In the News This Week…April 15

Why Mindfulness Is a Must-Have Mental Skill

by Malachi Thompson

“What is mindfulness? A framework highly used by therapists globally to help individuals manage mental illness, mindfulness is finally starting to receive recognition for its effectiveness in creating a peak performance mindset. Widely used by elite athletes, it is increasingly being adopted by c-suite managers as a contemplation skill to increase resilience, reduce stress, and regain clarity and focus.”


5 Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job

by Michael D. Watkins

“The actions you take during your first few months in a new job have a major impact on your success or failure. Build positive momentum early on and it will propel you through your tenure. Make some early missteps and you could face an uphill battle for the rest of your time in the job.”


When Employees Feel Grateful, They’re Less Likely to Be Dishonest

by David DeSteno

“The toll, however, isn’t just a financial one. Working in an environment with unethical peers not only can cause stress, but also can lead honest employees to either leave the company or begin to adopt unethical norms for themselves, thereby exacerbating the effects on a corporation’s culture.”


Reset, Renew, And Recharge: How Building Resilience Is The Best Antidote To Today’s Stress Epidemic

by Naz Beheshti

“When stress inevitably hits us, there are ways to manage it and mitigate its effects. But why wait? Why not be proactive and build up the stress-busting quality of resilience so that, when stress arrives, we are ready for it? Building resilience is like making regular deposits into a rainy day fund. The bigger our reserves, the better we will be able to withstand future adversity.”

by William Craig

“Finding thoughtful ways to motivate your team is great for the bottom line, too, since it directly connects to the success of your company. If you’re wondering how to achieve better motivation and inspire your team to be their best selves, here are some places you can start.”

In The News This Week…April 8

5 Surefire Ways to Become a Better, More Effective Leader

by Alp Mimaroglu

“According to a Gallup study, 50 percent of employees polled said they had quit at some point in their careers because of bad management. Not only is that a staggering statistic; it makes you wonder why there are so few effective leaders at all. What can entrepreneurs do to become better leaders themselves?”


How to Deal with the Top 3 Causes of Workplace Stress

by Stephanie Vozza

“A certain amount of stress at work is inevitable. Unfortunately, too many of us are feeling ‘unduly stressed,’ according to a study by the online job platform CareerCast. Seventy-eight percent of respondents rank their stress at seven or higher on a 10-point scale. Since the average American spends just over 40 hours a week at work, a stressful job can lead to a stressful life.”


Five Tips For Conducting A Great Job Interview

by Matthew Poldosky

“It may seem easy at first glance, but conducting a job interview can be tricky. The goal is to find out if a candidate is ideal for the position you’re trying to fill and for the company you’re trying to grow, so you want to get a feel for the person, not just the skill set — which is tough to do in an hour-long meeting with a stranger.”


Why An Employee Engagement Strategy Is Vital To Your Business

by Susan Hunt Stevens

“Based on our experience working with or talking with numerous Fortune 500 companies on engagement, we see two primary reasons for the lack of a strategy. The first is that many organizations still do not view people and culture as a strategic asset. In those organizations, HR is primarily to ensure people get paid, roles are filled, benefits get administered and no one gets sued.”


You Don’t Have to Be CEO to Be a Visionary Leader

by Ron Ashkenas and Brook Manville

“Creating a unifying vision for an organization is a fundamental skill for leaders. A simple, bold, inspirational vision can feel almost magical: it brings people throughout the company together around a common goal and provides a focal point for developing strategies to achieve a better future. Unfortunately, however, building a vision has become more associated with a company’s top-level leadership than the managers in the rest of the organization.”

In The News This Week…April 1

7 Myths About Discipline You Need to Stop Believing

by Deep Patel

“We’re told that only through strict discipline can we maintain our effort and make the strides necessary to be successful. Without self-discipline, we’re sure to end up acting imprudently and impulsively. Living a disciplined life is the key to keeping ourselves in check. But what if discipline isn’t as important as we’ve been led to believe?”


Do These Things to Avoid Burnout from Taking Over Your Life

by Tero Isokauppila

“But there’s a third type, and it’s the one responsible for that sneaking feeling of exhaustion when you’ve had one too many stress-filled days. It’s called chronic stress, and it comes from repeated stressors like a tough job or an unhappy home life. Our bodies aren’t the best at dealing with chronic stress, so this can cause serious negative health effects if left unchecked.”


6 Habits Of Employees That Get Promoted

by Ashira Prossack

“Showcase your leadership abilities even if you aren’t in a management role. The more you act like a leader, the easier it will be for your manager to envision you in a position of leadership. The key is to demonstrate the qualities of a leader, not to boss people around.”


5 Ways to Leave Your Work Stress at Work

by Sabina Nawaz

“Communicate — appropriately. When you’re not fully present at home because you’re distracted by work, your family might interpret your lack of attention to mean that you don’t value them or that they did something wrong. Instead, be transparent about what’s going on.”


3 Ways to Create a Work Environment That Nurtures Trust

by Sonia Thompson

“Trust is a cornerstone of building a team that functions in this manner. But you don’t automatically start trusting people just because you’re on the same team or share the same workspace. Trust is built and nurtured over time.”

In The News This Week…March25

12 Common Workplace Distractions and How You Can Stay Focused Anyway

by John Rampton

“…considering that we get interrupted every 11 minutes and it takes 25 minutes for our brains to refocus on the original task — workplace distractions should be avoided as much as possible.”


Building A Company Culture Is Not About Writing Values On A Wall

by Emma Zangs

“Taking the time to build a strong culture from the start empowers your team to think and act more independently. The payback is significant, freeing up your own time to focus on all your other executive functions, of which you have plenty!”


4 Reasons Talented Employees Don’t Reach Their Potential

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

“No matter how talented someone might be, there is no guarantee that their talents will translate into top performance. The science of human potential has generally illustrated that an individual’s overarching competence cannot be fully understood unless we also account for their emotional make-up, preferences, and dispositions. No matter how smart, knowledgeable, and experienced you are, there is generally a difference between what you can do and what you normally do.”


Why a One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Employee Development Doesn’t Work

by Sydney Finkelstein

“Some managers might still object that they don’t have room in their calendar to track each employee so closely. My response: If you want to build an exceptional, high-performing team, you’ll make the time.”


7 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Manager (and Up Your Leadership Skills)

by Melanie Curtin

“You probably aren’t as good a listener as you think you are. Most people are bad at listening. They think they’re listening, when really they’re scanning for what they agree with, and quickly disagreeing if they hear something they don’t like.”

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.”