The World’s Greatest Leaders Spend ONE Hour a Day Doing This

When leaders and innovators around the world from Bill Gates to Oprah and Warren Buffet all do ONE Thing, it tends to get people’s attention. Recently INC.com explored the common thread that many highly successful people share –deliberate practice. Many of the world’s top entrepreneurs spend at least one hour each workday on learning. Typically, this deliberate practice is in the form of reading, reflection or experimentation. The subject matter is carefully selected with the intention of increasing their productivity. This dedicated time block for learning allows top performers to clear space in their busy schedule for their own personal

The Networker’s Guide to a Stellar Introduction

Most of the time we base our opinion of someone on the first few seconds of our first interaction. In other words, introductions are a big deal. We can chalk this up to basic instinctual behavior. Anything unfamiliar naturally puts people on edge. When we first meet someone our guard is up and we’re quickly deciding whether we trust and like the other person. What’s more, behavioral economists like Dan Ariely say that our subsequent impressions are heavily influenced by that initial impression. Even arbitrary bits of information we unknowingly pick up are noted and used as benchmarks for the future.

If You Find Yourself Saying, “I Need Motivation!” Here Are a Few Ideas

As with so many of our behaviors, we find that our brain is a major player in our sense of motivation. In fact, scientists have discovered there are certain portions of the brain – like the striatum and ventromedial prefrontal cortex, for instance – that are directly connected to this trait. It may surprise you, however, to discover how important that motivation is for reaching our goals. Motivation can actually play a bigger role than natural talent when it comes to mastering a skill. That’s because it takes hours upon hours of practice to become a master. In other words,

How Many Tricks Does it Take to Form a New Habit? (One, Two, Three…)

A little while back we wrote a piece about the myth of building a habit in 21 days. We touched on the brain anatomy involved with habit formation and research that showed 21 days isn’t the concrete benchmark for building a habit. In actuality, the average is 66 days, but it can range anywhere from 18 to 245 days depending on various factors. A lot of thought leaders are interested in habit formation because our habits can make success easier or much more difficult. With every research study we’re learning more about how habits are formed and how bad ones

Here are a Few Pointers to Help You Give and Accept Critical Feedback

Constructive criticism, positive criticism, effective criticism – no matter how gently you word it, people often look at critical feedback as a way of saying “you’re not good enough”. Of course, that’s certainly not the intention, which is why the way you communicate the critical feedback is essential. Many people bristle at the word “criticism” since it’s a critique of their work. People who make their passion their work tend to have the hardest time handling a critique since they put their heart and soul into excelling. This may be hard to believe, but the majority of people don’t like

How to Become a Talented Public Speaker and Tell a Story that Makes an Impact

If the mere thought of standing in the front of a room and talking to a group of people has your heart pounding and palms sweaty, rest assured, you are not alone. Public speaking is the second most common personal fear. According to a Chapman University survey, over a quarter of people are afraid of speaking to a group. Being the center of attention and knowing that all eyes are on you is a truly terrifying prospect for many people. But public speaking is a powerful tool. From giving pep talks as a manager to addressing industry leaders at a

Borrow These Brainstorming Techniques from the Brightest Minds in Silicon Valley

To say Silicon Valley is an innovative place is an understatement. Some of the brightest minds and biggest ideas flourish in this small San Francisco Bay area community. It’s home to the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook along with hundreds of other cutting-edge companies. In our lightening paced, interconnected global economy innovation is often a litmus test for a company’s staying power. Today, there’s no resting on the laurels of your last great idea. In order to maintain a diverse range of products, services and technology that Silicon Valley is known for, innovators need to be well versed in

Michael Scott’s Surprisingly Valuable Insight into Being a Great Boss

Boss’s Day is almost here, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the occasion than by quoting Michael Scott from the hit show The Office. If you’ve ever watched the show, then you already know how important being a great boss was to the Michael Scott character. He wasn’t always the most astute manager under the sun, but he did have a number of great insights real world bosses can use. Without further ado, here are our top picks for incredible Michael Scott Boss Day quotes and why they are so inspirational. THE QUOTE: “Ed Truck, yuck.

Debate Isn’t Just For Politicians, Healthy Argument in the Workplace is Crucial to Success

Why Healthy Debate in the Workplace is Crucial to Success Election season causes all of us to think more critically on issues and problems we typically don’t give a fair amount of thought to — between local and presidential races, there’s no shortage of jabber and banter around the water cooler on the right direction for our country. And while many of us find the rhetoric tiresome, debate remains an important tradition and practice because it equips us for the biggest decisions we have to make. So why do many businesses tend to shy away from it? There are a

Why You Should Raise a Glass to the Craft Beer Industry

There’s only ONE Thing you need to know to truly appreciate the impact craft brewing has had on the economy. In 2015 more craft breweries opened their doors compared to previous years but only 10.8 percent failed. This is a staggering figure considering the restaurant industry has a failure rate of 60 percent. That’s not to say the craft brewing industry offers easy success. While it’s not a new industry, it is a relatively new prospect in the U.S. This means that craft brewers, like other entrepreneurs that want to succeed at a high level, understand that success requires preparation