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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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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