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From the time of Alexander the Great to the invention of the steam engine in the 18th century, there was almost no increase in people’s productivity.

The speed a soldier in Alexander the Great’s army could travel was limited by the speed of the horse he rode or the beasts pulling his wagon; and weapons they used were all hand forged.[…] Continue Reading »

It’s mythical and alluring, that thing that you may secretly desire. It surfaces slowly and silently unseen, unheard and often unrecognized. It hides within the facade of your ego, growing larger with time while blinding you to its presence.

Make no mistake. It will destroy you and your organization even while it parasitizes your values and harms the spirits of those who once willingly followed you, but who now trudge along like sheep going to slaughter.[…] Continue Reading »

Taso Du Val is CEO and a co-founder of Toptal, which provides companies with elite software engineers and developer teams on a full- or part-time basis. I recently asked him about what challenges face young companies that have found initial success, and what that means for the CEO’s focus and behavior.

So, a company has found initial success, but now the task is maintaining and expanding upon that.[…] Continue Reading »

Recognition may be among today’s most heavily researched leadership and supervision topics. And the results are consistently disturbing:

  • According to studies by Badgeville research, 79% of those who quit their jobs cite lack of appreciation as the main reason.
  • Wichita State University research reported that 81% of employees seldom or never received public praise, 76% seldom or never received written thanks from their managers, and 58% rarely or never received praise from their manager.
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The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

Q. What is one practical tip for managing employees who have a significantly different worldview than yours — culturally or generationally, for instance?[…] Continue Reading »