Big Goals Can Backfire. Olympians Show Us What to Focus on Instead.

Break down your goals and concentrate on the process, the results will speak for themselves. At the United States Track & Field Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon, 28-year-old Brenda Martinez was in prime position to win her best event, the 800-meter run, which would qualify her for the Olympics for the very first time. …

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Why Capable People Are Reluctant to Lead

All too often, promising employees fail to step up when leadership opportunities arise. What is it that holds so many people back? The authors describe new research that sheds light on three of the most common perceived risks that are associated with leadership: the risk to your interpersonal relationships, the risk to your image, and the risk of being blamed for failure. They go on to suggest several tactical strategies for managers looking to nurture leadership at all levels, including going the extra mile to identify and support your most risk-sensitive employees, proactively addressing interpersonal disagreements before they escalate into uncomfortable conflicts, and finding low-stakes opportunities for people to try out leadership. Ultimately, empowering people to lead starts with acknowledging — and mitigating — the reasons they may be hesitant to step up.

How Successful Leaders Avoid Bad Morning Habits

These bad habits can have a lasting effect on your daily productivity and efficiency. Everyone talks about the morning routines of successful entrepreneurs and how every working professional should adopt the same habits to start their day well and increase their overall productivity and efficiency. But what about the things people should definitely not do in the …

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