Neuroscience offers insights into employee engagement

Neuroscience offers insights into employee engagement
Engaged employees can remain focused and productive for longer periods, which improves business performance and helps boost your bottom line. Yet many businesses struggle to achieve a high level of employee engagement. In recent years, advances in neuroscience—the study of the nervous system including the brain—have been shedding more light onto how biology influences emotions and behaviour. Here, Cath Everett shares how to leverage these insights to gain a better understanding of what makes you...
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How leaders can humanize work again

How leaders can humanize work again
There's a difference between having a good work ethic and being a workaholic—and startup founders are often among those who confuse one with the other. Occasionally working a few extra hours to meet a deadline and not let a client down is a good work ethic. Sacrificing your personal life to work long hours every day isn't. While you may blur the lines between work and personal life because you're passionate about what you do and you want to devote your time to building a successful business, you...
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The right way to respond to negative feedback

The right way to respond to negative feedback
We all need feedback to help us improve our performance, yet accepting constructive criticism can be a challenge even for the most self-aware business leaders. Negative feedback can make us defensive, angry and self-conscious, which impairs our ability to process it and act on it effectively, writes organizational psychologist and executive coach Tasha Eurich. Whether you're dealing with negative feedback from superiors, employees, or peers you need to know how to "intentionally mine it for insi...
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The 4 corners of a storm-proof startup strategy

The 4 corners of a storm-proof startup strategy
With the current climate looking so good for startups, it's natural to feel optimistic about your success. Yet statistics show the majority of businesses fail within five years. So the better prepared you are for dealing with any setbacks, the better your chances of survival. Although "any number of factors can turn a promising venture upside down," building your startup on a solid foundation can help it weather any storm, says Alan Yong. Here, he shares the four cornerstones you need to start w...
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Why transparency comes first in successful company cultures

Why transparency comes first in successful company cultures
Transparency is key to building a company culture based on trust, and trust is crucial for the success of your business. The disclosure of accurate and timely information and clear and honest communications—with no hidden agendas—leads to more effective collaboration, greater cooperation and better collective decision making. In this article, author Chris Dyer explores the purpose of transparency in business, what transparency may look like for your company, and how leaders can embody that trans...
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Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor, on the surprising mistake managers don't know they're making

Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor, on the surprising mistake managers don't know they're making
Bad bosses kill innovation, stifle growth, increase costs, create instability and make people miserable. Great bosses, on the other hand, build relationships with their employees that create a source of growth and stability, says executive coach and author Kim Scott. And, without realizing it, well-meaning people can unintentionally become bad bosses, she says. Here, Scott shares the common mistake managers make, why both self-awareness and relational awareness are important, and the advice she ...
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How startups can attract better talent by improving their job postings

How startups can attract better talent by improving their job postings
Hiring new team members for your startup is a lot like marketing your company, but many businesses don't approach it this way. If you want to hire the absolute best candidates, you want to make sure your job posts are attracting the right job seekers by providing them extra information to help them decide whether or not to submit a resume. This involves using your marketing skills to craft your job postings. Here are a few ways startups can attract better talent by improving their job postings. ...
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How to use radical candor to drive great results

How to use radical candor to drive great results
Successful leaders are those who build great relationships with their colleagues and have a reputation for being genuine, caring, and reliably honest, writes leadership consultant and author Ron Carucci. Yet only about 25% of people think their bosses have integrity—despite it being the most desired leadership quality. According to CEO coach and author Kim Scott, being a great boss means, "saying what you really think in a way that still lets people know you care." Here, Carucci shares how Scott...
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These are the reasons why your whole team is burning out

These are the reasons why your whole team is burning out
Employee burnout is reaching crisis level in the U.S. according to a 2017 study and it's becoming a major contributor to staff turnover.  Employee burnout impacts individual and team performance. It reduces productivity, undermines employee engagement, increases absenteeism—and ultimately it can lead to your top talent leaving the company altogether.  Much of the conversation around burnout focuses on what individuals can do to avoid or reco...
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40 years of leadership taught me 3 rules that all managers should follow

40 years of leadership taught me 3 rules that all managers should follow
Not all managers make good leaders and what makes a good leader can be hard to measure. Most definitions of great leadership focus on the ability to establish a clear vision, communicate it to others and transform it into reality. Or they describe the practical skills and emotional intelligence required. When it comes to truly inspiring others however, few definitions capture the subtle yet powerful actions through which you can express your compassion, values, and authenticity. From more t...
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