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By Brooke Howell, Monster Contributing Writer Want to become a top-paid executive? Better work on your public speaking. This highly valued communications skill is also among many people's top fears -- 74% of people suffer from speech anxiety -- but it's one that can be conquered.
Photo: Thinkstock 1. How to Delegate Make certain the people around you have good values, good judgment, and are loyal.
Over the past year, I've been writing a book about the future of sales and marketing with Howard Stevens, chairman of the leadership assessment firm Chally. As part of a decades-long research project, Chally has gathered extensive personality data about 150,000 salespeople, including 9,000 sales managers. Last week, I had a conversation with Howard where he described the results of a statistical analysis on the cumulative data on sales managers. While the data set is specific to sales, I believe that personality traits that emerged apply to any management position. According to the success vs. failure statistics that Howard shared with me, successful bosses tend to be:
Consumer tastes are changing at a greater rate than ever before. Not surprisingly, the purchasing habits of the youngest generation present the most dramatic shifts — a reflection of what they find important. 24/7 Wall St. has identified eight popular products that the “Facebook generation” is not buying. Generation Y, generally defined as those born between 1980 and 1999, have lost interest in many of the services and products their parents found important. For example, younger Americans are less interested in cars.
USA Memory Championships competitors provide tips for remembering the stuff we always forget | UnpluggedThe event includes memorizing 99 names, a shuffled deck of cards, a poem, and a list of 500 words. We'll find our keys. Memory competitor Mike Mirski (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) We forget. Every day, we forget. We forget names, numbers, dates, where we left our keys, even what we were thinking a few seconds before.
Some people instantly make us feel important. Some people instantly make us feel special. Some people light up a room just by walking in. We can't always define it, but some people have it: They're naturally charismatic.
I haven’t shared any favorite quotes here in awhile. Today’s selection comes from my file on Mistakes. I hope they inspire and encourage you. And if you want to keep them for future reference, try my filing system to record them. You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Everyone wants to have a good day, but not many people know what a good day looks like – much less how to create one. And even fewer people understand how the way you live today impacts your tomorrow. Have you ever asked someone what he was doing and heard him respond, “Oh, I’m just killing time”? Have you ever really thought about that statement? A person might as well say, “I’m throwing away my life,” because, as Benjamin Franklin asserted, time is “the stuff life is made of.” Today is the only time we have within our grasp, yet many people let it slip through their fingers.
Successful people in every field are often said to be "blessed with talent" or even just lucky. But the truth is, many worked harder than the average person can even imagine. From athletes like Michael Jordan to executives like Howard Schultz, these people are known for waking up early and working toward a goal while other people are still in bed, and staying later than everyone else too. Old fashioned hard work. Anyone can do it. Let these people be an inspiration. 1.
Yahoo! editors have selected this article as a favorite of 2012. It first appeared on Yahoo! Small Business in June and was one of the most popular stories of the month. Readers traded tips on what works for them in the morning, and why.
If you want to be taken more seriously at work, take a look at how authoritative you appear. Many people, especially newer managers, undermine their own authority without realizing it, and then wonder why they're not more respected. Here are 10 ways to exude confidence and appear more authoritative at work: 1. Get clear on your own authority.
What you don't include on your resume can be as important as what you do include. Here are 10 things you should leave off: 1.
Katie's Take There's an old saying, "Houseguests are like fish. After three days they start to stink." I enjoy having my friends and family stay with me, but I do realize it can be stressful on either side of the welcome wagon…as a host or a guest. You certainly don't want a faux pas to ruin your weekend—or worse, your friendship—so it's important to learn a thing or two about proper etiquette. I asked Philip Galanes, New York Times columnist and author of "Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today," for a few pointers.
Wondering why you can't get promoted to a managerial position? One or more of these 10 common problems might be the reason why: 1. You don't look the part. It might seem superficial and unfair, but appearances really do count . You might get away with pushing your office's dress code to the limit, but it's probably impacting the way people perceive you and what opportunities you're offered.
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