Time management tips for busy CEOs

The average startup owner works well past the traditional eight-hour mark with some clocking well up to 70 hours per week. While some of that is true work, you can bet that much of that is eaten up by tasks that don't need to take as long as they do such as perusing email and attending numerous meetings. When it comes to wasted time, startup CEOs are just as guilty, if not more, than the established business CEO. What can you do about it? How can you manage your time better and streamline your w...
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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 use your business plan to be a better manager

A business plan isn't just a static document you put together as a baseline for starting a business or raising investment; it's an important strategic tool for managing and growing your business. It provides structure and guidance for managing change, helps you focus on the specific steps necessary to achieve short-term and long-term goals, and it acts as a management tool for keeping the business on track. In this article, Tim Berry shares some top tips on how to use your business plan to set m...
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The 4 questions you should stop asking during your one-on-one meetings

One-on-one meetings can be a great way for managers, directors, and executives to establish rapport with their direct reports, identify potential problems and build stronger teams. Yet managers and employees alike often consider one-on-ones a waste of time with the same stale questions and unhelpful answers. As a leader, your role is to encourage a meaningful conversation in which your employees can discuss their role, the work environment and any issues or concerns they have. To help you get th...
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How to use radical candor to drive great results

Successful leaders are those who build great relationships with their colleagues and have a reputation for being genuine, caring, and reliably honest, writes leadership consultant and author Ron Carucci. Yet only about 25% of people think their bosses have integrity—despite it being the most desired leadership quality. According to CEO coach and author Kim Scott, being a great boss means, "saying what you really think in a way that still lets people know you care." Here, Carucci shares how Scott...
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40 years of leadership taught me 3 rules that all managers should follow

Not all managers make good leaders and what makes a good leader can be hard to measure. Most definitions of great leadership focus on the ability to establish a clear vision, communicate it to others and transform it into reality. Or they describe the practical skills and emotional intelligence required. When it comes to truly inspiring others however, few definitions capture the subtle yet powerful actions through which you can express your compassion, values, and authenticity. From more t...
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The 5 top entrepreneurial skills for starting a business

Learning key leadership and entrepreneurial skills at a young age can significantly improve your chances of success in business, in the workplace, and in life. This is why Five Woods Summer School in the UK is inviting young people aged 14 to 16 to participate in a residential programme featuring seminars and interactive workshops led by entrepreneurs and business leaders, together with fun and challenging activities that cultivate the skills they need to be successful. This article ex...
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How to reboot an unmotivated employee

Even the best employees can become demotivated and when individual members of your team aren't firing on all cylinders it can impact the morale of those around them. As a leader you need to "recognise the signs of a demotivated employee, and have strategies in place to assist and re-energise them before the situation escalates into a bigger problem," writes Barry Chignell. Here, he explores some of the factors that can cause a lack motivation, how to recognise the warning signs, and the steps yo...
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This common word makes you sound more negative than you want to

Effective communication skills are essential for success in every aspect of your life and being able to express yourself clearly and accurately means choosing your words carefully. Poorly chosen words can detract from your authority, undermine your confidence, create confusion, and at worst, they can lead to friction and conflict. While word choice does involve accuracy, it's not just about the meaning of a particular word, it's also about the subtle ways that meaning can be affected by the cont...
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‘Take the best agile practices to suit your business’

The key to success is being able to adapt to change and by capitalizing on the values, principles and practices of an agile approach, organizations can create a culture that accelerates profitable growth. Originally adopted in software development to help teams respond quickly to changing requirements, shifting priorities and constantly evolving business needs, agile is increasingly spreading across a broad range of industries and business functions. Here Adrian Bridgwater explores a variet...
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