11 results for author: Andy Molinsky


Successful People Overcome These 5 Challenges to Stepping Outside Their Comfort Zones

Stepping outside your comfort zone in a meaningful and consequential professional situation can be very challenging to do. But this is the reality at work for most of us: as we grow and learn and advance in our jobs and in our careers, we’re constantly ...
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5 Simple Tips That Can Help Even the Worst Procrastinators

Have you ever sat down to work on a business pitch… or your resume… or an important speech you've been asked to give… and then realized it would be much less stressful to check the sports scores… or play solitaire… or check Facebook? If so, join the ...
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How to Network Like a Pro–Even If You’re Shy, Introverted, or Really Just Hate Doing It

The ability to network – to develop contacts and personal connections with a variety of people who might be helpful to you and your career – is a critical skill for any of us. A deep and varied network of trusted colleagues can help when searching for ...
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What Doctors, Managers, and Police Officers Taught Me About Delivering Effective Feedback

Most people would agree that feedback is a good thing… in theory. But in practice, who really likes being told that their presentation style is awkward… or that they don't have "presence" in meetings… or that their report or article or book didn't ...
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Free Yourself from What You “Should” Be Doing

Many people are hesitant to step out of their regular roles and routines. The idea of putting yourself in a position to potentially fail can be frightening or stressful. But sometimes what's keeping you in one spot may not be your own self-interest. In fact, ...
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You’re More Resilient Than You Give Yourself Credit For

In my role as a professor at the Brandeis International Business School, I teach a course each fall about acting outside your comfort zone. Each student in the class chooses a behavior outside their comfort zone to work on. For some, it's public speaking; ...
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5 Bad Habits That are Making You Less Creative

Most of us want to be creative – and probably much more creative than we are right now. In fact, according to a global study conducted by Adobe in 2012, only 25% of people in US, UK, Germany, France and Japan feel that they're living up to their ...
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3 Most Common Ways American Entrepreneurs are Culturally Blind

There is a significant problem in corporate America today with foreign workers and it's not the problem Donald Trump is obsessed with (that there are too many foreign workers). Instead, the problem, as I see it, is that American businesses are missing major ...
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Want to Come Up With Brilliant Ideas? Do This One Thing First

There's no single magic formula for generating brilliant ideas. But there is a magic formula for increasing the odds it will happen. And the key is building a culture that stimulates people's intrinsic motivation in the work they're doing. Without intrins...
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3 Tips to Stop Feeling so Overworked and Overwhelmed

Just the other day I was working with a highly competent, high-achieving executive, whose penchant for over scheduling and over-committing was running him into the ground. He was the classic multitasking perfectionist, trying to jam 25 hours into a 24-hour ...
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What I Learned From Talking With 44 Managers About Delivering Bad News

One of the greatest challenges as a manager is delivering bad news. For many managers – especially first time, or novice managers – the experience of delivering bad news, during a layoff conversation or even a negative performance review – can be ...
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