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Stop Thinking Like You Always Have

To surface groundbreaking ideas, you need to challenge the long-held beliefs the people at your company hold about doing business. …

How Optimism Can Hurt Your Team

For managers, optimism may seem like a great trait to have: A boss with a can-do attitude motivates others and makes them …

Refuse to Participate in a Cutthroat Environment

It’s demoralizing to have a boss who pits you against your colleagues. Don’t give in to this dynamic. Instead, collaborate …

Impress Your Foreign Boss

If you think that it's hard to impress your boss, try doing it in an unfamiliar culture – where the natural methods that work …

3 Ways to Support a Growth Initiative

All too often senior leaders see managing today’s earnings as their main job and don’t spend enough time on the pursuit of …

If You Want to Lead, Start Now

To become a leader, don't wait for the fancy title or the corner office. Here are three things you can do now, even if someone …

Find Your Authentic Self

No one likes to work with someone who is a fake. For people to trust that you’re being genuine, they need to know where you …

Could You Be a Change Agent? Assess Your Internal Network

The difference between a leader who can successfully manage change and one who can’t is often the effectiveness of their networks. …

Keep People From Feeling Left Out

Social rejection is hard in any setting, including at the office. When people feel excluded, they can't be productive, innovative, …

Explain Why You’re Making a Career Move

Your decision to shift careers is often hard to translate to others. People may question whether it’s too risky to leave your …

Don’t Let Your Boss’s Favoritism Get You Down

Many managers have a pet employee who appears to get special treatment—interesting assignments, invitations to social events, …

Encourage Gratitude on Your Team

When employees feel valued, they are more satisfied, willing to work longer, and motivated to do their best. As a manager, …

Learn How to Lead in a Crisis

When you are leading in a time-pressured, make-or-break situation, you might wonder if you should take charge and command …

2 Things Your Data Visualization Needs

Data is easier to understand when it’s presented visually. But sometimes designers get wrapped up in the exercise of making …

Good Leaders Build Trust First

Most leaders today emphasize their competence, strength, and credentials, but none of that matters if people don’t trust you. …

Don’t Be Late for That Meeting

When you can text or email a colleague and let her know you’re running late, it’s easy to push back meetings. This ability …

Recognize Your Moment of Obligation

People who successfully tackle big problems are often driven by a specific event or time in their lives when they felt compelled …

To Attract the Best Talent, Offer Meaningful Work

Talented people used to want high salaries and stable career paths, but now they want work with purpose. Here’s how your company …

Don’t Let Your Colleague Claim All the Credit

When you’ve put long hours into a project, you want proper credit for it. It can be frustrating to watch a co-worker present …

Focus on Learning Your First 30 Days on the Job

When starting a new job, you want to focus your first month on finding out as much as you can about the organization, the …


Nick Kalikajaros 2017