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The art of making impossible, possible by Ingrid Vanderveldt


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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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6 critical skills to master as a business leader

Building a new business from scratch often means having to work long hours juggling numerous roles and responsibilities, which could be anything from strategic planning and finance manager to sales and marketing or project management. And when you're immersed in the day-to-day running of the business "it can be challenging to know which skills to focus on first." With that in mind, early stage entrepreneurs from YEC Next share their top tips on the skills and abilities you need to master for suc...
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Ask yourself these questions before giving honest feedback

Feedback is one of the most important tools you have for keeping your team on track. When it's given in the right way and with the right intentions, feedback improves an employee's performance and contributes to their personal and professional growth. Honest feedback also builds trust in you as a leader. Badly timed or poorly delivered feedback, on the other hand, is ineffective and may even be counterproductive. In this article, Stephanie Vozza shares some top tips from leadership expert Cheryl...
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6 takeaways from Tim Cook’s Apple keynote that will make you a better presenter

Many people feel anxious about speaking in public, yet being able to connect with an audience and get your message across effectively is an essential skill for leaders at any level. Public speaking is a learnable skill. And one of the best ways to become a more confident and engaging public speaker is to be a keen observer and learn from other people's talks, says Darren Menabney. With that in mind, he refers to Tim Cook's recent Apple keynote to share some top tips for delivering impactful pres...
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Overcome these 5 biases to be a better leader

Being able to attract, hire, develop and retain top talent is a key goal for every business and it's also a major challenge. Developing the capabilities of employees and managing individual and team performance is vital for the success of the business. Yet, despite knowing the vital role it plays in differentiating the company and remaining competitive, leaders often struggle to deliver the necessary coaching and training. Here, Jake Wilder explores some of the cognitive biases that impact our a...
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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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Managers: this is when your constructive criticism is needed (and when it's not)

Feedback is crucial for making sure everyone delivers his or her best performance at work. Employees need to know what they are doing well and not so well and, when it's delivered with the right intentions and in a way that's helpful, feedback is a valuable part of their learning and development. Since the purpose of giving feedback is to improve a situation or a person's performance, you need to think carefully about why you're giving feedback and how you're going to approach it. "Where and whe...
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4 questions every great leader should be able to answer

To become an effective leader it's important to know your leadership style, your personality, your values, and what motivates you. How you see yourself as a leader guides your actions, behaviors, thoughts and decisions. And being able to clearly communicate your personal leadership philosophy helps your employees understand what's expected of them and what they can expect of you. Here, Leigh Buchanan shares leadership expert Ed Ruggero's top tips for crafting a leadership philosophy that sets ou...
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How to lead with influence instead of authority

Leadership isn't about telling others what to do; it's about motivating others to do what needs to be done. And the best leaders are those who can inspire others to always do their best. The ability to influence others—to gain their support and encourage collaboration in the pursuit of shared goals—is fundamental to effective leadership. Some people seem to be born leaders yet we all have leadership potential, says Curtis L. Odom, who shares his top tips on the skills you need to ...
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