Yep: Research shows you can sometimes be too smart for your own good

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By Jeff Haden

Imagine you’re sifting through resumes, deciding whom to interview. If you’ve put the last two candidates in the yes pile, you’re much more likely to put the next resume in the no pile — regardless of that candidate’s qualifications.

Or that you day-trade index funds and the Dow has gone up the past three days. Since you figure things typically even out, you decide the market will fall today — regardless of economic fundamentals.

Or, in simple terms, that you’ve flipped a coin five times and each time it’s come up heads. Since that rarely happens, surely the next flip will be tails — even though, regardless of past flips, the odds of coming up heads or tails are always 50/50. …


Your virtual audience probably has Zoom fatigue. Here’s how to keep them alert.

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By Minda Zetlin

Giving a presentation over Zoom or another video platform? It’s much harder to keep people’s attention when they’re watching you on their laptops and smartphones instead of onstage at a conference. But there are simple things you can do to keep even the most Zoom-fatigued audience engaged.

“So many of your audience members may be struggling because their internet is not that stable and they’re sitting in a tiny box all day every day, sometimes with a spouse or partner, or their kids. But the biggest struggle is that people are more exhausted and more stressed these days,” says Wendy Capland, executive coach to such companies as IBM and Bank of America. Capland is the author of the best-selling book Your Next Bold Move, and she’s also my coach. …


The power to make these choices is all in your hands

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By Kristopher B. Jones, Young Entrepreneur Council

Being a business leader for the long term means you’re going to see successes and failures. I don’t view any period of sustained success as being permanent. Events beyond your control are probably going to happen to spoil those good runs you’ve been enjoying.

The trick is to see your business through those dark eras, market downturns and other ruts that wreak havoc on pretty much everything.

Here are three tips for navigating your business through the hard times.

1. Consider hiring a controller.

It may seem counterintuitive, but during a downturn, one of the first things you may want to do — particularly if you are a small or medium-sized business — is to consider making a certain new hire. …


Feeling exhausted and unmotivated? Here’s how to find your second (or third or fourth) wind.

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By Jessica Stillman

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling exhausted. It’s not just that over here in Europe we’re back under strict lockdown, though that’s a hefty chunk of it. And while the chaos at the U.S. capitol has deflated my optimism about 2021, that’s not the whole story either.

Instead, I think a lot of my desire to climb into bed and read all day has to do with the grinding sameness of it all and the impenetrability of the future. …


Thousands of employees in a recent survey point to the top skills that make an effective manager

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By Marcel Schwantes

As we approach the one-year mark of the pandemic, American employees are feeling overworked and overwhelmed.

For the millions who have been working remotely since last March, they have hit a breaking point, leading to frustration and for many, even in the uncertain economy, a new job search. So what can employers do to retain their employees in 2021?

Engagement is key to employee retention, and according to Gallup, managers account for a 70 percent variance in employee engagement.

To uncover how companies can help managers excel, thus increasing employee retention, employee voice and recognition platform Achievers recently released its Manager Empowerment Report. The report surveyed 2,000 employed individuals across the U.S., …


‘The Miracle Morning’ author Hal Elrod explains why accepting the worst-case scenario sets you free to succeed

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By Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Kalika Yap, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Los Angeles, is founder and CEO of Citrus Studios, a branding and design agency. As the host of EO’s Wonder podcast, Kalika recently revisited Dave Will’s EO 360 podcast featuring Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning. Here’s what she shared:

In a year unlike any other, how are you positioning yourself for success? What new habits, rituals, or patterns are you implementing to extract every possible ounce of inspiration and perspiration from yourself as you pursue your goals?

If ever there was a time to try an extraordinary new process, it’s now. That’s what led me to the EO 360 podcast where host Dave Will interviews Hal Elrod, best-selling author of The Miracle Morning, which has been translated into 30 languages. …


When you hear the word “no,” don’t take it personally. Instead, embrace it and improve.

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By Hillel Fuld

No one likes to hear the word “no” when they have goals they are looking to accomplish. Whether it’s raising capital for your startup and the investor says no to your proposal you spent months working on, or you’re looking for press and the journalist declines your pitch, the denial can sting.

But, if taken with the right mindset, “no” can be your best friend. Especially for us entrepreneurs, here are 5 reasons why you should embrace when people turn you down:

It forces you to go back to the drawing board, or at least consider it.

When you get that rejection, your first instinct is to fight it. Unfortunately, that’s a mistake so many entrepreneurs make. It happened to me this week when I posted about an upcoming article and asked for recommendations of startups to research. I got hundreds, but some were totally irrelevant. When I told one sender that, they got defensive and argued with me about why I passed on their idea. That is the wrong reaction. …


Don’t make (or fall for) these all-too-common mistakes yourself

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By Geoffrey James

After working for decades in and around high tech firms, I’ve developed a well-honed BS detector. Here are the three “tells” that raise both my red flags and the hackles on my neck:

1. Spurned Investors

I’m deeply suspicious when I hear a remark like: “There were multiple venture capitalists who wanted to give me money but I decided to go it alone.”

While there are some specific situations where a company may not want an investor, like when a deal that doesn’t make sense, that’s the exception rather than the rule. Most startups are overjoyed if anyone is willing to give them some funding. …


The process starts with establishing different intentions — for yourself

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By Jeff Haden

Want to raise successful kids? Start by backing the (heck) off.

Hold that thought.

Just as sales skills are critical to success — the ability to explain the logic and benefits of a decision, to convince others that an idea makes sense, to help employees understand the benefits of a new process, etc. — so are leadership skills. Great teams, and great companies, are built by great leaders.

That’s why Google devoted considerable time identifying the key behaviors of its best team managers, research that allows the company to determine if someone is a great leader in less than five minutes. …


Along with what to say instead — especially if your goal is to get results

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By Jeff Haden

What is said is often not what is meant.

Especially where these are concerned:

1. “I’m just thinking out loud … “

Brainstorming is one thing. Making half-baked proposals is another.

That’s why Jeff Bezos famously makes people read documents before a meeting starts. He wants considered responses, considered ideas, and considered proposals.

Don’t think out loud. Do your thinking first.

And if you haven’t had time to think, just be quiet and leave the floor to those who have.

2. “No, it’s fine.”

“No, it’s fine” actually means “no, it’s not fine, but I don’t want to talk about it anymore.”

3. “In case you missed this … “

Maybe the recipient did miss your cold call-esque email. More likely, though, they weren’t interested. …

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