked a little harder.”


18 Proven Ways to Stay Focused That Increase Productivity

by Deep Patel

“Do you ever think how amazing it would be to do everything you set out to do each day, so you could relax and know you’ve accomplished your daily goals? However, we often face a mountain of work and feel overwhelmed and unproductive. By day’s end, we throw in the towel, feeling defeated by our to-do list. Take charge of your time and energy, and learn what to focus on and what to let go.”

In The News This Week…November 19

What to Do When a Good Employee Stops Trying to Grow

by Whitney Johnson

“The best managers know they’re supposed to give the people they lead challenging assignments to keep them interested and engaged. But what do you do when someone you manage gets to the top of their learning curve — and doesn’t really want to be pushed any further?”


by Paula Fernandes

“Women-owned firms are still in the minority, and the hurdles faced by women who have embraced entrepreneurship are vast and often very different than those experienced by their male counterparts. To shed light on some of these disparities, Business News Daily asked female CEOs about the key challenges women entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them.”


How to Deliver Bad News as a Manager

by Sheila Ingraham-Russell

“No one likes to receive bad news. But it sometimes seems harder to deliver than to receive it. If you do not know how to deliver bad news as a manager, it is time you learn before it is too late. Unfortunately, too many new or inexperienced managers find it so difficult that they tend to avoid sharing bad news altogether.”


How to Transform Poor Leaders into Good Leaders

by Lolly Daskal

“Poor leaders fail to lead by example. They often ask others to do things they don’t want to do themselves. It may even be unintended, but the result is a loss of respect. Demonstrate for them how the best leaders roll up their sleeves and lead by example, always in with their team, always walking their talk.”

In The News This Week…August 27

16 Actions to Take to Achieve Any Goal

by Deep Patel

“Nearly everything in life revolves around goals — they encompass all of our plans for the future, all of our hopes, dreams and visions for what we want in life. And yet we often fail to reach our goals. That’s because we’re all human and can be easily distracted. So what does it take to achieve a goal and see it become reality?”


How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days — and How to Keep One for 10 Years

by Jim Barnett

“Leaders: In order to reduce regrettable attrition, it’s critical to build a culture that not only emphasizes employee engagement, but also creates an environment of purpose and belonging. Doing so leads to happier and more successful workers who stay for years, rather than months.”


To Build a Strong Team, You Need to Address All of Your Employees’ Needs

by Angela Ruth

“While you may want to keep the sticky, uncomfortable topics of mental and physical health outside the office, they’re already there. Those pesky problems we face as humans are because we are indeed humans. By acknowledging humanity in your employees and supporting them in every aspect of their lives, you can foster more productive, resilient employees — and a more productive, resilient company.”


5 Ways Bad Leadership Can Destroy Your Business

by Bedros Keuilian

“As an entrepreneur, you can’t hide in the background. By default, you’re the person who will make the big decisions for your company. But, while leadership is something most entrepreneurs think they have, the truth is that few actually possess the skills they need to lead. And when you simply “play” the role of leader, rather than actually step up and lead others, your business can crumble as a result.”


Your Team Will Only be as Loyal to You as You Are to Them

by Angela Kambouris

“Loyalty is still alive and not for sale. Loyalty, like trust, is easy to tear down and priceless to build up and maintain. True loyalty is never based on lavish perks, fear-driven or on a threat that something will be taken away or replaced. Employee loyalty is nurtured through creating a more human-centered workplace culture. Culture exists in every workplace whether it is by design or default.”

In The News This Week…August 20

This Is How Good Leaders Build Trust With Their Teams Every Time They Communicate

by Benahili Ojeme

“Your relationship with your employees translates to their relationship with your customers. Providing a conducive work environment filled with trust and security for your employees will translate to commitment, dedication and loyalty on their part. A healthy relationship is not bought, but earned. And although it will take time, dedication, sacrifice and resources to build a healthy relationship, it is one that comes with the power and knowledge to build more.”


Build Self-Awareness with Help from Your Team

by Audrey Epstein

“So how can better teams help with our own self-awareness? Here’s the important connection: We need feedback to help match our internal view of ourselves with the external view. And on the best teams, not only are teammates willing to provide feedback to each other, they are required to do so.”


5 Burn-Out Busting Tips To Reduce Anxiety And Stress

by NJ Goldston

“Stress levels have spiked sharply in the past year. If you’re feeling anxious, you’re not alone.  The result of an onslaught of social media along with worries over financial stability, political issues, and health concerns, we are all living in an unprecedented era of never-ending multi-tasking and social interaction. It can often feel like a suffocating stranglehold.”


5 Unspoken Rules That Lead to a Toxic Culture

by Scott Mautz

“The fact that toxic workplaces are the fifth leading cause of death may not be overtly known by leaders, but many are starting to at least intuit that such a culture ain’t good for health. An increasing number of empathetic leaders are actively trying to avoid being a contributor to a toxic culture–especially for Millennial employees who just aren’t having it.”


Science Says Only 8 Percent of People Actually Achieve Their Goals. Here Are 7 Things They Do Differently

by Marcel Schwantes

“There’s a myth out there that to be successful means to act with warp-speed urgency and do as many things as possible at the same time. Actually, the most successful people are very patient and avoid juggling many things. In fact, research says multitasking is a myth and can be damaging to our brains. You end up splitting your focus over many tasks, losing focus, lowering the quality of your work and taking longer to hit your goals.”

In The News This Week…August 13

7 Strategies to Stay Cool, Calm and Collected During a Job Interview

by Nina Zipkin

“‘Know the company, know the job, know the job description. Have a five-minute elevator pitch for when they say, ‘tell me about yourself,” says career coach and counselor Eileen Sharaga. ‘The best way to mitigate anxiety is to be prepared, to understand do you really want this job? Are you qualified for this job? Is it a real stretch for you?'”


6 Steps to Make Your Strategic Plan Really Strategic

by Graham Kenny

“Recognize that no matter what you decide, there is no certainty in the result once you embark on implementation via an action plan and scorecard. You can’t be sure, for instance, in the case of the manufacturer of specialized air conditioners, that ramping up technical support pre- and post-sale will drive more revenue. Be prepared to adjust.”


The More You Talk, the Less They Listen

by Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey

“‘Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs put the importance on what they do,’ Ryan added. ‘If you flip that order, and instead of saying what you do, say, ‘It’s not what I do, it’s the problem I solve.’ That creates intrigue and interest for people who want to know more about the problem. This helps to create curiosity and they will inquire more. When they ask you how you solve that problem, you’re no longer pitching, now you’re in a conversation.'”


Why Emotional Intelligence Is Crucial for Success 

by Rose Leadem

“The official definition of ’emotional intelligence’ is ‘the capacity to be aware of, control and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.’ How you carry yourself and how you communicate with others can make or break your success at work and in life. This is especially true if you’re working on a team, because succeeding together means understanding, connecting and building relationships with others. If you identify yourself as being self-aware and socially aware, then there’s a good chance you’ve got a high EQ.”


Want Motivated Employees? Show Them a Little Appreciation.

by Brian Tracy

“As an act of consideration, Tracy recommends engaging in conversation with your employees. Asking them how things are going and what their life is like outside the office will let your employees know they are appreciat