What We’ve Been Reading: February 17th, 2016

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Congratulations you’ve made it halfway through the week and to reward you, we are bringing you six more articles of interest. The articles we’ve read this week span a large array of topics. We tried to stay away from leadership, but we just can’t help ourselves from sharing more tips and tricks on the topic.

Do you consider yourself a creative person? Maybe you used to, but as time went on you lost touch with your creative side. Maybe you worry that you don’t possess the creative gene at all, but wish you did. In this article below, Jessica Stillman addresses 3 myths that are hindering your creativity. She suggests that the problem may not be a lack of skills, but rather a lack of recognition.

3 Myths That Are Killing Your Creativity (Inc.)

In the past, mentorships have typically been face-to-face, one-on-one experiences, but in today’s world this is quickly changing. Finding a mentor is no longer restricted to who resides within the four walls of your office. Instead, mentors can now be sought after online. You may be wondering how this is possible, or if it is as valuable as a face-to-face relationship. Ryan Jenkins answers these questions as well as suggesting ways to go about seeking your new virtual mentor.

Why It’s Never Been Easier to Establish and Maintain a Mentorship (Inc.)

Besides being great leaders, what do Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, and Gandhi all have in common? These three great leaders possess three common qualities, which separate them from the rest and allow them to do what they do and inspire others to follow suit.

3 Leadership Qualities Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson and Gandhi All Have in Common (Inc.)

In this article, Annie McKee argues the need to hire someone for their emotional intelligence over the individual’s pedigree. This is because research has shown that those with a higher emotional intelligence are better equipped to deal with daily stress and challenges. In addition, these individuals are able to lead and inspire others to work collaboratively towards a common goal. While the impact of emotional intelligence may be obvious, it is an intangible quality that can be hard to screen for during the interview process. However, McKee suggests several ways in which to do so.

How to Hire for Emotional Intelligence (Harvard Business Review)

Whether it’s a sales pitch or a personal interview, storytelling can separate you from the rest of the pack. In this article, Carine Gallo explains why telling a story can seal the deal. However, in order to stand apart, you have to use storytelling to your advantage. This article breaks down the art of storytelling and tells you how to use a story appropriately.

The Secret Weapon That Will Make You and Your Business Stand Out in the War of Ideas (Entrepreneur)

Relating to Millennials can be difficult, especially when you want to engage them. If generational divides are so great and difficult to cross, then how is Bernie Sanders gaining so much traction with this age group? It can’t simply be just because of his political views. It’s not. This article by Alison Davis discusses five characteristics that help Bernie Sanders engage and relate to the Millennial generation. We are not suggesting that you change your political views, but we do suggest you incorporate some of these strategies into your leadership role and into your approach with targeting Millennials.

What Bernie Sanders Can Teach You About Leading Millennials (Inc.)

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