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40 Excel Tricks. Coursmos - Online short courses for generation distracted. 11 Advanced Excel Tricks. Learn, teach, and share online video lessons | MBAx. Become a web developer | Thinkful. What Being an "Authentic Leader" Really Means - Charalambos Vlachoutsicos. By Charalambos Vlachoutsicos | 12:00 PM December 7, 2012 Being an effective manager requires that you behave authentically. “Why?” You might ask. “Maybe the ‘real me’ isn’t the most effective boss, but if I can just act the way an effective boss should act and get good results, what’s wrong with that?” In my experience, two things are wrong with that, and they both amount to the same thing: It almost certainly won’t work.

Second, trying to act like a different kind of person than you really are won’t work because you yourself will not be able to keep it up day after day, year after year. Students are often worried — at first — about my emphasis on authenticity. Let’s imagine, for example, that you are running a brainstorming meeting and someone comes up with an idea that you think is pretty stupid.

Now let’s imagine a different response to your subordinate’s idea. With that in mind, you control your impulse — authentic as it is — to snap at him. You Have What You Need To Succeed. Use It. Learn Web Design, Web Development & More | Treehouse.

Why We Need to Aim Higher - Tony Schwartz. By Tony Schwartz | 7:00 AM October 17, 2012 We humans need to make an evolutionary leap. We’re in much deeper trouble than we allow ourselves to recognize. Thirty years ago, an ecologist named Garrett Hardin wrote an article in the journal Science titled, “The Tragedy of the Commons.” His thesis was that individuals, acting in their rational self-interest, may ultimately destroy a precious and limited resource over time.

To illustrate, Hardin used the metaphor of an open pasture — “the commons” — to which herdsmen bring their cattle to feed. “Therein is the tragedy,” Hardin wrote. How different are the rest of us in our blithe assumption that we can draw down the resources of the commons — think oil, electricity, water, for starters — regardless of the consequences in the long term? The same is true of our own internal resources — our energy. The tragedy is that the more we myopically focus on our immediate gratification, the more we hasten our collective demise. So how can we aim higher? 11 Books Every Young Leader Must Read - John Coleman. By John Coleman | 12:00 PM October 11, 2012 Recently, I wrote that leaders should be readers. Reading has a host of benefits for those who wish to occupy positions of leadership and develop into more relaxed, empathetic, and well-rounded people. One of the most common follow-up questions was, “Ok, so what should I read?”

That’s a tough question. There are a number of wonderful reading lists out there. But if I had to focus on a short list for young business leaders, I’d choose the 11 below. Invariably, many people will think some of the choices are poor or that the list is incomplete, but I hope it can serve as a start for young business leaders looking for literature to help them chart their careers. Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor’s Handbook. Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning. Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full. Michael Lewis, Liar’s Poker. Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t. Robert Cialdini, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Clayton M. Failure Is The Only Option, If Success Is The End Goal.

There are two sides to every story: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times; you take the bitter with the sweet; every rose has its thorn. However, in leadership, we often miss out on half the story. Most discussions focus on what leaders "should do" rather than on what they "should avoid. " The result? We talk about success, but seldom talk about failure.

In The Wisdom of Failure, we discuss a common theme among industry's greatest leaders--their most important lessons have come from trial and error. Mistakes are part of taking healthy risk. So, why don't we embrace challenges and become accepting of mistakes--to learn from them and ultimately grow from them? What Have You Done For Me Lately?

We are all evaluated on how well we perform our jobs. So what do we do? IDEO founder David Kelley believes failure is not only an option, it is a necessary ingredient for success. A Culture Of Perfectionism We live in a culture that values perfectionism. The Failure Paradox And Its Irony. | talk about your career now. The Must-Have Leadership Skill - Daniel Goleman. By Daniel Goleman | 3:19 PM October 14, 2011 “We hired a new CEO, but had to let him go after just seven months,” the chairman of an East Coast think tank complained to me recently. “His resume looked spectacular, he did splendidly in all the interviews. But within a week or two we were hearing pushback from the staff. They were telling us, ‘You hired a first-rate economist with zero social intelligence.’

He was pure command and control.” The think tank’s work centers on interlocking networks of relationships with the board, staff, donors, and a wide variety of academics and policy experts. The CEO urgently needed to manage those relationships, but lacked the interpersonal skills that organizations increasingly need in their leaders. Why does social intelligence emerge as the make-or-break leadership skill set? As I’ve written with my colleague Richard Boyatzis, technical skills and self-mastery alone allow you to be an outstanding individual contributor. 27 LinkedIn Tips: LinkedIn Best Practices for Entrepreneurs. Throw Your Life a Curve - Whitney Johnson. By Whitney Johnson | 9:03 AM September 3, 2012 Our view of the world is powered by personal algorithms: observing how all of the component pieces (and people) that make up our personal social system interact, and looking for patterns to predict what will happen next.

When systems behave linearly and react immediately, we tend to be fairly accurate with our forecasts. This is why toddlers love discovering light switches: cause and effect are immediate. The child flips the switch, and on goes the light. But our predictive power plummets when there is a time delay or non-linearity, as in the case of a CEO who delivers better-than-expected earnings only to wonder at a drop in the stock price.

Enter my co-author, MIT-trained strategist and engineer Juan Carlos Méndez-García, who consults with both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. In complex systems like a business (or a brain), cause and effect may not always be as clear as the relationship between the light switch and the light bulb. Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room. Let’s be honest: Many folks in tech take a dim view of marketing. Very early in my tenure with Mutual Mobile, an Austin-based app developer, I was told no one in marketing could produce anything as compelling as the engineering team. To a degree, that opinion was right, but only if you’re talking about typical marketing--chest-beating blog posts, superficial banner ads, and other forms of hyperbole.

But that that sort of marketing didn’t interest me either. I'd been reading about native advertising, specifically content marketing, and wanted to explore this subtler approach and find out what it could do for us. Instead of shilling Mutual Mobile’s services, I thought we could educate, inform, and better connect with our audience, and that’s exactly what our team did over the next year. Here are six key lessons we learned along the way: Lesson #1: Think Big, Start Small Before I joined Mutual Mobile, the company had produced a copy-heavy, super-dry white paper.

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