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Leadership lessons from Scandal

5 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From ‘Scandal’

Do you grab your popcorn and wine as you settle in to watch Thursday night’s addictive political drama “Scandal?” If not, too bad you’re missing out here’s a quick synopsis of the show’s premise: Former White House aide Olivia Pope runs a crisis management firm in Washington, D.C. and her employees — or “gladiators,” as they’re called — are rushed in to fix high-stakes situations for high-profile individuals who are about to commit political suicide. Continue reading >>

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Leadership Lessons from Super Bowl-Winning Coaches

The Super Bowl may be over, but some of us are still wondering when Joe Namath had time to raid Liza Minelli’s closet, swooning over Bruno Mars’ performance, deperately trying to forget the GoDaddy “Bodybuilder” ad, or carrying some extra “Super Bowl weight” (thanks a lot, Totchos).

As the excitement over the game half-time show and commercials finally subsides, however, let’s take some time to reflect on Super Bowls past and what we learned from those who won them. Continue reading >>

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Soft skills

Soft Skills: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Soft skills are those fluffy, intangible, optional traits people won’t shut up about, right? WRONG. It’s not only a must-have for leaders, but can play a role in hiring decisions as well.

Maybe the confusion lies in the fact that they’re called “soft” skills. I was at the Close It Summit last month in Washington, D.C. where leaders from the business and education spheres came together to discuss the dire skills gap this country is facing and what we can do about it. Continue reading >>

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The One Quality Every Workplace Needs: Q&A with Leadership Expert Nan S. Russell

If Nan S. Russell had her way, every business would be built on one essential element: trust. Unfortunately, trust is the one thing missing from many businesses today. ”Trust is at an all-time low in workplaces across the country,” says the leadership expert and author of the new book, Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That Will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation Continue reading >>

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Finding the Next Steve Jobs

How to Hire the Next Steve Jobs: 10 Tips From His Former Boss

Ask unanswerable questions. Hire the obnoxious. Celebrate their failures. WHAT? That’s not traditional advice, but it’s what one Silicon Valley legend suggests if you’re on a quest to find and hire creative people who have the potential to be the next Steve Jobs.

Nolan Bushnell — founder of gaming giant Atari, pioneer in the video gaming industry and author of “Finding the Next Steve Jobs” — employed a young Steve Jobs back in the 1970s. Continue reading >>

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Management Lessons From Our Favorite TV Detectives

From Murder, She Wrote to any number of Law & Order iterations, the supply of television detective shows is never in short order, though it’s not hard to see why: America loves its fictional detectives. Though these characters may be quirky in their own right, there is something undeniably relatable about them.

They even hold some surprising lessons for managers when it comes to leading a team of employees. Continue reading >>

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“Telling the Truth Is a Competitive Advantage” | Leadership Lessons from the Inc500/5000 Conference

It’s already been a few weeks since the 2013 Inc500|5000 Conference in Washington, D.C., but I’m only now beginning to process the awesomeness of the event. The annual conference honors the fastest-growing businesses in America and brings together some of today’s most intelligent, interesting and charismatic thought leaders.

Because CareerBuilder is a proud sponsor of the conference, I had the pleasure of attending the event myself, and listening to several of this year’s impressive list of conference speakers. Continue reading >>

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The Multi-Tasking Manager: 5 Tips for Better Time Management

Picture this: You’re managing a team of eight, and each one of them is working on multiple projects. As their leader, you’re challenged with not only ensuring the completion and quality of their work, but completing your own separate to-do list. So how can you possibly find the time to accomplish everything you need to do?

Time management is something with which we all struggle, especially when we’re constantly juggling multiple projects. Continue reading >>

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What Not to Say

5 Things Never to Say to Your Employees

Goonies never say die

Jon Bon Jovi never says goodbye

And great bosses never say the following five things to their employees:

    “You’re lucky to work here.” (Are they, though?) A statement like this is dictatorial, threatening and clearly meant to incite fear, which isn’t good for anyone. “Fear-based management does not create the best results—that’s all there is to it,” says Katherine Crowley, co-author of Working for You Isn’t Working for Me: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss. Continue reading >>

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confusion at work

How to Fix a Skill Mismatch

Article contributed by Robert Half International

Although your staff work hard, do they seem to be playing catch-up, working overtime and missing deadlines? Are you spending an unusual amount of time talking with your team about what went wrong on the last project and how to improve processes moving forward?

Such scenarios are more common than you may think. They’re often due to under-staffing, but they also can be caused by a skills mismatch. Continue reading >>

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