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Which Of These 4 Presentation Styles Do You Have?

We all have our own presentation style, but have you ever thought about how your particular style compares to others? And the strengths and weaknesses of your presentation style?
After years of research, my team and I have found there are four primary presentation styles: the Closer, the Data Scientist, the Director and the Storyteller. You can discover your own style with the quiz What's Your Presentation Style?

Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 August, 2016 Forbes, Presentations | 0 comments | Read more →

How To Say 'No' When A Colleague Tries To Take Advantage Of You

Let’s imagine that you’re a manager and your company has just given out bonuses. Each manager received the bonus numbers for their specific employees and everyone was told explicitly not to share the numbers with other managers. So, of course, the manager down the hall catches you later and says “I think my employees got shortchanged on the annual bonus. What did your employees get?”
Posted by Mark Murphy on 18 August, 2016 Communication Skills, Forbes | 0 comments | Read more →

New Data Shows Millennials Are More Humble, And Less Narcissistic, Than Many People Think

MillennialsAllegations of narcissism are one of the most frequent charges I hear non-millennial managers hurl at their Millennial employees. I get it. I’m in the over-40 category myself, and I know how different it is to work with younger generation employees. I even wrote a book about it.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 16 August, 2016 Forbes, Millennials, Research | 0 comments | Read more →

Here's What Scares Remote Employees

What Scares Remote EmployeesIf your boss doesn’t see you on a regular basis, it’s only natural to wonder if they’re actively thinking about you. After all, you might think, they could see lots of employees every day and have all sorts of great lunches and water cooler conversations. And if you were the boss, and had to choose someone for your next wickedly cool assignment with terrific growth opportunities, mightn’t you be more likely to choose the person with whom you share a daily coffee?
Posted by Mark Murphy on 03 August, 2016 Forbes, Telecommuting | 0 comments | Read more →

On Your Next Employee Engagement Survey, Don't Ask Employees If They're 'Satisfied'

Engagement SurveySatisfaction, a concept often measured by questions like “Overall, I am satisfied with company ABC” or “I am satisfied with my job” is a significantly weaker concept. In fact, it’s too weak to help you improve employee engagement.
Let’s imagine you score a perfect 7 out of 7 on this “satisfied” question. What does that really tell you?

Posted by Mark Murphy on 29 July, 2016 Employee Engagement, Forbes | 0 comments | Read more →

Beware Of Hiring Candidates Who Say 'Always' And 'Never' In Job Interviews

InterviewIf the job candidate you’re interviewing says “always” and “never” a lot, it may be a signal that you’re talking to a low performer. How do we know this? MyHiring for Attitude research team asked about 1,400 professionals a series of open-ended job interview questions such as, ” Could you tell me about a time you got tough feedback from the boss?”

Quiz: Does Your Company Need Better Leadership Training?

Answer these 5 simple questions and then you'll see how 32,410 American and Canadian executives, managers and employees answered. It's a great chance to benchmark your organization!
Posted by Mark Murphy on 20 July, 2016 1 comment | Read more →

How Smart CEOs Use Employee Engagement Surveys

Employee Engagement Surveys

CEOs don’t get many chances to hear the unfiltered voices of their employees. So when you’re conducting your next employee engagement survey, don’t let that opportunity slip by.
Some employee engagement surveys limit themselves to questions about whether employees have a friend at work or like their job.

Posted by Mark Murphy on 14 July, 2016 Employee Engagement, Forbes, Leadership Skills, Research | 0 comments | Read more →

Stop Being Stressed On Sunday Night With This Simple Time Management Trick

Whether we call it the Sunday night blues or Sunday evening dread, we’ve all experienced the anticipatory anxiety and depression that occurs as we mentally end our weekend and prepare for the stress of another Monday morning. Fortunately, there’s a simple trick to quell this anxiety and give yourself another full evening of weekend time.

Posted by Mark Murphy on 13 July, 2016 Forbes, Research, Time Management | 0 comments | Read more →

Don't Let Fear Of Failure Ruin Your 2016 Goals

GoalsNew Year’s resolutions are practically an institution. Maybe your big goal for 2016 is to lose weight, quit smoking, work out, advance your career, start a business, double sales revenue, run a marathon, go back to school, save more money, etc. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 06 July, 2016 Forbes, Goal Setting | 0 comments | Read more →

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  • 5 Ways To Help Employees Overcome The Excuse Mentality
    ExcusesThe antidote to the excuse mentality is accountability where people take ownership, fix problems and bring solutions. Mentally and emotionally, accountability is where every leader wants their people to be. But accountability is not an either/or kind of phenomenon. Denial, blame, excuses and anxiety are all stages leading up to accountability that are part of the excuse mentality.

    This article originally appeared on Forbes by Mark Murphy, Founder of Leadership IQ The antidote to the excuse mentality is accountability where people take ownership, fix problems and bring solutions. Mentally and emotionally, accountability is where every leader wants their people... Read more →

  • Video: Flattery
    Here's a dirty little secret that falls under the heading of communication skills: Flattery actually does work. It is effective. Saying nice things to people is a really good way to build relationships (it's not the only way, but it is a helpful tool). Great sales people know this. 

      Make Flattery Part of Your Communication Skills Here's a dirty little secret that falls under the heading of communication skills: Flattery actually does work. It is effective. Saying nice things to people is a really good way to build... Read more →

  • Why Trying To Reach Consensus Can Make People Angry
    The majority of organizations like to consider themselves at least somewhat collaborative (most CEOs don’t raise their hands when you ask them if they want to create a cutthroat or dictatorial organization). Because of this, when we ask leaders how they like to make decisions, a large portion say they like to reach consensus.

    This article originally appeared on Forbes by Mark Murphy, Founder of Leadership IQ When I ask leaders how they like to make decisions, a large portion say they like to reach consensus. But actually reaching consensus is hard and usually time-consuming.... Read more →