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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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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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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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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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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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How to Avoid the Mistakes Most Writers Make

How to Avoid the Mistakes Most Writers Make | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Avoid enough mistakes and you will never prosper. Make the right series of slip-ups and you can accelerate your success. I owe my own triumph to the ample mistakes I made my first two years online. Hopefully, I can help you avoid the truly painful blunders, so you’ll be free to stumble without entirely falling.


Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Fear of failure can stand as an unfortunate impediment to prosperity. At a subconscious level, people link failure to humiliation, and no one wants to be humiliated. There is a way, however, to leap over your fears so you can make the mistakes and learn the lessons that will make you great.

 

Realize that every time you fail, you’ve grown as an entrepreneur, person, or writer. Recognize that each failure brings you closer to success and that a fear of failing will keep you from taking the chances that make up most success stories.

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The Delights of Delegation: Why Going it Alone Doesn't Work

The Delights of Delegation: Why Going it Alone Doesn't Work | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Whether you’re a high-flying manager tasked with leading your team into battle in the latest big company mission, or looking to get a passion project off the ground, falling into that most counterproductive of traps and trying to do everything yourself can be all too easy.

 

After all, these projects are your babies; their success — or failure — ultimately lies with you. People, be it your employers, colleagues, friends or family are counting on you to take this on and emerge triumphant.

 

When the pressure is on like this, most of us have fallen victim at one time or another to the belief that doing everything ourselves is the best option.

 

Yet by enlisting the help of others and putting your absolute faith in them, you’ll achieve much more than you ever could on your own...

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From Failed Idea to Profitable Product: What I Learned from Failure

From Failed Idea to Profitable Product: What I Learned from Failure | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

The biggest insecurity we bloggers face is the question of whether anybody is actually going to buy our product. We can’t give away our content forever, and those Google ads are hardly going to pay the bills.


That’s why every blogger should offer his or her own product. You can recommend other products without seeing a noticeable return. The biggest return on effort is from your own product, whether it’s an ebook, a service, or a piece of software. But the creation of your own product creates a different kind of fear.

 

The fear of failure
Everybody fears failure. It’s instilled in us from an early age. Most people don’t like losing, and try to avoid it at all costs. And if you’re going to create something to sell, the fear of it failing becomes all too real. Many times it becomes so real that people don’t even go through with their plans at all...

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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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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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10 Secrets of Successful Leaders

10 Secrets of Successful Leaders | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” But, becoming a great leader isn’t easy. Successfully maneuvering a team through the ups and downs of starting a new business can be one of the greatest challenges a small-business owner faces.


Leadership is one of the areas that many entrepreneurs tend to overlook, according leadership coach John C. Maxwell, whose books include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Thomas Nelson, 1998) and Developing the Leader Within You (Thomas Nelson, 1993)...

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Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream

Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Forget the small stuff, for now. What's your big objective?

 

As January approaches, and we bid another year adieu, our thoughts turn to making resolutions: this year I will lose that extra weight, drink less alcohol, give up sugar, get out of debt. All worthy goals, but why do we perennially return to resolutions that seem based on the idea of fixing all the things we're doing "wrong?"

 

You can't know what resolution you need until you know what your objective is. In photography, the resolution of the image is entirely dependent on the output you want. If you're looking at an image on your computer monitor, 72 dpi (dots per inch) is fine, but if you want to print that image, you'll need a much higher resolution, say 240 dpi. If you then want to make that image into a billboard, you actually need a relatively lower dpi, because the further away you are from it, the more your eyes will blend the colors for you (think of a Georges Seurat painting).

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It’s so true. I think that we should consider this advice. If you’re not a dreamer, and if you can’t respect your commitments, this post will give you few interesting tracks.

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It’s so true. I think that we should consider this advice. If you’re not a dreamer, and if you can’t respect your commitments, this post will give you few interesting tracks.

Letitia Owens's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:09 PM

It’s so true. I think that we should consider this advice. If you’re not a dreamer, and if you can’t respect your commitments, this post will give you few interesting tracks.

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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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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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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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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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Dangers of Working at Home – And How To Fix It

Dangers of Working at Home – And How To Fix It | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Working at home has become very popular in the last few years. It has many benefits over regular way of working at the office: no commuting, you have more time to spend with your family and you get more done, because you don’t have the distractions of the open office.


However, there are also downsides of working at home. It is up to you to make a decision – whether you want the remote working to improve your work quality and career or turn it intoprocrastination and slacking off.

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9 Steps Towards Creating An Efficient Work Environment

9 Steps Towards Creating An Efficient Work Environment | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

No matter if you work from home or have an outside office, there’s nothing worse than a terrible work environment. Optimizing your workspace makes a world of difference in your life; helping you pull yourself out of a rut while saving tons of precious time. Look below for 9 steps towards creating a more efficient work environment, and then share you best tips with us in the comments!

 

Separate Your Work and Personal Life

Creating boundaries between work and personal duties will, above all, help you stay focused. Simply setting aside a place for work is all you need to do. For example, leave the kitchen for cooking and eating, and keep the bedroom for sleeping and, ahem…

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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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4 Lifestyle Patterns Successful Entrepreneurs Share

4 Lifestyle Patterns Successful Entrepreneurs Share | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Successful entrepreneurs make profits from their passions. They decide what actions they must take in order to establish or grow their own business. After speaking with many entrepreneurs from all different fields, it has become increasingly apparent they all share specific habits and lifestyle patterns that help keep them motivated and push them forward.


1. Wake up and go to sleep at the same time everyday.

Contrary to entrepreneurial belief, pulling all-nighters all the time won’t always make your business succeed any faster. Of course sometimes they’re necessary, but even if you are waking up at 10 AM and going to sleep at 4 AM, the regularity of your schedule will be something that your body can adapt to and the consistency will work in your favor when it comes to mental and physical performance...

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