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When to Skip a Difficult Conversation

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Leaders know that they’ll occasionally need to give tough feedback to their employees, colleagues, and clients. And yet, no matter how skilled or experienced they are at it, most would also do anything to find a way out. As Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen explain in their book, Difficult Conversations, this internal struggle is natural: “If we…

How Mindfulness Improves Executive Coaching

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The benefits of mindfulness meditation for business leaders are increasingly appreciated and confirmed by empirical research. Executives and high performing professionals increasingly use meditation to manage stress, maintain strategic focus, enhance cognitive performance, promote emotional intelligence, and improve interpersonal relationships. Meditation programs are increasingly offered in the workplace to promote these benefits. Potential risks of…

How to Hire for Emotional Intelligence

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We know from research (and common sense) that people who understand and manage their own and others’ emotions make better leaders. They are able to deal with stress, overcome obstacles, and inspire others to work toward collective goals. They manage conflict with less fallout and build stronger teams. And they are generally happier at work,…

Team Leaders Should Play Favorites (but Only in Moderation)

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It’s no secret that many leaders have favorites within their teams: people they share more information with, trust more, and rely on more to complete important tasks. After all, team leaders are human beings, so it’s natural for them to gravitate toward certain people based on things like interpersonal compatibility and demonstrated performance abilities. However,…

9 Productivity Tips from People Who Write About Productivity

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In recent years, work has become infinitely more complex. Technological innovations have led to round-the-clock work schedules and mounting expectations. Our assignments have grown more collaborative, requiring more coordination, conference calls, and meetings. We now face an endless barrage of distractions, from the vibrations and alerts on our smartphones to the breaking news stories and…

To Get More Creative, Become Less Productive

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There is a fundamental tension between productivity and creativity, and managers won’t get more of the latter until they recognize it. Productive people move through the tasks they have to accomplish in a systematic way. They make steady and measurable progress toward their goals. They make effective and efficient use of their time. Creativity… doesn’t.…