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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 …

Improve Communication with Your Virtual Coworkers

When interacting with colleagues who work remotely, even the simplest gesture can be misinterpreted in the absence of the …

Be Careful How You Praise People

In an experiment, people who had been praised for their decision-making skills were 40% more likely to escalate their commitment …

Evaluate Your Potential Customers

Before you launch a new product, you need to have an idea of how many people will buy it. There are two ways to do this. If …

Difficult Boss? Talk to Their Former Employees

If your boss isn’t a good guide and doesn’t support you, it’s up to you to get what you need. If you can easily get in touch …

Send a Handwritten Note

Personal written notes grow rarer by the day. But if you want to convey to a client, a potential customer, a colleague, or …

Get Through a Turnaround by Talking

When a company is in crisis— facing bankruptcy or a disruptive competitor— it needs to act fast. But it’s also important to …

Take Active Steps to Become More Global

Most companies recognize the benefit of having leaders with international experience, but few offer the developmental opportunities …


Nick Kalikajaros 2017