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Top 10 Questions Managers Ask In One-on-One Meetings

I love this quick article from Brennan at SoapBox Teams.  These are clearly some of the most useful questions to be asking in your one-on-ones.

What can you add to this?


If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present

One of the best articles about leadership I’ve read in a long time.

The authors state, “To truly engage other human beings and create meaningful connections, we need to silence our inner voices and be fully present — and being more mindful can help.” This requires discipline to stay on task and skill.

Read on for some great food for thought:


The Quality Shared by Detroit, Finland, and the Best Entrepreneurs

Do you have sisu?  Find out what  it is and if you might need more of it in this interesting piece by my friend and fellow entrepreneur, Josh Linkner:



Upbeat Music Can Make Employees More Cooperative

According to Kevin Kniffin, Ph.D, a professor and researcher at Cornell:

“To increase cooperation, teams could regularly play happy music during meetings or brainstorming sessions, a simpler and cost-effective alternative to traditional team-building exercises and off-site retreats. Although there’s more research to be done, music represents a potentially valuable and inexpensive channel for improving performance in environments where cooperation is prized.”

Check out the full article below:

How the Most Emotionally Intelligent CEOs Handle Their Power

True professional growth without personal growth is impossible. In order to truly learn to be a better leader, and to be better able to deal with power dynamics, you’ve got to figure yourself out. To start, ask yourself a few the questions contained in this article.

Millennials Don’t Want Fun; They Want You To Lead Better

After more than a decade of effort, American businesses still have not figured out how to successfully motivate, inspire – and keep – millennial workers.

According to a new and comprehensive Gallup study, employees 20 to 36 years old are the least engaged generation in the workplace by far. On top of that, 21 percent quit their jobs last year, and 60 percent say they’re floating their resumés right now!

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Building Trust while Cutting Costs

What if corporate restructuring were more than a slash and burn? What if it appealed to hope instead of fear? What if it not only promised, but actually delivered, a stronger company and a better place to work?

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It Took Sheryl Sandberg Exactly 2 Sentences to Give the Best Career Advice You’ll Hear Today |

Sheryl Sandberg recently visited Airbnb to share lessons learned from her years at Facebook and Google.  The question was posed to Sandberg: “What’s the number one thing you look for in someone who can scale with a company?”

Read Sandberg’s reply:

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11 Ways the Most Successful People Differ From Everyone Else

How a person defines success is a subjective thing, but likely involves some combination of financial independence, loving relationships, a solid education, and a rewarding career. It’s all about having the discipline to do the same simple things every day.