EQ can make you wealthy and successful, according to science-here's how to build yours

EQ can make you wealthy and successful, according to science-here's how to build yours
While knowledge, skills and effort are all important factors, success in business, in your career and in life, depends far more on building strong interpersonal relationships. And a high level of emotional intelligence (EQ) goes hand-in-hand with the ability to build strong relationships. Being able to recognize and manage your own emotional responses and motivation helps you to better understand other people's emotional state and reactions. It also allows you to examine business situations and ...
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How to deliver your presentation in half the time you’d allotted

How to deliver your presentation in half the time you’d allotted
 Even the best-laid plans can go awry and giving a presentation can be nerve-wracking enough without last minute changes to the schedule. So what can you do when you've rehearsed your finely tuned presentation to make sure you won't overrun, only to find out on the day that you now have only half the time originally allocated to you? Rushing your speech to cram in as much as possible is never an effective solution, says the founder and CEO of Executive Speaking Inc., Anett Grant. ...
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Five myths about corporate culture and five strategies for cultivating a great one

Five myths about corporate culture and five strategies for cultivating a great one
Getting your company culture right isn't easy. Every organization is different and needs to develop a culture that reflects the values, beliefs and attitudes that characterize the organization and guide its practices. Most leaders understand how culture influences everything from employee behavior and engagement to productivity and brand reputation, and is therefore crucial to the success of the business. Yet they often lack the necessary knowledge and skills to build a culture that's right for ...
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9 must-watch TED Talks that will make you a better entrepreneur

9 must-watch TED Talks that will make you a better entrepreneur
While being an entrepreneur can be very rewarding, it can also be extremely challenging and there's no doubt that getting a new startup off the ground can be particularly stressful. Having to juggle multiple roles, learn new skills, overcome setbacks and deal with the day-to-day demands of running a business all take their toll. To help you take these and other entrepreneurial challenges in your stride, Gerri Detweiler shares here some of the best TED talks for boosting your confidence, managing...
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Stress is making you micromanage, which is making everything worse

Stress is making you micromanage, which is making everything worse
There's a fine line between being a hands-on manager and being a micromanager. Although you may occasionally need to pay close attention to details and make sure work is getting done, most of the time intense scrutiny is unwarranted and can harm your team's performance. Constantly monitoring your team's progress in minute detail is disempowering and demoralizing and ultimately damages the team's performance and productivity. A healthy level of interaction and support can soon turn into an unheal...
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How I built a more emotionally intelligent work culture than me

How I built a more emotionally intelligent work culture than me
It's becoming increasingly evident that technical skills and cognitive intelligence alone aren't enough to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment. With the shift towards more effective teamwork, employee engagement, creativity and innovation, companies are increasingly embracing emotional intelligence as the key to success. Despite his own shortcomings, founder and CEO Peter Holgate is committed to creating an emotionally intelligent workplace culture. "I've tried...
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Why conflict can actually be a good thing

Why conflict can actually be a good thing
Conflict doesn't have to be destructive; it can also be constructive. As a negative force that creates friction and hostility in the workplace, conflict can damage performance and productivity. Yet healthy conflict can be productive and is often essential for boosting creativity and stimulating growth. Whether conflict produces a negative or positive outcome depends on how you choose to approach it. For a positive approach that helps your organization thrive in "today's complex and volatile busi...
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12 lessons from 'How to Win Friends & Influence People' — a book Warren Buffett credits with transforming his life

12 lessons from 'How to Win Friends & Influence People' — a book Warren Buffett credits with transforming his life
Since Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" was first published in the 1930s, it has sold more than 30 million copies, spawned an entire industry devoted to self-improvement, and continues to be a best seller. The world Carnegie wrote for has changed significantly, yet his essential message is still relevant today and many successful people—including Warren Buffet—give Carnegie considerable credit for their success. Although many of his recommendations may seem common se...
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Meetings shouldn’t be boring

Meetings shouldn’t be boring
Business meetings are often considered a waste of time. A room full of bored, distracted and disengaged individuals doesn't make for an effective and productive meeting. That doesn't mean meetings have to be fun. The purpose of a meeting isn't to have fun; it's to accomplish something. And while some meetings don't require active participation in open discussion or debate, they should be interesting regardless. In this recent blog post, Tomasz Tunguz looks at some of the reasons why a meeti...
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10 phrases you should start saying more often at work

10 phrases you should start saying more often at work
Leading by example helps you gain your team's trust and loyalty, improve team performance, and boost productivity. By demonstrating your trust—in individual team members, your colleagues and your superiors — you create a culture of trust within the team. And when individual team members trust each other, they form a cohesive group of people working collaboratively, sharing knowledge, and communicating openly to achieve shared goals. Leadership expert Marcel Schwantes shares here some trust-...
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