Things to consider before transitioning from founder to CEO

You've thrown everything you have into your startup. You've been the one in charge from the start, making things happen, and gradually leading your startup to growth. In the beginning, you probably had your hand in a little bit of everything – you were product developer, human resources manager, marketer, fundraiser, and several other jobs in-between. At some point during this time and now, you might be thinking about transitioning your role into something more specific. In this article, we look...
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5 Different Types of Leadership Styles by Brian Tracy


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Want fulfilled and engaged employees? Do these 8 things

Understanding employee engagement, what drives it and how it can be nurtured to boost productivity, performance, and loyalty, is an essential part of your job as a leader. Employees who involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work are happy and productive employees who seek to achieve successful outcomes for themselves, their team, and the company. While there are numerous factors involved in keeping employees happy, engaged and motivated, it's up to leaders to create a positive ...
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Three keys to faster, better decisions

Senior leaders are increasingly frustrated with the amount of time spent on ineffective decision making. A survey conducted with more than 1,200 managers across a range of global companies shows how dissatisfied many of them are with both the slow pace of decision-making processes and the quality of decision-making outcomes. In this article, Aaron De Smet, Gregor Jost, and Leigh Weiss discuss the findings of the research and share the "standout practice that makes the biggest difference" for thr...
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Why you don't need hard deadlines to succeed

When we're stressed, we're less productive and heavy workloads, pressure-filled deadlines and unrealistic expectations are among the main causes of workplace stress. Having to meet hard deadlines creates a sense of urgency that impacts performance and reduces productivity. And while a little stress can improve focus, prolonged stress can be exhausting, demoralising and eventually lead to burnout. Here, entrepreneur, founder and CEO Aytekin Tank shares how to achieve a healthier approac...
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Why brands should ask customers for feed-forward, not feedback

Although customer feedback is an important tool for assessing your company's performance, it can be limiting. Feedback from a dissatisfied customer highlights the mistakes you've made, and gives you an opportunity to correct problems, while feedback from a satisfied customer about what you did well only helps you maintain the status quo. Asking your customers for feed-forward, on the other hand, creates opportunities for the future. Here, marketing leadership expert Thomas Barta shares how to us...
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6 phrases that will help you sell your ideas

It isn't just what you say that matters; it's how you say it. Different words may have the same meaning yet convey a subtle difference in connotation and by choosing your words carefully you can increase the influence your presentation has on your audience. Whether you're pitching your ideas to clients, colleagues, potential investors or supporters, finding the right words for maximum impact is crucial. Here, Judith Humphrey shares six phrases you can use to convince your audience by communicati...
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How to lead a team more skilled than you

As a founder, CEO, manager, or team leader you don't have to be the smartest person in the room. Hiring the best talent is crucial for the success of any business and you may find yourself leading a team of experts who are smarter than you. Rather than feeling feel intimidated by their knowledge and skills, you need to learn from them and give them the tools they need to succeed. With that in mind, this article shares some top tips on how to "manage talent efficiently, to optimize your team's st...
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How to lead a conversation between people who disagree


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The single most important skill for successful business leaders

While being responsive to changes in the market, untapped customer needs, or unsolved problems is more important than ever, achieving a successful transformation is a major challenge for any business leader. Even the most successful businesses reinvent themselves to continue growing and your long-term success may depend on how well you make the jump "from a flattening growth curve to a more promising arc." Here, Sanjiv Yanjnik shares how to manage three critical variables so you can "make sure t...
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