In The News This Week…March 18

8 Ways Successful People Master Resilience

by Deep Patel

“We build our resilience by learning to cope with challenges — it’s a process of adapting well in the face of trauma, tragedy or significant stress. Basically, you have to get knocked down in order to learn how to pick yourself back up. Over time, successful people learn not only how to overcome, but to embrace these challenges. They understand that each crisis they face is a chance to learn and grow.”

 

How to Build a People-First Culture as the Company Grows

by Frederic Kerrest

“When starting out, it’s common for founders to handpick every team member and get to know them on a personal level. But there comes a point when it’s no longer possible to do this as hiring needs multiply and employee headcount grows. Eventually, every successful entrepreneur reaches a point where he or she looks around and wonders, ‘Who are all these people? How do I keep empowering them?'”

 

Four Affordable Ways To Improve Your Employee Onboarding

by Matthew Podolsky

“Onboarding is the process of bringing new employees into the company and setting them up to work — and companies with better onboarding have better employee-retention rates. Developing an effective onboarding program is an investment, but it’s a good one, and there are ways to improve your approach without killing your bottom line.”

 

4 Reasons Good Employees Lose Their Motivation

by Richard E. Clark and Bror Saxberg

“Carefully assessing the nature of the motivational failure — before taking action — is crucial. Applying the wrong strategy (say, urging an employee to work harder, when the reason is that they’re convinced they can’t do it) can actually backfire, causing motivation to falter further.”

 

3 Ways Increasing Your Empathy Makes You More Effective Leader

by Maria Ross

“Leadership is about expertise and ability, to be sure, but it is just as much about emotional intelligence and interpersonal relationships. And empathy, the ability to see other perspectives, understand someone else’s point of view and act with compassion, plays a huge role in making a leader and his or her team successful.”

In The News This Week…March 11

How to Speak Up When It Matters

by Khalil Smith, Heidi Grant and David Rock

“While we’d all like to think that if we saw something, we’d say something in these situations, we are strikingly bad at anticipating how we’ll feel in future circumstances and, for a whole host of cognitive reasons, it can be incredibly difficult to speak up in the moment. In fact, research suggests that most people tend to not act, and then rationalize their inaction.”

 

4 Daily Leadership Habits That Most Benefit Your Team

by Malachi Thompson

“Creating a long-lasting positive impact on your team will not come from random rewards sprinkled here and there or quarterly team-building activities. Intelligent employees are no longer inspired by tokenism. They search for a deeper sense of fulfillment and alignment in their work, but foremost their leader. Your internal philosophy on how people should be treated drives your leadership behavior and calibrates the degree of positive impact you have on your team.”

 

Don’t Solve That Problem Tomorrow. Do It Right Now.

by Entrepreneur Press

“Every entrepreneur should learn from their repetitive mistake. Consider where the impulse comes from: Every company wants to maintain or enhance its performance. That’s good — it’s how capitalism is supposed to work! But their managers often react not by changing for the future but rather by extending whatever the company already has. In the process, they have no idea how to evaluate the outcome. Are they building up their company? Propping it up? Or just plain puffing it up?”

 

by Minling Chuan

“Crafting a strong brand story starts with being genuine — people can tell when a brand is genuine or not. Then, think about your brand’s journey and the evolution you experienced to get to where you are now. You probably overcame challenges, learned something that changed you or discovered your passion.”

by Karyn Twaronite

“We humans have an innate need to belong — to one another, to our friends and families, and to our culture and country. The same is true when we’re at work. When people feel like they belong at work, they are more productive, motivated, engaged and 3.5 times more likely to contribute to their fullest potential, according to our research at the Center for Talent Innovation.”

In the News This Week…March 4

9 Ways Happy People Start Their Mornings

by Deep Patel

“A good morning routine will help you feel relaxed, alert and energized. Starting your morning on the right foot means creating a feeling of happiness that you can carry with you all day long. Your morning routine should include not only getting ready, but also making space for feeling joy and feeling mentally and physically prepared to take on whatever the world has in store for you.”

 

7 Communication Skills You Need to Succeed in the Workplace

by Jillian Kramer

“But beyond having to communicate in the office, honing your communication skills can influence your career–and your daily success at work. According to career coach Hallie Crawford, ‘How well you communicate impacts efficiency, effectiveness, trust between employees, your brand, and how you come across as a professional, and much more.'”

 

Employees Need Purpose More Than Pay To Be Happy And Productive

by Danielle Brooker

“More people want to take a proactive (and personal) approach to support their own happiness and well-being. If work is making them unhappy, employees are far more likely to find ways to change that and are even willing to take a pay cut in order to do so. And it’s not just Wrike’s survey that has shown this – people care about having a purpose more than pay, and, this has direct consequences for organizational productivity and retention.”

 

Give Your Employees Specific Goals and the Freedom to Figure Out How to Reach Them

by John Hagel III and Cathy Engelbert

“Companies who recognize that creating value requires more than efficiency will gain a competitive advantage. Organizations can increase the value they deliver to their customers and stakeholders, and individuals can achieve far more of their potential. We believe it is pragmatic to do this by specifying the outcomes you want, balanced with creating more freedom for the worker of the future.”

 

7 Keys to Developing Resilience

by Sherrie Campbell

“To be resilient is to be exceptional. We must have the fortitude to stand tall no matter what is happening. Resilience is achieved through the consistent progress we make each day towards our goals. These goals are the benchmarks we design our life around. To live as the exceptional human being we have the potential to be, we must be willing to risk, to know when to rest and to be unafraid to be different from the rest.”

In The News This Week…February 25

4 Must-Have Leadership Qualities

by Richard Trevino II

“Well-known successful businesspeople often share qualities that make them great leaders. There’s no shortage of lists and reports that promise to boil down the recipe. Established authors have cited as few as seven — and as many as 40 — leadership traits to develop.”

 

Managers, Here’s How You Deal with Negative Employees

by Alyse Kalish

“‘The best managers are keeping tabs on their employees’ wellbeing and checking in,’ says Wilding. This means scheduling regular one-on-one meetings and using that time not just to talk shop but to understand how your employees are feeling about their workload, their goals, and the team dynamic, and to give positive encouragement and feedback. And, you should be consistently asking, ‘How can I help?’ or ‘What do you need from me to be successful?'”

 

How You Can Keep High Performers Loyal To Your Company

by John Hall

“Your star employees are arguably your company’s biggest assets. These team members play a key role in the long-term health and success of your company. They’re efficient, productive, and good for your bottom line, thanks to referrals and reduced turnover. But how can you keep high performers loyal?”

 

How Leaders Can Open Up to Their Teams Without Oversharing

by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

“In the age of social sharing, people who work together know more and more about each other. In general, this is a good thing for peers and leaders. Research shows our brains respond positively to people when we feel a personal connection with them. We try harder, perform better, and are kinder to our colleagues. Command and control management is on its way out, and bosses who practice empathy and make an effort to connect with their subordinates are in.”

 

5 Things You Should Do The Night Before A Job Interview

by Ashira Prossack

“Preparation is key for having a successful a job interview. What you do the night before a job interview has an impact on your interview. What can you do to make sure this impact is a positive one?”

In the News This Week…February 18

When Good Leaders Create Bad Results

by Manish Dudharejia

“Ethical leadership is an undeniably positive trait that businesses must adhere to if they hope for long term success, but, when improperly enacted, it can also lead to stress and resentment in the workplace. True and effective ethical leadership doesn’t place the burden of ethical dilemmas on the employee, and is very careful to avoid creating situations where employees feel ethically superior and productively inferior to their coworkers.

 

3 Ways Authentic Leaders Inspire and Retain Employees

by Curt Cronin

“The consequences of an inauthentic approach to leadership can be severe. Employees who don’t view their leaders as authentic are less engaged at work, which correlates with increased turnover and lower profitability, per Gallup. Larger paychecks and better benefits won’t make employees stick around. To retain top talent, leaders must become the authentic guides that top talent deserves.”

 

This is How You Keep Your Most Ambitious Employees from Leaving

by Stephanie Vozza

“The reason people leave is because they’ve lost their commitment to their manager, their team, or their company,’ says Cote. ‘Leaders tend to be so laser-focused on tasks, skills, and priorities that they forget about the importance of culture,’ she says. ‘At the end of the day, we are all people and we need foundations of trust and meaningful relationships. If those psychological needs aren’t being met, go-getter employees will look somewhere else.'”

 

How To Work With People Who Aren’t Self-Aware

by John Hall

“However, the biggest giveaway is this: The unaware don’t know their weaknesses and shortcomings. Most of them want to be effective team members. Offensive office jerks know exactly what they’re doing and aren’t receptive to change. Those lacking self-awareness don’t even realize they’re offending others.”

 

How to Unlock Your Team’s Creativity

by Rebecca Shambaugh

“The goal of getting your team to think beyond the box is a no-brainer, but figuring out how to actually achieve greater group innovation isn’t. As a leader, it’s important to approach making this happen just as you would any other management challenge: creatively.”

In The News This Week…February 11

Clarity on Your Goals Is Key to Growing a Business That Attracts High-End Clients

by Kimanzi Constable

“It can be easy to get lost in the busy work as the revenue starts to roll in. While this is a fairly typical path, it’s not the best way to build a business. There’s an important element that’s missed in the beginning, and for some, even years later. If you’re going to build a successful business that’s bigger than a one-person show, you need clarity.”

 

3 Smart Investments to Help You Retain Millennial Employees

by Liz Kislik

“The thing is, though, that many millennials actually want job security. According to a recent study commissioned by Bridge, “nearly 90 percent of millennials are looking to grow their careers within their current companies.” So, that means that as an owner, you’ve got plenty of opportunity to retain them if you’re willing to make the effort. Many employers assume they’ll have to offer Silicon Valley-style perks to retain millennial employees, but that’s not necessarily true.”

 

Think a Job Candidate is Lying? Look Out for These Signs

by Emily Moore

“For most recruiters, taking candidates at face value is second nature. With multiple, urgent roles to fill, tons of resumes to go through, and dozens of interviews to schedule, you don’t always have the time to dig into a candidate’s background as thoroughly as you would like. Most of the time, this isn’t a problem–the majority of candidates are honest, upstanding people just trying to find the right opportunity. But every once in a while, you will find a bad actor who chooses to exaggerate or even flat-out lie about their experience in order to get the job they want.”

 

If Your Innovation Effort Isn’t Working, Look at Who’s on the Team

by Nathan FurrKyle NelThomas & Zoëga Ramsøy

“Chaos pilots are people who can creatively lead a project through uncertainty. They have negative capability, but they also have other critical skills, such as the ability to create structure within chaos and take action. Leaders who are chaos pilots are able to drive a team forward on a project even as the environment around them fluctuates.”

 

How to Help Your Employees Learn from Each Other

by Kelly Palmer & David Blake

“When your team wants to learn a new skill, where do they turn first? Google? YouTube? Their corporate training programs? No. According to a study conducted by our company, Degreed, more workers first turn to their peers (55%)—second only to asking their bosses. Peer-to-peer learning can be a powerful development tool that breaks through some common barriers to skill-building — and it has other benefits as well.”

In The News This Week…February 4

6 Entrepreneurs Share Secrets for Boosting Office Morale

by Entrepreneur Staff

“Not every week is going to be great — that’s just reality. We asked six entrepreneurs: When your team seems down in the dumps, how do you boost their optimism and drive?”

 

Most of These 9 Ways to Keep Your Best Employees Don’t Cost Anything

by Miles Jennings

“We’ve heard great advice about how to hire the right employees, and have been reminded many times that preventing great employees from leaving is the best recruitment strategy. But keeping great staff isn’t just about doing a set of tasks; it’s about having the proper mindset. In today’s competitive job market, you consistently have to be engaged with your staff, let them know you care, and demonstrate it in all your actions.”

 

Bosses: This is How to Inspire Your Employees to Become Leaders

by Gwen Moran

“Helping your next generation of leaders see the value of coaching and equipping them with the ability to seek out the coaches they need can enable them to get help quicker, Holman says. ‘I find the most gifted coaches may know the answer, but they ask the critical questions so the one on the other side has their own epiphany, and what happens is, the other side begins to rediscover certain things themselves by asking a question,’ he says. It teaches them a new way to discover their own insights, he adds.”

 

The 6 Fundamental Skills Every Leader Should Practice

by Ron Ashkenas & Brook Manville

“Our research and experience have shown us that the best way to develop proficiency in leadership is not just through reading books and going to training courses, but even more through real experience and continual practice.”

 

5 Hacks to Finally Finish Your Most Dreaded To-Do List Item

by Jessica Stillman

“You know the kind of to-do list item I’m talking about — the ones that linger at the bottom of your list as you churn through less horrible tasks above it, the one that seems to laugh at you every time you look at your list, the one that causes a sinking feeling in your stomach every time you tell yourself, ‘Today is finally the day!'”

In The News This Week…January 28

Good Managers Coax Change

by Bob Priest-Heck

“We need to nurture new ideas with the same patience and thoughtfulness as the gardener. As a leader, you need a keen insight to know when to force a change and when to let change grow organically. ”

 

The Role of a Manager Has to Change in 5 Key Ways

by Joseph Pistrui & Dimo Dimov

“Too many managers micromanage. They don’t delegate or let direct reports make decisions, and they needlessly monitor other people’s work. This tendency restricts employees’ ability to develop their thinking and decision making — exactly what is needed to help organizations remain competitive.”

 

8 Time-Management Hacks to Optimize Your Life In and Outside Work

by The Oracles

“To really manage and maximize your time — to squeeze every opportunity out of it — you have to appreciate how much you have. Take control of your time, and don’t allow others to. Get family, friends, colleagues, and employees to agree on the most important priorities. Otherwise, they will pull you in multiple directions.”

 

10 Ways Leaders Fix Mistakes Without Making It Worse

by Deep Patel

“It can be embarrassing to own up to a mistake, and unfortunately many believe that doing so is a sign of weakness. But good leaders know that the bigger mistake is trying to cover it up or ignore it. Problems have a way of coming to light. The true test is how you handle these slip-ups.”

 

How to Make Your Culture a Competitive Advantage

by Gene Hammett

“A culture with a sharp focus on the employee experience doesn’t set its sights on common metrics like revenue, appointments set and calls made. As counterintuitive as it sounds, putting employees first is more likely to create better performance and increase employee retention.”

In The News This Week…January 21

5 Steps to Create an Idea-Generating Culture

by Risto Siilasmaa

“Lead by example. The best — and really the only way — to create the culture you want is by being a role model. Oftentimes, you don’t need to “lead.” You just do, and people will do what you do.”

 

5 Steps to Changing Your Mindset About Failure

by Lisa Evans

“We all experience failure at some point in our lives and in our careers. Maybe your company has gone under, or you’ve been fired from a job, or you failed to win a contract with a client you were hoping to sign. How you recover from that failure will determine whether you become a future success story like Gates.”

 

Working with People Who Aren’t Self-Aware

by Tasha Eurich

“Even though self-awareness — knowing who we are and how we’re seen — is important for job performance, career success, and leadership effectiveness, it’s in remarkably short supply in today’s workplace. In our nearly five-year research program on the subject, we’ve discovered that although 95% of people think they’re self-aware, only 10 to 15% actually are.”

 

How to Bond With Your Employees Without Compromising Your Authority

by Sadie Williamson

“Setting general expectations creates a frame for a positive working relationship. As a manager joining a new team or welcoming a new employee, you should set aside the time for a one-to-one discussion to discuss pain points and success factors. It should be a two-way discussion, with the employee having space to ask questions and make requests of their own.”

 

The Real Reason You’re Not Getting Job Interviews

by Adunola Adeshola

“You don’t even have to tell me. I already know the way your eyes light up when you see a position you know would be perfect for you. I know how anxious you get when you finally send the application you’re hoping gets you through the door. And, I know how frustrated you feel when you check your email 103 times only to later discover that the company decided to go with another candidate.”

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.”