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How to Assess Your Leadership Skills

How to Assess Your Leadership Skills | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Are you persuasively steering your team, and the company you founded? How do you know?

“Often without meaning to, we create complexity for people who work with us,” says Katherine Ebner, executive leadership coach at Nebo Leadership in Washington.

 

The first step is to recognize you can always do better. The next one? Follow Ebner’s seven leadership tenets.

 

1. Clarify what your job is. Before anything else, says Ebner, you must understand your roles and responsibilities as a leader. “Often people will do their old job; they will do what is familiar versus what’s needed.” Ebner says it is an adjustment to step up to a leadership role, often one that people are not prepared for.

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The 5 Principles of a Profound Workday

The 5 Principles of a Profound Workday | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Let us toss out all we know for a moment.

 

Toss notions of productivity, time management, efficiency, and the bottom line.

 

Empty our workdays of all we’ve packed them with, and sit still with an empty room.

 

What should we put in this room? Do we want to spend our limited space on busy-ness, on making money, on quick transactions and calculated meetings?

 

What if we put into it only that which matters? What if we left everything else out?

 

We would be left with a workday that was poetry, profoundly beautiful...

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Why Multitasking May Make You Less Productive

Why Multitasking May Make You Less Productive | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Everything in our connected culture urges us to do more things simultaneously. But a lot of research indicates our brains are not wired to work this way, and that multitasking ultimately makes us less productive.

 

We’ve all been there before. You’re out having what you think is a nice meal with someone, and then the inevitable happens: the vibration on the table that can’t be ignored. It can be anything from an “urgent” call to a “How R U?” text. Even after your company apologizes for the intrusion, you can’t help but notice his eyeballs always on the phone, checking for that red dot. You might call this behavior rude, but he insists he’s listening and credits his mastery of multitasking.

 

But in truth, it’s a barrier in the way of our ability to listen and focus, not to mention the onset of new social norms that permit distracted behavior — but that’s a topic for another time. The real question is, in the age of effortless information, are we really multitasking as well as we think we are?

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PRO ACTIVE: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

Being proactive mean... watch this video!

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Melting The Cold Call

Melting The Cold Call | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

If you’re like me, the phrase “cold call” sends chills down your spine. There’s nothing scarier than the thought of having to call a complete stranger to try to sell my wares. But there are ways that you can be better at this skill. Read on.

 

1. Acknowledge Your Fears

If you weren’t afraid of the cold call, you wouldn’t be reading this. So embrace it. Identify what exactly you fear will happen. Is it that you might irritate or enrage the person on the other end? That they might reject you? Determining the worst possible scenario can help you embrace your fears and move on...

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The Great Leadership Challenge Jim Rohn

The Great Leadership Challenge Jim Rohn | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the gifts, skills, and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as a parent. What’s important in leadership is refining your skills. All great leaders keep working on themselves until they become effective. Here are some specifics:


Learn to be strong but not impolite. It is an extra step you must take to become a powerful, capable leader with a wide range of reach. Some people mistake rudeness for strength. It’s not even a good substitute.

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Do You Remember? - Strategic Project Management | AtTask

Do You Remember? - Strategic Project Management | AtTask | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

I think it was Geoff Crane (@papercutpm) who suggested a while back that you wouldn't walk into the carpenter shop, lay down the power screwdriver on the bench and expect it to build a piece of furniture. It's not the tool—it's the carpenter.


I was talking with a friend of mine the other day and she shared with me what I think is a pretty common workplace complaint. "My boss has forgotten what it's like to actually do the work." Have you ever felt this way? I know I have...

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SUCCESS Magazine — What Achievers Read.

SUCCESS Magazine — What Achievers Read. | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Articles on personal development, self improvement, motivation, achieving goals, time and money management, leadership and other resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners.


To get you up and running with your new business, SUCCESS brings you tips, strategies, inspiration and insights in this new Entrepreneurial Toolkit. You'll read why now is the right time to start a business and the personal benefits of entrepreneurship. The toolkit will be an ongoing component of SUCCESS.com, offering an array of articles with time-tested principles as well as new features posted each month...
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The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done | zen habits

The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done | zen habits | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Imagine getting a full day’s work done by noon. Sounds impossible, right? But it really shouldn’t be. If you eliminated all the time you spend procrastinating, distracted or stalled, getting a full day of work done by noon could be realized.

But being so productive is easier said than done. Most productivity advice comes in one of two flavors. Either slogans like, “Do it now!” which rarely work long-term, or complex systems like GTD, which work well, but require dozens of lists and obsessive dedication to pull off.

I want to share with you a third alternative. An approach that uses the psychology of procrastination to keep you focused while being simple enough that it needs little effort to maintain.

The Psychology of Procrastination...
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The 5 Fundamental Rules Of Working From Home

The 5 Fundamental Rules Of Working From Home | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Suppose you finally took the plunge: resigned your corporate job, decided to follow the passion of your life and (by lack of a new office space, of course), you started to work from home. Welcome to the club! Been there for a few years now and, guess what, it turned out that working from home is not as simple as I thought it would be.

It certainly has a tons of advantages, but those advantages won’t come in a sugary, care free, or all pinky and happy-go-lucky package. On the contrary. When you work from home, maintaining a constant productivity flow may be a real challenge. And there are many reasons for that.
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Lessons From a Failed Startup

Lessons From a Failed Startup | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Unlike over 99% of engineers who graduate in India, I decided that a job was not the way to go after graduation. Software companies expect me to do mindless so-called “programming” and pay me $6000 a year? What are you freaking kidding me?

It’s not so much the money (which is obviously insulting), but it’s the “programming” they make you do at Indian software shops. Sure, there are some better than others, but most of them are crap. I wanted something bigger, better and more challenging. After graduating in mid-2010, I attempted a startup – the product would be something on the lines of a web application that simplifies contact management.
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7 Marketing Lessons You Can Learn From The Simpsons

7 Marketing Lessons You Can Learn From The Simpsons | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

When was the last time you watched The Simpsons? Probably when you were a kid, right? I know what you’re thinking… it’s a show for children. Although you are right, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t watch it because I’ll bet it will teach you a lot about marketing.

 

Over the last 15 years or so of my life, I’ve probably watched a few hundred episodes and I’ve learned a ton. Here are 7 marketing lessons that the have Simpsons have taught me:

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The Manager's Cheat Sheet: 101 Common-Sense Rules for Leaders

The Manager's Cheat Sheet: 101 Common-Sense Rules for Leaders | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Management is all about connecting with the people on your team. So how do you effectively manage a team? With common knowledge, of course. These are a few back-to-basics rules that will help you develop management skills that really matter.

 

Body Language

Like it or not, your body speaks volumes, even when you are silent. Here's how to express an attitude that's appropriate for a leader...

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10 Ways to Use Psychology to Lure Web Customers

10 Ways to Use Psychology to Lure Web Customers | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

I’ve been researching and thinking about the psychology of the social web and our Internet relationships. There are many common psychological techniques you can use in your every day Internet marketing. Here are a few ideas to ”psych” your visitors into spending more time on your website and your blog.

 

1. Social proof is king

In real life, “social proof” is the trappings of society that impart influence. A person’s height, a fancy car, a diploma … all help determine influence, sub-consciencely. Since we don’t have those physical clues in the online world, we look to “badges” like Twitter followers and Klout scores to provide a shortcut assessment.

 

With the density of information in today’s world, these badges are more important than ever. In fact they may be even more important than your real knowledge, experience and accomplishments. Strange but true. Think about your favorite blogger. I’ll bet you notice some of their badges like followers, AdAge rank, or tweets on a blog post, before you investigate their education or level of professional experience.

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Your Competitive Advantage: REST

Your Competitive Advantage: REST | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Refueling the jets… Learning to Value Time Off


By the time you read this I am off on my 10-year wedding anniversary vacation trip through the South of France and Italy. In that honor I am republishing an article I wrote on high-performance productivity a few years back. Enjoy!

 

How does America regain its supremacy in the productive world?

 

How do YOU improve your personal productivity?
ANSWER: Go on vacation.

 

438 million. That is the number of vacation days Americans failed to take in 2007, according to Harris Interactive research group—more than any other industrialized nation.

 

Here is the result: America ranks No. 1 in depression and mental health problems...

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Prioritization - Making best use of your time and resources

Prioritization - Making best use of your time and resources | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Prioritization is the essential skill you need to make the very best use of your own efforts and those of your team. It's also a skill that you need to create calmness and space in your life so that you can focus your energy and attention on the things that really matter.


It is particularly important when time is limited and demands are seemingly unlimited. It helps you to allocate your time where it is most-needed and most wisely spent, freeing you and your team up from less important tasks that can be attended to later. or quietly dropped.

 

With good prioritization (and careful management of deprioritized tasks) you can bring order to chaos, massively reduce stress, and move towards a successful conclusion. Without it, you'll flounder around, drowning in competing demands.

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Team Management Skills from MindTools.com

Team Management Skills from MindTools.com | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Learn more than 120 skills that will help you work more effectively with your team.

 

This section of Mind Tools teaches more than 120 team management skills. Each skill is explained in clear, simple language, giving you the information and training you need to be a great manager.

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Six Rules For Networking at Work

Six Rules For Networking at Work | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
When we talk about networking, we often focus on connecting with people outside our organizations. But networking with colleagues is just as crucial. Well-networked people bridge the organizational silos that plague all organizations, and make their firms more collaborative and effective. But networking for the sake of networking? Adding as many contacts as humanly possible? That’s a time-sink and a distraction. In this slideshow, we’ll review the rules of being an effective organizational networker, a lynchpin of productivity.
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The Five Most Important Leadership Qualities

The Five Most Important Leadership Qualities | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
These are the five leadership traits or leadership qualities that followers say they most want to see in a leader. These traits can improve your quality of leadership.

Some sit and pontificate about whether leaders are made or born. The true leader ignores such arguments and instead concentrates on developing the leadership qualities necessary for success. In this article, we are going to discuss five leadership traits or leadership qualities that people look for in a leader.

If you are able to increase your skill in displaying these five quality characteristics, you will make it easier for people to want to follow you. The less time you have to spend on getting others to follow you, the more time you have to spend refining exactly where you want to go and how to get there...
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Hey Entrepreneurs: Be Scared, and Do It Anyway!

Hey Entrepreneurs: Be Scared, and Do It Anyway! | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Speaking from personal experience, quitting my job to start my own company was one of the most unanticipated decisions I have ever made – and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being an entrepreneur has led to the thrilling adventure which now defines my life.

Starting multiple companies over the years has brought an immense amount of passion, inspiration and love to my life. The entrepreneurial experience has taken me to places I would have never gone without having chosen such a path. Everyday brings a new and continual flow of challenges that seem to be mini triumphs – high points of a life journey and human freedom.
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Blogging Tips for the B2B Professional

Blogging Tips for the B2B Professional | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
We have many B2B clients who are technical experts and have great deal of thought leadership to offer, but to get them blogging is a tall order. For the busy technical professional writing their first blog post is a bit like jumping in to a pool, but when there’s nothing to lose, I say, take the plunge. Sharing thought leadership through blogging gives your firm a voice to communicate on a hot topic to a wide audience. B2B businesses gain interaction and feedback from their audience, while providing them a valuable information resource.

B2B Blogging Goals

- Thought leadership
- Brand awareness
- Client engagement
- Enhance corporate image
- Drive traffic to their Web site
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