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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 LeaderTeckno has had strong market adoption and customer penetration within Small t...
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Six ways to make your life as a modern leader easier

Caption: Leadership.Courage.Fun.Photo: brainwells.comKristine 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 of sma...
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The Human Side of Strategy (The only way to go)

  The Human Side of StrategyStrategy 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 tha...
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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. You ...
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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 entrepreneur...
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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 EuropeAccording to John Thompson, one of the directors of Circling Europe, circling is a very effective meth...
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