Archive for June, 2016

Why The Best Leaders Have Conviction – Forbes

Posted on June 29th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Conviction in a leader is an incredibly valuable yet increasingly rare trait. It’s in short supply because our brains are wired to overreact to uncertainty with fear. As uncertainty increases, the brain shifts control over to the limbic system, the place where emotions, such as anxiety and panic, are generated.


This brain quirk worked well eons ago, when cavemen entered an unfamiliar area and didn’t know who or what might be lurking behind the bushes. Overwhelming caution and fear ensured survival, but that’s not the case today. This mechanism, which hasn’t evolved, is a hindrance in the world of business, where uncertainty rules and important decisions must be made every day with minimal information.

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Nine powerful ways leaders with conviction motivate and inspire us. Use them to improve your leadership skills today

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5 Things the Most Respected Leaders Do Every Day

Posted on June 29th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

There are a number of qualities that confident, servant leaders share. 

1. They Admit Being Wrong

The conceited leader that proclaims his position and disregards differing points of view is a leader that will have few followers, mostly out of fear and intimidation. Typically, they know they’re right, and they need you to know it too.


But truly respected servant leaders are quite secure in admitting when they’re wrong and made a mistake, or don’t have all the answers. 


And they will back down graciously when being proven wrong. To them, it’s more important to find out what is right than being right.


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Controlling micro-managers will fear these the most.

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Science Says You Shouldn’t Work More Than This Number of Hours a Week

Posted on June 27th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Do you work more than 40 hours a week? If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, it’s hard not to, but all that extra time in the workplace isn’t necessarily a good thing. After a certain point, it can be counterproductive and even hazardous to your health, so it’s imperative to know when to say no to more hours. 


Various organizations and independent researchers have looked at the physical, mental, emotional, and social effects of working beyond the standard 40 hours a week. Notable findings include the following:

  • Working more than 10 hours a day is associated with a 60 percent jump in risk of cardiovascular issues.
  • 10 percent of those working 50 to 60 hours report relationship problems; the rate increases to 30 percent for those working more than 60 hours.
  • Working more than 40 hours a week is associated with increased alcohol and tobacco consumption, as well as unhealthy weight gain in men and depression in women.

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Working too much can be counterproductive and even hazardous to your health. You’ve been warned.

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