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When Starting a Company, Get Your Values Right

As a start-up gets off the ground, it has a short-lived opportunity to decide how it wants to do business. With each new hire …

Recognize Employees Who Step Up

Some of your most valuable employees are those junior staff who act and contribute far beyond their pay grade. Look out for …

Ease Your Employees Into Change

Change can be scary. But the best leaders smooth over the transition by supporting their teams and advocating for them. To …

Don't Pursue a Doomed Idea

When it comes to innovation, irrationality can be a blessing. Many a great decision has resulted from people taking risks …

See the Big Picture Before Making a Decision

Successful strategic thinkers always have perspective. They consider the potential impact of their actions on those beyond …

Win the Pitch

Whether you are vying for a highly-prized account, convincing a CFO to loosen the purse strings, or swaying a new team, you …

Handle Both Kinds of Conflict

Every team has a certain amount of conflict, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. As a leader you should identify whether …

7 body language tips to give you the upper hand

Thinking about wearing that red tie to a meeting with the managing director today? You might want to think again.


Body language …

Stop Wasting Your Boss's Time

It's easy to complain about a manager who wastes time. It's much harder to see how you might misuse that manager's time. Here …

Take Mini Email Vacations Every Day

Gaining control over email is a constant, nagging struggle for most office workers. Instead of checking it continuously throughout …

Change Your Culture a Few Behaviors at a Time

Many leaders try to change their company's culture in tandem with new strategies, such as mergers or turnarounds. But most …

Let Employees Tell Their Own Stories about Change

Conventional approaches to change management urge leaders to set a vision and cascade it down the organization. This may save …

Apply the Right Kind of Pressure to Innovators

Too many managers unintentionally kill innovation by relying heavily on carrots and sticks to motivate employees. When it …

Create Raving Fans for Your Idea

Selling an idea to your organization works best when you have internal fans. When people admire your idea, it confirms it's …

Reveal Your Intentions to Build Trust

People's trust in you is largely determined by your intentions. Here are three ways to prove your sincerity:

Talk explicitly …

Demonstrate Your Credibility as a Leader

One of the most critical traits of an effective leader is credibility. If your team doesn't believe in your ability to do …

Motivate Your Problem Employee

There's one on every team- Someone who just doesn't live up to his potential. Here is a process to inspire this problem employee …

Introverts Can Still Innovate

New ideas are only valuable if they're shared with others. If you're an introvert, you may not feel comfortable talking about …

Give Your Organization a Marketing Makeover

In successful organizations, marketing isn't one group's responsibility. Everyone should be constantly aware of who their …

Create an Office Space that Encourages Teamwork

Business today requires collaboration, but we rarely design our workspaces to support this. Here are three ways your company …

Get Your Boss to Say Yes

If you have a great idea that your boss won't likely approve, don't ask for permission. At least not at first. Instead do …

STOP YOUR LIMITING BELIEFS: 10 EMPOWERING BELIEFS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

What is a belief? It’s a feeling of certainty about what something means. The challenge is that most of our beliefs are generalizations …

Get Unstuck When Innovating

To innovate, you need to think differently. If you find yourself struggling to get something started or you're stuck in the …

Choose the Right Leadership Approach

When you manage a team of people, adapt your leadership style to meet each person's needs. In general there are four types …

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