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Win Over Your New Boss

The experience of getting a new boss can be fraught with anxiety and risk. Uncertainties abound when someone new takes the …

Write Your First Draft Fast

Sometimes the hardest part about writing a memo, report, or proposal is getting the words on paper. The key is to write all …

Why CEO Effectiveness Starts to Decline After Just a Few Years

The average optimal CEO tenure is just 4.8 years, according to a Harvard Business Review article by Xueming Luo of the University …

Master a New Skill

Self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead. But whether you want to be better at public speaking, using social media, …

Learn To Be Charismatic

Inspirational leaders have charisma. People want to hear what they have to say and do what they advise. But can you learn …

When Delegating, Let Go of the How

Delegation can improve your team's productivity and build skills. But if you're prone to micromanaging, you may not reap the …

Managers: It's OK to Keep Your Door Closed

You might think a good manager should always be accessible when in the office. But, if every spare minute is filled with people …

Balance Creative Free Time with Structure

It's a well-established principle that people need slack time to work through their ideas. Companies like 3M and Google have …

Give Your Slides Some White Space

When preparing a presentation, it's tempting to fill your slides with as much content as possible. But it's your job to carefully …

Persuasion Doesn't Require Manipulation

If you're trying to convince people outside clear reporting lines to collaborate with you, you'll need to use your powers …

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