Travis Bradberry

Travis Bradberry

Travis Bradberryis the coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart.

Articles by Travis Bradberry

Levelling Up

7 challenges smart people choose to overcome

There are seven things, in particular, that tend to shatter the success mindset. Not so for smart people, as these challenges never hold them back.

Success

6 ways nice people can master conflict

Research from Columbia University shows that how you handle conflict can make or break your career.

Success

8 unrealistic expectations smart people ignore

Believing that you’ll succeed really does make it more likely that you will. It also means that you’ll need to let go of some erroneous expectations.

Communication

13 body language blunders that can make you look bad

Our bodies have a language of their own, and their words aren’t always kind. Your body language has likely become an integral part of who you are, to the point where you might not even think about it. If that’s the case, it’s time to start, because you could be sabotaging your career.

The Whole Human

11 powerful habits of truly happy people

When we think of happiness, we typically think of things that bring us immediate pleasure—a decadent meal, a favorite book, or a relaxing day on the beach. These pleasures do bring happiness, but only temporarily. Recent studies have shown that true happiness, or life satisfaction, works a bit differently.

The Whole Human

9 signs you’re dealing with an emotional manipulator

We all know what it feels like to be emotionally manipulated. It can be extremely effective, which is why some unscrupulous individuals do it so much. Fortunately, emotional manipulators are easy enough to spot if you know what to look for.

Success

9 signs you’re successful even if it doesn’t feel like it

If you ever worry that you’re not as successful as you should be, you may be evaluating yourself against the wrong criteria.

The Whole Human

8 small things people use to judge your personality

The human brain is hardwired to judge. This survival mechanism makes it very hard to meet someone without evaluating and interpreting their behavior.

The Whole Human

10 unmistakable habits of irresistible people

Since being irresistible isn’t the result of dumb luck, it’s time to study the habits of irresistible people so that you can use them to your benefit. Get ready to say “hello” to a new, more irresistible you.

The Whole Human

13 cognitive biases that really screw things up for you

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of processing power, you would think our judgment would be highly accurate, but that’s far from the case.

The Whole Human

10 habits of unlikeable people

When you build your awareness of how your actions are received by other people, you pave the way to becoming more likeable.

According to Science

The 10 things confident people won’t ever do

Embracing the behaviors of confident people is a great way to increase your odds for success, which, in turn, will lead to more confidence. The science is clear; now you just have to decide to act on it.

Leadership

Want to hire people who are emotionally intelligent? Do these 5 things

Don’t let your next hiring decision be one that you’ll regret. The strategies that follow will help ensure you make a great hire.

Leadership

10 reasons nice bosses finish first

What exactly does a “nice” boss look like, and how does one pull it off without being a pushover? Incorporate these behaviors into your repertoire, and you’ll see immediate improvement in your leadership skills.

Productivity

10 habits of mentally strong people

Mental strength is as rare as it is important. The good news is that any of us can get stronger with a little extra focus and effort.

Office Life

8 surprising things ultra productive people do every day

You don’t need to work longer or push yourself harder — you just need to work smarter. Ultra-productive people know this. They squeeze every drop out of every hour without expending any extra effort.

Words at Work

25 buzzwords that make smart people sound stupid

These phrases are spicy and they make you feel clever (low hanging fruit is a crutch of mine), but they also annoy the heck out of people.

Wellness

10 unmistakable habits of utterly authentic people

To be your authentic self, you must own your actions and ensure that they align with your beliefs and needs.

Advice

How smart people handle difficult people

Difficult people defy logic.

Advice

10 things successful people (who are actually happy) do differently

Researchers found that people who were both successful and happy over the long term intentionally structured their activities around several major needs.

Productivity

Seven core beliefs of great bosses

Exceptional bosses may be rarer than average ones, but they all have at least these seven traits in common.

Productivity

Eleven signs that you lack emotional intelligence

Research proves that emotional intelligence is the critical factor that sets star performers apart from everyone else. Here are 11 traits to eliminate and raise your EQ.

Advice

10 habits that will dramatically improve your life

10 rules to stop chasing the things that you think will make you happy, and start realizing that your peace and happiness are entirely up to you.

Office Life

9 bad manager mistakes that make good people quit

People don’t leave jobs; they leave managers. Top nine sins that drive good workers to leave bad bosses.

Productivity

10 things genuinely confident people do differently

The unique habits of truly confident people are constant. Their focused pursuit is driven by 10 habits that you too can emulate and absorb.