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12 best commencement speeches of all time. Great news, graduates!

12 best commencement speeches of all time

The job outlook is looking a lot better than it has in the past few years. The U.S. economy has added, on average, 238,000 jobs in the past few months, according to the Labor Department. And, job listings targeted at new grads are up slightly from a year ago on job-listing site Simply Hired from last year. "I think there is this skills-gap shift we're seeing. Younger people coming out of school are more prepared for the kind of jobs we need in this sort of new economy," said Simply Hired CEO James Beriker. His advice for new grads? One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received is: Don't treat your job search like dating. If you remember one thing, remember that applying for a job is NOT a date. One of the most famous pieces of advice for graduates came from Chicago Tribune writer Mary Schmich, in a column titled: "Advice, Like Youth, Probably Just Wasted on the Young.

" "Wear sunscreen. Bill Gates, founder, former CEO of Microsoft, at Harvard (2007) Ha! J.K. Brands Need to Know Their Purpose and What They Aspire to Be. Kinship is everywhere.

Brands Need to Know Their Purpose and What They Aspire to Be

It’s empathy in action: a hug, a comforting word, the backbone of a friendship. Kinship is fundamentally selfless, intrinsically rewarding, a vital and extremely human part of being, well, a human being. Kinship requires work, and while people inherently are driven by it, brands are not individuals and often do a poor job evoking similar feelings. Consumers have been skeptical of today’s brands’ intentions for some time now, and so is it any wonder they have such a hard time earning trust? Martin Weigel, planning director at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, rightly said we have become prisoners of a metaphor, and as we’ve suspended reality for our metaphors, our brands ask consumers for what a person expects from his or her friends—loyalty, trust, attention, love, time—without putting in the reciprocally requisite work.

One problem is the mistaken notion that advertising shapes culture. Market saturation and mass media shifted us to the Era of Emotion. 42 Tips for Masterful PresentationsLeader's Beacon. Is Your Brand's Reputation Safe In Millennial Hands? Ten Presentation Techniques You Can (And Should) Copy From Apple's WWDC Keynote. 8 Timeless Business Principles. Want trendy, flavor-of-the-month management ideas? You won't find 'em on this list. -{ thus }-/Flickr 188 in Share Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Some business principles come and go. A company I worked for started so many game-changing transformational programs and then, like a disgraced member of the Politburo, quickly abandoned and airbrushed them out of our corporate history so we could start yet another "business-critical" program that would be abandoned. A Convincing Argument For The Hands-Off Boss. Nothing tells you more about an organization than the way it makes decisions.

A Convincing Argument For The Hands-Off Boss

Do leaders trust team members? Do the people closest to the action get to make the call? Do team members have real responsibility and real control? Turn Bad Days Into Good Ones: 6 Ways. Everyone has bad days.

Turn Bad Days Into Good Ones: 6 Ways

Some just last longer or happen with greater frequency. If it appears I am having a bad day I generally hope for all the coming terrible news to flood me now. Why Working From Home Is The Worst Of Both Worlds. As a working mother, the edict from Marissa Mayer regarding employees no longer being allowed to work at home made perfect sense to me.

Why Working From Home Is The Worst Of Both Worlds

And I admire that she had the chutzpah to do it just a few months into her tenure as a working mother. For working parents, working from home is the worst of everything. It isn’t really working, and it isn’t really being at home. 7 Tenets of a Stress-free Leader. Over the past 20 years running Formula, I have developed a crystallized plan to ensure that I maintain my health, sanity, and motivation while continuing to run a rapidly growing public relations agency.

7 Tenets of a Stress-free Leader

Though the following seven tips may seem obvious, most business owners will agree it is incredibly tough to stay energized when the pressure of running a business during a down economy is so great. 1. Carve out time to do the things that you love. Make sure that you regularly find time to do the things you really love. If it’s reading, going to the movies, playing with your kids, or traveling, you need to make it a priority in your life.

How to Drive Consensus: 7 Secrets. There's probably no such thing as an established definition of the word leadership, but I'll tell you what it means to me: The ability to get people moving in a single direction.

How to Drive Consensus: 7 Secrets

Perhaps the most critical test of leadership ability in a business environment is in driving consensus. When you've got a management team made up of highly intelligent, highly opinionated people, let me tell you, building consensus can be remarkably challenging, to say the least. Are you a Thought Leader? While it's great to have a business blog, it's easy to fall into the trap of posting whatever you can in order to stick to your blogging "schedule.

Are you a Thought Leader?

" Newsjacking is great, certainly, but if you're just writing about any news event you can in order to loosely tie it to some product or service, you risk losing readership, and worse, devaluing your influence. World Trade Center High Wire Artist Philippe Petit's Colorful Advice For A Career On The Edge. On a summer day in 1974, a 24-year-old Frenchman stepped onto the world stage with one of the most astonishing performances in modern history--walking back and forth on a wire illegally rigged across the void between New York’s World Trade Center Towers, three quarters of a mile above spellbound onlookers.

World Trade Center High Wire Artist Philippe Petit's Colorful Advice For A Career On The Edge

It all began six years earlier when the young Philippe Petit was inspired by a rendering of the not-yet-constructed towers he saw in a magazine. He spent the following years refining his wire walking skills and making countless visits to the towers to plot how to surreptitiously enter the buildings and solve the complicated logistics of rigging his wire between the swaying towers. Petit has gone on to perform many other spectacular wire walks, authored over half a dozen books, was the subject of the acclaimed documentary Man on Wire, and singlehandedly built a barn using eighteenth-century tools and design. 1.

Stan Richards's Unique Management Style. 6 Things You Need to Know About Leading a Meeting. There's nothing worse than a bad meeting.

6 Things You Need to Know About Leading a Meeting

You sit there grinding your teeth wondering why in the world you have to waste your time sitting through something that never should have happened in the first place. The fact that we've all been there, sometimes weekly or even daily, doesn't make it any less annoying. It doesn't even begin to take the edge off that nagging thought that you could be making so much better use of your time. But here's the thing. Meetings aren't just an unfortunate fact of business life. Not only are meetings the most efficient ways to get certain things done, they're the most effective tools for managing teams--if they're done right, that is. I once calculated that I sat in more than 30,000 meetings during my 30-year career.

I Don’t Butt Heads with the CEO of Zappos. Image source by Hana Muchova' Many CEO’s are told what they want to hear, rather than what team members really think. That’s a foolish way to avoid butting heads with the boss. I asked Jamie Naughton, Speaker of the House for Zappos, to talk about a time when she butted heads with her famous CEO, Tony Hsieh.

Jamie indicated that issues don’t escalate to head butting. “There’s no argument, ever. 8 Ways to Be a Courageous Leader. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. --Winston Churchill I was standing in front of the boardroom, my last slide up on the screen. Everyone knew what was coming. 10 Presidents’ Day Leadership Lessons. The U.S. Constitution says very little about the powers of the presidency, but that did not deter George Washington upon taking office from establishing the position as one of considerable power. Most famously, he quelled the so-called Whiskey Rebellion, which tested the nascent federal government’s authority. Entrepreneurs often err on the side of keeping things casual, but that style of leadership can be self-limiting.

Most Effective Persuasion Technique You've Never Heard Of. If we're all in sales, as the old saying goes, then we're all in the persuasion business. And this is particularly true for entrepreneurs. Whether you're asking investors to hand over their money, potential customers to try your product, or employees to give their best, much of your day is probably spent persuading people. So how do you do it well? There are a million hints and tricks out there--some more practical than others. A little swearing might help, suggest some studies, or if that's not appropriate for a given situation, how about simply adding a because statement to your request? But for some reason, amid all this chatter about how to be more persuasive, one simple, practical, and well-tested technique had largely got lost in the shuffle. Innovative Leadership: Best Leaders Think Like 5-Year Olds. A few years ago, I was in charge of my five-year-old niece for the day.

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Be a More Gracious Leader: 12 Ways. Today's business environment demands people to step up and be aggressive, strong leaders, in order to get ahead and drive their companies and careers forward. In that powerful march to success sometimes there is so much focus on being strong and assertive, people forget the human side. 9 Tips for Shorter, Better Meetings. Too many business meetings are utter wastes of time. People drone on and on and little is accomplished, other than the avoidance of actual, productive work.

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