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How to Thank Your Employees Like You Mean It in 3 Simple Steps

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Image credit:Getty Images | Zero Creatives "Thank you." These two simple, monosyllabic words mindlessly slip off our tongues every day, almost reflexively. We utter them so much they've all but become meaningless, out and about, at home and especially at the office, says Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, a veteran neuroscientist, happiness expert and the science director of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. If you merely grunt a quick, curt "thank…

Helping Others Is Your Most Valuable Offering

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Image credit:Hinterhaus Productions Lawyer, Civil War veteran and political leader Robert Ingersoll famously said, "We rise by helping others." I’ve found this true. My business grew 300 percent in a single year with a combination of helping others and growth hacking my content strategy. My approach to giving without expecting anything in return is  authentic. At the same time, it’s true that helping others can dramatically benefit your business.Helping is the new economic…

How Being a Millionaire Affects Your Happiness

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Image credit:Lewis Howes I’ve got a fascinating interview for you today on The School of Greatness. Whether or not you’ve heard of him, this guest is a unique brand of greatness. Tai Lopez was born and raised on the wrong side of the tracks but he made choices early on in his adult life to move to the other side. Today he lives in a massive Beverly Hills mansion, shares his…

How Business Leaders Can Best Respond to the Rise of Populism

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Image credit:Robert Daly | Getty Images When today makes its way into history books, or is recounted by those who lived it, what will the headline be? How will the story start? Will anyone, at any point, reflect on this period in time as “the good ol’ days”? You can’t read international headlines today without touching on the ups and downs of a volatile global economy, terrorism, failing security measures,…

5 Ways Criticism Can Make You Stronger

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I just read an anonymous blog post that called me “The World's Worst CEO.” I know I’m not. (At least I hope I’m not!) But moments like these, when I’m challenged, cause me to think about where I’m going and where I’ve been. The past five years have been some of the hardest years I have ever worked. I’m not complaining; I’m actually laying the groundwork for telling you why…

7 Tips to Increase Employee Happiness and Productivity

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Image credit:Tom Merton | Getty Images The benefits of a happy staff are obvious and self-evident. Aside from the numerous studies that link employee happiness to greater productivity in the workplace — a fact that any disgruntled employee could have told you for free — an unhappy workforce simply makes for a miserable environment. While misery may love company, companies do not reciprocate the feeling. A despondent staff can be…

5 Reasons Not To Take Your Entrepreneur Self So Seriously

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Image credit:Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Consider the entrepreneur, grinding toward his goals, pushing past the pain and battling against his lesser self. It’s a noble picture. But there's more to entrepreneurship than stress and strain. Think of the elite marathon runners who have bathroom emergencies and let it loose in the middle of a perfect stride while they grind out the race. Or Alex Honnold,  explaining how to go to the…

4 Ways to Love the Job You Hate

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Image credit:Getty Images It's 9 p.m. on a Friday night. Instead of going out to relax and grab drinks with friends, I'm sitting at my home office doing stacks of paperwork left over from a job I started at 9 a.m. The job description and salary are calculated off of 40 hours a week of work, but somehow I am expected to do 50 to 60 hours. It's exhausting and…