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January 20, 2020

Self-awareness seems to have become the latest management buzzword — and for good reason. Research suggests that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident and more creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effect...

There is a famous adage that says, "Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean." Being an effective communicator is listed as one of the top skills in almost every job description, and it's very high on rating your emotional intelligence score.

When I p...

You could hire someone for their résumé. You could hire them for their Ivy League degree. You could hire them for what they know, or who they know. But there’s one trait, one soft skill that trumps all of that: emotional intelligence.

In the interview, listen to how the...

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Jacob M. Engel

Author and CEO of The Prosperous Leader. I help CEOs and their organizations prosper.

Professor Martin Seligman is known as the father of positive psychology. In his popular TED Talk, he argues that most psychologists are fixated on f...

December 23, 2019

Jacob M. Engel

Author and CEO of The Prosperous Leader. I help CEOs and their organizations prosper.

It's an age-old argument: Are we who we are because of nature or nurture? Are we born with inborn tendencies, or are we born “tabula rasa” (with a clean slate)? Is our IQ...

December 19, 2019

We know from research (and common sense) that people who understand and manage their own and others’ emotions make better leaders. They are able to deal with stress, overcome obstacles, and inspire others to work toward collective goals. They manage conflict with less...

November 27, 2019

Do you know why you do what you do? What impact do you want to have, and why is it important to you?

If you’re not familiar with the “why” question, it was introduced by Simon Sinek in his famous TED Talk based on his book Start With Why. He explains that all companies...

November 11, 2019

By now, most of us are aware of artificial intelligence (AI) being an increasingly present part of our everyday lives. But, many of us would be quite surprised to learn of some of the skills AI already knows how to do. Here are 13 mind-blowing skills artificial intelli...

Why do leaders struggle?

Many leaders I work with, if not most, struggle with how to take great ideas that they either read about or heard at a seminar and create a great company culture. Their senior employees seem to fear the idea of changes that come once a week, mon...

If you've been following this series of 10 commandments, you know my belief is that preparation is the No. 1 ingredient for implementing any goal, but especially true for succession planning.

The reason is that I see so many predecessors who mistakenly believe that they...

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