An “elevator” leader takes you to heights you would not reach on your own. A leader is truly impactful only when both the individual and team achieves more than they would have without his or her guidance. “Elevators” are one of those rare breeds that not only see productivity beyond the expected; they also […]

Whether your business is just starting out or you are trying to take it to the next level, having a board can help. Whether your board has formal fiduciary responsibilities to stockholders through directorship or is structured as an advisory board, you need to know how you utilize these advisors. […]

Recently, a friend of mine wrote a book about how she’s always longed to go to Paris but finally resigned herself to the fact that she won’t. And she’s okay with that. Because Paris, for my friend, is not something out there — it’s what’s right in front of her. She’s given […]

After over a decade of handling PR and marketing efforts for different brands in entertainment, advertising and tech, I’ve seen every variety of “thought leader” and corporate representative you can imagine. From Jobs to Branson, there’s a diversity of examples the public draws on when imagining corporate leaders and spokespeople. […]


A New Film Explores How Mother Teresa Handled Adversity

As a business owner, holding on to your conviction can be tough. For a nun departing from the ancient ways, it may be even tougher. In one compelling scene in the new film The Letters, directed by William Riead, a twenty-something Mother Teresa is pictured stooping over the festering body […]


Who Says Science Degrees Pay Better?

Humanities degrees have been the source of much parental hand-wringing. Sure, there’s inherent value in pondering the deep questions of life in a philosophy class or delving into great works of literature for an English degree, but in today’s tight job market, will your kid ever get a decent paying […]


Want to Lead a Truly Exceptional Life? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do These Things

(Quick note: If you find this article interesting, be sure to check out the post that started it all: “Want to Raise Resilient Kids? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This.”) Jesse Itzler is an entrepreneur several times over, most notably for Marquis Jet, which he sold to Berkshire Hathaway, […]


10+ Books That Boost Leaders’ Creativity, Care & Cultural Knowledge

In the book Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives (McGraw-Hill), I invite readers to take an inside out approach to leadership and cultural optimization. People often think that leadership and culture are all about skills and what we do, but speaking even […]


3 Simple Ways to Ensure That You’re on Time to Every Meeting

This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice. As the person who’s always early to everything, I’ve perfected the art of killing time. I’ve also perfected the art of standing awkwardly in a building lobby because I’m a half-hour early […]


How Marissa Mayer, Mark Cuban, and Other Top Business Executives Spent Their Mid-Twenties

Some of the most accomplished people prove that no two paths to success are alike. While the Steve Jobses and Richard Bransons were already dominating the business world at 25, others took a little longer to hit their stride and saw their mid-20s as transformative years. Here’s what 12 of […]

Being a successful leader takes incredible dedication and passion. Some people have a natural ability to lead, but it certainly takes more than charm to excel at it. After you’ve assembled a team that’s ready to follow you, it’s important that you be the best leader you can be. Finding […]


8 Morning Habits That Make an Employee More Valuable

Valuable employees are hard to find. At a bare minimum it’s challenging to find enough employees who can show up on time and get along with other people. A 2015 survey of business leaders from the New York Fed showed that 42 percent of employers have trouble finding punctual workers […]


This Is the Key to Building Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence, also known as EQ, describes a person’s ability to recognize his or her own and other people’s emotions, to understand the powerful effect of these emotions, and to use that information to guide thinking and behavior. Since it helps you to better understand yourself–and others–EQ greatly increases your […]


6 Uncommon Personality Traits of Highly Successful People

On the surface, the most successful entrepreneurs seem to be the same as everyone else. But look closely and you’ll see that in a few key ways they are very different — and so is the way they start and run their businesses. Here’s a guest post from Ryan Robinson, […]