7 Things That Can Make You Wildly Successful

7 Things That Can Make You Wildly Successful

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What does volumes of research say you can learn from wildly successful people? To Build A Better Career, First Build A Better You

It might sound fluffy but research shows how people feel about themselves has a huge effect on success.

Via The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People:

For most people studied, the first step toward improving their job performance had nothing to do with the job itself but instead with improving how they felt about themselves. In fact, for eight in ten people, self-image matters more in how they rate their job performance than does their actual job performance. – Gribble 2000

What frequently produces creative ideas? It’s not clever tricks — it’s being genuinely interested in your work.  Read more of this post

To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair; New Approach Focuses on Helping People Regulate Their Emotions

To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair

New Approach Focuses on Helping People Regulate Their Emotions


Jan. 7, 2014 8:03 p.m. ET

Several new studies help explain what’s happening in the brain when people procrastinate. WSJ’s Sue Shellenbarger unpacks the latest research and software engineer Sean Gilbertson shares his story. Photo: Getty Images.

Procrastinators, take note: If you’ve tried building self-discipline and you’re still putting things off, maybe you need to try something different. One new approach: Check your mood. Read more of this post

Creating a Culture of Unconditional Love

Creating a Culture of Unconditional Love

by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz  |   9:00 AM January 8, 2014

During my first decade working in the Buenos Aires office of Egon Zehnder in the late 1990s, our Argentine executive search practice soared, recording the highest per capita financial performance in the whole firm for five consecutive years. But we all know what happened in 2001. By the end of the year, Argentina’s economy had collapsed.  It was the largest sovereign debt default in world history, and GDP fell by some 30% coupled with a 300% currency devaluation. Over 12 days, five different presidents took control of the country.  One bank lost more money in a few weeks than it had accumulated over the previous century.  There were companies with losses larger than their sales, and one month the number of new cars sold in the country was lower than the number of cars stolen!  As you can imagine, that was not an easy time for me.  No one in their right mind was looking to hire a search consultant. Read more of this post

Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation

Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation Hardcover

by Adam Bryant  (Author)


More than two hundred CEOs reveal their candid insights on how to build and foster a corporate culture that encourages innovation and drives results

In Quick and Nimble, Adam Bryant draws on interviews with more than two hundred CEOs to offer business leaders the wisdom and guidance to move an organization faster, to be quick and nimble, and to rekindle the whatever-it-takes collective spark of a start-up, all with the goal of innovating and thriving in a relentlessly challenging global economy. By analyzing the lessons that these leaders have shared in his regular “Corner Office” feature in The New York Times, Bryant has identified the biggest drivers of corporate culture, bringing them to life with real-world examples that reflect this hard-earned wisdom. Read more of this post

Management Be Nimble

Management Be Nimble


Adult Conversations Many managers go out of their way to avoid giving feedback, worried that it will turn into a battle. But the best managers have “adult conversations” right away to clear the air.

“We aspire to be the largest small company in our space.”

When Dominic Orr, the chief executive of Aruba Networks, said those words, he crystallized a goal I had heard many leaders express during the hundreds of interviews I’ve conducted for the Corner Office column: they want to foster a quick and nimble culture, with the enviable qualities of many start-ups, even as their companies grow. Read more of this post

Build a ‘Quick and Nimble’ Culture

Build a ‘Quick and Nimble’ Culture

by Dan McGinn  |   11:00 AM January 7, 2014

Since 2009, Adam Bryant has interviewed hundreds of CEOs for the “Corner Office” feature in The New York Times. This month he’s publishing his second book based on the interviews: “Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation.” He talked with HBR about why a company’s culture is more important than its strategy — and some of the innovative tactics that CEOs have used to help create a high-performing culture. Excerpts: Read more of this post

An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity – a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence. But what, exactly, makes that possible? Read more of this post

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