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Using silence to stamp out stress

Personal development. Photo: Yayimages   To really shape the odds in one’s favor, it’s vital to have all the elements of life in balance and harmony:  cue the work-life balance theory. There’s a lot of advice out there regarding achieving work-life balance, and the chances are, if you’re an entrepreneur, you’re always super busy and finding time for yourself is either not easy and/or not a priority, but it really ought to be. Evidence suggests that high levels of unmanaged stress wreak...
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Don't aim to be less

  Aimlessness by definition means having no goal, purpose, or direction. Most of the time you will hear people tell you how there isn’t enough time in the day to do the list of things they “chose” to put on their To Do List. But rarely will you hear someone tell you with excitement the strategies they formulated to tackle their one big goal or why all the listed activities on their To Do List will help them become a master of their craft. It all comes down to having clear vision with the un...
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The power of change management for digital transformation

The business leaders of today must understand that the road towards digital transformation is ALWAYS under construction. The reason this is true is because humans are always evolving. And if human evolve, so does their approach in various aspects of business. We are going to experience things all the time that will test us, challenge us, and change us. Change will always be the necessity of life and we have to always repair the damages or reconstruct areas in our businesses so that we can be bet...
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The battle of the 'Creative Genius' vs the 'Performing Machine'

Caption: Brainwells Isn't it peculiar how you can sometimes create something new, solve a complex matter or suddenly get really important insights - just like that! Bam! Suddenly it's there - no stress, no hard work, it's just like - playing! Artists - like authors and painters - often report of incidents that feel like being in a trance or state of meditation while working, losing total control of time and space. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of "Eat, Pray, Love," talks about this in the Ted vi...
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Avoiding the greatest mistakes in hiring a sales leader

    While there are many obstacles to growing a sustainable, successful company, the most impactful mistake often made by executives in organizations of all sizes, industries and locations, is in hiring the right sales leader. The following real world case example (using a fictional name) illustrates the impact of many of the common practices in selecting and managing a new sales leader. Choosing the Sales Leader Teckno has had strong market adoption and customer penetration within Sma...
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Six ways to make your life as a modern leader easier

Caption: Leadership.Courage.Fun.Photo: brainwells.com Kristine Maudal and Even Fossen – founders of the leadership training company  Brainwells  and authors of the blog  LeadershipCourageFun   – share their top six tips for making your life as a modern leader easier. The idea that what we do at work should fill not only our bank accounts, but also our hearts, is gaining momentum. We are seeing this demand more and more often with our clients as an increasing number ...
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The Human Side of Strategy (The only way to go)

    The Human Side of Strategy Strategy starts with you. It must become a natural part of your everyday life and thus a part of the company’s DNA. Only then, can you start dreaming of the success that you deserve. As you know – strategy is a plan. A plan of how to reach your goals. It can be printed on paper. Or presented neatly on PowerPoint. But no matter how good your strategy and enchanting your presentations, to succeed you must first hit a chord with your employees. And make sure...
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Making time for personal development

The life of most entrepreneurs is a busy one and many focus the bulk of their attention on business matters like networking, planning, finding investors and clients, marketing and finance. There’s always something to do, and when you’re so busy it’s easy to lose sight of your own personal development as you become wrapped up in your exciting project or startup.   Big mistake though. It’s a bit like companies who when faced with tightening budgets cut back on marketing and communications. Yo...
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Keeping employees happy on a shoe string

Most startups don’t have tons of money to splash about and what is available is speont carefully, meaning there are usually no ‘perks’ for the team. According to experts, it’s possible for teams to thrive without a constant dangling perks carrot. Ron Friedman in the  Harvard Business Review  claims satisfying employees’ emotional needs and developing working conditions that help people produce their best work is more important than big carrots. Here are top tips as reported by entrepre...
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Circling

Could ‘Circling’ be the next ‘big thing’ in personal development? ShapingTheOdds in one’s personal life can take many forms and the correlation between mental, emotional and physical wellbeing is indisputable. Taking care of the physical self is obvious to most – healthy lifestyle combining good nutrition and exercise – but what about our mental and emotional health? John Thompson, Circling Europe According to John Thompson, one of the directors of Circling Europe, circling is a very effective m...
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