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6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
You're the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here's how to become the strategic leader your company needs.
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"Sleeping director": When a company director is personally liable for a company’s unpaid tax liabilities

"Sleeping director": When a company director is personally liable for a company’s unpaid tax liabilities | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
There are plenty of traps to trip over and directors must be fully aware of their obligations under the law.
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No leering or s-xting allowed: why employers should take note of a new ad campaign

No leering or s-xting allowed: why employers should take note of a new ad campaign | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Inappropriate workplace conversations and sexual harassment are the focus of the latest advertising campaign from the Human Rights Commission.
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9 Body Language Tricks to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

9 Body Language Tricks to Improve Your Negotiation Skills | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Strong negotiation skills are hugely advantageous throughout one’s life, from the boardroom to the bar. These skills largely rest on your ability to back up your words with physical actions that exude openness, honesty, and confidence. This fosters trust and increases the other party’s desire to react cooperatively and reach agreement.

According to psychologists and a recent study from language experts Gengo, body language and non-verbal communications has a greater impact in a discussion than the actual words that you say.


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Elizabeth Alfaro's curator insight, July 7, 3:49 PM

Nuestro cuerpo también expresa, deberíamos saber cómo usarlo a nuestro favor. 

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, July 8, 10:28 AM

Also some great tips for competitive intelligence collectors at trade shows. Or those in Sales and Marketing. And don't forget they're reading your body too. 

Courtney Rieck's curator insight, July 9, 1:31 AM

I enjoyed reading this article, it gave me some knowledge on how to negotiate with people. I believe further in life this will become valued knowledge.

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The Future of the Workplace

The Future of the Workplace | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

MIT professor Thomas Malone riffs on the future of the workplace. It’s an interesting take. Here are a few highlights: 

 

We’ll see an increase in human freedom in organizations, changing the way businesses are run. This is fueled, impart, by new technologies.
 With new technologies driving down the cost of communications, decision making will become more decentralized due to the ease and access to large amounts of information
 Newer organizational structures will emerge


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David Hain's curator insight, June 30, 3:49 AM

The future of organisations is up for grabs and here are some of the trends that will shape it.

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Do You Really Want to Be Yourself at Work?

Do You Really Want to Be Yourself at Work? | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Would you love to work in a place where you could truly be yourself? Where you didn’t have to spend a single moment of your time and energy making sure you put only your best self forward?


Most people would, according to research recently published by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones in “Creating the Best Workplace on Earth.” For three years they went around the world, asking hundreds of executives to describe the attributes of their ideal workplace. Topping the list was an environment where people could be themselves and where the company invested in developing them (and everyone they worked with) to be the very best they could be.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 24, 6:21 PM

Take this assessment to see how well suited you are to fulfilling your highest potential.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, June 25, 10:03 PM

It seems that there are not many organisations dedicated to developing every one of its people by weaving personal growth into day-to-day work.

Heidi Babcock's curator insight, June 27, 9:40 AM

Interesting...

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7 Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones -

7 Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones - | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Here are 7 leadership lessons from Game of Thrones as blogged by Chris Gaborit.
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Gary Bamford's curator insight, June 24, 3:59 PM

You know nothing .....

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How Do You Operationalize Empathy?

How Do You Operationalize Empathy? | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
How do you operationalize empathy? This is the essential leadership and business challenge for us, and we need to address empathy as a way to lead.

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HR_Hardball's curator insight, June 22, 3:51 PM

The first step is to listen with intention...

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5 Keys to Becoming Indispensable at Work

5 Keys to Becoming Indispensable at Work | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

There are times when every business is going through a restructure. Some companies seem to do this every few years, some every year, and some seem to be undergoing one eternal restructure!


Have you ever noticed that some people are restructure proof? Fear does not grip their body at the mention of that word. They never leave. They never get demoted. They are important to the company.


This reminds me of a story. Please excuse me; we are a training company, so there is always a story.


A big corporation hired several cannibals. “You are all part of our team now,” said the HR manager during the welcome briefing. “You get all the usual benefits and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat, but please don’t eat any of the other employees.


The cannibals promised they would not.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 28, 7:01 PM

These are the 5 keys to becoming indispensable at work.

4twenty2's curator insight, May 29, 4:09 AM

Great story about the Cannibals and so true.  Making your self an important part of the business is not so hard.  To be honest, its what we should all do anyway.  Being a "doer", respecting co-workers, focusing on building skills not rank and keeping an open mind to change will ensure that you are not in the firing line for the next set of redundancies.

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, May 29, 2:56 PM

When doing a Organisation Restructure, encouraging employees to think in the ways this article suggests would certainly go a long way in helping any transition anxiety, and help the collective body along the transition.

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Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job

Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

A 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S. showed 42% of employees with paid time off finished the year with unused days, leaving an average of 8.1 days unused.

Small business owners are especially bad at taking time away. According to the 2013 Sage Reinvention of Small Business Study, 43% of small business owners are taking less vacation time than five years ago.


The fact that we don't use all of our vacation time isn’t all that surprising. After all, getting away for a few days or weeks can be overwhelming when it feels like stepping away from the office will create a painful backlog of work when you return.


But what if stepping away from the daily grind made you better at your job?


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Michael J Rutherford's curator insight, May 23, 9:26 AM

Today's virtual world that works makes it possible for anyone who wants to travel abroad making it a lifestyle...

Heidi Babcock's curator insight, May 23, 11:13 AM

That's what I'm talking about!

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, May 23, 10:32 PM

This is a good one! Nothing like a vacation, a week away from work, with your family or your co-workers. What matters is the change, change of atmosphere, the adventure activities, the star-studded sky above you, and the fresh air you breathe, enough to recharge your batteries, and yes inspire you with new ideas and thoughts!

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How Multitasking Slows Your Brain & Kills Your Productivity

How Multitasking Slows Your Brain & Kills Your Productivity | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

It wasn’t long ago when people were consistently praised for multitasking– the parent who, in one night, juggles children’s homework, their own professional work, the laundry, and spinning classes. Or the ultra-connected marketing manager who, in an hour, answers 10 emails, works on a sales pitch, grabs a coffee, and books a plane ticket for a trade show. Both sound like veritable productivity masters. But the mental toll caused by multitasking has been proven to far outweigh peoples’ ability to simultaneously juggle tasks.


Multitasking, in fact, is multifaceted. The term can be defined as performing two or more tasks at the same time, or constantly switching from one thing to another. It can also be described as performing numerous tasks in rapid succession– like sending a tweet, then writing an email, then making a call, then checking your messages, then finishing your presentation. Sound familiar?


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Heidi Babcock's curator insight, May 14, 1:29 PM

There is no perfect balance, only balanc-ing!

 

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, May 14, 5:02 PM

I would not be so "black or white" on this... For sure, in some specific moment, we definitely  need to focus and avoid any kind of distractions, then we should avoid multitasking. But, to be fair, these kind of moments, requiring our full attention, are not so frequent in a regular day. We are all able to identify those and isolate ourselves (if not possible within the 2 coming minutes, then schedule some time later on to do so, cf. the famous 2 minutes rule)


In the other hand, multitasking is very close to the way your brain work. It allows you to make connections, relate different things together, mix them and at the end breaking through, while focus only on 1 thing might lead you to a dead end. 


 As often, it is question and balance and knowing him/herself wheel enough to be able to adopt the quite behavior at the right time.

4twenty2's curator insight, May 15, 4:51 AM

Wow .... We have all been taught multi-tasking is the way forward - Men are often derided for their lack of ability in this department and now it seems they have been better at getting the job done all along!  

 

This quote really hit hole "trying to focus on one or more tasks at a time actually reduces your productivity by a whopping 40%. It’s equivalent to missing one night of sleep and has two-times more effect on your brain than smoking marijuana"  No wonder after a day of multitasking we feel exhausted -  a rethink on time management is needed!

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Why Replacing Hierarchies is the Future of Work

Why Replacing Hierarchies is the Future of Work | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Worry less about the future of work and notice what is happening right now.


If we invest time today on areas that are holding back our workplaces now, we’ll be better equipped to adjust to the future of work.


One area we need to invest time to change is workplace hierarchies. They are slowing down a business’s agility to respond to dramatic shifts in the marketplace . Managers need to invest time switching to a culture that emboldens employees and managers to work together to redefine their working relationship.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 4, 7:58 PM

The manager-employee paradigm of the 20th century is outdated. Replacing hierarchies is the future of work.

David Hain's curator insight, May 5, 3:37 AM

Loosen the control system to get the best out of people.

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'Your Story Is Your Strategy' Says VC Who Backed Facebook And Twitter - Forbes

'Your Story Is Your Strategy' Says VC Who Backed Facebook And Twitter - Forbes | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
'Your Story Is Your Strategy' Says VC Who Backed Facebook And Twitter Forbes “Storytelling is the most underrated skill,” says Ben Horowitz who, along with business partner Marc Andreessen, has built one of the most influential venture capital...
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SuperStream - What Is It?

SuperStream - What Is It? | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

SuperStream - Impact on Superannuation Funds, SMSFs, and Employers

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7 Leadership Qualities You May Not Know You Have

These are things you don't need to learn in books or B-schools. Build on these personal traits to become a more effective leader.
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The Employee Engagement Hoax - Forbes

The Employee Engagement Hoax - Forbes | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it


Somewhere around the late 1980s or early 1990s we stopped talking about employee morale and started talking about Employee Engagement instead.


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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 7, 10:01 AM

      I like the engagement concept, but it has been twisted to suit a management perspective that is unhelpful. It is helpful to think of engagement as behavioral and emotional commitment; this results in loyalty to the company a willingness to stay and provide discretionary effort. A prerequisite to engagement is employee satisfaction and positive morale.

 

      The problem with engagement arose because it was presented in many instances as a tool for driving performance. Consultants and pollsters latched onto the idea that if you measured engagement you could then take various actions to change it with a variety of employee focused HR tools. All of sudden then HR had the means, it believed, to drive, employee performance-- and, of course, how could this not be valuable for business and management.

     In fact, engagement is useful because it begins to address the complexity of motivating organizational behavior. It helps us understand that both intrinsic and extrinsic factors should be considered, that the social conditions are important as well. Engagement points to the fact that a whole person approach is needed to fully enlist individual efforts on behalf of the organization.

 

      To obtain a truly engaged workforce, enterprises must start with choosing people who see it as more than simply a place to work;who see it as a valuable, useful means to a positive end for themselves and the broader community of which they are a part. Enterprises must come to the realization that supporting individuals in reaching their goals is the cost of getting individuals to support the organization's.

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 7, 10:08 AM

The one that gets me is the empowerment racket. As if we have the power to give someone else power. I hear this in education all the time. We are going to empower students as if we do their learning for them. Creating a positive and healthy learning environment with reciprocal relationships is the key.

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, July 9, 6:38 AM

Engagement - 12 ideas to listen to your employees

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Observation Skills May be Key Ingredient to Creativity

Observation Skills May be Key Ingredient to Creativity | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

The benefits of mindfulness, or being fully conscious and aware of one’s actions and surroundings, have been well documented by psychological scientists. Advantages include decreased risk of burnout at work, improved mental health, and smarter decision-making, according to recent studies. Now, researchers are turning their attention to a potential new connection: mindfulness and creativity.



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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 5:14 AM

Funny how @LeadershipABC so often hits on a topic I'm thinking about! Check out this article from Brain Pickings for more on how to be an explorer of the world!

 http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/24/how-to-be-an-explorer-of-the-world-keri-smith/

Robin Martin's curator insight, July 4, 1:54 PM

Great article Bobby! Thanks for sharing! 

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PAYG reporting to be reduced for small business as ATO embraces digital change

PAYG reporting to be reduced for small business as ATO embraces digital change | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
As part of its move to streamline reporting and cut red tape, the ATO has announced changes to PAYG and employee share ownership schemes.
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Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions

Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Here are ten ways asking questions can help us be more effective leaders and create breakthroughs in our impact.


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donhornsby's curator insight, May 27, 9:21 AM

(From the article): 

Here’s the real challenge to asking good questions. It requires a shift in our own mindset as leaders. We have to let go of three ego needs that hold us back.

Let go of the need to be superior or to prove ourselves (e.g. I’m the smartest person in the room so let me tell you everything I know).Let go of the need to control outcomes (e.g. the best and most efficient way to do this is my way, so let me just help you by telling you what to do).Let go of the need for perfection or need to succeed without any tolerance for failure (we have to do this perfectly because anything less than success will make us or me look bad).

This is where executive coaching really works to uncover limiting beliefs and paradigms we have so we can let our curiosity naturally flow through. Do these apply to you?

 

Michael Binzer's curator insight, June 25, 4:36 AM

Ten good ways to ask difficult questions. Worth reading

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 25, 8:08 AM

Questions will start the process of communication, resolving, thinking, etc. Great article.

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11 Mistakes You Make At Work Every Single Day

11 Mistakes You Make At Work Every Single Day | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

You might think the “perfect employee” works around the clock, constantly checks email and never takes a break or goes on vacation. But it turns out this perception is all wrong. In fact, the most successful people tend to know when to switch off, kick back, and refocus their energy.


So whether you’re angling for a raise, a promotion or just a few kind words from your boss, here are a few common workplace mistakes you should quickly correct. Your employer will appreciate your newfound productivity, and so will you.



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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 22, 6:29 PM

Are you making any of the 11 mistakes people regularly make at work?

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, June 22, 10:15 PM

This is absolutely true! To learn to prioritize, know when to switch off and on according to circumstances and  work pressure makes good sense, and this is supported by the article that I have re-scooped! Not being able to prioritize and switch off might result in burn out and ineffectual performance at work!

Nicolas Menard's curator insight, June 23, 1:46 AM

Take it easy...

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Trumans: June 2014 Newsletter

Trumans: June 2014 Newsletter | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Our June 2014 Newsletter out now.

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How to Get Your Employees to Go Beyond the Call of Duty

A recent study shows that employees who work for humble leaders are more likely to work harder and come up with better ideas.
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5 Habits of People With Remarkable Willpower

Willpower is not something you either have or you don't.


Sure, some people may be more self-disciplined than you. Some people may be better at resisting temptation than you. But that's probably not because they were born with some certain special something inside them--instead, they've found ways to store up their willpower and use it when it really matters.


They have remarkable willpower not because they have more of it, but because they've learned how to best use what they have.


Here's how you can, too.


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4twenty2's curator insight, May 20, 4:31 AM

Willpower - its all about getting the hardest things out of the way when you are at your mental peak, keeping in mind your long term goals and taking breaks to refuel your sugar levels.  Doing all these things will help you have the stamina to tackle the hardest of tasks without resorting to "I'll start tomorrow" 

donhornsby's curator insight, May 20, 8:30 AM

(From the article): Create reminders of long-term goals. You want to build a bigger company, but when you're mentally tired, it's easy to rationalize doing less than your best. You want to lose weight, but when you're mentally tired, it's easy to rationalize that you'll start tomorrow. You want to better engage with your employees, but when you're mentally tired, it's easy to rationalize that you really need to work on that proposal instead.

 

Mental fatigue makes you take the easy way out--even though the easy way takes you the wrong way.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, May 20, 8:06 PM

Some good tips to work on your willpower - remove temptation and reduce your choices.

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How To Wake Up Your Content & Business Storytelling Webinar

How To Wake Up Your Content & Business Storytelling Webinar | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
MediaMobz present Karen Dietz, PhD for a 30-minute, pre-recorded webinar aimed at business professionals who want to engage clients through improved content creation efforts.

We assembled th

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 13, 7:43 PM

Last week I gave a 30-minute how-to webinar for MediaMobz and they just posted it a few hours ago. Now it's available for anyone to review.


In the webinar I chat about the most desirable mix between content you create, curated content, and syndicated news. I also cover the difference between news stories and storytelling, and go over essential story elements.


I then do a bit of live coaching to turn a webinar participant's rough written story into a compelling one. At the end we had time for just a couple of questions.


I hope you'll find value in the webinar and if you have more questions, post them in the comments and I'll be glad to answer them. Thanks!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Small business welcomes creation of new ombudsman

Small business welcomes creation of new ombudsman | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Bruce Billson has announced a new $6 million initiative that will see the creation of a Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.
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How to Create a 15-Word Strategy Statement that's a Story

How to Create a 15-Word Strategy Statement that's a Story | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
A case study of a swimwear company.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 30, 2:45 AM

What would your change story be?

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, May 1, 1:28 AM

Such a simple template that can help provide an outline for your story.


Once upon a time there was (insert a name who exemplifies your target customer/consumer) …. . Every day he/she (insert his/her frustration or job to be done) …. . One day we developed (insert the product/solution and what are actually the 2-3 things we offer or not) … . Until finally (insert the end result for the customer/consumer compared to competition)

Helen Teague's curator insight, May 2, 8:49 AM

love this!