Raise Your EQ Game By Avoiding These 25 Annoying Phrases

It’s no secret that as you rise further up the rank in the workplace, your emotional intelligence becomes more important. A widely-quoted agency that measures emotional intelligence, TalentSmart, notes that 90% of high performers have similarly high EQ. They apparently make $29,000 more than those with lower EQ scores. And according to their studies, EQ is responsible for 58% of your job performance. I recently sat down with Gary Vaynerchuk,as part of a regular series of live Q&As hosted... Read more →

Our Shared Responsibility to Close the Gender Gap

Earlier today I attended the Babson Breakaway Challenge in Boston, the first and only competition to promote gender parity in the VC industry. The room was full of inspiring female entrepreneurs, one of whom walked away with $250,000 to jumpstart her promising business. I had the pleasure of speaking to them about my personal and professional journey, and how it has shaped my perspective of diversity in business. I also laid out 3 steps I believe we can all take to work towards gender parity. Below... Read more →

Success is about the ‘AND’ – not about the ‘OR’

What makes a team pull ahead of others? What’s the secret to success? These are questions I’m often asked. The secret is not as easy as just doing this or that. It’s doing this and that. And versus or. It’s not a play on words. It’s a management philosophy that can make the difference between leading your team to great success … or … to less than great. The key is to get your teams to focus on the and instead of the or, like: Winning new customers and keeping the ones you have. Delivering... Read more →

Making a Stand For Moral Leadership: Reflecting on GES 2016

When we started Acumen in 2001, few had heard of the terms “impact investing” and “social entrepreneurship.” The world is a different place today. In the last week, we have seen both The White House and the Vatican not only acknowledge but champion the need to support entrepreneurs who are focused not on profits but on solving the world’s toughest problems. This is a moment for serious change, and it is thrilling to see institutions like these asking the hard questions. Both President... Read more →

Loyalty, an essential value for a leader

For many years now, I’ve been lucky enough to be teaching leadership at the HEC in Paris. This is a real opportunity for a manager. It allows me to stay in contact with young people and more broadly, with all those women and men, who decide to go back to school to improve their knowledge or simply for a personal challenge. It’s also an effective way of keeping up-to-date on the latest theories and trends in ideas and practices in this field of study that has always fascinated me. A few... Read more →

6 Traits of an Extraordinary Leader

You are a leader and the world is awaiting your instructions. This is true whether you manage a team in a company, lead a classroom, or run a household. It’s also true even if you have no official leadership position at all. You don’t need to be in the top box of an organizational chart or president of the PTA to be a leader. Regardless of your current role or position, you are always leading the people around you. You lead long before you have a title that spells it out. So today, recognize... Read more →

Silly Things You Do That Make You Less Likeable

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ). In a study conducted at UCLA, subjects rated over 500 descriptions of people based on their perceived significance to likeability. The top-rated... Read more →

Landing an internship has become way more important and complex than anyone’s acknowledging

In May of 1994, a couple of weeks after I finished my junior year of college, I packed up my parents’ Honda Accord and moved to Washington, D.C. for the summer. I lived in a dorm at American University with dozens of other college students from around the country who had all come to the nation’s capital for what was seen as a rite of passage on our way to a bachelor’s degree: the summer internship. The jobs were mostly menial and many didn’t pay, but each day we hopped on the Metro to head... Read more →

You CAN Compete With Heavily Funded Competitors

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Mark Organ, Founder and CEO of Influitive, also, founder of Eloqua. Mark candidly discussed his evolution as an entrepreneur and what he has done to keep learning things that he wasn’t good at. He also emphasized how he won with Eloqua against heavily funded competitors who simply couldn’t survive when funding dried up. Well, funding is going to be much less abundant going forward. The leaner, disciplined players will survive, the flabby,... Read more →

Facing Chaos? Focus on What You CAN Control

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. You can’t control the weather, but you can control the clothes and gear you use to deal with it.” That’s what an outdoor leader I know says when she hears someone grumble about freezing rain or other “bad weather.” While my friend is focused on actual temperatures and precipitation, people at all levels of leadership in organizations regularly contend with “storms” in their work – delays from suppliers, budget cuts from above,... Read more →
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