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When Not to Listen to Your Employees

When Not to Listen to Your Employees | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
You shouldn't listen to an employee who wants help to solve a conflict with another. You might feel proud of “mediating” among your team members as you discuss the problem with each one
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A very well written post, which explains how we can manage the problems between two or more employees. The different reported ideas, says, in my opinion, the most important points to follow to find a favorable solution to the discord.

 

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Developing Charisma - Increasing Your Influence in the Workplace

Developing Charisma - Increasing Your Influence in the Workplace | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Have you ever worked with a very charismatic leader?


If so, then it's likely that almost everyone in the organization liked, trusted, and admired this person.
People listened when she talked, colleagues supported her ideas, and talented people wanted to join her team. In short, everyone wanted to be around this person!


Charisma is something that many people believe you're born with. However, this isn't the case – you can become more charismatic, and we'll explore how you can develop charisma in this article


Defining Charisma


Charisma is a collection of traits and behaviors that make you appeal to other people. The word comes from the Greek word "charis," which means "grace" or "gift."


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Charisma is a collection of traits and behaviors that help you appeal to other people. Charismatic people are often successful, and people are naturally drawn to them. They retain the best talent in their teams, and people listen to their ideas.

Because charisma is a collection of behaviors, you can learn it. Work on developing empathy, self-confidence, and assertiveness. Be aware of what your body language is saying, and do your best to give people a genuine smile when you're around them.

Also, make sure that you use your charisma the right way: don't use it to influence someone to do something that is against his or her own best interests.

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106 Tips to Become a Master Connector

106 Tips to Become a Master Connector | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

If you want to be a great connector, you should read this post. The invested time will be pay back, for sure. [note mg]


To succeed, who you know is just as important as what you know. In fact, relationships should be your top priority. The book Never Eat Alone talks about how to apply the timeless principles of relationships in the 21st century. It contains a lot of practical tips on how you could thrive in today’s world through your relationships. It’s one of the best books I read recently.


To give you the only gems, I’ve summarized what I learn from the book into 106 tips. Put these tips into practice and you will be a master connector who live a successful and fulfilling life:


1. Make other people more successful


Real networking is about finding ways to make other people more successful. It is sharing your knowledge and resources, time and energy, friends and associates, and empathy and compassion in a continual effort to provide value to others, while coincidentally increasing your own...


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Better Leadership Through Social Media

Better Leadership Through  Social Media | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Executives should look at specific social media as a personal toolbox for improving their practice of leadership. Indeed, leadership, like life, is constantly changing and it is important to be open to new things that happen there. [note mg]


"Join a new online network? I'd love to!"


In 15 years of helping business, government and nonprofit leaders make strategic choices about digital technology, I've yet to hear an executive utter those words.


Sometimes that's due to the risks of public embarrassment or conflict that come with online engagement. Sometimes it's painful memories of previous tech projects that ran over budget and behind schedule. And sometimes it's because executives would rather interact face-to-face than keyboard-to-keyboard.


But always, I hear a common concern: How can I add another platform, task list or set of relationships to my already full plate?


Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203753704577255531558650636.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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The Antidote to Ambiguity: Values-Based Leadership

The Antidote to Ambiguity: Values-Based Leadership | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

What is your mission statement? How many people in your organization have read it? Understand it? Remember it? BELIEVE IT? And, how many of those who remain after answering those questions have actually adopted it?


Management books universally extol the importance of a mission statement. I have both suffered through mission development exercises as a staff member and been hired to facilitate these sessions. The process goes something like this: a group of senior administrators lock themselves in a room for an extended period of time; they debate, compromise, and craft lofty prose until they finally unveil (white smoke from chimney) their UNIFYING DOCUMENT. Shortly thereafter, they proudly display their statements on websites, placards, and business cards, then sit back and wait for the wisdom to trickle down to the masses. Much to their surprise, little change occurs.


Read more: http://www.unconventional-leadership.com/2012/03/15/the-antidote-to-ambiguity-values-based-leadership/

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Three Management Gurus Explain Management

Three Management Gurus Explain Management | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A great post. I think a lot of manager should read and applied these advice. Unfortunately we live in a world where the human side is often forget, and the message in in this post is strong to change that situation. [note mg]


Michael Hammer in his book "Agenda" talks about modern managers driven by an economy that is more than ever controlled by the customer. "Managers are rediscovering that business is about execution."


He reminds us of the seriousness of watching the cash flow, fulfilling (rather than just getting) orders and the need to go beyond product ideas and focus more on product development.


The role of managers is to help their company "devise products and services that satisfy customers and then create and deliver them in a profitable way that satisfies shareholders"...


Read more: http://rictownsend.blogspot.com/2012/03/three-management-gurus-explain.html#comment-form

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7 Steps to Incredible Personal Productivity

7 Steps to Incredible Personal Productivity | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Practical advice to turn an average workday into an incredibly productive day.


Occasionally you need to go the extra mile.


Sometimes you need to complete a major project, tackle a task you’ve put off, or just knock out a ton of work in one day.


Here’s the best way to turn a normal workday into an incredibly productive workday:


1. Let everyone know. Interruptions destroy focus and kill productivity. So are the guilt trips your family "sometimes unintentionally" lay on you. Let coworkers and family know you’re planning a “project day.” Tell key customers too. Announce you will be tied up on, say, Tuesday, and that you will respond to calls and emails on Thursday. Let people know who to contact in an emergency. Some will get with you before Tuesday, and the rest will make a mental note you’re not available. In either case, you’re covered.


Read more: http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/7-steps-to-incredible-personal-productivity.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=button

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Is Your Leadership Limiting Your Organizations Ability to Grow?

Is Your Leadership Limiting Your Organizations Ability to Grow? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

This is the first in our series of articles that looks at leadership capacity and its impact on organizational growth and transformation. The full series will be available for download as a white paper once it is completed.


Leadership capacity is more than simply skill development; it’s about performance, growth, transformation and change. For the purpose of our discussion in this series of articles, let’s define it as;


“Leadership Capacity is the skilful use of leadership attributes for the growth and development of ourselves, our colleagues and our organization”.


Great leaders not only understand how to engage and inspire their teams to get the best results — they understand the need to create participatory and collaborative processes that develop the abilities of the next generation of leaders.


Leadership lays the groundwork for success


Successful companies do not happen by accident. They are the result of building effective leadership capacity and an awareness and willingness to take the necessary steps in identify internal talent and nurture them into the leaders of tomorrow.


Read more: http://www.customerthink.com/blog/is_your_leadership_limiting_your_organizations_ability_to_grow

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12 Steps to Financial Freedom in 2012

12 Steps to Financial Freedom in 2012 | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

We discuss many aspects of personal finance at Get Rich Slowly. We explore ways to earn more money, get out of debt, and build an emergency fund. We talk about the psychology of money management, and we share tips and tricks for making the most of your savings and your career. Basically, we do our best to help readers take control of their financial lives.


Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the little details of money management. Sometimes we forget the Big Picture. Because of that, I like to devote my annual Happy New Year post to a colossal summary of the collected wisdom at this site.


If you’ve resolved to take control of your finances in 2012, this article is the place to start. It’s packed with tips and resources for making the most of your money. And as I do every year, I’ve added one tip to the list.


Here then are twelve simple but effective steps to take control of your finances in 2012...

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“Brushing it Off” Vs. “Brushing It Off”

“Brushing it Off” Vs. “Brushing It Off” | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Are you “brushing off” the work you need to complete? Or are you able to “brush it off” when it’s finished, ready to launch into the world?


I’ve had experience brushing off the things that needed to be done—and I’m sure you have, too—but I’ve also had the satisfying feeling of being able to put down my tools and say, finally, “I’m done.”

 

I’m referring to that point you eventually reach, after many long hours and sleepless nights, where there’s no more you can you can possibly do to improve your project, no more tweaking or adding or altering—it is done, as perfect as it can be...

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The 10 Reasons Why You Want to Be More Productive

The 10 Reasons Why You Want to Be More Productive | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Here at Lifehack we offer tips, tricks and ideas on how you can be more productive. We deliver them almost every single day. We love doing it because we not only want to help you become more productive, but we also want to be part of a group who wants to be more productive.


By why do you want to be more productive?
Why do you look for tips, tricks and ideas to hack your life? Why do you test new and eciting products and theories so that you can produce at more optimum levels? Why is improving your productivity so important to you?


When you really think about it – I mean, really break it down – there are 10 reasons why. Some of them work in tandem, some don’t. Some rate higher on one person’s scale than on another’s. Some are practical, some are quite silly. But all of them are reasons – and there are only 10 of them...

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100 Ways to Become a Better Business Person

100 Ways to Become a Better Business Person | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Becoming a better business person doesn’t only mean having a better, bigger and more profitable business, company or enterprise, but more importantly, it also means becoming a better and more improved person. Well, it should be… since a “business person” is a combination of a business and a person. Now, here are 100 ways to help and guide us to become a better businessman or businesswoman. The list is long, hence, let’s get started.


Becoming a better person
1. Review your principles in life because they are the roots and the ones which shape your life, as well as your business. Continue the right principles and eliminate the wicked ones...

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Achieve Your Goals For A Full Life | Bug Free Mind Andy Shaw

Achieve Your Goals For A Full Life | Bug Free Mind Andy Shaw | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Goal setting, now there’s some words that generate a variety of difficulties. Everyone who knows anything about goal setting knows they should be doing it… but not all do it. Then the majority of those that do, force themselves to do it.


The problem is, the way goal setting is taught traditionally is total bo**ocks! I could write a book taking apart a goal setting book. This is one of the essential areas the people who can do it, cannot teach it. And because they cannot teach it, then people’s lives remain the same.


I go through the correct procedure to teach creating the life you desire in Using A Bug Free Mind. But here I am going to look through just several of the most well-known techniques and reveal how bent out of shape they are...

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Why You're Not A Leader - Forbes

Why You're Not A Leader - Forbes | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Everybody thinks they’re a leader – most are far from it. The harsh reality is that we live in a world awash with wannabe leaders. As much as some don’t want to admit it, not everyone can or should become a leader (my take on the born vs. made argument). Simply desiring to be a leader doesn’t mean a person has the character, skill, and courage necessary to be a leader.

 

If you think you’re a leader, but haven’t been recognized as such, you have a problem. Either you’re incorrect in your self-assessment, or those you report to don’t recognize your talent. Here’s the good news; handled correctly, either scenario can be resolved if you’re willing to do some work.

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This post said in a few sentences what everyone should know about Leadership subject, excellent!

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Lansana Gagny Sakho's comment, February 4, 2013 1:42 PM
Excellent article 'desiring to be a leader doesn’t mean a person has the character, skill, and courage necessary to be a leader'
Martin Gysler's comment, February 4, 2013 3:38 PM
I think courage is the most important skill... :-)
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The Recession is A Great Time to Start a Business

The Recession is A Great Time to Start a Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Are you ready for the fight?


Recessions are created for people who want follow this trend... why wouldn't you make your own trend and start your own business? An excellent post with some interesting insights and examples. [note mg]


Recessions are the perfect time to start a business: FedEx, Microsoft, Burger King and even GE were started during the recessions the U.S. has experienced over the last century and a half. If you’ve been thinking about starting a new business, the fact that the economy is down should not stop you. In fact, there are many reasons why the national economic situation should encourage you to start a new business now.


You Have Motivation...


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The Many Paths to Freelancing

The Many Paths to Freelancing | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

To be a freelancer is sometimes a hard job. It need a lot of qualities and perseverance to be it for long time... What I like in this post, is that it speak not only about the advantages but also about the disavantages. [note mg]


With more and more workers turning to freelancing, you may wonder whether you should freelance. Are you ready? What is the best path to take to become a freelancer?


In this post, I’ll identify five different routes people take to freelancing. I’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.


Path 1. Right After College


Faced with a weak job market, many new graduates turn to freelancing to find employment. There are some positives and negatives to freelancing right out of school.


Here are three advantages to freelancing right out of college:...


Path 2. After Working for Someone Else

Path 3. As a Part-timer

Path 4. Job Loss

Path 5. A Need for Flexibility


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Leadership and Emotional Intelligence – Leadership, Management, Career and Personal Development

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence – Leadership, Management, Career and Personal Development | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Using emotional intelligence can help you succeed as a leader. But what is emotional intelligence, and why is it that success in life sometimes seems unrelated to intelligence and how hard you are prepared to work?


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Vingtcinq Scenario
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Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership

Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Leaders' primary objective is to empower others to make decisions and take actions that are aligned with the organization’s vision, purpose, and strategy. These nuances are the softer side of leadership, beyond the technical skills that you have already mastered.


Leadership is the "eighth wonder of the world." It is better seen and felt than defined and said. It’s easy to intellectualize, but elusive to actualize.


The world’s most impactful leaders in all arenas, from business to government, understand the paradox that although leadership starts with the leader, it’s never about the leader. This wisdom should be emulated and applied by everyone who aspires to leadership.


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Change Your Employees' Minds, Change Your Business

Change Your Employees' Minds, Change Your Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

It's a very interesting approach in this article. Some experiments with monkeys show us how works the brain... I think the human being is not really differtent! [note mg]


Many business leaders don't care why employees do anything as long as they follow the company's rules, processes, cultural norms and laws.

 

But we've found that leaders can create and sustain stronger business results if they understand — and manage — how employees approach their work every day. When employees' thoughts, feelings, and beliefs are aligned with their daily work, they do that work better. Leaders, though, can be squeamish about approaching topics many think are better left to psychologists, so they don't even try to create alignment.

 

In the work underlying Beyond Performance, we found a technique we call 'laddering' that even the most hard-nosed business operators can feel comfortable with; the reason is that it closely resembles the "five whys" approach lean organizations use to get to the root causes of performance problems. Laddering mirrors the five whys, applying it to people's mindsets instead of operational problems....


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12 Most Wipe-it-Out Tips I Learned on the way to Inbox Zero

12 Most Wipe-it-Out Tips I Learned on the way to Inbox Zero | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Inbox zero... it's a dream or a nightmare for you? Sometimes I wonder, why should I be always in this situation, it's only stress for me. But, if you want it, here twelve advices to do so. [note Martin Gysler]


Email Inbox Zero. At times it can feel like the El Dorado of digital organization — everyone thinks it will bring them organizational bounty, but it proves horribly elusive.


However, it can be done. I’ve been there, more than once.


You too can get there — with the help of the dozen top tips I learned along the way.


1. Decide how often you want to be at zero


Having your inbox permanently at zero is impossible. Having messages come in is, after all, half the point of email. As a lot of my work is built around weekly cycles, for me hitting inbox zero at the end of each week is the aim; for you it might be each day.


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SUNDAY’S LEADERSHIP MANTRA: Goal.

SUNDAY’S LEADERSHIP MANTRA: Goal. | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be successful and, some people would do all to achieve it (...).

A good tool for success is certainly, the goal. As Brian Tracy say:


Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement” Brian Tracy


what makes me say that this topic is sufficiently interesting and important to linger a bit.


All of these goals that will lead us to success!


Introduction


Beyond the basics of goal that he should be SMART: Simple and Specific | Measurable | Achievable | Realistic | Time limited and which is known to most of us, I would like add the emotional meaning of the subject.


Indeed, the act of setting goals is often linked to an emotional process:

  • From needs who are deepest in us;
  • an ambition to be this or that;
  • Or an ego, oversized, who plays tricks on us;

and many other factors.


All these elements combined can significantly change the logic of things and lead us sometimes on unsafe paths and strewn with pitfalls.


When should we have a goal?...


Read more: http://martingysler.com/2012/01/15/sundays-leadership-mantra-goal/

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How to Fight Information Overload

How to Fight Information Overload | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.


This has to stop somewhere. And it can.


As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.


What you need to do is focus on these 4 steps:

  1. Set your goals.
  2. Decide whether you really need the information.
  3. Consume only the minimal effective dose.
  4. Don’t procrastinate by consuming too much information.


But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

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Seven Secrets to Resilience

Seven Secrets to Resilience | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

As the economy improves in fits and starts, selling your products and services remains unusually tough. Never has resilience been more critical for small-business owners. The ability to steadfastly push through challenges is a valuable trait that seems to come naturally to some entrepreneurs. Others can adapt over time to become wiser and more confident after each trying situation.

 

So how can you quickly recover from setbacks in the selling process? For starters, experts suggest viewing sales in your business as a long process with many wins and losses, much like a professional athlete's season. "Try not to look at your sales record as just one good or bad deal or one good or bad week," advises Steve W. Martin, who teaches sales strategy at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and is the author of Heavy Hitter Sales Psychology (TILIS Publishers, 2009).

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Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Noah Goldstein’s, Steve Martin’s (no, not that Steve Martin’s) and Robert Cialdini’s Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive is a pop psych book, where a bunch of research in psychology is distilled into one readable volume.


50 scientifically proven ways constitute 50 chapters of the book, longest of which take 7 pages. The authors take the position that persuasion is a science, not art, hence with the right approach anybody can become the master in the skill of persuasion. So, what are the 50 ways?

  1. Inconvenience the audience by creating an impression of product scarcity. It’s the famous change from “Call now, the operators are standing by” to “If the line is busy, call again”, that greatly improved the call volume by creating the impression that everybody else is trying to buy the same product...
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5 Simple Principles for Becoming an Expert

5 Simple Principles for Becoming an Expert | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
  • There aren’t shortcuts.
  • Merely direct paths.
  • Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us.
  • Things that look like shortcuts are usually detours disguised as less work.
  • Seth Godin

For the past month, I’ve been studying people who have become skilled and knowledgeable enough to be called “experts” in preparation for the launch of a new blog.


I’ve interviewed experts, spent time with them and have asked them whether shortcuts exist to becoming an expert (and received some incredible responses like the one from Seth Godin above). I’ve even read books by people who study success and expertise (expertologists?)...

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