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How Great Leaders Manage Their Time

How Great Leaders Manage Their Time | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
The best leaders are proactive and purposeful about their day, every day. Here are five practical ways to manage your diary like a successful leader.
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Blue Mountains Business Awards 2018 Winners Announced - Blue Mountains News

Blue Mountains Business Awards 2018 Winners Announced - Blue Mountains News | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Last Friday night saw the annual Blue Mountains Business Awards held at a black tie event at the Fairmont Resort, Leura. Blue Mountains business people were out in their finest as they anxiously awaited the results. Over 350 businesses and individuals participated in this year’s awards, and many of them joined together to celebrate the finest businesses in the mountains.
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5 Steps to Personal Productivity

Follow these five steps to make a weekly productivity plan and get the job done.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, October 7, 9:52 PM

 

The main reason, why a lot of business owners are not as productive as they should be, is that they don't plan to be productive. A daily plan that keeps you on task, is a sure fire way. to increase your personal productivity. This article, outlines five steps to follow, to create your own weekly productivity plan.

CCM Consultancy's curator insight, October 8, 1:44 AM

A to-do list is simply that – a list. It’s an unorganized ledger of tasks that need to be completed at some point, by someone. While they codify objectives to execute, they do little else. In contrast, a plan is a strategy for execution. It comprises all the resources – including your own efforts and tasks – to tactically achieve an objective.

Marie Torossian, CPA, CGMA's curator insight, October 8, 6:06 AM
When you're the owner of a small business you are managing every thing! To keep you on track here are 5 steps to personal productivity and effectiveness to keep you and your business on track! 
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WOM: 99 % of Companies Are Forgetting This 1 Major Leadership + Storytelling Strategy 

WOM: 99 % of Companies Are Forgetting This 1 Major Leadership + Storytelling Strategy  | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Implementing a simple strategy for this area can extend your promotional reach exponentially.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 17, 3:12 PM

OK, this article is written from the point of view of marketing. But frankly, there is a lesson here for leaders no matter your functional area.

 

As the author says, Word Of Mouth (WOM) marketing (for leaders substitute influence for marketing) is often forgotten. What's the connection to storytelling? Easy -- stories travel. They will be retold outside of your presence. That's WOM. It's priceless.

 

If you are a marketer, both my clients and I have had terrific experiences with stories traveling and WOM. The same principles apply to leaders, and you too can experience WOM with the stories you tell.

 

Be intentional. Get busy sharing your stories and create your own WOM.

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How to Improve Your Elevator Pitch

How to Improve Your Elevator Pitch | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
An elevator pitch is a must for any small business. Who never know when you will find a potential client. Learn how to improve your elevator pitch here.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, September 18, 2:00 AM

 

Unless you can quickly and effectively answer the question; what do you do?,  you will miss many opportunities to grow your business. Given the importance of new business, it is vital that a business owner perfects their response to this common question asked when people meet for the first time.  This short article, should prove most useful, to anyone who has yet to perfect their elevator pitch.

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4 Essential Strategies For Connecting With Your Target Audience

4 Essential Strategies For Connecting With Your Target Audience | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Employing these strategies will help your business more effectively identify and engage your target audience.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, August 20, 10:54 PM

 

Identifying and successfully engaging online with your target audience, is assuming far greater importance, for business owners everywhere. As more and more customers and clients, increase the time they spend online seeking the products and services they need for their businesses or their own needs, the ability to engage and connect with your target audience becomes absolutely vital. This short article, briefly discusses four key strategies, you can adopt to identify and engage your target audience.

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Identifying and successfully engaging online with your target audience, is assuming far greater importance, for business owners everywhere. As more and more customers and clients, increase the time they spend online seeking the products and services they need for their businesses or their own needs, the ability to engage and connect with your target audience becomes absolutely vital. This short article, briefly discusses four key strategies, you can adopt to identify and engage your target audience.

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How to Use Customer Testimonials to Grow Your Business

How to Use Customer Testimonials to Grow Your Business | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Let customer testimonials grow your business. Video reviews and images tell your story, and case studies back you up. 

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Mark Bouris reveals common traits of struggling firms

Mark Bouris reveals common traits of struggling firms | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
With his TV series The Mentor now wrapped up, multimillionaire businessman Mark Bouris has shared some insights into the factors shared by all of the struggling businesses he sought to turn around.
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The Five Traits of Transformative CEOs

The Five Traits of Transformative CEOs | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Change is hard—but also necessary these days. An analysis of successful turnarounds points to key ways that leaders can put the odds in their favor.
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How Humble Leadership Really Works

How Humble Leadership Really Works | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
When you’re a leader — no matter how long you’ve been in your role or how hard the journey was to get there — you are merely overhead unless you’re bringing out the best in your employees. Unfortunately, many leaders lose sight of this.

Power, as my colleague Ena Inesi has studied, can cause leaders to become overly obsessed with outcomes and control, and, therefore, treat their employees as means to an end. As I’ve discovered in my own research, this ramps up people’s fear — fear of not hitting targets, fear of losing bonuses, fear of failing — and as a consequence people stop feeling positive emotions and their drive to experiment and learn is stifled.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 29, 3:54 AM

A plea for a leadership approach that's more human, because power notions can be illusory, and hubris is never far away...

John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, May 30, 7:15 AM

Top-down leadership is outdated, and, more importantly, counterproductive. By focusing too much on control and end goals, and not enough on their people, leaders are making it more difficult to achieve their own desired outcomes.

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Don't Wait (Advice for CEOs)

Don't Wait (Advice for CEOs) | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
A CEO asked me about the most common mistakes made by my clients, most of whom are also CEOs. I had to consider how my clients would answer that question, and I think the overarching theme would be: They waited too long.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 9, 4:16 AM

Take 1 minute to reflect on this profound piece of advice to leaders from the significant wisdom and experience of Ed Batista!

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Why Leaders Who Listen Achieve Breakthroughs

Why Leaders Who Listen Achieve Breakthroughs | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
As a leader, communicating can sometimes feel like Groundhog Day. No matter how hard you try to get your message across, it is all too easy to find the next day that you face the same blank stares, predictable objections, and questions that indicate that you failed to make it stick — that people just aren’t getting it. One reason leaders find themselves in this cycle is that their approach to communication is based on an outdated mental model. It’s a model best described as a “post office.” They view themselves as the sender of a message and others as the receivers. If problems arise, leaders look for disruption somewhere along the route.

The post office model focuses most leaders’ attention on the sending process, rather than the give-and-take of effective conversations. Even if they invite people to ask questions and truly value their buy-in, these leaders are still preoccupied with their message. This leaves them ignorant about the larger context and reality on the ground, including emerging issues and game-changing opportunities. In the extreme, thinking in terms of the post office model causes leaders to make decisions in isolation or miss the early warning signs of dysfunctional momentum.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 30, 7:49 AM

In leadership, 'receive' is so much more important than 'send', but so much rarer...Elizabeth Doty in praise of listening.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 30, 11:25 AM

Listening is a skill that requires practice . So many Leaders are solution focused they run down rabbit holes they could have avoided through listening ... all is us in general could work at improving our listening skills

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The Power of Leaders Who Focus on Solving Problems

The Power of Leaders Who Focus on Solving Problems | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Can you get people excited about the problems that excite you?
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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Collusion vs Collaboration

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Collusion vs Collaboration | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
A group of talented individuals does not necessarily translate into a high performing team.  That’s why sometimes the underdog seemingly comes out of nowhere to win.  In fact, high performing teams know that to succeed they must depend on each other as much, if not more, than their individual talents.

Perhaps even more importantly, they act as if their success is dependent on the success of others.  They also believe that they can truly count on each other to do what is best for their team, to be treated with respect and fully supported no matter what.


The answer to this one question – can we count on each other when it really counts – can reveal whether your team is colluding for mediocrity or collaborating for greatness.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 14, 5:56 AM

Some ways to tell genuine collaboration form the various 'plastic' types.

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How To Stop Taking Things Personally

How To Stop Taking Things Personally | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
A few ways to prevent yourself from taking things too personally.
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ATO appears to adopt stricter test to determine if holiday rentals genuinely available for rent

ATO appears to adopt stricter test to determine if holiday rentals genuinely available for rent | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
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Purpose And Meaning Really Do Matter: The Why Of Work interview & book

Purpose And Meaning Really Do Matter: The Why Of Work interview & book | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
People thrive in an environment where their work has clear meaning and purpose.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 17, 3:00 PM

Here is a robust interview with David Ulrich, the author ofThe Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win who shares specific steps about how leaders can both think better about their work, increase purpose and meaning for employees, and operate from a place of abundance.

 

Storytelling is a part of this, as you will read. Ulrich used the anecdote of the bricklayer/cathedral builder, which is no overused. But the point remains valid.

 

Learn more about finding different aspects of abundant forms of accomplishment like Insight, Achievement, Connection, Empowerment.

 

It's a great read (and inspirational, too!)

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3 Ways to Build Your Brand Identity Using Content Marketing

3 Ways to Build Your Brand Identity Using Content Marketing | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Can your content pass the 'logo test'? If not, it'll be just another one of those generic articles that bombard your target audience each day.
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How to Find Your Passion Late in Your Life

How to Find Your Passion Late in Your Life | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Since we often equate passion with life purpose, failing to identify where your passion lies can make you feel as if your life lacks meaning, or that you’re insignificant.
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3 Transitions Even the Best Leaders Struggle With

3 Transitions Even the Best Leaders Struggle With | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
The capacity for reinvention is the single-most-important career attribute for executives today. Successful reinvention may look different for each of us, but if we do not attempt it, we are sure to fail.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 4:29 AM

Career and business transitions are a bit like points on a rail track - dangerous zones of possible derailment!

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5 Ways to Manage Your Organization’s Subcultures

5 Ways to Manage Your Organization’s Subcultures | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Edgar Schein will tell you to look closely at values. Some are pivotal — they are essential to belonging to the group. Others are peripheral — you can compromise on those and still be a member. Those pivotal values are what anchor our people to their organizations. It’s imperative we understand the common values that link people and create active subcultures.

Knowing each of the subcultures for the groups within your organization can impact execution across your business, including how you hire, develop employees, collaborate, address quality, solve problems, deliver services and deploy projects.

Clearly, a one-size-fits-all culture strategy does not work. Again and again we see companies using just one lens to view a new initiative. And even if the change itself might work well for all subcultures, leadership often insists on using only one way to communicate and implement the initiative for everyone. No wonder we trip on unintended consequences.


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David Hain's curator insight, June 12, 5:15 AM

Nobody has a monoculture! Working out the differences is pretty useful information.

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Start Me Up Intensive 10 Session Program - Events | Mens Altitude Network

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Successful Sales Tips for Small Business Owners

Successful Sales Tips for Small Business Owners | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Tips, resources, and advice to help small business owners sell their products and services more effectively. Learn successful pitches and negotiations.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 8, 9:56 PM

 

Many small business owners do not come from a sales environment, and as a consequence, they often struggle with converting opportunities into business revenue. Fortunately the skills required to effectively sell products or services can be acquired and improved with practice. This excellent article is a must read, for any small business owner, struggling with the sales side of their business operations.

Toby Scammell's curator insight, May 16, 12:02 PM
Great sales advice for all the small business owners out there!
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How not to annoy your clients when you ask for feedback —

How not to annoy your clients when you ask for feedback — | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
A lot of professionals know they should be getting client feedback, but they’re too worried about annoying their clients to actually ask for it.
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Leading with inner agility | McKinsey

Leading with inner agility | McKinsey | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
The problem isn’t the problem; our relationship to the problem is the problem. In other words, we have many of the skills needed to handle what’s being thrown at us. But when faced with continual complexity at unprecedented pace, our survival instincts kick in. In a mental panic to regain control, we fight, flee, or freeze: we act before thinking (“we’ve got to make some kind of decision, now!”), we analyze an issue to the point of paralysis, or we abdicate responsibility by ignoring the problem or shunting it off to a committee or task force. We need inner agility, but our brain instinctively seeks stasis. At the very time that visionary, empathetic, and creative leadership is needed, we fall into conservative, rigid old habits.

You can’t steer your company through constant change if you are relying on the safety of your own cruise control. To spot opportunities—and threats—in this environment, we must teach ourselves how to have a more comfortable and creative relationship with uncertainty. That means learning how to relax at the edge of uncertainty, paying attention to subtle clues both in our environment and in how we experience the moment that may inform unconventional action.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 17, 5:40 AM

Take out the schlocky 'inner agility' sound bite, and there are some great practices in this article for making better decisions in the complexity maelstrom.