How to Make Career Decisions That You Will Never Regret

Plot your career as a journey full of lessons and you will never regret a choice you make. July 22, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We often judge career decisions as good or bad by only evaluating the rewards the commitment brings. Money, status, networks, progress up the career ladder, decision-making power and degree of influence are classic feedback indicators we look to as success measures or lack thereof.  Such external markers can lead us to make bad career decisions in many forms. We often set goals that aren’t truly our own, listening to the advice of those who aren’t qualified to give recommendations and directions. In a bid to belong and feel accepted by our friends, family and our dependents, we’re on track to carve out a lucrative career, but inside we’re utterly void of work and personal satisfaction. Regret underpins the […]

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Why Mindfulness Is a Must-Have Mental Skill

Every business leader faces overwhelm, self-doubt and a hundred other unhelpful habits of mind. Learning to pause them in their tracks puts you back in the pilot’s seat. April 9, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As leaders in business, there are emotional and mental challenges we experience that our subordinates don’t share or appreciate. Making the common but difficult transition from being an excellent technical operator to becoming a middle or more senior manager, usually involves taking on an overwhelming workload. The learning curve is steep and fast. You can feel as though you’re drowning. Just as you feel you’re getting the hang of something new, a curve ball gets thrown at you from left field. Demands can change just as quickly as you received the initial directives. You’re now responsible for larger numbers of people and need to quickly understand a broader scope of […]

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These 5 Skills Are Critical for Success and Career Advancement

People skills play a huge role in your success. March 30, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There comes a point in your career development where advancement is no longer purely about becoming a technical expert. You’ll hit a crossroads where pursuing career goals that you want now requires you to play a different game strategy in your career version of Game of Thrones. Technical professional development should always be on your radar. However, you’ll find higher levels of workplace success will come to a standstill if you lack skills to find and build alliances with those who can help you get to where you want to go. These critical people skills won’t just earn you the right to sit at any table; they’ll give you license to steer your career successfully and more easily in any direction you want it to go. Related: […]

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4 Daily Leadership Habits That Most Benefit Your Team

Create opportunities for your people to grow, learn and self-improve. February 22, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Creating a long-lasting positive impact on your team will not come from random rewards sprinkled here and there or quarterly team-building activities. Intelligent employees are no longer inspired by tokenism. They search for a deeper sense of fulfillment and alignment in their work, but foremost their leader. Your internal philosophy on how people should be treated drives your leadership behavior and calibrates the degree of positive impact you have on your team. In exercising strong emotional intelligence, your daily habits and behavior will reflect values of trust, encouragement, self-awareness and collaboration. Working under such principles, your people are likely to feel supported and safe, and a positive workplace culture is more likely to be sustained through the storms and sunny days alike. Here are four daily […]

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How to Transform Your Culture From Toxic to Peak Performance

Employees agree to a code of conduct. You are not the bad guy for enforcing it. February 19, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The losses incurred from not discarding the bad apple that then spoils the others in the fruit bowl metaphorically rings true when it comes to dealing with toxic workplace cultures. The mental, emotional and financial costs of not managing the bad apple(s) can be colossal and sentence a business culture into irrevocable ruin. Related: Creating a Business Culture That Values People Professors Christine Porath and Christine Pearson surveyed 14,000 CEOs, managers and employees to explore the impact of abusive and uncivil behavior on employees. They found: Almost 50 percent of employees decreased their work effort and intentionally spent less time at work 38 percent “intentionally decreased” the quality of their work 25 percent of employees treated uncivilly admitted to taking out […]

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4 Common Myths About Leadership That Can Hold You Back

Alignment with your values and belief systems is the foundation of becoming an effective leader. January 4, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To be a great leader in today’s world, being a brilliant knowledge expert or technician is no longer enough. Even harder is trying to learn the golden rules of the wrong and right ways to be a great leader. The amount of content spouted in countless books and resources is overwhelming let alone confusing. To be unstoppable leaders for our businesses and our people, tuning out from the noise and distractions potentially misguiding us is pertinent now more than ever. Pay attention to any presence of these four myths and make guiding your people a more soul-enriching journey that they and you will want to continue well past your leadership term’s end. Myth 1: Great leaders are highly ranked individuals. Richard Branson […]

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4 Mental Skills Used by Every Successful Business Leader

Entrepreneurship is a mental marathon. November 27, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Since before the turn of the millennium, mental strategies used in elite sport have been transferred to the business world to increase performance. Elite athletes know all too well they need to manage their own mental state and emotions before becoming distracted by anyone else’s. The same too applies for business leaders to become successful. They know the principles will bring a return on investment when they consistently apply them. Motivation, focus, goal clarity, resilience and stress management are all mental demands placed on anyone who strives to be the best in their field. Here are four core mental skills of champions the world over that you must master if being a successful business leader sits high on your bucket list. 1. Reach for the stars when you’re aiming for the moon. […]

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Turn Your Vulnerabilities Into Leadership Strengths in 3 Steps

Your team already knows you’re flawed, so you actually gain when you admit you are. October 23, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Instant access to a myriad of best practice leadership skills and strategies can be retrieved in seconds with the click of a few keyboard keys. Amazon’s digital library is overflowing with well-researched and documented tips and techniques, however, there are unique differences in some of the world’s most innovative companies that simply can’t be matched and you’re unlikely to find them in a how-to book. Leaders of elite teams can no longer get away with regurgitating best-practice prophecy from the latest TED talks for Monday morning’s weekly meeting. In addition to professional development activities they’re probably doing on their own accord, these individuals need something — or someone else — to inspire them. That person is you. What many leaders fail […]

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