The 2-day goal setting process that will make 2019 your best year yet

While many business leaders prefer to set aside time towards the end of the year to plan for the next, it's not too late to put together your annual plan for 2019. What's important isn't when you do your planning; it's how you do it that matters, says business coach Bruce Eckfeldt. It's important to remember that annual strategic planning is a decision making process that's less about setting numerical targets and more about "making tough but important choices," says Eckfeldt. Her...
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9 CEOs share their favorite productivity hacks

When you're working long hours juggling the multiple demands of running a company, it can leave you with little head space for developing the strategies that are going to determine the course of the business. With research showing CEOs work an average of 62.5 hours and attend 37 meetings each week, finding ways to maximise their productivity is crucial for their effectiveness as a leader and for the success of the company. Here nine successful CEOs share their favorite productivity tips and...
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Research: When getting fired is good for your career

Almost half of all business leaders experience a major setback at least once in their career, yet research shows most of them go on to become CEOs. And even being fired or laid off, which is often seen as the worst-case scenario, "doesn't necessarily have catastrophic effects" on their future prospects. Here, leadership experts Elena Lytkina Botelho, BJ Wright, and Kim Rosenkoetter Powell share key findings from their research and some specific things leaders can do to "make sure that a maj...
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11 painful moments CEOs and founders thought their business was sunk — and how they turned it around

Knowing when accepting failure is the better option and when to keep fighting is a dilemma most entrepreneurs face at least once. Making the decision to close the doors on a business you're passionate about is a tough call to make. And usually, the longer you delay the greater the risk of digging yourself deeper into a financial hole. Yet sometimes all it takes a flash of inspiration or a lucky break to pull the business back from the brink. Here, Shana Lebowitz shares how some of the most succe...
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Why your startup needs a board

One of the best investments a startup can make early on is the selection of a board. Some people incorrectly assume that a board is only created at the point when you get investors, but every business of any size can benefit of having a group of people who provide advice and help the company succeed.Recently, I participated in a ScaleUp Academy session organized by CEO World with Christoph Ortlepp from Earlybird Venture Capital. In this intimate real-time face-to-face, Ortlepp stressed the impor...
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How to be a CEO, from a decade’s worth of them

The best way to learn is from experience. It doesn't have to be your own experience you learn from though. While embracing every opportunity to learn through self-discovery, you should also be open to learning as much as possible from others. Many CEOs have already overcome similar challenges to the ones you're facing—and using their experiences as a starting point will accelerate your learning. To help you benefit from their years of experience, here are some of the valuable leadership les...
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Productivity tools for busy CEOs

 Is productivity rising or falling in our culture as a whole? It turns out it depends on who you ask.What we can say for certain is that in our digital age and with distractions at every turn, it can be hard to stay on task.We've look at productivity hacks in a previous post, and in this article, we're going to look at specific tools to help you be a more productive leader.If you're looking for productivity tools for busy CEOs, look no further than these apps, start using them and find each...
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How to decide with speed and conviction

As a startup CEO, being decisive is crucial to maintaining the forward momentum of the business. Balancing the importance of timely action with ensuring a thorough decision making process isn't easy. You not only have to consider the cost of a bad decision, compared with the value of a good one, you also need to consider the cost of postponing a decision while you gather more information. For a startup, the most damaging decisions are the delayed decisions that cause missed opportunities. To hel...
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Why startups need project managers now more than ever

While the lean startup method is efficient compared with the "build it and they will come" approach, it also has some drawbacks. When you're diverting resources—additional work, time and materials—from other projects you need to be sure they're adding value to the product or service so you can get something in front of the customer quickly, without spending all your money. And the key to achieving this is project management, says Shazir Mucklai. He explores here some lean startup pitfa...
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4 leadership lessons I learned from the vineyard

While renowned CEOs are often great sources of inspiration, lessons in business leadership can also come from unexpected places. While many people look to the powerful leadership values, strategies, and skills shared by U.S. Navy SEALs, others look to leading sports coaches for inspiration and best practices. However, you can also learn from the leadership lessons to be found in life's daily activities. The winemaking process may not seem to have much in common with business leadership, and yet ...
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