The Importance of Growth Following a Promotion

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If you’ve been involved in the world of business for long, you’ve probably heard of the Peter Principle. In short, the idea is that most employees get promoted to the level of their incompetence – that is, a step above where they are actually effective. This is largely because many employees who are promoted to a higher position rely only on the skills that got them the promotion in the first place. If you want to avoid falling prey to the Peter Principle and continue your upward trajectory in the business world, it’s important that you keep growing in your new role.

Perhaps the biggest reason that people get promoted to a new position is that they got results in the old position. Unfortunately, the metrics of your new position are unlikely to be the same as the metrics in your old position. That means that your old skills are likely much less useful and acting upon your old information will be less effective than it might have been before you were promoted. In short, failure to grow after a promotion means that you continually rely upon skills that no longer matter in order to succeed in a job that’s wildly different than where you learned those skills.

It’s also important to keep growing after a promotion because you’ll want to keep climbing the corporate ladder. Look at every step along your journey as moving into what’s effectively a brand new career. If you stop with what got you promoted the first time, you’ll never gain the skills you need to do the next job effectively. Learning how to do your job now is important, of course, but so too is learning what you need to know in the next stage of your career. If you can effectively grow in your current position, you’ll be better prepared for what comes next.

It’s vital that you keep growing after you’re promoted to a new position. Not only will this help you when you’re up for your next promotion, but it will help you to become more competent at your current position. Every person deserves a chance to advance at his or her job, but doing so means buckling down and learning that the skills that got you to your current position aren’t the skills you’ll need to succeed in the future.

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Elon Musk’s Successful Leadership Traits

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Elon Musk’s success in the startup world isn’t any accident. From secure payment websites and electric cars to digging holes and planning trips to Mars, Elon has what it takes to have his hands in many different pots. Add in a bit of controversy and preference for the more unique things in life and you’ve got one magnetic personality; an inspiration to all ambitious entrepreneurs and internet connoisseurs alike. Below are some leadership traits for those who aspire to the genius and talented leadership of Musk.

Visionary:

Elon Musk is a visionary. He doesn’t allow himself to fall victim to self imposed limits but instead aims big, taking it upon himself to save the future of the planet by fighting for a sustainable environment, specifically through Tesla’s electric cars and The Boring Company’s underground Hyperloops. And if that doesn’t work out, he has Mars as a Plan B. These larger than life ideas come from a leader who believes in the capability of those who follow him, and he does what is required to make his vision a reality.

Handles Criticism:

A leader makes many decisions, large and small, and in the position of leader, with some of those decisions being popular and others being not as well received. By being in the spotlight like Elon has become, one needs to be able to handle the barrage of criticism for even the smallest of decisions. Elon is able to do this effortlessly, as he is consistently transparent about all decisions he makes. Not only does this make him relatively resistant against attacks and criticism, but it gains him the support of those he leads as well as the general public, who see him as more of a genuine man for both his honesty and modesty.

Not Afraid:

Being in the position of leader comes with many intimidating obstacles and overwhelming challenges to average people, such as uncertainty of the business ventures’ success, maintaining accordance with laws and regulations, and general operation of multimillion dollar companies. Musk is able to handle the stress and fear that may come from facing these challenges, and he is able to do so while being himself in the public eye.

Proficient:

Elon Musk is proficient at what he does, which is more than just engineering, gaining him the respect from those he leads. This gives him the capability to make more impactful decisions to help achieve his visionary goals.

Musk is many things, but one thing that is certain is his capability as a leader. In having leaders like Elon, there may be hope for the future of planet Earth, and perhaps all of humanity, especially if he can inspire others to be like him and adopt his characteristics as a leader.

Spice It Up: How to Challenge Yourself in the Kitchen

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No matter if you are in search of perfecting your cooking skills or just escaping your mundane dinner routine, there are a plethora of options at your disposal. However, attempting to choose just a few methods of doing so is no simple task — after all, there are so many techniques, recipes, and tricks one could use in the kitchen.

With that in mind, let’s narrow down the options and focus on a few key ways you can challenge yourself in the kitchen:

Cook a meal with all local ingredients

Depending on where you live and your access to fresh food options, this may feel like an insurmountable feat. However, after a quick Google search, it may be easier to track down a nearby farmer’s market or organic grocery store than you thought.

Or, conversely, you could always try your hand at growing your own fruits and vegetables in your garden if you have the time to spare.

Begin cooking meals from scratch

We tend to take premade foods — such as boxed pasta and jars of red sauce — for granted, leaving us to forget about the lengthy processes that are required to make such products. Plus, if you have — or a loved one has — any sort of food allergy or sensitivity, making a meal from scratch is the perfect method of monitoring exactly what goes into your family’s mouth and ensuring none of it is processed.

If possible, cook all dishes with wheat intact

If you are fortunate enough to be a part of a household with no gluten allergies or sensitivities, take full advantage of that by using grains extensively in the kitchen.

Dishes created with whole grains intact are much more complicated and time-consuming to make, as you must often crush the grains into flour, but the end product is worth it — especially if you are striving to push empty carbohydrates out of your diet entirely.

Eliminate processed sweeteners

With toxic ingredients such as aspartame (found in Equal, Nutrasweet, and NatraTaste Blue), sucralose (found in Splenda), and saccharin (found in Sweet ‘n’ Low) pervading our food market, cutting out processed sweeteners may feel like an insurmountable task.

However, with a little determination and plenty of research, it is simple to find the best unrefined — or even minimally refined — sugar your grocery store has to offer. Examples of unrefined sugars include raw honey, agave nectar, and sucanat — which is the pure, dried juice of sugarcane.

Evidently, there are many ways one could switch up their routine in the kitchen — and some of these methods even come with greater health benefits. So, with all of that in mind, take the plunge and begin to challenge yourself while you cook; you may find that it is easier than you thought.

Unwritten Rules for the Best Dining Etiquette

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There are rules of etiquette that have nothing to do with the placement of the forks or remembering to say “please.” When dining at a restaurant, these rules are often missed, and quite often, some diners need reminding.

Reservation Times

A reservation is an arrangement between the restaurant and the patron. If the patron is not available to be seated at the time of the reservation, the table may be given to a waiting guest, and a late arrival can be a source of conflict if the patron arrives after the table has been reassigned.

When the person who made a reservation is running late, a phone call to the restaurant to ask if the table can be held will often prevent a misunderstanding.

Wait Times

When waiting for a table on a busy night, remember that the wait time you were told was, and always will be, an estimation. Very rarely is anything for certain. Restaurant employees cannot control how long guests seated before you will linger after their meal.

Smartphone Etiquette

While it may be tempting to take a photo or two, remember that a camera’s flash may be annoying to others in the dining room. Your dinner may be lovely, but photographs may not be appropriate, no matter how many Instagram followers you may have.

Do Not Shift Blame

The wait staff has no control over what happens in the kitchen. The server is not responsible for food that does not meet expectations, though they will almost always hear you out if you wish to complain. Try to refrain from blaming the messenger, and tip according to the quality of the service.

Tip to the Value

When dining with a coupon, it is proper to tip according to what the charge would have been if your meal was full-price. The staff does the same amount of work whether the diner pays full price, redeems a gift card, or responds to a “buy one get one free” offer.

Respect the Time

Arriving for a meal five minutes before a restaurant closes is never good etiquette. You may not be turned away, but think of the staff. Every employee has a personal life outside of their jobs. It is best to respect an establishment’s regular dining hours, or visiting one that operates later into the night.

The best dining etiquette requires consideration and kindness. Restaurant work is not easy. A few reminders on dining etiquette can make the experience much more pleasant for everyone involved.

6 Above-Average NYC Sports Bars

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New York City is a town filled with sports bars. NYC has over half a dozen professional sports teams, and multiple teams for the same sport. There are the Mets and Yankees, Jets and Giants, and the Knicks and Nets. Luckily for sports fans, New York has enough fandoms to accommodate all teams, even those from other states. Whether you are a Mets or a Yankees fan, a Packers fan or a Steelers fan, there is probably a sports bar for you in the city. However, not all of these businesses can be up to par. Below is a list of sports bars worth visiting more often than not.

  1. Warren 77

Don’t expect every game to be a big occasion here. It’s a casual sports bar. There is usually a game on the television, but it is treated as background noise. The social factor and the food plays a big part in why people visit Warren 77 on a daily basis.

  1. Kettle of Fish

Here is a sports bar in New York that doesn’t aim to glorify New York’s history in professional sports. In fact, it is Wisconsin themed. If you live in New York, but none of your favorite teams are in the city, you may enjoy the atmosphere at Kettle of Fish on Christopher Street.

  1. Finnerty’s

This bar is for fans of the Bay Area. Baseball is their specialty, focusing primarily on the San Francisco Giants. This bar is open from noon until 4 a.m. Despite specializing in sports, the 24 televisions outfitted around the bar provide near limitless viewing experiences.

  1. Professor Thom’s

This is a great place to go if you are a Patriots or Red Sox fan. However, when these teams aren’t playing, you can still come in and enjoy their loaded tater tots or nachos. Regardless of the games being shown here, you can count on the food to be a consistent bang for your buck.

  1. Bounce Sporting Club

A sports bar that prides itself on being different from the rest, Bounce Sporting Club houses a 4,000 foot floor plan with almost as many television screens to match. Reminiscent of a 40/40 Club, this establishment serves traditional pub fare in addition to more colorful menu items such as duck sliders and a Gruyere cheeseburger topped with a fried hen’s egg. The only potential downside to Bounce is the sheer number of customers that tend to pack the house on gameday.

  1. The Ainsworth

Antique pine wood lines the walls of this multipurpose restaurant that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner for games at any time. The Ainsworth isn’t necessarily considered a standard sports bar, but they certainly cater to most sports fans. This slightly more upscale restaurant also hosts private dining events, serving both gastro pub food and comfort food.

Try a Different Bar

These aren’t the only great sports bars in New York City; they are merely some of the best the city has to offer. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, you should know that there are countless other options for watching nearly any game being aired.

Where to Eat in NYC’s Little Italy

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For years, Little Italy (located in the center of everything in lower Manhattan) was the prime destination for true Italian cuisine. Indeed, a visit to Mulberry Street, with its bustling crowds and loud restaurant hosts beckoning patrons to try the many restaurants that lined the street, was both a cultural and gastronomic experience wrapped into one.

As is the way with New York City, the neighborhood has changed, and in fact, after the turn of this century, changes to the demographic of downtown, rising rents and gentrification have threatened the very existence of the neighborhood as a hub of Italian cuisine. However, like so many comeback stories, don’t count this neighborhood out just yet. While it’s still possible to be served an old-school eggplant parmesan and chianti meal, a new food scene is emerging along Mulberry Street and beyond, and it’s not to be missed.

Listed below are just a few of the many places to check out in Little Italy.

Two Hands

This Australian cafe on Mott Street specializes in millennial favorites, such as avocado toast, and burgers and fries.

Nickel and Diner

This eatery channels a retro vibe, with modern lunch counters and comfortable booths, and serves diner classics with a sophisticated twist.

Puglia

A family owned and operated restaurant dating back to 1919, Puglia is a popular destination for not only those looking to try traditional Italian meals, but for diners wanting to be entertained as well. Live music and party packages are just a few of the amenities included here, and are some that keep both tourists and locals coming back time and time again.

Baz Bagel

This retro luncheonette serves up hand-rolled and baked on premise bagels, as well as other standard Jewish fare, including blintzes, knishes and egg creams.

Di Palo’s Fine Foods

It is not uncommon for patrons to line up for as much as an hour to stock up on the quintessential Italian specialties at Di Palo’s. This market boasts a healthy selection of hanging cured meats, wheels of cheese and house-made ricotta cheese and pastas. Rest-assured, there’s plenty of free samples to nibble on while shopping, so customers should plan to come hungry.

Ferrara Bakery

Not all of the must-visit eateries in Little Italy are new. After all, when something is the best, it sustains. Ferrara Bakery has been offering up the best selection of Italian treats and sweets since 1892. In particular, the house-made cannoli is not to be missed.

The Potential Value of Overconfidence in a Leadership Position

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A great deal has been written about the dangers of overconfidence in business. Being overconfident can cause major disasters, costing many people their jobs and ruining long-standing companies. In some cases, though, overconfidence is exactly what a leader needs.

The business world is naturally full of risks and those who are able to ignore them often make choices that lead to improbable successes. As such, it is very possible to look at overconfidence as an asset in business – albeit one that should be managed carefully and leveraged only in a few very specific situations.

On a basic level, overconfidence can benefit a business because an overconfident leader isn’t held back by normal constraints. These leaders don’t know – or don’t care – that their plans have a potential for failure, so they shoot for the money. In some circumstances, this is exactly what a company needs to succeed. Taking on projects that scare away others can lead a business to dominate a segment of the market that’s often seen as too risky. These risks are never safe, but an overconfident leader will pursue them to the possible benefit of the company.

While overconfidence is usually seen as harmful when it comes to over-valuing one’s ability or the value of a company, it’s actually quite helpful for fostering a positive company atmosphere. When a leader is overconfident, his or her employees tend to have a much brighter view of the company’s future. This means more time spent working towards the company’s goals, less turnover of high-value employees, and higher office morale. Things might come crashing down when overconfidence leads to disaster, but in the meantime, this sort of attitude actually makes a business a much more pleasant place in which employees can work.

Overconfidence is a double-edged sword. It can be useful at times, but it can also be dangerous. Pairing an overconfident leader with someone who is a bit more risk averse may help to temper the worst qualities of both, leading to a business that is able to take the big risks without necessarily falling prey to its own worst excesses. Overconfidence is certainly not a quality that a good leader wants to cultivate in himself or herself, but it’s certainly a quality that can be helpful from time to time.