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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One easy way to have more influence

Communication is a core leadership function and to be highly effective in a leadership role you need exceptional communication skills. Yet in seeking to improve their speaking and writing skills, leaders often overlook another essential communication skill—listening. Leading with influence means being able to have a positive and lasting impact on others. And when it comes to creating an impact that inspires, motivates and persuades others, your listening skills outrank your verbal...
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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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4 creative ideas to make Mondays more fun for your team

Switching back into work mode after a carefree weekend can make Monday mornings the least favorite day of the week for your employees. And just one employee with the Monday blues can impact the motivation, creativity, productivity and performance of everyone around them. "As an employer, you want your employees to be productive all week long, no matter what day is," writes Terra Vicario. And you can help your team look forward to Mondays, instead of dreading them, by implementing these top tips ...
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Are hard skills or soft skills more important to be an effective leader?

Companies looking for employees with strong leadership skills often find candidates have the required hard skills, yet lack the essential soft skills. Effective leadership requires both and while hard skills such as economic analysis and strategic planning can be taught, soft skills such as communications and team building are "not so much taught as cultivated," writes Naz Beheshti. Many of the interpersonal skills that are crucial for success as a leader come under the umbrella of emotiona...
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How self-reflection can help leaders stay motivated

While taking on a leadership position can enhance your reputation and future employment opportunities, the additional duties and responsibilities can be exhausting. Researchers found that managing their own performance, the performance of their team, and the added burden of helping employees cope with emotional issues is so demanding it leaves the majority of leaders feeling "depleted and unengaged." Here, Klodiana Lanaj, Trevor A. Faulk and Amir Erez, share the self-reflection exercise they des...
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