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Video: Goofball Questions

Whenever we talk about Hiring for Attitude the discussion typically turns to what are the best and worst interview questions to ask. Now, there is always some group of people that will start asking pop-psychological kind of weird, goofball sort of questions. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 19 January, 2017 Forbes, Hiring for Attitude, Interview Questions | 0 comments | Read more →

Take More Accountability For Your Career: 3 Questions I'm Commonly Asked

If you’re not working on the right projects, heading in right directions and marshaling your best resources in the right places, a great career filled with growth and all the things that make you feel personally fulfilled is not going to happen. But it’s largely up to you, and not your boss or the organization, to change that.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 18 January, 2017 Forbes, Goal Setting | 0 comments | Read more →

How To Deliver Bad News To Your Boss

It may seem like there’s no good way to deliver bad news to the boss. But when you deliver bad news in a way that increases the boss’ feeling of confidence in your competence to handle the bad news and that gives the boss a sense of control, you can actually deepen your working relationship with the boss.
How do we do this? No. 1 is offering a little bit of control. This is as easy as walking into the boss’ office and saying, “Is now a good time to talk?”
Posted by Mark Murphy on 12 January, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Interpersonal Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

3 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Too Tough

Sometimes leaders can push their folks so hard that performance suffers. I get it; there’s huge pressure on leaders to achieve results. But there’s a fine line between pushing people to achieve greatness and pushing so hard that employees crack.
There are four fundamental leadership styles: Pragmatist, Idealist, Steward and Diplomat.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 10 January, 2017 Forbes, Leadership Styles | 0 comments | Read more →

The Cheapest Way To Make Your Employees More Inspired

Employees whose bosses recognize their accomplishments with praise are 63% more inspired to give their best effort at work. Simple, right? Just pay attention to your employees’ accomplishments and when you notice great things happening, praise the employees responsible. And that free activity can create huge increases in employee effort and engagement. So why don’t we do it?
Posted by Mark Murphy on 05 January, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Interpersonal Skills, Research | 0 comments | Read more →

4 Words to Calm Down Your Office Drama Queens (and Kings)

The Drama Queens (and Kings) at your office need to be the center of attention. They’re provocative, emotional and reactive. And they are highly skilled at getting everyone around them worked-up, frazzled and emotional (that’s how they stay at the center of attention).
Posted by Mark Murphy on 04 January, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Interpersonal Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Here's Why Employees Probably Don't Understand Your Vision

When I go into organizations and I ask the employees “tell me why your team exists?” the most frequent response I hear is “I don’t really know.” This certainly isn’t great news, but it does help clarify one of my recent research findings that only 23% of employees say their leader always communicates their vision clearly. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 28 December, 2016 Communication Skills, Forbes, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

5 Signs That You've Fallen Into The Trap Of Parent-Child Leadership

Today’s managers talk a lot about wanting employees to be more accountable and to act on their own initiative. And yet, those same managers turn around and say to employees: “I have to give you assignments; I have to give you feedback; I have to hold you accountable.” 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 December, 2016 Forbes, Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles | 0 comments | Read more →

2 Bad Lessons Employees Are Learning From Your High Performers

When I asked 5,000 plus employees from a wide spread of industries “Who teaches you more about the dos and don’ts on the job, the boss or your fellow employees?” The results were pretty shocking. 67% said they learn more by watching fellow employees. Now, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion, especially if you have a lot of high performers on your team, that this is a good thing.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 20 December, 2016 Forbes, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Try Coaching Instead Of Managing When Employees Bring You Problems

We’ve all had the situation when an employee walks into our office with a problem they want us to solve (or dozens of problems they want solved). Maybe they walk into our office and say, “I need your help boss, that other division won’t respond to my emails about giving me the data I need to finish my report.” And then they stand there waiting for us to solve that problem.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 16 December, 2016 Forbes, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →
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  • Video: Goofball Questions

      Goofball Questions Are One of The Worst Interview Questions to Ask Whenever we talk about Hiring for Attitude the discussion typically turns to what are the best and worst interview questions to ask. Now, there is always some group... Read more →

  • Take More Accountability For Your Career: 3 Questions I'm Commonly Asked

    This article originally appeared on Forbes by Mark Murphy, Founder of Leadership IQ If you’re not working on the right projects, heading in right directions and marshaling your best resources in the right places, a great career filled with growth and... Read more →

  • Quiz: How Do You React To Constructive Criticism?

    We’re all going to receive constructive criticism at some point. So the big question is “how will I react to constructive criticism?” Some people react personally, asking “Why did this person just criticize me?” Some react by saying “I need... Read more →