6 Habits of Truly Memorable People

In order to succeed, almost everyone—whether business owner or employee—must be memorable. Out of sight is out of mind, and out of mind is out of business.

How To Stop Being Angry

Instead of being angry bout something and going on with your day while being angry, why not lose the anger? No, it’s not terribly easy, but it’s also not monumentally hard. Below, ten ways to quickly dump 95% of anger on any topic right out of your head.

Stop Working More Than 40 Hours a Week

You may think you're getting more accomplished by working longer hours. You're probably wrong. shutterstock images There's been a flurry of recent coverage praising Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, for leaving the office every day at 5:30 p.m. to be with her kids.  Apparently she's been doing this for years, but only … Continue reading Stop Working More Than 40 Hours a Week

5 Things Great Mentors Do

Your employees can achieve greater things with your help than they can alone--if you give them a chance. shutterstock images Mr. Miyagi and Daniel Larusso. Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot. Dadabhai Naoroji and Mahatma Gandhi. History (OK, and the box office) is full of examples of people who have accomplished tremendous feats—far more than they could … Continue reading 5 Things Great Mentors Do

Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love

Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer, and Paul B. Brown Leonard A. Schlesinger is the president of Babson College. Charles F. Kiefer is president of Innovation Associates. Paul B. Brown is a long-time contributor to the New York Times. They are the coauthors of Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future (HBR Press … Continue reading Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love

Is Your Smartphone Making You Less Productive?

Mobile devices have exacerbated an always-on work culture where employees work anytime, anywhere. They've contributed to the blurred distinction between when you're "on the clock" and when you're not. Service industry professionals are especially tethered to these devices. There's an assumption that using smart devices boosts productivity, since they allow us to work constantly. But, … Continue reading Is Your Smartphone Making You Less Productive?

The Hidden Skills in Your Most Reliable People

When you need something done — and done right — you probably know who you can count on. Even at work, most people have someone they can call on at a moment's notice. If you gave your team a basic personality test, the reliable people would probably score high in conscientiousness, one of the five … Continue reading The Hidden Skills in Your Most Reliable People

8 Essential Principles of Effective Leadership

Gayle Beebe has written a book on how effective and moral leaders develop and more importantly, how they must continue to develop. Too often leaders think they have made it and stop working on themselves. Eventually they become leaders in title only. He writes in The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Our understanding of leadership … Continue reading 8 Essential Principles of Effective Leadership

What The Hell Is Project Management, Anyway?

"Project management" can sound like everything and nothing all at once. We spoke with a project management pro to clarify what it really means to get people moving in the same direction. Project management seems like a classic chicken-and-egg career conundrum: How do you prove you’re adept at managing projects if you haven’t worked as … Continue reading What The Hell Is Project Management, Anyway?

How to Run a Successful Project

The key is to understand and manage employees' emotional engagement with their work Many projects fail because organizations put their practices before their people. This happens when organizations try to make an employee's human nature and emotional makeup fit their processes and policies. This traditional approach to project management emphasizes developing complex guidelines to manage … Continue reading How to Run a Successful Project