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Motivation, that most slippery of beasts

June 9, 2021
“Here’s the dirty little secret about motivation you need to know,” writes Alain Hunkins in Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders. “You can’t really motivate anyone else.”

A key word for problem solvers: Elimination

June 9, 2021
Author Shamini Bundell cites a new study from University of Virginia researchers that explains why people rarely try to solve problems by taking things away, and that our instinct is to add elements instead, even when this repeatedly doesn’t work.

Leadership books: Where do I start?

June 9, 2021
Authors Jeff Brown and Jesse Wisnewski, in their new book Read to Lead, offer advice on picking books on professional development.

The road is rough for the power couple

June 9, 2021
Couples trying to balance two careers can often have an especially complex dance to choreograph.

What should you fear from the ‘dark triad’?

June 9, 2021
Aggressive, dominant, self-promoting. Manipulative, cynical, strategic. How about risk-taking, impulsive or lacking in empathy. Do any of these traits ring true for anyone you know? How about for yourself?

Not the real deal? Confess it

June 9, 2021
“The costs of imposter syndrome extend beyond the individual,” writes executive coach Alexandra Friedman in an article on Forbes.com called “Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as an Emerging Leader.”

Does your company care about the environment? Your customers do

June 9, 2021
It’s not just your product’s quality that compels consumers to purchase it. An increasing number of people today care about how your items are being manufactured, and whether the company is harming the environment in the process.

How did Rick Steves become who he is?

June 9, 2021
On a recent episode of NPR’s How I Built This, Rick Steves reminisced on his path from being a piano importer’s son in Washington State to becoming the travel guru he is today.

The WeWork movie: What’s the real lesson?

June 9, 2021
“WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn” fits nicely alongside other recent management disaster documentaries like “The Inventor” and the two Fyre Festival exposés that were offered on streaming last year. What starts out one way—a bold mission led by a single visionary and hyperfocused charisma machine—ends up in a decidedly other way, with a cascade of fated events.

5 tests to see if your influence is fading

June 9, 2021
Author Stacey Hanke has compiled several simple tests for you to keep in mind when evaluating the pull you have with others, especially in situations where you have a live, captive audience.