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INFOGRAPHIC: How To Be A Good Boss

INFOGRAPHIC: How To Be A Good Boss | Startup Management | Scoop.it
What employees look for.
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From bad to good habits of a team leader, here's a quick look at what matters to coworkers about their boss. No excuses not to have a motivated and loyal team!

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Founders Are Not Heroes. Let’s Get Back To Work

Founders Are Not Heroes. Let’s Get Back To Work | Startup Management | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs sometimes feel like complaining about their situation and their current  problems. But who has ever considered this as an easy job? There’s nothing romantic in entrepreneuship, as explained by Ann Miura-Ko.

Founders know what they signed up for, so it is time to get back to work. Because yeah, this is what makes the difference in the end.

 

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Admitting that you have no idea what you're doing

Admitting that you have no idea what you're doing | Startup Management | Scoop.it

The entrepreneur faces great pressure from every single person related to his business. Investors, employees, journalists... everyone expects him to know exactly where he is going, and how. The truth is, you cannot always know. Actually the entreprneur often has "no idea" of what he's supposed to do. And this is espacially true for first time entrepreneurs. The big deal here is to be able to admit it. Then you can start seeking answers and solutions, to help you deal with everything you have in front of you.

 

 

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Are You Sure You're Not a Bad Boss?

Are You Sure You're Not a Bad Boss? | Startup Management | Scoop.it

"It's not what you do but what you don't do that matters."

 

The bad boss is not the one we would think about, that is what this great study from Harvard Business Review reveals. The 10 most prominent and common points between poor managers have been listed here, and the result is, well... surprinsing. Forget about the yelling boss, or the one that disregards his subordinates' work. We are talking about behaviour failures much more difficult to recognize.

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Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

This is one of those speeches that changes the way you talk about your product, your cause, your company - and maybe the way you conceive of it. What if we started by explaining the reason, the vision behind our product, instead of beginning with the product itself?

"People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it", argues Simon Sinek along this video, and the understanding of this is the common point between all inspiring leaders.

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My view on Digital Publishing's comment, August 21, 2012 6:03 AM
Excellent orateur et pragmatique par dessus tout. Celle-ci est vraiment très bien : http://99u.com/videos/7058/Simon-Sinek-If-You-Dont-Understand-People-You-Dont-Understand-Business
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Want to be successful? Be inconsistent

Want to be successful? Be inconsistent | Startup Management | Scoop.it

Jeff Bezos from Amazon recently gave unusual advice on an interview about his company's success. The author of this post, Joel from Buffer, further explains his point: entrepreneurs focusing on being consistent at all times of their startup development are actually wrong. Your knowledge of the situation you're in changes everyday. A past decision or statement that was perfectly legitimate at a time can suddely appear completely wrong. And your job as an entrepreneur, a leader and a manager is to recognize this and, yes, change your mind.

 

In this post Joel gives great insights to accept what he calls necessary "inconsistency", as well as some examples from his own experience.

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It's More Important to Be Kind than Clever

It's More Important to Be Kind than Clever | Startup Management | Scoop.it
Small gestures can send big signals....

Numbers and analytics sometimes seem to have taken off of business one of its great components: humanity. This article presents striking stories. Striking small gestures and their unexpected results, and what they tell us about what we should not forget as entrepreneurs.

Teach our teams - and ourselves - the value of kindness and humanity.

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People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip | Startup Management | Scoop.it

We all like to think of startups as non hierarchic organizations and to some extent that should be true. But at some point of development, in any organizations the CEO can no longer manage every employee directly, so he starts relying on information reported by a few people: VP Sales, VP Marketing, CTO, etc.

 

This just isn't enough to come to the right decisions. As a CEO, you need a very close, first-hand informed knowledge of what is going on, and how, in your company, and with your customers. That is why you have to 'dip' down into all levels of your organization to 'get the feeling' by yourself. This is also true in the technical field, argues the author, where you need a deep understanding of every major issue. This is to make you able to mediate in the technical decision making - I personnally question the role of the CEO in taking those technical decisions.

 

But the opposite of not dipping into your organization is an even more frequent flaw for CEOs: skipping. Managers must absolutely refrain from skipping hierarchical levels when directing people. This is destructive for any employees and will undermine the overall performance of the company.

 

Finally, a point is made about how VCs should take into account  this 'dip but not skip' rule, because, it does, definitely, apply to them too.

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4 Personality Traits All Entrepreneurs Must Have

4 Personality Traits All Entrepreneurs Must Have | Startup Management | Scoop.it

Nestled away in the entrepreneur's mind, there are four distinct traits of his or her personality that work together to make an entrepreneur successful. No surprise that the entrepreneur must be a leader. But did you guess that this role is mostly to put together the 3 others? Dreamer, Thinker, Story-Teller, and finally Leader: their  relative importance in each entrepreneur surely varies, but all of them must be developped to fulfill the entrepreneur's job: have the business working.

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The One Minute Manager - PDF version

The One Minute Manager is a "story that will change your life", as a manager - and as an entrepreneur. Or at least, it gives great clues about team management: how to set goals, how to motivate and reward, how to reprimand and help improve those who report to you. It takes the form a short,narrative, less-than-60-pages story. It is all about a man seeking like you and me: improve.

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