I am excited to bring you some of my team’s favorite posts from this month, for business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders. Take a look and let us know what you think.
By Dr. Travis Bradberry, @talentsmarteq via @HuffPostBiz
We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there’s a ton. In one study, 61 percent of those working for bad bosses said they were looking for another job, while just 27 percent of those working for good bosses were considering alternate employment. Just as great bosses bring out the best in us, bad bosses bring out the worst. Great bosses change us for the better. Being a great boss obviously has a tangible value other than just being liked, but how do you know if you are one? And, if you’re not, how do you get better? When I ask audiences to describe the best and worst bosses they have ever worked for, they inevitably ignore innate characteristics (intelligence, extraversion, attractiveness, and so on) and instead focus on qualities that are completely under the boss’s control, such as passion, insight, and honesty (qualities strongly associated with emotional intelligence). This means that any of us can study the unique qualities of great bosses in order to learn and improve. Do these 10 things:
By David Finkel via @FastCompany
My company recently surveyed more than 350 U.S. business owners on the biggest time-wasters in their workdays. The results weren’t much of a shock, with email coming up on top (57%) by a three-to-one margin over phone calls and interruptions from colleagues, tied for second at 17% each. (Meetings brought up the rear at 9%.) I’ve had the same email-heavy headaches, and probably you have, too. But the received wisdom, which is generally to set aside a couple times a day just for handling emails, doesn’t always cut it. Those chunks of time devoted to email maintenance usually slide all over your calendar–they’re seldom appointments that you make with yourself and end up actually keeping. So I’ve tried something else. Instead, I’ve managed to designate a certain weekday–and, after a little more practice, two weekdays–where I can set aside a chunk of time to focus completely on one thing only. Those days stay fixed, no matter what. And when they come around each week, all I do is work on a single project for at least half the day–no emails, no phone calls, no meetings. Here’s how it works:
By Tracey Seals, @traceymseals via @pdiscoveryuk
What are some traits that make a great leader? Leaders are inspiring, motivating, encouraging, and bettering other people. No two leaders will be the same, and that is okay. However, these are 18 universal indicators that make a great leader.
1.) They have the ability to make difficult decisions. Most people have the ability to lead when things are going well, but what about when things become difficult? What happens then? Can they handle the pressure of having to make difficult decisions with the consequences that come along with that? A great leader knows how to keep people calm and stable during such times. They also know when to let go of what others think as not everyone will be pleased with all of their decision-making. Feedback should be welcomed, but as a leader, it will be impossible to make everyone happy within every single situation. They will have the ability to handle such pressures.
By Young Entrepreneur Council, @yec via @Inc
You’re doing all that work, but for what (and at what cost)? Entrepreneurs by definition are passionate about their businesses. And with that passion comes hard work — but there’s a fine line between spending a little extra effort here and there and letting your company’s needs completely consume you. These six entrepreneurs share how they avoid burnout by keeping their workaholic tendencies in check.
1.) Schedule friends and family time. The first step toward overcoming your workaholic attitude is to see your habits for what they are. Self-proclaimed workaholic Justin Lefkovitch, CEO and founder of marketing firm Mirrored Media, found himself needing to change his ways after realizing he was subconsciously prioritizing work over all other engagements: “It’s sometimes easy to overlook time for friends and family or push it to the back burner,” he says. “I like to have concrete plans in place to ensure I’m fostering my personal relationships. It also helps to be clear on my to-do list priorities so I can find a balance that doesn’t compromise either.”
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