Why you should stop avoiding conflict in the workplace

A healthy conflict culture improves problem solving, encourages innovation and creativity, boosts morale and increases productivity. Although many people consider conflict to be harmful, it's only when we avoid or suppress conflict that it undermines our working relationships. "Conflict isn't bad for organizations: it's fundamental to them," says C-suite advisor and bestselling author Liane Davey. In this article, adapted from her new book, Davey explores some of the unproductive ways peopl...
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4 things we can learn from the fastest-growing women-led small businesses

Female entrepreneurship is on the rise and some of the fastest growing businesses are either founded or co-founded by women. Geri Stengel, founder and head of a New York-based research firm, says women business owners tend to be good at allocating capital, collaborating inside and outside their companies, and listening to the needs of others. As a result, "they tend to be rated as better managers than men." To help you create winning strategies for accelerating your own company's growt...
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Why do change programs fail?

For businesses across a wide range of industries, being able to adapt to change is crucial for their survival. Yet, despite the imperative to keep pace with a constantly evolving and increasingly competitive business environment, many organizations struggle to transform themselves successfully. "Change creates an identity crisis," says Lior Arussy, CEO and president of a global transformation consultancy. Here, he shares with Sally Percy the reasons why change programs often fail and what l...
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Advice for men who are nervous about mentoring women

Unintended consequences of the #MeToo movement may be hurting rather than helping women's careers. Mentorship is a powerful tool for personal and professional development and the increased focus on sexual harassment is making many men in positions of authority reluctant to hire, work closely with, or mentor women. "If we want more women leaders, we need men in powerful positions to support their ascension," writes Babson College professor and author Wendy Murphy. Here, she shares her top tips fo...
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These two important elements make up your company culture

Whether it's expressly defined or develops organically, your company culture sets the tone for the working environment and influences everything and everyone connected with the business. As a business leader, you'll want to cultivate a strong, positive culture that fosters mutual trust and respect, encourages creativity, improves performance, increases productivity and contributes to the overall growth and success of the business. With that in mind, this article from Petra Coach e...
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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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How to overcome your fear of failure

Fear of failure is one of the biggest obstacles to success and to overcome your fear, you need to change how you perceive failure. What one person considers a crushing defeat, another sees as a minor setback and a learning opportunity. "The chips aren't always going to fall where you want them to — but if you understand that reality going in, you can be prepared to wring the most value out of the experience, no matter the outcome," writes executive career transition coach Susan Peppercorn. ...
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A new study reveals 70 percent of workers say they are actively looking for a new job. Here's the reason in 5 words

With research showing the majority of employees in the U.S. are either actively looking for a new job or thinking about it, business leaders need to consider how to increase job satisfaction if they want to retain their best employees. Marcel Schwantes shares here "some of the more glaring findings" from research into what's causing such high levels of job dissatisfaction. He also reveals the "one overarching issue organizations need to address" and the steps organisations can take to improve th...
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The top business books of 2018 that all entrepreneurs should read

Some of the world's most successful and influential business leaders credit their prolific reading habit as a key factor in their success. That doesn't mean you have to read countless "how to" books specific to your corporate role or industry however. Reading allows you to acquire knowledge, learn more about the world we live in, and keep up with the latest trends. With that in mind, Geoffrey James shares here a list of "books that everyone in business should read, because it will give them...
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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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