How to Compete Like the World’s Most Innovative Leaders

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Innovation Capital. A great idea may not be enough to build a great business. And one of the most overlooked reasons for entrepreneurial failure is innovation capital. I love how you use Tesla and Edison to drive this point home. to 6 p.m.,

The 5 Smartest Strategies to Build Influence in the Workplace

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If you succeed in putting these five things into practice in your daily work, you’re just about guaranteed to build influence in your workplace. A strong influencer is able to create partnerships across all business units, thereby developing a wider base of support and cooperation.

Givers give without expectation of immediate return.

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Organizational psychology has long concerned itself with how to design work so that people will enjoy it and want to keep doing it. I have to look at it as, How is this task going to benefit the recipient?” Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.

Why Self-Awareness Matters

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Socrates' famous quote certainly has merit but may leave you with lingering questions like "How?" "To what end?". Only when we become aware of something, are we able to make choices as to the action we wish to take. We really don't know how the world works.

How to Get the Most Out of a Conference

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Conferences are an overwhelming rush of presentations, conversations, and potential meet-ups, and it can be tough to know where to focus your time. How do you figure out which sessions to attend? Should you skip the keynote to meet an important contact?

How to Respond When You’re Left Out of Important Meetings

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And being the last to learn about key decisions can set your team back, and bring your leadership into question. When you don’t get a seat at the table and it’s negatively affecting your team’s ability to collaborate, coordinate, and communicate as they work toward your organization’s goals, it’s your responsibility to come forth, advocate for yourself and your team, and raise the issue in a constructive manner. How to Manage a Toxic Employee.

How to Survive a Company Scandal You Had Nothing to Do With

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Like the dead hand reaching up from the grave in a horror movie, a long-severed employment relationship can emerge from your past and trip up your career mobility — particularly if the employer has ever been touched by scandal. What is defined as a scandal and how severely scandals are punished (including the punishment of innocent parties) differs across countries and industries. Pay close attention to ethics and research a company before joining.

What to Do When Your Boss Won’t Advocate for You

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While it’s easy to love the great bosses and flee the bad ones, there’s one kind of boss that’s much less straightforward to navigate: the boss who doesn’t advocate for you. Most advocacy happens behind the scenes and in conversations to which you yourself are not privy. Non-advocating bosses can refuse to bring up your name favorably in the promotion conversation. How to Manage a Toxic Employee. baranozdemir/Getty Images.

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Position Yourself for a Stretch Assignment

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Two years later, despite great success, he told me he wanted to find a job at another company in his home country. I could see he was motivated, and still eager to grow, so I pushed him to instead think about what larger global roles he could perform for his current employer. He did and was soon appointed to manage the company's entire international business from headquarters. So how do you position yourself to take advantage of the situation?

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

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” The role of a Product Manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the Product.” Translating business-to-technical requirements, and vice versa. These PMs excel at reflecting on where each of these competencies contributed to the success or failure of their products and continuously adjust their approach based on customer feedback. These PMs also know when to take a breath and step away if needed, to regroup.

What Younger Workers Can Learn from Older Workers, and Vice Versa

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But is there more insight to possible cross-generational learning than these commonplace observations? To understand this issue, we designed a diagnostic and posted it on our website , encouraging people of all ages and from across the world to tell us about their work and life experiences. Actively building both tangible and intangible assets is crucial to creating a long and productive working life. How to control work. How to be financially proficient.

What to Do Before You Fire a Pivotal Employee

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These days, the majority of a company’s employees are networked together on social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Say your analysis has determined that a person whom you want to fire is very well connected to a few key customers or highly influential employees.

Why “Network More” Is Bad Advice for Women

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When well-meaning people give advice to young women about how to get ahead, networking is almost always at the top of the list. A new study suggests that perhaps this network-your-way-to-the-top advice is, for women, a tad overblown.

How Black Women Describe Navigating Race and Gender in the Workplace

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What I noticed almost immediately was that my experience in the classroom largely mirrored my experience of close to a decade in corporate America: I’m consistently one of very few black women and black people in the room. This lack of female leadership is important to explore, but what are the experiences of black women in the workplace before they make it to the c-suite? I wouldn’t be able to make that analogy on another team.