Category: Success

Alright Stop. Collaborate and Listen.

Filed under: Quick Tips, Strategy, Success, Your Career

Perhaps the best advice one can glean from a Vanilla Ice song are the words of this article’s title… Leaders today, more than ever before, must be willing to regularly stop what they’re doing and be collaborative. Far too often leaders assume that the direction they set is the best (or only) path forward. The ever growing number of millennial team members at all levels of organizations requires a growing openness to listen to their feedback and collaborate on decision making. Though hard to admit for some, this approach will also yield the greatest results for growth of your business and your people.

Tips for Effective Collaboration:

1. Invert the pyramid – if you’re at the top of your organizational or departmental structure, turn the manpower chart upside down and give yourself the least amount of say. Go to the largest group (now at the top) and ask them how they would make the decision. Have an open and honest dialogue weighing out pros and cons. Chances are they will arrive at a similar direction to what you would have plotted. If not, their recommendation may very well be better.

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4 Ways To Breathe New Life Into Your Career

Filed under: Best Advice, Professional Development, Success, Your Career

Do you feel stuck in a dead end job? Do you wake up every day, go to work, and do exactly the same thing over and over again? This is no way to go through life. No salary is worth being miserable over. You can get out of this mundane career without even changing jobs. All you have to do is have a little tactful motivation and take advantage of what is right in front of you.

Here are some ways you can breathe new life into your career:

1. Take Advantage Of Opportunities

Many of our jobs get us in this dull routine, which eventually becomes a perpetual rut. Getting out of that rut requires desire and motivation. It’s never just going to happen for you. What can you do to recharge your career? Start by being open minded. This means not only looking for opportunities, but also creating them for yourself. The best chances in life are often only there for a fleeting moment, and you have to be prepared to jump on them at any time.

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Do You Have a Vision of Where You Are Going?

Filed under: inspiration, Professional Development, Success, Your Career

“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” Ralph Lauren

All successful leaders have at least one thing in common – a strong vision that they truly believe in. An outstanding leader makes that vision come alive by motivating others to share in that vision while compelling them to act.

Creating the Vision: Think First, Act Second

A great leader plans ahead, setting the tone for an energetic, balanced atmosphere. Plan ahead by creating a vision – think first, act second.

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12 Things Successful People Do Over 3-Day Weekends

Filed under: Productivity, Success, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

We’re heading into a holiday weekend — and most successful people have planned out (or at least thought about) what they’ll do over the next three days. 

“Successful people recognize how important it is to take advantage of a long weekend to refuel their passions and recharge their batteries,” says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work.”

They work extra hard the days leading up to the three-day weekend in order to maximize their leisure time, adds Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.” They also compartmentalize any work-related tasks that slip into their three-day weekends, separating them from their coveted leisure time. “They know that if the two blend into each other, they’ll likely feel cheated afterward,” she says.

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To Be a Better Leader, Become a Better Listener

Filed under: Leadership, Quick Tips, Self Reflection, Success

Here’s how to improve your listening skills for more effective conversations with employees and customers.

Why hire talented people and not fully utilize them?

When you start a business, you don’t need to know how to do absolutely everything. For example, if you are opening an event planning company, you don’t freak out because you don’t know graphic design. You just need to know what looks good and then hire a talented specialist to design all of your invitations. Your role as the boss is to oversee a bunch of specialists who are the best in their niche.

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4 Pieces of Career Advice You Should Never Take

Filed under: Career Advice, Professional Development, Success, Your Career

Think of the most successful people you know and the people you aspire to be like. Did they follow conventional wisdom? Did they walk well-worn paths? Most likely, the most successful people are also the ones who blazed their own trail and threw conventions to the wind.

But we’re still much too likely to listen to the same tired advice we’ve heard over and over again when it comes to our career. Oprah probably wasn’t following this kind of advice when she rose to prominence as a talk show host and tastemaker. Mark Zuckerberg clearly wasn’t following the maps left in career advice columns when he started Facebook wearing his signature hoodie.

The most successful people are those willing and able to think outside the box. So why are we still following the same career advice? Here are four pieces of advice you’ve probably heard over and over again, and why it might be time to hit mute:

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10 Habits That Can Lead to Success

Filed under: Good Habits, Persistence, Professional Development, Success

Success doesn’t come by accident. It comes from consistent hard work in pursuit of a dream. It comes from a passion that drives you, day and night. And it also comes from constantly and diligently employing some key habits that position you for greatness.

Over the past four years my new venture, RadiumOne, has in every way surpassed my previous two businesses combined. This success comes from an innate desire to win.

I’ve often been asked about the internal steps I took in order to have achieved such success at such a young age. I tried to boil down my top 10 healthy habits that I believe account for success both professionally and personally.

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Traits of a Motivated Leader

Filed under: Attitude, Insights, Leadership, Success

If there is one trait that virtually all effective leaders have, it is motivation – a variety of self-management whereby we mobilize our positive emotions to drive us toward our goals. Motivated leaders are driven to achieve beyond expectations – their own and everyone else’s. The key word here is achieve.

Plenty of people are motivated by external factors, such as a big salary or the status that comes from having an impressive title or being part of a prestigious company. By contrast, those with leadership potential are motivated by a deeply embedded desire to achieve for the sake of achievement.

If you are looking for leaders, how can you identify people who are motivated by the drive to achieve rather than by external rewards?

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Eight Rules for Success at Work

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Success, Your Career

We desire success at work and a satiating career. But what does it take to get there? In this article, I have jotted down traits that I have always adhered to. These work for me. These generic guidelines transcend industries and will help you too. If widely followed, they will also make the work environment a positive place for everyone.

  1. Be open-minded: All workplaces are not the same. So, it is best not to bring in rigid notions about your job, your team or your company. Instead, being open-minded allows you to imbibe the company culture and to successfully navigate through its dynamics. Observe, understand and quickly calibrate yourself to your new work environment.
  2. Learn: Boredom at a job typically sets in when you stop learning. Consistently strive to learn new skills and to apply them more efficiently. As Tennyson says, work “to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.” This will keep you enthused and help you deliver more value for your organization.


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Making Feedback Pay Off

Filed under: Best Advice, Feedback, Insights, Success

Feedback frightens me. It probably frightens you, too. When we pour intense energy into a project, we don’t want blunt opinions of our (supposedly) finished work. We crave pure praise from bosses, colleagues or customers. Even minor criticisms can be hard to take. Harsher responses feel like a kick in the gut.

So how can we sidestep those anxieties? How can we embrace what’s valuable in other people’s comments while still keeping our self-esteem intact? In the first decade of my career, I didn’t have a clue. The breakthrough came in my mid-30s, when several dozen people helped me repair a book draft that once seemed unprintable — and ultimately became “Merchants of Debt,” a much-praised bestseller. Those interactions left me with a whole new approach toward soliciting and using feedback.

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